10/30/18 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is brought to you by Unit 3B in the 15-story condominium tower at 2200 Willowick Rd., offered for sale by Michael Good Properties. Thanks for supporting this site!

The Willowick is the well-balconied midcentury tower designed by architects Neuhaus & Taylor (and developed by Gerald Hines) that sits just south of San Felipe at the far end of the superblock that also contains a good chunk of the Highland Village Shopping Center. It was renovated in 2016. Motorized window shades are set up along the shaded floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall of this unit, which fronts its own 36-ft. wide south-facing section of balcony. In view, and close by: The River Oaks Baptist Church and School, Central Market, and Greenway Plaza.

Interior designer Dennis McNabb renovated this 1-bedroom, 1-bath unit to serve as his own residence. A dark oak parquet covers the floors of the main living areas; absolute black granite finishes are found throughout the redone kitchen and bath. You’ll find plenty of task and art-specific lighting in the interior. A unique feature of this 1,025-sq.-ft. condo: the 8′-6″-by-8′-6″ custom storage room lined with built-in closets, drawers, and shelving. (There’s also a separate storage closet in the building’s basement.) The Willowick includes an exercise room, a pool and spa, a barbecue pavilion, and 3 rooms available to guests.

To see more photos of this home, check out the property website, which also includes this PDF floor plan. For further information or to arrange a tour, contact Michael Good of Michael Good Properties. (Contact details are available on his HAR webpage.)

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Sponsor of the Day
10/29/18 12:00pm

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is Dead Indian Wars, the sequel to Clark Casey’s breakout paranormal western novel Dawn in Damnation.

The up-and-coming neighborhood of Damnation, located somewhere in the afterlife just short of Hell, has been left in shambles after a werewolf attack. A growing population of recently deceased Native Americans, displaced by wars back on Earth, have been swooping up undervalued property on the plains outside of town. Business is booming downtown where a new saloon caters to crowds of dead soldiers looking for their own fixer-uppers to call home. Alas, a food shortage at local eateries and the arrival of a second vampire might be enough to burst this housing bubble once and for all.

All just in time for Halloween! Dead Indian Wars and Dawn in Damnation are both available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

Sponsor of the Day
10/26/18 12:00pm

Swamplot is brought to you today by Houston’s own Central Bank. We appreciate the continuing support!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; or Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
10/25/18 12:00pm

Preservation Houston’s fifth annual Good Brick Tour is our Sponsor of the Day — and just in time: The tour is this Saturday and Sunday (and today’s your last chance to buy tickets online for the special advance rate). Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

During the 2018 Good Brick Tour, you’ll get an inside look at 5 historic homes and buildings that have received Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. These privately owned historic properties will be open for guided tours this weekend only from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

The homes and buildings on the 2018 Good Brick Tour include classic Victorian designs, bungalows from the 1920s, and an impressive midcentury home. The 5 locations — open this weekend only — are:

Today, Thursday, October 25, is the last day to purchase tickets online for the special advance rate of $25 per person. After today, tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location on both days of the tour. Tickets are valid on both Saturday and Sunday and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day program is a great way to let people know about exciting local events!

Sponsor of the Day
10/24/18 12:00pm

This weekend’s Good Brick Tour from Preservation Houston is today’s sponsor. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

The strong horizontal lines of the house at 67 Tiel Way in River Oaks reflect the influence of the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright on Houston architects MacKie & Kamrath. Built on a rolling site near Buffalo Bayou, this landmark 1949 home has been sensitively renovated and updated while preserving its midcentury character.

67 Tiel Way and 4 more privately owned historic homes and buildings will be open for guided tours this weekend only — in the 2018 edition of the Good Brick Tour. Guided tours to all the properties will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.

Preservation Houston has recognized all the properties on this tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. In addition to 67 Tiel Way, the other Good Brick Tour locations this year are:

  • 2119 Lubbock St., Old Sixth Ward: The classic 1892 Victorian home built by an immigrant German carpenter has been preserved with its beautiful woodwork intact.
  • 3702 Audubon Pl., Montrose: This distinctive 1921 airplane bungalow has remained in the same family since it was built and features heirloom furniture and personal mementoes.
  • Heights Textile Mill, 611 West 22nd St., Houston Heights: Houston’s 19th-century industrial heritage is preserved in this massive 1894 factory creatively redeveloped with studios and offices.
  • 934 Louise St., Sunset Heights: This 1921 bungalow and its original garage apartment have been renovated for contemporary living while maintaining their original Craftsman style.

Purchase advance tickets for the 2018 Good Brick Tour online through this Thursday, October 25 for the special price of $25 per person. During the weekend, tickets will be available for $30 per person at any tour location. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide 1 admission to each location on the tour.

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Sponsor of the Day
10/23/18 3:30pm

WRITE HEADLINES FOR SWAMPLOT! Swamplot’s longtime Headlines writer is moving on to body-copy opportunities elsewhere. So we’re on the hunt for a new freelancer to put together our regular morning roundups of Houston real-estate-related headlines. We’re looking for someone who can quickly comb through local coverage from a wide variety of sources, identify notable details, and reframe the gist of each link to meet Swamplot’s editorial standards and the demands of our discerning readers — then assemble it all into a neat package by early each weekday morning. This is an ideal gig for a smart and dependable writer who’s familiar with the lay of the land here and who’s looking for a little productive structure to kick off each day. You’ll need to be comfortable working independently, but also be available for collaboration with a small editorial team. (Please note: If you’re in the real estate biz, this would not be a good role for you.) To apply, just send us an email with “Headlines writer” in the subject line. Introduce yourself in a single paragraph and add another paragraph explaining why you’re interested in this work. Attach a resume and relevant writing samples if you’ve got them on hand (but they aren’t required). If we’re interested in what we see, we’ll follow up quickly.