“I do always seem to be showing you houses that few of us can really afford,” Houston interior-design blogger Joni Webb admits to her readers:
But the secret truth is, nothing gets me more excited than seeing a house which is NOT expensive yet looks like it was designed by a professional! Nothing is better because it affirms what I fully believe, style is not about money.
So Webb sets out to find a few inside-the-Loop homes dressed to meet her style standards — and priced between $300K and $500K. How long does it take her? Two days, poring through “hundreds, if not thousands” of HAR listings.
What does she find?
Six designer-worthy picks! But each of them is . . . uh, sold already. Webb says she “couldn’t find one attractively designed house in the price range” that was still on the market:
Many houses were nice enough â€“ just bland, or it looked like they went to a furniture store and bought up the display. There was no imagination or attention to detail in the vast majority of the houses. Most were clean, neat and organized â€“ though quietly dull. More amazing is how few houses (in any price range) are actually decorated or styled.
Okay, so what did catch Webb’s eye?
This 1,500-sq.-ft. 1957 rancher that presumably sits quite close to 610, about a half-mile from the Galleria. It sold in the high $300,000s:
House number 2, in West U, dates from 1979 and went for around $350K. “The drawback is its back yard faces a busy street.” It’s 2,000 sq. ft.:
Next up: This 1949 bungalow in Upper Kirby. It’s 1,470 sq. ft. and sold for “close to $300,000″:
Number 4: This $450Kish Montrose home, built in 1935, measuring 1,690 sq. ft.:
House number 5 blows the budget: It sold for around $575,000, Webb reports. The location: Southampton. Built in 1938, 1,658 sq. ft. total. Has a pool:
Last one: On South Blvd., probably far towards the Kirby end. It’s 2,500 sq. ft., probably including the garage apartment. Built in 1939. Dunno what it went for:
Swamplot sleuths: How tough would it be to dig up all these listings?
You’ll find far more detailed descriptions — along with bowl-of-lemons-in-the-kitchen-type tips for staging your small but stylish home — on Webb’s blog, Cote de Texas.
- Small Stylish Houses [Cote de Texas]