There has been a clean up on Aisle 9 in an ivy-covered Houston Heights landmark. Previously converted into a home, the former Morton Brothers Grocery Store appeared on the market Wednesday with a $564,900 asking price. The ribs inside (above) aren’t for eating, though. They’re holding up the roof above the all-in-one living area at the front of the 1928 property, which has held a spot in the National Register of Historic Places — as a domicile — since 1988.
The freezers of yesteryear have been gone a while, but there’s still a bit of frost in front. the glass in the original doors and storefront windows (above) have been blurred up a bit to sidewalker-stalker height. The transom level still lets the light in unimpeded, to shine and bounce off the polished concrete floors found in most of the 1,728-sq.-ft. residence. A side door’s clear-glass panel, meanwhile, offers a clear shot into the side patio on the 2,904-sq.-ft. corner lot’s western exposure:
The support column holding up all those trusses in the 27-ft.-by-29-ft. central room been fitted with a decorative cap. But it’s kept its double role as the interior’s nerve center (below). Some of the original bells and whistles remain — though tidied up a bit — and share the panel with the controls for the current lighting.
A pedimented set of glass pocket doors add some dash to the dining room’s entry:
The kitchen is beyond the bar-height counter and up a step:
Lighting amid the ceiling supports and mirrors compensate for what appears to be an absence of windows in this part of the building:
Access to the 2 bedrooms is at the back of the dining room, off a shared hallway that’s behind a set of weathered antique doors on a barn-door track:
Both bedrooms have wooden floors. The window count varies, however. This one has 1:
This one has 3, plus a glass-panel door and . . .
a little sink of its own:
The main bathroom — in fact the only bathroom — imports some Carrara marble to fancify the space, with walk-in shower:
The side lot is where the brick meets the brick, softened a bit by the leaf-me-alone hedge.
The back of the lot (not pictured) has a tandem-style single-lane driveway accessed off the corner lot’s Rutland St. cross-street. At the front of the property on 9th St., vestiges remain of a pebbled parking area out front — which may come in handy for the open house planned for Sunday afternoon. The property last sold in June 2011, for $362,000.
- 401 W. 9th St. [HAR]