Sunday, December 03, 2006

The View from Vista

As the map from Google Earth shows, Vista Drive is one of three streets that border a hilltop; it runs a long block between Coronado and Country Club (in yellow) and is one of my favorite short walks.

Here's the street corner where Vista begins (or ends, as the case may be.) The bench says a welcome "welcome."

Vista is one of the more historic streets on the west side of town and had a good start, complete to a sidewalk, a feature that only one who often walks would notice.

But it was never paved; as a result, grading and regrading the roadway has covered the sidewalk in places.

The one remaining lamppost from an earlier era -- and, below, the stump of another.

Actually, I'm not carping...merely observing! That there's a sidewalk at all is rather amazing in this town! And it suggests the age of the street and its houses (all of which are comfortably tip top!)

Another feature of Vista Drive: the many trees, including mature Arizona cypresses, like the shapely fellow above.

With all the trees, residents are well prepared for birds -- I didn't count all the feeders in these oaks.

As you can see, I took these pictures of Vista Drive earlier this year, when things were greener. As they are at this house, which might well be one of the four surviving Sears Roebuck houses on the street. Last night, I met a woman who has lived on Vista Drive for many years and she told me that originally, there were five Sears houses (one burned.)

In case you weren't aware, Sears claims to have sold over 100,000 houses in 447 styles between 1908 and 1940, and some estimates put the number as high as 110,000, but the actual figure may have been closer to 75,000. Regardless, Sears sold a significant number of their catalog homes, many of which are still standing today, according to the article at this site. And here's a big gallery of Sears catalog houses, which were sold as kits, complete to the paint to finish them. Look at the prices and weep!

But back to my walk! I like the use of natural materials in yards along the street. Note the cactus bones above. In addition to the handsome snag (below), the ground cover made use of many pine cones.

Along the way, I was struck by the outline of this bike, which turns out to belong to an old friend of mine!

Finally, a picture to let you know that there is, indeed, a vista up around Vista Drive. Just walk a few steps down the little circle drive for a great view of the city and mountains to the east.

4 comments:

Steve said...

Nice post. Google earth shots are amazing, but I understand they are a few years old.

Granny J said...

Works in this neighborhood, which has been around for a while!! To get a map, I tried our county property system, which misbehaved badly and Zillow which had every version of Vista except for the original street! Very frustrating.

k said...

Beautiful! It really hit home just now that you might like my yard. I love stuff like cactus bones, too. And rocks.

Granny J said...

k -- judging from the pictures I've seen here and there on your blog, I think I would like your yard. I've found that yards are just full of ideosyncratic stuff that makes for wonderful photos.

 
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