US News & World Report released its list of the “2021-22 Best Places to Live in the United States,” and Houston took a tumble. The Bayou City was ranked 39th among the largest metropolitan areas in the country, 12 places lower than last year’s 27th place.
The list ranked the 150 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S. based on factors such as affordability, labor market, quality of life and attractiveness.
“This year we’re looking at how the most populous subway areas in the United States have fared (during COVID) and how far they will have to come to recover,” said Devon Thorsby, real estate editor at US News. “It should come as no surprise that many metropolitan areas where unemployment skyrocketed in 2020 fell in the rankings, but those with greater employment stability tended to do well.”
Demolition at 1800 Houston Avenue
A thread on the Houston Architecture website bemoaned the recent demolition of a structure at 1800 Houston Ave. that dated back to 1926. The Harris County Appraisal District valued the land at $450,000 and the structure at $10,708.
Permitting records indicate that a gas station and convenience store will take its place.
The Triangle House is for sale
Paper City Magazine noted a unique home listing in the Heights. The triangular-shaped house on a 2,048-square foot triangular lot at 530 Oxford St. backs up to the Heights Hike and Bike Trail and is aptly named The Triangle House.
The list price for the home is $675,000.
Designed by contemporary architect Allen Bianchi, the 3,067-square foot home is notable because each floor of the three-story house is larger than the one beneath it. Bianchi designed this home for artist Joseph Cohen and his wife, Lindsay Cohen, who works for international auction house Bonhams.
TopSoap Car Wash moves into former Sonic
The Houston Chronicle reports that TopSoap Car Wash will move into a previously closed Sonic Drive-In at 8405 N. Houston Rossyln Rd. TopSoap has its flagship location in Conroe but plans to develop at least five locations in Houston.
Opening for the Rosslyn location is planned for summer 2022.
Hotel Indigo Houston under new ownership
BizNow reports that Driftwood Capital purchased the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria, a 131-key hotel in Houston’s Uptown submarket. The hotel, built in 2001 and renovated in 2009, is located at 5160 Hidalgo St.