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If you are cruising the home listings today, you might have noticed an anomaly . . . the Heights Theater, an iconic Heights building, is up for sale as a residential property. The listing says the 7,058 square foot building, built in 1923, is a “perfect live/work space for a buyer with artistic sensibilities.”
Star Massing with Boulevard Realty is representing the sellers, Sharon and Gus Kopriva. Sharon’s an artist, and Gus owns Redbud Gallery at 303 E 11th St. They’ve been renting the space to Gallery M Squared, but are ready to sell the building. They’re asking for $1.9 million. “I’m listing it both under residential and commercial because I think it’s important that we try to preserve it as a historical building and it’s not something that the historical commission is preserving,” Massing said. “So I’m doing my best to contact businesses that would want to make it a theater or gallery or restaurant or something like that, but we also wanted to list it as residential for someone to make it a live/work space.”
The space was used as a theater until it burned down in the 1960s, with only the 4 outside walls remaining. Massing stated that the Koprivas did a complete renovation on the property when they bought it in 1988, and they even considered turning it into a residence for themselves, which is what gave her the idea to list it that way. Massing further stated that she’s already received interest from prospective buyers, both commercial and residential.
Article courtesy of Roxanna Asgarian with Houston Business Journal