Eastwood is a historic neighborhood in the East End area of Houston, Texas, United States. It was established to be an enclave for young executives, and in 1997 Lori Rodriguez of the Houston Chronicle said that it is "considered a forerunner of today's planned communities."
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Eastwood is one of Houston’s first master-planned subdivisions. It was designed and developed in 1913 by William A. Wilson, who also developed, Woodland Heights. The first residents were young entrepreneurs in the city, business owners and management.
The first lots went on sale in June 1912 and Eastwood was officially opened in September 1913. The development was planned with paved streets, cement curbs and sidewalks, city water, gas, electricity, telephones and sanitary sewerage as well as terraced lots designed for natural drainage and planned placement of trees.
By October 1913, Eastwood was hailed by The Houston Daily Post as a “model suburb, one of the most convenient, attractive and beautiful homesite additions in the city of Houston." The homes built in Eastwood were custom homes reflecting the early 20th century fondness for Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Mission architecture. Today, Eastwood has one of Houston’s largest intact collections of these architectural styles.
YuShan Chang, author of Newcomer's Handbook Neighborhood Guide: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin, said that at a later point Eastwood was "characterized by graffiti, abandoned buildings, and blight". Chang stated that since then it has evolved into a "lovely neighborhood that is aesthetically on par with some of Houston's esteemed residential areas" that is attracting young families, single professionals, and couples who restored the older houses. Many people who find houses in the Houston Heights and Montrose unaffordable opt to buy in Eastwood.
In October 1996 the neighborhood held its first Eastwood Home Tour.
Eastwood is in proximity to Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field and Astros Field) and Downtown Houston. YuShan Chang, author of Newcomer's Handbook Neighborhood Guide: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin, said that Eastwood is in proximity to "the city's major sports venues, fine arts district, and nightlife."
Eastwood has many Craftsman style houses and Prairie style houses. Chang said that Eastwood was "a good option for those desiring to live in a close-knit neighborhood with the grace, history, and character of the Heights, but without the price tag".
Eastwood has the Tlaquepaque Plaza, a shopping center originally named the Eastwood Shopping Center. It opened in 1929 and was given its current name in 2004.
Government and infrastructure
Eastwood is served by the following elected officials: Texas District 145 - Carol Alvarado; United States Congressional District 29 - Gene Green; United States Senator - Kay Bailey Hutchinson; United States Senator - John Cornyn
The Houston Fire Department operates Station 18 East End, in Fire District 20, along Telephone Road and in Eastwood. In 1925 Station 18 opened at the 4400 Block of Walker while its permanent facility was being constructed. The station moved to its permanent facility at 619 Telephone Road on July 7, 1926. In 1976 the station moved to the former Station 24 facility while the new Station 18 was being built along Telephone Road. In 1980 the station moved to its new permanent location. In 2001 Tropical Storm Allison damaged the station, so it was temporarily closed. Fire Station 18 re-opened in 2002. As of January 2008 the station was undergoing a minor renovation.
Parks and recreation
Eastwood Park, operated by the City of Houston, is located at 5000 Harrisburg Boulevard. The Eastwood Community Center is located at 5020 Harrisburg Boulevard. The center has a skate park, a swimming pool, an outdoor basketball pavilion, a lighted sports field, a playground, a .20 mile hike and bicycle trail, and lighted tennis courts. In 2009 the president of the Second Ward Super Neighborhood, Jessica Hulsey, complained about the lack of a skate park in Eastwood Park.
Primary and secondary schools
Some residents are zoned to Cage Elementary School while other residents are zoned to Lantrip Elementary School; both schools are in Eastwood. Some residents are zoned to Carillo Elementary School, located outside of Eastwood. All residents are zoned to Jackson Middle School and Austin High School in Eastwood. Eastwood Academy, an alternative school, is also located in Eastwood; anyone zoned to Austin is eligible to attend Eastwood Academy.
The Kirby School opened in 1902 at a site on Telephone Road. In 1906 a newer structure opened across the street. Lantrip, originally Eastwood Elementary School, opened in 1916. In 1923 Kirby was renamed Cage Elementary School after Rufus Cage, a philanthropist and school board president. Jackson opened in 1925. Austin opened in 1936. In 1983 Cage moved to a new site on Leeland Street. Carrillo opened in 1993. Lantrip received a new facility in 2007.
Gallery of schools
Eastwood is in close proximity to Houston Public Library's Flores Branch.
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