06/21/17 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is sponsored by TechSpace Houston. Thanks for supporting this site!

Have you seen the new TechSpace Houston campus? It’s a new modern flexible workspace in Westchase. There’s a total of 450 workstations and 95 private offices in 46,000 sq. ft.; each of the 2 floors houses a variety of different office space configurations. Co-working, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges are available — including a unique social platform-style seating area and an outdoor Wi-Fi enabled patio.

At TechSpace Houston, there’s no need to commit yourself or your company to a long-term lease. TechSpace works for all types of businesses, including startups, SMEs, growth companies, and Fortune 100 teams. Whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into the local business community, or have 2 to 50 employees who need a private office, if you need flexible office space, TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice for your business.

TechSpace Houston is located on the first and second floor at 2101 CityWest Blvd. in Westchase. For pricing and tour availability, contact TechSpace Houston by filling out this brief online form — or by calling 877.569.5959. Can’t wait to see the space in person? Take a look at this 360-degree virtual tour!

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Sponsor of the Day
06/16/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s sponsor today is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for 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; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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06/14/17 12:00pm

8226 Glencrest St., Glenbrook Valley, Houston

8226 Glencrest St., Glenbrook Valley, Houston

Our sponsor today is the home for sale at 8226 Glencrest St. in Glenbrook Valley. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

You know Glenbrook Valley, right? It’s Houston’s first outside-the-Loop historic district, known for its midcentury modern and ranch-style homes. This 2-bedroom, 2-bath home carries stylistic features of some of the area’s larger homes, but in a more compact size: It measures 1,841 sq. ft. There’s nothing smaller about the lot, though: It measures 11,700-sq.-ft.

The roman brick wraps all the way around the house. Integrated offset planters line the recently redone walkway from the driveway to the front door, which still features the home’s original 1957 knob plate. The living room, to the right of small foyer, leads to the dining room at the far end, and opens as well to a paralleling set of more casual living spaces toward the back (pictured above): the den, breakfast area, and kitchen, all facing onto the back yard.

In the kitchen, you’ll find new appliances set among the original tile countertops — as well as an original stainless-steel vent hood. Both bedrooms (as well as the living and dining rooms) have refinished hardwood floors. And if you like vintage tile bathrooms, you’ll certainly want to take a look at the ones in this house.

Many more photos of the home are available on the property website. If you’d like to see this place in person, contact the listing agent, Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/13/17 12:00pm

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is Mosaic Dermatology Houston. Thanks for supporting this site!

Mosaic Dermatology Houston is an award-winning, highly rated general dermatology practice with multiple area locations: in Upper Kirby at 2211 Norfolk St. (pictured at top) Suite 405; in Midtown at 3401 Louisiana St. Suite 155; and in the Tanglewood area (convenient to the Galleria) at 5757 Woodway Dr. Suite 185.

What’s new from this Swamplot sponsor? The latest in its new line of branded cosmetic products: Mosaic Dermatology’s own professional-grade face and body cleanser (pictured above). It’s a gentle face wash to help maintain clear skin. Mosaic Gentle Wash is now available at all 3 clinic locations — and from this page online.

Also available: a variety of cosmetic services — from Botox to MiraDry, the new underarm sweat and odor-reduction treatment. You can learn more about them on this page of the company’s website.

Clinic dermatologists are available for both scheduled appointments and last-minute urgent skin visits. You can schedule same-day and Saturday appointments online or by phone. Check out the Mosaic Dermatology Houston website — or call (281) 941-5556 for immediate assistance.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/08/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is ASCOT — also known as the Alcohol Servers Counsel of Texas. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

If you work in a restaurant, or in any kind of food-service or food-prep operation, you’re probably already familiar with state requirements for training in food-handling safety. And if you work in a bar or for an alcohol distributor, you probably already know why it’s so important that everyone who has anything to do with selling, dispensing, or delivering any kind of alcoholic beverage complete state-certified training in alcohol safety.

Since 1988, ASCOT has been licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to provide TABC-certified alcohol-server training programs. That makes ASCOT one of the oldest and most established food and beverage certification programs in the country — as well as Texas’s longest-running provider of training in this important field. And ASCOT has been a preferred source for training in food handling in Houston since 2004.

If you’re responsible for making sure new employees are trained promptly and well in these particular areas, you can be sure they’re getting the exact program they need — in the most helpful format possible — by sending them to ASCOT. ASCOT offers its training courses both in a classroom setting and online, in both English and Spanish.

Use the discount code ASCOT on the alcoholservers.com website and the online alcohol-server training course works out to just $9.89 per class. The food-handling class costs just $7.00 — no discount code is needed.

ASCOT’s server-training program is certified by the TABC, and its food-handler program is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard. For more details, or to sign up, head over to the ASCOT website — alcoholservers.com — or call 713.922.1223.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/06/17 12:00pm

Featured as a sponsor today: The home at 2030 Persa St., offered for sale by Michael Good Properties. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

This single-story home at the corner of Persa and Avalon Pl. was designed by architect T. George McHale for himself and his family in 1960 — and transformed more recently by its later owner, Betsie Weatherford. It carries a bit of an interior design pedigree as well: McHale’s wife Inez McHale was one of the interior designers selected by Jackie Kennedy to redecorate the White House; Weatherford, who purchased the property a decade ago, was the owner of the Ellouise Abbott design showrooms in Houston and Dallas.

The home is in a small subdivision called Melanie Court, adjacent to a better-known neighborhood called Glendower Court. It’s in the superblock bounded by Shepherd, Kirby, Fairview, and San Felipe St., which puts the home a couple blocks away from the Hot Bagel Shop and only a 15-minute stroll from West Ave.

The 2-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home is clad in limestone and built around a central atrium. The entrance, past a parking court in front, opens to the atrium’s eastern end. To the right are the home’s main living spaces: a living room at the front, a longer den paralleling the court — each with wood floors and their own fireplace — and the kitchen at back. The dining room and the front entry, which sit opposite each other on the far sides of the atrium, both have vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows facing the atrium. Kitchen and dining room both have doors to a paved patio in the back garden.

The bedroom wing flanks the south side of the atrium. What was once the third bedroom has been converted into a room-sized closet and dressing area for the master bedroom, with a separate walk-in-closet adjacent.

Photos showing off the decor of the spaces arrayed around the atrium are available on the property website. A floor plan will help you understand the organization of the home; you’ll find a PDF of one here. For more information or to arrange a tour, contact Michael Good of Michael Good Properties. Contact details are available on his webpage on HAR.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/05/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is EZneeds, a Houston-based e-commerce company that delivers everyday grocery, household and office essentials directly to your door. Thanks to EZneeds for supporting Swamplot!

If you shop at EZneeds, you’ll get 1-to-3-day delivery nationwide (1-to-2-day delivery in Texas) on everyday essentials at lower-than-store prices. Everyday savings are up to 50 percent off retail. EZneeds offers both bulk and single items — combining the shopping experience of a warehouse club, grocery store, and office supplies store all from your fingertips and with no membership fees.

You can get free shipping on your first order by using the code EZNEEDS. (There are no minimum requirements for this.)

Check out EZneeds.com to see how it can make your life easier — by saving you money and time. You can also follow the company on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. EZneeds was founded in Houston and is based in Houston.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/02/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for 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; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/01/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is ASCOT — also known as the Alcohol Servers Counsel of Texas. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

If you work in a restaurant, or in any kind of food-service or food-prep operation, you’re probably already familiar with state requirements for training in food-handling safety. And if you work in a bar or for an alcohol distributor, you probably already know why it’s so important that everyone who has anything to do with selling, dispensing, or delivering any kind of alcoholic beverage complete state-certified training in alcohol safety.

Since 1988, ASCOT has been licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to provide TABC-certified alcohol-server training programs. That makes ASCOT one of the oldest and most established food and beverage certification programs in the country — as well as Texas’s longest-running provider of training in this important field. And ASCOT has been a preferred source for training in food handling in Houston since 2004.

If you’re responsible for making sure new employees are trained promptly and well in these particular areas, you can be sure they’re getting the exact program they need — in the most helpful format possible — by sending them to ASCOT. ASCOT offers its training courses both in a classroom setting and online, in both English and Spanish.

Use the discount code ASCOT on the alcoholservers.com website and the online alcohol-server training course works out to just $9.89 per class. The food-handling class costs just $7.00 — no discount code is needed.

ASCOT’s server-training program is certified by the TABC, and its food-handler program is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard. For more details, or to sign up, head over to the ASCOT website — alcoholservers.com — or call 713.922.1223.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/31/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor of the day: the new homes at 4710 and 4712 La Branch St. in Museum Park, listed for sale by Nan and Company Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

These are the latest projects from Imagine Modern Homes. They’re in the Museum Park neighborhood in Houston’s Museum District, home to 19 museums, galleries, and cultural centers.

The homes’ box-like exteriors are made from stucco and James Hardie siding with cedar accents. The driveway fences are lined with jasmine; the professional landscaping includes beds of foxtail ferns and blackstar gravel. The residence at 4712 La Branch is 2 stories, measures 3,200 sq. ft., and is currently on the market. The home at 4710 La Branch will hit the market today, measures 3,450 sq. ft., reaches 3 stories, and has a rooftop deck.

The homes aren’t identical, but they include similar finishes, an open floorplan, and modern design. The first floors include Spanish Porcelanosa tile, 4-in. recessed can lighting, and large low-e windows to illuminate the bright walls and sleek fixtures. 4710 La Branch features bright white walls and flooring; the white walls in 4712 La Branch contrast with that residence’s dark gray tile flooring. Both kitchens have stainless-steel Thermador appliances, custom cabinetry, a wine cooler, quartz countertops, and an oversized Calacatta Alpha island. From the living areas, a sliding Western door leads to custom-built wooden decks.

Floating staircases lead to a second floor with a slightly different look: Here the flooring is red oak. The bedrooms feature walk-in closets, the bright restrooms have textured accent walls; you’ll also find a game room, utility room, and balconies. The rooftop deck at 4710 La Branch has blackstar gravel, treated and stained wood, and views overlooking a bustling neighborhood. Both homes include programmable wi-fi thermostats and other home automation features: Residents can control lighting, audio, and video through an in-wall iPad!

If you’d like to tour the properties in person, come to a preview party and wine tasting event hosted by Nan and Company Properties on June 8th. Guests will be able to enjoy wine and cheese while touring both residences. Email events@nanproperties.com to RSVP.

For a more immediate and quicker tour of 4712 La Branch St., watch the video above (or follow the link here). More information about the home is available on the property website. Details on 4710 La Branch St. are coming soon. If you’re interested in either of these homes, contact Julia Wang, a top producer at Nan and Company Properties/Christie’s International Real Estate, at 512.964.2736 — or julia@nanproperties.com.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/26/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is Oaks on Caroline, featuring units for sale by Nan and Company Properties Christie’s International Real Estate. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

Oaks on Caroline is a new development in a pedestrian-friendly environment brimming with cutting-edge science, important cultural experiences, and beautiful masterpieces: Houston’s Museum District. An Oaks on Caroline home is one you can simply lock and leave when you travel.

The midrise condo offers several different 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans. Each features high ceilings, luxury finishes, stainless-steel appliances, and stone countertops.

Constructed by Urban Flats Builders, Oaks on Caroline is a cast-in-place concrete building with post-tensioned floors, allowing each unit a high level of privacy. The flats are equipped with floor-to-ceiling low-e glass windows. Private balconies on every floor offer skyline views of the Museum District, Downtown, and the Texas Medical Center.

For a quick tour of this property, watch the video above (or follow the link here). If you’re interested in finding out more, contact Nan and Company Properties at 713.980.0774 — or info@nanproperties.com.

To stay updated on the latest listings and announcements from Nan and Company Christie’s International Real Estate, check out the company’s website — or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/25/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is Plan Downtown and the Downtown District, bringing you the last of 4 weekly posts focusing on the 4 pillars of the Plan Downtown effort. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

How can the Plan Downtown effort establish Downtown Houston as a leading multi-modal center?

Pillar Four of the strategic initiative seeks to answer this question. More specifically: how to connect Downtown Houston to the general region, and how to capitalize on Downtown’s place as a walkable area with bikeway, greenway, transit, and roadway networks.

Dr. Carol Lewis, professor and director of the college of science, technology, and engineering at Texas Southern University, has spent much of her career researching transportation planning and policy, public transit operations, and public involvement. In this interview, Dr. Lewis discusses improvements meant to help Downtown Houston flourish as a destination that provides flexibility in its mobility options.

The goal? To improve neighborhood edge conditions, reduce barriers, and expand green networks, with streets serving as connectors to destinations that reinforce opportunities for land uses.

Q: Why is Downtown Houston important to the region?

A: Downtown is the symbolic heart of the city. At one time, people joked that one could roll up the streets of Downtown at the end of the workday. That wasn’t good.

This core is the seat of government for most of the region’s residents (City of Houston and Harris County), the historic location of the city’s founding, plus its cultural core, with theaters, sports, and entertainment. A strong Downtown will serve as the pulse of the region.

Q: Why do you feel we need to talk mobility now?

A: Because the City of Houston and our region are going to gain millions of people over the next 10 years. Essentially, we’re going to get the city of San Antonio and layer it on top of Houston. We’re already having trouble with our mobility.

I think mobility Downtown is critical because if people can’t get Downtown, it’s going to signal something negative for the rest of the region. We have to have enough dialogue around it to make sure our decisions are correct.

Q: What improvements can be done to make Downtown more walkable?

A: Beyond the physical — like increasing sidewalk width, adding a strip separating pedestrians from vehicular traffic, and improving lighting conditions at night — opening more ground-level retail and giving people other places to go would make Downtown more walkable.

The key to making an area more walkable is people. We have to get more people Downtown. It’s happening already, so we need to fuel that trend. Include more buildings that face the street with glass facades. If I’m outside, I can see people inside. If I’m inside, I can see people outside. That gives everyone a heightened sense of security.

Lighting has to be sufficient. You can’t feel like it’s dark or shadowy.

Q: What improvements can be made to better connect Downtown and central city neighborhoods?

A: Multiple easy transportation options, transit, Greenlink, taxi — I advocate a Downtown and Midtown zone where taxis are frequent, can be hailed on-street and are single priced within the zone.

When walking out of a door to the nearest corner, there should be something one could catch and ride within a couple of minutes.

Q: How will public transportation affect the growth of Downtown? Why is public transportation important?

A: In other cities, I have seen development gravitate toward station locations, which indicates permanence. We are seeing that at the Ensemble Station now. It’s not uncommon for that development to happen 10 to 30 years behind a station opening.

In a recent meeting for Plan Downtown, we all learned that the people who live closest to Downtown are still driving their cars, and the people who are taking transit are the ones who live farthest away. Why is that? I think it gives us something to investigate.

It comes down to, I propose, that people are always going to do what’s easiest for them.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/24/17 12:00pm

Today our sponsor is the home at 2711 Morrison St. in Woodland Heights, which is being offered for sale by Norhill Realty. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Designed and built by award-winning design-build firm StudioMET — aka AIA Houston’s 2016 Firm of the Year — this custom home blends modern design with family-focused spaces both inside and out. In addition to the 3206-sq.-ft. main house, there’s also a 1122-sq.-ft., 1-bedroom guest quarters with a full kitchen and its own private entrance.

The Woodland Heights location — just a block off White Oak Blvd. — is convenient for active Houstonians. Before taking a short commute Downtown, you can swim a few laps in your 62-ft. pool, lay out on the sun deck, or go for a jog along the White Oak hike-and-bike trail.

It’s also a home for entertaining: Built on a 10,000-sq.-ft. double lot, this property includes a covered patio, sun deck, 3 balconies, and a landscaped back yard — plenty of space to host guests. And the separate guest quarters means out-of-town visitors can stay longer and more comfortably.

Start the day with your family in the island kitchen within the open-floor-plan main living area. Features include a glass-tile backsplash, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry, a stainless-steel Jenn-Air range, a built-in Miele coffee system, and a 4-stool breakfast bar.

The home is listed as a 3-bedroom, but the floor plan provides flexibility: You’ll find 2 additional rooms — currently being used as an indoor gym and a design studio. Both can be adapted to your specific needs.

Additional photos, a walk-through video, and listing details are available at norhillrealty.com.  If you are interested in more information or would like to schedule a showing, contact Vincent Biondillo at 713-449-2416 — or email him at vincent@norhillrealty.com. To keep up with Norhill Realty’s latest listings and real estate tips, follow up on the Norhill Realty Facebook page or check out the Norhill Realty website.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/20/17 12:00pm

Swamplot is normally off for the weekend, but we’ve got a sponsor for today: the unique home at 402 E. 25th St. in the Houston Heights. Thanks for the support!

Why a sponsor post on a Saturday? To let you know (or remind you if already did) about the open house for this property on Sunday (see the details below). And also to let you know that its price has just been reduced.

From 1957 to the 1990s, the small commercial building at the corner of Arlington and E. 25th St. served as a lawnmower and small-engine repair shop. It’s since been converted into a 1,216-sq.-ft. 2-bedroom, 1-1/2-bath home, which is now for sale.

The home has concrete floors, exposed air ducts, and a vaulted ceiling that reaches a peak of 24 ft. The kitchen (pictured above) has been completely redone — with granite countertops, a double sink, and an island with seating for 6.

The kitchen faces the higher-ceilinged main living space; above it is a 240-sq.-ft. loft space with 2 closets in it, currently being used as a third bedroom. It’s reachable using an attached rolling library-style ladder. Out the kitchen door is a pergola-topped patio for outdoor dining; around the corner, set back from another section of the back yard, is a small separate storage building.

Oak barn-style doors mark the entrance to both the master bedroom and the master bath; a space outside the second bedroom works as an office nook.

If you’re looking for a smaller home in the Heights, you might want to check out this home. That should be easy to do this weekend, because of the open house on Sunday, May 21st, from 2 to 4 pm. In the meantime, you’ll find many more photos and details on the property website.

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Sponsor of the Day
05/19/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s sponsor today is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for 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; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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