You’ll be happy to know that several of our neighborhoods were nominated for Neighborhood of the Year by my favorite real estate blog, Swamplot. It was an odd nomination process. It was NOT “best neighborhood”, it was “neighborhood of the year” which means any reason could be given; and you had to back up your support with explanation.
It’s obviously too late to vote, but the list of nominations and the reasoning is interesting. See the neighborhood nominations here. I don’t know if we have the greatest neighborhoods, or just the most vociferous residents…but isn’t that always the case?
The winner was Eastwood. The comments on the area included: Diversity, cool residents, hipster businesses, bike to Discovery Green, great food, light rail, and…”Like the Heights, but without the traffic.” Swamplot Results.
The nominees were:
- Eastwood. A great East End neighborhood with strong Cicic Club, an annual home tour, and near the transforming neaighborhood of EaDo
- Germantown Historic District. This is on the edge of Woodland Heights, against I-45. It is our newest historic district. The article says it voted itself to protect itself from a “big bad developer”. I thought they did it to deter the widening of I-45 into the neighborhood.
- The Woodlands. I loved this; it was nominated because it keeps more of the suburban people out of Houston. Absolutely!
- Oak Forest. This is a great neighborhood, and was nominated for its community activities.
- Norhill. Norhill manages to keep its original look and appeal (no McMansions), mainly because of its early historic district status.
- Brooke Smith. A little rough around the edges but strong Civic Club, Montie Beach Park, and all the remodeling going on.
- The Shepherd Parks. (Their term not mine) This includes Shepherd Park Plaza, Candlelight Plaza and Shepherd Park Terrace.
Our neighborhoods don’t need validation, but it’s good to see the word spread to a larger audience.