A Reclaimed and Restored First Ward Victorian Ticks Up Its Ask to $468K



Quiet zone status applies not to the perky exterior’s bold paint combo but to the railroad tracks running behind this restored 1898 Victorian east of Houston Ave. and just south of Winter St. in the First Ward. The corner-lot property, which is also near the Heights bike trail, has been on the market for a month, during which the price has increased by $10K — to $468,000.



Shiplap, original trim, hard pine flooring, and windows are among the home’s reclaimed or restored finishes. HCAD records cite 2014 renovations. The 1,427-sq.-ft. floor plan has a central hall between a front-to-back slice of bedrooms, (located on the left in the photo above) and the opposing all-in-one living-dining area, now braced by exposed, stained support:



The kitchen, however, has been overhauled:



One of the home’s 3 bedrooms snags the front corner:


Another retains a bit of brick:


The back bedroom includes access to a deck:


Here’s a sidle-in closet off the larger of the 2 bathrooms:



And here’s the shared bath in the hallway:


There’s a perimeter fence on the 6,500-sq.-ft. lot, which accommodates a carport for 2 cars parked in tandem:










Trim Build

15 Comment

  • that’s a beautiful house. how is this the same price as the townhomes going up in this neighborhood? especially when the townhomes are packed wall-to-wall to fit 3 or 4 on a single lot?

  • Will be interesting to see if this sells for the asking price. The trains are in the “quiet zone” but you can still feel them vibrate your home.

    There’s another one of these renovation jobs on Crockett with an asking price of almost $600K, we will see…

  • I love love love these First Ward restorations. The stained glass in the home seals the deal for me. (I, however, will never be a huge fan of the tracks.)

  • Very nicely done – love the use of color – nice brick accents – should sell easily

  • Oh that is a very busy track along Washington St. corridor. Although quiet zone, the trains do stop frequently in the area. When the train begins to move again, you will hear lots of noise as each rail car pulls the one behind it to tighten the line. When I lived in Timbergrove I could hear that clanking going on further up this corridor where the tracks along Hampstead meet Washington. And I lived nearly 3 miles away.

  • The house is lovely but the train would be a deal killer for me. It would surely rattle your bones in the middle of the night.
    But I am wondering about that stub of Goliad Street, cut off by the railroad. It is not needed to get to anyone’s house, and it will never re-open as long as the train tracks are in service. Could the new owner request it to be condemned and get a much larger lot?

  • Mmmmmm, trains, crime, freeways, oh my!

  • That house is very beautiful. I wish they moved it to somewhere in the Heights. If the highspeed rail ever gets built and takes that path then maybe things will be quieter.

  • What an incredible treasure. These rare finds are disappearing. The value:price ratio is so much greater on this than any new construction in the area. Beautiful job, whomever restored!

  • I love this house. It also appears there is room for upward expansion based on the high roof lines.

  • @Duston…If the highspeed rail ever gets built and takes that path then maybe things will be quieter.
    High speed rail or not, the Union Pacific trains/tracks are not going anywhere.
    Nice house.

  • @mtrak

    Those townhomes have nearly twice the square footage and 2 car garages. What they lack in curb appeal they make up for in livability.

  • I don’t agree that more square footage and a 2-car garage necessarily equals more “livability”–this home has a generous covered porch in front, a deck in back, a real front and back yard (fenced, but open to allow social interaction with neighbors if desired) and lack of a garage means “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Many of the townhome communities I have encountered have garages, but cars are not actually parked in them because they are full of other stuff. (there was a story on Swamplot last year about residents of townhomes complaining that their vehicles were towed because they were parked on the street in a no parking zone, and in the video footage background you could see that the townhomes had actual 2 car garages).

  • Why does livability always need to be construed as more inside space in Houston. A yard is nice, a front porch is nice, and any little areas that allow you to connect with those around you are nice. Livability isn’t cutting us all off from one another.

  • The house was lovingly and “Respectfully Restored” and is on contract for very close to asking price. The person who bought the house, bought it for the front and back yards…. and the TRAIN – he loved that the train went pass his backyard.

    We are in the midst of restoring 2 more beautiful houses in the First Ward. Seek us out on Facebook, and we hope to see you at one of Open Houses soon.

    Thanks! FW Heritage