The older ranch houses are being replaced with new houses which is what happens in Houston's unzoned environment. Even if the neighborhood is protected by deed restrictions they seldom keep the smaller, older houses from being replaced by another single family house in desirable inner city neighborhoods. Some of the new houses are pseudo plantations or rock fortresses but the streets of Virginia and Ferndale are sporting an interesting variety of new contemporary houses. I think these contemporary houses blend in better and look less pretentious, less McMansion, although they are probably as large as the other new construction.
I'm also seeing new contemporary houses going up across from Rice University. I wonder if they are getting grief from the neighbors. About nine years ago Cameron Armstrong, an architect, designed a contemporary house and it was a few blocks away from Rice University but the neighbors didn't like the house. It was a two story house like the houses on either side of it. I liked it. Armstrong told me that increasingly architects were finding that neighborhoods were not happy when a single-family home was replaced with a contemporary house but were okay with the use of a stylized version of an older style.
I really am interested in residential architecture, both old and new, and while we are here, I plan to canvas several neighborhoods to see what is happening. Of course, I'll be going back to Eastwood. Then I want to drive around and photograph some houses that look interesting to me.....just in case we decide to build on our lot in Eastwood.