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March 14, 2011

2530 Stanmore Drive - SOLD in River Oaks, Houston, TX

2530 Stanmore Drive

2530 Stanmore Drive is a traditional-style River Oaks home byuilt in 1994 with 4 or 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.  The home features three fireplaces, hardwoods, marble tile floors, and lush landscaping.

Property Information

  • Sold For: $1,575,000
  • House Size: 5,877 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 9,150 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4 or 5
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Buyer Represented by:  Julie Webber 
  • MLS #48367284

Features

  • Marble tile entry with double crown molding
  • Hardwoods, recessed lighting, built-ins
  • Three fireplaces, French doors, bay window
  • Island kitchen with granite counters and built-in appliances
  • Master bath with marble tile floors, double sinks, jetted tub, separate shower
  • Third floor game room with full bath
  • Lush landscaping, fountain, spa, patio
  • Quarters with kitchenette and full bath

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March 8, 2011

“Animals in Translation” by Dr. Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

Temple Grandin - Animals in TranslationThere is nothing more unique than a new idea – and Temple Grandin is full of them.  Animals in Translation is a fascinating look at animal behavior, written from the point of view of the autistic author.  Dr. Grandin suggests that, like some autistic people, animals, are primarily visual thinkers.  This stands in contrast to most of us other humans, who may be abstract or verbal thinkers.  Dr. Grandin makes the point that her autistic tendencies have given her the tools to become the animal expert she is today.

Animals in Translation is unique look at a new and different way of communicating – both with animals and - more importantly - with each other.

Recommended by Ann M.

Roger Martin Properties

Posted in What West U Reads
March 8, 2011

Organic Meats Now Served at Edloe Deli

Edloe DeliKudos to E.I. Thomas, the chef/owner of the Edloe Deli for using organic meats in his restaurant.

Niman Ranch meats come from over 650 farmers and ranchers across the country.  Everyone in this network practices sustainable agriculture, crop rotation, and alternative energy sources.  They raise their animals naturally, with no antibiotics and no hormones.  Their feed is vegetarian only, and entirely free of animal products.  The animals are handled in a humane way, as specified by Dr. Temple Grandin.

So organic meats are a great addition to the tasty Edloe Deli menu.  Check out the all-natural Angus burgers - even the bacon is all-natural.

Roger Martin

Posted in Where West U Eats
March 8, 2011

Kathleen Jurgens and Temple Grandin

Kathleen Jurgens and Dr. Temple GrandinThis photo was taken in December 2010 at the Autism and Aspergers Conference in Galveston, Texas.  Dr. Temple Grandin, on the left, was the key-note speaker. The high school student standing with her is my young friend Kathleen.

Dr. Grandin has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Heros for 2010 .  Originally labeled as brain-damaged, Dr. Grandin is now a nationally known speaker, a prolific writer, and holds a PhD in Animal Science.  In a series of inspirational books, she has described her experiences living and working with autism.  She has spent her life making animal handling practices more humane, stating that “Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.”  In fact, over half the cattle in this country are now processed according to her standards.

Dr. Grandin’s mind works differently than almost everyone’s – and she illustrates this scientifically in her lectures.  She credits her unique ability to understand animals to her neurological differences, thus considering them advantages instead of handicaps.

Kathleen is also planning to major in animal science when she graduates from high school.  Like Dr. Grandin, she has already spoken as a panelist in several autism and Asperger’s conferences.  I am proud of her, and expect great things!

Roger Martin

March 7, 2011

"Dead Man Walking" by Sister Helen Prejean

Dead Man Walking - Sister Helen PrejeanDead Man Walking is one woman’s eye-witness observation of the capital punishment system in our country.  It was written by Sister Helen Prejean in 1993, and describes her experiences as a spiritual advisor to two death-penalty inmates.  Along the way, she meets officials both kind and cruel, witnesses the agony of the victims’ families, chronicles the emotional toll on the guards, and discovers bribery and political corruption.  Ultimately, she helps the inmates and their families cope with the grinding terror of paying the final penalty.  Dead Man Walking was made into a movie in 1995 and an opera in 2000.  The author, a Louisiana nun, speaks always in a calm and sensible this-is-what-I-saw voice.  The juxtaposition of this quiet, factual voice against its bizarre and brutal setting makes the contrast more extreme.

Dead Man Walking is well worth reading for the ethical questions it raises.

Recommended by Ann M.

Posted in What West U Reads
March 7, 2011

The Houston Arboretum - One of Houston's Best Kept Secret

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is one of Houston's Best Kept SecretsWith 155 wooded acres and over five miles of trails, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is one of Houston’s Best Kept Secrets.  Once inside the woods, you could be miles from the hustle and bustle of city life.  It is hard to believe that this quiet retreat is inside the Inner Loop and just across the road from Memorial Park, the most heavily-trafficed park in the city.

The Houston Arboretum was one of the first nature education facilities for children in the State of Texas.  It is open from 7 a.m. until dusk, seven days a week. Classes and field trips are available at the Discovery Room and Nature Shop, which has public restrooms.  However, the Houston Arboretum is a haven and a sanctuary for native plants and animals – so dogs must be leashed and there is no picnicking allowed.  But if you want a quiet place to see wild birds, butterflies and flowers, this is it.

The Outer Loop trail is my personal favorite – a broad, easy path from woods, to meadows, to ponds.  As you move through all the micro-environments of the park, there is something for every child – little boys can run fast and throw sticks, and little girls can stop to smell the blossoms.  Bug spray is recommended.

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is located only 5.35 miles from downtown West University Place – just a ten minute trip if the freeways are moving freely.

Enjoy!

Roger Martin

March 7, 2011

Children’s Museum Wins Award

Childrens Musem of HoustonThe Children’s Museum of Houston has always been a favorite of mine.  It is a must-see visit whenever we have visiting munchkins in town. Truth to tell, it is as entertaining to the big kids (like me!) as it is to little ones.

I remember well the weekend this new facility opened.  The cramped, temporary facility along Allen Parkway was replaced with this state-of-the-art building in Houston’s Museum District.  The porches of the building are upheld by colorful, cartoon-type figures of children.  These pillars are called Caryakids in a whimsical nod to the famous Caryatid statues of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

Then, as now, the museum was chock-filled with exciting, hands-on activities.  When we complimented the staff on their fabulous new museum, we were shocked to discover that they had received nothing but complaints.  So my wife sent them a letter detailing how much we loved their new museum and all its exhibits – this letter was posted on the staff’s bulletin board as a morale-booster.

Now it’s official – a survey by Parents.com named our Children’s Museum the best in the country in 2011! 

The Children’s Museum of Houston is located just four miles from the center of West U. It is open Tuesday though Sunday, and entry is free on Thursday nights.

Well done – and thank you for providing the children of Houston with a Playground for the Mind!

Roger Martin

March 7, 2011

John Brown -- West U’s Chief Building Official

John Brown, West U Chief Building Inspector, wins awardCongratulations are in order for John Brown, West U’s Chief Building Official.  John is a Director-at-Large of the Building Officials Association of Texas , and was recently awarded their Jim Whatley Building Official of the Year Award.  “It was a real surprise,” said John.  “I am really honored.” The award is for an official who has “worked tirelessly to provide citizens with safe buildings in which to live and work.”

“I love West U,” said John.  “I’ve been here since 2008.”  Prior to that time, John served in Rosenberg, Jersey Village, and Katy.   John oversees West U’s building inspectors, and is responsible for enforcing residential and commercial building codes in our city.

Roger Martin

Feb. 11, 2011

Pest Control Tips from the Bug Guy

Cold weather can mean night-time visitors. Call your pest control provider.The onset of our cold snap means some critters may try to get indoors where it is warm.  Here are some helpful pest control hints from Robert Schoppe, of Drop Dead Pest Control....

If you hear night-time noises on these cold nights, do not delay.  Immediate action is required because you probably have unwanted visitors -- such as racoons, feral cats, 'possums, or those "squirrels" (the ones with the hairless tails).  Call your pest control service immediately.  Your service professional can provide humane trapping and removal of these large animal pests.

Ask your pest control service provider about organic products.  Organic products can be as effective as the nasty stuff, and are much healthier for your family.  For more information on organic pest control, check out the National Pest Management Association website at http://www.pestworld.org/.

The way to eliminate offensive or stale odors in your home is surpisingly low-tech.  Just use a Glade "Neutral Air" aerosol spray or deploy some dryer sheets.

Recently, the Houston area has seen a huge increase in bed-bug infestations.  Don't panic  -- but if you suspect you have this problem, call your pest control provider for treatment immediately.

Roger Martin

Jan. 24, 2011

6523 Westchester St - SOLD in West University Place

6523 Westchester is a charming West University Place brick cottage with a great floor plan located on a 50' x 150' lot. 

Property Information

  • Sold For: $599,000
  • House Size: 1,803 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,500 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #24352054

Features

  • Hardwood
  • Dine-in kitchen with garden window
  • Den features built-ins and gas fireplace

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