US News & World Report released its list of the “2021-22 Best Places to Live in the United States” and Houston crashed. Bayou City was ranked 39th among the largest metropolitan areas in the country, 12 places behind 27th place in the previous year.
The list ranked the 150 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States based on factors such as affordability, labor market, quality of life, and attractiveness.
“This year we’re looking at how the most populous metro areas in the United States (during COVID) have performed and how far they need to come to recover,” said Devon Thorsby, real estate editor at US News. “It should come as no surprise that many metropolitan areas where unemployment skyrocketed in 2020 fell back in the rankings, but those with higher employment stability tended to do well.”
1800 Houston Avenue Demolition
A thread on the Houston Architecture website complained about the recent demolition of a building at 1800 Houston Avenue in 1926. The Harris County Appraisal District valued the land at $ 450,000 and the building at $ 10,708.
Approval documents show that a gas station and a grocery store will take their place.
The triangular house is for sale
Paper City Magazine noted a unique housing listing in the Heights. The triangular house is aptly named The Triangle House, set on 2,048 square feet of triangular lot at 530 Oxford Street, adjacent to Heights Hike and Bike Trail.
The list price for the home is $ 675,000.
Designed by contemporary architect Allen Bianchi, the 3,067-square-foot home is notable because each floor of the three-story home is larger than the one below. Bianchi designed this house for the artist Joseph Cohen and his wife Lindsay Cohen, who works for the international auction house Bonhams.
TopSoap Car Wash moves into the former Sonic. on
The Houston Chronicle reports that TopSoap Car Wash will be moving to a previously closed Sonic Drive-In at 8405 N. Houston Rossyln Rd. TopSoap has its flagship facility in Conroe, but plans to develop at least five locations in Houston.
The opening for the Rosslyn site is planned for summer 2022.
Hotel Indigo Houston under new ownership
BizNow reports that Driftwood Capital has purchased the Galleria Indigo Houston Hotel, a 131-key hotel in the Houston’s Uptown submarket. The hotel, built in 2001 and renovated in 2009, is located at 5160 Hidalgo St.