New! Where's the Armadillo?

The House

The rental market in Houston is strange, unusual and ...did I say strange? Properties in very poor condition are listed at exorbitant monthly rents, which apparently are paid; mostly because there are so few homes in the lease pool.

Speaking of pools, I really wanted one. But had to be satisfied with a large, clean, brick bungalow with a big shady back yard for Chance.

These photos were taken in October, 1999. Since that time we have actually added furniture. Click the thumbnails to see a larger pic.

*And we have since moved! Our current house is only a few miles away from the old one, but is in better condition and has a beautiful small pool. We are happier here!

HouseFront.jpg (76238 bytes) The house from street level. It's on quite a large lot. Most of the homes in the neighbourhood are a similar style. Please don't let the photograph mislead you. The house does not have a thatched roof.
HouseSide.jpg (100698 bytes) The side of the house. There is a  driveway to the garage at the back.
HouseLRDR.jpg (56983 bytes) From the entrance to the house, looking at the "formal" living room and beyond to Keith in the "formal" dining room. Looking at furnished homes that week, we noticed that  the formal style seems to be a bit overblown and stuffy. Hmmmm.
HouseK.jpg (65536 bytes) Keith checks to see if the previous tenants left any goodies in the dishwasher. Alas, no. Kitchen is ok, small and adequate.
HouseFR.jpg (49611 bytes) Here our realtor, Kathleen, poses by the wet bar and pass-through from the kitchen to the huge family room. The floors here are parquet (very '70's?) and not quite as dark as they appear in the photo.
The family room is nice. I'm sure we'll need this fireplace (actually a working wood-burning unit) a lot when it dips below 80.
HouseGuest.jpg (48871 bytes) The guest room. I know this will entice you to visit. Especially when you learn the carpet is really a nice soft grey.
HouseBath.jpg (52303 bytes) The guest bathroom. This is a '70's house with all the authentic antique '70's features intact, like this very interesting floor.
HouseMBath.jpg (57698 bytes) Keith is relentless in his search for imperfections in the master bedroom ensuite bath. Realtor looks on, flirting.
HouseMBR.jpg (55113 bytes) The master bedroom, with doors to the patio out back.
HousePatio.jpg (63484 bytes) The patio! See the doors to the master bedroom.
HouseBack.jpg (80423 bytes) The back of the house. What a lovely day. In summer we won't be able to enjoy this patio at all. Many people leave town in summer (summer: June, July, August, September).
HouseYard.jpg (74241 bytes) The shady Chance yard, which he will enjoy 8 months of the year. Note: no pool.

 But a pool would be nice.





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