Yeah, that's true.
Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man-The Big Lebowski
When I looked at the link of the Cape Cod you posted, I had flash backs to high school parties!
Your IL's neighbors - do you remember their name? I likely knew one of them!
I grew up in a Levitt rancher - my parents had the bigger model that had the family room next to the kitchen. They added on a den/study and a guest/sewing room, as well as a screened porch so it was actually pretty spacious for our family of five. The only downside was no basements.
BTW, a high school classmate of mine who still lives there is raising at least 12 kids in one of those Levitt homes though I'm not sure which model. I mean, I know what it looks like but can't remember the name of it - it wasn't the colonial, cape cod or rancher. We didn't have that model in my neighborhood. She might actually have more kids now but last I heard she was pregnant and had at least 11 kids.
Most of the people I knew had additions on the original Levitt models. I had a lot of friends who grew up in the Cape Cod model, but most of them added large family rooms across the back and used the two rooms upstairs and the two down for bedrooms. The thing that stinks about that model is that there is no master bath.
BTW, I don't think we ever had aqua - we had yellow in the kitchen. In fact, my parents kitchen must have had upgrades. They actually had nice wood cabinets while some of my friends' homes had metal! When my parents redid their kitchen about 15 years ago, we took some of the old cabinets and hung them in our garage for storage. :)
The neighbors were the Prevos, or maybe it's spelled Privo.
Yep, I knew one of the Prevos. Pam was in my class. She wasn't one of my good friends, but we hung out in the same general social circles.
I'm trying to remember if our kitchen ever had the faux brick backsplash. I don't recall that but my parents' kitchen was remodeled a couple of times before they completely gutted it about 15 years ago.
That was another popular thing to do - convert the garage into a family room. I had several friends whose families did that. One of my best friends in high school lived in a Cape and had the garage family room. Come to think of it, my h.s. boyfriend grew up in a Cape and had the garage family room too!
Did your dh ever live there or did his parents move there after he was out of the house?
And yes, the Country Clubber is the one I was thinking about. I didn't know anyone personally who lived in one of those models as they weren't in the sections on the side of Bowie where I grew up. I do recall going to a party or two in one and that was the only model where I didn't know immediately where to find the bathroom!
BTW, one of my BFF's that I still keep in touch with grew up in Heather Hills. I think her mom still lives there. That was considered the boonies b/c it was separated from the rest of us, LOL. And now, it's even more set apart b/c it's in the middle of all that Towne Center development where it used to be soccer fields when I was growing up. It's amazing to look at how much has changed since I lived there. It used to be that we had to shop in Landover (!!) and Annapolis b/c aside from Peebles and the always empty Free State Mall, there was no place to buy clothing!
Pam is the only Prevo kid whose name I know.
Yes, she is a nurse. She married the son of a good friend of my parents. I think they live in Crofton or somewhere in that general area.
Did your dh and his brother go to h.s. there?
Here is a funny coincidence. Years ago, when my 10 y/o was a toddler, I joined a playgroup. It was supposed to be just people in the greater Annapolis area, but one of the women lived in Bowie. She mentioned that she lived on a certain street near where I grew up. I told her one of my best friends had lived on that street. The one time the playgroup met at her house, I couldn't believe it when I pulled up and she lived in my best friend's childhood home! My friend's parents had sold it to this woman and her dh. It was so bizarre going into that house, having spent so many of my childhood years there. They hadn't needed to do much updating as my friend's parents had done a lot of work to it - I think the only thing they did was upgrade some things in the kitchen. I couldn't wait to call my friend when I left to tell her I'd just been in her house (her parents had moved out about 6-7 years prior).
My parents are still there. I doubt they'll ever move. They talked about it years ago, but decided to stay put b/c they are centrally located b/w me and my brother. Plus, my mom has several friends who still are there, and being a rancher, it's the perfect house for them to be able to stay in as they age. Now that there is so much shopping there, she has everything she needs. Coincidentally, the condo they had considered buying back when I was in college, is only a couple of miles from me. They should have bought it-it would have been a great investment considering what they are worth now!