Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


Sept. 8, 2017

2626 Tangley Road | FOR SALE in West University Place, TX!

2626 Tangley road is a gorgeous new home currently under construction in West University Place. Located near Rice Village, this five bed, four and a half bath property will have great features and finishes such as a beamed family room with a fireplace and an open concept kitchen as well as a backyard summer kitchen and pergola, white oak hardwood flooring throughout the first floor, a spacious master bedroom suite, marble and granite counter-tops, wired-in surround sound, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 4,000 sq ft per Builder
  • Lot Size: 5,500 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Lori Loria Hess
  • MLS #12053947


  • Great location near Rice Village and the West University Place parks.
  • White oak hardwoods throughout the first floor.
  • Front study with custom built-in shelving, full-view doors overlooking the front garden, and recessed lighting.
  • Open concept kitchen and family room. Family room has a stone-surround gas log fireplace, high beamed ceilings, and built-in shelves.
  • Gourmet island kitchen with a six-burner Viking gas range, refrigerator, and microwave. Pendant lighting over a black granite island.
  • First floor bedroom off of family room is an extremely flexible space. Could also easily serve as a second study or workout room.
  • French doors lead to summer kitchen with wood burning oven, gas grill, sink, and custom-built cabinets. Backyard pergola with reclaimed brick patio.
  • Second floor features master bedroom suite, game room, and three additional bedrooms.
  • Master suite has a high coffered ceiling, recessed lighting, ceiling fan, and wide plank white oak flooring. Master bath features custom cabinetry, freestanding soaker tub, custom marble shower with frameless door, and a separate water closet. Great closet space!
  • Secondary bedrooms with recessed lighting, plush carpets, and great closet space.
  • Game room or media room with high ceilings, hardwood floors, custom built-in cabinets, and room for a fridge.
  • Did not flood during Hurricane Harvey.
  • Zoned to West University Elementary, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School. Please check availability.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

Aug. 24, 2017

Swift911 - Emergency Notification for West U

Swift911 - Emergency Notifications for the City of West University Place, Houston, TX

I have spoken before about the notification service that the City of West University Place offers free to all its residents.  Basically, this service is an electronic emergency warning system.  The advantage is that each household gets to choose which notification option is best for that family – including phone messages, emails and texts.

Now that we have a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, I recommend that everyone make check their subscription to this vaulable service - or subscribe if you have not done so already.

Go to and click on the Swift911 button as shown above.

Roger Martin

Aug. 22, 2017

2128 Addison Road | LEASED in Southgate, TX!

2128 Addison Road is a charming two or three bedroom, two full bathroom bungalow located in Southgate. This home has features such as floor-to-ceiling windows for natural lighting, recent neutral paint, hardwood floors in the front of the home, a fully enclosed sun porch, and more. Move-in ready.

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,792 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,050 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2 or 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 40812446


  • Great location near the Texas Medical Center and Rice Village. Move-in Ready.
  • Recent neutral paint throughout the house.
  • Front formal living room and entry. Living room has tall floor-to-ceiling windows, a mock fireplace, and built-in cabinet storage.
  • Fully enclosed sun porch is well-suited for play area, study, or home office.
  • Formal dining room with hardwood floors, crown moldings, built-in buffet, and chair rail.
  • Open kitchen with informal dining area. Butcher block counter by stove, gas stove and oven. Dishwasher and refrigerator remain.
  • Rear den could be third bedroom. Tall, vaulted ceiling, sliding doors to the back porch and yard.
  • Spacious bedrooms.
  • Fully fenced backyard. Easy care, with flagstone accents and a back porch.
  • Pets on a case-by-caste basis.
  • Zoned to Roberts Elementary, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School. Please check availability.

>More Great Medical Center Area Homes for Sale

Aug. 18, 2017

422 Forest Lake Dr | SOLD in Clear Lake!

422 Forest Lake Dr - for Sale in Clear Lake

TLC needed! 422 Forest Lake Drive is near Robinson Elementary and community pools. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, Tudor home has generously-proportioned rooms, large closets, flexible space, and "good bones". The home is in original condition, so a buyer can completely customize carpet, counters, paint and wallpaper. With imagination, this home will come to life! Listed by Jim Barker (832-226-1861).

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,430 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 10,062 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Jim Barker
  • MLS #82622690


  • Formal Dining Room and Living Room
  • Spacious den with large fireplace hearth and gaslog fireplace
  • Parquet brick floors in den and breakfast room
  • Blueprints convey with the property. 

>More Great Clear Lake Homes for Sale

Aug. 4, 2017

3715 Maroneal | SOLD in Braes Heights, TX!

3715 Maroneal Street is a beautifully maintained four bedroom, three and a half bathroom brick home. This property has great curb appeal, with mature landscaping including two live oaks and a porte-cochere. Formal living and dining rooms, traditional floor plan, large family room that opens to the breakfast area and kitchen, separate quarters above the garage and more.

Property Information

  • House Size: 4,231 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 8,125 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Vicki Chu
  • MLS #27886544


  • Curb appeal. Two live oaks and a porte-cochere.
  • Formal entry, living room, and dining room.
  • Paneled study with built-ins and pocket French doors.
  • Large 20' x 18' family room with built-ins, a wet bar, gas log fireplace, and French doors overlooking the French doors. Open to the kitchen and breakfast area.
  • Granite island kitchen with a Thermador cooktop located on the island, a 42" Subzero refrigerator, huge pantry, double oven, breakfast bar, and butler's pantry.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite. Double walk-in closets with built-ins, vanities, large tub and separate shower.
  • Game room with built-ins.
  • Large utility room with broom closet and tons of storage.
  • Quarters with full bath above the air-conditioned garage. Insulated garage door.
  • Private 25' x 25' backyard overlooked by the covered back porch
  • Zoned to Twain Elementary, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School. Please check availability.

>More Great Braes Heights Homes for Sale

Aug. 4, 2017

3314 Coastwood Lane | SOLD in Pearland, TX!

3314 Coastwood Lane is a wonderful two story lakefront home located on a beautiful cul-de-sac in Pearland's The Lakes at Countryside subdivision. This five bedroom, three full bathroom house has just been updated, with fresh paint throughout the house, including the closets, new carpet, granite counters, and brand-new fittings for all of the bathrooms as well as the kitchen.

Property Information

  • Sale Price: $389,900
  • House Size: 3,330 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,089 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full
  • Listed by Sachin Chowdhry
  • MLS #78464381


  • Recently updated. Fresh paint, new carpets, granite counters, new fittings in all the bathrooms and the kitchen.
  • Beautiful formal living and dining rooms.
  • Tiled island kitchen with granite counters, island cooktop, and plentiful storage space. Breakfast area off of the kitchen overlooks the backyard and lake.
  • One bedroom with a full bath on the ground floor.
  • Spacious master bedroom with a lovely master bathroom suite with double sinks and a separate shower and bathtub.
  • Three additional bedrooms up, as well as a large flexible room that could easily be an entertainment area, game room, or study.
  • Lovely landscaped lakefront backyard.
  • Zoned to Challenger Elementary, Berry Miller Middle School, and Glenda Dawson High School. Please check availability.

>See More Properties For Sale In Pearland

July 28, 2017

6411 Vanderbilt Street | PENDING in West University Place, TX!

Luxury. Location. Lifestyle.

6411 Vanderbilt Street is elegant Old World living on almost half an acre in the heart of West University Place.

The stucco exterior is accented with limestone, slate, wrought iron, stained wood, gas lanterns, brick, and a terra cotta roof.  

Clerestory windows in the soaring, two-story, grand entry cast light onto the spiral iron stairway and hand-painted, domed ceiling.

Outstanding craftsmanship throughout the home adds timeless elegance, including hand-scraped wood floors; inlaid granite, limestone and marble surfaces; and warm colors. 

Property Information

  • House Size: 8,201 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 20,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 6 or 7
  • Bathrooms: 7 Full, 2 Half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #37979470


  • Two-story, double-sided limestone fireplace.
  • Library with fireplace and marble surround.
  • Epicurean kitchen with two granite islands and inlaid stone-and-wood floor, high-end stainless appliances and Subzero refrigerator.
  • First floor master bedroom suite and additional first floor guest bedroom suite.
  • Second floor entertainment wing includes game room, exercise room, theater, and a studio or quarters.
  • Outdoor entertainment complex with heated free-form salt water pool; loggia with a full summer kitchen; sport court; and mosquito control system.
  • Elevator
  • Zoned to West University Elementary, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School. Please check availability.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

July 27, 2017

7230 Pella Drive | LEASED in Sharpstown, TX!

7230 Pella Drive is a charming four bedroom, two full bath located in Sharpstown. This charming home features neutral paint-colors and laminate floors throughout the house, plantation shutters across the front, a large 15,190 square foot lot. Two bedrooms down, two bedrooms up with a recently updated A/C system. Move-in ready.

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,204 sq ft per Owner
  • Lot Size: 15,190 sq ft per Appraisal District
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #51645824


  • Recent air conditioning, fresh neutral paint, and hardware installed.
  • Laminate flooring throughout house. Brick stone style floor in entry, kitchen, den, and breakfast room.
  • Combined living and dining area.
  • Kitchen with new refrigerator, single electric oven, cooktop and dishwasher. Countertop microwave remains with the listing. Attached breakfast area with fabric-and-wood shutters.
  • Den with brick fireplace. Open to the breakfast area.
  • Four spacious bedrooms, each with closet space. Master and second bedroom down, two bedrooms up.
  • Enormous flexible room could be storage, a play room, or an extra closet.
  • Screened-in sun porch overlooks the huge backyard.
  • Huge backyard, fully fenced.
  • Zoned to White Elementary School, Sugar Grove Middle School, and Sharpstown High School. Please check availability.

>See More Great Sharpstown Homes

July 14, 2017

4018 University Boulevard | LEASED in West University Place, TX!

4018 University Boulevard is a charming three bedroom, two full bath brick cottage located in the heart of West University Place. 

Property Information

  • Leased for: $3,600
  • House Size: 1,595 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,188 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #5712046
  • Leased for: $3,600/mo


  • Great natural lighting, hardwood flooring, plantation shutters and crown moldings throughout the home.
  • Large combined living/dining area offers plenty of space for furniture and sideboards.
  • Tiled kitchen with a Kenmore refrigerator,  a Kenmore electric stove/oven, an under-counter mounted Whirlpool microwave, and a Maytag dishwasher. 
  • Space built off of the kitchen is good for use as a breakfast or sitting area. Utility area behind louvered doors has a full size washer and dryer.
  • Large master bedroom. En suite master bath with a shower/tub combination.
  • Two spacious secondary bedrooms share a full hall bath.
  • Charming backyard with a brick patio.
  • Excellent location close to Colonial Park, West University Elementary School, the West University Public Library, and the West University City Center.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

July 7, 2017

4114 Buras Pass Lane | SOLD in Villas of Brentwood!

4114 Buras Pass Lane is a lovely two story house located in Villlas of Brentwood. This gently lived-in home has three or four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one half bath. This charming property has a large kitchen and breakfast area, a separate dining area, and a spacious living room. Great for entertaining.

Property Information

  • Sold for: $160,000
  • House Size: 1,926 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 4,906 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3 or 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS #71780360


  • Large front living room with bay window.
  • Open entry to the dining area from living room.
  • Excellent natural light.
  • Expansive kitchen with plentiful storage space and counters. Refrigerator and stove/range stay with the house. Room for a movable kitchen island. Breakfast room is located off of kitchen with a view of the backyard.
  • Flexible downstairs room could easily be a home office or a fourth bedroom.
  • Upstairs flex space at the top of the stairs could be a playroom, media room, or study.
  • Large master bedroom with bay windows and vaulted ceilings. Master bathroom with double sinks, a soaking tub, and separate shower.
  • Upstairs utility room conveniently located near all three bedrooms. Washer and dryer stay with the house.
  • Large, open and private backyard. Space for a pool.
  • Zoned to Hobby Elementary School, Lawson Middle School, and Madison High School. Please check availability.

>More Great Five Corners Area Homes for Sale