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102 Quitman, #401
You can't get much more urban than a perch overlooking I-45 but then you can't get much more green than when your mid-rise condo building overlooks a lush city park. Welcome to The Point, a sophisticated development on a hilltop overlooking, on one side, White Oak Bayou with the city skyline beyond and Woodland Park on the other.
Irving Phillips, FAIA, designed the property with 22 units and kept one of the penthouse locations for investment purposes and with H-Town's hot real estate market, he's ready to sell. While the building is three years old, #401 was occupied by a short-term renter for only six months. So for all intents and purposes, the property rings brand new. The contempo furniture can be part of the purchase making this comfy condo a great buy for anyone just starting out.
Walk through: The unit is designed loft style which means the master bedroom overlooks the two-story high living room with its grand views of downtown. You enter into an open foyer, a contemporary stairway to the right and the dining room straight ahead, the open plan living room and kitchen are beyond. Beautiful bamboo floors further add to the light, contemporary feel of the space.
A patio at the southeast corner affords great sunset and nighttime views of the skyline while a larger patio on the northwest corner offers a treetop view of the park, which from my perspective is beautifully overgrown, lush and green. On the same level, a study or second bedroom with full bath has access to the north side patio.
The second level houses the master bedroom with full bath, shower and tub, and walk in closet and views all around.
Expansion: The buyer looking for more square footage has the option of adding another room on top of the first-level study as Phillips designed the apartment with the capability of adding another room. He estimates the cost would run around $60,000.
Amenities: The unit has two designated parking spaces and an interior storage closet. A swimming pool and barbecue area overlooking the bayou provide outdoor entertaining space in addition to the second-level public terrace that is shared by all homeowners in the building.
Square footage: 2,000
Asking price: $399,000
Listing agent: Jay Monroe of Martha Turner Properties