Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: Window Unit

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: View from Kitchen

Thanks to y’all for playing the Neighborhood Guessing Game! We had 19 guessers and 24 guesses for this week‘s contest. And they were all over the place . . . but all inside the Loop!

Three of you guessed Montrose and another 3 guessed the Houston Heights. There were 2 votes each for Brookesmith, Washington Terrace, Riverside Terrace, Lindale Park, and Idylwood or Eastwood. Other guesses were: Bellaire, Woodland Heights, the Reliant Park area, Midtown, Sunset Heights, Southgate, Winlow Place and environs, and “over by the Orange Show.”

The winner this week was missjanel, who was the first to mention Lindale Park . . . though she didn’t explain her guess.

Sure, there were plenty of neighborhoods a house like this could have been in. How were you supposed to figure out Lindale Park? No one nailed it precisely, but some commenters were pretty sharp at picking up the clues. jgbiggs noted

a brick house next door with a horribly inappropriate iron fence. Also, the painted over windows on the front door give evidence that it is in a high crime neighborhood.

Jeff was (probably) off about the vintage of the house next door, but pointed out:

Definitely a gentrifying area. New behemoth next to a bungalow with no central AC.

Commenter karen noted some of the contradictions:

The bricks next door are so close and the gold-tipped iron fence so ugly that it really could be West U, but then this would be a tear-down, so why show interior house images on HAR?

Lastly, Mike noted that the brick house next door was probably an older one. And one of his 3 guesses was Lindale Park!

Let’s add it all up: well-kept or recently redone hardwood floors? Check. New, reasonably sophisticated interior paint colors? Check. Security-conscious fencing nearby? Check. Toddler toys in bedroom? Check. Nearby property values probably not high enough to support yuppifying the kitchen or dealing with the window-unit AC? Check.

It wasn’t runaway obvious, but Lindale Park does fit those specs.

After the jump: The house! Where, what, and how much.


211 English St., Lindale Park, Houston

Location: 211 English St., Lindale Park
Details: 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths; 1,309 sq. ft. on a 5,300-sq.-ft. lot
Price: $169,900
The Scoop: Classic Lindale Park brick cottage dating from 1937. Will be steps away from the new Graceland station on Fulton when the Metrorail Red Line is extended. Updated bathroom; mock fireplace; well-secured front porch. Waiting patiently on the market for 3 months.

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Living Room

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Living and Dining Rooms

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Dining Room

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Kitchen

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Kitchen

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Master Bedroom

Neighborhood Guessing Game 2: Bedroom

Looking for a rematch? You’ll get one next week! Comments and quibbles are welcome below.

2 Comment

  • Rumor has it, MissJanel is a realtor[tm].

    Is that grounds for disqualification?

  • It shouldn’t be. Realtors make real estate fun!
    The question is, did missjanel know the property already, or did she use her super Realtor-senses to figure it out? Either way, she’s playing by the rules. If you think we should change or adjust those rules, you’re welcome to make some suggestions!