By the fall of 1958 and the start of 8th grade, with puberty more or less behind us, a kind bewilderment began to set in. At that stage, the boy/girl stuff was what it was, competitive athletics was starting its culling process, and different academic challenges were thrown at us. Some of us thrived and some of us didn’t.
Throughout our area, the house sizes and arrangements followed a repetitive pattern. They were built in a somewhat random fashion rather than in large, organized tracts shown in the Levittown example above. The smallest of them were about 750 sq.ft. and the largest were about 2600 sq.ft.
Our GI Bill houses were most frequently 2-bedroom, 1-bath crackerboxes of about 700-950 sq.ft. usually without a garage, or at most they had a carport. These houses were built immediately after WWII, about 1947 for a few years. One Highlander told of their family of 6 in one of these homes, first flooring the attic to provide additional sleeping space for the brothers but, quickly finding that the next limiting factor was trying to live with 6 people and 1 bathroom.
Step-up houses started appearing in the early 1950s and were built in several configurations: 3-1-1 and 3-2-1. By the mid-1950s, living space started gradually increasing to 1100-1400 sq.ft.; then, 1500-1800 sq.ft. as newer housing was built east along Meadowbrook Drive and pushing north into the Central Meadowbrook area between the golf course and Oakland Park.
Starting in 1953, the first homes in the soon to be seen as the wealthy neighborhood of Eastern Hills, located just east of the golf course and north of the high school were built along Blueridge Dr. adjoining the golf course. Other early homes in that neighborhood were first built along Danciger and Monterrey then, construction substantially stopped about 1954 due to a recession. The homes in the Eastern Hills neighborhood came to be distinguished by hilly, wooded terrain, wide curving streets, and significantly larger, custom-built brick homes of 2200 - 3000 sq.ft. Most were configured as 3-2-2 with the additions of formal dining rooms and large dens with fireplaces.