This award will go to a Houston neighborhood that is reliable, familiar, consistent. Yes, our sixth category in the 2013 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate honors the area’s Most Recognizable Neighborhood.
We narrowed down your nominations to the list below, but now it’s time to narrow it down even further — to the winner. Which neighborhood deserves this particular superlative? Tell us by adding your vote in the comments below, or through email, Facebook, or Twitter. You can vote once by each method — up to 4 times — if you follow these rules. Whichever method you choose, make sure to explain your choice.
No, they probably don’t need any introduction. Here are your official nominees for Houston’s Most Recognizable Neighborhood:
1. Old Sixth Ward. “It has defined boundaries — no trying to figure out if you are in the Woodland, Sunset, or O.G. section. The style of home is consistent — and the historical preservation ordinance ensures it will remain that way. The brick sidewalks help tie everything together.”
2. Piney Point Village. “Tall trees, large homes on even larger lots, cul-de-sacs, and an aggressive police force. It’s been more or less the same since I moved here 25 years ago.”
3. Chinatown. “Put me in a huge strip mall with Chinese characters, foot-massage spas, acupuncture/herbal places, Chinese restaurants teeming with actual Asians eating, and voila! — it’s Chinatown.”
“I remember the days when my parents would drag me there for Sunday lunch and grocery shopping before dumping us off at Chinese school. That part of town hasn’t changed — except for the recent nightmarish construction on Bellaire Blvd.”
4. River Oaks. “If, for some reason, you don’t recognize River Oaks immediately, just turn up your car stereo a decibel over a whisper and roll down your window; the kind folks with the River Oaks Patrol will be with you in moments letting you know that you don’t belong there.”
5. Midtown. “The place where you can bump into drifters at a rail stop as you walk between Vietnamese restaurants, high-end shops, and the quirky businesses of Mid-Main. The Vietnamese street signs are a big clue, too.”
6. Norhill. “Norhill is the only neighborhood in Houston that has craftsman bungalows with most of the original elevations preserved and restored thanks to deed restrictions and the historic district. Almost no humper houses. No New Charlestorlean boxes. No McVics. No townhomes. When you look up and down each block, you just see nice little porches lined up like little toy soldiers.”
7. Galleria. “Home to huge metal arches, fancy bus shelters, luxury highrise condo buildings, office towers, and those shiny spaceship-like circular street signs. Plus, it’s one of the few places in Houston that coughed up the cash to hide its electrical lines.”
Any of these look familiar? Add your vote and tell us!
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