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April 15, 2016

10811 Greenwillow #3 | SOLD in Willow Meadows!

10811 Greenwillow Street #3

10811 Greenwillow Street #3 is an adorable townhome with many upgrades such as hardwood floors, new carpet, granite counters, and fresh paint. This property has a great location near NRG Stadium, the Medical Center, and the Galleria. 

Property Information

  • SOLD FOR: $218,000
  • House Size: 1,846 sq ft
  • Lot Size:1,764 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS #22321833

Features

  • General upgrades include hardwood floors, new carpet, granite counters, and fresh paint.
  • Spacious living room with floor to ceiling windows opens into the dining room. Corner wood burning fireplace.
  • Downstairs Master Bedroom suite with great natural lighting. New carpet, sliding glass door leads out onto patio. New granite counters in bath.
  • Wet bar off of the dining area for easy entertaining!
  • Utility room with good cabinet storage space.
  • Large kitchen with granite counters and breakfast area.
  • Two bedrooms upstairs. Could also serve as office space or sitting rooms.
  • Intimate patio for backyard relaxation.
  • Community pool for those hot summer days.

>>See More Great Homes in Willow Meadows!>>

 

April 7, 2016

REALTORS Find Guild-ed Treasures

Gaye Jackson and Gretchen Morris display their outfits from The Charity Guild, Houston, TX 77006Roger Martin Properties welcomed Gaye Jackson, Executive Director of The Guild Shop at their recent Sales Meeting. Jackson and long-time volunteer Gretchen Morris discussed the many ways REALTORS and their clients can take advantage of the great deals found at The Guild Shop. For example, home buyers can furnish their new homes with bargains. And home sellers can donate/consign if they downsize...  Stagers often find treasures at The Guild Shop as well!

Jackson has returned to Houston from Dallas to bring some fresh ideas to her beloved boutique, which was recently named not only the Best Resale Shop, but also the Best Antique Store by the Houston Press.  Jackson raffled off a couple of gift certificates for The Guild Shop and invited the team to come in and browse the unbelievable deals.

The Guild Shop has recently had some very interesting donations. The family of Texas Commerce Bank’s former chairman, the late Ben Love, donated a green Masters' golf jacket from the 60s which they sold for $18,000.  As you know, those jackets are NEVER allowed outside the clubhouse in Augusta so this was quite a coup. The Love family received an $18K tax deduction, an extra bonus.

A maritime painting dropped off by an anonymous donor recently sold for $36,000.  It hung behind the register and was not selling there so Gaye sent it to an auction house in Boston.  The Guild Shop received $27K of the $38K - pure donation for their causes, which include Amazing Place, The Gathering and St. James House.  

Upcoming events include an evening of wine, cheese and appraisals with Antiques Road Show host David Lackey (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 28).  RSVP to Kathy@theguildshop.org or call 713.528.5095.  The Guild Shop's popular Sidewalk Sale is typically scheduled for the 8 am on the last Friday and Saturday of every month.  Most items at the Sidewalk Sale are priced at a mere $1. The Guild also plans to host a REALTOR’s event in the fall.

The Guild Shop, a charity of St John the Divine Episcopal Church, is currently in its 54th year of operations. All funds stay in our own community and are dedicated to serving the elders of Houston. The shop is staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, whose average age is 70 years old.  “We have been doing this together so long, we are family,” said Jackson. 

The Guild Shop is located at 2009 Dunlavy Street, Houston, TX 77006 and is open 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Mon-Fri and 10am to 2pm Saturday.

April 1, 2016

Roger Martin | HAR Top Producer 1st Quarter Buyers 2016

Roger Martin of Roger Martin PropertiesMany thanks to the Houston Association of Realtors, who has named me one of their first quarter 2016 Top Producers for my work with real estate buyers.  And thank you, also, to all my wonderful clients and friends who have made this award possible.

Roger Martin

March 29, 2016

The Happiest City in Texas | West University Place

Zippia recently surveyed 279 cities across the Lone Star State and found the City of West University Place to be the happiest place.

West U's Mayor Susan Sample says she is not surprised and well, she's happy about the selection.  Bellaire follows West U on the list at No. 2, with Colleyville at No. 3 and Greatwood, a golf-centric community off Interstate 59 South, checks in at No. 5. These suburban cities came in well above their Dallas sisters, namely Highland Park, which showed up at No. 7 and University Park at No. 10.

Zippia was founded in March of 2015 as a website that makes lists, all kinds of lists...the best careers, the worst careers, the most overpaid jobs, and the smartest cities.

What goes into West U's winning happiness quotient? Zippia tracked seven factors including: having an education, having a job, having a short commute, having a low cost of living, having a family, owning a home, and having a low poverty rate.

Click here to read the original article!

Posted in Life in West U
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.