Tyne Boulevard House Purchased, Not Demolished 

Unusual move surprises entire neighborhood

Unusual move surprises entire neighborhood

A 1950s-era ranch house on Tyne Boulevard was purchased two weeks ago, and, in a development that stunned neighbors, the new owners simply moved into the house.

“It’s a nice house in a nice neighborhood,” explains Ruth Wolfe, as her husband Ansel nodds. The couple, originally from the Czech Republic, recently became U.S. citizens and seemed truly bewildered by the attention surrounding their purchase and move-in. “Our two children can go just a few blocks to Overton High. We have three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths. What’s not to like?” Ansel Wolfe says in the living room of the 1954 brick ranch house.

Buying a perfectly decent house, only to tear it down and build a hulking McMansion, has been a hot real estate trend for the past two or three years all along the section of Tyne between Granny White Pike and Franklin Road, local real estate brokers say.

The neighborhood was originally developed in the ’40s and ’50s, with relatively modest houses that served perfectly well to shelter and provide a home for two generations of area families. But as real estate prices have soared, laying waste to these structures has become the norm.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the moving van,” says Elizabeth Bradford, who lives two doors down from the Wolfe family in a house that she and her husband built last year to replace a demolished ranch house. “Everybody just assumed that the house was being purchased to tear down. Then I heard the new people were foreign, and it made more sense—they just aren’t accustomed to American ways.”

“It’s getting so that an original house left on that street sort of stands out among all the new construction,” says one local contractor who has built several houses in the area over the past few years. “I love it,” he adds.

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

“It’s getting so that an original house left on that street sort of stands out among all the new construction,” says one local contractor who has built several houses in the area over the past few years. “I love it,” he adds.

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

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