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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 

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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

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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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Aug. 21, 2012

9806 Paddock Park Drive - SOLD in 1960/Cypress

9806 Paddock Park Drive is a beautiful home located on a corner lot. Recently renovated and updated, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $133,00
  • House Size: 1,964 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,700 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS # 99884484

Features

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Downstairs master suite
  • Marble countertops in kitchen
  • Swimming pool, deck, and privacy fence
  • One block from Emmott Elementary School

>More Great Houston Homes for Sale

 

 

Aug. 20, 2012

4016 Amherst St - SOLD in West University Place

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.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $760,000
  • House Size: 2,707 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,500 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #76091043

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

 

Aug. 1, 2012

West U Lot Prices & the Real Estate Recovery

West U Lot PricesWhat 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….

  • Houston MLS Market Update, July 17, 2102 – Houston Home Sales and Pricing Reach New Heights in June. “Temperatures are not the only thing sizzling in June. Consumers snapped up homes at the greatest volume in nearly five years, pushing average and median prices to record high with increased volume in purchases of higher-end properties…”
  • USA Today, 7/18/2012 – Housing Starts in June Highest in Four Years“Housing starts jumped 6.9% in June to a 3 ½ -year high, underscoring the residential real estate’s slow recovery as a bright spot in a sputtering economy…”
  • Bloomberg L.P., July 23, 2012 – Goldman Sachs Sees Strong Recovery Starting for Housing “Housing has a ‘long list of positives’ including rising prices, job growth, supportive government policies and a decline in the so-called shadow inventory of homes… They raised their rating on the homebuilding industry to attractive from neutral…”
  • CNN Money, July 24, 2012 – Home Values Rise for First Time in 5 Years“Home prices hit a bottom and are finally bouncing back, according to an industry report…”

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.

Roger Martin

July 30, 2012

3759 Ingold St - SOLD in Southside Place

3759 Ingold St

3759 Ingold Street is a 1940's house on a large Southside Place lot.  The home was sold for a lot only.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $615,000
  • House Size: 1,872 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Listed by JoAnna Ide
  • MLS #75500487

>More Great Southside Place Homes for Sale

 

July 17, 2012

Angela Dillon at Home - Living with Art

Living with Art by Angela DillonWhat 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.

Roger Martin

 

July 15, 2012

Carriage Realty - The Way We Were

 Jim Wolf and Roger Martin at Carriage RealtyAhhh... 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!

Roger Martin

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