||[Jun. 7th, 2005|04:19 pm]
When I named my house Dinosaur Moonbase One, I had no idea that a few years down the road someone would decide to build "Moon Units" at the corner of my street and S. 1st. Basically a few feet away. I figured they'd be some campy, themed apartment complexes, but holy crap, no. They're going to be ultra-modern, bizarrely stylish, and incongruously upscale condo/lofts.
Rolling glass "garage doors" instead of front and back walls, sealed concrete floors, configurable interiors...
From the website:
"Moon Units were conceived to be highly versatile and flexible spaces that allow you to decide how to use them best. This 10-unit development is targeted at those seeking a more affordable alternative to downtown lofts and the "Creative Class" of Austinites -- entrepreneurs who want to eliminate long commutes and extra bills by working from home."
It's strange. It's like this whole thing has just been sent into the future from 1999 and the height of the dot-com era. And it's an odd location, too, being across from two gas stations, and a throw away from an elementary school. But who am I kidding? I'm excited. Any fears I have have been laid to rest by this disclaimer:
"Discaimer: NASA, its employees past or present, and anyone related to Frank Zappa do not endorse Moon Units. All names, references, and any information contained herein are not meant to represent NASA, its employees past or present, or anyone related to Frank Zappa in any way, shape, or form. It is the intention of the developer to celebrate the accomplishments of our great nation, the heroes that travelled where no one had gone before, and the unique naming skills of Frank Zappa."
Just look: http://www.moonunitsaustin.com/