Roger Martin and Life in the Loop

 

March 29, 2016

Village News | Roger Martin on Home Sales

Roger Martin, President of Roger Martin Properties, was featured in the Village News and Southwest News’ recent Home Improvements special edition in the Looking at the Market: Remodeling Permits & Home Sales.  He was quoted, “I think the new construction market in West University is strong.”

“MLS shows there are 78 single family homes as active, 27 of those are new construction of various stages. Some have not broken ground, some have just finished completion. That figure does not reflect homes going up as custom and are not for sale.  I think all together there are about 60 homes in various stages. My gut reaction is we are about where we were last year at this time.  We do still get calls from builders looking for lots and individuals wanting lots.”

Martin cautions, “Always be careful of statistics. One reason for slower reported sales is lack of inventory. If it’s not available, it is not being sold.”

March 28, 2016

Nourish: Rice Design Alliance's 2016 Architecture Tour

Calling all House Tour and Farmers Market fans! The Rice Design Alliance is holding their 41st Annual Architecture Tour on Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th. The tour, dubbed "Nourish", focuses on six homes with edible gardens.

 

Please attend—it’s always a popular tour and the RDA’s biggest annual membership event.  Encourage your friends and family to see some very interesting houses and gardens.

If you are not a member, the best deal is a ticket for $35 along with a one-year e-membership.  If you are already an RDA member, you can purchase tickets for $25 each using the link below.  

The Rice Design Alliance, founded in 1972, is "dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston." Members include architects (of course), but also anyone interested in the quality of life in Houston.  And Roger Martin Properties is pleased to be the newest corporate member of the Rice Design Alliance!

Enjoy and hope to see you that weekend!

Posted in Life in West U
March 28, 2016

West U Parks | Award for Excellence

The Texas Recreation and Park Society Institute honored the City of West University Place with its most prestigious award this month at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  West University Place is the only city with a population under 20,000 to be given this designation this year.

In receiving the Gold Medal Award, West University City Manager M. Christopher Peifer said, “The City of West University Place is so very honored to receive this recognition for the forethought of its elected officials and appointed board members over the years.

“Our residents value our parks and programs and have been extraordinarily philanthropic in support them in both in their volunteerism; as well as, their financial donations,” he says. “I am proud of the unceasing efforts of staff to create a premier program for a premier city.”

The statewide Gold Medal Award honors communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, community programs and events, environmental stewardship, program development, marketing and promotional efforts.  Award nominees are measured on the ability to address the needs of those they serve, and in West U, this includes many families with young children, seniors and those taking advantage of quality of life and continued health improvement offerings.

 

March 28, 2016

6339 Buffalo Speedway | FOR SALE in West University Place!

6339 Buffalo Speedway is an exceptional home in the heart of West University Place. With hundred year old reclaimed lead glass doors, a gorgeous pool, dual master bedroom suites, and extensive fine finishes throughout, this estate-style home needs to be seen to be appreciated!

Property Information

  • House Size: 9,230 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 20,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 8 full, 1 half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 46069694

Features

  • Circular driveway, covered portico, wrought iron balcony, and wooden columns.
  • Dual staircase entry way with marble flooring, Gracie wall paneling, and a Waterford chandelier.
  • Formal living room with five inch hardwoods accented with a herringbone pattern, double-sided gas fireplace (shared with the music room) with a marble surround.
  • Music room with hardwood floors, brass and crystal fireplaces, Waterford chandelier, and fireplace.
  • Dining room with Gracie wall panels, Waterford chandelier, and crystal wall sconces. Overlooks the backyard and informal living room.
  • Downstairs kitchen designed for entertaining and banquets. 'Dutch' door opens to full bar area with dual height granite counters, seating, and access to the den and dining room.
  • Upstairs game room and media area. Stained glass ceiling inlay, plentiful storage, hand carved columns, detailed semi-circle lattice, and stained glass inlays. Loggia area with wall of windows overlooking the backyard, opens to billiards room.
  • Two luxurious master bedroom suites, one upstairs and the other down.
  • Lushly landscaped backyard has a beautiful pool, waterfall, pool-side patio and gazebo. A private oasis in West University Place.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

March 25, 2016

915 W Heights Hollow | SOLD in Memorial Heights!

915 W Heights Hollow is a stunning end-unit townhome with a great location near Downtown, the Galleria, and the Medical Center. This home has tons of great upgrades such as hickory hardwood floors and granite counters.

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,431 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,630 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 full
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS # 68040191
  • SOLD FOR: $295,000

Features

  • General upgrades include hickory hardwood flooring on the upper floor, granite counters, fresh paint inside and out, and Elfa shelving systems in the closets.
  • Oversized first floor master bedroom suite. New carpet, plantation shutters, and a door to the bistro patio. Master bath has a garden tub/shower.
  • Spacious second floor living and dining area. Hardwood floors, custom-built block paneling on breakfast bar. Lots of space for entertaining.
  • Galley-style open concept kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.
  • Guest bedroom with hickory hardwood floors, new ceiling fan, plantation shutters, and walk-in closet. Could easily be used as an office as well.
  • Single car garage with large custom storage cabinet and plenty of space for an SUV.
  • Yard maintained by HOA. HOA Fee is $800 annual.
  • Great location close to trendy restaurants, Downtown, the Galleria, and the Medical Center.

>More Great Homes for Sale in Memorial Heights/Rice Military

March 22, 2016

Welcome Traci Angelelli!

Traci Angelelli, Sales Associate at Roger Martin PropertiesRoger Martin Properties welcomes REALTOR Traci Angelelli, a proud University of Houston graduate with a degree in Political Science.  Traci enjoys travel, Italian cooking and  white water rafting with her two daughters, Alix and Madilyn in Colorado.

"In my life, I'm a caregiver, so taking care of people is very important to me," says Traci.  She brings those skills to her customers at a G8 level.  A native Houstonian, Traci is intimately familiar with the vast selection of cozy neighborhoods throughout the city.  Her mentor is her grandmother, Lauretta Butler, who came to Houston from Oklahoma.

"She taught me how to be a strong woman," says Traci.  "She had so much integrity - she taught me the importance of doing what's right, no matter how tough that might be.  She was self-sufficient - she took care of herself and she made sure she took care of her family."

"I understand that the right house is essential for meeting a family's needs," Traci says. "I spend a lot of time talking with my customers about their priorities in a home.  

Email Traci at traci@rogermartin.com.

 

March 16, 2016

Sachin Chowdry | Speaker at Cameron School of Business

Sachin Chowdhry - speaking at Cameron School of BusinessSales Associate Sachin Chowdry recently inspired a group of young business students at the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas.

Sachin was quoted as saying, "Don't say why me?  Say try me!"  

Works for real estate, too!

<<Full Article>>

March 16, 2016

2924 Jackson | SOLD in Midtown!

2924 Jackson Street is an upgraded townhome located in Baldwin Court. With over $78,000 in renovations done by its original owners, an open first floor living, dining, and kitchen, and great touches throughout the home such as engineered hardwood floors, granite counters, and neutral wall colors, this home is move-in ready!

Please Click Here for a virtual tour of the home!

Property Information

  • Home Size: 1,682 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,770 sq ft.
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #8156174
  • SOLD FOR: 315,000

Features

  • Well-manicured front yard, wrought iron fence. Mature live oak trees out front along street.
  • Recently renovated with over $78,000 in upgrades.
  • Stained solid wood front door. Engineered hardwood floors, high ceilings with recessed light throughout house. Neutral colors.
  • Spacious first floor open living, dining and kitchen area. Granite surround wood-burning fireplace, bay window.
  • Upgraded kitchen. Frosted glass front lit cabinets, breakfast bar, granite counters with coordinated back splash, stainless steel appliances, pendent lighting, and a nice sized pantry.
  • Second electric oven, electric range, and microwave in the garage.
  • Large second floor master bedroom with 10' coved ceiling with recessed lights.
  • Master bath features granite counters, raised bowl sink, and a large walk-in closet.
  • Second bedroom has a walk-in closet and great natural light. The full bath's finishes include granite counters and a raised bowl sink.
  • Second floor hall utility area.
  • Common area green space. Conveniently located driveway with space to park another vehicle, work, or play!

>More Great Midtown Homes for Sale

 

March 7, 2016

Welcome Sachin Chowdhry!

Sachin Chowdhry, Sales Associate at Roger Martin Properties, Houston, TX 77005Roger Martin Properties is pleased to welcome Sachin Chowdry to our increasingly-international team.  "We are seeing growth in our international client base, and we are pleased to have an agent with experience in relocating clients from overseas," says Roger Martin, President of Roger Martin Properties. "Sachin brings an international business perspective."

Sachin Chowdry was born in Bhilai, India. After obtaining degrees in business and commerce in New Delhi, Sachin graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Sachin was responsible for exploring and developing new global markets for Filte SPA, an internationally respected Italian fabric manufacturer. As Director of Marketing and Sales, Sachin traveled throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Middle East.

In 2001, an international trading firm relocated Sachin and his wife Daisy, a respected artist, to Houston, where he bought his first home in the City of West University Place.  His children graduated from West U Elementary, Lanier and Lamar so he is familiar with some of the best schools in the Houston Independent School District.  His daughter Nivriti is in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University, earning her Ph.D. in marketing.  Sachin’s son is studying at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland, founded in 1893 and one of the top hospitality education schools in the world.

As Sachin became immersed in the Houston business community, he opened his own financial and management firm for small businesses, restructuring at-risk companies facing bankruptcy and managing businesses during hostile takeovers and mergers.  He enjoys helping clients achieve their dreams.

Sachin began his real estate career as a property manager for a portfolio of 120 residential properties. He has since expanded from managing and leasing to real estate sales.

He already knows and understands the needs of the Houston community because he and his wife, Daisy, have owned the Monart School of Art in the Bellaire/West U area for nine years.  Monart offers open studio and private classes for students aged three and up.  At Monart, students can enroll for the term or by each class and access the studio to work on their personal artwork. Here, young artists develop their portfolios and strengthen specific skills in computer Illustration, animation, game design, and Sculptris, a great tool for creating characters and life-like models.

March 7, 2016

The Unexpected Garden

Ann Martin in her Container Garden, Houston, TX 77005Ann Martin finds that the patience and watchfulness make her garden grow.  That and a lot of Texas ingenuity. “The sage and thyme don’t like growing in Houston, so I mulch with limestone or marble chips so they think they are in the Hill Country,” says Martin, VP of Roger Martin Properties. “The stone keeps the humidity down so they can make it through the summer.”

She taken space on the edges of her driveway that an architect would most likely not use and brought in pots for basil, oregano, bird feeders, and marigolds to create an oasis of green that greets her every time she approaches home.


Ann Martin examines the olive tree in her driveway-side container gardenMartin has an olive tree that she and her husband Roger bought after a trip to Spain, a Meyer lemon tree that was a gift from a client and a far ranging selection of lettuces, kale and green onions that find their way to her dinner table nightly. A rich fuchsia bougainvillea blooms within a giant rosemary bush, one that Martin nurtured from a small holiday tree.

“The way the sun falls, it’s been fun discovering microclimates within the garden. I move the pots around to determine where they are the happiest,” Martin says.

A cedar picnic bench sits under a yellow teacup birdfeeder at the top of the drive.


Rosmary and Bounganvillea from a Houston, TX 77005 container gardern“Old-fashioned roses edge the perimeter, because they are Roger’s favorite flower and he loves their fragrance,” she says. ” I add more herbs each week,” she says.

The garden is an extension of Martin’s hunter/gatherer persona.  She shares everything she grows – with her church, with her breakfast club, with her family and friends.  If the shelves at the supermarket were suddenly wiped out, Martin would still find a way to provide. 

Marcus Cicero once said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”  Martin agrees.