Morningside Place, Houston
The subdivision began in September 1999 when the Bliss Court, Brantwood, Carolina Place, Wessex, and Windermere subdivisions joined into one organizational entity.
In 2001 the civic association received $5,000 matching grant funds from the Matching Grant Program of the City of Houston Planning and Development Department. The funds were used to install a decorative lighting system on Morningside Street, consisting of several wrought iron, old-style light poles. The association obtained the poles from Houston Lighting & Power for $12,000. Patrick Reynolds of the Houston Chronicle said "[t]he globes will cast a soft, frosted glow onto Morningside."
The community, located east of Kirby Drive, is located between Southgate and the City of West University Place. It is in proximity to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, and Rice Village. In 1999 Katherine Feser of the Houston Chronicle said that the location was one of the "selling points" of the Windermere community.
In 1999 Windermere had 183 houses, including bungalows, brick cottages, Colonial revival houses, and some duplexes; Feser said that the variety of housing in Windermere was "eclectic." Wooden windows and arched inside doorways are featured that are common in Windermere houses that had been constructed in the 1930s and 1940s. Many traditional single-family houses and older townhouses, and also some houses that were converted to house small businesses are located in the portion of Windermere between Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard. In 1999, Feser said that few houses had been built in Windermere in the preceding several years. During that year, Sonia Tersigne, a Greenwood King Properties real estate agent, said that homeonwers in Morningside Place usually renovated their houses instead of tearing them down. Common renovations included updating kitchens and bathrooms to modern standards, installing sunrooms, and adding guest quarters over garages.
In 1999, a "tear down" house, or a house to be purchased so it could be torn down and replaced with new development, typically had a price of $150,000 ($212355.17 in current money), a recently built house typically had a price around $600,000 ($849420.7 in current money), and other varieties of houses were priced in between those extremes. In the portion between Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard, house prices were from $175,000 ($247747.7 in current money) to $300,000 ($424710.35 in current money). Area duplexes had monthly rent rates between $1,000 ($1415.7 in current money) and $1,500 ($2123.55 in current money). In 1999 Feser said "Like many close-in neighborhoods, values have risen sharply in the last few years and houses sell quickly, often with back-up offers."
Government and infrastructure
The Morningside Place Civic Association governs Morningside Place.
Morningside Place is a part of the University Place Super Neighborhood Council.
Houston Fire Department Fire Station 37 Braes Heights  is located at 3828 Aberdeen Way. Houston Fire Department Station 33 Medical Center is near the Texas Medical Center at 7100 Fannin @ South Braeswood .
- Roberts Elementary School
- Pershing Middle School with Pin Oak Middle School as an option
- Lamar High School
St. Nicholas School Medical Center Campus, a K-8 private school, is in the area.
The McGovern-Stella Link Branch of the Houston Public Library is near the neighborhood.
The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper.
The West University Examiner is a local newspaper distributed in the community.
The Village News and Southwest News is a local newspaper distributed in the community.
The Weekly Family YMCA is located near Morningside Place
- "About." Morningside Place. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
- Reynolds, Patrick. "Southwest Houston groups receive improvement grants." Houston Chronicle. Thursday September 27, 2001. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
- Feser, Katharine. "Southgate has great location, traditional feel." Houston Chronicle. Sunday January 6, 2002. Business 6. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
- Feser, Katherine. "Windermere has eclectic mix of homes." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 31, 1999. Business 8. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
- Galloway, Melissa Bech. "Neighborhood making strides / University Place council targets traffic woes, security." Houston Chronicle. Thursday October 11, 2001. ThisWeek 17. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
- City of Houston, Council District Maps, District C." City of Houston. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
- "mapGraphic.gif." (Archive) Morningside Place. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
- "Roberts Elementary Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
- "Pershing Middle Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.
- "Pin Oak Middle School." The Southwest District. Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on December 7, 2008.
- "Lamar High School Attendance Zone." Houston Independent School District.