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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

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

 

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

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

 

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 

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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

>More Great Braeswood Place Homes for Sale 

 

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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.

>More Great River Oaks Area Homes for Sale

 

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