The Old Sixth Ward – Everything Old is New Again!
The oldest intact neighborhood in Houston was designated in 1874 and created in 1877. It is best described as the Heights before the Heights was created in 1896 as Houston’s second planned neighborhood.
In 1978 the Old Sixth Ward Historic District was established as part of the National Register of Historic Places. Because the entire area was made an Historic District so early on in Houston, it has taken a while to gain the momentum and popularity it now has. This small area has been experiencing a 15% per year growth rate over the last three years and has been called Houston’s “Best Hidden Neighborhood.” Most of the homes were built in the late 1800’s with some newer homes built in a design that satisfies the District architectural guidelines. It is very close to downtown and a great area to sightsee. You might want to take a drive-through.
Old Sixth Ward is bound by the western edge of Downtown, Memorial Drive, Glenwood Cemetery and Washington Avenue. The newer home pictured and profiled here is built in the approved style but has all of the modern features inside that would satisfy the most discriminating buyer. Click on the hyperlink to view the online brochure.
The story of the home written by its builder and owner, Tristan Berlanga:
2016 Lubbock St.
The home which now seamlessly forms part of this historic street with paver sidewalks has not been there very long. Only less than 10 years ago, this was a vacant lot and was purchased with the intent of building a home for my parents. They wanted to live in a place where they could be close to many activities: restaurants and theatres downtown, parks and recreation, shops and grocery stores. They also wanted a home where they could feel safe and somewhat secluded from the hustle and bustle of a big city. This is one of the few places in Houston which offers all of that and more!
The home was designed to fit in with the historic character of the Sixth Ward neighborhood. The extra width of the lot provided space for a comfortable driveway to a garage, which is not common in most homes in the neighborhood. The raised plan with front porch and tall ceilings is reminiscent of old Victorian homes, the main style of homes that were built in the late 1800’s around Houston.
Unlike most area homes that are raised on simple blocks and beams, this home features a post-tension concrete slab foundation, which serves as the base of the entire home. The areas that are raised were engineered to stand the test of time. Easy access to the crawlspace will show the attention to detail in this most important part of the home. The structure and frame of the home was also engineered like few homes of this size and style.
No expense was spared in the interior of the home as well. From the wide baseboards, crown moldings and trim work to the high-end appliances, this home has many features which will not be found in most homes in this neighborhood. The combination of the “Old Style” feel with the modern amenities makes this a very unique home in a very unique neighborhood.