Most people know Bill Baldwin as the proud broker and owner of Boulevard Realty, an independent boutique firm with about 60 agents working in Houston and Galveston and their support staff of 18. Last year, with $215 million in sales, Boulevard once again ranked in the top 10 real estate firms selling in central Houston. The firm also ranked in Houston Business Journal’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Firms city-wide. Looking past those numbers, Bill is simply proud of the fact that Boulevard is not just a dedicated set of realtors to so many Houstonians, but a resource and a friend too.
Bill’s passion for the betterment of life for all Houstonians is what motivates him every day. This includes an array of volunteer leadership opportunities. One of his most rewarding platforms to give back was forming the Houston Relief Hub, a citizen-led hub for donations, volunteering, and relief formed in the aftermath of Harvey. This ad hoc organization ended up staying open nearly three months after Harvey and then paid it forward as the official City of Houston delegation for Puerto Rico relief following Hurricane Maria. Bill has also served multiple terms as President of the Houston Heights Association and co-chaired Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Quality of Life Transition Committee. To broaden his impact, he also sits on the boards and fundraises for countless not-for-profit organizations. From his Vice Chairmanship of the Walkable Places Committee to his position on the North Houston Highway Improvement Project Steering Committee, in the City’s most important policy discussions, Bill is a constant voice for a higher quality of life and for equitability in all of Houston’s neighborhoods.
One of Bill’s favorite opportunities to serve is as a City of Houston Planning Commissioner, the very first appointment of Mayor Turner’s administration. For Bill, this role is a perfect fit as it’s one that draws from not only his professional experience but his ongoing study of the city’s ever-changing landscape from a property owner’s standpoint.
To Bill, each dwelling or commercial development is an important building block toward Houston's future. Each one signifies a family or individual choosing their own place to retreat from a hard day's work, another chapter in Houston’s longtime history as an economic powerhouse, and how each Houstonian has a sense of identity intrinsically tied to our community.
What most probably don’t know about Bill is that he’s a voracious reader, a cycling and running enthusiast, and an ardent supporter of Houston’s urban transformation. Houston has always been a phenomenal city, but it is now gaining international renown as the place to reside, work, play, and prosper with an unparalleled quality of life. In every dimension of his life, Bill does all that he can to contribute to a city characterized by diversity, equitability and opportunity. That is Bill’s Houston.
At the end of the day, however, Bill’s just the proud father of two fellow Sam Houston State alumni, with Richard graduating with his bachelor’s and Ginger having attended a graduate program. Regardless of any successes in Bill’s life—and he hopes there will be many more—Ginger and Richard make him the proudest!