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Nov. 27, 2012

Golden Sun and the Golden Mean - by Mallory Agerton

Golden Sun by Mallory Agerton

Many thanks to Mallory Agerton, one of our talented West University Place artists, for contributing this guest post.

"Golden Sun is just off the easel, depicting a quiet moment when the sun slips down through the trees, and work is done for the day.  As a child my family went often to San Marcos on weekends to stay in the old caretaker's cabin by the river on Aunt Doris' farm.  My dad was a doctor, and we'd leave Houston after he'd finished seeing his last patient.  After passing through the city limits, we'd come to the gentle rolling hills of Brookshire.  He would relax, the sun would hover over the tree tops, and then descend rapidly covering the landscape in "blue dark."  With the classical music my father loved so dearly playing on the radio, I  would watch the hills flowing by, punctuated lacy trees and pastures.  I hope that my landscapes will connect you to your own memories of peaceful times.

A friend asked why my paintings have such a feeling of the idyllic.  One of the reasons why is that I use the proportion of the Golden Mean in planning compositions. The Golden Mean is a mathmetical relationship, 1 to 1.618. It was discovered by Pythagoras, and was used by the archictects of the Parthenon, Leonardo DaVinci, landscape painter George Inness, and many others.  Our credit cards have that proportion, and even many of the bones in the human body are formed in the Golden Mean. The proportion is found through out all of nature.

In "Golden Sun,"  the ratio of the heighth to the width of the canvas is 1 to 1.618, and the position of the sun in the painting is both horizontally and vertically on the the Golden Mean. Thus, the composition feels right to the viewer. While I often measure with a ruler, I also have calipers designed to locate The Golden Mean.  Frequently I will place the horizon line or the tops of the trees on The Golden Mean in a painting as well.

If you are curious about The Golden Mean, you might like to watch this video.

On another note, my painting of angels, "Be Not Afraid will be at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Art for the next couple of years.  It is not on display yet, but will be soon. The museum has a fine collection of  Christian and Jewish art, including works from the Renaissance and Medieval periods and all the way to the present.  You can read about the project here.

To see more of my works, you can visit my online portfolio at malloryagerton.com. I greatly appreciate your allowing me to share my art and my thoughts with you, and hope you will share yours with me."

Mallory Agerton, malloryagerton.com

 

 

Posted in Art in West U
Nov. 9, 2012

5904 Community Dr - SOLD in West University Place

904 Community Dr is a custom-built Hill Country retreat in the City of West University Place! This four bedroom, 2.5 bath home features limestone walls, a standing-seam tin roof, recessed lighting, surround sound, and stained concrete floors. The home was built by Tom Tynen and includes high ceilings, built-in cherry-stained cupboards and shelves, and much, much more. 

he vaulted entry is a gorgeous combination of limestone and wood. The living room is flooded with natural light. The dining room of 5904 Community Dr features views to the lush backyard and includes a built-in buffet topped with granite and display shelves. The island kitchen has glass-front cupboards, granite counters, and slate backsplash. The kitchen is well-appointed, with stainless steel appliances, a gas cooktop, plentiful storage, generous counter space, and a dine-in breakfast bar.  An enclosed sun room gives wrap-around views of the backyard, and also features a corner fireplace faced with Austin Chalk Facade.

he downstairs master suite has a large walk-in closet and built-in custom shelving. The master bath includes custom cupboards, granite counters and a walk-in frameless shower with a shower bench.  A slate-and-stone stairway leads to the three upstairs bedrooms, with their shared bathroom.

he over-sized lot is beautifully landscaped, including a flagstone patio, a lily pond, and a stone pathway. The backyard potting shed comes with a sink and lots of hooks for storage. 5904 Community Dr was built in 2005 and is in excellent condition. The home is a short walk or bike trip and to Colonial Park, Colonial Pool, the West University Library, and West University Elementary School.

 

Property Information

  • Sold For: $649,000
  • House Size: 3,287 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 8.933 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #10201656

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Nov. 5, 2012

3611 Bellefontaine St - SOLD in Braeswood Place

3611 Bellefontaine St is a traditional 4 bedroom , 2.5 bath home with a garage apartment located within walkind distance of Mark Twain Elementray, Pershing Middle School, the YMCA and the library.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $661,000
  • House Size: 2,608 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,875 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4 or 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • MLS #92927534

Features

  • Garage apartment
  • Energy-efficient windows
  • Recent roof (2011)

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Oct. 30, 2012

4236 Sunset Boulevard - SOLD in West University Place

4236 Sunset Boulevard is a beautiful traditional home with 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an upstairs game room. Features include a two story entryway that opens to the formal living and dining rooms.  The master bedroom suite on the first floor, and there are hardwood floors and lush landscaping.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $629,540
  • House Size: 2,978 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3 or 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 88532445

Features

  • 3 to 4 Bedrooms and 2.5 baths
  • Two story open entryway
  • Hardwoods, gas log fireplace
  • Island kitchen, granite counters, stainless steel appliances
  • Master bath with separate shower, two sinks, claw-foot tub, and leaded glass windows
  • Upstairs game room
  • Brick paved patio with lush landscaping

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Oct. 18, 2012

4116 Coleridge Street - SOLD in West University Place

4116 Coleridge Street is a beautifully-maintained, four-bedroom home located on an oversized lot. Features include high ceilings with walls of glass overlook the gorgeous backyard, upstairs game room, and a deck with wrap-around seating.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $852,500
  • House Size: 3,579 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,200 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 38108974

Features

  • Formals, hardoowds
  • Master suite and study down
  • Three bedrooms plus game room and study up
  • Granite and tile kitchen
  • Cedar closet, floored attic storage
  • Deck with wrap-around seating

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Oct. 12, 2012

2314 Dorrington St #D - SOLD in the Museum District

2314 Dorrington St

2314 Dorrington Street is a 3 story townhome near Rice Village and the Medical Center.  The home has second floor living areas and a soft contemporary feel.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $423,050
  • House Size: 2,597 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,833 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Buyer Represented by Roger Martin
  • MLS #92574923

Features

  • Gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless, gas.
  • Gaslog fireplace in Living area
  • Built-in wine cooler
  • Balconies

>More Great Museum District Homes for Sale

 

Sept. 30, 2012

Julie Webber - HAR Top Producer 3rd Quarter 2012

Julie Webber, Sales Associate with Roger Martin PropertiesCongratulations to Julie Webber!  The Houston Association of Realtors has named Julie a Top Producer real estate agent for the first quarter of 2012.  Julie is a Sales Associate at Roger Martin Properties, and HAR has recognized for her work with home buyers.

Well done, Julie!

Roger Martin

Roger Martin Properties

Sept. 27, 2012

"Maude Brown's Baby" by Richard Cunningham

Maude Brown's Baby by Richard CunninghamMaude Brown's Baby is a delightful first novel by local West University Place author Richard Cunningham.  The book is an historical murder mystery set in Houston and Galveston during World War I.  Richard was inspired to write this book by an actual photograph.

I adore historical novels, so this book was an enjoyable read for me.  But like a roman a clef, the extra special fun is in spotting the local landmarks and events.  I was completely hooked when I read this...

"Them cups? They was the first things I remember buyin' when we come here from Galveston after the Great Storm." Clarence raised his voice so Naomi could hear. "Remember, Mama? That feed store over on Washington had 'em two for a nickel... "

Of course, we MUST be talking about the Wabash Antiques and Feed Store, located at 5701 Washington, right???  Which is incidentally one of Houston's Best Kept Secrets, and probably the only place within spitting distance of downtown Houston where you can still buy roosters, feed and hay.

In Maude Brown's Baby, two of the characters work as photographers for the Houston Chronicle at Travis and Texas, which is still occupied by its massive printing presses.  The reporters write their articles on classic Underwood typewriters, of course.  Troop trains full of wounded soldiers from the battles in Europe disembark at the old Union Station, now the site of Minute Maid Park.  The Fourth Ward, Freedman's Town, white mansions in the Heights, and the Interurban Trolley all wind their way through the story line.  In 1918, Galveston is just a short train-ride away.  The Galveston Seawall is under construction, and the town's honkey-tonk industry is beginning to organize itself along mafia lines.

I highly recommend Maude Brown's Baby, both for the story itself, and for its backwards glimpse of a youthful Houston and Galveston.

Ann Martin

Roger Martin Properties 

Posted in What West U Reads
Sept. 21, 2012

4011 Bellefontaine Unit A - SOLD in Braeswood Place

4011 Bellefontaine Unit A is a beautiful three bedroom, three and a half bath townhome. This three story townhome's features include triple crown molding, wood catinets, include plantation shutters, among others. 

Property Information

  • Sold For: $370,000
  • House Size: 2,224 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,595 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • MLS # 66864549

Features

  • Gated access
  • Crown moldings, hardwoods
  • Plantation shutters throughout
  • Island kitchen, granite counters, stianless steel appliances
  • Convenient location to Pershing Middle School, Rice University, Texas Medical Center, YMCA, and Stella Link Library

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Aug. 31, 2012

2121 Kirby #10 SE - SOLD in the Huntingdon, Houston, TX

Huntingdon Logo

2121 Kirby Dr #10SE is high-rise living at its best!  This exquisite residence is located in The Huntingdon and features an updated granite kitchen, inlaid walnut floors, cherry wainscoting, antique pine paneling, and views of downtown.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $Call for Price
  • House Size:  3,679 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Parking: 4
  • Buyer Represented by: Julie Webber 
  • MLS #80321427

Features

  • Updated kitchen with granite counters and stone floor
  • Inlaid walnut floors, cherry wainscoting and antique pine paneling.
  • His 'n hers master baths
  • Slate terrace with stone planters and benches.  Downtown views.

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