Moving Lot Lines in the Houston Heights

When it sold in mid-April at $435,000, this gated property in the Houston Heights’ West Historic District came with a pair of apartment units. Now, the 1914 Dutch Colonial with swing-friendly porch is back on the market, asking $289,900 for a skinnier lot and what appears to be only the charming redo-ready main residence.


As with the half-and-half front door, light passes above half-height walls between the living and dining rooms, each 13 ft. by 14 ft. Beneath the existing blue carpet lie yesteryear’s pine floors (at right).

The kitchen, updated at some point with whiteout results, has electric appliances and laminate countertops.

A back deck with eastern exposure includes a hot tub beneath a fanciful gazebo.

The 1,357-sq.-ft. home has 3 bedrooms, one of which is on the first floor, and 2 bathrooms (none pictured). While the current listing cites a narrow 4,400-sq. ft. lot (about 33 ft. by 132 ft.) with “alley access” and a garage apartment “to be torn down prior to closing” (see last Monday’s Daily Demolition Report), a previous listing for the same address shows a 10,956 sq. ft. lot with sizable garage off a wide driveway. Neither description addresses the difference. And speaking of addresses, HCAD carries a slightly different street number for this midblock property near Milroy Park and Heights Blvd.

6 Comment

  • Cute Bungalow. At that price it won’t be on the market long. I’d much prefer this house to the awful new two story thing swamplot featured recently priced at twice this price. This house probably sold as I text this from my iPhone

  • I suspect $289k is the opening price for an “AS-IS” bid up sale. The lot next door is now on sale for $399k:
    With new builds on full size lots going for 850k to 1 mil, the lot might just fetch close to 400k. And it is just out of earshot of the giant AC units on the chicken plant (only in Houston would a lot down the street from a chicken plant be on the market for 400k).

  • No garage? No off street parking?

  • Is a “half and half” door what the rest of us know as a Dutch door?

  • Great old house. The right contractor (and owner respectfully of its history) could turn this into a showplace. Wouldn’t it be great if the “street view” equivalent from 1914 existed for us to contrast the changes of the past century?

  • @Dave: No, I think they mean the door is half solid and half glass. The hardware doesn’t look like it could be a true Dutch door, opening in two halves.