Neighborhood Guessing Game Over: Coffered Up

Here’s where you thought the home pictured in this week’s Neighborhood Guessing Game might be: 4 of you guessed the western portion of Bellaire, and 3 of you guessed Meyerland. There were also votes for Tanglewood, the Museum District, West University, Southside Place, Clear Lake, Willowbend, South Post Oak, Braeswood, Old Braeswood, Briargrove, Lakeside, Memorial, “along the edges of Memorial Dr. between Chimney Rock and Briar Forest,” “older Memorial, anywhere between Silber and Chimney Rock,” Champions, Spring, The Woodlands, Piney Point Village, and Hedwig Village.

Darn good guesses, most — on a very, very tough house to figure. No one named the exact neighborhood this week, but the winners came close!

With a guess of “generic Memorial,” tcpIV was the only player to describe an area specifically circumscribing the house. And we’ll give first prize also to Scott, who followed tcpIV’s footsteps and named one of the house’s neighboring neighborhoods, Hedwig Village. Congratulations to you both!

Three other players deserve honorable mentions. Brad wins one, for identifying the home’s origins as an “older Ranch.” Darby Mom also tallied quite a few clues:

The older front door and expanded floor plan say maybe a big ranch on one of those big lots in the area just west of Bellaire, Braeburn Country club . . . Meyerland is a possibility, but I think this entryway is too wide. The owners really put some bucks into the kitchen cabinets, granite,floors, and the coffered ceilings . . . The amount of investment could be typical for that area, too. The trees outside are mature I think, so it would have to be an older established area.

And Miz Brooke Smith attacked the geometry:

Given the tiled floor, requisite granite counters and open concept in the kitchen and adjacent family room, and *all that space* — is that a butler’s pantry? — this place appears to have had the entire back wall knocked out and the house greatly expanded ca. 2002, probably into the backyard. So where is this big house? The yard space required to accommodate that buildout, and those deep windows in the downstairs bedroom, belie Meyerland. Yet the notion of even keeping the original part of the house instead of demolishing the whole business says this isn’t, for example, Sandalwood.

So where is this place, really?


Location: 8621 Cedardale Dr., Spring Valley
Details: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths; 3,279 sq. ft. on a 13,950-sq.-ft. lot
Price: $650,000
The Scoop: 1955 Ranch just off Bingle Rd. in the Cedarwood subdivision of Spring Valley, remodeled and expanded by a builder in the mid-nineties. Brick and vinyl exterior; plenty of recessed lighting inside. Glass pocket doors; 2 fireplaces. Study has built-in desks and cabinets. Attached garage; large landscaped back yard.

Great job getting that far! Now can you crack the one that’s on the slate for next Thursday?

2 Comment

  • Aw, shoot! I should have gone with my gut feeling about Spring Branch! Thanks for a good stumper, Gus.

  • Once again, when I see the outside of the house, it is not even close to the picture I had in my head. Much older than I had thought — perhaps that’s where I went so wrong.