This Week in Demolition: Is the Eiffel Tower included?

Happy Easter loyal reader! I hope you’re enjoying what is likely a day off for you, I hope you have time to spend with your family and those around you. As such we’ll keep today’s post short. We have no real commercial demolitions this week, the closest being a former home turned church but nothing of interest. Moving onto homes it seems the time of the “Modern Ranch” is coming to a close. By this I mean homes that were originally built in a traditional ranch style around the 60s or so. They were then highly remodeled during the 90s and early 2000s. Some examples include 13927 Perthshire located in Memorial this is a perfect example of a Modern Ranch. The exterior remains completely untouched down to the lamp post. However, on the inside you’re greeted by an open floor plan, updated kitchens, bathrooms, and just about everything else. Another great example is 122 Cinnamon Oak Lane, while not staged like the last example you can again see an original house on the outside, with an updated interior. It does look like the first house had the more recent renovation, but the similarities are still there, opting for an open floor plan and updated kitchen and bathrooms. While ranch homes, and their updated counterparts are not all that unusual to find, generally more homes in nicer neighborhoods have been updated. This has created an odd phenomenon I have noticed while creating these demolition posts, updated ranch homes that seem to still have Harvey damage being issued demolitions permits as of late. I reached out on my Facebook to my realty followers to see if anyone knew why this was, but didn’t receive a response. Do you know why?

Let’s move on to the main affair this week, the quirks of Houston’s housing market. It’s no surprise to you loyal reader that Houston’s housing market is “unique”, especially if you read the first paragraph! Beyond affairs like people holding onto flood damaged properties, you’ll find some truly unusual properties being demolished sometimes. For example, this is I believe the third to fourth week in a row we’ve had a River Oaks mansion be up for demolition, and in fact this week we have two. Both are nothing to cry over starting off with 3227 Huntingdon Place, which is I believe the second home to stand the property. Although well-kept, there’s not much significant about this house beyond is location. The same can be said for the even newer 2530 Stanmore. Built in 1994 I do have to say that the house does do a great job of capturing the essence of an older River Oaks mansion, but again not much is lost here. When I talk about the quirks of Houston housing I mean things like 5740 Darling, which includes a charming mock Eiffel Tower out front, topped with a Star of David. I’ve heard the argument made “if it appears in the listing photos then they have to include it” this makes me wonder if lawn decor falls under that category. This wrought-iron replica likely won’t be replaced when whatever replacement is planned pops-up. Although if it’s anything like the neighbors expect more town homes.

Our house of the week 5740 Darling. Check out Streetview for a better look!

This is a list of the buildings which received a City of Houston demolition permit the week before this post.

Residential Demolitions
859 W 41st St, Houston, TX 77018– Garden Oaks, 1940s One Story Largely un-remodeled, Photos
4109 Edison St, Houston, TX 77009– Irvington, Photos
310 E 40th St, Houston, TX 77018– Independence Heights, Sold for lot only, Photos
121 E 43rd St, Houston, TX 77018– S.W. Allen, Lot Only, Photos
5740 Darling St, Houston, TX 77007– Cottage Grove, Photos
13927 Perthshire Rd, Houston, TX 77079– Nottingham, 1960s Ranch, Photos
8422 Sonneville Dr, Houston, TX 77080– Langwood, 1950s, Photos
1309 Overhill St, Houston, TX 77018– Oak Forest, 1950s Ranch, Completely Umremodeled, Photos
3606 Amos St, Houston, TX 77021– Southlawn, Photos
8803 Linkmeadow Ln, Houston, TX 77025– Linkwood, Photos
3778 Drake St, Houston, TX 77005– Sunset Terrace, 1940s, Street named after rapper Drake, Photos
3227 Huntingdon Pl, Houston, TX 77019– River Oaks, 1970s Mansion, Another week another River Oaks Mansion,  Photos
1116 Peden St, Houston, TX 77006– Rosemont Heights, 1930s Two-Story Craftsman, Photos
5130 Loch Lomond Dr, Houston, TX 77096– Meyerland
2530 Stanmore Dr, Houston, TX 77019– River Oaks, 90s Mansion, Might as well throw on more in for the week, Photos
122 Cinnamon Oak Ln, Houston, TX 77079– Memorial Glen, 1960s Ranch, Photos
4814 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096– Meyerland, 1960s Ranch, Flooded by Harvey, Photos
1023 Grovewood Ln, Houston, TX 77008– Timbergrove Manor, Appears to have been flooded, Photos
5108 Gano St, Houston, TX 77009– Ryon, Garage Only
8430 Sonneville Dr, Houston, TX 77080– Langwood
4918 Richfield Ln, Houston, TX 77048– South Acres Estates
2345 Lidstone St, Houston, TX 77023– Edmundson
5607 Woodgreen St, Houston, TX 77033– Edgewood Terrace
7349 Caddo Rd, Houston, TX 77016– Scenic Woods, According to Google someone was running a tattoo parlor out of the house
3913 Englewood St, Houston, TX 77026– Liberty Gardens, Filed by Habitat for Humanity
821 Green Meadow Ln, Houston, TX 77091– Green Meadows, Filed by Habitat for Humanity
1801 Branard St, Houston, TX 77098– Montrose, New Home by Sandcastle Homes
7718 Avenue K, Houston, TX 77012– Magnolia Park
3836 Seabrook St, Houston, TX 77021– Southend Sunnyside
10002 Fairland Dr, Houston, TX 77051– Blueridge
8435 Gold Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77080– Langwood
8439 Gold Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77080– Langwood
6247 Grapevine St, Houston, TX 77085– Central Southwest
5218 Kenilwood Dr, Houston, TX 77033– Smallwood Terrace
6920 Carothers St, Houston, TX 77028– Pelham Place
411 Meters St, Houston, TX 77020– Denver Harbor
8443 Gold Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77080– Langwood
5420 Stonington St, Houston, TX 77040– Fairbanks, Huh
210 Walnut Bend Ln, Houston, TX 77042– Walnut Bend


Non-Residential Demolitions
451 Victoria Dr, Houston, TX 77022– Has been multiple churches over the years. Permit filed for Deliverance Temple Church of the Living God, Photos

What do you think?