Woodland Heights Homes
Woodland Heights is arguably the premier neighborhood in the Heights . There are a couple of distinctions from neighboring Houston Heights:
Woodland Heights is deed restricted. It is restricted in lot size (so single lots generally cannot be subdivided) and restricted to residential use. Therefore you don’t have two tall skinny houses packed onto a single lot; nor do you have warehouses, etc., scattered throughout. This gives the area a more uniform feel.
Craftsman style homes predominate. This is because of the age of the subdivision. Where Houston Heights was developed in 1890’s, Woodland Heights began in 1907. There was a huge change in house styles during these two decades. The big Victorian homes gave way to simpler, less fussy Craftsman style homes. The predominant house style in Woodland Heights is the one story Craftsman bungalow. There are of course, a lot of bigger homes, some Victorians, but mainly derivatives of the Arts & Crafts style.
Craftsman homes have more horizontal lines, overhanging eves with exposed rafter tails, big porches (to merge indoor and outdoor living) with simple square columns. The Victorian was the opposite; tall vertical lines, lots of extraneous decoration and ginger bread; turned columns, turrets. More elaborate. Drive down Bayland St in Woodland Heights and compare the Arts and Crafts style with the Victorian homes lining Heights Blvd.
Woodland Heights is across Studewood form Houston Heights. The boundaries covered by the Civic Association are roughly between Studewood and I-45. The North-South boundaries are Pecore St and I-10. Woodland Heights encompasses a lot of smaller subdivisions too. The attached pdf map shows many of these.
The Wilson Land Company developed 106 acres just north of downtown Houston in 1907; just north of White Oak Bayou. The local attraction of Highland Park (now called Woodland Park) on the bayou was already a popular water spot. The Houston Electric Company extended its streetcars from downtown to Woodland Heights. The original oak trees lining Bayland Ave made this a tree-lined expanse that is now a canopy growing over the street. I have the original deed for my house on Omar St. $3500.00 direct from the Wilson Land Company. Again, the predominant house style are Craftsman bungalows, or larger four-square homes. A 1910 brochure from Wilson Land Company quoted “Woodland Heights; the Bungalow Section of Houston. It is just as easy to build a beautiful, cozy, convenient, artistic home as the other kind. The plans and designer make all the difference. While as much money may be expended in the construction of a bungalow as one may choose, it is a fact that there is no other form of construction that lends so readily to moderately priced homes, because there is no other that gives so much beauty and grace and solid comfort for the same amount of money.”
Woodland Heights Today:
A very strong Woodland Heights Civic Association and neighborhood pride has made the area a very desirable neighborhood. Home Tours and Garden Tours highlight our homes. The annual Christmas event of Lights in the Heights draws 1000’s to walk the streets on that one night and view the decorated homes, complete with dance groups, music on porches and more. The event was getting out of hand, so is now being scaled down some. Buses bringing in people was just too much for this little neighborhood.
New homes and remodels in the area are now very popular. Lots in neighboring Houston Heights are typically 50×132 ft with alley access. These lend themselves to splitting the lot and building two tall skinny homes with the garage in back. Woodland Heights does not have alleys, and the lots are typically 50 x 100 feet. Deed restrictions typically prevent them from being split and without an alley, front-loading homes would REALLY be frowned upon. So, when these homes are demolished, or renovated and expanded, they build up and out. Because a driveway is needed (no alley) porte-cocheres are popular. Travis Elementary (like Harvard Elementary in Houston Heights) is an exemplary school and people will pay a premium to live in that school zone.
Historic District: The Heights has several historic districts. Woodland Heights is now one of them. The map had to be gerrymandered a bit to exclude the blocks that didn’t sign the petition. Adjacent to Woodland Heights is another recent historic district, Germantown. It is between Houston Ave. and I-45.
Below is a quick video tour of Woodland Heights
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Walking Tour of Woodland Heights by Preservation Houston I have gone on several Preservation Houston Walking Tours of downtown Houston areas. They are all fascinating and led by very knowledgeable people. This coming Sunday, August 14th, their 90 tour will be in my neighborhood of Woodland Heights. Woodland Heights was a streetcar neighborhood of downtown […]
Woodland Heights Home Tour There is still time to get advanced tickets to the 2016 Woodland Heights Home tour on April 15-17th. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour, or $20 in advance at 10 locations in the Heights. Details are at the website for the Woodland Heights Civic Association, an excerpt is […]
Woodland Heights Area Home Prices 1st Q 2016 What do homes cost in Woodland Heights? It is one of the Heights’ premier neighborhoods, so they are not cheap. A Quick look: Tear-downs (on a typical 5000 SF lot): ~ $400K ±$25K Nicely done 2/1’s: ~$500K ± $25K Nice 3/2’s: $600K ± ? New Homes: $1.35M ± $.25M For you […]
Woodland Heights Area Home Sales-Early 2015 Demand is high in Woodland Heights (It is deed restricted and zoned to Travis Elementary) but there was little inventory at the end of the year. Because of this I used sales for the last 4 months (instead of just last quarter) to get enough data to be significant. This represents […]
Looking for a Woodland Heights Bungalow? 11/30/14 Update: This house listed for $425,000 and sold for $475,000. It was purchased by Heights Construction who plans to remodel and put back on the market. The house went under contract immediately (multiple offers) but took a while to close. 501 Euclid St. is a 2/1 bungalow with […]
Woodland Heights Home Inventory is Low-2013 Fourth quarter sales of Woodland Heights homes were only slightly higher than 4th Q of the previous year; 17 homes sold (15 in 4Q ‘11). This does not mean that activity is stagnant…just the opposite..there is just too little inventory to sell! I’ve had several clients wanting a bungalow in Woodland Heights, […]
The September Woodland Heights Newsletter is out-2011 The articles range from WHCA Shredding Day, Lights in the Heights Organization (Yes, the project lives on despite becoming a little overwhelming), Water Your Trees, Neighborhood Security Patrol Update, Through the Looking Glass, and “We Hate Bungalows” (Ya gotta read that.) Anyway, it gives a taste of our […]
Woodland Heights Home Sales-2011 My Woodland Heights neighbors are always interested in what the area homes are selling for; especially with all the gloomy real estate news. So, I’m attaching a pdf of home sales for Woodland Heights Area. 28 homes have sold since Jan 1. These range from $175 K to $770K, averaging $387,700.Woodland […]
Woodland Heights Historic District? Woodland Heights subdivision** is not yet a historic district, but took its first step in getting there by turning in to City Council a petition signed by 51% of residents. Maybe it will join other Heights Historic Districts: Houston Heights East; Historic Heights West; and tiny Freeland Historic District. The historic designation issue was […]
Woodland Heights Homes for Sale-2010 My previous post gave info about Woodland Heights homes, history and character. This one gives prices of some Woodland Heights homes for sale. As a Houston Heights Realtor and long-time resident of Woodland Heights, this is my favorite neighborhood. I live in a 1909 Craftsman bungalow on Omar St. The Craftsman style […]