Note: Voting for the Swampies has ended. See the bottom of this post (above the comments) for a link to the results!
There’ll be no more guessing with these neighborhoods: The official nominees for Neighborhood of the Year 2008 in the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate have been selected — from your contributions.
And now the campaigning can begin! How are you going to round up votes for your favorite? Emails? Tweets? Forum or blog posts? Social-network schemes? Whatever works . . . but get your voters to the polls — also known as the comments section of this post (or the Swamplot inbox if you prefer secret ballots). Consult the official campaign rules if you have questions. All votes must be in before midnight on Sunday, December 28th.
Got it? The nominees for Houston Neighborhood of the Year for 2008 are . . .
2. Houston Heights. “Hip, historic. Modern, classic.“
“Tearing down eyesores at an extremely high rate; with every new building that’s built, the neighborhood actually grows more historic! Plus, new restaurants like Textile and Bedford. And construction has finally begun on the hike-and-bike trail.”
“The Heightsâ€™ recent trendiness among those selfish enough to buy tacky new construction in an historic neighborhood because they canâ€™t afford a rehabbed bungalow or to buy new in a comparable neighborhood is not something to celebrate. If they get the poor-manâ€™s West U they want, all of Houston loses.”
3. Memorial Bend. “A great place to find mid-century Modern homes still available for demolition.”
“Cool architecture, friendly neighbors and great schools.“
7. Glenbrook Valley. “For its unique terrain of small hills and valleys dotted with moss draped trees and small wooded creeks and knolls. For its collection of mid-century architecture with minimal McMansion intrusion. For its large lots and short commute to Downtown. For its actual diversity: Latino, white, Asian, middle-eastern, gay, straight. For the new professionals moving in: architects, attorneys, Ph.Ds, professors, a college president. For the great parties. For the pending historic district work on the 1956 Parade of Homes on Cayton. And Glenbrook Valley has best dramas.”
“If it qualifies, it’s because neighborhoods are like men: They are infinitely more interesting when they’re good-looking — but still a little rough around the edges. Oh, and a little more affluent than you first might have thought.â€
8. Southside Place. “Eight square blocks of hilarity.” What’s so funny?
9. Old Sixth Ward. In its first full year as a ‘protected’ historic district. “For the self-reliant activism of its residents. A very special place to live, and improving all the time.”
10. Jersey Village. “Just because.â€
Which one deserves to win Neighborhood of the Year? Vote!
Update: The winners have been announced!
- How To Vote in the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate [Swamplot]
- Swamplot Awards Ballots 2008 [Swamplot]
Photos of 1835 Sunset Blvd., 945 Heights Blvd., 403 Faust Ln., 6718 Wellington Meadows Dr., 3841 Olympia Dr., 3006 Southworth Ln., 7703 N. Glenbrae St., 3747 Harper St., 2002 Kane St., and 15905 Capri Dr. (all for sale!): HAR