Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


July 22, 2016

3803 Rice Blvd | SOLD in West University Place

3803 Rice Blvd, West University Place, Houston, TX 77005

3803 Rice Blvd is a lot for sale in the heart of West University Place!  The property is located near the West University Community Center and in close proximity to the West University Library, West University Elementary School, the West U ball fields and Rice Village.  This property being sold for LOT VALUE ONLY, so build your dream home now or hold this lot as an investment. 

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,176 sq ft - House will NOT be shown.
  • Lot Size: 5,000 sq ft
  • Listed by Dede Aronack
  • MLS #58654955
  • Sold for: $590,000


  • Excellent location in West U's city center, near Friends Park, West University Elementary School, the West University Public Library, the West University City Center.
  • Easy access to the Medical Center, downtown, and the Galleria.

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July 19, 2016

2018 Branard Street | SOLD in Montrose!

2018 Branard Street is a charming and lovingly renovated home in Montrose! This home has great features like the enclosed sun porch/den, a spacious living and dining room, a large backyard, and more, all in a fabulous location!

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,869 sq ft
  • Lot Size:  6,875 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Garage:  2 Car/Detached
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #37543554
  • Sold For: $671,000


  • 55' x 125' lot.
  • New roof on home.
  • Spacious rooms with hardwoods.
  • Large living room with a fireplace w/tile surround, restored ship lap accent walls, neutral wall colors, and recessed lighting. Opens to sun porch/den.
  • Enclosed sun porch/den. Built-in shelving, three large arched windows. Great natural lighting.
  • Dining room with restored ship lap walls. Overlooked by the kitchen breakfast bar. Enough space for a china cabinet.
  • Renovated kitchen features double ovens and wine refrigerators, Viking six burner gas stove with vent hood, Thermador panel refrigerator, Whirlpool dishwasher, and farmhouse sink. Plenty of storage and counter space, custom drawers. Painted wood floors. Breakfast bar with ship lap walled knee space.
  • Gorgeous master bedroom. Renovated master bathroom with new frameless shower and shower pan, new light fixtures. Walk-in closet.
  • Large study/home office off of the master bedroom.
  • Two additional bedrooms share a hall bath. Hall bath has marble counters, a tub shower, and a stacked washer and dryer.
  • Great backyard for entertaining. Patio and deck. Space for a pool and play equipment. Garage has been recently rebuilt.
  • Side yard along driveway with additional outdoor living space.
  • Great location in Montrose. Near shopping and restaurants.

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July 15, 2016

10811 Greenwillow #8 | SOLD in Willow Meadows!

10811 Greenwillow Street #8 is an adorable Willowbend townhome with vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, and laminate wood flooring. This property has a great location near NRG Stadium, the Medical Center, and the Galleria. 


Property Information

  • House Size: 1,796 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 2,154 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS #96354663


  • Master bedroom has great natural lighting with en suite full bath.
  • Dry bar off of the dining area for easy entertaining!
  • Utility room with good cabinet storage space.
  • Kitchen has granite counters and a breakfast area.
  • Loft area upstairs. Could also serve as office space or play room.
  • Intimate patio for backyard relaxation.
  • Community pool for those hot summer days.

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July 12, 2016

Bellaire Officer Killed

Bellaire Police Logo, Bellaire, TXThe Bellaire Police Department mourns the tragic death of Motorcycle Officer Marco Zarate, who was killed in the line of duty this afternoon while he was in pursuit of two shoplifters fleeing Meyerland Plaza.  Officer Zarate responded to a call from Talbot's where the two suspects were using box cutters to remove security tags. He pursued them as they sped away from Meyerland, down Beechnut, turning north on Ferris.  Officer Zarate's motorcycle hit a trailer full of lawn equipment and he was transported to the Memorial Hermann Trauma Center where he died. 

July 12, 2016

Safety and Security in Bellaire, TX

Bellaire Police Logo, Bellaire, TXConcerned about neighborhood safety and security? Attend the upcoming Bellaire Police Summer Meeting. 

Police Chief Byron Holloway will discuss Bellaire's crime statistics for the first half of 2016, with a focus on burglaries, robberies and assaults.  He will make suggestions for citizen home security, and discuss the operations and structure of the police department.  He will also address the need for body cameras for his officers.

This is an important meeting, and Bellaire residents are encouraged to attend.

The Bellaire Police Summer Meeting is at 7pm on July 14, 2016, at the Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 S Rice.  A light dinner will be served.

July 12, 2016

Vicki Chu Addresses Bellaire City Council

Vicki Chu, Broker Associate, Roger Martin Properties, addresses Bellaire City CouncilDid you know you can keep up with your Bellaire City Council meetings by watching the online videos posted at

Vicki Chu is 36 year resident of the City of Bellaire and a Broker Associate with Roger Martin Properties.  Last night, she asked the Bellaire City Council to fix her sunken street. "I cut down two live oaks that were each sucking up 80 gallons of water a day, leading to subsidence around the trees. Debris and trash has been collecting in front of my house, and the street and driveway were both below grade."

Many thanks to Bellaire Public Works Director Brant Gary who promised to look into the need for infrastructure maintenance.  

To view live, streaming videos of Bellaire City Council meetings, visit > Our Government > Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Videos and select the meeting date.

July 8, 2016

6528 Mercer Street | LEASED in West University Place!

6528 Mercer Street is a four bedroom soft contemporary home built on a deep double lot. With a great location near the Medical Center, comfortable features, and a large, fully fenced front yard, this home is move-in ready!

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,054 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 14,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Listed by Christopher Martin
  • MLS #33965049


  • Very private 3,000 square foot home located deep on a 14,000 square foot lot. Fenced in yard behind the two car garage (with storage area) and wrought iron pedestrian gate.
  • Patio just outside of kitchen and family room for entertaining or enjoying outdoor living.
  • Open first floor floorplan. Large formal living room and dining room. Under-counter cupboards for storage.
  • First floor bedroom with two closets and full bathroom. Often used as a guest bedroom, game room, or office.
  • Kitchen with large walk-in pantry. Electric stovetop. Slate floors. Overlooks the family room. Refrigerator and Microwave included with the property.
  • Family room has sliding glass doors that open to the front patio, wood-burning fireplace, and built-in shelving and cupboards for storage.
  • Large master bedroom with large balcony. Master bathroom with separate tub and dual-head shower. Large walk-in closet.
  • Upstairs laundry room. Washer and dryer stay with the house.
  • Two secondary bedrooms, each with walk-in closet and sliding glass doors that open onto their shared balcony.
  • Full hall bathroom with double sinks and tub/shower.
  • Yard maintained by landlord.
  • Excellent location near Colonial Park, West University Elementary School, the West University Public Library, the West University City Center, and the Medical Center.
  • Landlord is Roger Martin of Roger Martin Properties. Listing agent is related to landlord.

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July 8, 2016

1716 Dart Street | LEASED in Sawyer Heights!

1716 Dart Street is a beautiful freestanding townhome located in the desirable Sawyer Heights area north of Downtown. This 4-story home has a tankless hot water heater, great natural lighting, a spectacular view of the Downtown skyline and more! 

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,418 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,487 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • Sale MLS #75288469
  • Lease MLS #6933541


  • General features include hardwood floors, granite counters, oversized windows and tall ceilings.
  • Eco-Friendly! Tankless hot water heater, radiant barrier, and high efficiency HVAC system.
  • Beautiful first floor entrance with wrought-iron railings and hardwood stairs.
  • Spacious first floor bedroom with its own full bathroom. Flexible space, could be a bedroom, study, or home office.
  • Open living area with tall 12' ceilings and a gas log fireplace. Great natural lighting.
  • Dining area off of the kitchen with plenty of space for a full sized table and chairs.
  • Open concept kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters.
  • Oversized third floor master bedroom with two walk-in closets. Master bathroom has separate tub and shower and granite counters.
  • Third bedroom, also on the third floor, has its own full bathroom.
  • Fourth floor flex-space. Currently used as a library. Leads to the rooftop deck.
  • Large rooftop deck is great for a quiet cup of coffee or dinner. Spectacular view of the Downtown skyline, and a perfect place to watch fireworks from!

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July 7, 2016

Historical Houston | The Galleria/Uptown Area

This Houston Public Media video, although slightly, is a fascinating look a the history of Houston's west side, as it transitioned from prairie and vegetable farms to the urban center known today as Uptown. 

The two best quotes...

  • In 1948, a local reported described the roads in the Uptown/Galleria area as "... lonely, unlit, pockmarked booby traps for nocturnal animals and boozed up motorists."  Possibly still some truth in that statement!
  • And when Loop 610 was opened, "Houston residents believed that there would be no more conjested streets and traffic jams on the west side." Nope, then got that one dead wrong!  

Enjoy this look at Historic Houston! 

June 30, 2016

4018 University Boulevard | LEASED in West University Place!

4018 University Boulevard is a charming three bedroom, two full bath brick cottage located in the heart of West University Place. 

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,595 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,188 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Listed by Christopher Martin
  • MLS #94341994
  • Leased for: $3,600/mo


  • Great natural lighting, hardwood flooring, plantation shutters and crown moldings throughout the home.
  • Large combined living/dining area offers plenty of space for furniture and sideboards.
  • Tiled kitchen with a Kenmore refrigerator,  a Kenmore electric stove/oven, an under-counter mounted Whirlpool microwave, and a Maytag dishwasher. 
  • Space built off of the kitchen is good for use as a breakfast or sitting area. Utility area behind louvered doors has enough space for a full size washer and dryer.
  • Large master bedroom. En suite master bath with a shower/tub combination.
  • Two spacious secondary bedrooms share a full hall bath.
  • Charming backyard with a brick patio.
  • Excellent location close to Colonial Park, West University Elementary School, the West University Public Library, and the West University City Center.

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