Up Against the Spur, a Well Conditioned Montrose Home-Office Home



Tucked on a lot that hugs the curve of a Spur 527 access road east of Montrose Blvd., a 1930 cottage in the Fitze Home neighborhood — also referred to as Roseland Estates — has been serving as the home office of an air conditioning business. The updated Montrose-area property blew onto the market last week as a home-or-office listing with a $335,000 price tag. That includes the upgrades to the electrical and AC systems.



The commercial compound lies behind a sturdy set of full-height wood-panel doors forming the front gate (above) and set into a wrought-iron fence installed at the sidewalk. They open to a landscaped front courtyard serving both the cottage and one of the 2 garages. Inside, hashtag ceiling details, built-in shelving, and a mosaic-tile hearth add homey touches to a former living room  currently filled with window-fronting workstations:





One of the 3 bedroom-offices, its walls and ceiling finished with beadboard, appears to have been added at the back of the home and faces the freeway retaining wall (above). It’s down a step and down a hallway from the kitchen, which has island seating . . .


and a brick wall. HCAD indicates a 2003 renovation.


Flat-roofed and finished with columns like the home, one of the 2 garages occupies a corner of the front yard. Its access, however, is off the slip of roadway to its right that snakes along a barrier wall edging the property’s south side by the freeway. The road stub also serves the other garage, located at the back of the 3,750-sq.-ft. lot. Less clear is whether the light industrial building behind the property is also served by that right-of-way.


The 1,282-sq.-ft. home occupies the last lot before the dead end formed when the vintage residential block made way for the Southwest Fwy.

Cottage Industry

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