Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: Hobby Horse

No one guessed the actual neighborhood for this week’s guessing game. But . . . we do have a winner for that Hotel Sorella stay!

There were 2 guesses each for Riverside Terrace, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Sharpstown, and Woodside. The rest: “Off Broadway and Bellfort near Hobby Airport,” the Med Center, Sagemont near Beltway 8 and I-45 South, Brookesmith, “around 249 and I-45,” Spring, Glenbrook Valley, Timbergrove Manor, Westbury, Lindale Park, “the neighborhood south of Shaver in Pasadena from Rayburn High School,” Montrose, Webster, Katy, Greenspoint, Eastwood, Garden Villas, Santa Rosa, 77035, 77096, Willowbend, “Winkler/Almeda/South Houston,” Deer Park, Gulfgate, “Lawndale/Wayside,” Westwood, “the area north of 610 between Ella and Shepherd but south of Garden Oaks,” “in the vicinity of Hardy Toll Road and Aldine Mail Route,” Shady Acres, “east of Stella Link, south of the bayou, west of Main,” and Candlelight Oaks.

Alas, none of you mentioned Skyscraper Shadows, directly to the south of Hobby Airport. But Swamplot’s panel of judges — skilled in the art of extracting unintentional meanings from the words of others — was able to twist one of the entries into . . . a prize winner! Of the players who mentioned nearby communities, only one of them included the phrase “near Hobby Airport” in the guess . . . and that was deemed good enough.

Congratulations, Brad! You’ve won an overnight stay for two at the new Hotel Sorella in CityCentre (the new mixed-use development on the site of the former Town & Country Mall at I-10 and the Beltway). And you’ll have a couple of cocktails waiting for you at the hotel’s bar, monnalisa. Thanks to the hotel for sponsoring the prize!

Honorable mentions go to all the runners-up who hung out nearby: Chris, KimmerTX, Lauren, and Miz Brooke Smith.

Wanna take a closer look?


Location: 8010 Wayfarer Ln., Houston Skyscraper Shadows
Details: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; 1,625 sq. ft. on a 40,500-sq.-ft. lot
Price: $219,500
The Scoop: 1970 brick ranch in Skyscraper Shadows on 2 lots totaling just under an acre. Includes horse barn and recent air-conditioned workshop for hobbies. Attached carport. Covered back patio; small koi pond. Listed since last December.

How’s about that one! Ready to try again next week? We’ll be here with a new puzzle to solve on Tuesday!

7 Comment

  • Well I am still reeling from the fact this place was built in 1970. The exterior seems in keeping with that era but those baths and the adobe brick wall partition in the family room? All I can say is that whoever built this place was clueless as to the trends of the day. I had a 1955 Las Vegas Contemporary apartment on Mimosa Lane with the same design elements.

  • Acreage! That’s what’s so cool about some of the neighborhoods around Hobby — close in but semi-rural. Cool if you don’t mind a Southwest AIrlines 737 EEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEing over your back porch fourteen times a day.

  • I totally agree with you MBSmith, I actually live in that neighborhood on about a half acre of land that’s been in my boyfriend’s family for 3 generations. Fortunately the neighborhood is not directly under a flight path – so the airplane noise is really not that bad. Helicopters are another story. The biggest sources of noise pollution besides the choppers are car stereos and celebratory gunfire. Those things aren’t unique to my neighborhood, but the huge nicely wooded lot only 25 minutes from town (in traffic) definitely is.

    I can’t believe I didn’t get this one right but I thought it was way older, too!

  • Congrats, Brad! Finally, a house that doesn’t remind you of an ex-girlfriend. :-)

    Yes, JT, I agree with you on the dates. I’m going over to to check out that lot. No dishwasher in a 1970’s house? Impossible. And sad to say I had the same baths in my 1954 ranch.

    Glad to see Mamaw DID have some dining room chairs – I wondered where they’d got to.

    Interesting that HAR says its a 40K lot, HCAD says 20K (with no bill for the lot next door). Hmmm…all the houses around it were built in the 1950’s- early 60’s. Maybe the appraiser had a headache that day?

  • Wow, I won.
    I’d like to thank the boys back in the shop for giving me such a strong race car and Goodyear for givin’ us a great tahr… oops, this ain’t NASCAR.

    And flake is right… I never dated anyone near Hobby… that I remember. :-)

    Thanks, Gus.

  • You could keep chickens!

  • Good call, Flake – historicaerials shows the house there in 1964 (but looks newly built/not quite finished – hard to say).