BBBB for the Week of September 19th!in Becky's Best Bungalow Bets, Heights
Hello BBBB Friends,
It was a slow week for new homes coming on to the market this week but I managed to find a couple of new gems as well as three that have been on the market longer but are worthy of another look. As far a status changes among the properties that are “Still On My List”, we have several price reductions so be sure to check those out.
This week HAR released its sales numbers for August and reported the highest one-month single family home sale volume of all time. Wow! But Houston is a pretty big area so I thought it'd be fun to pull out the data for the Greater Heights area to share with you. Things were a little slower around here!
Greater Heights GeoMarket Area
Single Family Home Sales Data for August
|Source: HAR||Aug 2015||Aug 2016||% Change|
|Median Sale Price||$466,000||$450,000||-3%|
|Homes for Sale||114||105||-11%|
|Median For Sale Price||$490,000||$517,900||+6%|
|Months Supply of Inventory||7.1||6.0||-16%|
|Average Days on Market||63||70||+12%|
This Week's Featured Properties
NEW ON THE MARKET: 629 Euclid
Located in Woodland Heights, this bungalow was expanded in 2005 to add a master bath. Currently (and probably forever now since it is in a historic district) it is 1856 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. On a corner lot, the garage entrance is on the side adding to the curb appeal of the house. The kitchen updates are still current but you may want to update the master bath if your favorite color isn’t green. Zoned to Travis Elementary.
NEW ON THE MARKET: 1033 Highland
Here is another Woodland Heights bungalow that has been updated and is ready for move-in. It is also on a large corner lot with garage entrance from the side. The current owners raised and added tray ceilings in the living and dining rooms to really open up the space. There are two bedrooms, two baths (note the additional bedroom and bath listed on HAR are in the garage apartment) and the house square footage is 1760. A beautiful porch for people watching, a garage apartment for extra income, and zoned to Travis Elementary, I’d say this one won’t be on my list for long.
Update: Oh snap! This property has just gone under contract. Can I call them or what!?
NOT SO NEW ON THE MARKET: 444 W 22nd
Scratching my head on this one. Why hasn’t this home sold? It popped up again this week as new on the market because they had a change of realtors. It’s twin next door sold in March for $799,000 after only 20 days on the market. It’s new construction by a good builder, 2727 sq. ft., 3/2/1 with a finished garage apartment. It’s on a nice block with a mixture of renovated bungalows and new construction. Compare this with the Sullivan builders home on the next block that’s newish (2012), 418 sq. ft. smaller with no garage apartment priced only $30k less. (BTW a very similar Sullivan home is “Still on my List” on 17th St.)
BACK ON THE MARKET: 216 Byrne
After a 2-week hiatus, this traditional American Foursquare is back with a new price tag ($20k reduction). With either 3 or 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths and a fenced-in side yard for the dogs and kids to run around, and zoned to Travis, this is a great family home. Quiz time: How do you know a house was built or renovated in the mid-2000s? Granite and travertine (and/or slate) in the bathrooms. This house is no exception. Note that across the street is a church and on the Beauchamp side there are apartments but I wouldn't let that deter you if you love it!
BACK ON THE MARKET: 1816 Cortlandt
Also back on the market after a change in realtors, and with a $25k price reduction, I previewed this house this week and found a lot to like about it including location (great curbed and guttered block), a large, party-worthy, screened-in back porch, and a HUGE, 735 sq. ft. 2-bedroom garage apartment. The kitchen has been beautifully remodeled but the 3rd bedroom is small and doesn’t have a closet. Hmm, I wonder if you could either change the doors on the garage to access the alley (or build a new garage with alley access), then reclaim all of the driveway area for a yard or pool? (Fun fact: the house across the street just sold in August for $1.57M!)
Price Reductions & Status Updates This Week
408 Tabor: Reduced to $355,000 from $360,000
Great option for under $400,000! This 2/1 bungalow is absolutely livable as is but if you want to add a bath, the master is large and adding a master bath/larger closet is an option. Curb appeal is great (red door and porch-my faves). No garage but has a 2 car carport with automatic gate. Lovely back yard.
628 Bayland: Reduced to $445,000 from $459,900
Very cute with updates. The price reflects that this is a 2/1. The location is fabulous and cost to build out a master bedroom with bath and nice closet is about $75,000 (500 sq. ft. @ $150 sq. ft.). The addition is a sound investment in this location.
706 Algregg: Reduced to $580,000 from $609,900
This 1929 2-story farmhouse is back on the market with a lower price tag! This 3/2/1, 2123 sq. ft. home has an awesomely remodeled kitchen and updated bathrooms. It also has a game room which, oddly enough, has a child’s swing. I suppose that’s one way to keep the kiddos out of the heat and mosquitoes!
939 Alexander: Reduced to $615,000 from $634,900
Large 3/2 bungalow with separate bonus room over garage. 1941 Sq. Ft on 6000 sq. ft. lot. Lovely back porch and yard with 2 car garage. There is a 458 sq. ft. bonus room over the garage-not quite useable as a garage apartment but could certainly be an office or gym. Close to hike and bike trail.
733 E 16th: $595,000--Option Pending (5 Days on Market)
On a lovely tree lined street in the Houston Heights, this charming 3/2 bungalow was expanded to 1660 sq. ft. and remodeled in 2014 so consider it move in ready! Field Elementary is just around the corner. The only thing lacking is a garage but it does have a long driveway for off-street parking. Lovely front porch!
619 Oxford: $989,000--Option Pending (5 Days on Market)
Located in a historic district, looks historic, but with all the advantages of recent construction. Built in 2011, this almost 3000 sq. ft. 3/2/1 is stunning. It’s zoned to Harvard which also adds to the price. Porches front and back are perfect. This block of Oxford isn’t curbed and guttered but there is a parking pad out front for street parking plus there is a detached 2 car garage. Speaking of street parking, it is just a block off 6th street so expect the occasional parking overflow from the restaurants and businesses on 6th street to overflow in front of your house.
Going, Going, Gone!
List Price: $479,000
Sold for: $469,000
33 Days on Market
List Price: $839,000
Sold for: $819,147
18 Days on Market!
But Wait, There's More...
This is just the latest and greatest; however, there are still lots more on my list that you can check out here: