By Boulevard Realty
With continued year-over-year growth and a now firmly established Studedwood headquarters that has become as familiar to the community as its founding location on Heights Boulevard, Boulevard Realty ends 2019 celebrating the ongoing success of a model that puts long-term investment in the community first. According to the firm’s broker/owner Bill Baldwin, that is the true role of the Realtor and real estate brokerage today.
“When you live in a highly desirable neighborhood like a Heights, Timbergrove, Garden Oaks, or Oak Forest, it can get tiresome that the real estate industry often treats our neighborhoods as if it’s only increased home sales that puts you on the map,” expresses Baldwin. “The reality is that decades of work in community strengthening and preservation goes into the anatomy of what we consider a ‘great neighborhood,’ and we see it as our duty to be a part of those efforts in addition to and as an extension of our duty to represent home buyers and sellers here with the utmost skill and experience.”
In 2019, that is precisely the sort of work Baldwin and his team of 60 agents continued to do in their homebase of the Heights and beyond. The real estate veteran sees this neighborhood focus as key to both their past and long-term success.
Locally, the firm continues to support the neighborhood associations that it believes still maintain the fabric of the historic communities where it does business. Boulevard is the longest sustaining Platinum Sponsor of the Houston Heights Association and recently came on board once again as a Gold Sponsor of the Lights in the Heights, organized by the Woodland Heights Civic Association.
The reach of the company’s advocacy today, however, extends far beyond the Heights into other neighborhoods, which has been strategic for Baldwin. “We want to see all of Houston’s neighborhoods both thrive and maintain their unique character, so we consciously promote the same level of civic engagement that we have in the Heights to other neighborhoods,” explains Baldwin, adding, “Education and empowerment are really how we want to measure our impact and success as an organization.”
For his part, Baldwin has steadfastly added to his track record of philanthropy and neighborhood advocacy throughout the year, even as he has delivered weekly free educational courses for Realtors, political candidates, and neighborhood groups and embarked upon his own run for City Council in a heavily crowded race. In addition to those endeavors, Baldwin co-chaired a fundraising event for the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center with his partner Fady Armanious, was appointed an inaugural Board Member for the Freedmen’s Town Conservancy, and shepherded both the expansion of Market-Based Parking through City Council and the Walkable Places Framework through the City’s Planning Commission.
While its niche is as a hub and incubator for community engagement, the company also engages in traditional corporate social responsibility, sponsoring the H.E.A.R.T. Luncheon to raise funds for the program founded in 2006 to create opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential, as well as the FestEve! Night for the Arts benefiting the Community Artists Collective, an organization that has been fostering artists and promoting art in Third Ward for over 30 years, which Baldwin also co-chaired.
Meanwhile, the Houston Relief Hub, initially formed by Baldwin and volunteers after Hurricane Harvey, was revived intermittently throughout the year to provide donations and support for Furloughed Federal Workers affected by the 2018-2019 Partial Government Shutdown, Hurricane Barry, and Tropical Storm Imelda.
“Our success with over $240 million in sales and hundreds more home sales under our belts over this past year, the lion’s share being in the Heights, is something that fills us with immense pride and gratitude, but it is the fact that those numbers allow us to pay it forward that makes us all even prouder and more grateful” proclaims Baldwin, adding, ”To us, it is all in a day’s work, and we will continue that work throughout 2020 and for many years to come.”
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