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SOLD! Historic Avondale - Houston, TX (Montrose)
IT IS OFFICIAL: As of 26 April, 505 Avondale has a new owner. Congrats Elena & Andre!

One of the original Montrose houses circa 1910, in one of the oldest Montrose neighborhoods--Avondale.

The original 2700 s.f. house was converted a commercial space in the early 1970s by Gary Alan BeBout, who produced Southwest Art Magazine out of this building until the mid-70s. Sometime after that it was leased by Mike Rezoffi, who ran "Rezoffi's" a hair salon, out of the downstairs--while living in the upstairs--for the 20 yrs prior to my purchasing the property in 1999 and converting it back to a single family residence.

The house has been completely updated mechanically, with all new copper water lines (from the meter to every fixture in the house), new gas lines, new drains, new wiring and a 200 amp electrical service, 9 tons of new central air (split system; 4 up 5 down), and new hot water systems.

The house has also been wired with coax cable & cat-5 to all the rooms, surround sound, and a tricked out alarm system with keypads on both floors, motion sensors, glass break detectors, etc.

The "look" of the space is a fusion of early 1900s with some elements of a more modern style, reminiscent of clean, geometric Art Deco lines in the trim and cabinetry, with some definite Craftsman inspiration. I certainly didn't reinvent the wheel here but I think I created something original but that is still derivative of the original architecture.

The floor plan on the main floor is now totally open and very loft-like with the kitchen, living room and dining room all connected in a big L shaped space that takes up about 3/4 of the main floor. The upstairs is pretty traditional in plan. Big master bedroom with a big master bath (with large walk-in shower + claw tub), smallish walk-in master closet with laundry built in, plus a nice sunroom off the master bedroom that has been converted to a kind of dressing room / with additional hanging space by the new owner. There are also two more bedrooms plus a large Jack & Jill or "Hollywood" bath between them.

There are a lot of custom stainless details in the baths & kitchen. The floors are all hardwood up and down, except in the wet areas, which feature period correct hex-tile + custom basketweave & checkerboard patterns in Empress (black) and Carrera (white) marble.

Too many features to list here. I had five years to agonize over the details--and believe me, I did.

Major shout out to Andre and Elena for being even more detailed with their finishes and selections than I am... love the new $2500+ front door! And to Scott Hogue for executing those plans in a way so that the new porch and other details look completely original to the house. Great job one & all.

Historic Avondale Association Vintage Houses Houston

505 Avondale Street
Houston, TX 77006
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 Unit 1
 vacant:  No  rent:  $1
 bedrooms:  4  bathrooms:  3
 sqare feet:  2700
http://www.avondaleassociation.org/AvAHistoryandHonors/AvAHistoryandHonors.html

http://wikimapia.org/11234764/Avondale-West-Historic-District

http://swamplot.com/montrose-all-the-little-neighborhoods/2009-05-11/
 
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