Houston Neighborhoods, Real Estate

Houston Heights Historic District VS non-Historic District Properties

We were doing some statistical analysis, as we typically do this time of year, and found some interesting information by comparing sales in the Historic Districts against sales outside of these districts in The Heights. The Greater Heights area includes seven historic districts, each with slightly different characteristics. All seven have limitations on what can be done to a Contributing Structure.

Details on what criteria and what constitutes a contributing structure can be found at the City of Houston’s Historic Preservation Manual website.

Note the relationship between the size of home inside and outside of a Historic district.

We found that values were very similar between historic and non-historic residences. The average price and median price inside and outside the historic district were statistically identical. There was one very distinct difference.  The size of the properties inside a historic district were 10-15% smaller on average than those outside the districts. Basically, the values in the districts were higher while the home sizes were smaller. This size difference could be used to make the argument that homes inside the districts are worth more because they will have a 10-15% higher value per square foot of living space than outside the districts.

New Construction on a Large Lot on Usener

This can also be attributed to the abundant new construction outside of historic districts that can take place and tends to be built substantially larger than the original homes. A historic district will typically impose limitations on the size of a home based on the lot size and amount of livable square feet known as the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and Maximum Lot Coverage. Many of the definitions and guidelines can be found in  the City of Houston Planning Department’s Project Potential Design Tools.

Finally, it is important to know that whether a property is inside or outside a Historic District, it can still have restrictions. There are deed restrictions based on the neighborhood the property is in, which may have size requirements and height restrictions. There are also city ordinances that can help people control development on a block by block basis. The Minimum Lot Size and Minimum Building Line ordinances for the city of Houston are tools that homeowners can use to vote to control the other homes on their block. Click here for an interactive map where you can look up properties and the neighborhoods where homeowners have decided to self-impose these restrictions.

 

 

 

 

Real Estate

BETH WOLFF REALTORS REAL LIVING SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE WHO’S WHO IN LUXURY REAL ESTATE BOARD OF REGENTS IN HOUSTON.

This is just another reason to know and trust this industry leader in Houston. Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate (LRE®) just announced this award to Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living for their history of exemplifying leadership and enduring accomplishments in the real estate industry.

For over 40 years, Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living has been synonymous with expertise and concierge service in Houston’s residential real estate marketplace. We provide clientele with notable neighborhood knowledge, extensive global access, insightful answers to financial inquiries and superlative personalized service. Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living is also very well connected and involved in community organizations and charities; the company was recognized in 2019 with the LRE® Extraordinary Philanthropy Award.

This distinguished award came from a worldwide collection of top brokers representing the finest luxury properties across the globe, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate has been leading the real estate industry since 1986. This hand-selected group of more than 125,000 professionals with properties in more than 62 countries collectively sells over $240 billion of real estate annually, making it the most elite and comprehensive luxury real estate network in the world.

“We feel honored and privileged to be given this award. We would like to take a moment to thank the Board of Regents Luxury Real Estate worldwide collection of top brokers for this vote of confidence in our company that has grown with this great city of Houston.” — Beth Wolff

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BIRDWATCHING – BEST PLACES NEAR HOUSTON

Houston Audubon

Enjoy over 3,410 acres of land at Houston Audubon. This nonprofit conservation is homed to 300 bird species and over 9,450 plants to find and observe. This sanctuary holds bird watching events and bird surveys for the whole family to enjoy. Visit houstonaudubon.org/

Houston Arboretum

Explore the wonders that Houston Arboretum provides! This park has plenty of scenery to take in and different trails to get lost in. The Arboretum is perfect to bird watch and you can even enjoy your morning coffee out on the trails. Visit houstonarboretum.org/

Hogg Bird Sanctuary

Tucked away near Buffalo Bayou, this sanctuary is home to many local birds. This is also the home of many migratory birds, so there are birds year round at the park. Visit houstonparksboard.org/about/hogg-bird-sanctuary

Cullinan Park

This park is impeccable for bird watching! With over 700 acres to wander through, it is easy to get lost in nature here. It also has an observation tower to get an overview of the land. Visit cullinanparkconservancy.org/

Baytown Nature Center

Take a stroll at Baytown Nature Center and you’ll find that it is surrounded by three other bays. Along with, species of birds that are more coastal! This center is great for children to explore and and frolic on all the playgrounds. Visit  baytown.org/city-hall/departments/parks-recreation/baytown-nature-center.

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HOUSTON ART TO EXPLORE OUTDOORS

1701 Commonwealth Mural

At 1701 Commonwealth there is a hidden house that was converted into the neighborhood hangout spot called The Flat. But before you go in, check out the mural that is painted on the outside of the building by Houston artist Daniel Anguilu.

Warby Parker Mural

At 645 Heights Blvd you will find a mural created for Warby Parker by two local artists, Andy Rementer and Creighton Tynes. They created this to showcase the fun and vibrant styles of glasses that Warby Parker provides.

Greetings from Houston

Located at 3602 White Oak Drive is an Italian gelato shop with a mural painted on the left side of the building that greets anyone passing by. This mural was created by Daniel Angulu, who captured all things Houston!

Montrose Paint Wall

Biscuit Paint Wall is located on the side of Biscuit Home which is located at 1435 Westheimer Road. The wall was created by artist Sebastien who had the creative task to bring Biscuit’s Home personality to reflect on the outside.

Let’s Preserve the Creation

Check out one of Houston’s largest murals that is located in Midtown! This mural was designed for the Arts “Open Door” project. It took a month to finish and over 500 cans of spray paint to create it. Located at 2800 San Jacinto Street.

Houston is Inspired

This mural has become a landmark to Bayou City. This mural was developed for an advertising campaign back in 2013 to promote the culinary and art scene in Houston. Artist Mario Figueroa created this movement for the past and still retains for the future. Located at 420 Travis Street

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ENJOY THESE HOLIDAY DISHES WHILE SUPPORTING LOCAL VENDORS

Sliver Stone

Looking for Gourmet Meals on the go? Look no further. Elizabeth Stone has perfected her company Sliver Stone to deliver exquisite meals for all your lunches, dinners, and small parties for your conveniences and indulgences. Visit www.silverstone-foodshop.com

Culinaire

Packed full of high end services and high end food, Culinaire will give you a high end experience. The Culinaire team has over 20 years of experience in luxury event catering. Chef Barbara Mcknight knows how to make every dish a holiday festivity. Visit culinairecatering.com

Junior League-The Pantry

The Pantry offers all kinds of goodies to take home and enjoy as a part of your holiday meals. Some of our favorites are the casseroles and bakery items such as the famous orange rolls. Gourmet Texas Pecans are now available in The Pantry, so pick up one for a hostess gift, and keep one for yourself. Gift certificates are a great holiday gift and a way to donate to JLH for that special someone that has everything. Visit www.jlh.org/thepantry/

Fab Fete Souffle

Elizabeth Swift has been perfecting her hobby in the kitchen. Her famous Souffle has filled the homes of her family and friends and now available for deliveries right to your doorstep! Fab Fete is a great way to send a gift to someone nationwide. Visit thefabfete.com and make this the life of the party.

Tony’s

One of the most beautiful restaurants in Houston, Tony’s is eye catching from the front door to the food. Not only do they give you a five star experience inside the restaurant but they will also cater you the same experience to enjoy at any party. Try the pastries for dessert. They guarantee not to disappoint! tonyshouston.com

Ragin’ Cajun

If you haven’t experienced a Cajun Style Turkey from Ragin’ Cajun, get ready to convert. Our Cajun Style Turkeys are injected with Cajun/Creole seasonings and deep-fried to perfection so your holiday turkey will be golden-brown on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Ragin’ Cajun also offers Turduckens. This main course is more than just a meal; it is an experience. Turduckens are created using a deboned turkey, duck and chicken stuffed with two different types of stuffing – dirty rice or jalapeño cornbread. Visit ragin-cajun.com

Houstonian

Holiday Brunches to take home dinners, The Houstonian is going all out for the holidays with great food and the friendliest service in Texas. Creating authentic and delicious food inspired by our neighbors in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico is how they pay respect to Southeast Texas cooking called Tex-Lex. Visit houstonian.com

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR (NEW) HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

The Houston Symphony

This is the best way to start getting in the true holiday spirit. Join the Houston Symphony in accordance with the safety guidelines for the following upcoming events:

American Strings: From Folk to Film – November 20-22
A Baroque Christmas – December 4 – 6
Very Merry POPS – December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2020

A free virtual market going on now through December 11. Jump on this website to shop and support the Houston Ballet during this challenging time. It’s not just shopping. It’s an experience! Houstonballet.org

The Light Park In Spring Texas

A 30-minute drive north in Spring, Texas, The Light Park has decked its proverbial halls all over the Hurricane Harbor Splashtown parking lot with a mile-long display of holiday spirit, complete with a 700-foot LED tunnel (the largest in the world, organizers say). www.springhappenings.com

Houston Zoo Lights

From November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021, reconnect with the animals while enjoying the grounds full of lights and experiences. Interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, get a selfie on a giant ice throne, and take a socially distanced photo with Santa in his workshop! Stroll through a 125-foot-long, Infinity Tunnel of Light, see dragons come to life in the 4-D Enchanted Forest, and experience “snow” in Texas! Buy tickets online only at houstonzoo.org

Real Estate

HOME SALES “MARKET SNAPSHOT”

The current market is as interesting as everything else in 2020. The impact of COVID 19 has been on the number of properties available for sale more than on the number of buyers in the market. As you will see below, the data shows that listings are down substantially from last year at this time and yet the number of properties under contract is up. The shortage of good available properties has kept prices stable. All of this information is relative to the value. The majority of sales (70+%) are between $200,000-$400,000. This does not mean that we are not selling homes above this value. Over 1,150 homes sold above $500,000 in August.

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OPENING OF MEMORIAL PARK’S EASTERN GLADES

Reclaiming 100 acres of previously inaccessible parkland and inspired by the original 1930s Master Plan for Memorial Park by landscape architects Hare & Hare, the Eastern Glades provides something for everyone – from runners on the Seymour Lieberman Trail, picnicking families, students of ecology and those interested in Houston’s and the nation’s cultural history. Eastern Glades is home to over 150 native species which add biodiversity and wildlife habitat to the Park.

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BEST FARMERS MARKETS IN HOUSTON

The Houston Farmers Market
2520 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009
Small and packed little market full of everything you could think of. Great prices on many different herbs and produce, as well as culture items.

Memorial Villages Farmers Market
10840 Beinhorn Rd, Houston, TX 77024
Farm vendors with a variety of produce and several other fun vendors. Some favorites vendors include hummus, coffee, kombucha, and homemade pasta. Unique items not found anywhere! Continue Reading