Many 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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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!
House Size: 9,230 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,000 sq ft
Bathrooms: 8 full, 1 half
Listed by Roger Martin
MLS # 46069694
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.
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.
House Size: 1,431 sq ft
Lot Size: 1,630 sq ft
Bathrooms: 2 full
Listed by John Marshall
MLS # 68040191
SOLD FOR: $295,000
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.
Roger 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.
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!