By any measure, the Tanglewood neighborhood is a bastion of old guard Houston, with its historic houses, tree-lined streets, and reputation as home to some of the city’s most well-known families — including the Bushes.
Will the area accept the first new high-rise in 40 years? That’s the hope of Pelican Builders, the real estate developer launching an ambitious high-rise in the prestigious neighborhood on the corner of San Felipe and Chimney Rock at 5656 San Felipe St.
Dubbed The Hawthorne, the 17-story structure promises residents five-star service, 360-degree views of the verdant area, and a lock-and-leave lifestyle. A sales office is now open; the building is expected to break ground in spring 2020 with Ludlow & Associates Construction paving the way. (For those keeping score, Pelican has spearheaded Inner Loop projects that include The Revere, The Wilshire at River Oaks District, Highland Tower, The Briarglen, Woodway Place II, Woodway Place Atrium, The Greenway I and II, and The Woodway.)
The new Hawthorne building offers 67 homes, each starting at $1.1 million and averaging 2,705 square feet. Amenities include large terraces with pet porch potties and a 67-foot lap pool surrounded by lush landscaping, according to a release. The Hawthorne will also feature an “oasis,” which will be home to a dedicated fitness center; resident lounge; and bar with fireplace, games tables, coffee area, and catering kitchen. Adding to the high life is the 24/7 concierge, valet, and porter service.
The project, designed by local powerhouse architecture firm Kirksey, is targeting downsizing residents in Tanglewood, Briarcroft, Briargrove, and Memorial. Developers are banking on the area’s reputation and proximity to numerous clubs, markets, salons, and other lifestyle destinations as a major draw.
The Hawthorne is just another feather in the cap for Kirksey, which also designed sold-out The Wilshire at River Oaks District and The Revere in River Oaks, which is already 80 percent sold. Based on that track record, chances are the Hawthorne — the first high-rise in Tanglewood in nearly half a century — could equally bloom in the leafy neighborhood.