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The Astoria Condos (28 stories) at 1405 Post Oak Boulevard in Uptown Houston

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Something has changed on the last two floors that have been poured.  They are taller, and have a reinforced corner (south-east end).  I remember reading that some of the condo's were going to have soaking pools... wonder if that's what it is.

Penthouse ceilings are 2' higher than the other floors and they do have the optional pools on the south east end. Not sure how great that will be for the guys that have balconies above their pool, but the top floor pool (if they put one in) would be really legit. Will be interested to see hcad update to see who ended up snagging these.

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i wonder if this area will ever actually be walkable? even with all these new towers, many of them are setback away from the street and lack any GRF. plus the infrastructure around uptown heavily favors cars. regardless, its always great to see some higher density.

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wonderful updates urbannizer!  it should be time for the astoria to start glassing it's exterior facade....

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It sure doesn't have a lot of windows for a residential high rise. I don't get it. All those views wasted with closets and baths likley on exterior walls. Oh, the humanity.

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It sure doesn't have a lot of windows for a residential high rise. I don't get it. All those views wasted with closets and baths likley on exterior walls. Oh, the humanity.

 

Not quite the waste of views of The Mercer.  :ph34r:

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I'm sorry, but in my opinion, the Mercer is one ugly building. The podium, the color and details are just bad!

All it needs on top is the crown from the Memorial City tower and it would be the poster child of bad taste.

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the density upon this district, even in inclement weather conditions are still striking.  props for sharing this gorgeous illustration urbannizer!

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beautiful illustration baderjf!  its time to start glassing the exterior.....

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WTF is with how they're color/texturing the exterior panels? Wouldn't it be more efficient to have them finished on the ground and just put them in place, rather than go through several iterations of applying coatings once they're already in place?

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I don't know but how about the wells fargo and chase on the corner of San Felipe? Do they have really a long lease or own the land? Is there any development plan on those site? Those bank branches should only take half a floor of a tower... It is really not a good fit to see those country style banks and CVS in galleria...

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#agree

 

not to seem insulting, but why can't you just say "I agree" Why #agree? comments don't even function in that way on this forum. I mean #'s have their benefits, but why say it like that? Honestly I'm confused by this.

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not to seem insulting, but why can't you just say "I agree" Why #agree? comments don't even function in that way on this forum. I mean #'s have their benefits, but why say it like that? Honestly I'm confused by this.

Lum don't let your educated and illuminated mind cloud your fun judgement! Even you post gifs.

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Lum don't let your educated and illuminated mind cloud your fun judgement! Even you post gifs.

 

Oh my dear Montrose1100...

 

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^^^ OMG WOW!  what a brilliant illustration urbannizer.  is this really houston.....

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It's  interesting how the north end of Post Oak Blvd has been such a hotspot for (planned and actual) development the last few years.  If redevelopment in the area resumes at a similar pace, I don't see how the dedicated bus lanes will be enough to serve people traveling into and/or around the area.  

 

My feeling is that further development will be inhibited by both the lack of (1) improvements in wheeled methods of travel into and through and (2) more friendly pedestrian-ways.  

 

OK now I will vent one of my pet peeves as a lowly pedestrian in this area.  In the quite nice pic above, consider a pedestrian wanting to enter Wulfe's nice BLVD Place development from the intersection of Post Oak and San Felipe.  After risking life and limb crossing the intersection on foot, one must clamber through the cheap ligustrum hedge etc, then between the parked cars parked on the pad in front.   Apparently no thought was given to making access pedestrian-friendly:  a walker has no choice than to walk where the cars go.  It would be such a relatively inexpensive and easy thing to lay things out so as to be more welcoming to pedestrians, at least those who arrive w/o needing a medic.

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^^^ OMG WOW!  what a brilliant illustration urbannizer.  is this really houston.....

 

Would love to bring some better street life to Post Oak with some CityCentre type development between Westheimer and the Uptown Park area (Ethan Allen/Grand Lux area, Container Store/Sports Authority area, Luby's/CPK area, Wells Fargo/Willie G's area, Fresh Market/Sovereign Bank/Randall's area and all the older apartment complexes lightly peppered throughout) mixed in with a few more towers. Uptown could potentially become a top destination in the world IMO if the retail/entertainment options are up to par.

 

No doubt that we need better transportation serving the area...with no structural street intervention.

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i will say that with each passing day, week, month, i am more and more excited to live and work in Uptown! thank you for all the updates and photos and ideas! 

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