• Life in the East End

  • East End Houston Startup Experiences Fast Growth from Hurricane Harvey

    The Story of Reclaiming Reusable Building Materials

    The devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Houston residential and commercial buildings is estimated to be in the billions. The skilled labor and  equipment needed for demolition far exceeded the Houston supply. It was against this backdrop that the building materials recycling company RePurpose Depot (RPD) located in East End Houston became an overnight success.  

    The seeds for RPD were planted in 2011 when environmental activist, Caroline Kostak, became fascinated with recycling building materials. At that time, she was a NASA Flight Controller looking for her next adventure as the Space Shuttle program came to an end.  Her interest peaked when she was introduced to the fast-growing concept of Green Building, a process that, among other things, uses new and used building materials that normally go into landfills. In addition to becoming a LEED Accredited Professional and serving on the board of the US Green Building Council, she sought out the required training to become the local representative of ReUse People of America (TRP), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping reusable building materials out of the landfill. The startup phase of her deconstruction work presented many challenges due to costs, shortage of skilled labor, warehousing and logistics. Not one to give up, Kostak pivoted and started RePurpose Depot (RPD), an organization that would become a retail partner of TRP. Her experience with TRP helped her to innovate a working model for demolition and sourcing materials.  

    When Hurricane Harvey hit, Kostak was in the right place and time and RePurpose Depot became an instant success due to the flood of requests to deconstruct and demolish damaged structures. This perfect storm aligned conditions to hire the right deconstruction team and create a suitable warehouse to merchandise their inventory to homeowners with limited resources and building contractors. RePurpose Depot's mission became "Repurposing People Places and Things." Caroline and her partner, Russell Klein, an expert in solid waste management, are committed to providing a better model for the handling of construction and demolition waste to Houstonians. In addition to keeping materials out of the landfill, RPD provides work and a second purpose for graduates of area substance abuse recovery programs, believing that participating in purposeful work helps people stay committed to their recovery goals. The benefits  to homeowners for deconstructing are significant, as a tax benefit can be realized for donating materials to The ReUse People,  RPD’s partner non-profit that often offsets the cost of deconstruction and demolition.  So, the benefits to the community are three- fold: employment for those who otherwise may have trouble finding it, tax benefits to homeowners tearing down houses, and lower-priced materials available to the general public.

    The existing and future demand for reclaimed building materials is projected to outpace the supply and RPD in the East End is  poised to continue to experience double digit growth year to year. With improved processes and new technology, Kostak and her partner Klein are innovating the industry and they are quickly becoming a leader in this field. According to Kostak, "We are excited about a very bright future for our company by helping people who need a second chance and giving building materials a second life."

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    This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.



    The East End represents a number of the city’s most historic and culturally significant neighborhoods. Many area residents can trace their ancestors back to some of the area’s early settlers and some of Houston’s original recorded deeds are in the East End.

    The homes built in Eastwood were custom homes reflecting the early 20th century fondness for Craftsman, Arts & Crafts, Foursquare and Mission architecture. Today, Eastwood has one of Houston’s largest intact collections of these architectural styles.

    Please take a look at the East End's premier neighborhoods:

    Houston Country Club Place
    East Lawndale
    Fullerton Place
    Harrisburg Civic Association
    Greater Magnolia Park Pine View
    Middle Street Lofts on the Bayou 

    Twenty-two new residential communities have become a part of the East End landscape bringing new and old together in a fashionable way. In town Homes the newest development in east downtown offers a variety of townhomes and lofts sure to suit your style!

  • Real Estate

    For current residential Properties for sale in Houston’s East End please click on the following links:

    Carlos Garcia Realty
    East End on the Bayou
    Heritage Texas Properties
    John Virden, Keller Williams Memorial
    Suzanne Anderson Properties

  • Arts & Entertainment

    East End Entertainment Venues
    Part of the vibrant redevelopment of downtown includes entertainment venues located in the eastern side of downtown including Minute Maid Park home of the Houston Astros, and the Toyota Center home to the Houston Aeros and Houston Rockets. Also calling the East End home is the brand new exciting Houston Dynamo, Houston’s first professional soccer team that has been met with great enthusiasm and support. This two time MLS champion will be calling the East End home very soon.

    Cultural Arts
    Houston is second to only New York as a major cultural arts center. More than 200 cultural institutions are dedicated to bringing art to the Houston community. Houston is one of the few U. S. Cities that offer world-class year round resident companies in all of the major performing arts. Visual arts are served with distinction in Houston by the Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum and the Menil Collection. Joining the Menil are several other museums including a wide range of commercial galleries. East End treasures include our very own featuring and promoting Latino artists and theater groups and the Orange Show, providing extraordinary imagination and the opportunity to express personal artistic vision through unique public art.

    Box13 Artspace
    Café Flores
    Houston Institute for Cultural
    Orange Show
    Talento Bilingue de Houston

  • Parks & Greenspace

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Brays Bayou in Houston’s Historic East End! From hike and bike trails, linear trails to parks nestled in historic neighborhoods offering a beautiful backdrop of downtown Houston. Visit the East End and enjoy amenities including a skate park, golf course, swimming pools, soccer fields and community gardens. Take a drive down East End streets and enjoy lush and beautiful canopies of trees lining the neighborhoods! The East End your HOMETOWN in A Big City!

    Brays Bayou from Lawndale to Forest Hill
    Brays Bayou from 75th to Evergreen
    Harrisburg - Sunset Drennan to Marsden; Ave. R to Ave H

    Hike and Bike Trail
    Eastwood Park - 5000 Harrisburg
    Hartman Park - 9311 Ave P.
    Mason Park - 541 75th Street

    Broadmoor/Kretschmar Park - 1500 Elliot St.
    Brown Foundation Plaza  - 2801 Harrisburg Blvd.
    De Zavala Park  - 7520 Avenue J/907 76th St.
    Eastwood Park  - 5000 Harrisburg
    Eastwood Skatepark  - 5020 Harrisburg
    Glenbrook Park & Golf Course  - 8201 North Bayou Drive
    Gragg Park Complex  - 2999 S Wayside
    Guadalupe Plaza  - 2311 Runnels
    Gus Wortham Park & Golf Course  - 311 S Wayside Dr
    Hidalgo Park  - 7000 Avenue Q
    House of Tiny Treasures  - 1529 Lombardy St.
    Japhet Creek  - 4600 Clinton @ Emile St.
    Jenkins Garden   Corner of Lockwood & Harrisburg
    Mason Park  - 541 South 75th St/Tipps
    M.C Cullinan Park - 5120 Polk
    Milby Park - 2001 Central
    Park Drive Park - 4600 Park Dr
    Park Place Park - 8600 Detroit
    Peiser Park - 8510 Manchester St.
    Reveille Park - Oak Vista
    Settegast Park - 3001 Garrow
    Smither Park  - 2441 Munger St.
    Spurlock Park - 6700 Park Lane
    Tony Marron Park  - 808 N. York
    Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park  - 2300 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia Dr.

  • East End Murals

    Over 25 murals can be found in every nook and cranny of the East End. From world renowned artists to local talent telling the East End story and its rich history, you do not want to miss taking a drive and checking out these colorful works of art. Stop and enjoy a delectable dessert or coffee or enjoy lunch at one of our many restaurants.

    Rebirth of our Nationality - 5800 Canal
    Ventanas de Opportunidad - 2704 Navigatio - (behind Original Ninfa’s)
    Eastside Houston - 802 Telephone Rd. @ Dumble
    La Reyna del Acorden - 6901 Harrisburg
    The Houston Ship Channel - 6601 Harrisburg
    El Callejon de Los Murales - Oshman’s Building - I-45 @ Wayside
    Goodwill Building - 4535 Harrisburg
    Nuestra Senora - 5100 Polk Street
    Harrisburg Plaza - S. Wayside @ Capitol
    El Derecho el Respeto Ajeno - 2950 Broadway
    Selena - 7037 Capitol
    La Virgen Encantador - 2405 Navigation
    El Centro de Corazon - 5001 Navigation
    Lee Angel Ramirez - 6300 Navigation
    The View from Magnolia - 7748 Avenue K
    A Mexican Mountain Scene - 521 S. Wayside @ Avenue P.
    Don't Forget Your Roots - 6635 Harrisburg Boulevard
    Las Mananitas - 6311 Gulf Freeway
    Jardin - 6311 Gulf Freeway
    Papel picado - 6311 Gulf Freeway
    Baile - 6311 Gulf Freeway
    Paz a Las Americas - 6635 Harrisburg Boulevard
    Aerosol Art Wall  - 4500 Harrisburg Blvd.
    Coffee Plant/ Second Ward  - Metrorail Station - 511 York St.
    Conduit - 5020 Harrisburg Blvd.
    East End: Birthplace of Houston  - 3715 Harrisburg Blvd.
    Frenetic Theater - 5102 Navigation Blvd.
    GEEMD/ East End Foundation  - 3211 Harrisburg Blvd.
    Houston's East End  - 1450 Gulfgate Center Mall
    Jungle  - 5100 Polk St.
    Metamorphosis - 110 N. Milby St.
    Nuestra Familia,  - Nuestra Comunidad - 4410 Navigation Blvd.
    Peace to the Americas - 6635 Harrisburg Blvd.
    Voodoo Queen - 3004 Canal St.