Houston Neighborhoods Real Estate Blog and Tips

Jan. 30, 2023

Riverside Terrace Living Made Easy

Riverside Terrace Living Made Easy

Houston, Texas is a city bursting with diverse neighborhoods and Riverside Terrace is one of its most unique. Located along Texas State Highway 288 and just north of the Texas Medical Center, Riverside Terrace is a community of convenience and vibrancy. With its close proximity to the heart of the city, residents enjoy easy access to delicious food, shopping, and entertainment.

Riverside Terrace is one of Houston’s most diverse neighborhoods, with people from all backgrounds living side by side. Its unique atmosphere provides a wonderful sense of community, making it one of the most desirable places to live in Houston.

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Posted in Living in Houston
Jan. 23, 2023

Houston Historic Neighborhood: Boulevard Oaks

Houston Historic Neighborhood: Boulevard Oaks - Main Image

Houston's beloved Boulevard Oaks neighborhood is renowned for being one of the most beautifully designed residential neighborhoods in the city. Developed during Houston's building boom and designed by some of the city's finest architects, Boulevard Oaks is lined with tall oak trees and opulent homes that remind residents they live in a special place.

Boulevard Oaks was built with no attention to detail spared and remains one of the most attractive neighborhoods in Houston. Whether you're looking for a starter home or a luxurious estate, Boulevard Oaks will enchant you with its historic charm and luxurious architecture.

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Posted in Living in Houston
Jan. 4, 2023

How to Narrow Down Your Home Search

Are you looking for a new home? It can be overwhelming when you start your search. You’ve got to consider location, size, budget, and more. Here are some tips to help narrow down what you need in a home and what you want. 

Start with Location:

When deciding on the area where you want your home, think about what matters most to you. Do you need to be close to public transportation or certain schools? Or maybe the amenities of the neighborhood are important. Set up an alert that will keep you updated on new homes that come onto the market in your desired area. 

Think Carefully About Size:

The size of your new home is one of the most important things to consider before making a purchase decision. If there are too many bedrooms and bathrooms, it may be hard for you to maintain them all and might cost more money in utilities than necessary. On the other hand, if there are not enough bedrooms or bathrooms, it could limit how much value your home has in the future when you decide to sell it. 

Know Your Budget:

Before diving into searching for homes online, have a realistic idea of how much house you can afford so that you don't waste time looking at places that are out of reach financially. Consider getting pre-approved by a lender so that once you find a place that ticks all your boxes within your budget, you’re ready to make an offer right away! 

As exciting as it is to look for a new home, make sure not to get overwhelmed by all the choices available! It’s helpful to narrow down your needs and wants in order to find a place that suits both perfectly – whether it's near great schools or has plenty of space for entertaining guests – so take some time beforehand and map out exactly what's important during this exciting process! Happy house hunting!

Posted in Home Buying
Dec. 21, 2022

Bellaire Texas Living & Lifestyle

Bellaire Texas Living & Lifestyle

Just a stone's throw away from the heart of Houston, Bellaire Texas is the exact definition of suburban living. Residents enjoy the convenience of a small-town lifestyle that is close to all the resources, entertainment, and culture that Houston has to offer.

The residential character that is present in Bellaire is highlighted by its tree-lined streets and traditional neighborhoods, making it stand out among all other cities in the metro area. Those who are typically drawn to this area are young professionals, families, and those looking for a quieter lifestyle.

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Posted in Home Buying
Dec. 21, 2022

What You Need To Know About Living In River Oaks

What You Need To Know About Living In River Oaks

If you’re considering moving to one of Houston’s most desirable and exclusive neighborhoods - River Oaks is the place for you! Boasting miles upon miles of mansions and executive estates, this prestigious neighborhood located between Uptown and Downtown Houston offers a variety of sought-after amenities that make it incredibly attractive to potential residents.

Aside from the chic environment, River Oaks also provides its people with an array of stunning natural surroundings - lush parks for kids to play in and long stretches of scenic walking trails that include sections overlooking the beauty of Buffalo Bayou.

By living in this remarkable and affluent community, you get to savor all the wonderful benefits of living in one of Houston’s premier communities, while enjoying an unbeatable lifestyle. River Oaks may be a great deal pricier than other areas, but you can certainly reap the huge benefits it brings.

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Posted in Home Buying
Nov. 17, 2022

Why You Must Live in West University Place

West University Place, Texas

West University Place has started to become a great spot to consider for those who are looking to buy a new home in Texas. In recent years, West University Place was named the “Best City to Live” by USA Today, which tipped buyers off to this once-hidden gem. If you have thought about moving to somewhere new and exciting in Texas, have a look at this great article to see why you must live in West University Place. 

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Nov. 17, 2022

5 Things To Know About Living in Braeswood

Close-Knit Community In Braeswood, TX

Braeswood is one of the most delightful neighborhoods in Houston, and it is full of fantastic homes and friendly neighbors. Residents who live in Braeswood love the amazing location, along with the close-knit community. If you have ever wondered what it's like to live there, have a look at this article to see the 5 things to know about living in the neighborhood of  Braeswood, Houston. 

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Posted in Living in Houston
Sept. 21, 2021

The Best Neighborhoods Near the Texas Medical Center

Live Near Texas Medical Center

With over 54 institutions and a staggering 106 000 workers, the Texas Medical center is a bustling hub of activity. Such a thriving medical center attracts countless workers, volunteers, visitors, and, of course, patients!

Regardless of your reason for moving near the Texas Medical Center, you’ll need to decide where to live. How can you choose the best neighborhood near the Medical Center? Let’s review a few of the best neighborhoods to move into, as well as why the medical center is so popular. 

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Posted in Home Buying
Aug. 11, 2021

Planting a Low Maintenance Garden To increase Your Houston Properties Value

By Brianna Atkins

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Spend money to make money is an important motto in business circles. Your Houston home is an investment. When spending money on it, consider features that increase the property’s value -- especially if you have the house for sale.

Low maintenance gardens and landscaping boost curb appeal and provide nice first impressions. They also boost property values.

But before you dig the plot, consider your options.

Sunshine Vs. Shade

The amount of sunlight your yard receives will determine what kind of flowers and vegetables to plant. For example, root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, etc.) grow in partial shade. Want to plant tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and beans? Choose an area in the back or side yard that will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Same thing for flowers. For example, black-eyed Susan, Eastern purple coneflowers, and Texas lantana enjoy full sunlight. Azaleas, camellia, and hydrangea prefer filtered shade.

Go Native!​​

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Low-maintenance plants still require some upkeep, but it’s easier when you include some of Houston’s best native plants in your garden. Native plants such as coral honeysuckle and the American basketflower adapt to the local soil and climate and -- despite Houston’s hot summer weather -- don’t need much water. Native shrubs like wax myrtle and yaupon hollies grow well without fertilizer, which keeps chemicals from flowing through groundwater into nearby watersheds. 

Vegetable Gardens

Broccoli, beans, tomatoes, peppers … they’re all part of a vegetable garden that just about everyone recognizes. Planting dates for Houston gardens vary, depending on the flowers and vegetables you choose.

Tip: If you want to present a thriving, colorful garden during an open house or home showing, plan the dates when veggies are at or nearing maturity. (Impress your buyers with the ethereal look of a full garden. The more they can visualize themselves in this pleasant scene, the more likely they’ll make a bid on the property). 

Shrubbery

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Surround the home with shrubbery in beds of well-draining soil. Options to consider? Evergreens like sea green juniper, Japanese boxwood, and knock-out roses. Argarita has fragrant yellow flowers in spring. Gardenia shrubs are like perfume on a warm summer evening. 

Mulching beds and gardens takes less time than constant weeding. Organic mulches like wood chips, grass clippings, and pine needles break down over time and improve the soil. Inorganic mulch (gravel, crushed rock, clay) lasts longer but keeps water and nutrients from reaching plant roots. 

Rock Gardens and Xeriscaping 

For a truly effortless gardening experience, how about a section filled with rocks? Rock gardens in various shapes and sizes are popular these days, and they don’t take much time to manage. You can put succulents and cactus in them, and with a little weeding and watering here and there, you’re good to go. Spice up your rock garden with groundcovers, ornamental grasses (like blue sedge and pink muhly), and drought-resistant perennials. You can toss in a few tile pavers, bird feeders, and a bird bath among the xeriscaping. 

Container Gardening​​

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Show off your growing flowers, veggies, and herbs in tall, mid-sized, and small containers. Attractive planters in neutral shades highlight the natural colors of perennial flowers like delphinium, daylilies, and garden mums. Pots need to have drainage holes at the bottom for excess water. Because many plant roots grow and spread quickly, bigger containers will handle years of growth.

Simple Suburban Setting

House values change but the idea of simple suburban living is the same wherever you go. The more idyllic the home looks, the more likely it is to sell. Remember: You're not just selling a house, you're selling the desire of living the homeowner’s dream.

 

Curious about your Houston home value?

 

Brianna Atkins is a writer, home stager, and designer in love with soft fabrics, hardscapes, and modern touches.

 



March 11, 2021

Houston COVID Vaccination Resources

Harris County – https://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus/Register-for-COVID-19-Vaccine

Houston Health – https://houstonemergency.org/covid-19-vaccines/  You may also follow them on Twitter (@houstonhealth), which is how many have been able to register for an appointment. You do have to act fast though.

Montgomery County – https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/pages/vaccinations

Fort Bend County – https://www.fbchealth.org/

Galveston County – https://www.gchd.org/about-us/news-and-events/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines

UTMB – https://www.utmb.edu/covid-19/updates/article/patient-vaccine-updates/2021/01/27/vaccine-waitlist-now-online

Brazoria County – https://us.pomelo.health/brazoriacountytx/login#/

Sam’s Club (you do not need to be a Sam’s club member) – https://www.samsclub.com/pharmacy/immunization?imzType=covid

Walmart – https://www.walmart.com/account/login?returnUrl=/pharmacy/clinical-services/immunization/scheduled?imzType=covid&r=yes

HEB – https://vaccine.heb.com/

CVS – https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine