By Darla Guillen
Soaring home prices in the Heights area are nothing new.
But now those hefty price tags are beginning to spill over into surrounding neighborhoods, where appreciating land values are calling for historic bungalow renovations. And the remodeled structures are anything but tear-downs.
At 1,000 square feet or smaller, these notable homes may not be "tiny", but they are definitely smaller than the average Bayou City dwelling:
1203 Walton: Situated within the Brooke Smith subdivision, this Heights bungalow is the only home in this roundup that occupies a full 1,000 square feet (on a 5,000-square-foot lot). In addition to the cozy two-bedroom home is a detached, 724-square-foot apartment that can be used as additional space or as a rental unit to bring in extra income.
Listing price: $365,000
1514 Ovid: Sawyer Heights has a bright pop of color in this tiny 750-square foot house. With just two bedrooms, the compact space offers Victorian style on a 3,848-square-foot lot. The home, built in 1945, saw a recent renovation and has newly installed appliances.
Listing price: $419,000
706 West Sawyer: Built in 1920, this two-bedroom, 960-square-foot house was the 2009 recipient of a Good Brick Award for historic preservation. The Craftsman-style bungalow was completely renovated in 2008 and rebuilt to meet LEED standards.
Listing price: $299,000
604 Archer: Even despite a major remodel, this 975-square-foot bungalow's historic charm endures. Built in 1920, the quaint two-bedroom structure welcomes guests with a front porch which leads into a shotgun-style interior. Its 3,000-square-foot lot also has a shed area and long driveway.
Listing price: $339,000