Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


Feb. 1, 2017

Swift911 Replaces CodeRed in West University Place

Swift911 Emergency Alert ServiceEffective 2/1/2017, the City of West University Place has a new emergency alert system called Swift911. This services replaces the earlier CodeRed system. Following the 2016 active shooter situation, the city received numerous complaints from residents who failed to receive timely warnings. The solution to this problem is the transition to Swift911.

We highly recommend that all West U residents subscribe to the emergency notification system. You can personalize your account to receive phone, email and/or text messages.

Subscription information for Swift911 is available on the city's website.  Current CodeRed users will need to subscribe to the new system.

Jan. 25, 2017

6344 Westchester Street -LEASED in West University Place, TX!

6344 Westchester Street is a cozy three bedroom, one full bathroom cottage available for lease in West University Place.

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,497 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,500 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #97159348


  • Neutral paint, shining hardwood floors, arches, and built-ins.
  • Updated kitchen with plenty of storage, counter-space, glass front cabinets, and built-ins.
  • Large backyard.
  • Lovely front porch.
  • Fabulous windows throughout for plenty of natural lighting.
  • Washer/Dryer/Refrigerator include

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Jan. 24, 2017

4138 Villanova Street - SOLD in West University Place, TX!

4138 Villanova Street is a charming and well-maintained cottage located near Colonial Park. This home has great flow for entertaining and has been extensively updated, with new air conditioning, duct work, appliances, paint, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,529 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,600 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #10683570
  • Sold For: $835,000


  • Recent updates include new air conditioning, electrical box, appliances, paint, insulation.
  • Hardwood floors throughout the house. Crown molding, neutral paint colors.
  • Large living room. Open to the den and kitchen, great for entertaining.
  • Large den off of the living room is great for electronics.
  • Updated kitchen with Silestone counters, cherry cabinets, and breakfast bar. Plenty of storage space with custom cabinets and drawers. Open breakfast room.
  • Flexible space off of the kitchen currently in use as an additional living area, but could easily be a fine formal dining room.
  • Spacious master bedroom. Updated master bath has Silestone counters and a tile surround shower.
  • Two additional bedrooms are served by the hall full bath. Multipurpose space! The front bedroom is currently in use as a home office!
  • Cozy patio area off of the easy maintenance backyard is great for outdoor living and entertaining or sunbathing.
  • Two car detached garage. Driveway has an automatic gate for additional privacy.
  • Great location near Colonial Park. Zoned to West University Elementary, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School.

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Jan. 12, 2017

4005 Browning - SOLD in West University Place, TX!

4005 Browning Street is a beautiful three story patio home featuring first floor living, second floor bedrooms, and a flexible third floor space with a full bathroom. This home, kept in excellent condition, is move-in ready! Hardwood floors, fresh neutral paint, crown moldings and more, all without any HOA fees!

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,710 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 2,363 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3 or 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #99505124
  • Sold for: $700,000


  • Convenient location near Greenway Plaza, Highland Village, the Galleria, and the Texas Medical Center. No HOA fees!
  • Classic leaded-glass front door. Hardwood floors throughout the first floor, stairs, second floor hallway. Fresh neutral paint, crown moldings, high ceilings.
  • Kitchen has plentiful counter space and storage. Gas cooktop, double ovens, built-in microwave and dishwasher. Side door off of kitchen to garage.
  • Large living room with great natural light. Gas log fireplace with granite surround, built-in shelves. See-through glass cabinets. Large French doors lead to the backyard.
  • Spacious dining room. Open floorplan makes entertaining easy.
  • Large master bedroom with room for a sitting area. Coved ceiling, light and bright, treetop view! Large walk-in closet and a second cedar closet.
  • Two secondary bedrooms share the second floor hall bathroom. Large windows for natural lighting.
  • Huge second floor hallway closet could easily be converted into a small office.
  • Second floor laundry room. Washer and dryer remain with the house.
  • Flexible third floor space could be an office, game room, study, or a fourth bedroom suite. Full bathroom with shower. Wall of built-in drawers and cabinets.
  • Fenced backyard. Great deck with a pergola, built-in swing, lush landscaping. Room for a BBQ!

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

Jan. 3, 2017

4106 Drake #2 | LEASED in College Court Place!

4106 Drake Unit #2 is a charming two bedroom, one full bath fourplex apartment located near West University Place in College Court. This charming home has a large combined living and dining area, a stackable washer/dryer combo, a private entrance on Academy Street, and more!

Property Information

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #45352620
  • Leased For: $1,350 per Month


  • Private front entrance opens to Academy.
  • Hardwood living and dining rooms with crown moldings, neutral paint, and natural lighting.
  • Updated kitchen with wooden cabinets, dishwasher, electric stove/oven, and built-in microwave. Stackable washer/dryer included. Cover bar seating.
  • Spacious bedrooms. First bedroom has great natural lighting. Second bedroom has a large closet, door leading to the fourplex's main entrance hall and mailboxes.
  • Updated full bath. 

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Nov. 18, 2016

1508 Cleveland | SOLD in Houston's Midtown!


1508 Cleveland is a contemporary tri-level townhome in the heart of Midtown just steps away from the best restaurants & nightlife. Dramatic floor plan with ground floor guest bedroom and full bath plus separate study all with stained concrete floors. The open living spaces are mid level and feature soaring ceilings and pine flooring. Large master suite on third floor with garden tub and generous closet space. Balcony off the dining room for dining alfresco. Refrigerator, washer and dryer included.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $275,000
  • House Size: 1,863 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,639 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Buyer Represented by John Marshall
  • MLS #95258514
Nov. 17, 2016

14314 N Towerglen Loop | SOLD Near the Energy Corridor!

14314 N Towerglen Loop is a beautiful three bedroom, two and a half bath brick home located close to the Energy Corridor. This lovely home has features such as a grand game room, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace and gas connections as well as custom built-ins for electronics, a huge kitchen with an exquisite brick hearth and more!

Property Information

  • House Size:  2,174 sq ft
  • Lot Size:  5,822 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Cynthia Candela
  • MLS #50499722
  • Sold For: $180,000


  • Living room with ceiling fan, wood-burning fireplace w/gas connections, custom built-ins for electronics and collections, neutral colors, and an exit to the outdoor deck.
  • Dining room with great natural lighting.
  • Huge kitchen with a brick hearth and gas cooktop. Large window over the kitchen sink with plenty of space for food preparation. New granite counters. Breakfast bar.
  • Breakfast area with natural lighting. Fresh paint, door exits to the backyard deck.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite. Large en suite master bathroom with a soaking tub and a separate shower.
  • Grand game room! Plenty of space for a pool table, great for entertaining!
  • Fantastic backyard that is great for entertaining. Covered patio and covered upstairs deck.
  • Zoned to Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

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Nov. 17, 2016

6719 Brompton Road | SOLD in West University Place, TX!

6719 Brompton Road is a wonderful two story home located in West University Place. Built in 1940, this home was remodeled in the 1990! This home has beautiful formals, all granite counters in the kitchen, a sun room with a view of the lovely backyard landscaping, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,269 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,150
  • Bedrooms: 2 or 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Sachin Chowdhry
  • MLS #21169944


  • Beautiful formal living and dining rooms.
  • Solid hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Second floor has high quality carpeting.
  • Gated driveway.
  • Large family room is connected to the first floor sun room, which overlooks the lush backyard.
  • Kitchen has quality granite counters, breakfast room.
  • Downstairs full bath!
  • Second floor landing has built-in shelving and a reading nook.
  • Oversized master bedroom has an attached area that is perfect for a study or nursery.
  • Sprawling backyard with lots of open space, lush landscaping.
  • Great location near the Texas Medical Center, Downtown, and the Galleria.
  • Zoned to West University Elementary School.

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Nov. 15, 2016

Beware Fake Workers - Recent Scam in Harris County Precinct 1

Harris County Constable Aaron Rosen says there has been a rash of burglars masquerading as workers in Precinct 1.  Here's how it goes...

"Two or more men park their truck and come to your front door. They are dressed as construction workers, tree trimmers or other outdoor laborers. They say they need access to your back yard to work on a neighbor’s fence or trim a neighbor’s tree or carry out other work that you have not requested. You come out your front door to walk them around the side to your back yard. Or you let them walk through your house to get there. But you didn’t lock the front door or the back door during these distracting actions.

Now you’re in the back yard with one of the men, looking at broken fencing or overgrown trees. Where’s the other man? He may have slipped inside your residence, where he’s taking your jewelry and other valuables before high-tailing it down the street. Then his partner in crime tells you he needs to get drive around to the next block to look at the work assignment from the other side.

But you never see them again. You’ve been fleeced, flim-flammed and tricked out of your very precious items.

Unfortunately this story has played out a few times time recently at single-family homes in Precinct 1. There’s very little information about what they look like. Now that you know, you won’t fall for it. But just to make sure, here are some simple safety steps:

  • Don’t give access to any part of your home to workers you did not expect.
  • Keep your doors locked even when workers you know are around.
  • CenterPoint or other legitimate companies that need access to your back yard may let you know ahead of time and their employees will carry company identification.
  • Check with your neighbors from inside your locked home before allowing anyone onto your property to do work for those neighbors.

Remember, safety starts at home and right behind it. If you encounter such people behaving suspiciously, call 911."

Nov. 14, 2016

1411 Blair Street | SOLD in the Houston Heights, TX!

1411 Blair Street is a beautiful and immaculate freestanding home located in the Houston Heights. This updated home has a fully updated kitchen, large rooms, double wood-burning fireplaces, two full baths, an upper and lower patio overlooking the backyard and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,078 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 2,525 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 1 or 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by JoAnna Ide
  • MLS #84820774
  • Sold For: $328,000


  • Great locations close to shopping, restaurants, and easy access to Downtown.
  • Large den with pine floors and great natural lighting.
  • Flexible space located off of the main living areas has a built-in Murphy bed! Could serve as a bar or sitting area. Full bath and closet located nearby for guests.
  • First floor master bedroom suite. Glass doors lead to the first floor patio. Master bath has a tub/shower and an updated vanity.
  • Gorgeous updated island kitchen. New granite counters and backsplash, new paint, farmer's sink, and high end stainless steel appliances. Full-sized stainless steel refrigerator remains with the home!
  • Open, naturally-lit dining area off of the kitchen looks out over the backyard. The second floor patio is great for enjoying Houston's cooler weather!
  • Large backyard with trees and landscaping. Downstairs patio has a porch swing and plenty of space for a table and chairs or a hot tub! Spiral stairs lead up to the second floor patio.

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