Bellaire, TX Townhome Attracts People Needing a Downstairs Master Bedroom

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Houston real estate, buyers and sellers always keeps me interested in the needs of those buying, selling, renting and building new construction.  It is what makes me passionate for the business.  After selling real estate for over 19 years, you would think that I’ve encountered most everything that you can imagine in the residential real estate business.  However, I continue to have something new or different come up in almost every transaction.  Therefore, I am constantly learning.  What I learn . . . I try to share.


Bellaire, TX is basically a city and a community of homes located near downtown Houston.   Many people want to live in this community because of the city environment, location, schools, and homes.  Homes now sell for anywhere from the mid $200’s to over $3,000,000.  There are some custom built homes that are probably worth considerably more. 

There is very little that you can buy right now for under $300,000.   However, Bellaire does have a few gems that will entice many.  There are a number of townhomes that offer much more than some of the surrounding communities.  Some of these features include low maintenance fees, small yards, one and two story properties and some with master bedrooms located downstairs.


I recently listed a lovely townhome at 5714 Innsbruck in Bellaire, TX that has quite a few of the features that people request on a regular basis.  It offers:

  • Low maintenance fees of $25. per month
  • Some front yard, a large side yard and bit of a back yard
  • Two story home
  • Downstairs master bedroom presently used as a study/family room
  • Gleaming wood floors
  • Corner brick gaslog fireplace with a pretty mantle
  • Granite kitchen counters with tumbled travertine backsplash
  • Double paned window and doors
  • Large walk-in closets and ceiling fans in each bedroom
  • Very nice bathrooms
  • Back patio area
  • Well located inside Loop 610 in Bellaire, TX
  • Zoned by HISD to Horn Elementary, Pershing Middle (can apply for Pin Oak Middle) & Bellaire High schools (sought after schools)
  • Price in the mid $200’s.





front view - 5714 Innsbruck
Front view of the townhome as seen standing under the large shade tree in front near the street.
Entry - 5714 Innsbruck
Pretty landscaping, the side yard and touch of slate invite you into this beautifully updated 3/2/2 in Bellaire located inside Loop 610.
Living room 1 - 5714 Innsbruck
Living room features include recently installed wood floors, built-in entertainment center, optional TV, breakfast bar opening to kitchen, and built-ins with mirrored backing.
living room 2 - 5714 innsbruck
Another view of the living room from the edge of the dining room. A point of interest is that all the windows have recently been replaced with vinyl double paned windows and garden doors.
living room 3 - 5714 innsbruck
From the hallway you can view the living room, corner gaslog fireplace(could be made woodburning again) and garden doors. Aren’t the floors beautiful?
living room 4 - 5714 innsbruck
Once again the living room is nicely presented.
living room 5 - 5714 innsbruck
The charming brick corner fireplace is cozy and offers a nice hearth and a gorgeous custom made mantle. Presently the fireplace is gaslog, but supposedly can be converted back to woodburning.
dining room - 5714 innsbruck
Tastful mirrored wall and garden doors aid in making this dining room light and enjoyable for dining.
breakfast bar - 5714 innsbruck
Peek over the granite breakfast bar into the kitchen from the living room.
kitchen 5714 innsbruck
Viewing the kitchen from the breakfast bar allows you to see the abundant cabinetry and gorgeous granite countertops. The electric range is a flat surface.
kitchen 2 - 5714 innsbruck
Looking down into the kitchen gives you an idea of the attention to detail from the tile floor, cabinets and hardware, granite counters and tumbled travertine backsplash.
upstairs bedroom - 5714 innsbruck
Large upstairs bedroom is presently being used fot the master bedroom. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and large, deep walk-in closets.
other upstairs bedroom - 5714 innsbruck
The other upstairs bedroom has a high window for better furniture arrangement. All bedrooms are carpeted.
master bedroom - 5714 innsbruck
Presently the downstairs master bedroom is being used for a study. You can peek into the master bath that features decorator touches.
patio - 5714 innsbruck
The slate step helps you enter onto the patio area from the dining room. This is a great spot for grilling. The back and large side yard are fully fenced.
side yard - 5714 innsbruck
This large fully fenced side yard can be used in so many ways. The back corner of this yard has nice landscaping. There is quite a bit of yard space that comes along with this home. The low maintenance fees cover mowing the front yard.

There is very little that you can buy in Bellaire for the price of this nice three bedroom, two bath, two garage home.  Prices are historically and continually rising in Bellaire.  Buying a townhome like this one that I listed is a great deal in my opinion . . . if you want to live in Bellaire, TX.


If you are looking to buy or sell in Bellaire, TX . . .would this information be helpful to you?  What would you add or delete to make this post better?



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Meyerland, Houston,TX Market Conditions Report – May 2008

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Market Conditions for Meyerland in Houston, Texas

Reported by Meg & Jim Zoller and Susi McCauley of The Zoller Group of Keller Williams Realty, REALTORS

May 2008

Meyerland Homeowners See Good Trend

2006 was a good year for homeowners in Meyerland as we saw 109 properties sold ranging in price from$197,000 up to $1,150,000 with an average sales price of $368,966 or $133.73 per square foot showing a definite upward trend. These figures are based on data collected from the Houston Association of Realtors.

There were 89 single family homes sold in 2007 with prices ranging from $200,000 to $1,000,000 averaging $144.73 per square foot.

Meyerland residents continue to enjoy increased property values as reflected in the following data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors. There were 7 single family homes sold in March 2008 with prices ranging from $292,000 to $899,000 averaging $172.59 per square foot. The wide range reflects the new construction; however the majority of homes are 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 baths between 2000 and 3000 sq. ft.

Homes Continue to Sell Well in Meyerland in April 2008

Based on information provided by The Houston Association of Realtors we saw the following activity in Meyerland last month: 8 single family homes sold in April with prices ranging from $302,000 to $760,000 averaging $147.95 per square foot. The wide range reflects the new construction; however the majority of homes are 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 baths between 2000 and 3000 sq. ft. There was also one property sold during this period for lot value at $282,000.

Currently there are 55 active available homes for sale in Meyerland with list prices ranging from $225,000 to $1,100,000 and there are 18 properties in option pending, pending continue to show and pending stages.

ZIP Code: 77096

Approximate Location Boundaries for Meyerland in Houston, TX

South of Beechnut, North of Bellfort, West of S Post Oak, East of Chimney Rock


Meyerland Location Characteristics

Meyerland is a residential area situated on the banks of the Brays Bayou at the outer southwest corner of Loop 610, just south of Bellaire. Just a 15-minute drive (or less) to downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, and the Reliant Park complex, the Meyerland community boasts excellent accessibility, beautiful parks, and strong community leaders. Homes range in price from the mid $100,000’s (usually lot value) to the $1,000,000’s and while some of the homes are the original 1950s bungalows, others are new construction from homeowners who like Meyerland’s ease and convenience.

Meyerland is the concept of three generations of the Meyer family. In the late 1800’s, Joseph F. Meyer started buying land in the southwest part of the area surrounding Houston, eventually accumulating 6,000 acres of which he paid less than $5 per acre. In the mid-1950’s Joseph’s son, George, saw the possibilities of a prestigious subdivision and after his father’s death, son George took the 1,200 acres he inherited and created Meyerland with 2,700 lots and an 80-acre reserve for a shopping center. George Meyer proceeded to develop homes that were affordable enough to attract middle America. Look magazine called Meyerland a “state-of-the-art neighborhood” while House and Home magazine claimed it was the “ideal plan for a subdivision.” Meyerland might be termed Houston’s first “planned community” in that Meyer held to stringent deed restrictions and strong architectural controls for its development. Characteristic of Meyerland are brick, contemporary styled homes, three and four bedrooms with two baths, an uncommon feature when built.

Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center

Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center was opened in 1957 as Houston’s second regional mall and was managed by George Meyer’s oldest daughter, Leota Meyer Hess. The third generation of the Meyer family sold the center in 1984. After years of neglect, in the mid-90s it was purchased and renovated by a new owner. The revival of Meyerland Plaza brought 927,000 square feet of new shopping space to Meyerland and the plaza now includes a variety of 50 shops and restaurants, several of which opened spring 2005.Meyerland Schools and Library

Meyerland has numerous Houston Independent School District Exemplary schools and is zoned to nationally acclaimed Bellaire High School. Zoned neighborhood elementary schools include Kolter Elementary School and Lovett Elementary School, both located in Meyerland. The neighborhood is also served by Johnston Middle School (located in Meyerland), Pershing Middle School (located in Braeswood Place), and Pin Oak Middle School in the city of Bellaire (pupils zoned to Johnston have the option to attend Pin Oak), and Bellaire High School located in the city of Bellaire.

The Houston Public Library system operates the Meyer Branch Library at 5005 W. Bellfort, which serves the Meyerland community.

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Knollwood Village of Houston Market Condition Report – May 2008

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Market Conditions for Knollwood Village in Houston, Texas

Reported by Meg & Jim Zoller and Susi McCauley of The Zoller Group, REALTORS

May 2008


Knollwood Village – Old vs. New Construction

Knollwood Village consists of older and new construction homes. The older homes, many of which have been remodeled, range from around 1300-2000 sq. ft., were built on slabs, and most have hardwood floors. The older homes in poor condition are often sold to builders who are usually building two story, 3500-5000 sq. ft. brick, stucco and stone exterior structures. The price range for older homes is generally $250,000-$400,000 and $600,000-$850,000 for new construction.

Solds and Pending Contracts – Knollwood Village in Houston, TX

As of 5/21/2008, there are 9 single family homes for sale in Knollwood Village ranging from a home on a 7770 sq. ft. lot being sold for lot value to a new construction, 4395 sq. ft.,4 bed/ 4 bath home on a 9330 sq. ft. lot priced at $848,589. The average list price per average square foot of living space is $181.43. Four additional homes are under contract and pending sale.

Knollwood Village Sold Properties in March & April 2008

In March 2008, 2 homes sold for $325,000 and $345,000.The average sales price per sq. ft. for both homes was $208.46/ sq. ft.

In April 2008, 1 new construction home sold for $749,900. It was a 4 bed/ 3.5 bath, 4024 sq. ft. home on a 7800 sq. ft. lot. The average sales price per sq. ft. was 186.36.

ZIP Code: 77025

Approximate Location Boundaries of Knollwood Village

Inside 610 Loop, south of S Braeswood , Buffalo Speedway area

Knollwood Village Location Characteristics in central Houston Area

Knollwood Village is a Houston inner loop, deed restricted, residential subdivision consisting of around 600 single family homes. It is close to the Texas Medical Center, downtown Houston, the Musuem District, Reliant Stadium and the Galleria. Originally developed in the 1950s, the last few years have seen new construction in the neighborhood. The subdivision is zoned to Longfellow Elementary, Pershing Middle School, and Bellaire High School although one should always check with HISD for boundary changes. Other subdivions in the immediate area are Braes Terrace, Westridge, Linkwood and Woodside.

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Braes Heights, Houston, TX Market Condition Report May 2008

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Market Conditions for Braes Heights in Houston, Texas

Reported by Meg & Jim Zoller and Susi McCauley of The Zoller Group of Keller Williams Realty, REALTORS

May 2008

May 2008


Home Sales in Houston’s Braes Heights

Sales in this subdivision can be largely broken down as follows: 1)Older homes with few if any updates which are mainly worth lot value 2)Older homes which have been remodeled 3) New or recent construction.

According to information that I reviewed on Houston Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service, there are currently 15 single family residential homes on the market priced from $410,000 for a “lot value” home on a 9375 sq. ft. lot to an under construction 5 bed/4 full-2 half bath, 5203 sq. ft. home on a 7654 sq. ft. lot, priced at $1,395,000. The average asking price per square foot is $230.78. As of 5/21/2008, there are 10 homes under contract pending sale.

In April 2008, 11 homes sold at an average of $207.54 per sq. ft. The lowest sale of $368,000 was for a home on a 7631 sq. ft. lot being sold for the land value. The highest sale was a 2003 built, 6 bed/ 4.5 bath, 5520 sq. ft. home on a 7613 sq. ft. lot sold for $1,000,000.

ZIP Code: 77025

Location Characteristics of Braes Heights in Houston, TX

Braes Heights is a Houston, Texas subdivision of mostly single family homes located inside the 610 Loop, west of the Texas Medical Center and south of West University and Southside Place. It’s street boundaries are roughly Holcombe to the north, North Braeswood to the south, Stella Link to the west and Buffalo Speedway to the east. It is part of Braeswood Place which is composed of seven subdivisions: Ayshire, Braes Heights, Braes Oaks, Braes Manor, Braes Terrace,Emerald Forest, and Southern Oaks. It was built in the 1950s and is now mainly composed of the older ranch style homes and new construction homes. There has been much new construction in the last 10 years-mostly 2 story homes from 3200 to 5500 sq. ft.

Recent developments are a library, YMCA, Sheltering Arms senior citizens facility headquarters, McGovern Park ballfields for children, Helen’s Park and Beal Park. Braes Heights is zoned to Mark Twain Elementary (recently built), Pershing Middle School(recently built) and Lamar High School. Children in Braes Heights are placed in the West University Little League. Braes Heights is part of the Braeswood Place Homeowners Association.

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