Size Isn’t Everything on Houston Street

Houston Street is the place to be downtown

Houston Street is lined with stellar restaurants, watering holes, shops, and places of interest (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

Does it drive you CRAZY when people pronounce the name “Houston” like “U-ston”?  Or how about the way those snooty Yanks pronounce it, “Howe-ston”?  What is that all about?  Do you think those people know they are completely butchering a fairly simple word? Houston.

Sidenote: There are a handful of people who have called me “Zeth” for years and years.  It’s like nails on a chalkboard.  Now you know how to get on my bad side!

This condominium has an open flow, edgy finishes, and is a blank canvas for future owners!

Houston Place Lofts

Located in the 900 Block of Houston Street in Downtown Fort Worth, between thriving and thrilling shops, restaurants, and watering holes, only a few steps from Sundance Square sits the Houston Place Lofts. Originally built for bank offices in 1906, the nine-story building was turned into a boutique 30-unit residential condominium in 2005.

Kitchen of 910 Houston St. No. 303 has just enough counter and cabinet space for eating out at one of the many downtown restaurants.

Because it was not intended to be living quarters, the floor plans of the individual are exactly what downtown condos should look like — quirky and edgy and full of character. There’s just something so urban and hip when a living room has a large concrete pillar in the hallway.

The condominium located at 910 Houston Street #303 is exactly what any Urbanite should be seeking in a downtown dwelling.  Included in the price are two reserved parking spots and a large storage unit!

Don't run into that concrete pole in the middle of the night!

Hardwood floors (I think they’re engineered bamboo) throughout with a lot of storage for a smaller condo

Size Isn’t Everything

Within this 1,067-square-foot condominium are so many possibilities.  The home would probably be best called a loft, as there are no defined bedrooms, and it’s a converted space.  However, the blank canvas of this home allows for myriad options.

Great condo at 910 Houston Street #303

Don’t you just love the black concrete ceilings and exposed brick wall? Also lots of natural light!

Easily, the condo could feature a bedroom and study with open kitchen and living area.  Wouldn’t it be a thrill to have a home that can be whatever you want it to be?  I love the contiguous wall space, which would allow for murals, artwork or simply blank spaces.

The condo has walls of exposed brick, unfinished ceilings and leaves a little of that raw and edgy feeling that all downtown condos should have.

Downtown Fort Worth Neighbors

I have to admit that I don’t get to Downtown Fort Worth as much as I like, but when I do have the chance, it’s spectacular … and constantly changing!

Apparently there was a time when downtown wasn’t such a draw (ahem…Downtown Dallas???).  But now with Sundance Square and so many new shops, restaurants, bars, and residential options, Downtown Fort Worth is a must-see attraction.

Not only are great places just blocks away, they are right out your front door. On the 900 block sit fantastic options for eating (Tie Thai, The Black Rooster), beverages (The Brass Tap, Houston Street Bar & Patio, and Thompson’s Bookstore) and even a hattery where I recently was able to have my grandfather’s cowboy hat stretched to fit my head (Peters Bros. Hats) — no generic “big head, big ego Realtor jokes please.

Check out this good looking bowtie and cowboy hat wearing, blogging real estate sales professional! Get your hat for rodeo season on the 900 block of Houston Street in Downtown Fort Worth!

Just Don’t Call it “Howe-ston” or “U-ston”!

This perfect loft at 910 Houston Street No. 303 is listed for sale at $249,000 by the Dynamic Duo of Debbie Hunn and Alana Long — two of Fort Worth’s foremost experts in urban living — with Williams Trew Real Estate.

Well that’s all from Tarrant County this week, Dirty Readers. Remember, if you have comments, questions, or ideas for future stories – I’m always here to listen!  Bring it.

Seth Fowler is a licensed real estate sales professional with Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth.  Statements and opinions are his own.  Seth has been involved in the home sales and real estate business in DFW since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the Fort Worth area for over 15 years.  Also, Seth loves bow ties.  You can reach Seth at 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.

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  • Houston Street is named for William Houstoun, who was a delegate from the state of Georgia to the Continental Congress from 1784 through 1786 and to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The street was christened by Nicholas Bayard III, whose daughter, Mary, was married to Houstoun in 1788.

    • You are referring to the street in New York, I assume. We all know for whom the street in Fort Worth (and Dallas, and San Antonio, and probably every other city and town of any size in Texas), don’t we? Except for those Johnny-come-latelys who just moved here from California.

    • Right. And if you look clearly, you will see that they spelled the guy’s last name wrong on the street sign, and instead of fixing it, just kept it for umpteen years. But everyone pronounces it correctly, the way it’s actually spelled. I think they call that character or local color when it happens in NYC, and not incompetence or negligence.

    • mm

      As noted above, William Houstoun married Mary Bayard. The Bayard’s owned several large farm tracts in Manhattan, including 100 acres of what is now SoHo that was sold to developers when Mary’s father got into financial trouble. HOW-ston is the Scottish pronunciation (which both William and Mary were).
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      Now figure out how Italy, Texas, named after the country, somehow devolved into being pronounced It-LEE.