Stablewood, Houston

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Stablewood is a 72-acre (29 ha) community in Houston, just outside of the 610 Loop.[1] It is in proximity to the Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa.[2]

History[edit]

Jim and Margaret Elkins and Walter Mischer, Sr. developed Stablewood, and Mark Kilkenny was in charge of property development. Stablewood was incorporated in 1992.[3] Stablewood was developed on the family country estate of Harry C. Weiss.[4] The Weiss family had owned an interest in the land since the 1920s.[5] The estate included a house designed by John Staub in 1930.[4] The stable, which the Weiss family had converted into a party house, is located on a dedicated 3-acre (1.2 ha) site.[5]

The developers modeled Stablewood after North and South Boulevard in Boulevard Oaks.[3] Stablewood was one of the first subdivisions to be built in central Houston since the 1960s, and the first subdivision established in the Tanglewood area in a span of over 20 years. Stablewood was scheduled to include 135 houses ranging upwards from $375,000 in 1989 dollars.[5]

In the 1990s the developers transferred maintenance and management responsibilities to the Property Owners Association.[3]

Cityscape[edit]

The community includes 135 lots for houses. They were originally scheduled to be priced at $375,000 and higher in 1989 dollars, with prices at around $30 per foot in 1989 dollars. The community was to have six oversized lots. The largest lot, which has 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) of land, was to have a $2 million in 1989 dollars price.[5]

The community includes eight streets. All of them are privately owned. A guardhouse, located on Memorial Drive, controls access into the community. Residents may use key cards to enter and exit through the other main entrance, on Post Oak Boulevard. Houses in Stablewood are required to have more than 4,200 square feet (390 m2) of space. When the houses were built, they were to have a minimum price of $800,000.[5] As of 2011 the community includes 121 houses.[3]

Education[edit]

The community is within the Spring Branch Independent School District.[6] Residents are zoned to Hunters Creek Elementary School,[7] Spring Branch Middle School,[8] and Memorial High School.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Beverly Woolley owned property in Stablewood. Around 1994 she planned to build a house in the subdivision.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "Home project planned inside Loop." Houston Chronicle. Sunday December 17, 1989. Business 8. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Bivins, Ralph. "Home sales finish strong/Houston shows 30% gain in fourth quarter." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday January 17, 1996. Business 1. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "History of Stablewood." Stablewood. Retrieved on January 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Mesinger, Maxine. "Celebrity scents smell of success." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday August 29, 1990. Houston 1. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e Bivins, Ralph. "New subdivision could be last of its kind." Houston Chronicle. Business 6. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "Map & Pet Pick-Up Stations in Stablewood." (Map) Stablewood. Retrieved on January 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Hunters Creek Elementary School" (Map). Spring Branch Independent School District. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "Spring Branch Middle School" (Map). Spring Branch Independent School District. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "Memorial High School" (Map). Spring Branch Independent School District. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.
  10. ^ Urban, Jerry. "State Representative, District 136." Houston Chronicle. Sunday February 27, 1994. Voter's Guide 8. Retrieved on January 7, 2011.

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