Houston Neighborhoods Real Estate Blog and Tips

April 30, 2019

How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Sale

How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Sale

By William Dukes

 

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Few things are more stressful than putting your home on the market. You have to get the carpet cleaned, cabinets polished, and touch up areas that need painting. But what about the outside of your home? Taking the time to update your home’s exterior can have just as much of an impact when it comes to grabbing the potential buyer. There are a few essential areas to focus on when adding to your home’s curb appeal.

 

Power-Wash

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One of the best ways to brighten up a home is to power-wash the wood and stone areas of the yard. Power washing is easy, and you can rent or borrow the tools from a neighbor. Dirt and grime built up on walkways, concrete, and brickwork around a house can mask the beauty of the home. Power-washing the deck and the bricks or siding will take away any mildew or dirt that could have crept onto the house over winter.

 

Touch Up the Paint

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While giving the house a full paint job may be financially out of reach, you can still make a big difference with touch-up paint in just a few areas. Take notice of the areas that are often worn around a house such as window trims and especially the front door (inside and out). Grab a can of leftover paint from the garage and touch up those tired places that need a bit of a lift.

Maintain the Yard

 

Your Lawn is one of the most important parts of your home, and having an overgrown lawn can take away curb appeal. Regular mowing, fertilizing, and watering are all crucial to keeping your lawn looking green and lush in Houston’s heat. Start your lawn care regimen at least a couple months before you put your home on the market. A great looking lawn doesn’t happen overnight.

 

Start by mowing as frequently as possible, so that you cut off as little grass as possible — never more than one-third of the grass length.  The humid climate means that grass grows quickly here. You’ll also want to make sure you aerate and overseed your lawn, ideally at the same time during fall or spring.  Watering regularly — especially during summertime — is also critical to maintaining a healthy lawn.

 

When you get ready to sell, be sure you pick up all leaves and debris and use a string trimmer to cut a nice, clean edge around the curbs and walkways. That edge makes all the difference.

Stage It

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Remember that the backyard is just as important when selling a Houston home. Many potential buyers in the Houston market want the ability to enjoy the outdoors in their backyard year-round. Creating a comfortable outdoor living space that is both shaded from the Texas sun, as well as somewhat private, is an excellent way to show the endless possibilities of your yard. Staging the interior of your home is essential as well. Consider picking up a few new outdoor pillows or side tables that will help pull together the space.

 

Plant Pops of Color

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Plant beautiful blooms in the yard that will attract everyone’s eye. Houston native plants, including Indian blanket and Gulf Coast penstemon, look great planted along a walkway or around shade trees. Other options include adding these flowers to containers placed near the front door or beside a patio or deck, where buyers can see them. Native flowers not only provide a boost of color, but they also attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

It can be hard to know what to focus on when preparing your home for the real estate market. Taking the time to spruce up will help attract new buyers and sell your house quickly. Consider all these tips on how to prepare the exterior of your home for sale this season.

 

William Dukes is a freelance writer and home decorator. He spends most of his time landscaping and fixing up and flipping old houses. He and his wife enjoy home DIY projects and recently built a new barn for their ranch.

 

March 14, 2019

How to Find the Best Neighborhood

Whether you are buying a house for the first time or planning on moving, you need to consider the neighborhood when you are house hunting.  Ask yourself what are the things you and your family are looking for from a neighborhood.  

New development or older neighborhood

Older neighborhoods have character and the homes are unique and different from one another.  Older neighborhoods are generally stable with long-time residents.  With an older home however, they may require upgrades and renovations.  With newer developments the homes tend to be closer together and they are generally far from the city’s center.  Some neighborhoods have a zero-lot line housing.  Zero-lot lines extend close to the edge of the property line, meaning less yard space. This is ideal if you are away from your home for an extended period of time.   With this type of housing yard care and some maintenance is offered.   

School

If you have children, this is most likely the number one consideration when choosing a neighborhood. One of the first things you will want to do is research the school system. There are many tools available that will reveal the schools rating and transportation options.  Living in an area with a good school will raises your property value.

Safety

Living in a neighborhood where you feel safe will be one of the top priorities. Searching “crime statistics by neighborhood” will give the home buyer a good idea of the crime rate in that area. CrimeReports and SpotCrime are two services that collect police and crime reports.  The services will list the crimes committed as well as the date and type of crime.  A safe neighborhood is generally well kept, where neighbors look after their property and each other.  If you see people sitting outside, walking their dogs, children walking to school and playing in the parks it is a good indication that the neighborhood is safe. 

Amenities 

If the neighborhood is outside of the city, you will have to determine how far you want to travel for everyday amenities such as gas and groceries.  Do you wish to have parks, community centers, museums and other attractions in your neighborhood? It is becoming more common for home buyers to live in areas where they are able to walk to their local coffee shop, restaurants and shopping malls. 

Commute

When looking for your new home, factor in the length of your commute.  If you travel a great deal you may want to consider living in a neighborhood that is close to the airport.  The home buyer should also consider if there is easy access to public transportation.

Nov. 7, 2017

Official Guide to Houston's Craft Breweries

Saloon Door Brewing

105 Magellan Cir a, Webster, TX 77598

 

Opened in April 2016, centrally located in Webster, TX, Saloon Door has a 10-barrel system with an on-site tasting room as well as distribute to brew pubs, bars, and restaurants around the Houston and Galveston County areas.

 

Perfect for BBQs, Weddings, Special Occasions, Garage Sales, etc. Kegs are available Sixtels (1/6 barrel (20 Ltr) = 5.16 gallons = 41 pints) Quarter Kegs (1/4 barrel (29.33 Ltr) =7.75 Gallons = 62 pints) Half Kegs (1/2 Barrel (58.67 Ltr) = 15.5 Gallons = 124 Pints ). Fill growlers (64 oz) and crowlers (32 oz) also.

 

Hours:

MONDAY through THURSDAY - 4pm to 11pm

FRIDAY - 2pm to midnight

SATURDAY - 11am to midnight

SUNDAY - noon to 11pm

 

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

 

Hours:

Monday - Friday

Beer Hall Hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Public Tours at 1:00 and 3:00 PM No Admission Charge (beer and food is a la carte)

Full Weekday Beer & Food Menu

 

Saturdays

Beer Hall Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(food service ends at 3:30 PM)

 

Public Tours at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 PM

 

No Admission Charge (beer and food is a la carte)

Saturdays feature a smaller, but equally tasty food menu. Selections will vary each week.

 

8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003

 

Tap room and huge outdoor area with picnic tables, food trucks, David Adickes Beatles statues, and more. Great place for groups and also to go before or after a Rockets, Astros, Dynamo game. Located close to Downtown, Near Northside, and East End.

 

Hours:

Monday thru Saturday 11a-10p

Sunday 11a-6p

 

Prices:

$15 gets you 3 beer tokens + 16oz 8th Wonder souvenir glass

$12 gets you 3 beer tokens + 12oz plastic cup -OR- Bring Your Own 8W glass

$5 gets you 1 beer token + 12oz plastic cup

 

8th Wonder Brewery is located in EaDo in the East End and very convenient to Downtown, Midtown, Third Ward, Montrose, and Museum District.

 

Brash Brewing

508 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018

 

Hours:

Checkout their FB page for daily hours.

 

B-52 Brewing Co.

12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304

 

Usually around 20 beers on tap and with more than seven acres of outdoor space, and games like ping-pong and horseshoes, the B52 brewery is a place where families are welcome and laughter-filled good times are highly encouraged. Kids and pets--yep, they’re both welcome, though we ask you keep an eye on the former and a leash on the latter.

 

Hours:

FRIDAY 3 PM – 11 PM

SATURDAY 12 PM – 10 PM

SUNDAY 12 PM – 8 PM

 

No Label Brewing Co.

5351 1st St, Katy, TX 77493

 

Live music from 12-3pm and food trucks on Saturdays. Food trucks on site everyday (except Monday & Wednesday). Accept cash & credit. Dog and kid friendly.

 

Hours:

Mon – Fri 3-10pm

Sat noon-10pm

Sun 12-6p

 

Lone Pint Brewery
507 Commerce St, Magnolia, TX 77355

 

Laid back brewery tasting and tour in Magnolia every Saturday from noon to 4pm. The tour starts at 2pm and cost is $10 each, cash or credit. This gets you a pint glass (yours to keep) and three tasting tokens. There is food available for purchase from local food trucks / vendors. There are two twenty foot long picnic tables. Feel free to bring lawn chairs as the tables can fill up fast. Kid and dog friendly.

 

The Braman Winery & Brewery

3421 FM 359 Richmond, TX 77406

 

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

5301 Nolda St, Houston, TX 77007

 

Hours:

The brewery is open to the public every Friday from 5 PM - 9 PM and Saturday from Noon to 3PM.

 

Sigma Brewing Company

3118 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

 

Offering a constantly rotating selection of Kegs, Crowlers, 12oz cans and bottles. Bring your own food (sometimes they have food trucks) and enjoy an air conditioned tap room that can comfortably accommodate 40-50 people. Outside seating consists of a shaded patio that always has a nice breeze, and a warehouse area that has large fans in order to keep it cool. Located only a couple of blocks down Harrisburg from the Coffee Plant stop on the green line.

 

Hours:

Sun 12-10

Mon: 3-10

Tues-Wed: Closed

Thurs: 3-10

Fri: 3-12

Sat: 12-12

 

Spindletap Brewery

10622 Hirsch Rd, Houston, TX 77016

 

Wildcatter Burgers and Derrick Dogs – served with Kettle Brand Chips – served on Saturdays and Sundays

 

Tap Room Hours:

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS: 12PM NOON – 9PM

SATURDAYS: NOON – 9PM

SUNDAYS: CLOSED UNTIL FOOTBALL SEASON

 

Tour Hours:

SATURDAY AT 12:30PM

MAKE RESERVATION - EMAILED TO INFO@SPINDLETAP.COM - $5 CHARGE

 

Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092

 

Food is really yummy. Great place for enjoying or hosting events.

 

Hours:

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner! (Lunch Menu served M-F 11-3PM, Bar Bites Menu served M-F 3-6PM)

 

Tours:

Monday-Friday: 3PM, 5PM, 7PM (meet in Biergarten)

Saturday every hour on the hour 1-7PM (meet in Biergarten)

Sunday: every hour on the hour 1-5PM (meet in Biergarten)

Tour space is limited to 35 people (FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE…NO RESERVATIONS). Sign up for tours upon check-in at the Biergarten or at the Restaurant + Patio. Closed-toed shoes are required.

 

Under the Radar Brewery

1506 Truxillo St, Houston, TX 77004

 

Taproom usually has 5 main beers they distribute to local bars and restaurants. Also features special one-batch-only releases. Dog and kid friendly backyard with an atmosphere for friends and Museum District neighbors to enjoy. Lots of outdoor seating, shade and fans in the summer and heaters in the winter.

 

Hours:

Thursday: 4pm til 10pm

Friday: 4pm til 10pm, live music from 6pm – 8pm

Saturday: 10am til 10pm

Sunday: noon til 7pm




Sept. 22, 2017

Free Harvey Rebuilding Resources

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Aug. 23, 2017

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Lower Your Selling Price

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Lower Your Selling Price

As a seller, your goal is to get top dollar for your home. Who wouldn’t? So you set the selling price at a rate that is suitable for you and your family with a few percentage set for profit.

Now you wait for offers.

What does it mean when, after a couple of months, the only offers you get are mostly low-ball rates?

There are many factors that come into play. But it is highly likely that your selling price is too high.

Not convinced?

There are plenty of indications that you may need to lower the price you set for your property. You just need to find out what they are.

Signs Your Selling Price Is Too High

  1. High traffic but no offers

 

Yes, you’re not getting any offers for your home and that’s obviously a clear sign that no one’s interested, right? Not exactly. You should definitely dig deeper when you get high traffic during open houses and private showings and you have yet to receive an offer. High traffic indicates that people find your property appealing but the asking price is simply too high.

There are also cases when there are no scheduled showings because local brokers think the property is overpriced and are not showing it to their clients. Real estate agents suggest that you should reduce the selling price if a month has passed without a scheduled showing.

  1. Comparable homes are cheaper

 

It is textbook practice for any seller and real estate agent to compare prices with other homes in the area that are being sold. Do take the time to check what the average price is in your area and determine if your property’s price falls within the same range. Check properties in the vicinity that are sporting new home designs as well. If your home is priced much higher than neighboring properties, you’re likely to be scaring off buyers.

 

Visit real estate listings online to determine prices of comparable homes in your area. Make sure to use specific criteria when making comparisons, such as approximate square footage and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms.

You should also visit open houses to get a feel of what you could do better in your own public or private showing. Follow the progress of each sale until a property is sold.

  1. Multiple low ball offers

In a buyer’s market where inventory is high, one or two low ball offers should be expected. If this is not the case with your property, however, and all you ever get is one low ball offer after another, you should re-assess your property price.

It is possible that the offer you receive seems pretty low than what you expect but is actually within an acceptable range. You should adjust your selling price accordingly to make it more competitive.

  1. New construction rivals

When you’re selling your home, you not only need to keep an eye out for other houses in your neighborhood but also new construction options. If they are within your price, competing can be a real challenge.

New construction of apartments and condominiums are often a buyer’s first choice as they are brand new, which makes them tough to compete with. Furthermore, brand new properties are often offered with incentives to potential buyers.

If there are new constructions in the area, you should lower your asking price.

  1. Priced for unique amenities with no broad appeal

Did you price your home because of the indoor badminton court or platinum faucets in the kitchen and bathroom? Regardless of how fond you and your family are about those unique amenities, not everyone may share your opinion. Other buyers couldn’t care less about those platinum faucets.

More often than not, the more customized the home is the less likely a seller will see their value in sales price. This is why experts recommend to renovate wisely and to keep unique amenities to a minimum unless you see yourself living in the same house for the next 10 to 20 years.

Overall, there are different factors that can keep your property on the market for multiple months with or without offers. But if one or all five of these signs are evident in your own situation, you should reduce your selling price. There’s no point in sticking to the price you set if you don’t get any offers.



March 27, 2017

Guide to Living in Rice Military

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There’s no denying the fact I am head-over-heals in love with Rice Military. Between the delicious restaurants, beautiful places to spend time outside, and the variety of activities always going on, I would venture to say it’s the best neighborhood to live in Houston. While Rice Military “proper” is not large, there are a plethora of places to go and people to see in and around the neighborhood.

 

rice military

 

Restaurants

 

The street that defines the north boarder of Rice Military, Washington Avenue, has more restaurants and bars than you could imagine! The best part is there is a huge selection of cuisines – I’m talking Asian, Mexican, American, Mediterranean, and more. On top of that, there’s also a great selection of casual/midscale/upscale options. Truthfully, I could eat every meal on Washington Ave for a month and never get bored!

 

Some of my favorite restaurants on Washington Ave are:

 

Molina’s – A casual Mexican restaurant with “sneak-up-on-you” margaritas. 99.9 % of the time we opt to sit in the bar – the vibe in there is super laid back and easy going. You can find me 2-3 times per month at Molina’s eating the CW Special and drinking a house margarita on the rocks.

 

Soma – A midscale sushi restaurant with one of Oakley’s favorite rolls, the Crazy Irishman (Or has he likes to call it, the Flying Dutchman – haha!). Soma has happy hour every single day – Sunday: all day; Monday: 4:00-10:00; Tuesday – Saturday: 4:00-7:00. Their happy hour menu is one of my favorites, and I find myself always suggesting it when I’m going to dinner with my girl friends. It has a variety of appetizers, rolls, and of course, drinks!

 

J Black’s – A dog-friendly bar with a good menu and great outdoor seating. I love going to J Black’s on a pretty Saturday to get a few drinks. You can expect to find a bunch of young professionals celebrating the weekend with their friends and dogs! They usually have drink specials during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, so make sure to take advantage of that!

 

For more info on restaurants in and around Rice Military, click here!

 

Outdoors

 

Rice Military is right between two of the best outdoor areas in Houston – Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou. If you find yourself with nothing to do on a beautiful afternoon, you’ll want to head on over to one of these spots.  

 

Buffalo Bayou – Over the past few years, the city of Houston has put a lot of time and money into making Buffalo Bayou as beautiful as it is today! Not only is it beautiful, but it also has fun amenities such as a dog park, sand volleyball courts, and a skate park. The bayou trails run all the way to downtown with beautiful views of the city along the way.

 

Memorial Park – Never expect to be bored while at Memorial Park. It has a three-mile running loop, bike trails, playgrounds, and a public golf course. In addition to all that fun stuff, it also has a Beck’s Prime (my FAVORITE burger restaurant) with inside and outside seating. So guess what that means? You can bring your dog!  

 

For more on good running spots in the Rice Military area, check out this post!

 

Schools  

 

While I’m not at a point in life where I, personally, am thinking about schools for my future children, I have plenty of friends who are; therefore, I know this is an important factor that should be considered when gauging the awesome-ness of a neighborhood. Luckily, there are many different options for schools in and around the Rice Military area.

 

    • Public schools in Rice Military: Crockett Elementary, Harvard Elementary, Memorial Elementary, Houston Heights Learning Academy, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice High School

    • Private schools in Rice Military: St. Teresa Catholic School, St. Thomas High School, Trinity Lutheran School

    • Other schools close to Rice Military: Lamar High School, Regan High School, Love Elementary, Hogg Middle School, and Harper Alternative School

 

I could go on and on about all of the reasons I love living in Rice Military. It’s truly a great place to live for anyone who wants to be close to the city, but have a neighborhood atmosphere. There’s always something to do for any type of interest – if you want to shop, you have the River Oaks shopping center; if you want to join a club, go to Kung Fu on a Wednesday night and join their running club; if you want to have a nice dinner, go to Backstreet.

 

And there you have it - I hope you’ve had fun getting to know a little more about Rice Military! If you have any thoughts/questions, please feel free to reach out to me via any of these outlets!

 

This post was written by Rice Military neighbor, Kaitlin Cuevas from www.kedgotwed.com.

Feb. 28, 2017

Best Coworking Spaces in Houston

Are you moving to Houston, TX and looking to for a reasonably priced co-working space to start or grow your company? Here is our ultimate guide to the best co-working spots in and around Houston!

P.S. I'm born and raised in Houston and would be happy to help you find a great home to buy or apartment/home to rent (for absolutely no cost to you), just give me a call/text 832-656-1932 or email mike@houston-neighborhoods.com. Welcome to Houston!

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START Houston is located in EaDo, near downtown. START regularly hosts many popular meetups every month including demo day on the fourth Wednesday of every month. START also has an investor network group which has provided some angel and seed funding for Houston startups. START has been the home of popular national/global startups when they moved to Houston including Uber, GrubHub, and more. START, one of the most established and older co-working spaces in Houston is located at 1121 Delano St, 77003 and membership starts at $49 per month.

HTC has been recognized by Forbes and other publications as one of the largest tech and business incubators and accelerators in Texas. HTC's goal is advancing and commercializing new technologies, ideas, companies, and entrepreneurship. HTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and supported by more than 300 of Houston's leading companies and academic institutions, including the Texas Medical center, NASA - Johnson Space Center, the City of Houston, and the Greater Houston Partnership. Over 93 companies have graduated from HTC and more than $2.5 billion has been raised by HTC clients and graduates. HTC is located in Midtown Houston at 410 Pierce Street, 77002 and membership starts at $150 per month.

  • WeWork (Coming soon to Houston!)

The Houston Business Journal recently reported that WeWork will be opening an office in Downtown Houston later this year. WeWork membership starts at $45 per month and desks start at around $220 per month. WeWork is believed to be opening in 708 Main, a historic downtown building that's currently being renovated by Houston-based Midway Cos. and Lionstone Investments.

  • Level Office

 Level Office has two co-working locations in Downtown Houston that are quiet, clean, and affordable. Spaces range from $700 to thousands per month depending on square footage. For those that need scalability, a downtown address, or an on-site admin, Level Office might be a great choice! Level is located at 720 Rusk and 405 Main St.

  • Headquarters

Headquarters, a new shared office concept in Houston's East End markets itself as the small office style space with the amenities, perks, and environment of a company headquarters. I toured Headquarters recently and their renovation of Houston's "color wall" on Canal is really amazing and office spaces vary in size but all tenants enjoy common outside areas, meeting rooms, "huddle spaces", game rooms, kitchens, and more. Headquarters is located at 3302 Canal St 77003.

  • Station Houston 

Station Houston, a very popular co-working space, recently moved into the old Deutsche Bank trading floor at 1301 Fannin St in Downtown Houston after out growing a space in West Grey/Montrose area of Houston. Station Houston is well known for giving its entrepreneur members access to mentors across a wide variety of specialties and industries. Station often has months packed full of varying events. Community membership starts at $250/year and drop in access starts at $250 per month.

 

Other great coworking spots in Houston:

  • Wi+CoWork - located in Midtown
  • The Work Lodge
  • The CoWork Lab - located in the Heights
  • TX/RX - offering co-working and classes in 3D printing, soldering, and more, located in the East End
  • Sharespace (this is actually now an event space, located in East End/Downtown and Heights)
  • SerendipityLabs - coming soon, located Downtown
  • TMCx - a huge healthcare and biomedical accelerator advancing the development of health and medical technology companies by connecting visionary entrepreneurs to the abundant resources of the Texas Medical Center
  • Looking for work space by the month, week, day, or even hourly? Try LiquidSpace 

Other Houston Startup resources include the following:

Are we missing any Houston co-working spots? Let us know in the comments below!

Feb. 6, 2017

Living in Spring, Texas - where a bit of the old west still remains

Are you coming to visit me? You should! I live in Spring, Texas

Spring, Texas - originally home to the Orcoquiza Native Americans until 1836, would eventually evolve into a trading post on the Spring Creek and then grow into a bustling town filled with German immigrants who transformed Spring into a farming town  - largely in due to the riches and resources of Carl Wunshce and Gus Bayer. Bonnie & Clyde even robbed a bank in Old Town Spring, once. So you know it was a happening place to be! LOL! 

spring loose caboose

Spring, Texas - today - is a bustling north suburb of Houston, Texas.  Spring is 35 - 55 mins from downtown Houston.  Our little slice of residential nirvana is accessible via the 45-North, Hardy Toll Road and Grand Parkway - 99. There are a plethora of ways to get here and Spring is a vast township of Harris County. 

What's amazing and fabulous in Spring, you ask? 

Shopping in Old Town Spring

Summer time at Wet-N-Wild Splashtown Water Park

Colombian cuisine at La Olla (Spring Location)

The beautiful Mercer Arboretum and Trails

Gastro-Magic at the one and only Smashburger on Cypresswood Drive

The lovely grocers and customer service at HEB Spring Market on FM2920

The Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library

spring historical museum

Spring is predominantly a family town.  The township is large enough that Spring residents are privy to schools in the Spring ISD, Klien ISD or Conroe Independent School District (click on each link to find homes for sale in each school district) depending on where your address falls in the zone. In addition to 3 public ISD(s), there are 17 private schools available in the area. We are even lucky enough to have two of the best North Harris County libraries on either end of the township / suburb: Baldwin Boettcher and the Barbara Bush Library. 

And let me not forget that we are the hometown of:  Simone Biles, American artistic gymnast - Olympic All Around Champion, 5x Olympic medalist, 4x Olympic gold medalist, 3x World All-Around Champion and 10x gold medal winner; resides in Spring, TX and Jim Parsons, actor - The Big Bang Theory; who graduated from Klein Oak High School.

So, if you are in the mood for a bit of the Old West, come to Spring, Texas.  We'd be happy to have you! 

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This insanely biased guest blog post ;-) was written by @EfabulousHB -blogger for the #Mommyfab [project] at http://www.EfabulousHB.com.  You can find her musing there on the web or via instagram at http://www.instagram.com/EfabulousHB

 

Feb. 6, 2017

The Insiders Guide to Living in The Woodlands

Our guest blog this week comes from Mrs. Hines Class in The Woodlands! When we moved to The Woodlands in 2001, we were delighted to discover so many amenities like the 14 outstanding pools throughout the villages, over 160 miles of pathways and trails, easily accessible shopping centers in every village, various recreational and sports parks and exemplary schools. 

We quickly got seasonal pool passes. And as a young mother without a car at the time, I took advantage of the trails to take my then toddler to play at the park, splash around the kiddie pool and even to get to the grocery store in my village shopping center. 

Over the years, we’ve hosted birthday parties under park pavilions, watched fourth of July parades, attended concerts from the hill, cheered on marathon runners, participated in Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, attempted ice skating all right here in our community.

Now that our daughter is a senior at The Woodlands High School and we’ve moved into a different village, our life has slowed down a bit. We take advantage of our surroundings by sitting on park benches and watching to waterfalls or rocking on our front porch and listening to crickets, seeing the occasional glow of a lightning bug and gazing at the bright, shining stars, courtesy of living in the midst of nature. 

the woodlands waterfall

We never tire of seeing a herd of deer at the edge of the woods, always slowing down to count them and hopefully not scare them away. 

Throughout all our years here, we’ve always taken advantage of the extensive dining options, enjoying fine dining at Jasper’s, Perry’s and Kirby’s for special occasions as well as casual dining at Rico’s or Chili’s with friends after church. 

Since we’ve moved here, a bustling restaurant scene including popular pubs and a roof-top wine lounge popped up along The Woodlands Waterway. One of my favorites is Goose’s Acre which overlooks the water and hosts a champagne brunch on Sundays. 

The best reward of living in The Woodlands is the small town atmosphere. Local restaurant owners calling us by name, running into people you know at the grocery store, having friendships that span our fifteen years in The Woodlands, sharing the same family doctor as many of our friends...it provides a deep rooted sense of community. 

houses in the woodlands

And it makes us happy to say that two houses and 15 years later, we continue to call The Woodlands home. 

 

 

Jan. 30, 2017

Guide to Cypress Falls living in Katy, TX

Today we welcome Francisca from LivinginExpensively for the insider guide to living in Cypress Falls near Katy.

 

I live in the Cypress Falls subdivision in Katy, Texas (it is located at the intersection of Barker Cypress & West Little York). I have lived in this area since 2012 and I absolutely love it. There are restaurants, grocery stores, and fun places to visit within walking/driving distance. We are also zoned to Cy-Fair School District, which is a great district.

 

My subdivision is quiet, I have great neighbors (we watch out for each other), and there are walking trails around the neighborhood, which makes for a great stroll, exercising and pet walking. There is also a playground for kids with swings and slides.  Our trash days are Tuesdays and Fridays and Recycle day is every Friday. There is a site called “next door” and active Facebook groups that we are a part of where residents can ask questions, sell things, look for services, report concerns or crimes which really helps us stay in touch and makes us aware of what is going on in our area.

 

During the holidays, we have a great time because residents show a lot of holiday spirit.  Houses are always beautifully decorated for Christmas and during Halloween, a lot of residents participate in trick-or treat, which makes the kids happy.

 

Our HOA is also great. They send information in a timely manner through email and paper mail and also have meetings often to keep residents updated on what’s going on in the area.  There is a Wal-Mart, Kroger, Michoacana, and Aldi grocery store within close proximity and a lot of restaurants like Waffle House, Wendy’s, Subway, Jack-in-the-box, marble Slab ice cream, Zaxbys etc. Lone Star College is also a few miles away.

 

Most importantly and finally, Cypress Falls is safe. Since I have lived here, I have never had any break in or theft or any problems with security. There is usually a patrol car or a police car that drives around which helps a lot. I love living in Cypress Falls and hope to see you around the nighborhood!