A Preview of a $110K Modest Mod

In Southeast Houston, Glenbrook Valley sits between Telephone and Broadway near Hobby Airport. Developed during that same spate of post-war optimism that gave us the Jetsons, the neighborhood is home to many smaller mid-century mods, including this 1,375-sq.-ft. one at 7722 Glenalta. Designed by P. Herbert Caldwell, the home should be listed this Thursday or Friday at $110,000. Have a look around:


And nothing says that the future is now better than a Murphy cooktop:

Photos: Swamplot inbox

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  • Like it! I think that is the good side of broadway also. Ohh wait..maybe it’s the bad side of telephone or is that the mediocre side of Bellfort? Also needs more wood panels.

  • Wow. Just…wow.

  • Is this one of Robert Searcy’s listings? (He gets all the best Glenbrook Valley stuff.)

    Sorry for the double post.

  • Great….Good Looking…..no trouble selling this one…

  • the home looks very well kept and the interior is something most buyers would live since it fits the home and none of it looks too wacky…. It is nice to see it priced right, Houston needs a reality check with some of our luxury hoods, homes on less than a couple of acres priced in the $10 million to $20 million range is insane…..compare to ranches here in Texas that have comparable homes on thousands of acres and you would be surprised to find out that the ranch prices are less…. location does drive a portion of the price, but let’s get real, most of this is vanity and a way to inflate someones net worth in an artificial way since most would never again pay that amount for these new mansion monsters…..funny thing, these newly rich could have cut their tax bills by huge amounts by saving the historic homes they were so quick to remove in River Oaks……now with a new nasty cheap stucco home in it’s place they receive those $30k to $200k tax bills along with huge insurance liability……just saying those John Staubs or former homes of Texas historic figures look a lot better on paper when one thinks beyond five years….also the gates and fences in River Oaks these days seem way out of place on most of the homes…..people, if someone wants to rob you are break in they can climb, so why waste the money fencing your front yard and making it look like a cheap apartment community……let the flow of landscape return and embrace your hood, don’t live life behind a gate, become part of the neighborhood…..like the rest of us or move away, since you are destroying the very thing that attracted your types to these areas

  • What’s with all of this unfounded hate for stucco? It’s actually a very good construction material, well suited for wet climates (if installed properly). One can have just as much water penetration and mold on a brick facade if flashings are not installed properly or weep holes are clogged. And unlike brick, stucco actually “ties” the structure together by making the frame more rigid, whereas brick just sits there almost unconnected from the structure.

  • @ commonsense,

    Perhaps the hate comes from people who have a giant stucco home built next door and the owners have no idea how to keep it looking nice and you get the mold stain side to look at every time you pull in/out of your driveway. Keeping any house looking good in Houston requires getting on a ladder w/ bleach or a green product once a year. Stucco requires more up keep in Houston IMHO.

  • The furnishings look like they were designed for the place, ala FLW.

  • Charles: I can tell you why I have a gate. It’s not to keep out someone that REALLY wants to get in (as I can hop over in about 5 seconds if needed). It’s to keep randoms from coming up and knocking on my door.
    I work from home a lot at hate when I get a knock on the door during the day (or at night when I’m spending time with my wife) only to go to the door and find some pandhandler “fundraising” for trip or other nonsense.
    And while I don’t subscribe to the fact there a big problem, I have heard warnings that people come by, knock on the door for a “legit” reason, and if no one answers they target the property to break in. A gate will keep most of these fishing expeditions out.
    So a gate isn’t going to keep someone out that’s committed themselves to getting in, but it’ll be a deterrent to the passers by that want to bother you.
    Other reasons? I park my car inside the gated area (yet still outside) so I add some security there. I have furniture on my patio that is much more secure due to the gate. I have a daughter that’ll soon play outside and I like the idea of her not being able to run out to the street. If I had a dog I could let them run around without bothering anyone walking by or running into the street.
    There are several legit reasons for a gate. The least of which is a means to make your house impossible to access.

  • The mod looks really nice, like something from 1963. Mad Men anyone? Too obvious, sorry.
    Not sure why the stucco hate is on this thread, but oh well. I hate it too, and fences. Anyone who put up a fence where I’m from was either a farmer or a bad neighbor. No, I’m not from Texas.

  • @charles – class envy much?! Location is 99% of real estate – homes are ALL expendable.

  • Fences make nice perimeters. Cross my fence and you are on my property.

  • If even $110k is too rich for your blood, this is available near Sharpstown: http://search.har.com/engine/6601-Jackwood-St-Houston-TX-77074_HAR61865448.htm . $78k. And the neighborhood was developed by Robert Puig right before he went on to develop Memorial Bend.

  • It would take a lot to bring that Jackwood disaster into shape. Apparently the seller didn’t get the memo on going with neutral colors when you put your house up for sale.

  • @GlenW

    Good fences make good neighbors, as they say.