Brooke Smith, Heights
Mid 2014 Note: This is an old post written back in 2009. Everything about this area has changed. See My Brooke Smith page with links to more current posts.
Brooke Smith is one of the “unpolished” parts of the Heights.
There are gorgeous homes here, and some barely hanging on. It doesn’t yet suffer much from builders knocking down the bungalows and squeezing in much bigger homes. This is both positive and negative: Squeezing in big homes overpowers the little bungalows, but it also gets rid of the most run-down homes. New construction adds value to an area and encourages renovations…so…a mixed result.
The predominant house style is the small, wood-framed bungalow. There are others though; Victorians, rustic folk-Victorians
and a scattering of others. This is a working class neighborhood, and many homes are in need of repair, or at least a new paint job.
While in general, this area is not as appealing to the outsider as other parts of the Heights, there are some homes on Tabor, Enid, and Cordell Streets that I drool over every time I drive by them.
There are some very old (by Houston standards) and unique homes here. While I said that Brooke Smith might not be quite as appealing and uniform overall as Houston Heights or Woodland Heights, it does have a strong community and an active civic association. It just happens to be a working class neighborhood full of very friendly people. Events are held routinely at nearby Montie Beach Park. See post Brooke Smith Day of the Dead Celebration
I believe this is a community with a huge amount of potential, especially for buyers who have been squeezed out of the market in the rest of the Heights. Brooke Smith is still an area that offers a good deal for the money.
Currently Brooke Smith homes sell for ~$50,000 less than in neighboring Houston Heights.
Mid 2014 Update: No longer true, prices have jumped tremendously.
This is mainly the difference in land prices. When builders again start pushing up land prices, home prices will rise faster. The rising demand for Heights homes though is also pushing up prices of Brooke Smith homes.
Brooke Smith is one of many Heights neighborhoods. For more information on the Heights/Greater Heights please see the following pages:
- My Page on Brooke Smith Homes. This gives a description of the neighborhood plus MLS Home Search
- My page on the Heights/Greater Heights, the one source for understanding the Heights
- Heights Historic Districts. Maps, locations, descriptions of 7 Heights historic districts
- Interactive Heights Map See how this jigsaw puzzle of neighborhoods fit together