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Dear Preservationist Friends, a restored MacKie & Kamrath home on 2.56 acres is on the market. TThe owners have restored the home with great sensitivity to the original design and intend to sell to a preservation-minded buyer. They are the second owners and the first owner was Leon Lee himself (architect at Kamrath). It is a once in a lifetime home and very rare (sadly) for Houston. Let's help preserve this beauty by getting the word out to the right kind of buyers. http://search.har.com/site/7-hollow-glen-ln_SITE71920497.htm

 

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Mr. Lee worked for MacKie and Kamrath for a brief 3-4 year period.   This house exhibits many of the details he would have learned while in their employ.  It's remarkable how many of the details carried over, considering this house was designed some 20+ years later.  Lee went on to be an architect of primarily reinforced concrete warehosue structures.

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Very very nice house for sure, but I don't see how the restoration they did here warrants going from 350k to almost 700k. 

 

for one, it's on 2.5 acres in a prime area.  if the house were fully restored on .5 acres, you might have an argument.

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for one, it's on 2.5 acres in a prime area.  if the house were fully restored on .5 acres, you might have an argument.

 

Huh? 

 

Comparing the pics from the 2013 listing shows that this 2015 listing has ... a new kitchen, a new bathroom, some new floors, and a paint job. And then they staged it better than the previous owner did and took professional pics. I'm looking at the MLS listing from 2013 and it sat on the market for like a year before finally closing at $335k. So back then the listing went stale even at sub-$400k.  

 

So what I'm asking is based on the before & after how is this thing expected to sell $649k (they opened at $689k)? In other words: What has changed, substantively, either in the Tomball MCM market or to the property itself, that makes the sellers/buyers/realtors involved in this transaction believe that this property is now worth double what it was worth 2 years ago. 

 

I'm genuinely curious.

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