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  1. Don't know if anyone ever responded to you. Bohemeo's on Telephone is a grat coffee house/wine/beer/live music venue. Many of the local ice houses (like Mac's on McKinney near Cullen) are very friendly to newcomers to the area.
  2. I hate to be this way, but it's my restoration and I do whatever I'm in the mood to do--that's a luxury that I have. I answered your question, now, please answer my original question: have you ever restored or renovated a house to put on the market for re-sale?
  3. Hi Victoria, Thanks for your e-mail. Apparently after I contacted you on city-data, one of the other posters didn't like our talking and banned me for advertising spam--see how some of these sites work? Please feel free to contact me here or at my e-mail address: Garlandcompany@aol.com. Thanks, Bill England
  4. Thanks for your inpuit. The kitchen cabinets are done for resale purposes only--one cannot do personal selections in a spec property--I did Shaker-styled cabinets in one house and absolutely everyone who looked at the house hated the look. They wanted something more versatile. I personally am not crazy about granite countertops--but that's what people want. I personally don't like undermount sinks and have only had one buyer who wanted an undermount--so that's again a personal issue. The backsplash is being left up to the buyer--My preference is subway tile--I hate when people put tumbled stone backsplashes in these houses. The window in the guest bath will be covered with a sealed piece of glass--again waiting for a buyer to customize that. The single-lever shower control is my personal choice--there is tub to ceiling subway tile (expensive, by the way) so I'm not sure what you mean by stingy use. If you mean tiling all the walls with subway tile--well let's just go to a Shell service station bathroom then--I hate the sterility of it. As you can see, these are all personal issues. I do have a question--and I'm asking this for no reason other than just to ask: have you ever restored a house to sell? You quickly learn that your personal tastes don't always translate in what buyers like. They want a nice, fresh blank canvas that they can personalize themselves.
  5. Historic Houston has been working for several years to purchase this property. The last time I checked with HH, HISD had thrown a monkey wrench in to the process. I'll find out this week and report back. Historic Houston would be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and would be a great steward of the property.
  6. Actually there's very little in the house from Home Depot--and I do resent the way people who have no knowledge of renovations use that as a slur. The kitchen is a custom design that does use KraftMade cabinets, the countertops are Absolute Black granite, the Craftsman vanity in the master bath was a custom ordered item. As anyone who is familiar with my houses knows, I do restorations--I don't do "flips". I buy the crappiest houses on the blocks in Eastwood and restore them so the rest of the block starts to look better, too. There are many homes to be restored to take Eastwood back to its former beauty and I would welcome any other interested neighbors or investors to come in and put your money where your mouth is.
  7. I'm Bill England--I restored the home you're wondering about on Walker Street. The house was moved in (I was told from West U, but I think the house is a little too old to have been in West U) in 1988. It was intentionally placed backwards on the lot--have no clue as to why it was done that way. When I purchasd the property, I was faced with the decision to create a stage-set bungalow facade to the existing house (which, of course, had a strange floorplan) or have the house turned around on the lot--I chose to turn it around. Thanks for the kind words. The price that had been on HAR was for the house and the adjoining lot--it is now being split to just reference the house on its 4800 +/- square foot lot at 259,900 (HAR still has the wrong square footage on the revised listing) and the adjoining lot will be sold separately. Several potential buyers have not wanted the extra lot--which I find very difficult to understand, but they just can't get their arms around an empty lot, even though they lose total control as to what happens right next to them
  8. The old Sterling Laundry was purchased quite a few years ago by William Steen, an artist and worked for The Menil Collection. He used the building as his studio and residence. When he moved to NYC 2 or 3 years ago, the property was sold to a woman who's late husband had been a fairly important artist in Houston. The building sold for somewhere in the neighborhood of $230,000. She lives in the building (it's really quite wonderful inside) and uses it as a gallery for her late husband's artwork. But be prepared--it and the building to the west are scheduled to be purchased by METRO and demolished for right-of-way for the new Harrisburg Lite Rail. Much of the face of Harrisburg will change--some for the better/some not so.
  9. As a long-time resident of Eastwood and one who has restored many homes in the area, I take great exception to the catty comments regarding the house on the corner of Bell and Dumble (no, it is not one of my restorations). Anyone who comes into this neighborhood and sinks the money that was put into that house--close to $100,000--should be congratulated, not given petty criticisms about the stupid bathroom sinks. If you think you can do better--and make a profit--come, buy a house and see how difficult it really is. Until then--keep your opinions to yourself. Most of you on this site are armchair quarterbacks who've never done anything to preserve a neighborhood. So my suggestion is that you put your money where you mouth is. AND thank the people who are doing their best to preserve Eastwood and the surrounding neighborhoods rather than scraping the lots and building the junk we see in Montrose and The Heights.
  10. The land for the long-time Houston watering hole The Stables at South Main and Greenbriar was sold yesterday. Witness once again the suburbs invading Houston. Who in the world needs all these branch banks!!
  11. Yes, I understand parts of Garden Oaks were a Crain development. But their original planbook--of which I have a VERY poorly Xeroxed copy only lists Pineview Place, Southside Place, Brady Place and Cherryhurst. When I bought my first rental house in Pineview I actually would squint and imagine what the neighborhood must have looked like in its heyday. the paved driveways, rear-loading garages--it was a very nice neighborhood.
  12. The 11th Annual Eastwood Historic Homes Tour will be Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22 from 12 noon to 5 pm. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Bungalow". It seems like a timely topic with the mass destruction of Houston's beautiful bungalows taking place throughout the city. There will be six bungalows dating from 1911 to 1926. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased on tour days at Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal, 4411 Dallas Street. Tickets will be sold on the Telephone Road side of the church. Eastwood is one of Houston's first master-planned communities, developed by William Wilson in 1911. For more information, call Bill England at 713-412-8861 or 713-926-4307. Hope to see you there!
  13. Prior to being a Days Inn, the building was a Holiday Inn. I used to live at 2016 Main when it was still functioning as a Holiday Inn and it was maintained pretty well. That was in the early 80's and then the oil bust hit.
  14. Just saw this category for Pineview Place. If no one has said this before, let me give you some background on the neighborhood. It was developed by Crain Ready-Cut House Company--their manufacturing plant was across Harrisburg. Crain Ready-Cut House Company also developed Cherryhurst (where you'll see many of the same house plans though in much better condition) and Southside Place near West U. I've owned several homes in the neighborhood over the years (as rentals), but did get the chance to visit with some of the original owners 15 or 20 years ago. One of them was a lady who had lived in her home (it was on Jamaica, I believe) since 1926 and she was selling her home to move to Florida to be near her son. She had a 1972 Mercedes sedan in her garage with 24,000 miles on it! This was a lovely neighborhood in its day and could be again.
  15. Hi there. I'm new to this site, but really enjoying the forums. In case anyone might be interested, the 11th Annual Eastwood Historic Homes Tour will be Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22 from 12 noon to 5 pm. This year's tour will the"Celebrating Bungalows". It seemed a timely topic considering all the uproar in town over the loss of so many of Houston's beautiful bungalows. There will be six bungalows dating from 1911 to 1926. Tickets are $10 for all homes and will be sold on tour days at Redeemer Episcopal Church, 4411 Dallas Street (ticket sales will be on the Telephone Road entrance to the church). There will also be a table for residents in Eastwood to sign the petitions for the renewal of the deed restrictions (some of the oldest, continuously-enforced restrictions in Houston, dating from 1913). Hope to see you there!
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