Neighborhood Guessing Game: Book Bed

Think you might be able to guess the location of this home? There’s a Rice Design Alliance membership in it for ya!

Yep, the RDA will provide a free one-year individual membership to the player who wins this week’s Neighborhood Guessing Game. What happens if more than one of you guesses the correct neighborhood? The prize will go to the player who provided the best explanation for his or her guess.

If you already know this property, or if you come across the listing, don’t blab about it and ruin the game for everyone else. Instead, send Swamplot a link to the listing; then post a convincing but wrong guess. If you do this well, you’ll get special recognition when the winner is announced. And if nobody guesses the correct neighborhood, that winner could be you!

Just a few more pictures to pore over:


Think you might have an inkling? Gather up those clues!

When you’re ready, add your guess in the comments section below. We’ll post the answer right here on Thursday!

Update, 1/28: Zing! Here’s our prizewinner!

Photos: HAR

14 Comment

  • I suspect that this is a mid-1950’s to late 1960’s place, with some extensive, but not altogether coherent, renovations throughout the years. I don’t have any great reason for my belief, but I’ll go with something in the (what I call) East End area. Say, east of I-45, but still inside of 610 and south of I-10.

  • It’s a postwar rancher on a largish lot with mature trees. It’s been redone, expensively, once, maybe when the land value started skyrocketing. I’m thinking the screen porch was an addition and maybe even the MCM den fireplace and kitchen expansion was part of that too. The front bedroom windows really give away the age, and it probably looks like its shingle-sided neighbor. The day bed library might be a converted garage. So, where? Garden Oaks, maybe, but we were just there. Houston Country Club Estates/Simms Woods? That would be interesting, but maybe it was a little too sketchy back in the day for the level of updating. I’ll go back to my very first thought. Oak Forest; Ella-ish.

  • Based on the front window in the last photo, the low ceilings, the tile work on the back “breezeway”, and the age of the porch visible through the breezeway window, I’m guessing old Bellaire, east of 610.
    The trees look like those on some of the older streets, like Huisache

  • I’m liking that pink brick and pine paneling too! Could it be somewhere near the rim of Sims Bayou? Maybe near Reveille and Telephone?

  • What a beautiful house! I would live there in a second. And I’m going to guess the Tanglewood area along San Felipe.

  • Since my initial guess of Oak Forest is already taken, I’ll snag the neighbors around it…..Shepherd Park Plaza, Lazybrook, and Timbergrove.

    I’ll also guess that the owner does not cook much. That kitchen decor is not so practical. Love the mosaic floor on the porch.

  • Sugar Land area, the older neighborhood right by the old sugar plant.

  • Westbury. I love the flooring, but the lighting fixtures could be improved. I’d love to have this house.

  • I will guess revamped old Bellaire as well based on the asbestos shingle structure visible and the flooring – Bellaire floors have a unique, almost hollow sound and this floor is speaking to me.

  • Looks like a flood repair in the flooring of the LR. I disagree about the cooking: look at the expensive stove, and the lighting is positioned perfectly for counter work. A bit of thought went into kitchen’s design in the remodeling. It’s just been staged for our benefit; the K shelves are empty in LR photo.

    Now, where? Very large lot, probably w/pool (is that an umbrella stashed away on the porch?) I thought Tanglewood but it seems like the lot is larger than that. I keep getting northwest vibes. Could it be up around Tomball? I love it too, by the way.

  • out by Hobby airport somewhere; east of 45, say off Almeda-Genoa road

  • From the windows in the bedroom and the brick fireplace, this looks like a 1960’s ranch house. They’ve got a larger lot, as visible from the screened-in porch.

    I think it’s one of the older houses in Spring Branch, probably north of Long Point, between Bingle and Gessner. Some place like Spring Branch Estates.

  • Oh, no one’s cooking in that kitchen. And hardly anyone lives in this house anymore! Looks like whoever does is not a television watcher either.

    This is an early ranch, and I don’t think much has been done to it except buying that big slab of granite and building a kitchen island to hold it. It’s in a neighborhood where $$$ improvement is not the goal, but it’s nice that the house looks clean and well kept.

    I’m going to guess an old ranch near the Galleria – maybe the last one left in Afton Oaks.