Real Estate

A Heights House for $150?

A Heights House for $150?

150 Bucks for the Possibility of Getting a Heights House In today’s Heights market I don’t know why you need a gimmick to sell a house, but here is a unique one. This local owner, Micahel Wachs (who is also a Realtor) is Selling his Heights House for $150 by choosing the best 200 word letter […]

Design Cliche-The Texas Donut

Design Cliche-The Texas Donut

For insightful (or inciteful?) comments on the real estate scene, you just can’t beat Swamplot. If a property is featured there, it could be for praise or (more likely) derision. They don’t hold their punches, which makes delightful reading. The recent Swamplot Real Estate Awards for 2014 included the category of design cliches. They call […]

The Houston BizBlog writes about the proposed high speed rail between Houston and Dallas. It mentions the concerns of a couple of Neighborhoods it might go through. Garden Oaks and Independence Heights were mentioned. The Texas Central Railway project is having community meetings in the Houston. NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) concerns by several neighborhoods […]

Sparrow & the Nest trying to Move?

I didn’t notice it until Swamplot reported it, but Sparrow and the Nest, on Studewood is for sale. According to Swamplot, the shop remains open, business as usual. If it sells they will just move down the street. However, at $595,000, I don’t think they’ll be moving anytime soon. MLS #69310200  $442/SF is high will […]

Older, Smaller, Better?

Older, Smaller, Better?

Now there’s something you don’t hear very often. Older, smaller, better, in this case refers to older, smaller business areas…like the Heights. A recent study backs up what we’ve intuitively known forever. That funky old shops promote more people walking, gathering, visiting and enjoying the area. After all, which is more fun, the shops on […]

Fight With Developer in Heights

Fight With Developer in Heights

Another Heights developer fight. This time it’s a developer fighting with an elderly couple over a survey dispute. Evidently both sides agree that the house in question, on Lawrence St, actually is partially on a parcel being developed by a builder. Channel 13 reports that the Reyes have lived in their house for 40 years. […]

Lindale Park Getting New Statue

Lindale Park Getting New Statue

Lindale Park has been in the news a lot lately for the new light rail line and for its fight over high-density development. It’ in the news now for a new statue, soon to be arriving. A 5 ton equine sculpture “Torch Bearers” by Anna Hyatt Huntington was recently  sold at auction to a private collector […]

Real Estate Lawsuit with Happy Ending

Real Estate Lawsuit with Happy Ending

The Houston Chronicle just ran the story of Urban Living (a local real estate brokerage) losing a court fight over a commission dispute. Urban Living had a signed exclusive agreement with a potential buyer. Evidently, beyond a cursory first look, they did nothing to find the buyer a house. The buyer later went on to […]

Painted Ladies & Haight Ashbury

Painted Ladies & Haight Ashbury

I just got back from the NAR Realtor Conference in San Francisco last week. The conference was good; the city was great. Here are the Top 10 Tidbits I picked up about San Francisco. Number of people: 1.34 million. Number of stop signs: trillions…there are stop signs on all 4 corners of every street! Going across town […]

Unusual Heights Home For Sale

Unusual Heights Home For Sale

My favorite real estaTe blog Swamplot  gave info on this cool Heights house for sale. It’s a contemporary-ish home that started out (before a 1950’s and a 1980’s remodel) as a 1920 ‘s home. I love bungalows and don’t normally like bungalow-turned-contemporary, (or bungalow turned-into-anything different) but there’s no bungalow left, so it actually looks […]