I think one reason for the change was to more easily and efficiently house the large number of players. The quarters were relatively small and houses sold out quickly. To keep the Quarter system would have rapidly become unwieldy. During Alpha, houses were right on the streets. Late in Alpha or early Beta, the Quarters were added but it wasn't long before there just were not enough houses for all the players.
I lived in 2484 Venet Root Quarter. I couldn't take snaps for the longest time - it would crash Flash on my computer. So I don't have many, but here's a couple.
A screencap of the exterior: my first Zilloween: farm9.staticflickr.com/8431... My neighbour Intrepia gave me most of the pumpkins <3 For later Zilloweens, I would grow and carve ALL the pumpkins myself :D
Interior: lem.to/p/5lGK The mess on the floor was pretty much normal. I think this was actually a good day :P Hurray for SDBs!
ETA: aww, and you can see my gnome in Eye Wonder's snap here: http://lem.to/p/t5Kz :)
Ah, My video game house i.imgur.com/O7wg0.png . This was from October of last year, Crazy to see how much has changed since then. I lol'd when I noticed that my character looks exactly the same with a different color palette.
I don't have any snaps of my previous houses. Sad. :( I really miss my 4-room bog house and living in Shimla Mirch. I also really miss coordinating a move with friends when new houses were available so we could all have mansions on the same street. My last house was in Rasana on a street with my sister and fiance, but I will always feel most nostalgic of our block in Maybe Marsh.
ETA: thanks for sharing your memories! I love this thread.
Oh, how I loved going back and looking at everybody's snaps of their old housing. I miss mine, still. Eye Wonder posted a snap of The Shelf of Legend in her last link. That shelf was in the lobby of Boan Stravenue Villas, Jethimadh, where I lived during alpha-beta. We didn't have essences or potions at the time of the Great Reset, so bog homes were not at all popular, and I was able to save up the currants to buy my old place back, again. Outside on the deck, with the best view of Jethimadh Tower. Overview of Boan Stravenue Villas
I would love a big ol' Firebog chandelier like this for my new house. A self-portrait with Shelf, which I love because of the chicken's name that appears as Inhabitant. I still have this chicken, as I moved all of the old Villa livestock, and they are still comfy on my sofa at the new place.
crappy screencap of my first house at Venet Root Quarter (#1344) + the picture from the realty page (which also shows the garden). I hadn't learned snapshotting before I moved out so that's sadly all I've got.
My ye olde bog house at 201 Illjoke Ease from the reset, with organization done by Asperity because she is far more of a tidier then I am and thus awesome for doing so. I don't have any shots of my old old pre reset house, though I had a little blue cottage in Marakesh and thought it was awfully cute.