We get mail . . . from a reader who’s considering renting one of the many available condos in Montrose’s famed Tremont Tower:
I am moving to Houston in June and when I was looking around for housing I found an ad for a rental at Tremont Towers. I went to look at the place and liked it but something seemed odd to me. If this place is as nice as it looks, it is in Montrose (apparently a desirable area to live) why is is so silent and why does one man own at least 5 separate units and even more odd, why are they so cheap when last year they were valued at >300K (odd even in this real estate market). So, I plugged them into Google and started following a trail. I read about Jordan Fogle and Heather Mickelson.
I talked to my possible future landlord and he told me a story that Jordan Fogle confused the builder of Tremont with the ones who built her home. In addition he offered a story that the Heather Mickelson had purchased the property and then not long after moving in decided to move out with her boyfriend. Since they would not purchase the property back from her she sabotaged the apartment by opening her windows through all weather which then lead to some horrible development of mold.
My issue is that since the coverage in 2005-2006 I haven’t been able to find much information and I cannot verify either side of this tale. I was wondering if any readers had passed on more information about the Towers or if anything had been done in this building that had nearly 100% foreclosure. I am concerned because I would prefer to avoid paying nearly a thousand a month just so I can get sick and not be able to work.
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I just want to make sure that I am not walking into the wrong situation. I forgot to mention that he said the place was built by Turner Construction which is supposedly world renowned and recognized for excellent building. But everything else online links Tremont with Juliet homes and etc.
What do you say, readers? Any words of wisdom for a Houston newcomer?
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- Previously in Swamplot: Tremont Tower Video: How Construction Problems Attract Foreclosure Pileups, The Dirty Little Secret Behind the Montrose Foreclosure Hump, The Lemon Lady Goes to Washington
Photo of Tremont Tower: HAR