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April 26, 2016

2423 Wentworth Oaks Court | SOLD in League City!

2423 Wentworth Oaks Court is beautiful patio home located in the gated golf course community of Fairway Pointe. With lush, mature landscaping, this jewel of a two bedroom home is located in a park-like setting amidst the South Shore Country Club Golf Course.

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,714 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5,983 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Jim Barker
  • MLS #8325880
  • SOLD FOR: $232,500 

Features

  • New carpeting, new paint, ten foot tall ceilings, and deep crown moldings.
  • Tiled front living area with floor outlets, and entry closet. Open floorplan to kitchen and dining area.
  • Dining area has chair molding, crown moldings, and a ten foot tall ceiling.
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar. 42" cabinets, five burner cooktop, and large pantry. Under-counter cabinets are all custom pull-out design for easy access. Washer and dryer behind louvered doors.
  • Large master bedroom with large wall of windows overlooking the backdoor, allowing for plentiful natural light. Tall ceiling with crown moldings.
  • Master bathroom has double sink, a jet tub, a separate shower, and a large walk-in closet.
  • Den/Playroom could easily be a third bedroom with the addition of a wall to close the room off.
  • Lush backyard landscaping. Large enough for a pool, well-maintained with an auto-sprinkler system. Pergola covered patio is great for relaxing.
  • Gated subdivision with entry controlled by individual access codes and remote controls for property owners. Fairway Pointe is located amidst the South Shore Country Club Golf Course.

April 15, 2016

1138 Oxford Street | SOLD in the Heights!

1138 Oxford Street is a beautiful four bedroom home located in the Heights. This well-maintained property has four bedrooms, three full baths, one half bath. Formal living and dining room, family room, and game room.

Please click HERE to enjoy a virtual tour of the home!

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,886 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 3,327 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #7262547
  • Sold For: $735,000

Features

  • Wrought iron privacy fence and wide front porch with lots of room for chairs and porch swings. Street is lined with beautiful mature trees.
  • Open floor plan with front formal living and dining rooms. Gas log fireplace, leaded glass front door, stained glass accent pieces. Plantation shutters downstairs.
  • Formal dining room has block paneling, extensive crown moldings, and elegant light fixtures.
  • Open island kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, plentiful storage, and see-through cabinets. Kitchen includes a secretary area with glass front cabinets and a desk for computer work. Breakfast bar overlooks breakfast room and family room.
  • Breakfast room has French doors leading to the deck, beautiful hardwood floors, and back stairs leading to the fourth bedroom, game room, and a full bath.
  • Family room with terrific built-ins and large windows for natural lighting. Open floor plan.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite with convenient built-ins, coved ceiling, hardwood floors and a large walk-in closet. 
  • Master bath has a frameless shower, jet tub, and double sinks. Oiled bronze hardware. Stained glass privacy window.
  • Second and third bedrooms share a Hollywood-style bathroom. Both are spacious with good closet space and new carpet.
  • Game room has a full bath with access to the fourth "nanny" bedroom. Built-ins make the bedroom suitable as a small office as well.
  • Second floor utility room. Front loading washer and dryer remain. Separate sink, cabinet space, and broom closet storage.
  • Full sized covered back deck adds additional space. Plenty of room for an outside grill, chairs, and tables!

>More Great Heights Homes for Sale

April 15, 2016

3914 Marquette | LEASED in West University Place

3914 Marquette Street is a charming, well-maintained West University Place cottage now available for lease. This home features hardwoods, a combo living and dining area, three well-sized bedrooms, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,382 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 66095623

Features

  • Front porch with porch swing. Long driveway with a single car garage.
  • Spacious combo living and dining room. Beautiful hardwood floors, fireplace, and large windows to for natural lighting.
  • Lovely kitchen with a butcher block island, glass front storage, tile backsplash, built-in oven and microwave, and plenty of storage and work space. The refrigerator remains.
  • Breakfast room with washer and driver behind louvered doors.
  • Master Bedroom with French doors overlooking the backyard. Spacious dimensions offer plenty of options for furniture placement. Hardwood floors.
  • Second front bedroom currently in use as a home office. Has access to one of the home's full baths.
  • Third bedroom opens to the living and dining room and shares the full bath with the front bedroom. 
  • Large backyard, great for gardening and barbecue.
  • Wonderful location in West University Place near Colonial Park.
  • Zoned to West University Place Elementary.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

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.