Well done, Julie!
Roger Martin Properties
Well done, Julie!
Roger Martin Properties
Maude 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.
Roger Martin Properties
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.
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.
9806 Paddock Park Drive is a beautiful home located on a corner lot. Recently renovated and updated, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms.
What a charming West University Place bungalow, complete with front porch and swing! Full of character, this 2,707 square foot updated and expanded home includes four bedrooms (three of which are downstairs) and two baths. The updated kitchen has travertine floors, Corian counters, new stainless appliances, and a wine refrigerator. Beautiful hardwood, stone, and tile floors, a mock fireplace with electric logs and wooden mantle. Formal living and dining rooms with gracious plantation shutters. The huge upstairs master suite features a sitting room, large closets, and a bath with spa. Upstairs also has a study and media or game room. Partially-finished attic with A/C. Two car detached garage with workshop.
Beautifully landscaped 7,500 square foot treed lot. Front and back yards with iron gate, flagstone patio, mosquito and sprinkler system, as well as a new outdoor lighting system. Such a great location! Just a short walk from West University Elementary and only two blocks away from Colonial Park and pool.
What are West U lot prices doing now that the news is chock full of good real estate news? Lately, people have been rushing to declare the end of the real estate crunch. Here are some sample headlines….
Here in Houston – and specifically here in West University Place – we real estate professionals have seen the upward trend for quite some time. Check the graph above of West U lot prices to see how dramatically our land prices have risen recently…
Yes, raw land, buildable lots and tear-downs have all been selling briskly again. Most tellingly, I awakened recently to the growl of a bulldozer on my street. And that is the first time I have heard that distinctive noise since before the sub-prime market collapsed!
For more information on West U lot prices, please call Roger Martin Properties at 713-661-2300.
3759 Ingold Street is a 1940's house on a large Southside Place lot. The home was sold for a lot only.
What a pleasure it was to gather together in the home of artist Angela Dillon last week. The throng was a Who’s Who of Houston artists, gallery owners, architects and real estate professionals. The setting, too, was as unique as the crowd.
Angela was born in Campeche, Mexico and studied art in Bogota, Aberdeen and London. She has exhibited her paintings worldwide, including Houston, Galveston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, London, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Angela is a member of the Executive Committee of the Latinas Art Council of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Seeing Angela in the setting of her home and studio was just a bit like visiting Giverny in order to appreciate Monet and his artwork. Angela describes herself as “umbilically attached” to the colors and textures of her Mexican homeland. Beyond the serene contemporary facade of her West U home lies a riotous kaleidoscope of color, pattern and texture. This soaring loft-like space is her real working painter’s studio. It is layered with Angela’s eclectic collection of folk art (everything from African masks to Egyptian textiles) which she has assembled throughout her world-wide travels. Her canvases are spectacular in themselves -- but even humble, everyday objects such as lampshades, wastebaskets and sangria pitchers have been given the artist’s embellishment. These objects are always in use, so the collection is fresh, ever-changing and always visually interesting.
Thank you, Angela Dillon, for sharing the vibrant tapestry of your home and life with us.
Ahhh... the way we were back at Carriage Realty!
Last week I closed a transaction at the office of Jim Wolf, from Charter Title. He slipped me this photo from - well, I'm not sure how old this photo is, but we've got to be counting in decades instead of years.
This snapshot was taken shortly after I moved to Houston, while Jim and I were both working at Carriage Realty on Hillcroft. I am the tall guy in the back row, with the red hair and beard. Jim is number 4, with his college athletic sweater under his business coat.
Thank you, Jim, for this trip down memory lane!