306 Sylvester is a hip recent addition to a Northside neighborhood known for workforce housing, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of place. Martin Lide, who designs under the name Sculpturesque, crafted this home to be perfectly functional for the unfussy urbanite. From the pitch of the roof, atypically high for a modern elevation, to the placement of his windows, usually at about 7 ½ feet high to allow for both privacy and plenty of art walls, 306 Sylvester reflects a no-nonsense approach to contemporary craftsmanship.
The home also reflects Lide’s no-nonsense approach to Houston’s swampy climate. Knowing that we’re in for long, hot summers here, Lide favors porcelain tile over hardwoods as, in addition to being low maintenance and durable, these tile floors help passively maintain a cooler interior during warmer months. And while the aforementioned pitched roof may seem a bit out of place on a modern home, Lide simply sees the roof, and its accompanying overhang, as pragmatic, given the heavy rainfall Houston gets year round.
306 Sylvester’s design, with its open living space, white walls, and abundance of windows, provides an ideal, light-filled backdrop for the home’s future owner to color with furniture and art pieces that reflect their style. This living space also favorably opens up to a spacious, fenced backyard. Aside from its stellar design, it is 306 Sylvester’s intriguing position inside Houston’s inner loop that makes it such an appealing home.
What has been a great location for rail workers since the heyday of the hardy yards is now poised to be one of the most prized corners of the Near Northside, where Houston’s METRORail has brought rail lines to the neighborhood’s forefront once again. 306 Sylvester, as with all of the homes Lide designs these days, caters to young professionals, who are part of a growing multi-modal generation of METRORail riders. So it should come as no surprise that the home is less than a five minute walk from the rail’s Avenue of Oaks stop.
This part of town is also only going to get better in the years to come. The Airline Farmers Market will become the Houston Farmers Market in a year’s time with a revamping that is aiming to be the right balance of cultural reverence and culinary excitement. Meanwhile, the North Houston Highway Improvement Project will ease traffic congestion in the area over time with an eye toward connectivity of the Greater Heights area and the Near Northside.