When Jonathan Williamson first moved to Greater Eastwood, he had a feeling that the neighborhood would eventually grow in popularity. And indeed it has, becoming a haven for community-minded folks and charming small businesses.
"I also love its central location that's close to downtown and the other areas I enjoy spending time in," says the Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty agent. "I very much believe in the future of this area."
Eastwood maintains Houston's largest intact collection of Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare, and Mission style architecture, and was one of the city's first master-planned communities. Howard Hughes was even believed to have lived there with his aunt for a time, and built an airplane in their garage.
"The METRORail runs through the area, allowing people who move here to commute to downtown without driving," Williamson notes.
East River is also in the midst of being built nearby. The 150-acre development — the largest in the country, and equivalent to 60 downtown Houston blocks — will completely redefine how young people live in the city. Expect homes, shops, cafes, entertainment, and waterfront trails and parks when it's completed.
Below are a few of Williamson's picks for the best spots in this area, as well as a hot listing that could turn you into a 77023 resident.
Eating and drinking
This area is home to such iconic Tex-Mex restaurants as the original Ninfa's on Navigation, El Tiempo Cantina, Don Carlos, and Taqueria Monchy's, as well as the Taco Keto food truck on Cullen and TacoNazo food truck on Wayside.
You'll also find Mandola's Deli, award-winning Thai from Kanomwan, and cutting-edge fine dining at Nancy's Hustle.
Start the day off with caffeine from Coral Sword Coffee & Games, Xela Coffee, Bohemeo's Cafe, and Giant Leap Coffee. Then end the day at a dive bar — Lil' Danny Speedo's Go Fly a Kite Lounge or D&W Lounge — or a swankier joint like How To Survive on Land & Sea.
Outdoors and recreation
Take a stroll in Mason Park or Smither Park, hit a few balls at the Gus Wortham Golf Course, or torch some calories at Metcon Studios.
Arts and culture
Minute Maid Park, Toyota Center, and BBVA Stadium are all nearby for sports and concerts, but you'll also find live music at Satellite Lounge, Warehouse Live, White Swan, and Super Happy Fun Land.
As for museums, you can't go wrong with the Orange Show and Houston Maritime Museum.
Notable home sale
7149 Avenue K: Just blocks from Hidalgo Park, the METRORail, and the famous Navigation Esplanade, Magnolia Park is a quaint neighborhood within minutes of the upcoming East River Project.
The home greets you with a contemporary cottage-style front porch that opens into the welcoming first floor, which features hardwoods, a kitchen and dining combo, and an open floorplan. The primary ensuite boasts nine-foot ceilings, dual sinks, expansive counter space, a walk-in shower, and a walk-in closet.
The carpeted upstairs hosts two guest bedrooms and a full bathroom with glass-enclosed tub/shower. Upgrades throughout include soft-close drawers and cabinets, ceiling fans, and a stainless steel vent hood in the kitchen.
To see more of Jonathan Williamson's listing with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty, click here.