The asphalt and branches were flying this morning at the storied former South Beach parking lot off Montrose between California St. and Missouri (more recently home to cars whose owners are visiting the nearby Aladdin restaurant). Pelican Builders has begun clearing the 28,709-sq.-ft. collection of lots — which have separate frontages on Missouri St., Grant St., and California St. — for its 24-townhome California Square project. A few properties from the gated complex of 2-bedroom townhomes have been listed on MLS — for just shy of $500K. Here’s the site plan:
The property was purchased from longtime owner Charles Armstrong last August.
- California Square [Pelican Builders]
- California Square [HAIF]
- 1004 California St. Units 102 & 106 [HAR]
Photos: Swamplot inbox. Rendering and site plan: Pelican Builders
Just went to their site (www.CaliforniaSquareHouston.com) – looks like a really cool development!
Build baby build!
Next Charles needs to sell his trashy bar Montrose Mining Company and let them build townhouses there. Then, sell 1980s bar JR’s and faded 1990s bar South Beach and let them get bulldozed and developed as a townhouse farm.
being permitted as 24 condominiums.. expect monthly maintenance fees as opposed to fee simple townhomes.. owners will buy the building, not the land beneath
Nice, but I wonder why not something bigger, like a low-rise similar to the one at Hyde Park and Waugh.
24 townhomes built on what used to be 5 lots, yet not a single visitor parking space. Very little green space either, aside from the boulevards along the street. This is an unfortunate trend in so many new townhome developments.
Extremely expensive for how small they are ($330/sq ft)….plus a monthly fee of $325….
With all these condos and apartments gay people are going to become an endangered species in Montrose.
At least the curbside and street parking will be mostly preserved, instead of being obliterated by a dozen or so townhouse driveways.
Shiny, shiny, Turds.
Eric – that’s how you make a neighborhood “walkable”. The city needs to dump all parking space requirements. Start burning calories or stay fat in Katy.
There’s a whole lotta cramming going on at that property. Would look a lot nicer if they cut the number of units to 16 or even 12. The middle units along California won’t have any view at all, except of their neighbors. But at least these appear to have decent-sized balconies, which are an endangered species in new construction.
AWESOME!!!! Just what we need…. Killing Montrose one lot at a time.
Too small and too overpriced for condos that want to be townhomes…..buyers of these will never own the land underneath…….good luck with finding any street parking.
@Chas, first of all Charles isn’t selling and second the gays are entrenched in Montrose, though it’s more the wealthy gays now, but why quibble. It will always be the center of gay nightlife, I mean where else would all the ugly straight girls go to dance?
Pity the people who buy B 202-204 and B 302-304. They are going to be living in a cave.
I’m surprised no one has commented on the fact that they show a photo of ground-clearing as of 2/20/15, and there are open houses on 2/26/15 through 2/28/15. Open house at an empty plot of land???
$330 a square foot? hahaha! how fantastically absurd. you can buy the same place in east downtown for $150 a square foot, minus all the drunk people and bars of lower westheimer.
People will buy them — people buy the THs that are constantly springing up in Shady Acres between Ella and Shepherd. These are merely places to stash accumulating stuff until the buyers decide to start a family or arthritis sets in and climbing a flight of stairs just to get in your home isn’t so great anymore. At least this development is in a walkable area–Shady Acres isn’t.