Vintage Township Neighborhood

Another Lubbock neighborhood worth a look

A fairly new Lubbock neighborhood is known as Vintage Township and it is located at the intersection of 114th and Quaker. Vintage Township is a planned village type atmosphere that is reminiscent of the 1950’s. Their website says the following: “Vintage Township is characterized by wider, tree-lined sidewalks and traffic-calming streets to make it safer for everyone to get to work or play or just enjoy the neighborhood. They also promote a healthy lifestyle as it is common to see residents walking with their pets or to a local restaurant, shooting hoops or swimming with their kids, jogging in the neighborhood or carrying their kids off the playground in time for supper. Don’t be surprised if you see a bike or scooter near your house, too. They are everywhere as kids just feel safer in a place like this. Have more questions about Vintage Township? You’re not alone. It almost sounds too good to be true!

Other common amenities include parks within walking distance of homes, a resident pool and fire pit, and much more—again, many within walking distance. Essentially, we’re building a town within a town. We think you’ll be as excited about our future as we are.”

From this description the one thing that sticks out to me is “a town within a town” because it looks nothing like anything else in the city of Lubbock and it has definite charm found nowhere else. When I first heard about it and went to see it, I really wanted to live there. It seemed like a Dr. Seuss-built place where everyone could know everyone. It seemed to be built on a Disney-based theme where magic and friendliness would be found. My friends live there and say it is a great place to have children grow up because of the safety and communal atmosphere. I highly recommend this neighborhood. The Lubbock homes for sale here are beautiful.

Two drawbacks:

  1. The people who put together the original vision to expand the community much farther out ended “selling out” to other builders and this has been a major issue with the tenants of Vintage Township. Now houses built by other builders will come shoulder to shoulder with Vintage Township and this sort of wrecks the magic of being in your own town. Many of the people who live in this part of town feel cheated because what was promised to them has now been taken away.
  1. Even with this above issue, houses in Vintage Township are hard to come by. One might want to live here, but there are usually very few lots available. Supply does not equal demand.

Besides these issues, I do want to say that even if you search for other homes for sale in Lubbock and end up in a different neighborhood, you should definitely take a ride through this really cool looking “town.” I think you will love the look and feel.

Okay – another Lubbock neighborhood review will come in the next article.

Kelsey Park Neighborhood

Kelsey Park in Lubbock

Well, we continue our search for Lubbock homes for sale. Most specifically we are researching and reviewing different neighborhoods in Lubbock to give you house seekers out there some ideas as to where you want your dream house to be. It’s one thing to find a great house and it is altogether different to find that house in the right location (As the cliché goes: “Location, Location, Location.”) I’m trying to stay as unbiased as I can as I review the homes for sale in Lubbock because I don’t want to steer you into a neighborhood I like rather one that you would like. I’m just a hometown guy who hopefully can help you understand what areas in Lubbock are available and nice. From there, it’s on you. Still, feel free to comment about my reviews if you like and add what you think are the best neighborhoods for those moving to the Hub of the Plains.

So far, we have talked about Tech Terrace, Vintage Township and Lakeridge and I think I have given you fair pros and cons. Today this article will focus on my hood, known as Kelsey Park. Kelsey Park is located between Quaker Avenue and Indiana Avenue and from 130th street to 150th street. It is one the very newest neighborhoods in town. My wife and I moved into this Kelsey Park over one year ago and we have noticed it has gone through some major development. I would call this neighborhood mid to middle-upper class. There are some luxury apartments going up to our north and to our east. I can’t speak to what luxury means in this case, but I do know that they call them luxury. And I also know that as houses are being built all around us, many families who have moved to town are staying in really nice duplexes on 133rd street as they wait for their house to be built.

I’ve walked around quite a bit in this neighborhood and there is a really nice park nearby that has a lit running/walking track. As well, on my walks I have seen some of the already-built homes and I can only call them beautiful. From inside to out, these homes have been carefully planned. They are all modern and there is character to them. Also the neighbors seem to be nice and helpful. I got snowed into my garage and a guy who lives in the house behind me helped me shovel away snow and ice for an hour. Two days later I drove my car into a muddy ditch and could not get out. This is when I met another neighbor from down the street who hooked a chain to my bumper and pulled me out. (I know this is a limited sample size – the rest of my neighborhood might be full of sociopaths and thieves. But I doubt it.)

The drawback to Kelsey Park is that it is so new. There are loud noises from construction, nails all over the place (which my tires seem to always find), and not too many restaurants nearby. I know these issues will all soon be remedied as a Wal-Mart has opened near – Wal-Marts usually mean lots of other businesses will follow. I cannot say much else about the problems here because it hasn’t reached full-development. (It’s possible that a volcano will arise and erupt causing some negatives, but Lubbock is not known for those – more like 800 mph winds.)

Okay – That’s it for Kelsey Park. We will keep moving around town in future articles. Good luck with your house hunting.

Lakeridge Country Club Homes

Another Good Neighborhood in Lubbock

I’ll lead out by saying that there are myriad Lubbock homes for sale. And to be honest, it’s pretty hard to find a house in a terribly bad area. Lubbock is known for being a good place to raise families and is overall known as a warm and friendly place to be. If you can stand the occasional (like 360 days out of 365) gusts of orange dust whipping through the air, you have found an excellent place to land for a while. Still, in this article, I want to continue sharing the best and worst parts of specific areas in town so you can get the best home in Lubbock, Tx.

Today I want to focus on a country club setting known as Lakeridge. Lakeridge is basically found south of 82nd street to 98th street on the north. It also runs from Quaker Avenue on the east to Slide Avenue on the west. For a long time, Lakeridge was known as the place to be. It’s property costs were fairly high but with the country club atmosphere and steady gains in overall property values, a lot of wealthy people began buying their homes in this very nice neighborhood. This section of town was pretty much at the edge of the new Lubbock sprawl to the southwest and as a past Tennis pro who worked the courts of this golf and tennis club, I can attest that it was a gem. I always thought I would live in either Tech Terrace or Lakeridge because both had loads of character.

But then something happened. I’m not totally sure, but the rumor was that the ground underneath Lakeridge was cracking and as a result was causing foundational cracks in the houses of many of the houses there. I know I saw this cracking on the tennis courts as we had to resurface again and again. I also know that the golf course didn’t have good enough drainage and it was almost destroyed. Suddenly the premiere place to live in Lubbock was losing it’s stellar reputation.

Lakeridge has survived all of this mess and is back to being a good neighborhood, but the damage has been done for those who were in Lubbock as this mess was happening. As well, Lubbock kept growing far beyond Lakeridge’s once dominant location. (Lubbock has sprawled for five miles in all directions.) With new beautiful neighborhoods popping up to Lakeridge’s southwest, there were many more choices than Country Club land.

The one good thing about Lakeridge now is that you can still get a really nice home for much more reasonable prices. It also has some lovely homes for sale in Lubbock. It’s definitely a place to check out if you are in the market, but I just wanted you to know some of the background so you can make an informed decision.

Okay. That’s it for this article. I’ll be back to review another neighborhood in the next article.

Road Warrior – Day three

Day Three: Sheds and Knives

Today was Friday and I was able to recognize a lot of weariness in the clients I visited today. I get it – weekends are more fun than the regular work week – more freedom. I also felt like I was kind of going through the motions with my pitches, but whatever I was doing was working because we picked up another new client. That will please my bosses.

Landing this new client sort of kick-started my weekend and made me feel valuable and feeling valuable is on of my two favorite feelings in the world. Feeling valuable makes me feel worth – I know I am supposed to get that feeling from God, but sometimes I don’t. I guess I am just a bit of a people-pleaser and a little insecure – like most people I know.

When I got back to my Lubbock Corporate Housing spot, I took a shower and then checked on my nurse friends next door. They asked me to go to dinner with them at Texas Roadhouse – I said yes and that I would be waiting for them in the lobby. While I was in the lobby I grabbed a local newspaper and was perusing it when a fellow extrovert sat across from me and introduced himself as Tom. Tom was about 50 years old and his twang let me know he was from West Texas. As I put my paper down, Tom asked me what I did for a living. I responded “Sales and marketing.” Then I asked him what he did and he told me, “I am a professional storage shed buyer.” I asked him, “So like the guys on Storage Wars?” He nodded and just began to talk about his latest finds.

I could tell he was feeling the loneliness I had been feeling – he just wanted another human to talk to. And I was happy to lend a listening ear. He went on about last week’s find: “I bought a shed that was piled with your normal junk, but after I bought it, I discovered three suitcases in the back. Suitcases can always be interesting – especially locked ones. I pulled out my big flat head screwdriver and pried them open. Guess what was in them.”

I took a shot. “An original Declaration of Independence worth millions?”

He shook his head and went on. “I wish. No, but it was still interesting. This shed had been abandoned by a now dead accountant and inside these suitcases was old WW2 memorabilia – all kinds of things. One thing that stood out was an old dagger with a swastika at the top. I guess it was a prized weapon for the original owner. Some Nazi.”

As Tom was going on, my nurse friends came downstairs and I cut off my conversation with Tom by saying, “Tom I have to go but how long are you in Lubbock?” I stood up and we shook hands. He responded, “One more month.” I asked his phone number and he gave it to me so we could reconnect later on. “I’ll call you.” He said in closing, “Great Kevin. (I’m sorry I didn’t introduce myself to you earlier) I’ll take you to one of the shed auctions with me some time.”

And that was that. I was off to my dinner with three very pretty nurses who were ready to use the weekend as a full on escape from their nursing duties. I might tell you more once I get back to my Lubbock Extended Stay bed. But for now, let’s leave it at that.