The rooftop terrace of this 2008 City View Courtyard townhome ought to be a decent spot for watching tomorrow’s Freedom Over Texas fireworks show. The Fourth Ward location between W. Dallas St. and the back of Allen Parkway Village falls in Freedmen’s Town — though not the portion designated and nationally registered as Freedmen’s Town Historic District. The townhome property’s name is only semi-apt; while “city view” (top) is a sure thing, the “courtyard” reference is less clear. Perhaps it refers to the narrow strip of fenced pens between the 2 back-to-back 3-packs? Even without the seasonal pyrotechnics of Houston’s Official July 4th Celebration to view, the end-cap’s perspective peeks at office peaks, . . .
sweeps north (above) across the bands of apartments of neighboring APV, and scans west toward another green canopy: the money-hued roof of the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, fronting Allen Parkway (at center in photo below):
Three of the 2008 development’s 6 townhomes face west, including this one with split-level entry. (East-facing townhomes flip the tower-terrace juxtaposition, which accounts for the semi-blocked city view:
This chock-a-block contemporary has been on and off the market at various price points since 2010. Last week, another reduction in the asking price hit $398,000, below the $417,000 of the May listing and the early June trim to $404,000. A previous listing by the same agency earlier this year had sought $422,000 for 3 months, ending in May. Another agency’s initial listing last fall started the ball rolling at $415,000. In 2008, it sold for $385K.
At the front of the main living level (above), a pair of doors to a balcony flank the main room’s picture window:
And the view? Some older properties immediately across the street, which sat behind a fence topped in barbed wire (one of them with a handmade sign reading “Silver Cloud Massage”) were torn down last year. It’s a vacant lot — for now. More recently completed lot-by-lot redevelopment dots the neighboring streetscape and horizon.
Dark-stained bamboo flooring finishes most of the 2,494-sq.-ft. home. Built-in cabinetry matching that of the open kitchen provides storage and counter service in the dining area . . .
and forms a snug bar in the alcove near the entry, where a short hallway cuts through to the kitchen:
Units across the “courtyard” between buildings reverse floorplans, which helps reduce potential TMI sight lines. Instead, the triple windows in the combo living-dining area (above) are aligned with the neighbor’s singles in the kitchen:
The listing says there are 4 bedrooms, including 2 master bedrooms, one of which is on the 3rd level. This master suite gets the big photo spread:
Angling for position, this bedroom’s window formation places it above the living area:
Here’s one of the other bathrooms. (The home has 3, plus a half bath.)
This room, still in the midst of redo, appears to be located at ground level:
The staircase’s tower tops out on a landing framing the rooftop’s sky view:
- 917 Nash St. [HAR]