29 thoughts on “Where I Live: Cherry Street Modern in Dignowity Hill

  1. It makes me happy to know someone moved to San Antonio and decided to live downtown instead of Stoneoklahoma. I have been stunned to learn many of our “Northern Neighbors” know little to nothing about urban San Antonio. Great story. Thank you Rivard Report.

  2. It’s funny how before the influx of millenials and hipsters to downtown everything was just ‘by SAC’, the Alamodome area, Broadway, Cherry St. … Etc. now everything has a fancy pants name: dignowity hill, Tobin hill, government hill, etc. whatever makes you feel better.

    • Daniel, we don’t know how old you are, but whatever the number, the names of those neighborhoods all are older than you. TheY have been in use for most of a century and remain unchanged. –RR

  3. The only reason you have that very lovely town home is because it is on the outskirts of Dignowity Hill. San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation would have fought that development tooth and nail otherwise. Congrats on the new digs. The Eastside is awesome. Historic districts not so much,

    • Not exactly true. Yes, there are guidelines to follow but OHP and HDRC do allow for modern design in historic neighborhoods. Terramark is actually getting Dignowity Hill neighborhood input for a development in the middle of the historic district, slightly less density is planned and it will have a completely different architecture (probably a modern take on craftsman style). The whole thing is still somewhat conceptual but when they presented to the neighborhood association a few weeks ago they said they were starting talks with OHP. I’ve also gone through the HDRC process for a single family home in DH, it can be slightly cumbersome but I still appreciate the value the additional design review gives to the neighborhood. Just my opinion though.

  4. It’s nice to see these areas revitalized, but it would be even nicer to see developments that didn’t look so homogenous. Everything seems to be this bland, hyper modern, wanna-be industrial. Even if I had the money to move down there you couldn’t pay me to live in something that ugly. Not everyone digs sharp angles, barren concrete and metal.

    It’s not just ugly, it just doesn’t feel like Texas or San Antonio.

    • You’re certainly entitled to your opinions about modern architecture, but I find your complaints about homogeneity in architecture a bit ironic. Bringing more variety is exactly what we should be welcoming to our neighborhoods (whether Dignowity or Stone Oak)–even styles you personally don’t like, because those make for the most desirable neighborhoods in the long term. Just look at areas like Alamo Heights or even many of the downtown neighborhoods of Austin and Houston. The neighborhoods reflect the styles of all types of people, and it makes walking and driving through these places a much more positive experience. You can tell people, “I live in the blue craftsman house” instead of “I live in the seventh house on the left.” Why shouldn’t a Tudor, a Spanish revival, a modern industrial, and a Colonial all live in the same neighborhood?

  5. It’s just like Austin has witnessed in the last few years – until the hipsters arrived no one distinguished between the various neighborhoods east of 35.

  6. Thrilled to see this. I’ve watched these town homes going up and was curious about how they turned out. It’s a funky location, so glad to see something happening there.

  7. They are expensive 1-bedroom cookie cutter houses exactly like the ones off dewey & ogden behind main st pizza

  8. I hope Terrramark did a better job on your house then they did at Ogden Modern. They are the worst developer I’ve experienced with low-quality materials and workmanship. They even left our private road unpaved and in poor condition. Hiring a lawyer to sue them. Just a warning for those interested in buying a home from them.

    • Uh oh. My wife and I are very interested in the Tobin Urban development. Would you be able to provide me with more information regarding your issues with them? (you can send it to me privately through my email if you’d like) Appreciate the heads up.

  9. There’s a rich heritage in Dignowity Hill–I have 115-year-old photos and postcards to prove it. Unlike Monte Vista or even King William, it was more of a working man’s domain. It’s wonderful to see it live again. But let’s remember always that the greenest home is one that already exists–the energy and physical labor and the natural resources that went into it are real, tangible things. And please, don’t turn San Antonio into gentrified, industrialist-modern South Austin. Our historic heritage defines us–and puts us in a special category of desirable places to visit and to live.

  10. If people are quick to complain about the modern architectural style of new developments then let me ask you this, what kind of architecture would you like to see?

    Do you want Texas Mediterranean like Stone Oak, Shavano Park, The Dominion?

    Do you want revival Arts and Crafts Movement (Craftsman Style) with cheaper, more readily available materials?

    Do you want Ranch Style houses, like parts of Terrell Hills?

    Do you want Industrial Style houses that look like old warehouses, except aren’t?

    Do you want an Art-Deco Style like parts of Fredericksburg Rd?

    What do you want? Because I can tell you that the current architectural style is what you’re getting and I can bet you that whenever the styles I’ve mentioned above were being built people complained about them being ugly as well.

  11. Best of luck with the gentrification… cherry street was ground zero for hookers a few years ago. Last time I was at the Hays St bridge your neighborhood was getting lit up with a few *pops* *pops* from some friendly neighbors of your just down the street.

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