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The Hammersmith Homeowners' Association welcomes you to our unique community. First, let's clarify that this is not the Hammersmith section of London. This is Houston, Texas, and proud of it. We are pleased when residents of the other Hammersmith decide to move to our Hammersmith instead.

This Hammersmith Community Online website has been created to provide you with information about our neighborhood that will be helpful to both residents and visitors.

WHERE WE ARE. We are a small community in Southwest Houston, Texas, consisting of four square blocks and about 225 homes, nicely cloistered behind a wall along Voss Road. Hammersmith encompasses a handful of streets between Del Monte and Olympia and is near both Houston's Galleria and Memorial areas. Despite our "city" location, our little neighborhood has managed to keep its distinctive residential identity.

RESIDENTS ONLY STUFF. If you are a resident of Hammersmith, the resident directory and lots of other information can be found in the Residents Only area of the site. You will need the username and password to enter this area. 

Read the latest edition of the Hammermith Anvil HERE.

4th Quarterly Meeting of the Hammersmith Community Improvement Association
Tuesday, December 8th, 7:00 pm at Rice Epicurean Market Cooking School - Fountain View

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Not all suspicious characters actually live in Hammersmith! As a result of recent visits by alleged suspicious and unsavory characters from outside our neighborhood, we have stepped up police patrols. As always, contact the police if you see something truly worrisome. 

Since instances have involved homeless persons, the following information could be useful:

The homeless can bring all kinds of mental and legal problems with them which can complicate getting them the health care services they need. The Houston Police Department has a HOT Team (Homeless Outreach Team) whose members are specially trained to work with people who are homeless and who may have mental health or substance abuse issues. In situations such as we've been having at Hammersmith, even though the regular police might not have grounds to arrest someone, the HOT team often can find a way to remove them by getting them into a shelter program or other services which could get them off the street. The contact number we have is for Officer Colin Mansfield (832/394-4200 - office) or 281/883-8849 - cell phone). If he is not available, his co-worker from MHMRA (whose name is Tammy) can be reached at 713/202-5573.
They happen frequently in Hammersmith. This crime has become far too common in Hammersmith, reminding us that as wonderful a place as Hammersmith is, we are nonetheless vulnerable to this sort of thing. But there is something we can do. Quite simply, leave nothing visible in your car that might attract a thief. Since we don't know what they find attractive, leave nothing visible - not even something as ordinary as a small paper sack. If thieves repeatedly find they are wasting their time in Hammersmith, they will go elsewhere.
Lights help deter crime, including car break-ins, theft of plants and statuary, etc. Leave them on. NOTE: Switching to LED bulbs for lights that stay on for long periods will save you money in the long run.
Do not let unsolicited workers into your home. Enough said.

If you're planning some construction around the hacienda, please review the Architectural Control form HERE. You may need to submit one to the Architectural Control Committee.

Want to know the unembellished truth about trash pickup in Hammersmith? When is it picked up? When is it NOT picked up? What is and isn't picked up? Enquiring minds click HERE.


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One of the wonderful things about Hammersmith are trees – the canopy they form over the streets, the shade they provide, their colors and shapes. And yes, their falling leaves and growing branches that require attention. When this community was formed some 50 years ago, the Deed Restrictions required a tree be planted in front of each house on the tree lawn, that area between the sidewalk and curb. Over the years, our trees have changed, and today about one-third of our homes do not have a tree. But we now have a great opportunity to renew our trees.
Hammersmith is partnering with Trees for Houston (www.treesforhouston.org), an organization that provides trees for parks, streets, and communities like ours. They will provide and plant trees for free; our responsibility is to water and care for the trees once they’re planted. Click HERE to see their recommendations for trees for Hammersmith.

The Hammersmith Board of Directors commissioned a Long Range Planning Committee to identify potential future improvements to our almost 50-year-old community.
CLICK HERE for the survey results.
CLICK HERE to view the survey itself.

GOT A POOL KEY QUESTION? (. . .and a few reminders)
Pool keys. Gotta have 'em. Sometimes we forget 'em. Sometimes we can't find 'em. And new residents sometimes wonder where on Earth to get one. So here's the short answer to all your pool key questions: All requests for and questions regarding pool keys should be directed to Carl or Gail Johnson at 713.952.7797.
Also, this might be a good place to remind residents of four things:
  • The pool gate must never be propped open. Leaving the gate open is a violation of the law that could result in us losing our license to have a pool. Don't do it.
  • All guests must be accompanied by a resident.
  • We know kids can be loud, but other pool users like to relax and read. Everbody should have fun at the pool, but parents and grandparents of kids who are screaming, squealing, or shouting would do well to ask them to tone it down as a courtesy to other pool users.
  • Please respect the lap-swimming lane when it's in place. if you're not swimming laps, please leave the lap-lane clear for those who are.

If you use the pool, you've noticed that there is a trash barrel there. But what you may not know is that a volunteer person -- one of your neighbors -- has to empty it. There is no trash pickup by the city at the pool. It's just there for emergencies, really. Try not to use it. When you leave the pool, please leave nothing behind. Take it with you. Your trash footprint should be zero. THANKS!!
The Hammesmith Directory, now available in a fresh edition is available online. It's just like the paper one, but no trees were sacrificed to create it. A few electrons were inconvenienced in the process, bu they have been properly compensated.
Click HERE to access it. You will need the Hammersmith username and password.

Brought to you by Ron Thornton
Ron's Facilities & Maintenance Report. We know Ron. We love Ron. Nobody does more for Hammersmith than this fine gentleman. But you will find Ron only in the residents-only section. To read Ron's latest, HERE.
Ron asks us to "remember that the facilities maintenance committee is a volunteer group. If anyone wants to take over the books and keys, they are ready to transfer. Or if anyone wants to become a member of the committee, we welcome the eyes, ears, and muscle.

Houston Super Neighborhoods
We have not reported on the Houston Super Neighborhood program before, but we are indeed part of one, and we are involved. So click HERE to learn more.

Who's Your City Councilman?
Here He Is:
Oliver Pennington
Houston City Council Member, District G
(832) 393-3007
(832) 395-9571 (fax)