Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: The Netherworld

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Living Room

The house with the red carpet prompted a wide range of neighborhood guesses this week: 2 each for Willowbend, Lindale Park, and Spring Branch (one of them specifying the area near Long Point or Gessner). Plus: River Oaks, Afton Village, Champion Forest, Oak Forest, Pasadena, Irvington, Meyerland, Sharpstown, Houston Country Club Place, Simms Woods, Hampshire Oaks, Mason Park Terrace, Glenbrook Valley, the East Side, the near East Side, the North Side, the near South Side, and Briarcroft.

But that wasn’t all. A larger number of you this week provided longer descriptions for the neighborhoods. Are we running out of names? These included the I-45/Tidwell/Airline area, the Tidwell/I-45 area close to Luna St., “the cultural cavity that is bounded by I-45/59/I10/610″ (??), the North Side near the Hardy Toll Road, East Westbury off Bellfort, “north of 610 N between the toll road and 45,” the Gulfgate area “east around the brewery or on the other side of the east loop,” “the post-oak so main area in the netherworld between the loop and the beltway,” “Stella Link/Willowbend – to the east of Post Oak and South of the Loop,” off Irvington Park Blvd. just north of 610, “East Side, south of the Lawndale/Telephone nexus but well inside the South Loop,” Riverside (Terrace)/MacGregor, OST/Griggs/South Loop area, “Mykawa/South Acres/Bellfort/Almeda Genoa-kind-of-area,” Mangum/290, and Westbury Sq./W. Airport.

Whew. Those Willowbend guesses . . . so close! The winner was tcpIV, who impressed the judges with this more specific entry:

Poor Granny. We loved her so. I’m hoping for the Stella Link/Willowbend area – to the east of Post Oak and South of the Loop. She was quite a housekeeper though. Gosh I miss her.

tcpIV edged out Chuckles, who drew a slightly larger boundary around

the post-oak so main area in the netherworld between the loop and the beltway

and went home with the Silver. Actual subdivision name: Westwood.

An honorable mention goes to marmer, who wrote:

This looks a lot like my mom’s house, which was built in 1952. The attic fan switch and heater filter detail are identical. Lots of other bathroom elements and little architectural touches are similar. Unfortunately for this particular Guessing Game, she doesn’t live in Houston. Fortunately for me, she’s still alive and has neither the money nor the bad taste to do this to her house. Mid-to-low priced postwar tract house. Not a bungalow. Pre-MCM. Could be almost anywhere.

After the jump: The gory details.


Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: 4106 Omeara Dr., Westwood, Houston

Location: 4106 Omeara Dr., Westwood
Details: 2-3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths; 1,194 sq. ft. on a 7,200-sq.-ft. lot
Price: $165,000
The Scoop: 1955 brick single-story with 1-car attached garage. Large magnolia tree and strange topiary in front yard; Gazebo and covered patio in back. Den/Bedroom adjacent to Kitchen. Hardwood floors under carpet. On the market since the end of last September. Asking price slashed $10K in early March.

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Living Room

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Hall

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Den

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Kitchen

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Half Bath

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Master Bedroom

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Master Bedroom

Neighborhood Guessing Game 20: Bath

Great work, everyone! Your next test is next Tuesday.

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