The Do-Over: The downsize that didn’t

The renovated and expanded home at 1638 Harvard St. is one of the six properties featured on the Houston Heights Association’s 2014 Spring Home & Garden Tour, scheduled noon to 6 p.m. on April 11-12. For home tour tickets or information, visit (Contributed Photo)

By Cynthia Lescalleet For The Leader Houston Heights homeowner Peggy Gilbert wanted to downsize. Really, she did. Even if it meant leaving the cushy poolscape at her previous home, located on a roomy corner lot property elsewhere in the neighborhood. With an eye on retirement, Gilbert sought something charming, single-story and “more manageable” (as in […]

Dallas-based pizza chain to open doors in Heights

With 4,000 square feet now leased out to a new business, the only question remaining is what other businesses might be calling the Davis Commercial development at the corner of North Sheperd and West 19th Street home? Cane Rosso, a Dallas-based pizza company, will be moving into the development’s restaurant side, and the business joins multiple other higher quality chains moving into the Heights area. (Art by Davis Commercial)

The newest business moving into Davis Commercial’s newest shopping center now for lease in the Heights at North Shepherd and 19th Street has been confirmed as Dallas-based chain Cane Rosso, according to a representative. The business, which offers what it calls “authentic neapolitan pizza” in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, will be opening its doors […]

The Do-Over: How passion became a profession

The “after” of their remodel shows the new driveway scaled to modern-day vehicles. The renovation adds an additional 459 square feet to the home in the form of a master suite and laundry room off a short, new hallway at the back of the former two-bedroom, one-bath floor plan. (Photo by Tad Krampitz of TK Images)

By Cynthia Lescalleet The only skeleton revealed during the award-winning renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Sunset Heights was the eight-inch skeleton key that came with the property when Ellie and Christian Busker of Renovative Thinking began their project. Its completion earned a 2015 Good Brick Award from Preservation Houston, which honored recipients at The […]

Want an acre in Garden Oaks? An abandoned house on W. 43rd St. is up for auction

The home on W. 43rd hasn't been lived in for five years. Photo by Betsy Denson

There are not many one-acre properties left for purchase in the Garden Oaks area. That’s one of the things that makes the house at 738 West 43rd Street so unique. The other is that the grand house, with six bedrooms and four full bathrooms, has been unlived in for five years and has become a shadow of its former self. As of 2014, it is bank owned. The property is currently being offered at online auction by Star Crest Realty.

UPDATE: Weingarten Realty says Sears proposal was unsolicited, no deal in place

The iconic, stylized Sears sign and bus stop might be in for a bit of a change if a recent proposal by Weingarten Realty turns into a reality. (Photo by Jonathan Garris)

The possibility of a partnership between Sears and Weingarten Realty to develop a shopping center off of N. Shepherd came to light with a ‘vision book’ that was online earlier this week, only to be removed from the web. It highlighted the creation of  a new shopping center that would include the Sears site as well as the Pine Forest […]