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Avondale Area And Surroundings - How Is It?


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I have been looking at some properties in montrose in and around Avondale but still have not got a feel for the area yet. Is it on the rise or decaying. Not too much constuction around probably because of the city limitation.

How safe is it? What is the typical population there? I like to be close to everything - restaurants of Montrose etc and some of the surroundings are appealing but some are still not.

I have the same question about WESTMORELAND. What do you guys think about it?

(e.g. this house)

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I have the same question about WESTMORELAND. What do you guys think about it?

(e.g. this house)

I've lived in Westmoreland since '85. The deed restrictions have been maintained, so there are no businesses within its boundries. Mostly a quiet neighborhood - a bit 'cracky' around the edges (as is Avondale.) You'd be hard pressed to find a neighborhood more convenient to everything (Downtown, Midtown, Med Center, Museum District, Montrose and Hwy 59S.)

The house on Marshall was built in 1913, (not 1940 - as usual, the appraisal district got it wrong <_< .) It's surrounded by apartment complexes, so the views aren't appealling as some other parts of the neighborhood, and has been considerably modified from its original appearance. I have the impression that it's nicer inside than the 'curb appeal' might indicate.

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I've lived in Westmoreland since '85. The deed restrictions have been maintained, so there are no businesses within its boundries. Mostly a quiet neighborhood - a bit 'cracky' around the edges (as is Avondale.) You'd be hard pressed to find a neighborhood more convenient to everything (Downtown, Midtown, Med Center, Museum District, Montrose and Hwy 59S.)

Thanks for the info. Cracky sounds scary - does in result in the higher crime rate? Is it getting better or worse over the last few years? What about business dynamics?

By the way what do you guys think of this one (interesting house )?

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does in result in the higher crime rate? Is it getting better or worse over the last few years? What about business dynamics?

By the way what do you guys think of this one (interesting house )?

not sure if i'd describe that new orleans style like the realtor did. maybe the courtyard area.

a coworker moved over there about 3 months ago and after week 1 her car was broken into. IMO it is more street type crime so if you have a fence you'd be less likely to be a target. they had the guts to spray paint the police storefront and got away with it.

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I live in Audubon Place, west of Westmoreland. Yes, "cracky" is a pretty good description. Especially of the apartments at the corner of Garrott and Alabama.

Cars get broken into if you leave them on the street. Sort of a fact of life. But we have pretty good police response. Oddly enough, a byproduct of this vigilance is parking tickets for people parking on the wrong side of the street (who knew?)

Check http://www.ericcarlson.net/crimestats/1A20.html for a crime map.

I very seldom feel unsafe.

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I live in Audubon Place, west of Westmoreland. Yes, "cracky" is a pretty good description. Especially of the apartments at the corner of Garrott and Alabama.

Cars get broken into if you leave them on the street. Sort of a fact of life. But we have pretty good police response. Oddly enough, a byproduct of this vigilance is parking tickets for people parking on the wrong side of the street (who knew?)

Check http://www.ericcarlson.net/crimestats/1A20.html for a crime map.

I very seldom feel unsafe.

Thanks for the map link. I got the idea... But what's the dynamics? Is it getting better or worse? Does/will it affect it affect prices and resale values of the homes. Is there a trend to tear-down the questionable apartments in favor of new developments?

Any more comments on this property link ? I toured it and it definitely has a lot of potential but it looks overpriced to me.

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The apartments don't get torn down as much as the bungalows. My theory about that is the apartments are usually cash flow positive, there is no cost to the owner (they seldom perform any maintenance) and until the taxes make it prohibitive they will just sit there polluting the neighborhoods. But once they move, expensive new development moves in.

I don't recognize the that house (why don't they have a photo of the outside?) but you will have more foot traffic on that side of Westheimer than we do on the south side.

I would personally be hesitant to buy a house in a neighborhood that I was hoping would change. Sort of like marrying someone whom you hope to "make better"

Good luck. Low ball an offer on the house. In this market they may bite.

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Its sad to think of what beautiful mansions stood before most of those ugly old apartments were built. Some of those apts appear to have been built around 1950-60's.

Reminds me of the horrible demolition of the hundreds of beautiful Victorians that once lined San Francisco's west end of Van Ness Ave. during the late 1960's. The had all survived the 1906 quake but preservation was in it's early stages and big developent wiped up clean and built crappy modern apts.

If Westmoreland gets eaten up by development, well another serious slap in the face for Houston. :(

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I recently moved to Westmoreland. I think that the area has all of the character that you can wish for, especially in Houston. Pretty much anything/everything is available within reasonable distance, and the residents are a great mix of people. I'm with everybody else on the fact that some of the street people are shady. Four days ago I parked in front of my gate on the street, so that I could run inside my house really quick, then go again. I had 3 (really nice) bikes on the back of my vehicle, locked up. I went inside for 5 minutes, came back out, the lock had been cut and the bikes gone. Thank goodness for insurance! I'm sure that they are now either at a pawn shop or inside the courtyard of Skylane Apartments. Those apartments are the only thing in the area that bugs me. Otherwise I would consider the area pretty safe, especially because living in the very inner city there will be petty street crimes that occur. I previously lived downtown for three years, and then in the warehouse district for two. So for me, it's nice to be able to walk places and not get pestered. And of course the fact that I look out of my windows and see something green is nice, too.

I'm familiar with the house...errr Casa Gato... that you linked on Taft, I pass it regularly. What an eccentric place! I think that with some work, it could be a pretty cool place to live. It certainly needs some paint and a carpenter. The louvered millwork everywhere is really odd. But I really like where it is, and the privacy it affords.

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I wouldn't imagine any quality property in that area losing value over time - it is so close in and well located.

In the short term ( < 5 years ) anything could happen (like anywhere), but as a longer term investment this area should be golden.

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