Not Palm Beach

This was tucked into the back of the Real Estate section of Saturday’s Oklahoman:

2309 Marjorie Lane 73099

Obviously, this house is not on the Florida coast: it’s in Oklahoma City, far enough west to have a Yukon (73099) ZIP code. I had no idea this addition even existed.

Plat of Mar A Lago addition, Oklahoma City

And apparently it hasn’t for too awfully long. (Plat thanks to Jason Powers Homes, which built this house.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    23 April 2017 · 2:06 pm

    Maybe it’s perspective, but it looks like the garage is bigger than the living area….

  2. CGHill »

    23 April 2017 · 2:54 pm

    It’s close. The living area is only 3 bedrooms / 2 baths / 1934 square feet, but that’s clearly a 3-car garage.

    Here are the particulars.

  3. Barks »

    23 April 2017 · 5:40 pm

    They’re selling a garage with a house out back?

  4. CGHill »

    23 April 2017 · 6:23 pm

    Kind of how it looks. It’s a design I can live without.

  5. McG »

    23 April 2017 · 7:27 pm

    Was it Michele or Andrea or Susanna who used to fulminate against “snout houses”?

    I’m thinking Andrea.

  6. CGHill »

    23 April 2017 · 7:43 pm

    Two of them still inhabit Twitter. I’ll ask Andrea.

  7. fillyjonk »

    23 April 2017 · 8:03 pm

    Oh man – my dad gripes about houses designed so that the garage is the most prominent part. He hates “snout houses” though I don’t remember having heard that term.

    I think they look weird, and I wouldn’t want one myself. (I have a detached garage that is kind of a glorified shed)

  8. McG »

    24 April 2017 · 10:09 am

    It wouldn’t surprise me to discover it was coined by the blogress in question.

  9. McG »

    24 April 2017 · 10:12 am

    But apparently it wasn’t.

  10. nightfly »

    24 April 2017 · 10:34 am

    Wiki: “This design can be contrasted with older developments in which a single detached garage is placed at the back corner of the lot, typically added on after the original construction, and which is built with zero lot line clearance and is accessible since the house is not centered on the lot, but rather offset to one side.”

    Such as my own house, although I suspect that my lot was originally much larger, and was then parceled out as the neighborhood grew around the few groundbreakers. (My home was built in 1918.)

  11. McG »

    24 April 2017 · 1:33 pm

    The house I grew up in, and the newer homes on either side, had detached garages. In fact I’m at a loss to remember a single house in that neighborhood that had an attached garage.

    Of course, the climate in inland northern California wasn’t exactly so inclement as to strand anyone at home if they couldn’t get into the car without leaving the house. And come to think of it the first place I can remember having lived that a car actually got to be parked in a garage was Fairbanks, Alaska.

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