A Houston-based home builder has purchased two parcels of land in the Heights for new developments.
David Weekley Homes will build on a 6.1-acre space near the site of the redeveloping Houston Farmers Market on Airline Drive on the east side of the Heights, just south of the Loop 610 North. One of the parcels, a roughly 4.8-acre tract at 2100 Airline Dr., will be a 78-unit gated community. As of now, plans have yet to be revealed for the second parcel, a 1.3-acre tract at 1602 Northwood St.
David Weekley Homes purchased the properties from the Robert Wayne Estate, which was represented by Chris Dray of NewQuest Properties.
“It’s very hard to get any sizeable tracts like this in the Heights. Typically you have to buy tracts and then buy out the neighbors’ tracts. That goes into a whole other issue, and it can take you a couple years to build a good-sized tract,” Dray said. “It’s hard to put tracts like that together anywhere inside the loop. That’s a significant-sized tract, and we don’t see many of those in the Heights, so that makes it a very attractive spot.”
Nearly 35 mobile homes on the Airline tract had to be cleared and the Nadine Street site had to be legally abandoned before the deal could officially close, according to Dray. From contract to official closing on the deal took a little more than two years.
“The deal was done in a few weeks,” Dray said. “It just took so long because it had to go through the court system, we had to get the trailers off, make sure all these things got cleared up. It’s a long process.”