On we go with the “neighborhood” categories in the 2010 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate! This year, which little slice of Houston deserves to win the award for Most Improved Neighborhood?
The official nominees, culled from your choices and descriptions, are listed below. Now’s your chance to choose the winner! Add your vote to a comment below, send it in an email to Swamplot, announce it on Twitter, write it on the wall of Swamplot’s Facebook page — or all 4! (That’s right, if you follow these rules, each of you can vote 4 times.) If you think you can drum up more support for your favorite candidate, go right ahead! Just make sure all votes are in by 5 pm on Monday, December 27th.
The nominees for Most Improved Neighborhood are . . .
1. Brookesmith. “It has seen a lot of improvement in the past year, despite the recession. Remodeling is picking up, a few bungalows have been moved in to occupy some of the vacant lots, and there has even been some new construction of single-family homes. In addition, there have been some infrastructure improvements: the reconstruction of North Main below Airline is complete, Tabor St. has been widened, and Enid St. is being widened as well.”
2. Greater Eastwood. “It’s still got a ways to go, and I don’t think its improvements are exclusive to 2010, but it should be in the running.“
4. Alden Place. “Wasn’t this the neighborhood featured in Reality Bytes? Winona Ryder’s career may have gone downhill since then, but this area’s only gotten better.“
“Nine years ago I lived on Stanford near Bell. The area was awesome, if you didn’t mind listening to gunfire and having helicopters hovering overhead all night long. I wish I lived there now, within walking distance of Pink’s Pizza, Barnaby’s and IHOS, and with the new Whole Foods coming in! Man oh man! I wish I had had the foresight to purchase something back then.“
5. Midtown. “Even in the past 2 years alone (when construction was at a stop around town) we’ve seen Camden Travis built over Houston’s original strip mall, Jonathan Farb built a massive development at Bagby and McGowen [above], The Mix on Elgin was built, the rehab next to Continental Club, HCC started construction on their next big phase, and not to mention all of the new restaurants and non-‘Washington club’-type establishments that have opened.”
6. Shady Acres. “This neighborhood stood derelict for so long while the Heights went upscale. Now, those nasty little, affordable houses on large lots are finally being replaced by huge 3-story townhomes — 6 to 8 of them per lot.”
7. Willowbend. Before, tawdry rent houses abounded. Now, thanks to the growth of the Med Center and this neighborhood’s great location, there are almost no ‘tawdries.’ Exemplary elementary school, good private schools, street repairs, responsible property owners, and proper deed restrictions. This ’hood is nicer than it has been in 40 years. The developer planted live oaks 50 or 60 years ago and they are now mature and gorgeous. One of Houston’s greatest (and quietest) comebacks.“
8. Westwood Gardens. “I think all of the half-built Royce houses have since been completed, the weeds have been mowed, and a (sorta) new builder is actively marketing new homes in the subdivision. Much improved!”
Okay, neighborhood experts! This year, which one of these nominees has earned the title of Houston’s Most Improved Neighborhood?
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Photos: HAR (502 Enid St., 4006 Dallas St., 3123 Dallas St., 413 W. Saulnier St., 1001 W. 21st St. Unit 1, 4613 Stillbrooke Dr., 9407 Cholla Hill Ct.), and Candace Garcia (City Place Midtown) — all either for sale or lease!