04/20/18 12:00pm

Today we’re thanking Houston’s own Central Bank — Swamplot’s Sponsor of the Day! We appreciate 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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04/12/18 12:00pm

Today Swamplot is brought to you by the 3-bedroom home at 5702 Warm Springs Rd. in Westbury. Thanks for the support!

What does a smart renovation of a Westbury Mod look like? The before (above) and after (at top) photos of the previously slate-slathered master bath in this 1959 property offer one suggestion. Reversing this and other unsympathetic changes made to the interior over the years, the home’s current owners have spent time and energy reversing earlier “updating” attempts (the listing agent calls it “backdating”) — to bring the house closer to its midcentury and modern roots.

This flat-roof mod has some history of its own: It was part of the Parade of Homes put on by the Greater Houston Builders Association in 1959. A wall by the entry is covered with a custom mosaic tile pattern; behind it, the den, kitchen, breakfast area, and an alcove now furnished with a tiki bar flow into each other in an expansive space. The back yard of the 8,400-sq.-ft. lot is fenced. The 2,311-sq.-ft. home features 2 separate attached single-car garages, as well as a separate storage building.

If you’d like to see for yourself the home’s new boomerang Formica surfaces, cork floors, and other era-appropriate appointments — as well as a number of original built-ins and period furnishings — you’re in luck: The home has been chosen as Houston Mod’s “Mod of the Month” for April; the organization’s open house event will take place at the property this Sunday, April 15th, from 2 to 4 pm.

To view more photos of this former Westbury show home, check out the property website. If you can’t make this weekend’s open house but would still like to see it in person, contact the listing agent, Robert Searcy of Robert Searcy Properties.

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03/23/18 12:00pm

A thank you today to Houston’s own Central Bank — our Sponsor of the Day! Swamplot appreciates 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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03/13/18 4:30pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: WHAT’S STILL MISSING FROM THE TOP OF THE CENTRAL SQUARE PLAZA REDO “After all the beautiful exterior enhancements, does Claremont plan to update and restore functionality of the enormous electronic retro clock on top of the building? The building now looks so nice. I can’t believe the clock sitting on top has not been restored, paint peeling off and not turned on, especially when it completes the whole retro-mod feel of the entire project.” [Unsure About This, commenting on Midtown’s Redone Central Square Plaza Looking To Lure Tenants to Its Empty Ground Floor] Photo of former Central Square Plaza clock: meltedplastic [license]

03/13/18 3:30pm

The sheet metal façade backed by an assortment of shipping-container parts is now gone, and mountains of stuff have been removed from the longtime junk emporium at 317 W. 19th St. in the Heights, perhaps better known as the open-air building with a front but no roof that lent the shopping district its perhaps now diminished air of funk. The photo at top, sent Swamplot’s way by a flabbergasted reader, shows the now-vacant lot with everything removed. Below it, a rare aerial view from a few years ago reveals secret stashes maintained behind the lot’s corrugated streetfront.

But perhaps what you remember of this lot is different: a mysterious supply house behind whose shiny gate backdrops for hundreds of street scenes emerged over the years? Or a backdrop for fashion shoots?

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Junked
03/13/18 12:00pm

The teeth, eyes, and . . . uh, overall shape of the new shopping center Braun Enterprises is planning for N. Shepherd and 24th St. can be considered taken care of, now that Lovett Dental, Eyes on the Heights Optometry, and Club Pilates have each signed leases for space in the development. That leaves 11,555 sq. ft. still available in 3 separate end-cap spots for any nail salon, podiatrist, or dermatology clinic that wants to fill out the theming for the complex, which would go on the block catty-corner to the H-E-B Heights Market currently under construction.

This would fit in with N. Shepherd’s ongoing transformation: Braun plans to demolish the Miller’s Auto Body Repair Experts facility (as of now still open for business) as well a building formerly occupied by Auto Electric Service on the site in order to construct the 24,000-sq.-ft. shopping center, which includes structured parking as well as a parking lot on the roof of one of the 2 buildings.

A full human-body-part-focused buildout for this planned complex at 2401 N. Shepherd Dr. isn’t so far-fetched: the latest renderings released for the development include generic signage for both a nail salon and a fitness club:

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Body Shop to Body Shopping
03/12/18 12:00pm

Swamplot today is brought to you by the 2-story home at 306 Sylvester Rd. in Northside Village, designed by Martin Lide. We appreciate the support!

What can you expect in a home designed by Houston architect Martin Lide? An Inner Loop location, high windows, sharply pitched roofs, bright-colored exteriors, and primarily monochromatic interiors with room for art on the walls and cool porcelain-tile floors in the main spaces — all favored for their practicality and suitability for Houston homebuyers (and the particular climate they find themselves in here). You’ll find these features and more in his latest modern design: a 3-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home located just west of Lindale Park.

The main living space in this home, created by Lide’s firm Sculpturesque and pictured above, looks onto a deep fenced back yard. All bedrooms are on the second floor. The master bedroom, master bath, and walk-in closet are at the back of the home; the second bedroom is situated so that it could alternately serve as a den, office, or crib room.

This stretch of Sylvester Rd. is the westward extension (past Fulton St.) of Lindale Park’s Avenue of Oaks. The home is about a 7-minute walk from the Lindale Park light-rail station (4 blocks to the south) on Houston’s Red Line. It’s a 5-minute drive from the famed Airline Farmers Market — soon to be remade as the Houston Farmers Market.

You can find additional photos of this home on the property website, and more details — including floor plans — on the property page of Martin Lide’s website. This property is being offered for sale by Boulevard Realty agent Star Massing.

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03/12/18 10:00am

SWAMPLOT’S HOTEL ALESSANDRA DOWNTOWN GETAWAY GIVEAWAY: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Swamplot reader Jesus Torres, whose entry was chosen at random as the winner of the Downtown getaway giveaway Swamplot ran last week. He’ll be receiving a free overnight stay at the Hotel Alessandra — Downtown’s newest hotel — with valet parking, a spa-upgrade voucher, and discount certificates for Lucky Strike and III Forks in nearby GreenStreet included. Did you miss out on entering — or just want a rematch? Stick around — we’ll have another giveaway coming up soon!

03/09/18 12:00pm

Today we thank Houston’s own Central Bank — our Sponsor of the Day! Swamplot appreciates 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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03/08/18 1:15pm

SWAMPLOT’S HOTEL ALESSANDRA DOWNTOWN GETAWAY GIVEAWAY ENDS TODAY Today’s your very last day to enter to win an overnight stay at Downtown Houston’s Hotel Alessandra (plus some accompanying perks) in Swamplot’s latest giveaway. Maybe you’ve already signed up. But do you really want to win the prize? Maybe you’ve seen how you can earn a few extra “entries” (really, additional chances to win) by following Swamplot on social media after you sign up. But did you know at least one entrant has now accumulated more than 200 extra entries (and counting)? How do you do that? Easily: Just spread word about the giveaway on social media or in emails to friends, either by using the links on the confirmation page (there’s a link to that page in your confirmation email), or by using your special link code listed there. For each person who sees your post and then signs up for the giveaway after clicking on it, you’ll be credited with 10 additional entries. Yeah, wowza. But hurry — signups end tonight at midnight!

03/08/18 12:00pm

Our thanks go to Just Buyers Houston, the Houston real estate firm that represents buyers only. Thanks for being today’s Swamplot Sponsor of the Day!

If you’re thinking about jumping into the market for a new place — and are looking for an experienced, data-minded agent to represent you and guide you through the buying process of buying a highrise condo, a townhome, or a single-family home — contact Judy Thompson of Just Buyers Houston.

(And if you’re thinking about becoming a Swamplot Sponsor, contact us.)

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03/07/18 3:15pm

SWAMPLOT IS GIVING AWAY A FREE DOWNTOWN HOUSTON GETAWAY AT THE HOTEL ALESSANDRA One day left: Swamplot is giving away a free overnight stay at Downtown’s newest hotel — the Hotel Alessandra — plus a few accompanying perks. It’s easy to enter! And if you’ve already signed up, you can greatly improve your chances of winning the prize: Just post about it on social media (or send emails to your friends) and you’ll get credited with extra entries when people sign up as a result. To learn more about this giveaway or to sign up for it, click here.

03/02/18 3:00pm

SWAMPLOT GIVEAWAY: WIN A DOWNTOWN HOUSTON GETAWAY AT THE HOTEL ALESSANDRA Swamplot is giving away a free overnight stay at Downtown’s newest hotel — the Hotel Alessandra — plus a few accompanying perks. It’s easy to enter, and you can improve your chances of winning the prize by getting others to enter as well. To learn more about this giveaway or to sign up for it, click here.  

03/01/18 12:00pm

Today our thanks go to Just Buyers Houston, the Houston real estate firm that represents buyers only. Thanks for sponsoring Swamplot!

The market condition pages for townhouses and highrises have just been updated on the Just Buyers Houston website. Take a look. “If you are a highrise buyer you will find the most favorable market condition for buyers in the city,” notes Just Buyers Houston’s Judy Thompson. Demand for these units, she notes, is “not nearly as strong as it is for single-family and townhouses. Townhouses are easier to buy than single-family properties — there is more to choose from and these units generally do not sell immediately.”

You’ll find plenty more arrays of perusable stats for 21 popular neighborhoods on the Just Buyers Houston website. If you’re looking for an experienced, data-minded agent to guide you through the buying process for a highrise condo, a townhome, or a single-family home, give Judy Thompson a call.

Swamplot sponsorships are also easier to buy than a single-family home. Learn more about them here.

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