It’s time to get ready for this week’s Neighborhood Guessing Game! There’s no booty for winning this round, but there is glory!
And you and your booty can bask in that glory if you can guess where the pictured home is. If more than one of you guesses the correct location, we’ll reflect the glory onto the player who provided the best explanation with the guess.
Do you know this home already? If you do, or if you come across it while we’re playing the game, please don’t mess with everyone by blurting out the answer. Instead, you can mess with everyone a better way: First, send us a link to the listing, so we know what you’re up to. Then make an incorrect guess, but make it good. If your guess and explanation are good enough to fool a few other hapless players, we’ll award your efforts a special commendation when the winner is announced. And if nobody guesses the actual neighborhood, that winner could be . . . you!
Shall we poke around a little? This way, please:
Getting a feel for this place? Don’t forget to feel your way through these rooms too:
And your tour is complete! Put your guesses in the comments section below. We’ll announce the answer — and anoint a winner — on Thursday!
Update, 1/21: The winner has been anointed!
Very lenticular. Townhouse for sure. I am thinking Rice Military, south of Washington. Interesting assortment of art. Looks like someone who has traveled a fair amount. Geologist perhaps?
The 2nd bathroom and large picture windows makes me think it’s a bit older. I am going with a ranch remodel in Oak Forest/Garden Oaks.
or Oak Estates
Just another yawning ranch in Anytown, USA? I think not.
Notice, if you will, the bedroom and bathroom doors in the last two pictures. Very pre-modern, but as the molding points out, post Victorian/Craftsman. I say this is just a massivly remodeled something anywhere from Timbergrove to Braes Heights to Bellaire. Building was slower in the 30s and 40, but there was some. Okay, if I have to choose, I will say Bellaire outside the loop.
Just another yawning ranch in Anytown, USA? I think not.
Notice, if you will, the bedroom and bathroom doors in the last two pictures. Very pre-modern, but as the molding points out, post Victorian/Craftsman. I say this is just a massivly remodeled something on the fairly near west side. Building was slower in the 30s and 40, but there was some. Okay, if I have to choose, I will say south of 59 east of Kirby, whatever that is called.
Please disregard first guess- I am going with the second. Didn’t think the first had posted.
I don’t think that it is a townhouse.
It looks like a ranch to me, and I see what appears to be a Volvo in the driveway. Considering also the apparent closeness of the adjoining property, I’ll go with “somewhere north of 59, west of 610, south of Memorial, and east of downtown.”
More specifically, I’m thinking that it is located somewhere in the Montrose area.
Errr…directions have never been my thing. Make that east of 610, and west of downtown.
What throws me off are the big, beautiful wooden doors. Not really typical of the ranch redo but I do believe that is the era we are looking at here. This is in a neighborhood where the postal worker still walks up to the door to drop mail in the slot or, in this case, into the external mail box next to the front door. I’m picking Braes Heights. Nice redo, I’d kind of like to live here.
East of Kirby, btw N Braeswood and Holcombe. S/SE of West U. Not sure what that territory is called….
This house is old but beautifully updated.
I’m severely spatially challenged and had to draw this floor plan while flipping up and down, back and forth through the photos. I think this is a small bungalow that was extensively renovated (they added on to the back and *maybe* the side of the house.) Perhaps the office off the entry was a porch that was closed in, though the floor seems level and doesn’t slant the way porch floors do. It’s weird that the mailbox is so far from the front door, and I think it’s because the front door used to be where the office is now.
The door in the small bedroom is an old one, as evidenced by the moulding. The small bedroom has closets, but they had to be added later (that’s why the jut into the room.)
The big clue this was a small house that was added on in the back is that you enter into the dining room (with it’s sweet built-ins.) You go through the dining room to the living room. The kitchen, on the left of both rooms, was relocated (old kitchens were in the back of the house.) The master bedroom is in the backyard, looking on the same porch as does the living room and kitchenette.
Can’t figure out the high, horizontal window above the t.v. Perhaps the room was going to be dark without it?
I’m guessing this is in Montrose or some other close-in neighborhood where folks renovate bungalows and don’t tear them down.
What KimmerTX is describing, I think, is called Old Braeswood. I’m going to go a little farther north and closer to Rice and call it Southgate. I agree, it’s a beautifully redone ranch with close neighbors and they have those over there. Between University and Holcombe, east of Kirby and west of Main. Might also be Southside Place.
Weird, they remodeled the whole house (almost) and left that old-fashioned mailbox. Finness, you’re right about those doors. And the green bedroom layout says pre-war. The long skinny window in the TV room…50’s, yes? Along with the floor plan making you go through the dining room to get anywhere. I sense a deep dichotomy between the wood floor, pastelish side and the slate scary tribal Magritte side. This fractured family lives between I-10 and Long Point, Antoine and Bingle.
Judging from the vintage features (gussied up galley kitchen, pre-modern — great euphemism — door and layou) this is a nicely updated 40s bungalow in Garden Oaks, EAST of Shepherd, west of Yale. I don’t understand, however, how you could put so much into improving a house and NOT get rid of that sliding glass shower door in the bathroom. It screams 60s.
This is a renovated home located south of the West Gray strip shopping center and north of Westheimer.
Yep, that’s what I mean. Like it’s been inhabited by several families over the years, each updating a bit but none all the way. And I’m guessing you can’t tell from the front what lies within.
NorhillJoe, you had my first guess but then I thought the lot looked too big for that area. And the vegetation outside seemed wrong – or maybe it’s that the windows are too big for a small lot? Surprise us, Gus!
Something in my brain kept saying, not Braes Heights because they ususally don’t expand the ranches there. Then a light bulb went on and I remembered seeing another nicely expanded ranch in . . . Ayrshire! Yep, that’s got to be it and here I’ll win on a day when there’s no Rice Design Membership. Oh well, glory is good too.
Yeah, yeah, to all the remodeling coments above. Scanning entries did I miss someone mentioning the few blocks west of Stella Link and south of Bellaire/Holcombe? Behind Palace lanes?…or has everything back there been bulldozed?