BBBB for the Week of Nov 24, 2019: 🏘️ A Few New Picks + Top 5 Reasons to Buy a House in Winter 🌬️❄️

in Becky's Best Bungalow Bets, Heights

Hello BBBB Friends:

Since the fall "busy season" never really materialized this year and the holidays are upon us, I thought it would be a good time to share my Top 5 Reasons To Buy A House In Winter:
  1. 🤼 Less competition: Fewer people are in the market who want the same house you do. That said, here in the Heights we have a bit of an inventory shortage so houses that come onto the market that are move-in ready and priced at market or slightly below may have multiple offers right off the bat.
  2. 🔥 Motivated sellers: Who wants to be showing their home when company is in for the holidays and you have to find a place to stash Aunt Edith who is snoring away by the fire (or at least the fireplace)? If a house is on the market now, sellers are either fatigued from having the home listed for months or they are serious about selling and there may be room for negotiation.
  3. 🛌 Furniture sales: January is the best month for furniture sales to outfit your new home. New styles are released in February and stores need to move the merchandise. Up north, July edges out January for furniture sales because who wants to schlep furniture in the snow? (Note: better to go shopping after you close so your debt to income ratio doesn't get out of wack and kill your deal.)
  4.  🤷 Fewer choices: Yes, fewer homes to choose from can actually be a benefit. A lot of buyers suffer from analysis-paralysis and miss out on great homes because they are afraid of making a bad decision or, thinking "what if the perfect house comes on the market next week?".
  5. 😎 Better weather: It is so much more fun to house hunt when it isn't 90+ degrees outside! Enough said.
With only 10 new listings this week, I was happy to find a few homes to share with you today. I also have a handful of price changes, new contract and final sales to share. Keep scrolling down to see the changes and don't forget to check the homes that are Still On My List.

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We'll be back after Thanksgiving to share more homes in the Heights! 🦃🥧🍗

Let’s go look at houses or talk about selling yours!!!


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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). 


1402 Allston: $765,000

  • Heights West Historic District
  • Queen Anne Bungalow circa 1925
  • 3/2, 2284 sq ft on a 6600 sq ft lot
  • Wrap around porch
  • Updated kitchen and paint
  • Master up with 2 secondary bedrooms plus office down
  • Small climate controlled bonus room and outdoor flex space off the garage
  • Just enough green space behind for pets plus beautifully landscaped front lawn
  • Alley access to 2 car detached garage
  • Curbed street provides additional parking
  • Zoned to Love Elementary
This is a beautiful example of a Queen Anne style bungalow. The curved, wrap-around front porch with matching back porch just oozes southern charm.

1035 Waverly #A: $824,500

  • Houston Heights
  • Greek Revival style built in 2013 by Princeton City Homes
  • 4/3/1, 2662 sq ft on 3300 sq ft lot
  • Fourth bedroom/flex space on 3rd floor with Murphy bed and full bath
  • Unfinished garage APT plumbed for kitchen and bath
  • Small green space between house and garage
  • Alley access to 2 car detached garage
  • Pad parking adjacent to house
  • Zoned to Love Elementary
Note the use of clerestory windows (series of small windows above eye level) in many rooms of the house. Clerestory windows provide ambient light as well as affording more open wall space at eye level for displaying art.

1642 Arlington: $950,000

  • Heights East Historic District
  • Modified Craftsman built 1909
  • 5/4/2, 3456 sq ft on a 6468 sq ft lot
  • Enclosed front porch
  • Color and lots of it 🎨
  • Downstairs apartment with 2 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths
  • 2 upstairs apartments
  • Covered patio/outdoor room
  • Greenspace? not so much
  • Garage APT (per HCAD its a large 2 bedroom, 1 bath)
  • 4 paved parking spaces plus 2 car carport
  • Zoned to Field Elementary
This home is not for everyone but is too unique to be left off the list. I remember when this home was a small restaurant with only about 6 tables. This helps explain the 4 paved parking spaces in front. It has been transformed into a multi-plex with 3 apartments in the main house plus a garage apartment (no garage). Modifications over the years have rendered the home a non-contributing structure from an historic district standpoint. You really should check out the pictures! 😲

307 E 26th St: $1,195,000

  • Sunset Heights
  • Farmhouse style 2 story built in 2019 by Paragon Homes
  • 4/4/1, 3891 sq ft on a 6000 sq ft lot
  • Study or 4th bedroom down
  • 3rd floor flex space (15x40)
  • Small back yard with huge pecan tree
  • Garage APT (Efficiency with full kitchen and bath)
  • Auto-gate with driveway access to 2 car detached garage
  • Additional driveway parking 
  • Zoned to Helms Elementary
Combination of new construction and bungalows this block. Easy access to 610. Just 4 blocks to Halbert Park which offers basketball, tennis and a playground.




931 W Temple: $525,000 was $550,000

  • Norhill Historic District
  • Bungalow/cottage circa 1926
  • 3/1, 1223 sq ft on a 5200 sq ft lot
  • Renovated since last sale in 2014
  • Small back yard with deck
  • Gated access 1 car detached garage
  • Additional driveway parking plus parking on curbed street
  • Zoned to Browning Elementary
Located in the heart of Norhill just half a block from Proctor Plaza Community Center and Park offering lighted tennis courts, sports field and pavilion.


612 E 17th St: $649,900 was $659,700

  • Houston Heights
  • Craftsman bungalow circa 1929
  • 3/2, 1340 sq ft on 8094 sq ft lot
  • Some kitchen and bath updates
  • POOL/spa
  • Garage APT (480 sq ft, 1 bedroom, full kitchen & bath)
  • Greenspace is primarily in the front
  • Driveway access to 2 car detached garage
  • Additional parking on lot
  • Zoned to Field Elementary
Quiet, non-through street just over a block from Field Elementary.


700 Enid: $749,000 was $760,000

  • 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.


1427 Ashland: $1,445,000 was $1,495,000

  • Heights West Historic District
  • Craftsman bungalow circa 1923
  • 4/4, 3829 sq ft on a 6600 sq ft lot
  • Renovated/expanded 2019
  • Contemporary styling 
  • Master plus 1 secondary up, 2 secondary bedrooms down
  • Impressive master bath with party shower
  • Small yard
  • Alley access to 2 car attached garage ❤️☂️
  • Gravel parking pad in front for additional parking
What a difference a year and hundred of thousands of dollars in renovation costs make! I featured this property as a fixer-upper last year. I'm kind of bummed they didn't retain the original pink bathroom tile. (Just kidding 😉)


410 Archer

Price at time of contract:  $489,000

Original List Price:  $489,000

Days on Market:  18



1120 Dunbar

Price at time of contract:  $499,900

Original List Price:  $530,000

Days on Market:  73



802 Fugate

Price at time of contract:  $525,000

Original List Price:  $525,000

Days on Market:  6/90



620 W 18th St

Price at time of contract:  $575,000

Original List Price:  $575,000

Days on Market:  36



909 Gibbs

Price at time of contract:  $689,000

Original List Price:  $689,000

Days on Market:  64





714 E 10th 1/2 St

Sales price:  $730,000

Price at time of contract:  $750,000

Original List Price:  $750,000

Days on Market:  4



501 E 12th St

Sales price:  $795,009

Price at time of contract:  $825,000

Original List Price:  $825,000

Days on Market:  6



315 e 24th St

Sales price:  $1,013,000

Price at time of contract:  $1,079,000

Original List Price:  $1,200,000

Days on Market:  101




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

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