Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


July 7, 2012

Kathleen Jurgens - Congratulations!

 Kathleen JurgensCongratulations to Kathleen Jurgens!

All of us at Roger Martin Properties are justly proud of Kathleen Jurgens, who has just graduated from Lamar High School. During her high school career, Kathleen raised rabbits for the FFA program.  This summer, she is working for Easter Seals. Kathleen plans to attend Houston Community College in the fall, majoring in Education with the goal of teaching disabled children and adults.

Kathleen Jurgens calls herself "an Aspie" (i.e. a person with Aspergers Syndrome).  Like her mentor Dr. Temple Grandin, Kathleen has done a stellar job in coping with the difficulties inherent in this neurological syndrome. In fact, she has served as a representative on several Autism/Aspergers panel discussions and conferences.  Her words and advice have brought comfort and hope to other families struggling with condition.

Well done, Kathleen Jurgens! It is a joy to watch you maturing and achieving your independence.  We are so proud of you!

Ann and Roger Martin

Roger Martin Properties 

Posted in Jane Jurgens
July 5, 2012

Favorite Asian Restaurant #6 - Osaka

Osaka RestaurantNow for sushi!  My Favorite Asian Restaurant #6 is Osaka (713- 838-9812) at 4001 Bellaire Blvd.  I love these guys. The restaurant is a tiny little place -- basically a sushi bar and maybe six tables -- but it is just DELICIOUS. A friend and I tend to meander in and split about three or four sushi rolls and both leave quite full and content. I recommend the Spider Roll, the Crunch Roll, and the Crazy Roll. They do excellent green tea, and as an added bonus, the meal comes with a small scoop of ice cream in green tea or peach flavoring as a palette cleanser after the meal. I've yet to leave feeling unhappy with my meal, and a nice cup of miso soup, tea, and sushi leaves me warm and mellow for the rest of the evening, normally. Price is quite reasonable, really. I think the main draw is probably the rolls: Sushi on its own outside a combo is tasty, but also kinda pricey...but, eh, that is a more universal sushi thing, so it doesn't really bother me. Believe I generally end up spending about $15ish after tip per person here.

So check out my Favorite Asian Restaurant #6 the next time you are in the mood for sushi.

Christopher Martin

Roger Martin Properties

Posted in Where West U Eats
July 3, 2012

Favorite Burger Joint #1 - Jerry Built

Jerry Built RestaurantOur newest Favorite Burger Joint near West University Place is Jerry Built, at 3501 W Holcombe Blvd (

There has been much mention of their heathy food menu, including organic, natural and locally-sourced food.  Personally, I find the burgers a little dry, but the chili dogs and sweet potato fries are top-rate.  And the milk shakes are to die for!

However, the kid-friendly environment is worth mentioning as well.  The restaurant is sleek and contemporary.  The walls are floor-to ceiling chalkboards, with plenty of chalk provided for young artists.  And when was the last time you saw kids waiting patiently in line to wash their hands????  The automatic hand-washing station is a big hit with the youngsters (and with REALTOR John Marshall, the biggest kid in the room!).

This fun-filled environment, combined with good food and great customer service, is designed to keep us all coming back for more and makes this our Favorite Burger Joint #1.  Good thing they have built another parking lot!

Roger Martin

Roger Martin Properties 


June 22, 2012

3936 Marlowe St - SOLD in West University Place

3936 Marlowe Street is a 6,000 square foot lot for sale in West University Place.  The lot has mature trees, and has been cleared.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $354,050
  • Lot Size: 6,000 sq ft
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #1892432

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June 21, 2012

Favorite Asian Restaurant #5 - Vietopia

Vietopia RestaurantAlrighty, now my Favorite Asian Restaurant list divergences from Chinese, Szechuan, etc. to Vietopia (, (713) 664-7303).

Vietopia serves (surprise) Vietnamese food for the most part, and the location at 5176 Buffalo Speedway (noticing a pattern to where I eat? Thank goodness Buffalo Speedway is no longer under construction!) next to Kroger's and just north of West University Place is my usual stomping ground.

There are three things that make Vietopia one of my Favorite Asian Restaurants, and that draw me back time and again.  These are their vermicelli bowls, their Vietnamese egg rolls, and their soft spring rolls. I LOVE those menu items, and that's why I heartily recommend the lunch menu, since it lets me get a bowl of pork and eggroll vermicelli served with a soft spring roll (With spicy peanut sauce on the side!), all in one go. They also do an excellent iced Vietnamese coffee as a post-meal thing. Hmmm, now that I think it, I'm about due for another run through here, so, eh, maybe my next day off!

Christopher Martin

Roger Martin Properties

Posted in Where West U Eats
June 17, 2012

Laurie Conner and John Marshall Join Roger Martin Properties

Laurie Conner and John Marshall, Sales Associates with Roger Martin Properties 

I am thrilled to announce that Laurie Conner and John Marshall have joined Roger Martin Properties as real estate agents.  To introduce them, please see the following article from Real Estate News, by Jude Patronella, Homes Correspondent of the Houston Chronicle.

Roger Martin, broker, owner of Roger Martin Properties, recently announced two new sales associates have joined his company.  Laurie Conner and John Marshall will be working together as real estate partners.

Marshall grew up in the Dallas area, yearning to be a star on Broadway. He majored in theater and choir, earning a BS in Education from East Texas Baptist College and a MS in Education from Steven F. Austin College. Marshall has spent 25 years in Houston, and most of that time he was a choir director in the Kingwood, Fort Bend and Houston independent school districts. For the last eight years, Marshall has been the magnet coordinator at Longfellow Elementary and Johnston Middle schools.

“Everything I know about customer service, I learned as a teacher,” Marshall said. Teaching is all about people skills. To be a success, you need a true love for what you do. And I absolutely love being able to find people their dream homes.”

Conner grew up in upstate New York and earned a bachelor of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University. She has taught music in the public and private sectors, with students ranging in age from preschool to college, and including piano, and vocal and instrumental music. For the last 11 years, Conner has been the award-winning choir director at Johnston Middle School.

“I bring a keen ear to my classroom,” Conner said. “I use the same fine-tuned listening skills to gauge client feedback.”

“We are thrilled to have John and Laurie joining us. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they already are up and running and working with clients in the Meyerland area. John and Laurie both love older homes with architectural interest, and they love seeing them renovated,” said Ann Martin, vice president of Roger Martin Properties.

Laurie Conner and John Marshall are going to be fabulous at delivering the Unmatched Personal Attention that clients of Roger Martin Properties deserve and expect!

Roger Martin

June 14, 2012

Favorite Asian Restaurants #4 - Silver Palace & Hunan Chef

Silver Palace RestaurantAlright, now for something slightly different in my Favorite Asian Restaurant review: Buffets. I tend to hit up Chinese Buffets when I'm in the mood for a variety of food, and that is where they shine: Variety. One-on-one, a proper sit-down restaurant will beat out the quality of food available at a buffet any day of the week. However, the advantage of a buffet is that I can walk in, get a drink, and then, over the course of the meal, nibble on spring rolls, egg rolls, sesame chicken, sweet and sour chicken, dumplings, chicken on-a-stick, spare ribs, white rice, fried rice, fruit, and, depending on the place, cheesecake, all for the price of a single meal elsewhere.The two buffets I recommend are Silver Palace (, 4005-H Bellaire Blvd) and Hunan Chef II (3805 Southwest Freeway).  Both are close to West University Place. Of the two, Silver Palace will have a larger variety at any time, while I think that Hunan Chef has better dumplings and egg rolls, but you won't have quite as much choice. Bit of a toss-up, really, and generally where I end up when in a Buffet mood depends on where I am, how hungry I am, how annoying traffic is being, and a host of other minor facts. These two places have pretty good food, as well, so! Yay! They stay on my Favorite Asian Restaurant list.

Christopher Martin

Roger Martin Properties

Posted in Where West U Eats
June 7, 2012

Favorite Asian Restaurant #3 - Pei Wei

Pei Wei RestaurantRight!  The third of my Favorite Asian Restaurants is Pei Wei ((713) 661-0900, one I visit is located at 5110 Buffalo Speedway #100, in the Kroger Parking Lot just north of West University Place.

Pei Wei is kinda different from the other asian restaurants I've talked about so far in that it is designed for grab-and-run eating. It isn't the sort of place most people would go for a quiet dinner. The place is usually fairly busy (I have yet to really feel 'crowded', however. I generally don't have trouble finding any sitting) and noisy. Probably part of the design, really. I've been told that noisy places are 'fun', so. The menu is nicely displayed on big shiny electronic boards as you walk in, as well as at the cash registers. The main meal I end up getting, almost without fail, is the Pad Thai noodle bowl. I suppose I'm a 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' sort of fellow. Also allows for variety, as all of their noodle bowls come available in beef, chicken, shrimp, or veggie. This applies to most of the menu, which does give you a very nice amount of choice on things. Don't feel like sesame chicken? They probably have sesame beef. Want to get shrimp instead of chicken? They can probably do that.

The appetizers are really quite nice here. The Thai wonton soup has a nice bit of mint in it, giving it a lighter taste than some other restaurant's recipes, and I adore the sauce they serve with their crab puffs. They do excellent lettuce wraps, as well.

Average order of fountain drink, soup, and a bowl of Pad Thai is just shy of $12 dollars, passing it by a bit if I am in the mood to spring for Shrimp Pad Thai.

I'm afraid I can't really recommend many other items on the menu, though. Not because they're bad, perish the thought! I, however, am addicted enough to the Pad Thai that I find it difficult to actually order something new when I go there. That speaks well of them, come to think it.  And keeps them on my Favorite Asian Restaurant list!

Christopher Martin

Roger Martin Properties

Posted in Where West U Eats
May 31, 2012

Favorite Asian Restaurant #2 – Hunan’s

Hunan's RestaurantNumber two on the list of Favorite Asian Restaurants is Hunan's (713-666-2000, Hunan's is located at 3835 Bellaire, right next to that new Molina's that just opened up and just across the street from West University Place.This place is one of my favorite lunch joints. They do an excellent lunch special with about thirty items on the menu, including my favorite here, the Orange Chicken. Lunch combos include a side, choice of fried or white rice, and the entree bit. I usually stick to the afore-mentioned Orange Chicken, but sometimes will go for soup and an appetizer (they also do nice dumplings here), or grab a bite from their small Vietnamese menu. The Vietnamese eggrolls are surprisingly filling, you see. Another nice, quiet restaurant, plenty of seating, and I adore the hot jasmine tea which they serve in a teapot with a proper small ceramic cup. I enjoy the chicken dishes in general here.One of the neater items on the menu (which I haven't done in a while, alas) is the Bo Bo Platter Appetizer. This item was always a hit with my friends and me when we were kids: They bring you a spinning platter with lots of egg rolls, spare ribs, shrimp rolls, beef sticks, and fried shrimp king Crab Rangoon, all arranged over a small burning open flame so you can toast and heat the appetizers up to personal preference. There's just something fun about eating freshly extra-grilled beefsticks with a toasted cherry on top!

Prices at Hunan's for lunch tend to be quite reasonable, running from $6.75 to $7.95 on the combos. One thing to note, however, is that they do not have dinner combos, so if you head in for an evening meal on your own (as I do) your best bet is to stick to the appetizers or the Vietnamese menu, since a full-on entree is a bit much to eat -- even for me.

Check out Hunan's - my #2 Favorite Asian Restaurant!

Christopher Martin

Roger Martin Properties


Posted in Where West U Eats
May 30, 2012

4106 Rice Boulevard - SOLD in West University Place


Think of 4106 Rice as a Hill Country home in the city!  This stone and stucco home was custom-built in 2002.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $1,121,000
  • House Size: 4,081 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,187 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4 or 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #3798428


  • Upstairs study or convert to 5th bedroom
  • Island kitchen with double dishwashers, farmhouse sink
  • Dog washing station in the garage
  • Master suite downstairs
  • Porches.  Stone pillars

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