I came across a wonderful company out of Houston that restores historic Bungalows, Craftsman’s and Cottage Style Homes in the Houston Heights Historic District. It is a prime real estate area for Houstonians, being just steps to the downtown metro area, so it is amazing to find people and company’s restoring these old treasures instead of tearing them down and building new. Take a look at these amazing before and afters.
View all the photos in this amazing renovation at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97067832@N00/sets/72157607606011445/
Photos by: Laura Mareli
Believe me, you’ll wanna see the insides of this gorgeous bungalow.
In 1886 self-made millionaire Oscar Martin Carter had a vision for a master-planned community located about four miles from downtown Houston, the spot Oscar choose was perfect. Carter’s vision was to create a place where grand Victorian mansions and working class cottages coexist together in harmony. The Heights was an independent city for 25 years before being annexed by the city of Houston in 1918. Named the “Heights” because it’s 23 feet above sea level, which Carter and the other founders thought would be high enough to escape the mosquitoes.
The result today is a charming area in close proximity to the hustle and bustle and convenience of downtown Houston but with small-town feel. With it’s tree-lined streets, eclectic boutiques and community events such as the Historic Heights First Saturday Sale and top-notch public schools, Houston Heights provides something for everyone. Very hip and stylish, the Heights is considered one of the hottest professional artist scenes in Texas. Every Saturday, rain or shine you can visit the Midtown’s Farmers Market and purchase fresh produce, baked breads and newly cut flowers.
One of my favorite things that makes Houston Heights so charming is it’s architecture. Although developers have tore down many of the historic properties in the Heights to build newly constructed homes, the community is still full of the cottages, craftsman’s, bungalows and Victorian’s that were build over a century ago.
Walking down Heights Blvd. is like taking a trip back in time with stately homes, parks and historic churches. The city of Houston designated Heights blvd a “Scenic Right-a-Way”. The Heights effectively keeps it’s “small town” feeling, even though it is only minuets away from downtown Houston.