02/27/17 12:00pm

Unit 204, Parc V Condominiums, 3600 Montrose Blvd., Montrose, Houston

Pool, Parc V Condominiums, 3600 Montrose Blvd., Montrose, Houston

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is Unit 204 at the Parc V in Montrose. Thanks for sponsoring Swamplot!

Parc IV (at 3614 Montrose Blvd.) and Parc V (at 3600 Montrose Blvd.) are iconic Modern, concrete-frame residential towers designed by William R. Jenkins and Roy Gee, planted in the mid-1960s at the corner of Montrose and Kipling St. The University of St. Thomas, the Museum District, and some of Houston’s best restaurants are all within walking distance; it’s also an easy commute to downtown, Rice University, and The Medical Center.

This 1-bedroom, 1-bath unit on the second floor of the more northern of the 2 buildings faces north, across treetops and the grounds of the neighboring Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and toward Westheimer. (The balcony view is shown at top.) Inside, the brick walls and concrete columns have been exposed, raising the ceiling height and bringing a loft esthetic to the interior. The oak flooring has an ebony stain; the kitchen has concrete countertops, a glass tile backsplash, Metal Fusion flooring, and appliances from Bosch and Liebherr. The unit comes with a stacked washer and dryer as well.

To see more photos of this uniquely renovated unit, look through the photo gallery on the property website. This condominium is offered for sale by Michael Good of Michael Good Properties; see his webpage on HAR for contact details and more information.

Midcentury Modern or Turn-of-the-Century Whatever: Our readers will be interested to see it when it’s a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
02/24/17 12:00pm

Downtown Houston Skyline

Today our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thank you for the continuing support of Swamplot!

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; Gary Noble, at 832.485.2366; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

Reach Swamplot readers with our Sponsor of the Day program. Find out more here

Sponsor of the Day
02/23/17 12:00pm

Downtown District Clean and Safe Team, Houston

Swamplot today is brought to you by the Downtown District — to let you know about its Clean and Safe program. Many thanks for supporting this site!

City government plays a crucial role in developing Downtown, but with so many areas to address no one administration can accomplish everything. That is why the Downtown District, an organization with strong ties to the business community and city leadership, is important: not only to look at the big picture but also to provide Downtown the continuity it needs to address a multitude of issues, including cleanliness and safety.

For 25 years, the Downtown District’s Downtown Street Teams have performed what many may see as simple tasks, such as picking up litter and trash, reporting needed repairs, and removing graffiti. But by taking care of those “little things,” they provide an environment that people take pride in and have now come to expect.

More recently, the Downtown Public Safety Guide Program was launched. The development of this program came through focus-group meetings with various downtown stakeholders, including representatives of residential, commercial, corporate, arts, and hospitality communities. The Guides focus on assisting pedestrians while identifying and monitoring on-street activities and working with property and business owners, Downtown Street Teams, HPD, social services, and others to help resolve issues and problems.

In 2016 the Downtown District’s combined teams had more than 115,000 civilian interactions. These interactions vary from helping someone find a parked car to giving directions to Discovery Green to helping a homeless person in need — and more. For the week of the Super Bowl alone, the team assisted more than 40,000 Houstonians and visitors!

Without the Clean and Safe program, no matter what you do to improve the Downtown area — building new buildings, increasing green space, adding or improving public art, infrastructure, or holding big events — there will be a reluctance for people to want to visit, stay, work, or live Downtown. Responding to the growing needs and demands of stakeholders, the Downtown District is committed to taking the management of Downtown’s pedestrian and streetscape environment to the next level.

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Sponsor of the Day
02/21/17 12:00pm

Just Buyers Houston Website

Today’s sponsor on Swamplot is Just Buyers Houston, a real estate brokerage that — you guessed it! — represents buyers only. Thanks for supporting this site!

Just Buyers Houston’s Judy Thompson writes: “I am a very analytical person (my husband says I should have been an investment banker, but in investment banking you don’t get the thrill of helping an accomplished professional person or couple find their first house). Helping people buy homes is a great source of satisfaction and I enjoy it a lot. I meet interesting people from all over the world and have pretty intense 6-week adventures in home buying with them. (If we’re lucky it’s all over in 6 weeks. Sometimes it’s not because there is such a shortage of things to buy.)”

The other day Judy was out on a walk admiring the brick bungalows in Winlow Place. Curious about how much they were selling for, she did a price analysis of bungalow sales in 3 Montrose Zip Codes and published it on her website. Here are the numbers: On average, they sell for about $345 per square foot, in 30 days, and were built in 1930. How many will be left in 10 years? You can find her analysis of 1-story Montrose-area brick bungalows here.

Offbeat analyses like these for buyers are a specialty at Just Buyers Houston — she does a lot of them. When the local real estate market was slow after the 2008 near-collapse of financial markets, she created an analysis identifying what percentage of sellers described themselves as “motivated” in their MLS listings. “That was fun for a while,” Judy says. “But then the market took off again and I stopped.”

If there’s a customized analysis you’d like to see, let Judy Thompson know. She’ll work on it.

If you’re working on getting your company’s name out there, here’s an easy help: Become a Swamplot sponsor.

Sponsor of the Day
02/15/17 12:00pm

Interior, 9763 Westview Dr., Spring Branch, Houston

What do we find in today’s sponsor post? The recently completed family home at 9763 Westview Dr. in Spring Branch, offered for sale by Nan and Company Properties. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

If you enjoy entertaining in a spacious home, you’ll want to take a look at this 2,655-sq.-ft. residence. This 3-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bathroom property has an open floor plan, tile floors, and plenty of natural light streaming through windows and illuminating the home’s clean lines.

The entry foyer has a 14-ft. ceiling; the living room features a stone-faced fireplace flanked by built-in shelving suitable for a sizable entertainment center.

The kitchen includes granite countertops, an island breakfast area, a gas range stove, and plenty of cabinets for storage. French doors off the foyer lead to the study, which comes with built-in storage and triple windows affording front-yard views. Bedrooms include hardwood floors and spacious walk-in closets; the master suite fronts a back patio deck.

That patio deck, lined with an iron railing, stretches along the entire back of the house. The listing includes renderings showing how a pool could fit in the back yard of the 10,010-sq.-ft. lot.

For a quick tour of this unique property, watch the video above (also available by clicking here). More information and more photos are available on the property website. If you’re interested in this home, please call Patricia Ruiz-Lessa of Nan and Company Properties at 713.714.6454 — or email her at patricia@nanproperties.com.

Unique homes shine in Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day spotlight! Find out how to get your property featured.

Sponsor of the Day
02/14/17 12:00pm

Drink

ASCOT logoToday’s sponsor: 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.

Supporting Swamplot could be a smart move for your business. Here’s more information about our Sponsor of the Day program.

Sponsor of the Day
02/13/17 12:00pm


Loam AgronomicsToday on Swamplot our sponsor is Loam Agronomics — here to promote the company’s new CSA program for Houston. Thanks for the support!

Houston residents have already begun signing up for Loam Agronomics’ brand-new CSA program, which means they’ll start receiving weekly deliveries of fresh, locally grown vegetables in March! (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.) If you’ve been looking for a way to get a regular supply of fresh-from-the-local-farm produce for your household, or if you like the idea of eating food that hasn’t been shipped thousands of miles, but is picked at peak ripeness nearby and available to you in 48 hours or less, then this program is for you.

The first crops are growing now on a 40-acre portion of a 288-acre agricultural site the company has acquired in Richmond. And you can participate! When you become a member of the Loam Agronomics CSA, you’re purchasing a weekly “share” of vegetables from the company and supporting the production of local food in your community.

Loam Agronomics is a project of the same people behind Edible Earth Resources, the local gardening firm that’s been transforming some high-profile urban lots in Houston into attractive edible gardens. Loam Agronomics will serve much of the same community, but at a larger scale.

If you’ve got questions about the CSA program or the operation and standards of the farm, take a look at the answers to the FAQ posted on the brand-spanking-new Loam Agronomics website.

Loam Agronomics offers:

  • Drop sites across Houston
  • Pickups on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Signups available any time
  • Cooking and storing tips
  • Community events

. . . all for just $30 per week.

To join other families who’ve been signing up, all you need to do is select a convenient drop site; fill out a member information profile; and choose a payment plan (4-, 12-, 26-, and 52-week plans are available, some with discounted rates) — all of which you can do from this page on the Loam Agronomics website.

Don’t miss out on a great way to connect with a large audience of potential Houston customers. Become a Swamplot sponsor!

Sponsor of the Day
02/10/17 12:00pm

Downtown Houston Skyline

Sponsoring Swamplot today is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thank you 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; Gary Noble, at 832.485.2366; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

The secret to reaching Swamplot readers? Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day program. Find out more here

Sponsor of the Day
02/08/17 12:00pm

Personal Coach Cricket Buchler

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is personal coach Cricket Buchler. Thanks for supporting Swamplot, Cricket!

If you’re looking to make some changes in your life, or just searching for a creative spark for a jump-start, consider a 90-minute personal coaching session with coach Cricket Buchler. An experienced corporate trainer who has helped top executives, Hollywood celebrities, and employees in a range of industries address personal and professional development issues, Cricket also works one-on-one, guiding clients to explore and unlock possibilities and design plans to realize change, and coaching them through their journey toward an intentional life.

A coaching session can also be an inspiring gift for anyone who is looking to take the next step forward in life, work, or relationships, but feels a bit stuck as to what next steps might look like. You’ll find a sampling of testimonials from Cricket’s clients on her website, along with more information about coaching sessions.

Get it in gear, this year. Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
02/03/17 12:00pm

Art Colony Phase Two Dreamscape Modern Homes, Chenevert and Prospect Streets, Museum Park, Houston

Swamplot’s sponsor today: Phase Two of the 3-phase Art Colony series, developed by Dreamscape Modern Homes and offered for sale by Nan and Company Properties. Thanks for the support!

Have you seen these townhomes in Museum Park? They’ve shown up on the Huffington Post and on KHOU Channel 11 News (and on Swamplot). They were featured in the Modern Architecture + Design Society Houston Modern Home Tour earlier this year. They’ve been dubbed the Light Box Houses, because . . . well, they glow!

Both artificial and natural light have been carefully attended to in the design of the 3 townhomes in Art Colony’s Phase Two. Mounted on the main facade of the homes is a stainless-steel-and-aluminum LED light screen, which illuminates the entire frontage at night — and by day provides privacy and shade for second-story street-facing balconies. Glowing lights are also inset in the driveways in each home; the corner property (at 5313 Chenevert St.) features a street-level video-art projection room.

Within the homes, balconies and patios bring natural light further into the interior. In the master bathrooms, the floor-to-ceiling windows of the integrated shower-baths look out to a private, open-air spa deck (with a stainless-steel Japanese soaking tub). Full-width roof decks with clear skyline views sit at the top level of each townhome.

Only 2 of the 3 properties in this phase are still available. The corner property, at 5313 Chenevert St., is 2,528 sq. ft.; 1805 Prospect St. measures 2,889 sq. ft. Both homes have 3 bedrooms and 3-and-a-half baths. The homes are within walking distance of Hermann Park, Rice University, and many of the city’s finest museums.

For a quick tour of the homes’ bright modern interiors, watch the video above — or on YouTube. More information is available on the property websites for 5313 Chenevert St. and 1805 Prospect St.

If you’re interested in any of the available dwellings, contact Julia Wang of Nan and Company Properties at 512.964.2736 — or email her at julia@nanproperties.com.

Swamplot sponsors get glowing reviews from readers. Here’s how to become one.

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


Loam AgronomicsToday Swamplot’s sponsor is Loam Agronomics — to promote the company’s new CSA program for Houston. Thanks for the support!

Houston residents have already begun signing up for Loam Agronomics’ brand-new CSA program, which means they’ll start receiving weekly deliveries of fresh, locally grown vegetables in March! (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.) If you’ve been looking for a way to get a regular supply of fresh-from-the-local-farm produce for your household, or if you like the idea of eating food that hasn’t been shipped thousands of miles, but is picked at peak ripeness nearby and available to you in 48 hours or less, then this program is for you.

The first crops are growing now on a 40-acre portion of a 288-acre agricultural site the company has acquired in Richmond. And you can participate! When you become a member of the Loam Agronomics CSA, you’re purchasing a weekly “share” of vegetables from the company and supporting the production of local food in your community.

Loam Agronomics is a project of the same people behind Edible Earth Resources, the local gardening firm that’s been transforming some high-profile urban lots in Houston into attractive edible gardens. Loam Agronomics will serve much of the same community, but at a larger scale.

If you’ve got questions about the CSA program or the operation and standards of the farm, take a look at the answers to the FAQ posted on the brand-spanking-new Loam Agronomics website.

Loam Agronomics offers:

  • Drop sites across Houston
  • Pickups on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Signups available any time
  • Cooking and storing tips
  • Community events

. . . all for just $30 per week.

To join other families who’ve been signing up, all you need to do is select a convenient drop site; fill out a member information profile; and choose a payment plan (4-, 12-, 26-, and 52-week plans are available, some with discounted rates) — all of which you can do from this page on the Loam Agronomics website.

Some cool local businesses are popping up as Swamplot sponsors. Is it time your business joined in? Find out here.

Sponsor of the Day
02/01/17 12:00pm

2211 Norfolk St., Upper Kirby, Houston

Mosaic Dermatology LogoSwamplot today is sponsored by Mosaic Clinic Dermatology. Thanks for supporting this site!

Why wait to see a dermatologist? At Mosaic Clinic Dermatology, same-day, next-day, and Saturday appointments are available! And chances are, one of Mosaic Clinic’s 3 Houston locations is nearby: in Upper Kirby at 2211 Norfolk St. Suite 405 (pictured above); in Midtown at 902 Fairview St. Suite 1; and in the Tanglewood area (convenient to the Galleria) at 5757 Woodway Dr. Suite 185a.

Mosaic Clinic Dermatology is an award-winning, highly rated general dermatology practice that also offers several specialized treatments for skin conditions — such as acne, eczema, and skin rashes — as well as a range of cosmetic procedures and products.

One of the procedures offered at Mosaic Clinic Dermatology may be of special interest to you: the MiraDry underarm sweat and odor treatment. MiraDry is an FDA-approved, non-invasive, in-office procedure that can take care of underarm issues in as little as one treatment. It’s for anyone who is tired of dealing with underarm sweat, odor, and hair. MiraDry allows you to stop using deodorant.

To find out more about MiraDry or any of the other available treatments, check out the Mosaic Clinic Dermatology website. You can make appointments at any location from this page — or call (281) 941-5556 for immediate assistance.

Join the growing number of local businesses supporting Swamplot. Become a sponsor of the day.

 

Sponsor of the Day
01/31/17 12:00pm

Rendering of 1123 Wakefield St., Oak Forest, Houston

Jamestown Estate Homes LogoSwamplot’s sponsor today is Jamestown Estate Homes, which is announcing its latest showcase home in Oak Forest. Thanks for supporting this site!

This Craftsman-style home, which should be complete in early March, will be listed in the mid-$800s. It is zoned to Garden Oaks Elementary School and is within walking distance of several dining and entertainment options. The 2-story home is 3,709 sq. ft. on a 7,920-sq.-ft. lot, which means there’s room in the back yard for a pool. The plan features a first-floor master bedroom, an open-concept kitchen, 3 upstairs bedrooms, a game room, and a media room. Jamestown Estate Homes is proud of its floorplans, its attention to detail, and its custom finishes; this home should do a good job showing off the homebuilder’s capabilities.

Jamestown Estate Homes was named Custom Builder of the Year by the GHBA in 2013. The company has active projects in the Memorial Villages, Oak Forest, and the Heights, and is looking to expand into Meyerland, Bellaire, and Tanglewood. (Jamestown Estate Homes will also build on a client’s land in surrounding areas.) The company completes 6 to 12 homes a year, with projects starting around $500,000 (for the house only). With three sales already on the record in 2017, Jamestown Estate Homes is on track for a record-breaking year.

To find out more about this property or Jamestown Estate Homes, visit the company’s websitecheck them out on Facebook, or contact Victoria Hawes directly at victoria.hawes@jamestownestatehomes.com.

Some smart local businesses are doing well — and doing good — by sponsoring Swamplot. Find out here how your company can participate.

Sponsor of the Day
01/30/17 12:00pm

Drink

ASCOT logoToday our sponsor 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.

Cheers to the many smart local businesses that are supporting Swamplot! Here’s how to get more information about our Sponsor of the Day program.

Sponsor of the Day
01/27/17 12:00pm

Downtown Houston Skyline

Today our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thank you for the continuing support of Swamplot!

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; Gary Noble, at 832.485.2366; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

Swamplot is supported by some great Houston businesses. Find out here how to join our Sponsor of the Day program. 

Sponsor of the Day