Many people embrace living in small towns because they enjoy the sense of community that is often unavailable in large cities. Ten minutes north of Houston, however, there is a community with a rich history and a distinct identity as a wooded semi-rural retreat nestled within one of the largest cities in the country: Acres Homes. For decades, artists have flocked to this area to join the fabric of the historically African American community and find inspiration from the greener space and slower pace.
Answering the demand from more creative professionals and other inner loopers looking to join the community, renowned architect Francois de Menil has designed a community of modern single-family homes in Acres Homes designed for creative living known as NoLo Studios @ Acres Homes. Star Massing, a top producing Boulevardian, will serve as the exclusive listing and marketing agent for the homes. Massing was also involved in conceiving the project, since it was her strong relationship to the art community that led her to search Acres Homes for such a property for more artists to take root.
Among the many artists who currently call the Acres Home area home are the Art Guys, David Kidd, Terrell James, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Richard Huebscher, Kiki Neumann, Seth Mittag, and several others.
De Menil will be the developer and the architect for each of the fourteen homes and common areas that will be built in a three-acre gated community between the T.C. Jester Hike & Bike Trail and Wheatley Street off of Mansfield. Residents will be surrounded by existing and additional new landscape of pine, oak and sycamore trees as well as green space meandering throughout the property. The homes have been carefully placed to optimize views & the sense of personal space—following the Japanese notion of “borrowed light.”
It’s planned that each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom homes will be situated on close to a 10,000 square foot tract of land and will start in the $300s. The defining architectural feature of each of the homes is the studio space, full of possibilities for the inspired individual who wishes to be surrounded by equally creative neighbors.
We couldn’t be more excited about the community, which broke ground last month and is slated for completion within a year. You can look out for us at the National Night Out in Acres Homes this month, as well as the Highland Heights Annex Action Committee (HHAAC), where neighbors, old and new, come together to address issues impacting the community.