Brooke Smith Homes for Sale
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.
Everyone in Houston knows about the 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.
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 have 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 in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In September 2011 I wrote about Brooke Smith being the Next Hot Area. Prices have jumped tremendously lately. It has finally been discovered.
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 run into it. I am always lost in this tiny little pocket of homes. I blame it on N Main St. running diagonally through the area. But then again, I couldn’t pass a basic navigation test to get into Air Force navigation school. “Couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag” was what the guy told me. But, I digress. Brooke Smith is a great area. Check it out.
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.
For more posts on the area, enter Brooke Smith into the “Search Our Site” box.
If you need advice on Brooke Smith homes, give me a call: 713 868-9008. Heights Realtor Rich Martin
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]