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Old 08-26-2008, 12:15 PM   #26
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Default Re: Bridle Path Home for sale

Patti, re:
Hey ya geo steve, you live in a Douglas County? So do I, but in WI. I don't know about the horse riding paths though my neighbors have horses, I haven't ridden horses for many years. I did get into some mapping before, like Pam, had some classes. Had Intro to GIS, GPS, Aerial Photo Interpretation, (aced those) and hey Pam, I even had that awful lymes but I got it a few years before I did the internship field work.
Yeah ! Seems like almost every state has counties named after noteworthy historical figures, primarily, and of course Native American Tribes , too.
In Colorado, we have, of 64 counties, the usual peppering ( out west) of the following representative examples: (oh - they are also derived from early explorers, and pre-state-hood cultural dominance, as in Southern Colorado being Spanish-American that psuhed up noth as far as the names quite clearly change in counties. In the south of Colorado:
examples: 1. Cortez (county)
2. El paso , etc.
up North, Native American: 3. Arapahoe
4. Apache
all around, historical names: 5. Lincoln
6. Washington
7. Adams
8. Jefferson
and "mountainey" 9. Summit
10. Eagle
and 54 other mixed bag names, including DOUGLAS, which you inquired about,
that allthough a common name, must have been an historical figure.

In Ohio, I was born in Cleveland, which is in Cuyahoga County, after the Indian Tribe.

Cool that you had that coursework, near and dear to my list of early courses.

Bummer on the Lymes disease, but its the Eastern Land Surveyors' #1 occupational hazard, leaving most Eastern, and notably original 13 colonies-based Surveyors with permanent sore joints, and almost exclusively metes-and-bounds land legal desciptions, eg Bearing and distance, + call-to-adjoiners; natural and man-made monuments, streams that bound - and so goeth the boundary with slow change of the stream - thru reliction, revulsion, and acrretion (those sound like digestive disturbaces lol). even some fun ones like (real) "20 Hatchet-throws to the SW'ly corner, marked by a cigar in a bottle, buried under a limestone square memorial rock, and then 10 "smokes" to the thread of "meandering steam" (turning ox-bow), etc. Some are real hoots and a holler - literally. LOL

Thx Patti - From my experience in Cadastral Mapping, the most prevalent County names in the USA co-terminous 48 are two-fold: Politicians post-humously (unwritten rule in geo naming, written at USGS) and Native American Tribes. All fascinating.
~geo Steve . :"I will leave my footprints there to lie beneath the snow" ~gl
Quote to ponder: "A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed." ~ Henrik Ibsen
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:06 PM   #27
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Default Re: Bridle Path Home for sale - pic at link

Owner and resident Binod Singh regrets reducing the price of his house after it was featured in The Wall Street Journal
With its steel and glass construction, you couldn't build this five-year-old modernist gem of a Bridle Path mansion today for its $10.8-million asking price.

In fact you wouldn't have been able to nab it for that little four years ago when it was last on the market for $15 million.

With an indoor basketball court and pool, superior design aimed at open-concept gracious living and attention to every last loving detail, builder, owner and resident Binod Singh said potential buyers will be getting a sweet deal on the Tas designed and built architectural masterpiece he is offering for sale.

"The price reduction in actual fact, I regret doing that," Mr. Singh said in an interview last week, shortly after it became one of the Wall Street Journal's featured homes of the day. "We have basically reduced the price for a quick sale because what happened is that our children have all moved out. They're in university and it's just my wife and I. And we thought, well, instead of carrying it any longer, we would sell it.

"It's an amazing bargain. If someone were to buy it they would have a great deal because there's great value in it."

What Mr. Singh is peddling is an 18,000-square-foot home on two acres with a four-car garage and luxurious details down to the door handles.

But he admits his house is not for the faint of heart -- nor buyers expecting the traditional touches of his tony Bridle Path neighbourhood.

"The type of architecture that we've used is very unique. Canada, actually, is very backwards in its architectural design. People here do not like to take chances," he said. "We've had people coming in and saying, 'Where's the dining room, where's this room, where's that room.' They have their fixed ideas in what they want. Our house's appeal, and every time we've had offers, it's appealed to people from overseas."

There are six bedrooms and 10 spa-like bathrooms in the three-storey home with a minimalist exteriour and broad expanses of loft-style and clerestory windows that bring the park-like outdoors in.

"I walk around my house with shorts and a T-shirt and it's minus 25C outside. The hydro is very low because of all the glass, the amount of light that we get," he said. "Yes, you can live very comfortably and with lots of light and lots of windows."

The home is organized into three zones of space: the entry pavilion, family tower and central courtyard - which includes the basketball court and a home theatre.

But it's truly a family home. "It's all designed that you can enjoy the house in all seasons," Mr. Singh said. "It's been a lot of fun. We've really enjoyed it. Now when the kids go, it's not so much fun."

With the global economy constricting, Canada's venerable real estate market is feeling the pinch after years of uninterrupted growth. And the high end of the market is where the bargains are these days, from Vancouver to Toronto -- at least for those who still have money to invest.

Mr. Singh said he has had the home listed for sale at as high as $16-million but refused the offers that came forth.

"I had an offer for $13-million at one time, which I didn't take. I wish I had," he said chuckling -- remarkably sanguine about the money he may be losing by selling now.

He said he will about break even on what he spent to build the house, but points out that if he had spent the same amount of money in blue chip stocks back when construction started in 2001, he'd probably have taken a much bigger hit.

Plus, he's selling something like nothing else.

"There's only one house like mine. There isn't any other modern house like that. I only have to have one customer."
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