The asking price of a property in the Avondale (West) Historic District has been dropping $500 per day since its latest relisting on Thanksgiving Day. A pre-holiday hiatus had capped a 2-year sales effort at several price points by various agents and agencies. The 1910 home and grounds are described as part of the estate of Ross Sterling, a former governor of Texas (1931-32) and founder of Humble Oil, which later became the far humbler ExxonMobil.
The Craftsman-style estate includes a 3-story home on pier-and-beam foundation and 2-story carriage house off a 10-ft. service alley running between cross streets Stanford and Whitney. Currently a rental property at $3,475 per month, the 4,000-sq.-ft. home’s interior is camera-shy but for a few photos (below) of the Mission-style stained glass windows, large tray ceilings in high relief, and unusually narrow (1 1/2-in. across) hardwood flooring. Other features include 11-ft. ceilings, a pair of 4-ft. wide doors, 2 sun rooms, and a few remaining original chandeliers.
In the living room, there’s a tiled-up corner fireplace and French doors leading to an enclosed sun porch.
A service staircase off the kitchen leads to the upper floors where there are 5 bedrooms, each 15 ft. by 15 ft. No peek in the kitchen is available, but the butler’s pantry makes an appearance in the listing:
Above the front porch, there’s a 250-sq.-ft. sleeping porch shaded by large trees as well as a roof overhang with trim embellishments of the period.
The rear of the 9,750-sq.-ft. lot includes a large raised deck accessed through French doors off a sun porch (above). The patio, meanwhile, leads to the guest quarters above the 2-bay garage (below), which also contains the utility room:
Avondale was developed a century ago by the Greater Houston Land and Improvement Co. as an upscale neighborhood — a decade before Broadacres and River Oaks. The neighborhood’s namesake street is extra-wide. It’s located a block north of Westheimer Rd. and east of Montrose Blvd., near eateries like Indika, Sorrento’s, Michaelangelo’s, Dolce Vita, Cafe Bello, and Osaka Sushi.
Today’s price for the home, $560,000, is quite a few daily ticks down from its Turkey Day kickoff at $565,000. The property began its sales effort back in November 2010, looking for $650,000. Subsequent relistings and reductions had reached a low of $539,000 by March 2012. A summer blitz at $595,000 had dropped to $575K by late October’s break.
- 600 Avondale St. [HAR]