Sunset Heights Homes for Sale
In the past this area had been an area of small bungalows. Rows of well maintained cottages and bungalows on nice sized lots. The image below is a renovated/expanded bungalow I sold a couple of years ago in Sunset Heights. The area has changed a lot though in the last couple of years. since it has become popular with builders and new-home buyers.
Changes: In years past Sunset Heights wasn’t as desirable as other parts of the Heights, so new construction just wasn’t built there. This has now changed. Over the last half dozen years land prices had escalated so much, that Sunset Heights was one of the few affordable areas left. Construction has been booming for quite a while now.
Another change is that there isn’t a “wrong side” of N Main anymore. Just a few years ago a house east of N Main would sell for much less, and take a lot longer to sell than one on the west side. Now, prices are the same. Appraisals on the east side of N Main always worried me…not anymore.
Sunset Heights has a strong Civic Association. They are always on guard about builders trying to change the nature of the neighborhood. Given the opportunity, townhouses would be packed into every corner of the neighborhood. “Protect our Neighborhood” signs were everywhere for a while. This has paid off; for the most parts developers have built nice homes in the area.
This area has always had a strong sense of identity. The Galveston Daily News back on 1/20/1911 had a story about Sunset Heights fighting the annexation by the city of Houston Heights (before the city of Heights was annexed by Houston). A quote: Mass meetings are being held almost nightly by citizens of Chaney ville, Brunner and Sunset Heights to protest against the threatened territorial invasion of Houston Heights whose plan to benevolently or otherwise assimilate the adjoining communities attracting much attention.
History: Sunset Heights has an interesting history. Richard Rogers, who made his money in Houston hotels and developed the Rogers Addition of Woodland Heights, bought a 100 acres of land from the Texas Central Railroad for $18,7500. (I love to quote prices from long ago. It sounds so cheap, but was probably very difficult to get). This comes out to be ~$13 per 3000 SF lot. The original plat was filed on 09/08/1910.
I had always wondered why the lot size was 3000 SF, but homes were built on multiple lots. I.e. homes in the heights lots are typically 6600 SF; Woodland Heights Homes are 5000 SF; whereas Sunset Heights homes are typically built on 2 lots of 3000 SF. It turns out the developer was not sure about the economy. He didn’t know if most buyers could afford a 6000 SF lot. So, he left his options open. If the economy stayed good, he would sell 2 or 3 lots for a homesite. If the economy went bad, he could sell them individually. It turns out most of the sales were double lots. The exception was the part on 29th St, next to Independence Heights (before being split when the 610 loop was built) many of this were sold as single lots.
This double lot (2 lots each 3000 SF) has made it ideal for builders who wanted smaller lots. They could buy a poorly maintained house on a double lot; demo it, then put up two houses. They didn’t have to worry about the cost or uncertainty of re-platting into smaller lots; they were already platted that way.
The name of Sunset Realty Company, and Sunset Heights was quirky too. Sunset was just a very popular name at the time. Even trains were called Sunset Limited, Sunset Express. etc.
So, you now know a little bit about this corner of the Heights.
August 2014 Update: Land Prices. I recently listed a double lot (6000 SF) for sale on E 27th. I thought I had it priced right at $275K, but it sold for $325K. It sold to a builder (naturally), so new home prices will continue to escalate. See post here.
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