Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: First Chair

Are all the votes in? Okay, then. We have a winner!

First, a big thank you to Robert Gadsby’s brand-new Bedford Restaurant in the Heights, for sponsoring this week’s prize: a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant.

Now your guesses for this week’s home: They were all good. You doubled up on Clear Lake, Cypress, Bentwater, Missouri City, Kingwood, Lakes on Eldridge, and Memorial. Sugar Land got 3 guesses. The rest: Silverlake, Cinco Ranch, West University, Spring Valley, “somewhere east of champion forest, south of spring cypress, north of cypress creek, and west of i45,” the eastern portion of Cypresswood and Louetta near I-45, Cypress Estates, “Kickerillo, Energy Corridor-ish,” Lakes of Parkway, April Sound, near Lake Conroe, “northwest, north of 290, outside of 1960,” Richmond, Pecan Grove, River Oaks, Upper Kirby, Cole’s Crossing, Copperfield, near the Sweetwater or Sugar Creek Country Clubs, Sugar Lakes, Barker Cypress and I-10, Bellaire, Atascocita, Linkwood, Braes Heights, Twin Lakes, Summerwood, Spring, Montgomery, Humble, Friendswood, Pasadena, Dickinson, “Highway 90a between Stafford and the little regional airport,” and Tomball.

Lots of new participants this time. See? It’s not hard! Unless, of course . . . you want to win!

No player narrowed this one down to the actual neighborhood name. But of the two players who mentioned Missouri City, CK had the better explanation, and wins the $100 gift certificate to Bedford. Congratulations! The runner-up was houstonre.

The standout entries, of course, were from flake, who earns an extremely honorable mention for visualizing the hidden wheelchair:

The shower was redone so a chair can get in it. The kitchen counters were lowered and made so a wheelchair can fit underneath comfortably – microwave, sink (plumbing exposed out of necessity) now all within easy reach. Front-loading new washer/dryer put in as well. Also explains the large barca-loungers in LR & bath. And no area rugs to trip up wheels. Mom or Dad is the disabled one – not Grandma.

and later:

ooh, ooh, the light switches are lowered as well. I think they worked with the original builder before the house was built. This just doesn’t feel like a remodel.

Excellent work! Alas, picking up on those clues didn’t lead to the actual location.

Now: A little more about that house!


Location: 7831 Moonlight Ct., Sienna Point, Missouri City
Details: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths; 4,444 sq. ft. on a 2.751-acre lot
Price: $590,000
The Scoop: Expansive brick 1 1/2-story home in Sienna Plantation, built in 2000, its first floor “designed for wheelchair maneuverability.” Garage for 4 cars. Vaulted Great Room; vaulted Dining Room overlooks pool. Master Suite features room-size walk-in closet, 532-sq.-ft. Master Bath. Bedroom-sized Laundry Room has steel-reinforced walls, doubles as “storm safe room.” Quarters over garage features breakfast bar, full bath. On the market for a month and a half. Price already cut $35K.

Thanks to everyone for making the game so much fun! We’ll have another round — and another prize — next Tuesday!

7 Comment

  • Hats off, flake… you had me fooled. Congrats CK!

  • (blushing modestly) Thanks for the kind words, Swamplot (Gus?) and Brad. I just put everyone else’s “design flaws” together, that’s all. Looks like you were right about the builder, Brad. He could have done a better job with that sink, for sure.

    CK, enjoy your well-earned dinner!

    I’m trying to figure out how the storm-safe room is going to perform once water starts bubbling up from the sink & laundry drains…

  • Yeah, what KIND of storm, indeed? They have those safe rooms in Tulsa, where I house-hunted for a while. They’re real proud of them and tell stories about how you can stand there safely in your pantry/bathroom/closet while the rest of the house is blown away by the damn tornado. I was never impressed by this feature, I have to say; hearing about the tornadoes in Tulsa was a contributing factor to my deciding NOT to buy a house and getting my rear end back to Houston asap. At least you can PLAN for a hurricane.

  • I’ll truly enjoy my culinary spoils of victory! I guess lucky number 13 works, and winng for the thrid time is a charm. Thanks to Bedford for the donation to Swamplot.

  • WOW – Congrats about the wheelchair bit – that was a great one! I missed those clues completely – big surprise, I so stink at this game. Gus – will I ever win? (besides the one time I would have had I made it in time, hahah)

  • This home was custom built as wheelchair accessible. The features noted are the obvious accessibility features. What makes this home a great example of universal design are the lack of thresholds and the curved radius walls which lessen the chance of crashes, but they also look great! The owners are not handicapped at all and are relocating. They now cannot imagine having shower doors and thresholds to trip over in their next home. The price has been reduced to $555,000.

  • @ Pat: Moving a wheelchair bound person is not an easy task, hence the safe room. Remember the bus of elders that exploded due to improper stowing of the O2 bottles.