Southampton Place, also known as Southampton, is a neighborhood located in Houston, Texas. The Southampton Civic Club Inc. is the homeowner's association.
When some land appraisals doubled from 1990 to 1991, over 30% of Southampton residents protested. The Harris County Appraisal District said that because tear-down development, causing smaller older houses to be replaced with larger newer houses, is occurring, then one expects to see an increase in valuation. Values leveled off in some nearby communities.
Around 2007 the company Buckhead Investment Partners Inc. proposed building a 23 story high rise building, called the Ashby High Rise, at a site at 1717 Bissonnet at Ashby. Many residents of Southampton opposed the developer's plan. Several residents of Southampton and Boulevard Oaks formed a task force intended to oppose the development, and they hired Rusty Hardin, an attorney, to help with the efforts.
Southampton is in proximity to Rice University, the Houston Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, and Downtown Houston. The community has large numbers of live oak trees along Rice Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Katherine Feser of the Houston Chronicle said that the trees were "are a hallmark of the neighborhood." Bill Merriman, an architect living in Southampton, said that the model of trees, which he described as orderly, was adapted to many newer master-planned communities such as First Colony in Fort Bend County. Feser said that lot sizes in Southampton were larger than lot sizes in Southgate.
In 2000 Southampton had 601 houses. Southampton's housing stock includes brick cottages, bungalows, and classical Georgian houses. The houses used side porches and used large wooden windows to help with cooling in the pre-air conditioning era. The houses have alley accesses behind them, which allow for vehicles and trash to be kept out of sight from the street and for more green space to be placed in front of houses. By 1999 many of the older houses had been remodeled to the tastes of contemporary families. Feser said that a typical remodeling project in Southampton included an addition of a master bath suite, an expansion of the kitchen, and an addition of a den.
As of 2000 the houses were very expensive and in demand due to the community's central location. In 1999, Edie Archer of Greenwood King Properties said that most houses sold between $300,000 ($424710.35 in today's money) to $600,000 ($849420.7 in today's money). During that year, two renovated older houses sold for over $1 million ($1415701.16 in today's money) each, and some recently built stucco-style and Mediterranean-style houses sold for closer to $600,000 ($849420.7 in today's money), while some cottages in the periphery of Southampton sold for below $300,000 ($424710.35 in today's money). Archer said that houses typically sold for $50,000 to $100,000 more in 2000 than they did in 1998. In 2001 the most inexpensive houses in Southampton were priced in the $300,000s (range beginning at $399567.75 in today's money).
The original Southampton documents, established around 1925 set minimum prices for house constructions. On Sunset Boulevard, the minimum prices were from $8,000 ($107582.54 in today's money) to $10,000 ($268956.36 in today's money). For Rice Boulevard the minimums were $12,000 ($161373.81 in today's money) to $15,000 ($201717.27 in today's money). For other areas, the minimums were $5,000 ($67239.09 in today's money) to $7,000 ($94134.72 in today's money).
Government and infrastructure
The Southampton Civic Club Inc. is the homeowner's association.
The community has deed restrictions which require minimum set-backs from the street and prevent the establishment of businesses within the neighborhood's boundary. Katherine Feser of the Houston Chronicle said the enforcement of the restrictions helped "maintain a consistent feel" in Southampton.
Southampton is a part of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council.
The neighborhood is zoned to Houston Independent School District schools, including Poe Elementary School (located in Boulevard Oaks), Lanier Middle School (located in Neartown), and Lamar High School (located in Upper Kirby).
The Southampton Civic Club failed to persuade the Houston Independent School District to build a new high school on a tract at Kirby and West Alabama. Instead Lamar High School opened on Westheimer Road.
A private school called the Southampton Montessori School is also located in the neighborhood.
The United States Postal Service operates the Greenbriar Post Office at 3740 Greenbriar Street, 77098-9998.
Parks and recreation
The Village News is a local newspaper distributed in the community.
- Feser, Katherine. "Southampton Place offers feel of 1920s." Houston Chronicle. Sunday July 16, 2000. Business 8. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
- "A Brief History of the Southampton Civic Club," (Archive) Southampton Civic Club Inc.
- Milling, T.J. "Tempers, taxes hit the roof/Southampton owners claiming cronyism." Houston Chronicle. Friday August 23, 1991. A25. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
- Friedberg, Jennifer. "SOUTHAMPTON / Residents' task force exploring options to block high-rise / Developers say they have exceeded city requirements." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 11, 2007. ThisWeek p. 3. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
- Feser, Katharine. "Southgate has great location, traditional feel." Houston Chronicle. Sunday January 6, 2002. Business 6. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
- Cook, Allison. "A posh pleasure in Southampton / Antica Osteria serves Italian comfort food in a cozy setting." Houston Chronicle. Thursday January 20, 2005. Dining p. 6. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.
- Galloway, Melissa Bech. "Neighborhood making strides / University Place council targets traffic woes, security." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 11, 2001. ThisWeek 17. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
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- "Our Parks A-F." City of Houston. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
- Southampton Civic Club
- University Place Association
- University Place Association (Archive)
- Poe Elementary School
- Friedburg, Jennifer. "SOUTHAMPTON / High-rise condo plan raises questions of new regulations / Residents oppose 23-story project targeted for area." Houston Chronicle. Thursday September 27, 2007. ThisWeek 5.
- Friedburg, Jennifer. "Cronyism behind city’s support of residents fighting Bissonnet high rise?" Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 4, 2007.
- "Tonight's meeting to discuss proposed high-rise." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday September 19, 2007.
- "High anxiety over a planned high-rise at Bissonnet and Ashby." Houston Chronicle. Friday September 21, 2007.
- "SOUTHAMPTON / High-rise gets low approval." Houston Chronicle. Thursday September 27, 2007. ThisWeek 1.