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2/10/23 Real Estate Photos of the Week

Welcome to the February 10th, Studio Vos Friday Real Estate Photos of the Week (#StudioVosPOTW)! Did you know the original property appraisers would bring a bee with them to houses? It's because value is always in the eye of the bee holder 🐝! I knew you'd like that one.


If you've been following these broadcasts then you have seen millions of dollars worth of physical real estate. Everything from a Seabrook mansion to a not-so-humble-abode in Vintage Park and some tastefully refinished downtown spaces. We truthfully shoot properties like those each week throughout the year -- but they don't constitute the majority of Houston homes. So, even at the risk of keeping it too real, I want to do something different. In honor of the everyday Joe/Josephine, I present to you the Studio Vos POTW: down-home edition.


Today's pictures are from a variety of spaces around Houston. Each one represents a feeling that I hope you can relate to. If not, maybe you grew up in California -- because these should make any Texan feel nostalgic.


#1-2 are from 206 Woodbridge listed by Dalena Del Valle. Ah yes, apartment living. A true staple of growing up in Houston proper (as opposed to one of our many suburban sprawled developments). I can hear someone with a watchful eye yelling "be careful!" from the balcony.

Apartment life. A Houston tradition.
Apartment life. A Houston tradition.

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#2 Said apartment balcony. The green chair is a great upgrade from its pigment challenged predecessor. With this POV it's easy to see why your parents chose to supervise from here instead of ground level.

Said apartment balcony. The green chair is a great upgrade from its pigment challenged predecessor.
Said apartment balcony. The green chair is a great upgrade from its pigment challenged predecessor.

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#3 is from 30623 S Sulphur Creek listed by Elva Duong. Tell me you didn't expect to see a trampoline here! It's the perfect space. Chances are you played in a backyard just like this at some point of your childhood.

The perfect spot for a trampoline!
The perfect spot for a trampoline!

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#4-5 are from 13202 Maupas listed by Mary Markwardt. The quintessential garage. Just enough room to put away your "junk" while maintaining space to walk around. Somewhere there's a box with a Tamagatchi, Super Nintendo, Princess Di beanie baby, pogs, and a bunch of VHS tapes.

The Dodge Caravan is parked at the Stephen F Austin Nacogdoches campus.
The Dodge Caravan is parked at the Stephen F Austin Nacogdoches campus.

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#5 Forest Gump once said that sheds are like a box of chocolates... you never know what's inside. They may appear identical but the inside of each one is as different as their owners'. Mine had a model train collection. My neighbor had a kiln to practice their ceramic skills. What about yours?

Sheds are like a box of chocolates. Some have train collections and others just car parts.
Sheds are like a box of chocolates. Some have train collections and others just car parts.

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#6 is from 1121 Nelson listed by Kami Zapf. Most of our backyards did not look like 50 acres of undeveloped rural land. Yet, growing up in Texas meant you were never too far from a family friend's pastoral countryside plot. Everyone can remember swimming or fishing or learning to drive (a tractor) in similar sylvatic bucolic conditions.

The exact same swimming hole you knew growing up.
The exact same swimming hole you knew growing up.

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#7-8 are from 2207 Metairie listed by Andrea Garcia. This backyard, the smoker grill, picnic bench conveniently covered by the only tree shade, plenty of heavy duty outdoor furniture. How many cookouts do you think were done here? How many kids birthday parties?

The perfect backyard for cookouts and kids parties.
The perfect backyard for cookouts and kids parties.

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#8 The family dinner room. Textured ceiling, beige carpet floor, powdery blue wall color, quick kitchen access, no TV hanging from the wall... Just insert the dining room table and this is for sure where you were eating (assuming nobody was BBQing outside).

The family dinner room.
The family dinner room.

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#9-10 are from 14333 Lost Meadow listed by Christina De La Torre. There's something about built-in cabinetry, exposed decorative beams, and a fireplace -- in Texas. The amalgamation seems to have made abundant sense to enough home developers that most of us saw this same mix growing up. Was there even 1 day per year you could reasonably justify lightning the fire?

Built-in cabinetry, exposed decorative beams, and a fireplace.
Built-in cabinetry, exposed decorative beams, and a fireplace.

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#10 How many of you had sibling(s) growing up? Let me guess, there was only 1 bathroom you could share. Second foretelling: that bathroom did not have a vanity, separated water closet, or 2nd sink. While this last shot may not evoke your lived past, I bet you would've loved these simple features that have become commonplace for modern builders. Lavatories like this simply weren't on the mind of architects in Houston's yesteryear (though the vanity lights haven't changed much).

Bathroom with a vanity, separated water closet, and 2nd sink.
Bathroom with a vanity, separated water closet, and 2nd sink.

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Thanks for making it to the end!


That's it! What a fun little trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoyed (re)experiencing the down-home side of growing up in Houston. Ready for the glow up? Then head over to our Facebook page. Alternatively, our Instagram has a thousand high class, drool worthy, original real estate images from our team. Or, just check out last week's edition.


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