The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 November 2003

Or it could be cheese, I guess

The respected Aaron Tatum Custom Homes is building in the ultraswank Rivendell community on the south side, and one of Tatum's offerings, on 128th west of Doriath Way, is described in an ad piece this way:

French Cottage with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, study, game/media room upstairs.

All very nice, and yours for only $359,900, though one thing gives me pause: when I hear the word "cottage," I somehow don't think of a structure enclosing 3700 (more or less) square feet.

Posted at 7:07 PM to City Scene

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They'd probably classify my current digs as a hovel.

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Hovel, Sweet Hovel.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:30 PM on 9 November 2003

I guess they'd categorize this joint as a cardboard box, and not even a big one. Unless, of course, they were selling it, then it would probably be classified as "cozy" or "rustic."

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 10:34 PM on 9 November 2003

"Charming." Educated homebuyers know that one means that the reason the closet doesn't have a shelf or a hanger bar is because it's the master bedroom.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:35 AM on 10 November 2003

While we're on the subject, so to speak, can anybody tell me what the hell an "Australian closet" is? I assume it's not an ordinary closet turned 180 degrees vertically.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:50 AM on 10 November 2003

One small quibble -- Rivendell is not ultraswank. My parents live in that little neighborhood and aside from the Rivendell on the Lake portion, which curiously enough is inside the neighborhood and GATED, the rest of the 'hood is fairly normal housing for South OKC.

It goes without saying that my folks do not live in the Lake portion.

Posted by: Chris at 5:00 PM on 10 November 2003

Compared to the places I've lived — including in South OKC — I think "ultraswank" isn't too far off the mark. Then again, I'm just your basic poor slob. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:24 PM on 10 November 2003

An austrailian closet is one that goes around the shower or bath. it has two doors, one on each side. It has also been refered to as a walkabout closet. Hope this makes some sense.
Don't know what you would call my house, it is 2100 sf, too small for a cottage. These house descriptions are riciculous anymore. We get to joking about them, one abandoned house we saw we figured that one would be called airy, it had no windows. Another one that had no roof we said it had an open floor plan. Then there are all kinds of fixer-uppers out there.

Posted by: anstranger at 7:41 PM on 10 November 2003