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On a small corner lot opposite Rosedale Elementary, just a block from the Moore-Hancock Farmstead, is a remarkable modern formal garden: spiny yucca set in conical mounds of gravel, nine large metal stock tanks, and steel-edged raised beds in strict but oddly placed rectangles. It was spectacular going in, but it's already showing signs of entropy as gravel settles here and leaves collect there. Can this sort of formalism succeed in laid-back Austin?

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Unfortunately these photos don't quite do the garden justice. For one thing the water garden aspect is missing, but I didn't want to trespass to catch it. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by for a look.

I wonder what is the significance of the name, "Malinaland"? (No connection with my own Malini.)

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I love your digicam wanderings on a local scale, Prentice. You have inspired me to stop looking for my spare SmartCard film thingie, a lost cause, and go buy a couple new ones.

iggyball@hairland [iggy ARROBA hairyeyeball PUNTO net] • 2002.06.27
The significance of "Malinaland" was made clear to me finally when they featured this garden on "Central Texas Gardener". The owners' last name is Malina.

Paul • 2003.09.05
Malinaland is for sale! I can't get the $%#@&!!! online realty search sites in this town to cough up a URL, but if you're in the market call a realtor.

It's a unique property not only because of the landscaping: it's a 2/1 with *3* living areas and a "detached 2-story study". Perfect for two novelists with no kids, I suppose. If you want to see it for yourself, they're having an open house this Sunday 6/20/04 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

And while I'm blogging about Rosedale real estate, Malinaland is adjacent to two fascinating properties which recently sold and are in the process of being redone. One is undoubtedly the cheapest house in Rosedale, a tiny 2-1 on a sliver of a lot that had been occupied by an animal hoarder. When they opened it up for airing it smelled like a cage at the zoo for weeks. It had holes in the floor, holes in the ceiling, you name it, and sold for $130K, about half the going rate for a minimal Rosedale cottage. It looks like they're fixing it up nicely.

The other one consisted of *two* small houses on a lot that goes straight through from one street to another, thus having two addresses on a single property. It was listed at $175K but I don't know what it sold for. They're currently doing complete demolition on the 2/1 but it looks like they're renovating the smaller 1/1. I hope that means they'll be doing something creative on the lot: if they were planning a David Weekly monstrosity I'm sure they'd have torn down both houses.

These two data points show me that I'll undoubtedly be leaving Rosedale if and when I manage to buy. Now I'm obsessing about the area north and east of Rosedale bounded by Burnet, Koenig, Airport and 49th, and about Crestview further north. Even in those areas I'd be a bottom-feeder but I hope to avoid holes in the floor and wild animal smells.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.06.18
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