Brooke Smith Homes for Sale

History of Brooke Smith Homes

Brooke Smith homes are a lot like those of nearby Houston Heights. A little less grandiose maybe, but still a mix of Victorian homes and Craftsman style bungalows. This neighborhood was established around 1905, so that’s a period when home styles were switching from one style to another.
Brooke Smith homes-Folk Victorian remodeled by Contemporary Craftsman

I LOVE Brooke Smith: Blocks and blocks of old one-story folk Victorian homes, (less ornate the the elaborate Queen Anne Victorians) and Craftsman style bungalows. I have been recommending this neighborhood for over 10 years and I still do.
This neighborhood had always been the stepchild of the Heights. Few people know about it or where it is. It has no major street through it, so you don’t drive through it going elsewhere. It was just hidden in the Northeast corner of the Heights. In fact people still misspell it as Brookesmith or Brook Smith.

Everyone in Houston knows about Houston Heights; they might even know about Woodland Heights with its Christmas tradition of Lights in the Heights. However, no one who doesn’t live here knows about Brooke Smith. Until recently it’s always been a stealth neighborhood.

Recent Brooke Smith Homes History

In general, Brooke Smith (~844  homes) is a little rougher around the edges than neighboring Houston Heights, and it is on the “wrong” side of N Main St. Both of these had kept the neighborhood from really blossoming.
Well, this has finally changed. For years I had been recommending Brooke Smith (and Lindale Park >) as the next “Hot” area. If you were lucky, you bought a home here already, because prices have jumped tremendously since 2013.
There is still a price difference with its more well known neighbors like Houston Heights and Woodland Heights though. The reason is the cost of land: it is about $40/SF (mid 2017) compared to ~$50-$80/SF in the more “prestigious” areas of the Heights

House Styles

Brooke Smith (Often misspelled Brookesmith, or called Brooke Smith Heights) has some wonderful old homes, and quite a few that need help. I would say the majority need work. It is a working class neighborhood.

The small folk Victorian homes are my favorites here. Tall peaked roofs, tall windows, lots of vertical lines. They sometimes even have Victorian wrought iron fences.An example is the house at the top of page. This house on Archer St was renovated by Contemporary Craftsman who also does stunning new homes in Brooke Smith.

There are lots of contrasting Craftsman bungalows too; it was this transition time between Victorian homes and the Arts & Crafts period when the neighborhood came into being. The bungalows are opposite of the Victorians in many ways: lower, horizontal lines, square porch columns. Pure and simple…nothing ornate.

The bungalow below was renovated by Urban Restoration.

Brooke_Smith_homes_Urban_Restoration

There are some homes just barely hanging on also. The good part is that the ugly little homes can be transformed/expanded into stunning homes.  I say this area has been the stepchild because most people like the better maintained areas of the Heights.
This original old Southern mansion below is for sale (as of Aug 2017) if you want a big project. This is not a common style in the Heights, but there are a few scattered around.

Old Brooke Smith Mansion for Sale-403 Archer St.
See blog posts at the bottom of the page for latest prices, new home styles, etc.

Location:

Brooke Smith is in the NE corner of the Heights. It runs roughly between Airline Drive (near Farmers Market) and I-45. Cavalcade (extension of W 20th) is its northern boundary, down to the diagonal N Mains St.

The map below shows home sales in 2016

Brooke Smith Map of Home Sales 2016

Navigating in Brooke Smith has always been confusing to me. You can be going west and run into N Main, or you can be going south and still run into it. I am always lost in this tiny little pocket of homes. But my navigational skills were never good. I was an early adopter of GPS in my car.
Brooke Smith is a great area. Check it out.

Brooke Smith Zip Code: 77009

Misc. Brooke Smith Facts:

Civic Association:Yes, active
Deed Restrictions: Yes
Lot Size: Typically 50 X 100 with alley access
House Age: Early 1900’s to new (lots of new homes in last few years)
Historic Districts: No
Flood Zone: Mostly not, a little corner next to Little White Oak Bayou is in the flood plain.
Townhomes: Not a place to find condos or townhomes.
Rentals: Rents here are almost the same as the rest of the Heights, about $1.50/SF. Thus 1200 SF is about $1800. It varies widely with condition and location though, so there is a wide range.
Brooke Smith  Size: ~900 homes

Back in September 2011 I wrote about Brooke Smith being a Good Place to Buy. This has definitely come true. Their Civic Association is also very active.

I discuss Land Prices in Brooke Smith in this early 2014 post.

The Chronicle on April 16, 2013,  had an article about Brooke Smith transformation; lots of remodeled homes.

If you need advice on Brooke Smith homes,  give me a call: 713 868-9008. Heights Realtor Rich Martin.

See bottom of page for recent posts on this neighborhood.

MLS Search

If you want to see what Homes are on the market now in Brooke Smith, the below MLS search is for homes in this specific neighborhood.

Brooke Smith Remodeled Home Prices

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on January 24, 2017
Brooke Smith Remodeled Home Prices

Brooke Smith is on the eastern edge of Greater Heights, generally between Northwood and I-45. This area has some of the coolest Craftsman bungalows (the predominant style) of the Heights, as well as older Victorians. See my Interactive Heights Map for location. As I have mentioned many times before, this area is now booming in home […]

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What are Brooke Smith New Home Prices?

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on January 19, 2017
What are Brooke Smith New Home Prices?

Brooke Smith new home sales were rough in the last half of 2016. See new home prices for this part of the Heights and prediction for 2017.

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Brooke Smith (Heights) Latest New Home Prices

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on August 10, 2016
Brooke Smith (Heights) Latest New Home Prices

New Home Prices in Brooke Smith, a Heights Neighborhood Brooke Smith is an area of the Heights with old Folk Victorian and Craftsman style homes. These are gorgeous when restored or remodeled. A lot of the older homes weren’t all that great to begin with, or have been too neglected to restore/remodel. These are the […]

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Brooke Smith Mansion for Sale-403 Archer St

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on July 13, 2016
Brooke Smith Mansion for Sale-403 Archer St

403 Archer St is for Sale in Brooke Smith One of the biggest, grandest old homes in the Heights is for sale. 403 Archer St, in Brooke Smith. I have always drooled over this big old house with the 2 story columns. Rumor is that the developer of Brooke Smith was the original owner. The […]

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Brooke Smith Land Prices Stagnant

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on July 12, 2016
Brooke Smith Land Prices Stagnant

Brooke Smith Land Prices Stagnant Land prices throughout the Heights have been stagnant for the last year. I use this term because there aren’t many buyers out there, but there aren’t many sellers either….just stagnant. Builders aren’t jumping in to buy (unless the have already have a custom client) but sellers aren’t dropping prices to […]

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Brooke Smith New Home Prices-2015

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on November 29, 2014
Brooke Smith New Home Prices-2015

Brooke Smith new homes can still be bought for $500K on full size lots. See page on this neighborhood and Heights Interactive Map here. Brooke Smith remains the last corner of the Heights where land prices are reasonable. Lot-value properties sold for $170K to $260K this year for the typical 5000 SF lot. This compares to $300K […]

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Brooke Smith Home Prices-End 2014

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on November 28, 2014
Brooke Smith Home Prices-End 2014

Brooke Smith Continues its Transformation Brooke Smith  (See Interactive Map for location) continues it’s hot streak of renovations. Prices in general are below those of the rest of the Heights, but are steadily climbing. The table below gives a snap shot of prices. **DOM = Days on Market   ***LP/SP = ratio of list to sales […]

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Brooke Smith Land Values

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on January 28, 2014
Brooke Smith Land Values

Brooke Smith Land Value-Early 2014 Brooke Smith (often misspelled Brookesmith) is an area that has had a remarkable transformation. It had always been “on wrong side” of N Main; the less desirable side. That has changed tremendously. Less than two years ago, tear-downs (or remodel projects if you were brave enough) were selling for $80-$100k. […]

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Home for Sale in Brooke Smith – 1010 Mathis

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on May 21, 2013
Home for Sale in Brooke Smith – 1010 Mathis

Home for Sale in Brooke Smith See my Brooke Smith Homes by clicking, or in Neighborhoods tab above. You may search posts on the area by entering Brooke Smith in the “Search MY Site” box. Brooke Smith is a hot part of the Heights right now. A lot of renovation is going on, and even […]

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Brooke Smith – Next Hot Area of the Heights

Filed in Brooke Smith Homes for Sale by on September 24, 2011
Brooke Smith – Next Hot Area of the Heights

The Next Hot Area of the Heights? Brooke Smith April 2016 Update:This is an old post. Since then Brooke Smith has seen a tremendous jump in prices and desirability…a cool neighborhood. I write about this neighborhood a lot because I think it is an upcoming part of the Heights. When people ask me about the […]

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