07/27/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home at 1530 Hawthorne St. in Montrose, offered for sale by Norhill Realty. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

First of all: Note the location. This home is in Mandell Place in Montrose, one of Houston’s most walkable districts. Hugo’s restaurant is a block-and-a-half away. Common Bond croissants are a 5-minute walk west. The Menil Collection is a 6-block walk to the south. H-E-B, Kroger, and Trader Joe’s are all within a 1-mile radius of this home.

1530 Hawthorne is a carefully designed custom home that combines modern finishes with spaces appropriate to a family. A porte cochere on the west side of the home frames the entrance to a side patio and pool that lines the center of the home’s C-shaped plan. A 2-car garage at the back of the home is attached.

Inside, the main living space, which includes an open kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless-steel Thermador appliances (pictured above), parallels the pool and fronts a featured staircase. The ground floor also features a study, a family room, and a full bathroom. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, including the master suite, and a flex room that could serve as an additional study or kids’ play area.

The photos in Norhill Realty’s property listing include an aerial view that shows the configuration of the home as well as views of Montrose and Downtown in the distance. You’ll also find a frame-by-frame tour of the home’s major spaces. If you like what you see there and want to view the property in person, contact Mark Brawley at 281-650-3384 or mark@norhillrealty.com to set up your own showing. To keep up with Norhill Realty’s latest listings and real estate tips, follow the Norhill Realty Facebook page or check out the Norhill Realty website.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/26/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day for today, TechSpace Houston, wants to let you know about an event you might want to attend taking place at its Westchase campus tomorrow. Thanks for supporting this site!

TechSpace Houston — the new modern and flexible workspace in Westchase, is hosting a happy hour on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 7 pm — and extending an exclusive invitation to Swamplot readers:

Join TechSpace + Office Party Houston for the Bayou City Bash Happy Hour!

  • When: Thursday, July 27th from 5 to 7 pm
  • Where: TechSpace Houston, 2101 CityWest Blvd., ground floor
  • Enjoy networking, wine, beer, and soda or water along with complimentary small bites.
  • Please RSVP if you can make it!

Can’t make the happy hour? Claim your free day pass! Come try TechSpace Houston’s unique shared office space totaling 46,000 sq. ft. with 450 workstations and lots of campus amenities. Each floor houses a variety of office space solutions, including co-working spaces, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites that can accommodate 4-to-50 people, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges — including a unique social platform-style seating area and an outdoor Wi-Fi enabled patio!

TechSpace Houston provides an alternative to long-term leases. It’s a great solution for all types of businesses, no matter what stage: startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, growth companies, and Fortune 100 teams. If you are in need of flexible office space — whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into the local business community or have 2-to-50 employees who need a private office — TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice for your business.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/25/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor is ASCOT — also known as the Alcohol Servers Counsel of Texas. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

If you work in a restaurant, or in any kind of food-service or food-prep operation, you’re probably already familiar with state requirements for training in food-handling safety. And if you work in a bar or for an alcohol distributor, you probably already know why it’s so important that everyone who has anything to do with selling, dispensing, or delivering any kind of alcoholic beverage complete state-certified training in alcohol safety.

Since 1988, ASCOT has been licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to provide TABC-certified alcohol-server training programs. That makes ASCOT one of the oldest and most established food and beverage certification programs in the country — as well as Texas’s longest-running provider of training in this important field. And ASCOT has been a preferred source for training in food handling in Houston since 2004.

If you’re responsible for making sure new employees are trained promptly and well in these particular areas, you can be sure they’re getting the exact program they need — in the most helpful format possible — by sending them to ASCOT. ASCOT offers its training courses both in a classroom setting and online, in both English and Spanish.

Use the discount code ASCOT on the alcoholservers.com website and the online alcohol-server training course works out to just $9.89 per class. The food-handling class costs just $7.00 — no discount code is needed.

ASCOT’s server-training program is certified by the TABC, and its food-handler program is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard. For more details, or to sign up, head over to the ASCOT website — alcoholservers.com — or call 713.922.1223.

Show your support of Swamplot. Become a Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
07/21/17 12:00pm

Sponsoring Swamplot again today: the Downtown District, so you can get another good look at the recently launched Downtown Houston web portal. Thanks for supporting this site!

Check out the new Downtown Houston website! It’s your destination for everything Downtown. The website should answer what most people want to know about heading into the city.

Curious about what events are happening? Check. Have an itch to discover hidden gems? Check. Hungry for good eats from a chef-driven restaurant, or looking for great brunch and breakfast spots? Check. Not sure where to find parking around your destination? Visiting for work and searching for leisure activities? Check and check.

The Downtown District’s new online platform aims to inform, educate, and entertain — so that residents, visitors, and commuters can enjoy the abundance of Downtown’s amenities and offerings: dining, playing, enjoying the arts, worshipping, and learning!

“The Downtown Houston website has always been a great one-stop shop for information about restaurants, parking, events, and more,” says Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications for the Downtown District. “With this major update, we have expanded our focus on living, working, exploring, and staying Downtown, as well as improving upon the resources that the public has come to rely on.”

In addition to comprehensive guide listings and an all-inclusive event calendar, the website features an interactive map that assists with parking (where to park, for how much, and an option to reserve spaces), while also letting visitors know what’s nearby and what events are happening that day — a feature you cannot find in a parking app or by using Google Maps alone.

The new site features portraits of Downtown’s unique and historic neighborhoods — as well as an editorial section with articles and videos highlighting Downtown lifestyles and area businesses. The content reflects the Downtown District’s efforts to support the growth of the residential population, provide a premier work environment, and attract locals and out-of-town visitors.

Your adventure begins Downtown!

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Sponsor of the Day
07/20/17 12:00pm

Sponsoring Swamplot today: the Downtown District, to highlight the recently launched Downtown Houston web portal. Thanks for supporting this site!

Take a good look at the new Downtown Houston website. It’s your destination for everything Downtown. The website should answer what most people want to know about heading into the city.

Curious about what events are happening? Check. Have an itch to discover hidden gems? Check. Hungry for good eats from a chef-driven restaurant, or looking for great brunch and breakfast spots? Check. Not sure where to find parking around your destination? Visiting for work and searching for leisure activities? Check and check.

The Downtown District’s new online platform aims to inform, educate, and entertain — so that residents, visitors, and commuters can enjoy the abundance of Downtown’s amenities and offerings: dining, playing, enjoying the arts, worshipping, and learning!

“The Downtown Houston website has always been a great one-stop shop for information about restaurants, parking, events, and more,” says Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications for the Downtown District. “With this major update, we have expanded our focus on living, working, exploring, and staying Downtown, as well as improving upon the resources that the public has come to rely on.”

In addition to comprehensive guide listings and an all-inclusive event calendar, the website features an interactive map that assists with parking (where to park, for how much, and an option to reserve spaces), while also letting visitors know what’s nearby and what events are happening that day — a feature you cannot find in a parking app or by using Google Maps alone.

The new site features portraits of Downtown’s unique and historic neighborhoods — as well as an editorial section with articles and videos highlighting Downtown lifestyles and area businesses. The content reflects the Downtown District’s efforts to support the growth of the residential population, provide a premier work environment, and attract locals and out-of-town visitors.

Your adventure begins Downtown!

Let locals know what you’re doing: Become a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

 

Sponsor of the Day
07/19/17 12:00pm

Our sponsor today is the pair of new homes at 928 Adele St. in Sunset Heights. Thank you for supporting Swamplot!

These 2 modern homes were designed and constructed by the Ferguson Home Group. Each home is 2 stories, has 3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 bathrooms, and has a fenced-in yard in back. The main living spaces are on the first floor; the living rooms open directly to the back yard through a 3-panel “telescoping” sliding glass door (pictured at top) that disappears entirely into the wall when fully open — a neat way to open the indoors to the outdoors on beautiful days.

The kitchens have floor-to-ceiling modern cabinetry, pendant light fixtures, and bar seating at the island. You’ll find a vaulted stained-wood ceiling in the upstairs master bedroom of each home, as well as a signature claw-footed tub in the master bath.

You’ll find plenty of great places to eat nearby: The cheeses and treats at Houston Dairymaids are just a block away; Asia Market is just a few blocks south. The entire Heights 19th St. shopping district is just a 7 minute bike ride to the west.

To view more photos and find out more about these homes, view the property website. If you’d like to see them in person, come by this Sunday, July 23rd, for an open house scheduled to run from 1 pm to 3 pm. If that time doesn’t work out for you, contact the listing agent, Rogelio Olivetti, at 713.320.2867 to make a private viewing appointment.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/18/17 12:00pm

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is the renovated Midcentury Mod single-story 4-bedroom home at 13002 Kimberley Ln. in Memorial Plaza, offered for sale by Norhill Realty. Thank you for supporting this site!

This 1960 home with distinctive tall front windows has been extensively renovated. Sited on a 10,255-sq.-ft. lot on the corner of Wax Myrtle Ln., it’s zoned to Rummel Creek Elementary, Memorial Middle School, and Stratford High School. The shopping, restaurants, and nightlife of CityCentre are just a 4-minute bike ride away.

Inside, the plan is open, a brand new kitchen set back from the beamed and vaulted ceilings of the living and dining spaces that face the street. Behind the kitchen a den looks out to the landscaped back yard, which features a new concrete patio, a play structure, and half-a-dozen or so tall pines. Sprinklers and an automatic mosquito misting system have been installed. The master bedroom has views to the back as well; its bathroom suite has been completely redone and features double sinks, both tub and glass-enclosed shower, and a walk-in closet.

Do take a look at all the photos of this home in Norhill Realty’s property listing. If you’d like to see it in person, you’ll have a chance at the open house this Sunday, July 23rd, from 1 to 3 pm. Or contact Vincent Biondillo at 713-449-2416 or vincent@norhillrealty.com to set up your own showing. To keep up with Norhill Realty’s latest listings and real estate tips, follow the Norhill Realty Facebook page or check out the Norhill Realty website.

Got a nice home to share? Swamplot readers are just a Sponsor of the Day away!

Sponsor of the Day
07/14/17 12:00pm

Today our Sponsor of the Day is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/12/17 12:00pm

Our Sponsor of the Day today is TechSpace Houston, a new and modern flexible workspace in Houston’s Westchase district. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

TechSpace Houston is excited to offer Swamplot readers a free day pass! Come try this unique shared office space (totaling 46,000 sq. ft.) with 450 workstations and lots of campus amenities. Each floor houses a variety of office space solutions —including co-working, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites that can accommodate 4 to 50 people, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges — such as a unique social platform-style seating area (pictured at top) and an outdoor Wi-Fi-enabled patio.

TechSpace Houston provides a great alternative to long-term leases, no matter what stage your business is in — if you’re a startup, an entrepreneur, an SME, a growth company, or a Fortune 100 team. Whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into our business community or have 2 to 50 employees who need a private office, if you’re looking for flexible office space, TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice.

TechSpace Houston is located on the first and second floor at 2101 CityWest Blvd. in Houston. Contact TechSpace for a tour — or call 877.569.5959. Can’t wait to see the space in person? View the 360-degree virtual tour online!

Looking for flexible marketing options for your business? Becoming a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day can help.

Sponsor of the Day
07/11/17 12:00pm

Swamplot’s sponsor today is Plan Downtown and the Downtown District, to remind you about tomorrow’s Plan Downtown workshops. Thanks to both for supporting this site!

This Wednesday, July 12th, Plan Downtown will be conducting 4 separate sessions of public workshops about the future of Downtown — in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, at 909 Texas Ave. Downtown. The workshops will consist of conversations about how Downtown Houston can better serve its residents, visitors, commuters, the city of Houston, and the region. Feedback gathered at these events will inform Plan Downtown, a 20-year vision plan that will outline recommendations for planning, development, and design within and around Downtown Houston.

If you care about Downtown and have ideas to share, you’ll want to attend. Details and workshop schedules are listed in the poster above — and on this page of the Plan Downtown website.

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Sponsor of the Day
07/07/17 12:00pm

Today’s sponsor is Plan Downtown and the Downtown District, seeking your good ideas about Downtown Houston. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Have good ideas? Plan Downtown officials want to hear them.

The Houston Downtown Management District and its partner organizations are inviting everyone to participate in public workshops on July 12 at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, at 909 Texas Ave.

These workshops will continue conversations about how Downtown Houston can better serve its residents, visitors, commuters, the city of Houston, and the region. The feedback gathered at these events will inform Plan Downtown, a 20-year vision plan that will outline recommendations for planning, development, and design within and around Downtown Houston — with the goal of positioning the area for a competitive and enriched future. For more information about Plan Downtown, visit the Plan Downtown website.

If you work in, live in, play in, or occasionally visit Downtown Houston, this is your opportunity to speak your mind and be heard. Four topical planning sessions will explore potential development recommendations for business, transit, attractions, and livability:

  • The Premiere Business Location (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Houston’s Leading Multi-Modal Center (1:30 to 3 p.m.)
  • Houston’s Greatest Place To Be (3:30 to 5 p.m.)
  • The Standard for Urban Livability (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

Each session will begin with an overview of Plan Downtown, followed by a general outline of the topics covered in the overall strategic plan. With the help of a project lead, participants will delve deeper into the assigned topic through a brief presentation. Hands-on activities, engaging exercises, and interactive stations will serve as mediums to capture ideas, thoughts and feedback.

Important event coming up? Getting the word out is a whole lot easier when you’re a Swamplot Sponsor of the Day. Here’s how to become one.

Sponsor of the Day
06/30/17 12:00pm

Today on Swamplot our sponsor is Houston’s own Central Bank. Thanks for the continuing support!

Central Bank has 4 (central) Houston branches available to meet your business or personal needs: in Midtown, the Heights, West Houston, and Post Oak Place.

Central Bank believes that change is essential to its success; the company actively pursues the latest in service, technology, and products. Central Bank aims to know its customers personally and to be their primary business and personal financial resource. The bank’s staff values relationships and strives to be available when you need them.

To learn more about how Central Bank can meet your banking needs, please call any of the following Senior Vice Presidents: Kenny Beard, at 832.485.2376; Bonnie Purvis, at 832.485.2354; Carlos Alvarez, at 832.485.2372; or Ryan Tillman, at 832.485.2307. You can also find out more on the bank’s website.

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Sponsor of the Day
06/29/17 12:00pm

Today’s Sponsor of the Day is the home at 920 Leavins St. in Baytown. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

Where o where can you find a classic Midcentury Mod for — gulp! — less than $150K? We’ll repeat that address: 920 Leavins St. (Leavins is a dead-end street off Marian St. in Baytown). This not just any-old Midcentury Mod. It’s the second home in Baytown ever built with central AC.

This 3-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home was designed for a client by George F. Pierce of Pierce and Pierce Architects — the same firm now known as PGAL — and completed in 1951. Pierce taught architecture at Rice University and with his firm designed several buildings at Rice — as well as the original Houston Museum of Natural Science and the first 2 terminals of Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.

The interior of the brick home includes a den (pictured above) with a vaulted beamed ceiling, cove lighting, and a fireplace on an angled wing wall expressed on the home’s exterior. Paralleling the den and separated from it by sliding doors fitted with ribbed glass is a living and dining area with the original quarry tile flooring. You’ll find vaulted ceilings and some clerestory windows in bedrooms and even bathrooms. The 2,218-sq.-ft. home sits on a 10,000-sq.-ft. lot., along with some mature oak trees.

You’ll want to look through more photos of this home — they’re available on the property website. But there are also a number of intriguing design details about it you just can’t appreciate from the listing. So if this property looks at all interesting to you, contact the listing agent, Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

Where intriguing homes get attention: On Swamplot, as a Sponsor of the Day.

Sponsor of the Day
06/28/17 12:00pm

Today’s Swamplot sponsor is ASCOT — also known as the Alcohol Servers Counsel of Texas. Thanks for supporting this site!

If you work in a restaurant, or in any kind of food-service or food-prep operation, you’re probably already familiar with state requirements for training in food-handling safety. And if you work in a bar or for an alcohol distributor, you probably already know why it’s so important that everyone who has anything to do with selling, dispensing, or delivering any kind of alcoholic beverage complete state-certified training in alcohol safety.

Since 1988, ASCOT has been licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to provide TABC-certified alcohol-server training programs. That makes ASCOT one of the oldest and most established food and beverage certification programs in the country — as well as Texas’s longest-running provider of training in this important field. And ASCOT has been a preferred source for training in food handling in Houston since 2004.

If you’re responsible for making sure new employees are trained promptly and well in these particular areas, you can be sure they’re getting the exact program they need — in the most helpful format possible — by sending them to ASCOT. ASCOT offers its training courses both in a classroom setting and online, in both English and Spanish.

Use the discount code ASCOT on the alcoholservers.com website and the online alcohol-server training course works out to just $9.89 per class. The food-handling class costs just $7.00 — no discount code is needed.

ASCOT’s server-training program is certified by the TABC, and its food-handler program is ANSI Accredited as meeting the ASTM E2659-09 standard. For more details, or to sign up, head over to the ASCOT website — alcoholservers.com — or call 713.922.1223.

Becoming a Swamplot sponsor is a great way to show your support of Swamplot. And it’s easy to do.

Sponsor of the Day
06/21/17 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is sponsored by TechSpace Houston. Thanks for supporting this site!

Have you seen the new TechSpace Houston campus? It’s a new modern flexible workspace in Westchase. There’s a total of 450 workstations and 95 private offices in 46,000 sq. ft.; each of the 2 floors houses a variety of different office space configurations. Co-working, 1-to-3-person private offices, large private office suites, conference rooms, event spaces, and a variety of thought-provoking collaboration lounges are available — including a unique social platform-style seating area and an outdoor Wi-Fi enabled patio.

At TechSpace Houston, there’s no need to commit yourself or your company to a long-term lease. TechSpace works for all types of businesses, including startups, SMEs, growth companies, and Fortune 100 teams. Whether you work alone and need a co-working desk to tap into the local business community, or have 2 to 50 employees who need a private office, if you need flexible office space, TechSpace Houston can be a smart choice for your business.

TechSpace Houston is located on the first and second floor at 2101 CityWest Blvd. in Westchase. For pricing and tour availability, contact TechSpace Houston by filling out this brief online form — or by calling 877.569.5959. Can’t wait to see the space in person? Take a look at this 360-degree virtual tour!

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Sponsor of the Day