Checking Up on the Crumbling Mansions of Riverside Terrace

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Gorgeous old homes like these are no longer the exception, but the rule

Our jaunt through Riverside a few years back left us with serious questions about those overhaul rumors. The same crumbling mansions were there, dotting the blocks with their sad states of disrepair, just as they'd been in the years beforehand.

This time, though? Not so much.

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A home for sale in Riverside Terrace, with the asking price of $1,750,000
It seems that now, after years of ambivalence and slow interest, the area may finally have become a city hotspot again.Yes, there are a handful of homes in Riverside that are still a sad sight, but that number seems to be dwindling rapidly. The majority of those old homes have been purchased and overhauled, their dusty bones rubbed clean of neglect, and are standing tall once again. Once overwrought with blight, only a handful of broken homes remain.

And with the newfound interest? Newfound price tags to go along with them. Want a piece of an insane home that overlooks Parkwood Park? Oh, come on. It comes complete with "full quarters," which we're assuming they mean maid's quarters, and it has a media room. It will only run you about $2 million, give or take. What about the beautiful historic home for $1.2 million? It was built back in 1945, and although it's not as big as some of the others, it's got an enormous lot, and it's situated right on McGregor.

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You'd be hard-pressed to find one of the mansions in Riverside Terrace for sale at a steal these days, disrepair or not. Most of them have been rehabbed, and the handful that have not aren't up for grabs. While there are still a small number of homes in Riverside Terrace for sale at affordable prices -- in the area of $250,000, give or take -- those big old historic mansions no longer seem to be much of an option.

The renewed interest in Riverside Terrace is an interesting turn of events, given the lack of credibility in the longstanding rumors, and while we admit that while we're stoked for the residents of Riverside Terrace, we kind of liked those creepy old homes. They whispered the stories of their past through their shadows and cracks, and while flawed, they were a rich part of our city's history.

Dilapidated mansions of Riverside Terrace, we'll miss you, but it seems you're on to bigger, shinier things.

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Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

"Another mostly minority neighborhood with history and currently in a rut? Let's gentrify the fuck outta it! After all, the Heights is now becoming too mainstream." -- fucking yuppie hipster douches

huhtt
huhtt

It's a long movie too.  Plenty of interviews.  I'm not aware of any other neighborhood in Houston that has a 3 hour movie dedicated to it and it's residents.

gevalien1
gevalien1

I grew up in that area and I've lived pretty much all over Houston(only inside the loop); I still miss the area to this day.  I've always said if I could ever afford it I'd buy a home over there but I don't think it'll ever happen.

robokat
robokat

@doelfke Any idea of how do I get my hands on a copy of this to watch?? 


hollasboy1
hollasboy1

@robokat @doelfke 

A few years ago, I went to the website for that documentary (not sure if it's still up).  Instructions for ordering said to mail a check to the director, who lives in Santa Monica, CA.  I skeptically did, along with a letter explaining that I wanted to purchase a copy of the DVD.  A few weeks later, he mailed me the DVD - just like the website promised.

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