Neighborhood Guessing Game: Biased

Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Den

C’mon everybody . . . it’s time to play the Neighborhood Guessing Game. You know you want to!

You can ogle plenty more photos of this week’s mystery house below. What neighborhood is it in? As always, the first accurate answer wins the contest . . . but smart observations will win you a special mention.

We’ll be playing again with the same twist in the rules introduced last week: If you already know this house well enough to send us an email with a link to the MLS listing, go ahead and do that. Then make a wrong guess in the comments, but justify it well enough to confuse your competitors. If you do this well, you’ll get special recognition for your efforts. (If you do know the house but don’t like playing dirty, just make sure the way you describe your “guess” doesn’t ruin the game for everyone else.)

Ready for more photos of this week’s puzzle palace?


Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Den and Dining Room

Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Dining Room

Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Kitchen

Think you know where this is? Are you sure?

Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Master Bedroom

Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Bedroom

Neighborhood Guessing Game 7: Bath

Add your guess to the comments below. We’ll reveal the answer on Thursday.

Photos: HAR

20 Comment

  • My guess would be Meyerland or Bellaire. Meyerland is my #1 guess, though.

  • ok – total redo – new baths, new kitchen, old windows though. this could be a few neighborhoods for sure – like Braeswood – Allison flooded out homes look like this, BUT that said – there are a lot of homes that look just like this in the southwest, Post Oak part of the city. Willow Meadows, Willow Bend – those neighborhoods.

    Looking at it again – the closets and floor plan, remind me of Westbury!

    But, I”ll stick to a Willow neighborhood.

    Please, please – let me be right this time!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A thoroughly-updated Timbergrove Manor. The giveaways are the aluminum-frame windows, late-1950’s doors & hardware, and floor plan. My 2 cents.

  • Humongous living area, low ceilings, all one floor… gotta be a subdivision not to far out built in the mid 80s to early 90s: Tanglewood.

  • This looks like an updated bungalow to me. The type of lens being used in the pictures suggests the areas are larger than they truly are. The kitchen looks to small for recent construction…I guess its at least 50 years old. It seems like a fair amount of greenery outside the windows, so certainly an established area. I’ll guess its a completely redone bungalow in Norhill.

  • I’m with Joni on a Willow neighborhood, but I’d like to add consideration of an Astrodome area neighborhood too. I see aluminum windows and molding that say early 50s. Small kitchen w/o breakfast area says small house. Ceilings are too low for a bungalow. Wood floors are all new, so could be an Alison redo, but the kitchen base cabinets look original to me, so odds are there was no flood here, just a nice updating job.

  • The house looks like nearly a total redo, but there also appear to be some original features left such as the front windows, and the front door, hardwoods everywhere, sliding closet doors…I’d say this is a mid century home. Looks too small to be in Meyerland or Bellaire, however. Oak Forest? Shepherd Forest?

  • Darnit! someone already guessed timbergrove manner. Im not sure what the style of windows in the living room are, but they are all over Timbergrove manor. Also notice the burglar bars on the bathroom window.. that neighborhood got a little rough a few decaes ago..

  • Margo, I thought the bathroom window had mullions (ACK!), but you must be right about the burglar bars. But no other window has them, which is strange to me.

    Another weird thing is that the front of the house has no door. Perhaps it’s a corner lot, but I think it’s odd that the front door is in such a tight corner of the house.

  • Knollwood Village

  • Looks old to me — a post WWII tract rancher. Old windows, tiny kitchen and bathroom, dated bathroom layout, skimpy closet, weird front door location, picture window. But someone’s thrown some bucks at it, so there must be some land value there. I’m guessing one of the Mandell/Montrose ranchers still remaining on Banks or Milford in between the big new mod houses.

  • I guess the neighborhood behind(southside) Highland Village.

  • I agree this one looks like a post WWII rancher for all the reasons stated above. As to location, its style makes it tough to call because, like Auntie Em’s house, this one could’ve been plucked out of Kansas and landed almost anywhere. Someone put some money into the place and I’m guessing it is whoever is living in it now (looks staged) and the market didn’t make it a teardown nor did he/she have the bucks to do the kind of things, like change out windows, add on, etc. for one of our pricier old neighborhoods. I’m guessing Oak Forest or Garden Oaks.

  • The windows aren’t consistent with a bungalow style — that’s a ranch style house. I’m guessing Timbergrove, Garden Oaks or Oak Forest.

  • It’s Thursday. Where’s the answer posted? The site is confusing, to say the least.

  • hang in there, pat. the answer will appear tonight at the top of the blog.

  • I agree that just about any 50 or so yr old neighborhood, like the aforementioned Timbergrove, Oak Forest, Mangum Manor, Lazybrook, Garden Oaks, Shepherd Forest, etc. or further south like in the Meyerland area, Sharpstown or Stella Link/Med Center area as well.

  • There are only so many places that would justify this kind of over-improvement. I am sure that some of these neigbborhoods have been mentioned, but my guesses are Afton Oaks, Woodside, Woodshire, Ayrshire, Braes Heights, Piney Point area, Hedwig Village, Bunker Hill Village, Briargrove, Tanglewood.

  • You-there, I don’t know that I would say this is overimprovement. I see new floors, a nice paint job, and new appliances & backsplash in the kitchen. I’ll bet the plate glass front window was done a while back (in fact I wonder if that was the location of the original entry to this home). There’s no addition or bump-out, no ceilings raised, no new lighting except for under the kitchen cabinets. I’d guess this home is in a transitional neighborhood, where it is not yet clear that land value exceeds home value. That’s why I like the Willows and the Astrodome neighborhoods (Knollwood Village, Timberside).

  • Well said, Karen. As housing prices soften a little, the nicely improved original houses in some of the transitional neighborhoods tend to be valued close to the new crap, primarily because they still have yards, trees, and a little bit of mid-century personality.