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  1. We bought a lot in 2011 when our daughter was 1.5 and our friends had begun complaining about Love elementary. Previous owner had torn the house down....No part of the lot is in the flood plain and we got in just before prices skyrocketed...I could sell now and come very close to doubling my investment if I wanted...there is a new home on my street for sale more than 2.5x what I spent to build my own...We stayed in the Heights another 1.5 years after buying the lot saving up money to build the house.....While there are multiple 9-12,000 sqft houses, they are still genuinely the exception. Mo
  2. According to the police blotter that comes out weekly, the most common crime is identity theft...Followed by arrests for traffic stops with outstanding warrants, and then vehicles being broken into at church properties during drop off/pick up. I do not see much on the DUI/DWI. Memorial HS is not all that, but it is substantially better than all of the non-magent HISD schools...It does not have the problem with violent gangs and other issues that plague many other inner city schools...that alone makes it easier for kids to succeed, but it is not the sole issue....I completely agree 100% that
  3. The house is in Memorial, the proximity of I-10 and Bunker Hill....,my commute for me is actually shorter since I work in Pearland and can just take the beltway around now...My wife's commute went from 15 minutes to between 23 and 35 depending on how bad the traffic is... The crime is substantially different due to the substantially larger police presence over a very small area. I have also been a firm believer that the Heights crime is driven in large part by the street grid (which makes traffic in the Heights a breeze)...it makes it SO easy for a criminal to get in/out of the heights usin
  4. We talked to other parents who we knew had kids in Love. We only knew about 5 or 6 of them, but none of them chose to return after their first year. Complaints ranged from minor issues like the facility was old, teachers had too many kids, their children did not make friends b/c english was not primary language for much of the class to other more significant complaints such as other kids in West U, River Oaks & Memorial, were getting assignments that were significantly more advanced than their own kids were, resources such as Bob Books and other materials were not available..issues that
  5. I moved into the Heights in 2006....we moved out of the Heights in August of 2012....during that time we had 2 kids....we now have 3. We moved to the Heights b/c it was close to my wife's job, and lots of places to go out and eat/drink...it was a great place to be during that 6 year time frame....much better before we had kids. What motivated me to leave the Heights was schools and tremendous levels of petty crime. I was zoned to LOVE, it was and remains very bad...its pretty darn hard to find a bad elementary schools, but there sits Love...a bad elementary school.....As to the crime i
  6. They do this all the time. The appraiser measures the outside, and just creates a magical number whether its right or wrong. Correct them and your appraisal will drop drastically. HCAD calculates their value on a $/ft basis. My new house they had the square footage wrong by more than 1,700 sqft. When I corrected them by bringing the floor plan submitted to the city it dropped my appraised value by the price of a small house. They had attic space as finished space b/c there were windows in the attic, and b/c I used foam insulation and the attic is technically conditioned space. But its
  7. I think most of the homes that are still "pending" are pending for a reason...Either the house was remodeled, is a new home, had a pool, or some other upgrade installed, etc. Basically if you pulled a permit this year to do anything at all, they are going to look at it much closer. My house is pending, but it's b/c it was not finished on Jan 1...it was only about 60% complete.
  8. My rental property (admittedly a tear down structure on a 6600sqft lot in the west historic district), with zero improvements made in the last 6 years magically had the improvement value jump $3600, while the land jumped $33,000...land is now $50/ft....Tough to protest the land, but I think I could argue the house has negative value, as nobody would ever keep it....its a non-historic home that would easily get approval to demolish. We have had the property since 2009 and the appreciation alone is 221% according to HCAD....however, looking at compareable sales we are actually approaching arou
  9. The petition process was illegitimate as well. I would guess that at least 30% of the people who signed the petition originally no longer supported what was occurring when the time came. There were multiple people just on this site who signed and wished to withdraw their signature. ALL of them were told it could not be withdrawn. People who signed the petition signed up for one thing, and their signatures were then used against their will to do another thing..the petitions the HHA collected were just reworded and the signatures were re-used. There is absolutely ZERO chance that the peti
  10. I've got a 6600 sq ft lot that is a non-contributing rental property in the WD that has a house that I keep looking nice, even though the house itself is literally worth less than the new air conditioner I put on it last year. The original home on this property burned down sometime in the 60's and a modular home was built in its place, its not historic in any way, heck, it has vinyl siding....I would get a non-contributing designation with ease...(I should probably do that now before vinyl becomes hisotric) I keep it b/c its property value continues to climb with the popularity of the Height
  11. Translation....its bigger than mine, and yours cant be bigger than mine because I dont like houses to be bigger than mine. Secondary Interpretation - it may look fine and good b/c NOBODY IN THE WORLD can tell the difference between a 33' ridge height and a 32' ridge height without a freaking measuring tape - but Its not about just YOUR property...if EVERYONE else added a whole foot of rise, just think of the horrors that would befall the poor folks in one story homes....endless night as the towering behemoth next door wipes out all sources of natural light...Grass that slowly decays and even
  12. Your property rights END at your property line PERIOD. You have no right to any aspect of that which you do not own. Your value goes up every time a structure 10x-20x nicer than yours is constructed...Whatever proportionate decline in your structure value you lose, is increased by the value in your dirt. Your value will never be fully diminished so long as there are people like you who want to live in a small house... I do not agree with anything you have said, and I do not believe that the Heights is historic in any way. Its nothing more than Katy in another 40 years....I guess we shoul
  13. Im Ok repealing it in its entirety. The dirt is now too expensive for it to turn into anything that is genuinely sub-par. Enact minimum lot line restrictions that will prevent town homes on the interior streets of teh neighborhoods and then let the people decide for themselves what they want to build. The days of the townhomes being built all over the heights is pretty much coming to an end....its now restricted to the corners of busy streets because those are the only places the dirt is cheap enough...and that is actually a good thing....wall to wall townhomes insulate road noise quite eff
  14. s3mh repeats things she hears over and over again until she believes them herself...is astounding. I watched several Tricon homes being built in 06/07 and none had a single pre-fab cabinet in them. They may have prefab now, I don't know - but none did then. Also, some of the absolute best, most expensive cabinets you can buy are pre-fabricated...or at least fabricated off site. There are multiple cabinet companies just here in Houston that do precise measurements of the home, then build the cabinets off site with CNC machines, that are orders of magnitude nicer than any carpenter could e
  15. It may shock you, but in 2006, 2007 Tricon did not have any pre-fab cabinets in their stand alone units....They were all site built from oak or poplar, and they all had a good deal of detailed molding work in them. I looked at several and all were being built on site with lots of milled features. Also in 2006, 2007 when they were really building the stand alone homes (non-garage front facing), everything was granite & travertine in all builds, half the models had a small sunroom off the breakfast room...nobody was using marble or white subway tiles...marble & subway tiles did not g
  16. I see very little difference between this house and any of the 2000-2007 Tricon standalone houses (before they started building the garage to the street town home style stand alones)....The built in's, the floor plan, the finishes, it all looks nearly identical. The only real differences that I can see are the exterior materials...real wood siding instead of hardi plank....and the marble b/c marble was not really in style during that time....Oh, ya and the price. The Tricon ones are about $300K less expensive....well they were...Now I think they are getting close to $700K for the 4400sq ft
  17. Well if by broadening it, they mean allowing some things to be streamlined, that would be good - but any addittional restrictions, or addittions to the ordinance really need to be voted on. You will have to forgive me for not trusting the Historic folks - they lied, cheated, and stole to get their way...It was very ugly.
  18. Any broadening of the scope of the ordinance should be put to a vote of affected home owners. I am tired of the regulatory over-reach that is occuring in this country.
  19. Look at this, I agree with everything S3MH just said. The heights is not nearly as dangerous as it once was, it is just petty crime, mostly cars, but there seems to be a recent increase in burglary as well... its quick smash and grabs in garages and houses too. That is what happened to me....Crooks came in down the alley, jumped an 8' privacy fence into my back yard, kicked my door to the garage in, and made off with bicycles and tools...I was home and never heard it. I think the reason the Heights is such an attractive target is the streets are in a perfect grid with multiple quick exits
  20. Crime in all areas of Houston is not bad....The Heights is just getting worse and worse, and its reported more and more. I have lived my entire life in Houston, and the ONLY time anything bad ever happened to me was while living in the Heights. I had my garage broken into, and my truck was broken into several times...and I never once parked on the street...all my vehicle break ins were while out in the area...CVS, Kroger, and at a friends house on 21st. I have spent plenty of time in Memorial, West U, Bellaire, Galleria, Pearland, and Friendswood - and NONE of them have even a fraction of
  21. Touche! That is what I get for posting on a Friday!
  22. Please point to where I have referred to gestapo in this thread. I said it is a sad day indeed when the city is targeting people for their beliefs, and that is all. It is clear to me that is occuring. Whether you want to admit it or not, is your problem.
  23. I was not referring to any political leanings at all...I think there are Historic people on both sides of the political isle...but those in power will abuse their power for their own gain every time....The city, the HHA, and the HAHC, all have a good deal of power over builders, especially in the "historic" areas - They all pretty much loathe new construction in the historic areas and as a result, by building new where these people think ONLY old should be, the bulder puts himself squarely in their cross hairs. About the only way not to be targeted by the current city gestapo is to donate to
  24. I was not insulting you - I clearly stated that maybe you do not recall the process that was used to create the Heights districts, many people have short memories...if you did not, I was telling you how it was done, if you did and you still thought it was fair, then you were being dishonest...which is not an insult - its an observation. There are lots of people who are willfully ignorant on this subject, and it has a direct effect on those who do care, on both sides of the argument. I can't imagine the pro-historic crowd is proud of how low they had to stoop to win....victory at all cost
  25. I can only say that you are clearly in the city crosshairs....The city is targeting you for not just accepting their authority and having the gal to try to turn a profit....I would expect that you will be receiving an IRS audit as well shortly. We now live in a world where if you are in the political minority, or you disagree with those in power, that your opinion can not be voiced without fear of official government retribution. It is a sad day indeed.
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