1930s East Montrose Bungalow and Its Expanded Modern Rear End Back Up for Grabs

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

For just $2 less than $1 million, you can now get your hands on this back-on-the-market bungalow-plus at 212 Fargo St., built in 1930 and added onto in 2000. The house sits in the East-Montrose-Fourth-Ward transition zone immediately north of those blocks being family-friendlified by means of Max’s Wine Dive developer Fred Sharifi. Records show the house went on the market asking for a much juicier $6.9 million back in 2007; the 2-unit home was relisted several times in 2014 and 2015  (starting at a more modest $1.375 million and falling) before going rental for a few months this spring.

Check out 5,179 sq. ft. of house squeezed into the 5,000-sq.-ft. lot: 

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212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

First, come inside the remodeled bungalow by way of the screened-in front porch:

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

The bungalow’s stairs peek into the kitchen:

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

The listing mentions 3 bedrooms in the bungalow alone:

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

The downstairs bedroom opens into a pool patio, facing the townhomes next door:

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

The shingle-skinned back unit has its own red front door:

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

The back unit has 2 balconies facing the other neighboring townhomes:

212 Fargo St., East Montrose, Houston, 77004

Photos: HAR

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10 Comment

  • I’ve never seen a refrigerator with water and ice dispenser that is not a side by side style.

  • Is “abomination” an overly harsh word here?

  • Thar she blows! A humpback monstrosity! It’s Moby Deck!

  • Doomed. Will be on the DD Report very soon.

  • I had one of those fridges growing up in the 90’s. More mess than usefulness though.
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    Say what you want, but this appears to be a genius way to screw with the appraisal district and get a low tax value.

  • screw the appraisal distrct? let us know when you own real property joel so we can check in and see how it feels when they try screwing you buddy. hcad is nothing more than the big dude in prison you’re always keeping an eye on in the shower…. drop the soap and see what happens… harris county residents are getting railed hard when the tax man commeth….

  • Been there, done that and sold it a couple years ago.
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    Considering the places I’m looking at in the Montrose are about 1/2 the tax value of this one yet come with less than a 1/3 of the lot size and square footage and few updates since the 80’s I’d say yes, this property is making out much better than most.

  • $6.9 million? The owner(s) must’ve been high on BAD drugs. For $6.9 mil I could buy a new construction home in River Oaks with a few dollars left over. Some people have lost all sense of reality. Like Camelot Realty which thankfully redeveloped the run down apartments on Hyde Park Blvd. between Waugh & Commonwealth. They want $300,000 + for a one bedroom. They did replace ALL of the systems : HVAC, electrical wiring,plumbing,etc. But they’re pricing is TWO years ago. For that $$$ a buyer can get a townhouse.. People NEED to readjust their expectations ,drastically.

  • Guess I should note that when i sold end of ’15 my place was worth a bit less than the appraised value. There seems to be a clear correlation within Harris County with the higher the value of the property the bigger reduction you get in appraised value.
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    There could be a perfectly valid reason for that that I’m not aware of, but i would definitely be interested in someone explaining it. Otherwise I can only call it like I see it.

  • market value below tax value? you dropped the soap……