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Redevelopment


Outstanding Redevelopment Award Property: Houston House Owner/Management: Sumar Realty Location: 1617 Fannin St. downtown, just north of the Pierce Elevated Class: A Units: 396 Opened: mid 1960s Web: www.houstonhouseapts.com Interesting features: Houston House has been a downtown landmark for nearly half a century, and this spring, owner and operator Sumar Realty cele- brated the completion of a five-year effort to bring the apartment tower well into the 21st century. HAA is proud to honor Houston House and Sumar Realty with the Outstanding Redevelopment award for this endeavor. First opened to residents in early 1966, Houston House was the tallest resi-


dential high-rise in downtown Houston at the time. Young professionals flocked to the 31-story building, drawn by the panoramic view and amenities including a uniformed doorman, maid service, a swimming pool – and air conditioning. The property’s amenities and location continue to attract resi- dents, and the recent upgrades include an entire floor dedicated to these ele- ments, including a full-sized basketball court, media room, billiard room, guest suites and a pool deck overlooking downtown’s southeast corner. Units now feature open floor plans, granite countertops, crown molding and updated bathroom fixtures and tile. A dramatic new two-color exterior gives the apartment tower a fresh, modern look. And although the city continues to grow and change around the property, the view is as spectacular as ever. Resident comments on the Houston House site include praise for the view,


the staff and the ninth-floor amenities – “I love how they have taken the ninth floor and made it into a very welcoming and comfortable environ- ment,” says one. Others cite the two-or three-block walk to work, and one person values “plenty of restaurants and night clubs just a very reasonable crawl home.”


Story by RACHEL ZOCH, HAA Staff Photos courtesy of HOUSTON HOUSE, Sumar Realty


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