Sunday, February 13, 2011

Best Location Ever

Cortlandt Street, between 7th and 8th is simply the BEST location in the Heights.

Pretty Blue House sits just a one minute walk from Harvard Elementary School, a Texas Exemplary School and National School of Excellence.

The Houston Chronicle recently featured the new eateries on White Oak, a short walk away.

At the south end of the block is the new Hike and Bike Trail, which means you are 1 mile from the Sawyer Heights Shopping Center (Target, Petsmart, Staples and many more) and an easy 10 minute bike ride to the Downtown Heights, with great eclectic shopping and good food.

The house is less than 2 blocks from White Oak Street: Onion Creek Café, with its Saturday Farmers Market, Dry Creek Cafe, its BYOB sibling, and two Houston classics – Fitzgerald’s and Jimmie’s Ice House, though both are far enough away that there are no issues with noise or parking. Plus Blue Line Bikes, Nova Beads, Artful Corner Gallery and fine crafts shop, and several new eateries are under construction right now, including Christian’s Tailgate, D’Amico’s Italian Market and Tacos a Go Go. And who doesn’t love a great little Mom and Pop Mexican place, like El Gallo de Jalisco. Trust us; it’s delicious.

Just east at Studemont and 8th is Antidote, the city’s best coffee shop (beer and wine, too) and right next door, Kaboom Books and Woods Market - convenient! Just up Studemont from there, fine dining at Stella Sola and The Glass Wall, plus DaCapo’s Bakery (the BEST pies) and the 11th Street Café across from Someburger; a Heights institution.

Three blocks north - Cortlandt and 11th is a great intersection for necessities and more, including the dog-friendly C&D Hardware, a dry cleaner/laundromat, three art galleries and Doug’s Barber Shop, made famous in the movie “Rushmore.” Make a right and you will find Buchanan’s Native Plants, a truly superior nursery.

Plus, you are less than 2 blocks from one of the city’s best parks for younger kids - Donovan Park at 7th and Heights Blvd - and within 2 blocks of three churches, including the beautiful All Saints Church and its budding fine arts programs.

Wouldn’t you love to live in a neighborhood that is walker/biker/stroller friendly, with great non-chain businesses, where you get to know your neighbors and the local shopkeepers? If so, here it is.