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Nov. 17, 2016

14314 N Towerglen Loop | SOLD Near the Energy Corridor!

14314 N Towerglen Loop is a beautiful three bedroom, two and a half bath brick home located close to the Energy Corridor. This lovely home has features such as a grand game room, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace and gas connections as well as custom built-ins for electronics, a huge kitchen with an exquisite brick hearth and more!

Property Information

  • House Size:  2,174 sq ft
  • Lot Size:  5,822 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Cynthia Candela
  • MLS #50499722
  • Sold For: $180,000

Features

  • Living room with ceiling fan, wood-burning fireplace w/gas connections, custom built-ins for electronics and collections, neutral colors, and an exit to the outdoor deck.
  • Dining room with great natural lighting.
  • Huge kitchen with a brick hearth and gas cooktop. Large window over the kitchen sink with plenty of space for food preparation. New granite counters. Breakfast bar.
  • Breakfast area with natural lighting. Fresh paint, door exits to the backyard deck.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite. Large en suite master bathroom with a soaking tub and a separate shower.
  • Grand game room! Plenty of space for a pool table, great for entertaining!
  • Fantastic backyard that is great for entertaining. Covered patio and covered upstairs deck.
  • Zoned to Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

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Nov. 17, 2016

6719 Brompton Road | SOLD in West University Place, TX!

6719 Brompton Road is a wonderful two story home located in West University Place. Built in 1940, this home was remodeled in the 1990! This home has beautiful formals, all granite counters in the kitchen, a sun room with a view of the lovely backyard landscaping, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,269 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 7,150
  • Bedrooms: 2 or 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Sachin Chowdhry
  • MLS #21169944

Features

  • Beautiful formal living and dining rooms.
  • Solid hardwood flooring throughout the first floor. Second floor has high quality carpeting.
  • Gated driveway.
  • Large family room is connected to the first floor sun room, which overlooks the lush backyard.
  • Kitchen has quality granite counters, breakfast room.
  • Downstairs full bath!
  • Second floor landing has built-in shelving and a reading nook.
  • Oversized master bedroom has an attached area that is perfect for a study or nursery.
  • Sprawling backyard with lots of open space, lush landscaping.
  • Great location near the Texas Medical Center, Downtown, and the Galleria.
  • Zoned to West University Elementary School.

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Nov. 15, 2016

Beware Fake Workers - Recent Scam in Harris County Precinct 1

Harris County Constable Aaron Rosen says there has been a rash of burglars masquerading as workers in Precinct 1.  Here's how it goes...

"Two or more men park their truck and come to your front door. They are dressed as construction workers, tree trimmers or other outdoor laborers. They say they need access to your back yard to work on a neighbor’s fence or trim a neighbor’s tree or carry out other work that you have not requested. You come out your front door to walk them around the side to your back yard. Or you let them walk through your house to get there. But you didn’t lock the front door or the back door during these distracting actions.

Now you’re in the back yard with one of the men, looking at broken fencing or overgrown trees. Where’s the other man? He may have slipped inside your residence, where he’s taking your jewelry and other valuables before high-tailing it down the street. Then his partner in crime tells you he needs to get drive around to the next block to look at the work assignment from the other side.

But you never see them again. You’ve been fleeced, flim-flammed and tricked out of your very precious items.

Unfortunately this story has played out a few times time recently at single-family homes in Precinct 1. There’s very little information about what they look like. Now that you know, you won’t fall for it. But just to make sure, here are some simple safety steps:

  • Don’t give access to any part of your home to workers you did not expect.
  • Keep your doors locked even when workers you know are around.
  • CenterPoint or other legitimate companies that need access to your back yard may let you know ahead of time and their employees will carry company identification.
  • Check with your neighbors from inside your locked home before allowing anyone onto your property to do work for those neighbors.

Remember, safety starts at home and right behind it. If you encounter such people behaving suspiciously, call 911."

Nov. 14, 2016

1411 Blair Street | SOLD in the Houston Heights, TX!

1411 Blair Street is a beautiful and immaculate freestanding home located in the Houston Heights. This updated home has a fully updated kitchen, large rooms, double wood-burning fireplaces, two full baths, an upper and lower patio overlooking the backyard and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,078 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 2,525 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 1 or 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by JoAnna Ide
  • MLS #84820774
  • Sold For: $328,000

Features

  • Great locations close to shopping, restaurants, and easy access to Downtown.
  • Large den with pine floors and great natural lighting.
  • Flexible space located off of the main living areas has a built-in Murphy bed! Could serve as a bar or sitting area. Full bath and closet located nearby for guests.
  • First floor master bedroom suite. Glass doors lead to the first floor patio. Master bath has a tub/shower and an updated vanity.
  • Gorgeous updated island kitchen. New granite counters and backsplash, new paint, farmer's sink, and high end stainless steel appliances. Full-sized stainless steel refrigerator remains with the home!
  • Open, naturally-lit dining area off of the kitchen looks out over the backyard. The second floor patio is great for enjoying Houston's cooler weather!
  • Large backyard with trees and landscaping. Downstairs patio has a porch swing and plenty of space for a table and chairs or a hot tub! Spiral stairs lead up to the second floor patio.

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Nov. 7, 2016

10019 Farrell Drive | SOLD in Cy-Fair, TX!

10019 Farrell Drive is an elegant three bedroom, two full bathroom cottage located in a gated community located in the desirable Cypress-Fairbanks area. This home features an open floorplan, neutral colors, a detached two-car garage and more!

Property Information

  • House Size:  1,172 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5,391 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Sachin Chowdhry
  • MLS #79781221
  • Sold For: $120,000

Features

  • Gated community.
  • Spacious master bedroom. Master bathroom has a large vanity.
  • Two secondary bedrooms served by a full hall bathroom.
  • All bedrooms have neutral carpeting.
  • Gorgeous open living room area located at the front of the house.
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar overlooks the living area. Updated cabinets and laminate counters.
  • Fenced back yard.
  • Zoned to Cy-Fair Independent School District.

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Nov. 7, 2016

2410 Lexford Lane | SOLD in Spring Shadows, TX!

2410 Lexford Lane is a updated and well-maintained four bedroom, two full bath home located in the popular Spring Shadows subdivision. This home features great touches such as great natural lighting, a beautiful backyard with a pergola, a marble and stainless steel kitchen, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size:  2,119 sq ft
  • Lot Size:  7,770 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • Sales MLS# 7677706
  • Sold For: $345,000

Features

  • Zoned to Spring Branch Independent School District.
  • Large combined formal living and dining room with deep windows seats, crown moldings, and complimentary paint colors.
  • Open floor plan has great flow between the living and dining areas, the kitchen, and the den.
  • Beautiful updated kitchen with honed Carrara marble counters, gas backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Breakfast room with French doors overlooking the backyard.
  • Den with corner fireplace. Large windows overlook the backyard. Plenty of space for displaying artwork or hanging a flatscreen TV.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite with plantation shutters and a deep window sill. Master bath has additional vanity space.
  • Three secondary bedrooms with nice closet space. Front bedroom currently in use as a home office. Full hall bath.
  • Fully fenced backyard with two sitting areas and mature landscaping. The first is on a patio attached to the house with a pergola. The second is near the back fence. Dog run behind the garage.
  • Wonderful location close to I-10, the Houston Heights, Memorial City, and easy access to routes leading to Downtown Houston or Katy. 

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Oct. 20, 2016

5610 E Towerglen Loop | SOLD in Charlestown Colony, Tx!

 

5610 E Towerglen Loop is a beautiful red brick two story home located in Charlestown Colony. Zoned to the Cypress Fairbanks Indepdenent School District, this red brick home has been well-maintained and updated!

Property Information

  • House Size:  2,253 sq ft
  • Lot Size:  6,160 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3 or 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Cynthia Candela
  • Sales MLS# 14448832
  • Lease MLS# 25069239
  • Sold For: $182,500

Features

  • Living room with fresh colors. Wood floors, crown moldings, and a wood-burning fireplace with gas connections.
  • Dining room with grand windows, crown moldings, and wood floors. Great view of the backyard.
  • Updated kitchen with gas cooktop, extensive new granite countertops, crown moldings, tile floors, natural lighting, and an exquisite brick hearth.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite. Room for a sitting area, office, or reading chaise. French doors open up to the balcony overlooking Horse Pen Creek.
  • Master bath with an oversized tub, double sinks, and recently tiled separate shower.
  • Two secondary bedrooms as well as a gameroom that could easily be used as a fourth bedroom.
  • Inviting backyard with a covered patio area for entertaining. Stairs lead up to the master balcony. Great area for watching the egrets, herons, and ibises that frequent Horse Pen Creek.
  • Zoned to Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. 

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Oct. 10, 2016

Safety in West University Place

Jewel ThiefIn June, the Wall Street Journal named West University Place as “the Richest Town in Texas”.  An upsurge in crime has since followed, including several aggravated assaults and an active shooter. Did this article make us a target?

Probably not. West U has long been known as well-heeled. I suspect that the increase in crime is more likely related to the softening of the Houston economy. In addition, more crimes tend to be committed as we head into the holiday season. 

But the real issue is not what happened, but what we intend to do about it.  Be honest, people.  We residents of West University Place have a tendency to get complacent.  There are times when we all need a wakeup call. 

  • Remember that vigilance and prevention are always our first line of defense.  Unlocked cars, flashy jewelry, and unsecured tech devices make easy targets.
  • Know your neighbors – and talk to them.  Let them know when you are out of town, etc.  The more eyes on you and yours, the better.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  If a car is following you, head straight to the police station.  Forget embarrassment.  Better safe than sorry.
  • Trust your gut. If a situation just doesn’t feel right, call the police. They can’t protect or solve what hasn’t been reported.

At a recent West U Rotary Club meeting, HPD Officer Rick Retz showed a training video about how to react during an “active shooter” situation.  Taking a page from the old “Stop, Drop, and Roll” instructions, the new advice is “Run, Hide, and Fight”.  In other words, run away if you can; hide if you can’t; and turn and fight if there is no other option.  Recent research has shown that active shooters do not respond to negotiations, so expect first responders to concentrate solely on stopping the gunman. The second wave will deal with the wounded.  The irony is, the Rotary club booked this sobering speech long before Nathan Desai began his rampage.

Speaking of which, I was very proud of our local police response during that mass shooting. The West U officers were first on the scene. But the coordination among the West University Police Department, the Southside Police Department, the Bellaire Police Department and the Houston Police Department appeared seamless and effective, and served to minimize injuries. A big thank you to all our excellent officers.

And watch for upcoming reports from West U’s City Council meetings.  Along with a proposed tax increase, the hot topic is likely to be neighborhood security.  Will it involve more officers? Cameras? Our CodeRED service?  Stay tuned….

Oct. 10, 2016

4102 Judson | LEASED in West University Place!

4102 Judson Avenue is a great rental in West University Place. This isn't your typical West University Cottage! This  updated one and a half story home has beautiful tile floors, a lushly landscaped backyard with a covered patio, a loft/game room and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,870 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5,640
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 half
  • Listed by Vicki Chu
  • MLS #73850395
  • Leased For: $2,000 per Month

Features

  • Raised entry has steps leading up to the loft/study/game room and steps leading down to the living and dining area.
  • Beautiful tile floors in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.
  • Living room has high vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. Large windows look overlook the gorgeous backyard and patio.
  • Updated kitchen with high-quality stained wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters.
  • First floor master bedroom suite has two walk-in closets. Master bath has a seamless glass shower and an antique vanity.
  • Loft area is designed as a study or game room. Two additional bedrooms off of the loft. Western bedroom has a south facing window. Eastern bedroom has a huge walk-in closet in addition to its regular closet.
  • Backyard has lush landscaping, covered patio, two ceiling fans and an arbor.
  •  Great location close to neighborhood amenities such as Judson Park, tennis courts, Randalls, Walgreens, the Buffalo Grill, Bering's Hardware, and an Urgent Care Clinic. 

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Oct. 10, 2016

2520 Robinhood #500 | LEASED in West University Place!

2520 Robinhood #500 is fabulous custom built condo located in Rice Village. This 3 bedroom, 3 full bath unit is located on the fifth floor of its building, giving it a great view of the surrounding area. Features include maple hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, a separate theater room with surround sound, a master suite with large walk-in closets, and more!

Property Information

  • House Size: 2,836 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #73850395
  • Leased for: $3700.00/mo

Features

  • Great location in Rice Village puts the unit close to shopping and dining.
  • 24/7 concierge and open lobby. Complex includes an outdoor swimming pool and an exercise room.
  • Three assigned parking spaces for the unit.
  • Two large terraces.
  • Large open living room with floor-to-ceiling windows giving a view of the skyline.
  • High end kitchen with slab granite counters, stainless steel appliances, separate Subzero refrigerator and freezer, double ovens, ice maker, wine refrigerator, and a dishwasher. Large walk-in pantry and breakfast area.
  • Home theater wired for surround sound.
  • Large master bedroom suite with private balcony, high ceilings, recessed lights, and granite window sills. Master bath has granite counters and floors, double sinks, and an over-sized shower finished with marble. Large walk-in closet. Numerous build-in storage options.
  • Secondary bedroom with built-in bookshelf. Bookshelf also has granite counter. Great views and natural lighting. Bathroom has shower, granite and travertine counters, stained wood cabinets.
  • Bedroom three is spacious with great views, hardwood floors, and good closet space. 
  • Separate service door to hallway includes floor-to-ceiling shelving for even more storage.
  • Utility room has excellent storage and a separate sink. Washer & dryer can be provided by landlord if needed.

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