At 707 Euclid, the New Driveway Courtyard Landscaping Is In

The landscaping promised for the courtyard area that doubles as a driveway in back of the newly expanded and renovated home at 707 Euclid St. in Woodland Heights is now installed. We know this because a Swamplot reader was kind enough to send in the above photo of the scene. It provides an update to the photos in the listing (below), which show only unplanted planting beds in the driveway, before the most recent additions:


The 1,800-sq.-ft. 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom property is listed for sale for $749,900.

Top photo: Swamplot inbox

Garage Front

18 Comment

  • Too silly!
    1) Trees trunks grow. In circumference. No way anybody wants those obstacles.
    2) The tree canopy will shade the solar panels.
    2) Parking your hot engine over that grass will kill it immediately.
    But I do love the old-school divided driveway UP TO the parking area by the garage.

  • For $749,900 I EXPECT the OWNER & the contractor to have BRAINS and NOT put fricking trees in the middle of the driveway .Which will render the garage inaccessible to cars. Unless they want the buyer to park their cars outside all the time. No thank you. . And ,ummm , let me guess NOT use the garage except to store crap. And oh yeah ,the solar panels will be rendered unless due to the tree canopy BLOCKING the sun’s rays from hitting the SPV panels. I’d like to know the name of the builder. As soon as I post this I’m zipping off an email inquiry to the listing agent. I’d keep on looking . Because if this glaring mistake which is so covert, I don’t even want to think what unseen disasters await the new owner in this gem of a house !!! It’s sooooooo special !!!

  • this is what a driveway that has been cracked by roots looks like before it is cracked.

  • For those being critical, does anyone actually know what type of tree was planted? Depending on the type, it may not even grow tall enough to block the solar panels. And even if they do eventually grow that big, it’ll be 5-10 years down the road and even then they will just need to be trimmed. I’d say driveway cracks are more of a concern.

  • It the garage finished out? Doesn’t appear to be which makes me go hmmm.

  • Eugene, those look to be Crape Myrtles. Different varieties have different heights. These are pretty tall for as young as they are, so I’m guessing these would get anywhere from 15′ to 25′ tall when mature. They can be pruned back, but they are still inappropriate for this location.
    What I want to know is who was the landscape design firm who installed these?

  • lol at the solar panels when the driveway is impervious.

  • This is really one of the silliest things I’ve ever seen a builder do.

  • It’s a 2 car garage, y’all. The cars drive around the trees. They don’t park over the grass, they park in the garage.

  • Keep the car in the driveway, use the garage to store cycles, motorized or leg-powered, even golf carts. Makes sense to me. They still need grass in the median down the driveway: why not mondo grass?

  • the only thing funnier than the trees in the middle of the driveway are those trying to defend the builders decision. We walked the property a few weeks ago and the house and the addition appear well done. The fountain and water/algea filled ditch along the driveway and the trees in the middle of the driveway are laughable.

  • I thought a solar paneled roof and two newly planted trees would appease this group….. But after reading some of the comments I guess this would fall within the yellow “Elevated” block of Homeland Security’s advisory system with a significant risk of terrorist attacks. Trees cut down: Severe. New development: High. Trees in a driveway: Elevated. Organic Hot Dog Restaurant: Guarded. Graffiti: Low…..

  • I disagree, anyone that can afford these places will do what they want the driveway, but the builder has succeeded in providing a gimmick to attract attention, whatever its merits or lack thereof may be. Americans (and most notably home buyers) are gullible like everyone else and this presents an image of “attention to detail”.

  • This is a clear cut swampy contender – editor, please note as such

  • Need the “grass strips in a driveway” added to the swampie awards as worst design trend. There’s even a fancy townhouse across from Rice Village that looks like they’ve added peel and stick turf strips to mimic this. Just do a crushed rock driveway if you really want a surface that allows water through if you really care about drainage.

  • How is solar affordable with $.05 kw electric rates in Houston? I can hardly justify it in San Diego where I’m paying more than 5x as much

  • I have a feeling this was done to attract sales attention to the house, nothing more.

  • It appears that, in fact, the trees divide the driveway and garage in two… I presume that this was done to create the feel of a “courtyard” given that the house and garage fill the lot.