No Gingerbread But Plenty of Snap in This Heights Cottage Asking Just Under $1 Million



Fronting byways rather than bayous, a 1993 Creole-style cottage in the Houston Heights has room-like porches on the front and back. The bisque-hued property looks over more plantings and pavers than free-range lawn; in its initial listing last week, the price is $989K.



A full-width front porch faces north from the home’s corner location, 4 blocks east of Heights Blvd. Formal rooms flank the central foyer . . .


where the staircase lands (above). Like the flooring, the carved newel post is antique. Wainscot lines the hallway leading to rooms at the back of the 3,033-sq.-ft. home.


Like those from the living room (above), views from the dining room cut north, through the porch:




Seating in the pass-through kitchen settles under the prep area’s cantilevered slab.



The floor plan downstairs includes a half bath and the master suite, which is deep enough for a sitting area by the plantation shutters:



A window over the spa tub faces the back yard:



Both secondary bedrooms, which each measure 12 ft. by 15 ft., are upstairs . . .



as is the second full bathroom. (Its potty view is out the front dormer.)


There’s also an office . . .


and some captured space:


The back porch isn’t as deep or as wide as the one in front, but it has ceiling fans:


A pool with fountain (or is that fountain with pool?) sits amid formal landscaping bordering the brick terrace . . .


that creates a no-mow yard by the 2-car detached garage:



The same bricks fill the driveway, which is accessed from the cross street:


Outside the 6,250-sq.-ft. lot’s low-rise wrought-iron fence, the gated driveway’s material switches to gravel. That’s also used in front of the home, where there’s a patch of additional head-in parking streetside.


The eastern snaggle-toothed boundaries of the Houston Heights South Historic District are nearby but do not include this lot.

Creole Cooking

16 Comment

  • Before the negs start I gotta be the first to say this is a beautiful home – screw pricing if you want nice you gotta pay for it in life of get stuck in cheapo suburbs of Houston

  • Wait, what? Did you just declare that people who can’t afford a million dollar home (in or out of the loop) are cheap?

    Personally, I think it’s a pretty, American Quarter style house. It looks like an old home that’s had some updating rather than a brand new house. I like that.

  • Ha had Thanksgiving dinner in this home, probably 2010. It’s not worth a mil or even half that.

  • Gorgeous traditional home and nice landscaping. I love how they managed to squeeze in a pool without making it too large for the yard. The porch is swoon-worthy.

  • Extremely tasteful for a 1993 build. They chose well.

  • Now, I don’t know a whole lot about real estate. I think the home is very nice and my first thought was that the price wasn’t bad at all. Cm, why is it not even worth 1/2 million?

  • @cm, based on recent sales the dirt is worth close to half a million. Everything else is gravy.

  • “Cheapo suburbs”?? You don’t have to live in-town to spend $1M, or $10M for that matter….

  • Remind me not to invite Cm to Thanksgiving dinner.

  • $320/sf for this relatively-new, aesthetically pleasing home in the dead center of the Heights is a lot less crazy than $500-600/sf for the tiny bungalow with lead paint, DIY electrical updates, a crumbling sanitary lateral, and a backyard filled with the ambiance of north loop traffic.

    I miss the days when the inner loop was affordable, but this isn’t the one to get offended over.

  • It’s worth exactly what someone else is willing to pay for it.

  • Nice, but is it just me, or are there too many lines to look at?

  • Great location, and the price per square foot is very reasonable based on current comps, especially given that the house and grounds look to be in excellent shape. Not sure what the oil crash is doing to the market, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes for more than asking.

    Side note: I’m not sure why people who are unfamiliar with a particular housing market and clearly have no idea what something will sell for feel the need to comment on price. It seems like they are just making an intrinsic claim, as in “I would not pay X for this, I would prefer Y for my money.” Which is fair enough, but has nothing to do with the appropriate listing price for a home.

  • Why can’t we get nice looking homes like this built in Montrose instead of white boxes?

  • “GlenW
    March 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Why can’t we get nice looking homes like this built in Montrose instead of white boxes?”

    Because some developers will not be happy unless they “transform” Montrose like they did Rice Military!

  • Wondering if the city or water department is assessing the property correctly for drainage fees since it appears that most of the lot is impermeable.