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  • Not nearly the selling point as an …um…simulated appendage.

  • I see the owners have invested a lot in upgrades on this property…

  • Is that listing price correct? Can I just put it on my credit card?

  • Nevermind, it’s a rental.

  • I walk by this house every day with my dogs…it has sold at least 4 times in the last 5 years.

    This new owner is making it a rental. If I remember correctly it started out around $199,000, and this last sale I think was around $300,000.

    Nobody has owned it for more than a year or so though.

  • Could the lack of closet space be the breaking point that causes folks to vacate and sell?

    Sorry but no matter the updates, I’d never even consider a home (again) with such small closets. Been there.

  • *sigh* I miss the Heights and the cute little houses.

    Don’t miss those tiny closets though.

  • I looked at this house in 2009. I didn’t love it. I remember a terrifying garage apartment out back – looks like they removed it. Unless it just fell over.

  • Armoires are the answer to homes with only a few closets! This place looks great and won’t last long! Someone will definitely love that new shower – I have 2 in my home and really enjoy!!!

  • “The shower has an upgraded shower head.”
    hahah, that’s awesome. I’m going to start putting that in all my listings.

  • Small closets are a great tool for stuff reduction. Houston, and especially the East End, is still full of similar vintage 1000-1500 sq. ft houses designed for simple living.

  • Once upon a time, everyone had 3-5 excellent outfits that covered them for all occasions. (Old houses were built for these people.) Now, we have 147 outfits, only 12 of which we ever wear, and which often make it look like we left our homes and went somewhere planning to cut the grass.

    Just sayin’.

  • Yes. This is exactly right. There was no such thing as casual clothing, really, when these houses were built. Just shirts, pants, and maybe one nice suit. Women would have a few shirts, blouses, and one nice dress. Maybe one pair of jeans for heavy yard work. I still remember my father wearing what were basically black dress shoes around the house for everything, yard work, car repair, playing badminton (!)

  • Armoires are great but don’t come close to replacing real closets. We have two teeny tiny closets supplemented by large English armoires and dressers in our historic home. It’s just not the same as the closets designed for today’s wardrobe requirements and is not what 99% of the 2011 homebuyers are willing to put up with. If I had to do it again, I would never purchase a home without large closets. Pulling out wrinkled clothes stuffed into closets and armoires designed for a different time, struggling to find space for anything new or extra is not something I would ever agree to knowing what I know now.

    And before those without large waredrobes pile on, I like clothes, have lots of them and wear many more than 12 outfits a year and make no apologies for it. To each his own. If you prefer a simple wardrobe and are happy with a few outfits, shoes, etc., that is fine for you. I have lots of choices every day for the occassion, Houston’s weather, etc. My preference for lots of choices in my attire isn’t excessive nor extravagant, relatively speaking, but 12 outfits isn’t reasonable for most people these days.

  • #14 RHP, agree with everything you said except the first 3 words.

    My inlaws had to deal with them back in the 30’s and 40’s but they also had rods nailed between the rafters in their attic to hold off season clothes.

    We have those old armoires and they are used for storage of books and other things that are not needed on a daily basis.

    Hehe, I long for the day that my armoires can be used for storage of things I don’t use daily! One pain is that hangers of today (nice ones, not wire) are nearly too wide for those old armoires. They literally are up against the back wall of the armoire. Mine add another 3 feet or so of hanging space, another shelf above, the floor for shoes and boots although they are swallowed up by longer hanging clothing. One has several 1 foot wide shelves for sweaters, t-shirts, etc., but they only make a dent in my storage issues.

    Again, not a solution to the problem but just help. I do like them in the room as very functional decor however, which is why I said they are great.

  • RHP, have you tried the thin flocked hangers?
    One brand is Slimline, but Walgreen’s has a pack of 50 no-name ones for $20. I have 1940’s-size closets and a ton of clothes. I still keep a few wooden ones for heavy coats/robes, but switching to the new hangers made a huge difference.

  • The house I grew up in had four bedrooms.
    One was a screened-in patio that got converted. No closets.
    One was a converted garage. No closets.
    One was just a bedroom that had no closets when it was built.
    Only the master bedroom had a closet.
    The only bathroom had no closets until it was remodeled – then the old shower stall got turned into a small linen closet.
    The house was built in 1948, in a nice suburb of L.A. We had armoires like crazy.