Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: Take a Bough

A lot of you had a lot to say about this week’s mystery property. But only one of you is walking away with that shiny new Rice Design Alliance membership!

There were 2 guesses each for South Houston, the Memorial Villages, Pasadena, Clear Lake, and Deer Park. The rest of your guesses? Bunker Hill, Piney Point Village, “far out Memorial,” “the area around Bellfort and Broadway,” Oak Ridge North, Meyerland, “the New Caney/Roman Forest/Porter area,” Humble, Porter, New Caney, Katy, Glenbrook Valley, “Northwest between Hollister and Sam Houston Tollway,” “just outside Beltway 8 around Briar Forest,” Fondren Southwest, “outside the North Belt,” “any subdivision,” Alvin, Alief, T.C. Jester or Ella Blvd. near 610, “southwest side,” “very close to Blue Ridge Mountain,” “somewhere southeast,” “somewhere off 2920, between 249 north and I-45 north,” “somewhere across Hempstead from Delmar Stadium near Freed Park,” “somewhere south of Hell,” Park Glen, Meadowcreek, Quail Valley, Oak Forest, Maplewood South, Sugar Land, Pearland, Northampton in Spring, “the Inwood area,” Oakbrook West, Friendswood, Baytown, LaPorte, Sharpstown, Northwest Houston, Candlelight Plaza, Shepherd Park Terrace, “the older parts of Champions,” “off Wilcrest below Lakewood,” and Huntwick.

The winner of a one-year individual membership in the RDA is JC, for this brilliant entry:

Why would you put a cooktop underneath a kitchen window? Even if it’s a downdraft cooktop, I’d feel more comfortable with the traditional kitchen sink underneath that window. Plus, the tile floors look somewhat newer, possibly replacing linoleum or carpet in some parts. What was dead on was movocelot’s guess that the makeshift home theater was the converted garage. With the amount of paneling still intact in the living room, I’m going to guess the house was built in the 70s, and judging by the kitchen cabinets and countertops, I’m going to go against my better judgement and say 1977.

You can notice details of upgrades here and there, mostly noticed by the mirror and sink/counter in the hall bath, which looks to be the same material underneath the bottle of McCormick vodka…

This house has the look of one that would be outside of the beltway. However, I’m going to take a guess here and say this one is in the Inwood area.

Congratulations, JC! This week’s runner-up, miss_msry, aimed just a little too far to the west.

The real prize this round, though, is Claire de Lune — who not only wrote in to suggest this listing in the first place, but came back to concoct this cock-and-bull story to try and throw y’all off:

There are so many places this could be, its hard to choose just one. But it strongly resembles a lot of the homes I saw when I lived in the Clear Lake area. Probably built in the 60s, and redecorated by the second wife (who had theatrical aspirations) in the mid 80s, judging from the abundance of floral crap and faux greenery. The toys belong to the visiting step-grandchildren. That sunken tub probably hasn’t been used in years.

I’m going to place this in Oakbrook West, or possibly the older sections of Friendswood. Whoever lives there is retired, has been in that house a LONG time, and takes “home theater” just a little too seriously. Anyone who would do that with what seems to be a renovated garage has WAY too much time on their hands. Good luck selling this litte gem!

What’s the real story on this place?


Location: 6918 Oak Bough Dr., Bayou Bend
Details: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths; 2,459 sq. ft. on a 7,889-sq.-ft. lot
Price: $118,900
The Scoop: Two-story brick-faced home from 1970, just outside the White Oak Bayou floodway, just west of the former Inwood Forest Golf Club. Attached 2-car garage converted to “perfectly designed media room,” with stage and curtains. Downstairs Master Bedroom has sitting area. Dining Room has tile floor, crystal chandelier, mirrored wall. On the market since June of 2008. Price reduced once, by $6K, about a year ago.

And so the curtain falls on this week’s game. We’ll do something like it again next Tuesday, no?

6 Comment

  • I’m still wondering who paired the Bradington-Young Morris Chair-style recliners with the airplane seats and do they come with the house? -laughing-

  • Brad, Im sure if you made the right offer, they would throw in those airline chairs (they probably wouldn’t transition well to the assisted living facility). The house has been on the market for over a year. The owners have been in the house over 20 years, and are probably retiress just holding out for the right price.

  • That whole home theater should be transferred intact to the assisted living facility (or country place, or wherever). It’s too fab to dismantle.

  • Call me crazy, but why hasn’t this sold? Seems like there’s a lot of content here at a darn good price, and you can still have some money left over for redecoration. Is the hood worse than I think it is?

  • Inwood has ben an amazingly cheap place for a long time. You can get a 3000 sq.ft. home on a 7,000 sq.ft. lot for just over 100k. And they appear to be in good shape.

  • I’d remodel it with a match.