Morningside Place, Houston facts for kids
The subdivision is not to be confused with Morningside Place, a development in southern unincorporated Harris County, Texas outside Beltway 8 which uses "Houston" addresses.
The subdivision began in September 1999 when the Bliss Court, Brantwood, Carolina Place, Wessex, and Windermere subdivisions joined into one organizational entity.
In 2001 the civic association received $5,000 matching grant funds from the Matching Grant Program of the City of Houston Planning and Development Department. The funds were used to install a decorative lighting system on Morningside Street, consisting of several wrought iron, old-style light poles. The association obtained the poles from Houston Lighting & Power for $12,000. Patrick Reynolds of the Houston Chronicle said "[t]he globes will cast a soft, frosted glow onto Morningside."
The community, located east of Kirby Drive, is located between Southgate and the City of West University Place. It is in proximity to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, and Rice Village. In 1999 Katherine Feser of the Houston Chronicle said that the location was one of the "selling points" of the Windermere community.
In 1999 Windermere had 183 houses, including bungalows, brick cottages, Colonial revival houses, and some duplexes; Feser said that the variety of housing in Windermere was "eclectic." Wooden windows and arched inside doorways are featured that are common in Windermere houses that had been constructed in the 1930s and 1940s. Many traditional single-family houses and older townhouses, and also some houses that were converted to house small businesses are located in the portion of Windermere between Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard. In 1999, Feser said that few houses had been built in Windermere in the preceding several years. During that year, Sonia Tersigne, a Greenwood King Properties real estate agent, said that homeonwers in Morningside Place usually renovated their houses instead of tearing them down. Common renovations included updating kitchens and bathrooms to modern standards, installing sunrooms, and adding guest quarters over garages.
In 1999, a "tear down" house, or a house to be purchased so it could be torn down and replaced with new development, typically had a price of $150,000 ($191805.25 in current money), a recently built house typically had a price around $600,000 ($767221.00 in current money), and other varieties of houses were priced in between those extremes. In the portion between Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard, house prices were from $175,000 ($223772.79 in current money) to $300,000 ($383610.50 in current money). Area duplexes had monthly rent rates between $1,000 ($1278.70 in current money) and $1,500 ($1918.05 in current money). In 1999 Feser said "Like many close-in neighborhoods, values have risen sharply in the last few years and houses sell quickly, often with back-up offers."
The Weekly Family YMCA is located near Morningside Place
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