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Mid-Twentieth Architecture Still Remains Supreme in Terrell Hills

Posted by VIP Realty on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 12:03pm.

There are a number of reasons to love Terrell Hills: it excellent location near San Antonio; its top-rated schools; and, of course, it’s beautiful homes. Large lots are commonplace in Terrell Hills, thereby providing an added degree of privacy to the residents of this San Antonio suburb. Terrell Hills is served by both the Alamo Heights Independent School District and the North East Independent School District. Must of the homes of Terrell Heights have either been extensively remodeled or torn down in place of more expansive homes. The homes in this area are rich in architectural detail and character, both of which are highly desired by home buyers in San Antonio. The homes of Terrell Hills are generally a lovely mix of mid-twentieth century architecture, from ranches and mid-century modern to hill country and art modern. Most of the homes in Terrell Hills are surrounded by mature trees, and many homes vary greatly in both architectural style and price.

Ranch Homes

Ranch homes, for example, which are an iconic symbol of the 1950s, are found throughout Terrell Hills, as well as throughout San Antonio. Most of these ranch homes are built low to the ground, and feature horizontal bands of windows.

Midcentury Modern

Midcentury modern homes eventually overtook the ranch homes of the 1950s, and are a bit more stylized as a result. Architects of the time strove to “engage the surrounding landscape” when designing midcentury modern homes in Terrell Hills. It is therefore quite common to see walls of glass in these types of homes. The midcentury modern homes of Terrell Hills generally feature the same design on both the front and back of the homes, yet a wide variety of materials were often used to create a home’s exterior. Most homes feature a linear composition with a long profile that’s low to the ground. Other features of midcentury modern homes include low-pitched roofs and large, steel-framed sliding doors.

Hill Country

Hill Country homes were first introduced to the area in the mid 1940s. These homes were based on German ranches and farmhouses, and many feature the local limestone on the exterior. Many of the homes in the Hill Country design feature high ceilings and exposed beams.

Art Modern

Art modern style homes are not as prominent in Terrell Hills as are midcentury modern, but they can be easily identified with their rounded corners, casement windows and smooth plaster. An entire corner of a home may be curved in an art modern home, for example. The art modern style was most popular in the area in the 1930s and 1940s.

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