You’ve made your nominations for the 6th category of the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate: the Houston area’s Most Overappreciated Neighborhood Award. And here they are — cleaned up and made ready for voting!
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The nominees for the Most Overrated Neighborhood of 2009 are:
1. West University. “Uptight and losing what character it once had on a daily basis. Constant traffic nightmares make its proximity to downtown and the Med Center moot. It’s as much of a bubble as River Oaks, but without the real big money to go with it.”
“There are great neighborhoods all around West U but even people who live in them like to say they live in West U when they don’t. Why? Because it’s the most overrated, overappreciated neighborhood in Houston!”
“Too much money for such small lots and ugly houses. However, the location and adjacent retail kick butt.”
2. The Heights. “Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the Heights is terrible, just overrated. I just don’t think anything up there lives up to the hype — not the stores, the restaurants, or the McVictorians.”
“Once you factor in the risk of your house being set on fire, the values of the real estate have to be seriously discounted.”
“I like the Heights, but I am sometimes astonished at what people pay to live there. Yes, I know that there’s a certain cache to uttering ‘I live in the Heights,’ but come on. People would rather live in a run-down shack in the Heights than a nice home in other neighborhoods.”
3. Southampton. Voted Neighborhood of the Year by Swamplot readers just last year. “It is a nice enough neighborhood, but it is overvalued and overrated. Yes, it is in an excellent location, but it is just far enough from Rice Village, the Med Center and the Rice U Light Rail stop that nearly everyone here still uses their cars to get everywhere.”
“Filling up with far-more-egregious offenses to good taste than the Ashby Highrise — ***cough*** Thirty Sunset ***cough***.”
4. Montrose. “I’m always amazed at what people will pay to live in fairly scary neighborhoods near rundown apartments and neglected houses, just for the sake of being close-in. Particularly near Richmond, Montrose Blvd. and Fairview.”
“I lived there for a few years, and it has its good moments, but it definitely isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’d prefer to not pay $800/month to get my car broken into 3 times in 3 months.”
“At least it has a concentration of retail and cultural amenities to help support its pricing.”
“I adore Montrose but it’s painfully overvalued.”
5. River Oaks. “Rich people huddled together. The homes are actually becoming more homogeneous as original homes are replaced by row after row of French chateau wannabes. For the money, move out to Memorial.”
6. Washington Corridor. “Overappreciated by the New York Times and other national publications.”
“Sure, a lot of new restaurants and bars have been moving in there, but the development has been totally haphazard and I can’t see how the area is going to sustain itself in the long run. It’s not easy to drive around, it’s not easy to walk, and it’s certainly not easy to park. Some of the clubgoers may be easy on the eyes, but the overall environment isn’t. Outside of the individual attractions and the fact that the area is currently popular, what’s the appeal?”
Well, what’s your selection for this award? Let your vote be heard!
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