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  1. http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/WEVK/DSC07757.jpg One bedroom one bath apartment with 2 car garage for $525.00 month (includes water & gas). New carpeting and fresh paint. No pets or smoking. Private, fully fenced. 713-641-6413
  2. The Five Most Underrated Neighborhoods Everyone knows THE places to be in Houston. It's just a question of which one fits your taste (and wallet). River Oaks, the Heights, Montrose, Bellaire -- everyone knows those places. But Houston is so vast, so unpredictable, that little bubbles of terrific neighborhoods pop up in the weirdest places. Here are five of the most underrated neighborhoods in Houston, not ranked, just listed: 1.<a href="http://idylwood.org/photo-gallery/">Idylwood Inside the loop, but southeast of downtown instead of the more fashionable west, Idylwood was developed in the 1930s and, like most of these underrated places, watched helplessly as development trended elsewhere. Left behind were affordable classic homes, winding lanes covered by perfect trees, with parks and open space that takes advantage of Brays Bayou and the Villa de Matel convent, pictured above. 2. Oak Forest Even though its homeowners association's webpage is as intimidating as you'd want -- full of bossy announcements about parking and permits -- Oak Forest itself is a less prominent little sister to Garden Oaks, which used to be an underrated neighborhood but now is on everyone's radar. Oak Forest offers everything Garden Oaks does, more or less, but at cheaper prices. On the northwest side of town, it's outside the Loop but if traffic disaster strikes on the mainlanes there are plenty of alternative ways to get home. 3. Garden Villas Let's get the bad news out of the way upfront -- you're near Hobby Airport. Planes will be a part of your life. But so will great old houses from the `30s and `40s, lots of pecan trees, and reasonable prices. You get used to the planes, we're told. 4. Robindell Hey, the guys at Swamplot voted it the city's most underappreciated neighborhood, so who are we to argue? Robindell is a small neighborhood on the borders of Bellaire and Meyerland. It's got the trees those areas have, but instead of McMansions it's been able to keep its older homes from being uprooted. Like many of these neighborhoods, you don't have to travel far to find trouble, but it's worth the occasional siren going by in the night. 5. Glenbrook Valley Hey, the guys at Houston Press (that's us!!) named it the city's "Best Hidden Neighborhood," so who are we to argue? (It'd be a little schizophrenic, really.) Our description from last year: "it reminds us of a much more stylish Sharpstown, with houses that would do a Mad Men character proud set on lots practically the size of small farms." The neighborhood's webpage embraces the `60s feeling, and residents there have been resolute in preserving the history of the place.
  3. Newly renovated Garden Villas website: http://www.gardenvillas.org/outside_home.asp
  4. WVK

    Damn, it's HOT

    Back in 80 I was humping up and down utility poles for GTE in League City. by 9am my leather belt was sweat soaked. There was a fellow on the crew how had just moved from upper "snow belt" New York state. Talk about suffering! WVK
  5. And this morning: http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/WEVK/DSC06917.jpg WVK
  6. From Garden Villas! Different houses on 3/4 acre lots of the type in this discussion: McMansion currently under construction: http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/WEVK/DSC06843.jpg Modest bungalow build a few years ago: http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/WEVK/DSC06840.jpg Old Shotgun under renovation: http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/WEVK/DSC06841.jpg
  7. I had 1/4" thick glass pane made the size of the entire window, installed weather striping tape around the inside edge finished with the black wood frame (30s Garden Villas house) WVK
  8. Speaking of yards, this visited ours this morning: Front: http://s221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/W...nt=DSC06816.jpg Back: http://s221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/W...nt=DSC06817.jpg wvk
  9. Here's one: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y
  10. We are relative newcomers to Garden Villas - 22 years. I believe that the reason for so many long time residents is the sense of privacy and "room to breath" that a 3/4 acre lot with an abundance of mature trees and shrubbery provide. The pecan lined streets are "tunnels of shade", temperatures inside the neighborhood are several degrees cooler than the surrounding areas. Garden Villas is ideal for all outdoor activities such as jogging, biking, gardening. Note yard: http://search.har.com/engine/dispSearch.cf...mp;backButton=Y The value is in the land. which, at this moment , is rather cheap. WVK
  11. http://s221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/W...nt=DSC06805.jpg
  12. There is a bunch of rehab work currently going on in GV.
  13. I would appreciate a fencing contractor recommendation. (time to tighten up security) WVK
  14. For Sale: Barn Door Kid's furniture dark pine finish includes: Loft II Bunk Bed with ladder, underneath rolling storage compartment & mattresses 5 Drawer chest Student Desk w/carrel & chair Bookcase (3' 6" x 5' 8") and this piece: http://s221.photobucket.com/albums/dd244/W...t=1206976840778 Excellent condition. Original price $2,500 Asking $950 Garden Villas (Hobby area)
  15. Highly recommended: Loma Foundation Repair 6721 Dillon St, Houston, TX 77061-3821, United States (Map) Phone: (713) 645-6401
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