I’ve lived in the “Central North” area of Houston for quite a few years now and I’ve seen it go through many changes. Loosely composed of the Greater Heights, Lazybrook, Timbergrove, Oak Forest, and Garden Oaks, this area has gone from sleepy, shaded, and serene to just another Houston hot spot.
The Heights in particular has taken off in the last few decades, with home values skyrocketing in the Houston Heights historic district, Woodland Heights, and now even in Sunset Heights. The latter, a northeastern pocket of the Heights typically thought to be bounded by Yale to the west, 610 to the north, Airline to the east, and 20th/Cavalcade to the south, is seeing not only a continued trend upward in home values, but even some eastern sprawl as the area is re-developed. In other words, the highly prized Heights lifestyle and its many amenities are spreading eastward!
At the time of writing, here’s an overview of Sunset Heights real estate:
- Currently there are 52 homes for sale in Sunset Heights.
- The average price of the homes for sale in Sunset Heights is $519,242.
- The average square feet of the homes in Sunset Heights is 1,248 sqft.
- There are currently 13 homes for lease in Sunset Heights subdivision.
- The average rent in Sunset Heights is $2,168 at an average price of $2 per square foot.
All I can say is wow!
I think it’s safe to say what was once thought of as an up-and-coming area has elevated its value and come to compete with other inner loop neighborhoods as far as the pace of revitalization. My colleague Eric Turner covered these changes gleefully in his previous series on Sunset Heights. So what comes next? I’m here from the future to tell you that it only gets better from here.
Here’s what I think you can bet on:
- More modern/contemporary styles: My listing at 1106 E. 27th is a perfect example of the type of new modern homes with high-end contemporary appointments that we’re starting to see pop up around the neighborhood. If I had to guess, I’d think the industrial character of the area inspires the clean lines and urban cool of this modest wave of modern architecture.
- A place where townhouses are welcome: I saw this firsthand as my previous listing at 1103 E. 27th was on the market for just a few weeks before someone scooped it up. Buyers tend to like townhouse living for the low maintenance and perfect balance of space and location. You may sometimes have less indoor or outdoor living space, but it allows you to live in a higher density area where the city is your living room and our bayou greenways are your backyard!
- Increased connectivity between Sunset Heights and the Near Northside (with millennial slant): Last year Trulia did a guest post on the Boulevard Realty Rediscovering Houston blog and identified this area as one to keep an eye on for its transit connectivity and hip charm. I think we’ll start to see the lifestyles in East Sunset Heights, with its soon to be revamped Airline Farmers’ Market, start to meld with the Asia Market/White Oak Music Hall contingent just a little farther to the east. We may even see some of this spread into Independence Heights, an area just north of 610 that’s rich with history.
- Neighboring Oak Forest will keep rising in value for when you grow out of the Heights lifestyle but want the same amenities nearby: I think many Sunset Heights families who used to enjoy the quiet in their area may now find themselves a little too close to the 19th street craze for comfort. For that reason, I think we will also see Oak Forest, my neighborhood, continue to grow in value as those Heights-dwellers who, like me, love the Central North area, but want a little more space and quiet, move to Oak Forest as they grow
olderinto their lifestyle. In other words, expect some of those people who might find the Heights, including Sunset Heights, a little too bustling or cramped for their tastes to move north where they might have a little more breathing room (and a lighter tax bill). 2123 Saxon, ideally situated near the White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail and zoned to award-winning Oak Forest schools, is the exactly the type of home the inner looper who now needs to settle down with a little more room to grow is looking for. I know, because buyers scooped it up in just a little over a week after I listed it!
So that’s my take on what to expect out of this darling little pocket of the Heights. I find myself out there a lot these days, so follow me at facebook.com/realtorjanclark and instagram.com/realtorjanclark to find out what I’m up to and maybe come along for the ride.This entry was posted in Rediscover, Revisit
- 1106 E 27th
- Airline Farmer's Market
- Asia Market
- Central North Houston
- East Sunset Heights
- Garden Oaks
- Greater Heights
- Houston Heights historic district
- Oak Forest
- Sunset Heights
- White Oak Bayou Greenway Trail
- white oak music hall
- Woodland Heights