Those are some pretty hefty tree branches cutting across the front of the duplex listed for sale at 720 Bomar St. in East Montrose. And they’re from a pretty hefty tree — a giant oak that sits on the next lot over, a 3,500-sq.-ft. plot now known as Peggy Shiffick Park. A “for sale” sign appeared in the duplex’s front yard a few weeks ago, a reader tells Swamplot. “Rumors then started flying that the property had been bought, before it went in to the MLS system, by a builder (it is now pending in MLS) and that the existing grand old home on the property, which had been converted to a duplex and has been empty for years, will be torn down and townhomes built.”
Shiffick ranks as one of Houston’s smallest parks, and the huge tree is clearly its main attraction. A couple of East Montrose neighbors tell Swamplot they’re imagining that if the house at 720 Bomar does get replaced with townhomes, it’ll require some heavy duty lopping off of the Shiffick Park oak’s over-reaching branches. Plus there’d be a slab covering parts of its root system, and the tree’s afternoon sun would be blocked. Two more large oaks currently sit on the duplex property, along Crocker St.:
A proposal that the East Montrose Civic Association purchase the property and convert it to a neighborhood meeting place with office space to rent to the city never got very far, a neighbor tells Swamplot, because the organization didn’t have the money. The home is still listed at $350,000.
- 720 Bomar [HAR]