This is it! You made the nominations. Now it’s time for you to vote on the official ballot for the 7th category of the 2009 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. You get to choose the Houston area’s Neighborhood of the Year!
What makes a neighborhood worthy of such an honor? You get to decide that, too! Put your vote in the comments section below (here are the rules) — or send us an email if you prefer. If you’d like to get an extra vote, send a second one to us from Twitter! All voting ends at 5 pm on Monday, December 28th.
The official nominees for 2009 Houston Neighborhood of the Year are:
Westbury. The sleepy neighborhood at the 8-o’clock mark outside the Loop scored an international PR coup when a local energy reporter followed a few local real-estate agents around the area and wrote about the experience for London’s Financial Times. Westbury is the next hot new thing! If you find any foreigners in the Home Depot parking lot asking how to get to Westbury Square, now you’ll know why.
Lancaster Place, Menil, and the University of St. Thomas. Between the clearing of Wilshire Village, the announcement of a new master plan for the Menil campus, and UST’s continuing push to pave and gate everything in sight, this belt of Lower Montrose — bounded by Woodhead, Montrose, Richmond and Alabama — is ready for a lot more changes in the next decade. Plus, there’s supposed to be a light rail line headed that way. But who’ll be calling the shots, David Chipperfield or Matt Dilick?
Westwood Gardens. This incomplete Outer Loop northwest neighborhood north of 290 gained fame this year as the poster child for Houston’s homebuilding-market crash. This is where Royce Homes collapsed — and where a number of unfinished and abandoned Royce homes continue to do so. But residents are doing what they can. Today the fun folks from Royce are back in business here, with a new, non-bankrupt company or two. Plus, scenic Woodwind Lakes is just across the street!
Galveston. “Sure, they had to chop down all those trees, and sure they’ll probably get pissed that some mainlanders are thinking of Galveston as a Houston neighborhood, but so what? They deserve it! — the award, I mean.”
“My heart says that the award should go to Galveston for their amazingly successful rebuilding efforts . . . it’s barely a year after Ike and their revenue-spawning festivals and events are up and running again.”
Eastwood. The east-of-Downtown district was also nominated this year for Most Underappreciated Neighborhood, but one local real-estate agent declares those days to be long gone: “When John Daugherty, Heritage, and Martha Turner agents are all over your listings, you’re not so underappreciated any more.”
St. George Place. Houston’s very first TIRZ was created here 19 years ago, to spur redevelopment in a scruffy neighborhood by the Galleria called Lamar Terrace. Today St. George Place boasts a new elementary school, a whole lotta somewhat-recent homes and townhomes, and a short but dreary walk along Richmond to the site of the new Uptown light-rail line. What’s the verdict on Houston’s tiny little zoning experiment?
Washington Corridor. 2009 saw the Washington Ave. land rush kick into high gear, as businesses and investors brought a second wave of development to what was until recently Houston’s sleepy live-music and used-car-lot district. “The Wild, Wild West of Houston nightlife.” Also nominated for Most Overappreciated Neighborhood. Could it be both?
Morgan’s Point. “Topping out at nearly 30 feet above sea level — thereby making most of it immune to storm surge — yet enjoying sweeping views of Galveston Bay, this neighborhood features luxurious mansions at faux-mansion West U pricing. I just don’t think it gets much better. Just watch out for the mini-tsunamis created by the wakes of loaded-down tankers coming into port.”
Time for you to vote! Which one of these nominees merits a Swampie for Houston Neighborhood of the Year?
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