Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


April 25, 2015

Patrick Palmer | Studio Exhibit

Patrick Palmer - Family Bond IIPatrick Palmer Studio Tour

Such an interesting evening! A friend and I toured the art studio of Patrick Palmer. Patrick is the Dean of the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and a prominent member of the Houston art community.

Patrick's current exhibition is titled "Memory Grids" and (as is typical of his painting style) features heads...  Lots and lots and LOTS of heads.  Says Patrick, "Simply put, I love to paint;  I really love to paint the human head."  The painting pictured here is called "Memory Bond II".  To me it illustrates how all of us carry people from our past around with us in our daily lives.

Thank you, Patrick! It was fascinating to see your artwork, in the place where it was created, and to hear it discussed from your own point of view.

Ann Martin

Posted in Art in West U
April 24, 2015

5644 Auden Street | LEASED in West University Place, TX!

5644 Auden Street is a charming three bedroom, two full bathroom home located in West University Place, TX. With a location in the middle of West University Place that can't be beat, this impeccably maintained home will be available for lease on June 1st, 2015.

Property Information

  • Leased for: $4,200/mo
  • House Size: 2,028 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,050 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #12452424


  • Formal living and dining rooms with hardwoods and crown molding.
  • Kitchen with Corian counters, good storage, stainless steel Jennaire gas range, oven, and dishwasher. Refrigerator.
  • Breakfast area and den open to kitchen.
  • Additional room off of entry perfect for an office, study, or music room.
  • Master bedroom with hardwood floors, French doors, vaulted ceiling, and 'California' closets. 
  • Master Bathroom has a large tub, a separate shower, and double sinks.
  • Additional bedrooms have lovely hardwoods, share a hall bath.
  • Generously sized backyard with a deck.
  • Nice location near West University Elementary, downtown West University Place, West University Library.

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April 21, 2015

2901 Wroxton | SOLD in West University Place, TX!

2901 Wroxton Road is an exquisite traditional brick home located on a quiet, well-established street. This family home has been meticulously maintained and updated, combining the grace of vintage looks with the charm of modern amenities.

>See Photos, Maps and List Price

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,097 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,090 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4 or 5
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Dede Aronack
  • MLS #78463844
  • SOLD FOR:  $1,351,250


  • Fully gated with a custom wrought iron double door gate.
  • Entrance foyer with original wood floors, custom iron stair railings, storage area, and half bath.
  • Large, open family room with stone accented fireplace and sitting room overlooking pool and gardens.
  • Dining room with custom built-in pull out storage, dry bar with granite counters, and spectacular view of the backyard.
  • Kitchen with built-in sub zero fridge, large six burner gas cooktop, and oversize convection oven. Bar with under-counter storage space.
  • Spacious master bedroom with a treetop view, plantation shutters, and gleaming hardwood floors. Also has a sitting area, perfect for a reading nook or office.
  • Master bathroom features a deep soaking whirlpool tub, an extra deep glass-enclosed shower, marble vanity with double sinks, and walk-in closet with built-ins. Also a laundry area, with space for a stackable washer and dryer.
  • Secondary bedroom with hardwood floors, tons of natural lighting, and a walk-in closet. En suite bathroom with an updated glass-enclosed shower, marble countertops, and lots of storage space.
  • Other treetop bedrooms have carpeting, built-in closet systems, and natural lighting. One of the bedrooms has extra space perfect for an entertainment or office area. 
  • Completely renovated quarters. Wide open spaces, hardwoods, fully floored, full bathroom. Kitchenette was removed, but can be replaced (Please direct inquiries to the listing agent).
  • Beautiful backyard pool and gardens. Updated pool area has water fall and hot tub. Patio porch and pergola are perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Cabana with half bath.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

April 21, 2015

6000 Reims #2204 | SOLD in Sharpstown, Houston TX!

6000 Reims Road, Unit 2204, is one of the best kept secrets in Houston! This is a great complex with a 24 hour manned guard gate. This spacious condo has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a half bath, and a 2-car attached garage.

>See Photos, Maps and List Price

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,640 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS #20500255
  • SOLD FOR: $110,000


  • Great condo complex with two pools and 24 hour manned gate. Excellent, active HOA with reasonable fees. Plenty of guest parking.
  • Living/Dining area leads onto a fenced patio overlooking the pool.
  • Large 'galley'-style kitchen.
  • Extra-large master bedroom with wood-burning fireplace, huge closet. Master bathroom with double sinks, shower, and jacuzzi tub.
  • Large second bedroom has nice natural lighting,as well as its own en-suite bathroom.
  • Attached 2 car garage.
March 13, 2015

Home Improvements ROI

Cost vs Value for Various Home Improvements

Homeowners frequently wonder "Is this home upgrade project worth it?" Many thanks to the folks at Hanley Wood LLC who have answered this question for 2014.  I love how some of the simplest improvements (a new front door) can have the most impact! Of course, most of us do these upgrades for our own use and pleasure - not for the next owner! But it is good to know where we can best invest our home improvement dollars.

Roger Martin

March 3, 2015

5439 Cheena Drive | SOLD in Marilyn Estates, Houston TX!

5439 Cheena Drive is a stunning home in a great neighborhood. Recently updated (Per the owners) and Offering both formals with wood floors, warm kitchen with SS appliances, large Den with access to large outdoor screen porch,  impressive room sizes for everyone including a study/office/sitting room off the master bedroom and even more.

Property Information

  • SOLD FOR: $479,000
  • House Size: 2,332 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 9,600 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3 or 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Dede Aronack
  • MLS #55138884


  • Recently updated in 2009 (per seller).
  • Impressive room sizes with elegant features throughout the house.
  • Stainless steel kitchen with granite counters and travertine tiles. Kitchen opens to a casual dining and bar area just off of the den.
  • Large, spacious den with travertine tiles.
  • Living and dining rooms are well lit by natural light and have impressive hardwood flooring.
  • Master bedroom is quiet and bright, with a spacious walk-in closet.
  • Master bathroom has an oversized shower bay with designer tile, designer vanity with double sinks, and Venetian plaster walls.
  • Flexible room located off of the master suite. Currently used as a a study, but could easily be turned into a bedroom as it has its own walk-in closet.
  • Secondary bedrooms have large closets, natural lighting, and easy access to their shared full hall bathroom.
  • Gorgeous hall bathroom with a large vanity, slate tile, a whirlpool jet tub, and built out linen closet.
  • Gorgeous screened porch is great for entertaining, with slate flooring, bead board, fans, inset ceilings, and access to the den.
  • Large backyard.

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Feb. 24, 2015

6501 Westchester | SOLD in West University Place, TX!

6501 Westchester is a beautiful one-of-a-kind Southern California style home. Constructed in 2005 for the current owner, this 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath home offers exquisite finishes and a premier location in the heart of West University.

Property Information

  • House Size: 4,555 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 8,400 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #80210449
  • SOLD FOR: $1,849,000


  • Travertine and hardwood flooring, high ceilings, custom tile work, granite counters, and neutral colored hand laid plaster walls throughout the house.
  • Oversized entry porches with double-groin brick vault, gracious arched mahogany doors and windows. 
  • Downstairs living area, w/formal living and dining rooms as well as a family room and morning room. Two travertine stone fireplaces, beamed and barrel vault ceilings, clean architectural lines.
  • Gourmet kitchen w/stained wood cabinets, double Bosch dishwasher, double sub-zero refrigerators with freezer drawers, Wolf gas range with double oven plus a third full oven and a convection microwave. Built-in Meile coffee station.  Excellent granite and marble work spaces, including in the Butler's pantry, which also feature an ice maker and sub-zero wine refrigerator. 
  • Southern exposure morning room opens to stone patio and outdoor dining.
  • Upstairs hallway and master bedroom have dark-stained 6" wide plank wooden floors and coved ceiling. Master bedroom easily accommodates a king size bed and sitting room furniture. Second floor game room.
  • Large master bathroom with his-and-her marble counter, air tub, and a separate shower with double shower heads.
  • The additional bedrooms are all spacious and have their own walk-in closets. Fifth bedroom is on the third floor and has its own full bath, separate central air and heat. Currently used as a large study.

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Feb. 19, 2015

11503 Atwell Drive | SOLD in Westbury, Houston TX!

11503 Atwell Drive is a quaint home in the Brays Oaks section of Westbury. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home boasts a 9,360 square foot lot. With original hardwood flooring and an expansive backyard, this home is ready for entertaining guests!

Property Information

  • Sold for: $240,000
  • House Size: 1,806 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 9,360 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS #76243983


  • Entry foyer with antique light fixture.
  • Open den, dining room, and kitchen floorplan.
  • Original hardwood flooring.
  • Hall bath recently updated with granite and tile.
  • Expansive backyard great for entertaining or for installing a pool.
  • Excellent location in the midst of southwest Houston. Close to Downtown Houston, Meyerland Plaza, the Galleria, and the Texas Medical Center.

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Dec. 17, 2014

Roger Martin | HAR Top Producer 1st Qtr 2014

Roger Martin - 2014 Top Producer of HAR


Thank you to the Houston Association of Realtors, which has named me a Top Producer for the first quarter of 2014. And thanks as well to all my great listing clients who made this award possible!

Roger Martin

Roger Martin Properties

Dec. 10, 2014

2014 Holiday Luncheon

Staff and agents of Roger Martin Properties enjoy holiday luncheon


The agents and staff at Roger Martin Properties gathered in the Havana Room of El Meson Restaurant at 2425 University Boulevard, in Rice Village. Our annual holiday luncheon was celebrated with tapas and some Spanish rioja. Seated from right to left are:  SheRanda Samuel, John Marshall, Lee Trenholm, Ginny Hood, Roger Martin, Chris Martin, Diane Finch, Susan Hilliard, Dede Aronack, Cynthia Candela, JoAnna Ide, and Jane Jurgens. Notice that the plates are all empty - yum!