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Sandra Gunn

Sandra Gunn
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4141 Southwest Frwy,
Suite 250

Houston TX 77027
Office: 713.224.2777

Sandra Gunn has received the following awards:

• 2011 Five Star Professional Award / Texas Monthly
• 2007 Top Production Realtor Award*
• 2006 Top Production Realtor Award*
• 2005 Top Production Realtor Award*
• 2004 Top Production Realtor Award*
• 2004 Sold on My Realtor Award**
• 2002 Top 100 Agents in Houston*

* Houston Association of Realtors (HAR)
**Houston Chronicle

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Sandra Gunn owns one of the most respected, productive boutique real estate firms in Houston. She is a native Houstonian and has been selling Houston real estate since 1984.

Regarded as an expert of Houston real estate by her peers, previous clients and the media such as the Houston Chronicle, Houston Business Journal, 002 Magazine, KHOU - Channel 11, KRPC - Channel 2, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, HGTV - Lofty Ideas, Better Homes and Gardens and more, Sandra and her team of professionals are available to assist Houston real estate buyers, Houston real estate sellers, Houston real estate developers and those looking at the Houston real estate rental market. Houston real estate specialty markets include new construction homes in West University, Southgate and the Medical Center areas; historic homes including Houston Heights, Montrose, Southampton and Boulevard Oaks; urban high density areas including Downtown, Midtown, Rice Military, Washington Avenue corridor, Museum District, Uptown Park and the Galleria; as well as all the Houston high-rise and rental buildings. She is an expert in all Houston loft buildings including St. Germain Lofts, Capitol Lofts, Kirby Lofts, Hermann Lofts, Rice Lofts, Bayou Houston Lofts, Empire Lofts, Franklin Lofts, Gotham Lofts, Stanford Lofts, Il Palazzo Lofts, Live Oak Lofts, Metropolis Lofts, Renoir Lofts, Washington Lofts, Manhattan Lofts, The RISE Lofts, Keystone Lofts and Paramount Lofts.

She continually ranks year after year in HAR's Top Producer Realtor list out of all 25,000+ members.

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JULY 2011


shafik i. rifaat, aia, aicp
SIR Inc. Architects & Planners

Professor of Architecture, University of Houston,  SIR Inc. Architects & Planners, Master’s of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Master’s of City Planning, Harvard University  Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Alexandria, Egypt .

Natalye Appel

CURRENT PROJECTS: Remodeling an addition to the old Boy Scout Building on Bagby and an accompanying 8-story garage with restaurant on the ground level.

RECENT PROJECTS: Philippe Restaurant + Lounge on Post Oak Boulevard; aproposal for a glass and canvas pavilion in Hermann Park; a residence in Sugar Land; tax credit housing for veteran women.

HOW DID YOU COME TO LIVE IN HOUSTON? I came to Houston to attend the master's program at the College of Architecture at the University of Houston

HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF A RESTAURANT? When I was a child growing up in Egypt, my mother, despite having a full-time cook, prepared our special dish every day. I remember helping her prepare tiny okra (Bamia) which were stacked one by one in a circular manner on top of lamb, onions and garlic and laid in a special pot. After cooking, it would be reversed into a plate like a perfect mound that let the juices seep into the okra. To be able to design a good restaurant, you have to love food. Designing a restaurant, as with any architectural project, begins with the context in which the restaurant will be built. A place like Grotto that was located in a strip shopping center had built-in parameters and an exterior vocabulary that I had to work within. It was the same with Philippe Restaurant + Lounge in the new BLVD Place. On the other hand, a restaurant such as Tony's on an open space begins from the ground up allowing more freedom of creativity. There are three key elements to restaurant design: ambience, back of the house (kitchen) and the front of the house. As the architect, I find the most important piece is the ambience because it is the essence of the restaurant. The type of cuisine, price point and clientele also influence the design.

WHAT ARE THE TRENDS YOU ARE SEEING? Restaurants are more casual and there is more outdoor dining, the greater use of filtered lighting and lower ticket.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARCHITECT AND WHY? Michelangelo, because he was master of all arts – painting, sculpture, architecture and engineering.

WHAT DROVE YOU TO ARCHITECTURE AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? The combination of arts and sciences was the draw, and the aspects I enjoy most are the creativity involved and sense of accomplishment once a project is completed.

WHAT ARE YOU ITCHING TO WORK ON? A hotel in a beautiful natural setting and a grand residence overlooking a body of water or with a grand view.

HOW CAN CHILDREN BE ENCOURAGED TO APPRECIATE ARCHITECTURE? They should learn to draw free-hand and be taught an appreciation of art in all its form.

IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARCHITECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A musician or a painter.

WHAT STAMP OR IDEA DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE ON THE WORLD AND WHY? The concept of great places for people to enjoy a peaceful life, places that are visually pleasing and a positive impact on my students at the University of Houston.

BEST PLACES TO HANG OUT: Tony's bar (a table in front of the fireplace); Hotel Granduca bar for European ambience; El Tiempo on Richmond for killer top-shelf margaritas; Philippe Restaurant + Lounge for great bar menu.

LAST PLACE YOU WANT TO GO BEFORE YOU GO: Fly fishing in a beautiful remote area.

MOTTO: Enjoy life. Make the people around you happy. Share the good things in life with someone you love.

FAVORITES

FAVORITE GADGET A good chef's knife and a good corkscrew FANTASY DINNER PARTNERS I.M. Pei, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga ON YOUR iPOD Mozart and Vivaldi VACATION SPOT Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy BEST GIFT YOU HAVE RECEIVED Love FAVORITE FLOWER Gardenia for fragrance, peonies for beauty FAVORITE STRUCTURE Egyptian pyramids


 By Sandra Gunn, Broker Associate with Boulevard Realty can be found at www.sandragunn.com or at 713.224.2777 | Photography by Jack Potts | Riaro at Solutions for Hair | Makeup: Asher, Kuhl-Linsomb | Jewelry: DePetra, available at Kuhl-Linsomb.

 

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shafik i. rifaat, aia, aicp September 2011
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Natalye Appel, FAIA
July 2011
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Sophia Malik and Cord Bowen
Mark Schatz and Anne Eamon
April 2011
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A Real Estate Rewind February 2011
A Real Estate Rewind | Archichat February 2011 A Real Estate Rewind | Archichat
Mayor Annise Parker & Laura Spanjian January 2011
Sandra Gunn & Annise Parker
Mark Johnson & Jenny Staff | HOMETTA July 2010
Sandra Gunn, Mark Johnson & Jenny Staff
Jeremy McFarland | Brickmoon Design April 2010
Sandra Gunn & Jeremy McFarland
Randall Davis, Larry Levine, Geoff Jones, Dereck Darnell February 2010
Sandra Gunn & Randall Davis, Larry Levine, Geoff Jones, Dereck Darnell
Jay Baker | Jay Baker Architects December 2009
Sandra Gunn & Jay Baker Houston
Barkitecture October 2009
Sandra Gunn Barkitecture Houston
Paul Homeyer | Gensler September 2009
Tim Cisneros | Cisneros Design Studio August 2009
 
Randhir Sahni | Architect June 2009
 
Sam Nash | Architect May 2009
 
Newberry Campa Architects April 2009
 
Erick Ragni & Scott Strasser March 2009
 
Issac Preminger February 2009
 
Mark Scioneaux December 2008
 
Fernando Brave November 2008
 
John Allen October 2008
 
Ian Rosenberg September 2008
 
Kathy Heard August 2008
 
Su Nguyen July 2008
 
Kurt Aichler June 2008
 
Scott Ziegler May 2008
 
Allen Bianchi April 2008