BBBB for the Week of Oct 27, 2019: 🏘️ Short List + Halloween Tips 👻🎃🍬

in Becky's Best Bungalow Bets, Heights

Hello BBBB Friends:

Just so you know, Halloween is HUGE in the Heights. In fact, it is a destination for trick-or-treaters from all over the city. So, back by popular demand is my Halloween post providing my top tips for surviving and even enjoying the madness.

As far as real estate goes, it was another snoozer of a week with only 7 new listings total for all of the Heights.  I've picked out three to feature today, all under $1 million. I also have a few price changes, new contracts and final sales to report from properties that are Still on My List. Keep scrolling down to see new contracts, final sales and price changes.

Have a great week and,

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Note: For purposes of BBBB, the "Heights" is defined as the area between I-10 and Loop 610 N and between Shepherd and I-45). 

  1. Giving out toothbrushes is a good way to get your house egged.
  2. Fruit is not candy (especially raisins) unless it's dipped in caramel or chocolate. 
  3. Acknowledge the costumes. If it's a princess, take a guess. Cinderella? Snow White, Belle, Ella? If you're wrong she'll let you know then just slap your head and acknowledge how silly you are. 🤦‍♀️
  4. Know that there will be teenagers and adults without costumes or with babes in arms at your door holding out a bag expecting a treat. Just drop a couple of "smarties" in their bag and move on. If it is an adult holding a glass, either Cabernet or Chardonnay will do! 🍷
  5. There are streets in the Heights where no supply of candy is enough. (Heights East and Woodland Heights especially). There is no shame in buying cheap candy (unless it's wrapped in plain black or orange wrappers).
  6. If you can't be home, don't leave a bowl of candy on your porch, the second track-or-treater will be disappointed.
  7. When you run out of candy, lock the door, turn out all the lights and read a book with a tiny flashlight.
  8. Above all, remember how important Halloween was when you were a kid and embrace the chaos! 💃👸👮👨‍🚀👾


1102 Robbie: $359,000

  • Sunset Heights
  • Craftsman bungalow circa 1928
  • 2/1, 1016 sq ft on a 5000 sq ft lot
  • Updated kitchen and bathroom
  • Nice size master closet
  • Back deck plus nice back yard area
  • Auto-gate to parking pad for 2 vehicles (side entrance)
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Field Elementary
As I've mentioned before, there are a lot of great things happening in and around Sunset Heights including the new Houston Farmers Market complex on Airline which will open in late 2020.

410 Archer: $489,000

  • Brooke Smith
  • Queen Anne bungalow circa 1920
  • 2/2, 1704 sq ft on 5700 sq ft lot
  • Kitchen and bath updates
  • Bay window and wrap around porch
  • Small back yard with pergola
  • Auto-gate to 1 car detached garage
  • Additional pad parking in front
  • Minimum lot size this block✔️
  • Zoned to Browning Elementary
Classic Craftsman interior with stained wood trim, moldings and transoms. 

700 Enid: $799,000

  • Brooke Smith
  • Modified farmhouse built 1995
  • 3/2, 1778 sq ft on a 5760 sq ft lot
  • 2019 renovation by Renovated Thinking
  • Master and 2 secondary bedrooms down
  • Additional bedroom, study and game room on 2
  • Back deck and small yard
  • Side driveway entrance to 2 car attached garage ☂️❤️
  • Minimum lot size this block✔️
  • Zoned to Browning Elementary
When looking in Brooke Smith, minimum lot size restrictions are important considerations for retaining future value.




1120 Dunbar: $499,900

  • Norhill Historic District
  • Pediment bungalow circa 1930
  • 3/1/1, 1424 sq ft on a 6750 sq ft lot
  • Older kitchen and bath updates
  • Recent interior and exterior paint
  • Landscaped yard with mature trees
  • Tall fence provides privacy on the Main St side
  • Auto-gate from Main St to 2 car detached garage
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Field Elementary
The Norhill Historic District inventory lists several bungalows as "Pediment Bungalows". This is a reference to the triangular portico over the door. 


604 E 24th #B: $759,000

  • Sunset Heights
  • Four Square built in 2008
  • 3/2/1, 2412 sq ft on a 4500 sq ft lot
  • Updates appear to be primarily paint
  • Small back yard plus fenced front yard
  • Double gallery back balcony and porch
  • Flagstone patio plus greenspace
  • Alley access to 2 car detached garage
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Field Elementary
24th St in Sunset Heights has undergone significant transformation over the past couple of years with new construction and updated bungalows.


3005 Houston: $898,000

  • Woodland Heights
  • American Foursquare circa 1908
  • 4/3, 2771 sq ft on 6500 sq ft lot
  • Renovated/restored 2015
  • Interesting use of reclaimed beadboard used in several rooms
  • Not a fan of the kitchen backsplash but easy to replace
  • Backyard combination of brick patio and lawn plus side yard
  • Double gallery back porches
  • Auto-gate to driveway parking and 2 car detached carport
  • Zoned to Travis Elementary
Though not in the Woodland Heights Historic District, this home was designated protected landmark in 2017. It is the Oscar C Jersig House. Read about the history and significance of this property HERE.


448 Columbia: $1,599,000

  • Heights South Historic District
  • Contemporary/Industrial built 2001 by S Paul Rife
  • 4/4, 3432 sq ft on a 13,200 sq ft lot
  • Industrial chic interior
  • POOL/spa and huge yard with artificial turf and putting green
  • Garage APT (770 sq ft, 1 bedroom w/full bath and kitchen) over 2 car garage with a/c workshop
  • Side street entrance to 3 car detached garage
  • Pad parking in front
  • Zoned to Harvard Elementary 
This is a modern jewel set in the historic Houston Heights. The steel frame and architectural clay brick construction was inspired by a vintage mercantile building. The eclectic nature of the homes in the Heights is just one of the things that makes the Heights cool.


4611 Michaux

Price at time of contract:  $499,000

Original List Price:  $639,000

Days on Market:  173




1412 Rutland

Sales price:  $631,000

Price at time of contract:  $639,000

Original List Price:  $685,000

Days on Market:  54



1122 E 23rd St

Sales price:  $655,000

Price at time of contract:  $679,000

Original List Price:  $699,900

Days on Market:  19



3711 Bruce

Sales price:  $930,000

Price at time of contract:  $930,000

Original List Price:  $930,000

Days on Market:  5



1029 Tulane #A

Sales price:  $1,050,000

Price at time of contract:  $1,099,000

Original List Price:  $1,099,000

Days on Market:  84



This is just the latest and greatest; however, there are still lots more on my list that you can check out here:

BBBB: Still on my list!

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