Please vote for one of these official nominees in this, the second-to-last category of the 2011 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. It’s for one of the biggies: Neighborhood of the Year. Where’d all the nominations come from? From you!
You can vote for your favorite nominee any or all of 4 ways: in a comment beneath this post, in an email to Swamplot, from Twitter, or in a post on the wall of Swamplot’s Facebook page. Here are the official voting rules. If you want to start a campaign on Facebook or some online forum in support of your choice, go right ahead. Just make sure all the votes get in by 5 pm on Tuesday, December 27th.
Which Houston-area neighborhood deserves to be called this year’s Neighborhood of the Year? Here are the official nominees:
1. Shady Acres. “Home to just-add-water townhome clusters that pop up faster than weeds (in a non-drought year) — but this part of Houston still works, in its own odd way. The addition of the Corkscrew and Hubcap Grill make for a nice after-hours scene. Over on Ella there’s a neat new place called El Gran Malo that serves tasty Mexican bites and margaritas, in addition to stalwart restaurants like Rainbow Lodge, Cavatore, and Tony’s. Not a model of New Urbanism — or of anything for that matter. But Shady Acres — like Houston as a whole — is making it work despite itself.”
“If you thought the townhomes in the Heights were ugly, you need to take a stroll around this neighborhood. Add the lack of sidewalks and street lights plus the parking-lot-like streets (thanks to all the new ‘cool’ places to hang out) and you have yourself a neighborhood that went from modest but livable to urban nightmare.”
2. Garden Oaks. “A great mix of young and old. Great churches. Great schools. Big yards. Where else do they have a bike parade on the 4th of July and a Christmas caroling potluck party? There is an active neighborhood association that pays for an extra constable patrol. A maintenance organization that enforces deed restrictions. An active moms’ group that delivers meals for a month after a new baby arrives in the ’hood. Like a small town in the middle of Houston.”
3. Woodland Heights. “Hosts the entire city for the biggest, bestest, funnest holiday party around. The best neighborhood in Houston. If you don’t believe me, ask Stella Sola, the Glass Wall, Liberty Kitchen, BB’s, and all the other restaurants crowding around our little slice of heaven, trying to get in on our action.“
4. Westchester. “Is this where west-side outdoorsy types hide? Good-size lots with comfortable older homes, and great access to the bayou trail at Terry Hershey Park.”
5. Eastwood. “Houston’s ‘neighborhood of the future.’ Soon to be even closer to Downtown and other Inner Loop neighborhoods, thanks to planned rail stations on 2 separate lines.“
6. The Washington Corridor. “Hey all you naysayers: Development here is going strong despite all the issues (parking, decrepit sidewalks, mean bouncers that tell patrons to go home and change their shoes) that were supposed to doom the area to become the next Richmond Ave. 2011 was perhaps the worst year for commercial real estate in my lifetime and yet you wouldn’t have known it from the rapid gentrification on Washington. The newly paved roads don’t hurt.”
7. Tranquility Park. “The ultimate mixed-use insta-development: work, play, eat, sleep, and recreate — all in the same place! Those Occupy guys and girls have got it going on. Downtown views? Check. Armed security? Check. Short commute? Check. Open-concept living? Check. Easy access to dining, entertainment, and recreation? Check!”
8. Glenbrook Valley. “This year it became the first outside-the-Loop neighborhood to receive historic-district status, and the first historically designated neighborhood in Texas made up of post-World War II homes. Nominated for Swamplot’s Neighborhood of the Year award for 3 out of the last 4 years. Is 2011 finally Glenbrook Valley’s turn?”
9. Upper Kirby. “The neighborhood’s namesake thoroughfare completed an extensive upgrade: Kirby’s now less strip, more sizzle. West Ave brought in the glam. A spectacular transformation in just a few years.”
Time to make your choice! Which of these nominees should be crowned Neighborhood of the Year?
- How To Vote in the 2011 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate [Swamplot]
- Swamplot Awards Ballots 2011 [Swamplot]
Photos: HAR (1433B W. 23rd St., 219 W. 31st St., 412 Redan St., 14758 Oak Bend Dr., 4317 Bell St., 5807 Washington Ave., 8030 Glenforest Ct., 3077 Sackett St., 304 Sul Ross St. all listed for sale); Swamplot inbox (Tranquility Park)