Wabash to move, not “move on”

Betty Lou Heacker with her “inventory” at Wabash Feed and Garden. (Contributed Photo)

Since 1987, Betty Lou Heacker and her crew at Wabash Feed and Garden have been taking care of business at 5701 Washington Ave. in the Heights. That is why many in the community were alarmed last week when Wabash’s land appeared on a commercial real estate listing site. The business, which offers all sorts of […]

Spotlight on Inwood Forest: save green and go green

Ollie Perry and Clint Avila chat with next door neighbor Krissy Battles. Photo by Betsy Denson.

Looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,000 square foot house in our area in the low to mid $100,000s? That value is what is drawing people like Ollie Perry and Clint Avila to Inwood Forest, originally a 1960s country club neighborhood for oil executives that has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the years.

The Do-Over: Opening up a century-old home

The “pass-through” spans updated original spaces at the front of the home and the more modern, opened up area near the home’s back wall of retractable glass doors.

By Cynthia Lescalleet For The Leader The term “open floor plan” has a far more expanded — and literal — meaning at a renovated 1912 Craftsman bungalow in Houston Heights. Within its reworked, slightly expanded floor plan, an entire back wall of the home now features full-height glass doors that fully retract. When opened, a […]

Demo begins to make way for new Booker T. Washington High School

Demolition crews begin clearing condemned houses to make way for the new Washington High School, March 13, 2015. Contributed photo.

Leader reader Angela Ryden was recently driving by Booker T. Washington High School, 119 E 39th St., and said she noticed about 30 houses, boarded up and “looking ready for demolition.” The bulldozers did indeed come by Independence Heights last week, and they will be back to clear a total of 51 properties to make way for Booker T. Washington’s new state of the art campus. All thanks to the $51.7 million allocated to the school as part of the 2012 voter approved bond program.

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 www.houstonheights.org. (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 […]