Sold Price Range: $717,001 - $827,000 Sold on : 11/20/2018
Welcome home! Completely renovated in 2016, this 1920s home still retains its traditional bungalow charm. The rustic wood and concrete elements on the exterior gives the home a modern farmhouse feel consistent with the updated interior.
The prime Houston Heights location for this beautiful home places you within a few blocks of established neighborhood favorites like EQ Heights, Lola, and Eight Row Flint, raved about newcomer Calle Onze, and highly anticipated Heights Central Station.
While the living room embraces the home’s circa 1929 bungalow roots, details like the contemporary fireplace mantel and surround modernize the space. A top-of-the-line AC system was installed in June 2018. It's a 26 SEER (the highest efficiency on the market) Lennox system!
The home's front bedroom is currently configured as a comfortable family room, showing its versatility. As part of the 2016 remodel, new Jeld-Wen, double pane, high-efficiency windows were installed. Double hung windows were used in the front of the home to keep with the classic bungalow look.
Great flow through this light filled space with the dining room open to the kitchen and doors leading outside from either room. Chic light fixtures here are supplemented by recessed lighting. LED lights are utilized throughout the home.
One of the defining features of the home's 2016 remodel is the completely redone kitchen with its vaulted ceilings. The sleek white counters and cabinetry juxtaposed with the rustic wood shiplap creates a gorgeous modern farmhouse look.
The current owners installed a whole house water filtration system specifically designed for Houston water. Designed and engineered by Alan McDonald, the system (which cost about $3,000) removes silt, chlorine and harmful chemicals from the home's water.
New stainless steel appliances (including a wine fridge) were added when the kitchen was remodeled in 2016. Note the white apron sink, a staple of any modern farmhouse kitchen. Electrical panels in pantry allow for a hidden appliance garage keeping appliances out of sight and easy to use.
The owner's bedroom has an abundance of storage efficiently built into two of its walls. The dark accent wall with two clerestory windows starkly contrasts with the home's predominantly white palette. Low or no VOC paints were used throughout.
Masterfully renovated owner's bath features dual vessel sinks, a frameless shower with rain shower head and subway tile surround, and a separate jacuzzi tub. The wood around the tub was crafted from the original shiplap in the house.
The hall bath was also comprehensively renovated and now boasts a contemporary vessel sink, shower/tub combo with rain shower head and subway tile surround, and space for stackable washer and dryer. New electrical and plumbing throughout the home (2016).
Check out this darling bedroom. So light and bright! Hardwood floors extend all through the home's living areas and all of its bedrooms, including here in the third bedroom. Insulation was added under the floor and in the attic to reduce thermal losses.
The home's garage building was built new in 2015 using SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) construction instead of traditional stud frame construction. This type of construction makes the building extremely energy efficient and air tight, making for very low heating and cooling costs.
The home’s 8.25 kW solar PV array system is an incredible money saver. Because of the system, and the home’s thermal efficiency features (new high-efficiency windows, extra insulation, high-efficiency HVAC), between October 2017 and October 2018, the current owners actually produced more electricity than they used. That means they spent $0 on electricity for the home during that time!
The garage apartment balcony is a wonderful space to enjoy a glorious day. The roof panels of the expertly designed garage building have a very high R33 insulation rating, even before waterproof barrier and roof were added. The metal roof of the garage is white so as to reflect as much of the heat as possible.
This approximately 650 SF garage apartment is equipped with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, a full kitchen, dining area and living area, and a washer and dryer. Built in 2015, and in the heart of one of the most desirable parts of town, this apartment could make for a great rental or Airbnb.
The apartment was smartly designed so that in the warmer months, sun only gets in early in the morning, while in the colder months, it gets in all day. In addition, the wall panels of the apartment have a high R23 insulation rating even before waterproof barrier, siding, and sheetrock are considered.
The full kitchen in the apartment is an impressive space with plenty of built-in cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors pictured here extend throughout the apartment.
The apartment bedroom features a high ceiling for more of an open feel. This building has a steel skeleton and is supposed to be able to withstand at least a Category 3 hurricane.
With living spaces, a full kitchen, bedroom, and this full bath, the garage apartment is a comfortable, fully livable space. It should be noted that this property did not flood during Hurricane Harvey, the Tax Day flood, or the Memorial Day flood.
Here's a great look at the exquisite, one-of-a-kind modern exterior of the garage. The home's considerable backyard greenspace includes an edible gardenscape (citrus, banana, avocado, olive, fig, meringa tree, and raised veggie beds with organic soil).
More than ample backyard greenspace to play. The home boasts an irrigation system that waters this back lawn, the vegetable garden, front yard flower beds, and deck and hanging flower pots. Two more zones can be added to the irrigation system.
This substantial deck is a superb place to enjoy a fantastic fall day. The built-in bench provides plenty of seating when entertaining or when sitting down for a nice family meal al fresco.
Mature trees and lovingly maintained landscaping all around this property. The current owners don't treat the lawn or vegetable gardens with any chemicals, aside from spot treatment for fire ants.
In addition to being zoned to Harvard Elementary and only a couple blocks from the Heights Blvd. jogging trail, the home is also just minutes from the Hike & Bike trail, Donovan Park, and Heights Mercantile.
Of course you'll have easy access to all the parks, trails, shops, restaurants, and entertainment of the Greater Heights, but you're also not far from downtown for work or play.
Enjoy the convenience of alley access to the home's garage, which can fit two large cars with plenty of additional space for storage. The 1 off-street parking spot in the alley is ideal for garage apartment guests.
The current owners installed a 1,250 gallon rain water tank that feeds the irrigation system. It is filled by the garage roof, which is about 1,000 SF, so 2 inches of rain fill the tank completely from empty. With Houston averaging about 50 inches of rain a year, that means around 31,250 gallons of free water every year!
Did I mention that you also get an exemption on your property taxes for the value of the solar PV array?
A beautifully renovated home, an expertly designed garage/income-producing garage apartment, a large, lovingly landscaped yard, money saving features like a solar PV array system and a rainwater catchment system, a central Houston Heights location...there's simply so much to love about 1014 Allston.
Sold Transaction: Becky Davis represented the buyer on this sold transaction on 11/20/2018
This classic 1929 Heights bungalow has been completely transformed, inside and out, including a 2-car garage & incredible ~650 SF garage apt. built new in 2015 using SIPs technology for superior insulation. Updated with a focus on energy efficiency, the home now has an 8.25 kW solar PV array system, Jeld-Wen high-efficiency windows, top-of-the-line AC system (June 2018), and added insulation, all resulting in $0 of electricity costs over the past year! Other important updates include new kitchen & appliances, new baths, Houston-specific whole house water filtration system, rainwater catchment system, and irrigation system. The beautiful contemporary farmhouse style interior leads out to a sizable deck and large backyard greenspace with edible landscape (citrus, banana, avocado & more). Zoned to Harvard, this home is also within a few blocks of Eight Row Flint, Lola, EQ, Calle Onze, Heights jogging trail, and the coming Heights Central Station. A must see! Not in historic district