Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: A Gift of the Sea

Where is this house?

Two of you guessed River Oaks and 2 more guessed Old Town Spring. And here were the rest of your guesses: Shady Acres, Nottingham, “one of the Villages out in Memorial,” “an early Memorial development,” “close to or on Kimberley, Barryknoll, Kirkwood, or Wilcrest,” Ashford Forest, Woodcreek off Aldine-Westfield, “between Shepherd and Montrose, Westheimer and Gray,” Bellaire, “somewhere on the bay,” Bellville, Brookshire, Columbus, Brenham, “Tomball-ish,” Wilchester, Wilchester West, on Chimney Rock near Memorial, Cypress, “along 1960 areas that are older,” “older parts of Deer Park or somewhere over there,” Galveston, “off Westview across the freeway from Memorial,” Friendswood, “the oldest part of Kingwood off Northpark,” Porter, “up high on a bluff in Morgan’s Point,” “in the vicinity of Holcombe and Greenbriar,” Braes Heights, and “somewhere around Braeswood.”

This week’s Neighborhood Guessing Game was just for the glory. And the winner? Glory, glory, it’s elnina, who caps off a remarkable streak of dead-on entries with a third win this year. (There were a couple of second-places in there too.) Here’s the vague but closer-than-anybody-else winning entry:

This looks like a country, two-story house, with large floor plan on a lot with a pool.
The spacious rooms downstairs have brick floors and upstairs bedrooms – wood floors. Nice stencils accents throughout the house.
No clocks, radios or TV’s, except a small unit in the bedroom (lol).
I can spot few recent updates – like windows, kitchen appliances, nice marble counter in the bathroom, plantation shutters. But when I look at the brick floors, the condition of the wood on the floors and stairs, the fireplace and the painted paneling, I would say that this house is probably 40-50 years old.
I guess it is sitting in a flood zone, close to bayou or the coast. The picture with the ship makes me think that big water is not far away. Maybe somewhere on the bay?

Congratulations, elnina! You’ve won . . . first prize!

Our runners-up this week are Miz Brooke Smith, with a close-but-wrong-bank Morgan’s Point guess, and Jessica1, who wrote this:

I don’t know what y’all are thinking with the nottingham, wilchester, etc. guesses – I grew up out there and never saw anything quite like this. The wood floors are too old, at least for my part of the neighborhood. And those furnishings! Not energy corridor. I’m saying older parts of Deer Park or somewhere over there, only because I think I saw identical stuff in an antique store in LaPorte.

Ready for the real answer? Here it is:


Location: 1800 Southwood Dr., Roseland Oaks, Baytown
Details: 4-5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths; 4,200 sq. ft. on a 21,000-sq.-ft. lot
Price: $275,000
The Scoop: New England Colonial style home in Roseland Oaks, a few blocks west of messy Cedar Bayou. Custom-built for the current owner in 1963. Brick floors on ground floor; hardwoods on stairs and upstairs. Cedar closet; bathrooms have marble countertops. Heated pool with slide. Storage shed has stained-glass windows. On the market since December of 2007 at the same price.

Oh, my. Did you figure? Bet you’ll be figuring a little better next Tuesday, when we play another round of this game!

5 Comment

  • I want this house! Looking at Bing maps, it looks like a very nice little pocket neighborhood too. If we could just teleport the entire place somewhere less smelly about 30 miles due west…..but then it wouldn’t be $275K I ‘spose……

  • So now I’m even more intrigued with this house – that room is indeed the master bedroom and it has two separate beds in it. What’s the story behind that, I wonder?

  • I grew up across the street from this house and it really is beautiful. The owners are elderly and most likely downsizing. They are collectors of fine antiques. At one point this was “THE” neighborhood for affluent Baytownians, and this was one of the finest examples. And the double beds??? It’s a guest room.

  • I don’t normally go for houses from this era, but this place is all kinds of midcentury adorable.

  • Tex – what is the neighborhood like now? From 35,000 ft in the air on my computer screen it looks like it is still very nice. Are new families moving in?

    I know it’s further out, but any chance of vintage neighborhoods like this in Baytown (this one, the ones up around Bayway Drive @ 330, and others) becoming hip and trendy some day like Glenbrook Valley and Meadow Creek have?