West University home to Roger Martin and his company
By JUDE PATRONELLA, Homes Correspondent
There is no place like home and work in West University for Roger Martin, who established his full-service real estate company in the small city surrounded by Houston in November 1989. It has been a major presence there ever since.
Now about to celebrate the boutique real estate company’s 22nd year in West University, Martin said the company’s first office in West University was on Edloe Street across the street from West University Elementary School’s playground. He could watch his son playing from his office window, and his wife Ann Ayers Martin worked nearby as a geologist.
Later, Martin moved the company to the old bank building on Edloe and remained there until tropical storm Allison flooded it. His next move was to another location on Edloe, next door to the Edloe Street Cafe and Deli, where Martin holds Tuesday evening get-togethers on the cafe’s patio just to relax and enjoy camaraderie with clients and West University friends and neighbors.
Throughout the years, Roger Martin Properties has grown and maintained a small-town atmosphere and the sophistication of a larger firm. Its success and service is known in the city of Houston by the company’s specialization inside Loop 610, including West University, Southside Place, Bellaire, the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, Southampton, River Oaks, Southgate, Tanglewood and the Memorial Villages. Roger Martin Properties also helps clients sell and buy homes in outlying areas of greater Houston.
“I was destined to work in real estate. My first real job when I was a teanager was working for a Realtor, mowing yards in Midland... and while attending college I was very involved in the housing co-op movement,” said Martin, who began his real estate career in Autsin after graduating from the Univeristy of Texas with a bachelor of arts degree.
“I have been very fortunate to have excellent Realtors and staff associated with the company. I finally convinced my wife to join the company as office manager several years ago. Now my wife and I finally convinced our son, Christopher, to join our staff at Roger Martin Properties. He recently graduated from the University of Tulsa. Together, Ann and Christopher are working to enhance the company with new and advanced technology.”
“We will do whatever it takes to assist people with their residential needs,” said Martin, who has helped people move their belongings and given them rides to and from the airport. “Over the years we have grown with our customers and become good friends with them. Many have repeated business and referred new clients because they know we are dependable in our service and an excellent source of information. Our office is always open for our clients and friends to drop in and have a cup of coffee with us.”
Thanks again to the Houston Chronicle for this article!