If you had to peg one word to describe the inner loop Houston neighborhood known as Southampton, it would have to be 'integrity.'
That's because the residents of this quaint Rice University-area community have upheld a series of strict codes set forth by Southampton's original developers way back in 1923. Those codes, implemented by developer E.H. Fleming, state that there are to be no apartment buildings in Southampton, no duplexes in Southampton and that building costs were not to fall below established lines of between $5,000 and $15,000 -- contingent on location.
We can pretty well guarantee you that building costs have risen at least a tad in the 80-plus years since Southampton was first established, but the intent of those residential codes has remained largely intact. In fact, when newer obstacles such as Rice Stadium (which was erected in 1950) at Rice University and the City of Houston's new water line plan came to life in the early 197
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