Monday, December 28, 2009

So many things to talk about!




I visited the most delish restaurant a few weeks ago. It is just a few blocks away from me (which is really helpful to you, I know) on Shepherd. I'm sure by now you have to have heard something about it. Block 7 Wine Company is amazing. I went there for a little get together in the back room they have available for parties. It was so good. First, I love that the owners decided to keep the decor of the restaurant so closely related to what the building's original use was: a warehouse. Block 7 has everything a foodie could ever want. A bar, restaurant, separate store (although in-house, just separated by a door) for wine lovers to pick up a bottle of the fab vino they just had at dinner, an Ah-mazing chef (Miguel Hernandez-former sous-chef for The Rainbow Lodge) and a menu that will make your jaws jitter just at one glance.

Miguel let me try some of the homemade sausage with homemade mustard sauce. I was in the kitchen with the Miguel and one of the owners, Stephanie Roman, because I am very cool. That was some darn good food. They have 21-day dry aged beef burgers with homemade frites as well as truffle popcorn, grilled cheese sandwiches, prime rib-eye (aged as well) and rice krispies. In addition to the huge array of special wines that the sommelier would be more than happy to help you choose.

Wanna know something else cool about this place? They have free wine tastings on Saturdays as well as educational classes that you can sign up for to learn more about wine. They have a full service wine tour operator who can set up a wine excursion for you and your loved one(s)-travel and accomodations included.

Lastly, Block 7 is a huge supporter of local artists. Local artists grace the walls of Block 7 with their finery each month for all patrons to enjoy and buy! The best time to get a beautiful piece of art is when the artist is still local.. You'll regret it if you don't buy it now and then you see the same piece you fell in love with for 5 times the price in a few years.

Block 7 has so many wonderful attributes, I can't even name them all. You will just have to go to their website and see. Or, even better, hit up the restaurant for one of their signature dishes. You won't be sorry!

Pic of bar, courtesy of Chron.com:



Pics of restaurant and store, courtesy of Tracy Scott, 29-95.com:





Block 7 Wine Company Hours of Operation:
Retail store
Mon-Sat 10am-10pm
Sun Noon-6pm
Bar/Restaurant
Mon-Thurs 4pm-midnight
Fri-Sat 4pm-1am
Sun 4pm-11pm
Go there asap, you will thank me later.


So, every year around the holidays, I start to go into full-on panic mode as to what to get my mother. It is the same argument every year. "Well Dan-eeeelllleeee, I don't neeeeeed anything....Having you guys as my daughters' is present enough". Imagine that being said in a very southern accent along with a hint of whining. When I am finally able to get her to give me some type of clue as to what she would like, it usually consists of some weird tool she saw on a DIY show. Like, a jigsaw or something. Ok, my mother is still 29, but she has arthritis, some type of auto-immune problem the doctors still can't diagnose, she's had back surgery, needs help taking out the trash and can barely walk to the mailbox. Why does she need a jigsaw?

Therefore, I took it upon myself to decide what she would be getting for Christmas. Not just from me, but from all of us. So, my sisters and niece and nephew and I got together with a fabulous lifestyle photographer, Tracy Tesmer, and had our first real family portraits made for her. She was clueless to this, so I had to keep my mouth shut forever, which is very hard for me. But, the payoff was worth it. She was so touched. By far the happiest I've seen her in a long time. I must say, if you are thinking of having portraits done, Tracy Tesmer is the best there is. By far. Here are a few of my niece and nephew along with my mom's favorite of me and my sisters:

Taylor:







Trevor:







Dawn, Me and Dee Anne:


This was little baby Trevor's very first experience taking pictures, other than Aunt Nellie shoving a camera in front of him whenever possible. He was such a good boy!! He still runs around saying "Cheeeeeeese" whenever someone picks up a camera, even if they aren't taking a picture of him! He also got his very own camera for Christmas, just like "Miss Tracy", whom he now forever loves.

Taylor, as always, was quite the little ham. She is such a beautiful girl and it freaks me out to see how well she does in photoshoots. She is perfection wrapped up in a tiny little 6 year old body. I love that little sweetie so much it hurts. She is going to be a force to be reckoned with; watch out for Taylor.

Ok, enough boasting on my little sweeties. If you want to have some awesome pics taken, anytime, not just for the holidays, contact Tracy Tesmer. You will not regret it!

Tracy Tesmer Photography

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Har Press Release-MLS November Update

Houston Property Sales and Prices Maintain Third Straight Month in the Black in November

Year-over-year comparisons remain distorted due to Hurricane Ike, but longer-term view continues to show signs of recovery


HOUSTON — (December 15, 2009) — The effects of Hurricane Ike and simultaneous economic downturn affecting Houston’s real estate market in November 2008 continue to distort year-over-year comparisons which reflect yet another month of double-digit increases. However, longer-term analysis aimed at gleaning a more realistic view of market conditions shows November 2009 real estate activity to be comparable to that seen at the cusp of the recession, in the fall of 2007.

November marked the third straight month in which property sales volume and pricing recorded gains. According to the latest monthly data compiled by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), November volume of single-family home sales across the greater Houston area rose 32.8 percent compared to November 2008. Total property sales climbed 37.1 percent in November on a year-over-year basis.

In addition to the comparative affects on sales data from last year’s natural disaster and economic recession, HAR member REALTORS® report that at least some of the month’s homebuying activity can be attributed to consumers scurrying to beat the original November 30 homebuyer tax credit deadline before Congress voted to extend and expand the program.

At $150,000, the November single-family home median price—the figure at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less—rose 8.7 percent from one year earlier, representing the seventh straight monthly increase in median price. The average price of a single-family home in Houston was $198,948, up 6.7 percent last month versus November 2008. The median price reached the highest level ever for a month of November in Houston.

Foreclosure property sales continued to decline in November, making up 15.8 percent of all single-family home sales in the Houston area compared to 27.4 percent in November 2008 and the 12-month peak of 34.0 percent in January of this year. The median price of November foreclosure sales reported in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) rose 9.5 percent to $93,000 on a year-over-year basis.

Sales of all property types in Houston for November totaled 5,353, up 37.1 percent compared to November 2008. Total dollar volume for properties sold during the month was $1.0 billion versus $714 million one year earlier, representing an increase of 44.5 percent.

“This is the third month in a row in which a year-over-year comparison exaggerates the local housing landscape because Hurricane Ike continued to hurt the Houston real estate market last November,” said Vicki Fullerton, HAR chair and broker of record at RE/MAX of The Woodlands & Spring. “We are very encouraged that property sales activity appears to be close to levels reached right before the recession took hold, and expect more realistic year-over-year data in the months ahead so we can again compare apples to apples.”


November Monthly Market Comparison
The month of November brought Houston’s overall housing market positive results when all listing categories are compared to November of 2008. Total property sales, total dollar volume and both median and average single-family home sales prices were all up on a year-over-year basis.

The number of available properties, or active listings, at the end of November fell 4.0 percent from November 2008 to 45,452. That housing inventory represents 28 more active listings than one month earlier, in October 2009.

November’s month-end pending sales—those listings expected to close within the next 30 days—totaled 2,741, which was 12.8 percent lower than last year. While such a decrease typically portends a decline in sales volume for the following month, the Hurricane Ike effect and interest in the homebuyer tax credit make it tricky to forecast. The months inventory of single-family homes for November came in at 6.0 months, down from 6.1 months one year earlier, and remains healthier than the national months inventory of single-family homes of 7.0 months, reported by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).


CATEGORIES November 2008 November 2009 PERCENT CHANGE
Total property sales 3,904 5,353 37.1%
Total dollar volume $713,994,683 $1,031,455,912 44.5%
Total active listings 47,354 45,452 -4.0%
Total pending sales 3,144 2,741 -12.8%
Average single-family sales price $186,449 $198,948 6.7%
Median single-family sales price $138,000 $150,000 8.7%
Months inventory* 6.1 6.0 -1.8%


* Months inventory estimates the number of months it will take to deplete current active inventory based on the prior 12 months sales activity. This figure is representative of the single-family homes market.


Single-Family Homes Update

At $150,000, the median sales price for single-family homes rose for the seventh consecutive month, up 8.7 percent from November 2008. That represents the highest median price ever recorded in a month of November in Houston. The national single-family median price reported by NAR is $173,100, illustrating the continued higher value and lower cost of living that consumers enjoy in the Houston market. The average price of single-family homes in October was $198,948, an increase of 6.7 percent from one year earlier.


November sales of single-family homes in Houston totaled 4,519, up 32.8 percent from November 2008. This is the third consecutive monthly increase in sales volume and, again, is considered an anomaly because of Hurricane Ike’s disruption of thousands of real estate transactions last fall.


HAR also reports existing home statistics for the single-family home segment of the real estate market. In November 2009, existing single-family home sales totaled 3,721, a 34.8 percent increase from November 2008. At $142,000, the median sales price for existing homes in the Houston area rose 13.6 percent compared to last year. The average sales price of $182,883 climbed 12.3 percent from its November 2008 level.


Townhouse/Condo Update

The number of townhouses and condominiums sold in November rose dramatically compared to one year earlier—again, the product of the market interruption caused by Hurricane Ike. In the greater Houston area, 502 units were sold last month versus 286 properties in November 2008, translating to a 75.5 percent boost in year-over-year sales.


The median price of a townhouse/condominium rose 13.7 percent year-over-year to $134,500. The average price climbed 5.3 percent to $162,708 from November 2008 to November 2009.


Lease Property Update

Demand for single-family home rentals fell 9.0 percent in November compared to a year earlier. Year-over-year townhouse/condominium rentals declined by 2.9 percent.


Houston Real Estate Milestones in November

  • Single-family homes sales increased for a third consecutive month, by 32.8 percent;
  • Existing single-family home sales increased for a third consecutive month, by 34.8 percent;
  • Total property sales increased for a third consecutive month, by 37.1 percent;
  • The median price of a single-family home was up for the seventh straight month, reaching the highest level ever recorded in a November ($150,000);
  • Month’s inventory of single-family homes dropped from 6.1 to 6.0 months compared to the national average of 7.0 months

The computerized Multiple Listing Service of the Houston Association of Realtors® includes residential properties and new homes listed by 24,000 Realtors® throughout Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, as well as parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Waller and Wharton counties. Residential home sales statistics as well as listing information for more than 50,000 properties may be found on the Internet at http://www.har.com.

The information published and disseminated to the HAR Multiple Listing Services is communicated verbatim, without change by Multiple Listing Services, as filed by MLS participants.

The MLS does not verify the information provided and disclaims any responsibility for its accuracy. All data is preliminary and subject to change. Monthly sales figures reported since November 1998 includes a statistical estimation to account for late entries. Twelve-month totals may vary from actual end-of-year figures. (Single-family detached homes were broken out separately in monthly figures beginning February 1988.)

Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR) is a 24,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest local association/board of Realtors® in the United States as well as the largest individual membership trade association in Houston.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Jay (GunsAndTacos) is my hero

EDIT: Try not to read past page four if you read the link provided below. It has gotten a little offensive.




***Pic is profile pic courtesy of GunsAndTacos on twitter***


Oh dear reader, if you haven't seen this, you are in for the time of your life. I follow a fellow blogger on twitter (username=GunsAndTacos) and he has decided to make it his mission to get fellow Houstonian and successful (I think?) rap artist Chamillionaire to follow him back on twitter. At first he would just post to Chamillionaire on twitter asking kindly for a follow back.

Chamillionaire ignored him. You do not ignore GunsAndTacos, ok? He is the reason I know about good taco trucks in the city of Houston and other random important facts such as where I can find a whole cowhead on sale for $24.95, that the Ghost Whisperer is a great show if you turn off the volume (for guys, of course) and where I can find some sweet belt buckles. Seriously, he is hilarious. You should be reading is blog if you aren't on twitter.

Because Chamillionaire chose to ignore GunsAndTacos, he wanted, no needed answers. Therefore, he had to go straight to the source. Chamillionaire's website. Take the time to read this entry on Chamillionaire's forum. Bookmark it and go back to it if you are ever in a bad mood. It is so darn funny.

How do I get Chamillionaire to follow me on Twitter?

GunsAndTacos' blog

Thursday, December 3, 2009

1st Saturday in The Heights + Mistletoe Madness = Tons of Fun!!!


So, because I am so lame and this time of the year is so darn busy for me, I got my good friend Mitch Cohen to send me the press release for this year's Mistletoe Madness in The Heights and 1st Saturday in The Heights. Not that I wouldn't love to go on and on about how fabulous these coinciding events are, I'm just on brain fry. The press release will be more than adequate and give you all pertinent information. I'll be partying it up with Mitch midday on Saturday. Hope to see you there!!

Official Press Release for the 4th Annual Mistletoe Madness in The Heights:

4th annual Heights "Mistletoe Madness" offers visitors fun, food,
festive holiday atmosphere on Saturday, December 5



Houston's Historic Heights knows how to throw a good party. Whether it's "White Linen Night" in August or "Mistletoe Madness" in December, Heights residents, businesses, artists, musicians and organizations come together to put on a celebration worthy of the many accolades they have received over the years. And this December's 4th annual "Mistletoe Madness" will be no exception.


Set for Saturday, December 5, from 12-6 p.m., Mistletoe Madness faithfully showcases the Heights - profiling the people, the shop owners, the artists and the businesses that make the Heights a classy, progressive, and ultimate destination not to be missed.


Art and live entertainment will be on hand throughout the day and retail shops, restaurants, galleries, and sponsor businesses will be open for visiting and shopping throughout the many tree-lined, holiday-decorated thoroughfares that transverse The Heights, including 11th St., White Oak, Studewood, Heights Blvd, Yale St., North Main St., and 19th St.


Billed by organizers as just the right mix of “Eat, Drink, Shop & Be Merry,” Heights Mistletoe Madness 2009 is geared up to make this year's event the best yet.


“Events work in The Heights because of its artistic, diverse, and offbeat ways,” says Karen Mann, one of the celebration's organizers.


And Mann knows what she is talking about. Many “best-of” establishments call the Heights home, including the best chicken-fried steak in Houston, the best new restaurant of 2007, the best plants, the best new store, the best late-night restaurant, the best tacos, best barbecue, and even the best value. Visitors are encouraged to come early, browse, eat, and enjoy the sights and shops not found anywhere else in Houston.


Organizers invite the public to "Stroll the streets or take a shuttle. Tour the Victorian homes. Hear live music. See good art. Vote on the Caroling Contest. Try a new restaurant or funky bar or revisit an old favorite. Enjoy the chill in the air. Hail a pedi-cab or hop a shuttle for a different trip to a gallery, shop, restaurant, or home. Buy really great gifts!"


And indeed Holiday shoppers can choose from gifts not found anywhere else – fresh, original art, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, antiques, furniture. Lining the streets of The Heights are shops carrying retro, trendy, high fashion, fine leather goods, hand-made jewelry, and showy studded accessories as well as some of the most varied antiques and imports found in Houston.


The First Saturday Arts Market will also be open, featuring original art for sale. Known as the launching ground for many of Houston's most renowned artists, the First Saturday Arts market is approaching its sixth year of bringing art and artists to Houston on a monthly basis.


And art, shopping and entertainment are not the only options for visitors on this first Saturday of December. The hugely popular "Heights Holiday Home Tour" is scheduled for the same weekend. The Heights’ Victorian and Bungalow architecture provides a festive, nostalgic backdrop for the modern crowds and art gallery scene.


Making Mistletoe Madness all possible are many generous underwriters including Spanish Flowers Mexican Restaurant, Buchanan’s Native Plants, Karen Derr & Associates Realty, Wind Water Gallery, Sterling Bank, Harolds in the Heights, Eclectic Home, Glass Wall the Restaurant, The Leader News, Carter & Cooley Deli, First Saturday Arts Market and more.


Mistletoe Madness is free of charge and open to the public. There is ample free parking available as well as free shuttles. Pedi-cabs are also available on a "for tips" basis.


For more information, visit the websites www.heightsfirstsaturday.com or www.heightsmistletoemadness.com or contact Karen Mann at 713-703-0520 or via e-mail at karen@karenmann.com.

Here are some pics of the fun:








***All pics courtesy of Mistletoe Madness website***

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Agent Genius-My quote!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!! My special day started out with a quote in the online magazine, Agent Genius!!! I'm so excited because this particular site is one that I respect highly and is well known in the Real Estate Industry.

Here is the article:
Sales of New Single Family Homes Rises Over 6%

Hope everyone has a fantastic day!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Links of the week

Well, dear reader, it sure has been awhile since we've done our "Links of the Week" feature. I really like this particular part of my blog because I am a major online shopper/reader and it allows me to share some really cool sites with you guys.

With the holiday's coming up, I thought I might share some of my personal faves for gift shopping. I don't "do" holiday in-store retail. It just isn't gonna happen over here. I don't like crowds and I have a 3-inch buffer of personal space around me that if is penetrated by a stranger, I will take action. Therefore, stores + holiday crowds do not = a good match for Danelle.

One of my very favorite places to buy stocking stuffers, gifts for friends, clients and co-workers (and myself) is SPACASSO. This place is awesome. The entire line of products is soy based an AH-MAZING. You know it is difficult to get the Ah-mazing stat from me. I have purchased a gazillion candles from this line because they smell crazy good, moisturizers, lip treatments and scrubs. All their products leave you not only smelling delicious, but incredibly soft as well.

One of my all time favorite items they sell is the PoshSoylicious Lip Spa Scrub. I have been blessed with incredibly dry lips that peel and are always flaky. I've tried everything in the book and this is the only product that has saved my poor lips. Now, I don't look like I've got some sort of drug habit or weird disease and I can wear my lipstick without it leaving big chunks of lipstick stained lip flesh on my teeth.

The Silk Body Essence Sprays rock my socks because you are getting two products for the price of one. It is a moisturizing spray with glorious scent, so you can moisturize and perfume yourself all in one spray. How awesome is that?

Go to SPACASSO today and order for the holidays, or for yourself. You won't regret it. BTW, get the "Birthday Candle". It smells EXACTLY like a birthday cake. I. LOVE. IT.

Next on my list is Personal Wine. Ummmm, could this be anymore cool? You can totally make up your own label and have it slapped on a major tasty wine and send it out to your friends. They will be so jealous that you have a winery and are so successful.

Alex, the owner is amazing and he will do a great job making you the perfect wine bottle for your friends, family, co-workers, clients, etc. Go to Personal Wine today and setup your account for life. It will be worth it!

Need some sweet deals? Don't know where to get them? Tired of everyone knowing what is going on in Houston except for you? Then, perhaps you should start reading Houston On The Cheap. What a fantastic site. It gives a constant running list things to do in Houston, deals around town, events that are coming up, charity fundraisers, art shows, etc. Houston On The Cheap is the best site to read if you want something to do for the weekend, but don't want to pay a fortune to do it. My favorite time to read this site is whenever a holiday is coming up. It gives me some great ideas for events that I can enjoy with my family and it is a great way to schedule functions for you and your kids when they will be out of school. Visit Houston On The Cheap today, you won't regret it!

This is not holiday related, but I have become obsessed with the Rick Roll. Please tell me you know what it means to be Rick Roll'd? I enjoy this so much. My poor sister, Dee Anne, has been the beneficiary of the majority of my Rick Rolling, but I can't help it. Once you get started, it becomes addicting.

If you don't know what being Rick Roll'd is, please let me educate you. Rick Astley had a video, back in the 80's for his song, Never Gonna Give You Up. If you watch it today, it is so funny. Especially when the dude in the short shorts jumps up on a fence in the middle of the video for no apparent reason whatsoever. He looks like this:



So, after seeing this video, you chuckle a bit at how silly it was and how silly the 80's was. Then you start to plot and scheme. You copy the youtube link for this video, go to tinyurl.com, enter the link you copied, and then send a message to someone that tricks them into viewing it. For instance, the other day my sister was trying to get me to watch Mad Men. So, I sent her an email titled Mad Men and the body of the email was "This is why I WON'T watch Mad Men". I knew it would stress her out enough to click on the link. She did. She saw a Rick Astley video. She got "Rick Roll'd". Get it? Yes, it is childish and stupid, but hilarious if you have a good sense of humor.

Here is the video, just to get you started. It is so darn funny:




Ok, back to some serious linkage. This is my final link, and one of my faves. Tracy Tesmer Photography. Tracy Tesmer is an amazing photographer who is one of few left in this world that works strictly with film. She is capable of digital, of course, but she believes in the beauty of actual film. I love all of her work. She is running a fabulous special right now for Christmas portraits, so if I were you, I would get in contact with her asap. Here are a few examples of her amazing work:

All these images are copyright of Tracy Tesmer and are borrowed from her website: Tracy Tesmer:







Hope you enjoyed this weeks links!! Have a great week!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Humane Society Annual Collection




Hello All!!!

It's that time of year again! I am collecting donations for the Humane Society from November 16, 2009 thru January 4, 2010. This year all donations will go to the Galveston chapter of the Humane Society. Since Hurricane Ike, the Galveston Island Humane Society has never quite recovered and those poor little animals are in desperate need of some TLC. We are coming up on the 2-3 months of the year where it drops below 60 degrees. Those animals get chilly at night! Also, sometimes it is just nice for them to know someone cares.

Currently, the Galveston Island Humane Society is in need of the following (taken directly from their website):

* Dry dog/puppy food
* Dog/puppy collars
* Grooming supplies
* baby shampoo
* Dog toys
* Flea/tick spray/dip
* Small rugs

* Dry cat/kitten food
* Kitten formula
* Lots of cat litter (non-clumping)
* Toilet lid covers to use for cat beds
* Litter boxes
* Cat toys

* Bleach
* Paper towels
* Scrub shirts
* Laundry and liquid dish soap
* Towels


If you are someone who can donate services to help the Galveston Island Humane Society, they are currently in need of the following (taken directly from their website):

* electrician
* building maintenance
* animal grooming
* printing
* landscaping
* janitorial
* fence installation
* locksmith, etc.



Lastly, a neat idea would be the "Give the Gift of Comfort" option. This is a special way to show you care. An animal will get a good night's sleep and you will know that you are contributing to the welfare of the poor babies who are scared, homeless and want to feel safe. Make them more comfortable by purchasing a bed through this link: Donate to Galveston Island Human Society. All beds will be 30%-35% off of regular retail prices if you purchases through the aforementioned link and donate to the Galveston Island Humane Society.

I will update drop off locations for food and supplies. Currently, the main drop off location is:

Boulevard Realty
1545 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008

If you are in Galveston, then the drop off is:

Boulevard Realty
1401 Post Office
Galveston, TX 77550
Please ask for Bill Hammond at this location.

Keep in mind, financial donations are always appreciated. I do not collect these, however, if you want to donate funds to the Galveston Island Humane Society, please go here to do so: Contributions

Looking forward to seeing all of my fellow animal lovers come out in great force again this year. Last year was a great success for the Houston Chapter, now lets help out those who really need us in Galveston.

Take care,
Danelle

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Karen Derr & Associates is now Boulevard Realty



BOULEVARD REALTY
1545 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008
713.862.1600
www.yourblvd.com

For Immediate Release
KAREN DERR & ASSOCIATES REALTY IS NOW
BOULEVARD REALTY

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 2009 – Karen Derr & Associates Realty was purchased in July
2008 by its long-time, top producing agent, Bill Baldwin, and we are proud to announce its renaming to Boulevard Realty. Boulevard Realty operates offices in Houston and Galveston.

Boulevard Realty is a top grossing real estate firm in Houston with 2 offices, 51 independent
agents, 6 staff persons, and over 100 million dollars in sales for 2009.

“I am very proud of my association with Karen Derr and Karen Derr & Associates Realty,” says Bill Baldwin. Since Baldwin purchased the agency he has served as its broker and continues to list and sell properties. As its top producing agent for the previous 10 years, Baldwin says he looks forward to taking Boulevard Realty to the next level.

Bob and Karen Derr remain as agents with Boulevard Realty and will continue to list and sell
homes. Broker duties and the everyday operations have been under Baldwin’s management since his purchase in July 2008. The name change completes the process for his agency.

“I chose the name Boulevard Realty because it symbolizes what I like about real estate - history, southern influences, community and sophistication.”

“Neighborhoods throughout the city have been planned around their beautiful Boulevards - representing the heart of the community. Some examples are Heights Boulevard, River Oaks Boulevard, Bellaire Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard and Seawall Boulevard (in Galveston) - each of these special places having proud histories and bright futures.”

“Our industry is in constant evolution and now, more than ever, it seems like it is the time to embrace our past while moving toward our future.”

Boulevard Realty has offices at 1545 Heights Boulevard and 1401 Post Office in Galveston. Its
web site at www.yourblvd.com will offer the latest in real estate listings, new technology and information to help you buy or sell a home.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Carli Mosier
713.862.1600
carlimosier@gmail.com

Saturday, November 7, 2009

2125 Yale Apartments




So, this week we are going to focus on Real Estate related issues. Simply because I have been working so darned much and things keep popping into my head that I feel you all must know!

Are you a renter? Do you have an apartment that makes you feel like you are at home when you walk in? Do you have fabulous views of the city, big windows, concrete or wood floors and awesome updates? Or, are you living in an apartment with old and nasty blinds, carpet, a white refrigerator to match your two-toned white cabinets with wood trim and cramming your clothing into something that resembles a linen closet? Is the pool at your complex so big you can swim major laps, or is it just big enough for you to swim 3 laps? Do you rent at a complex with a workout facility that is so updated you don't need a gym membership?

I didn't think so. Well, don't worry. I am here to help you. You simply MUST live at 2125 Yale in The Heights. This place is gorgeous. Each unit is different, there are tons of amenities and the views are so nice. Plus, it is QUIET. Speaking from experience as a renter, that is imperative. I cannot stand apartment complexes that seem fantastic, then you stand inside the apartment only to hear the Metro bus stop every 30 minutes, the neighbors across the street yelling at each other and dogs barking incessantly. Not at 2125 Yale, my friend. This place rocks.

The location of this complex is one of the reasons it is so appealing. Because it is on Yale and 21st St., you can easily walk to all the happening stores, restaurants, etc. that The Heights has to offer on 19th St.

For those naysayers who are all in an uproar because this is in the location where the old Kaplan's store used to be, let me set you straight. First, Kaplan's closed down BEFORE this company purchased the land to build this complex. 2125 Yale did not, I repeat-DID NOT-buy out Kaplan's and force them to shut down to build this property. Second, To preserve some of Kaplan's fantastic history and because the owners are sensitive to The Heights residents and their pride in this history, the builders installed the same original wood flooring from the Kaplan's store into the property. So, when you walk into the leasing office/club room/conference area of 2125 Yale, you are walking on the floor of history! Third, Kaplan's provided the owners of 2125 Yale with massive black and white photos for the property to proudly hang in their leasing office. Need I say more?

Well, I will. You have to go see this complex for yourself. I drove by it a million times and didn't really think much of it. But, let me tell you, this place is gorgeous. They really thought of everything when they built this place. Even the corridors are air conditioned. So, you don't have to sweat walking to your place. They have some units with epoxied concrete floors (bedrooms are carpeted for your sleeping convenience), wood flooring or the option of carpet.

The kitchens are TOO DIE FOR and a chef's dream. The islands in the 2 bedroom suites are massive, but what was most impressive was the fact that an island is included even in the 1 bedroom floorplans (most of them). Every unit comes equipped with a full size washer and dryer as well as some type of storage area on the balcony/patio. Some of the floorplans come with built-in desks, so you don't even need to find space for an office! And, most important to me, all units have garden tubs. If you love your hot baths, that will make you happy. The finishing touches on these apartments are so pretty, my pictures just don't do them justice. The wood that was chosen for the kitchen cabinetry is so beautiful and all the appliances are stainless steal. The wall colors are the perfect neutral, the shades for the windows are beautiful and the whole place just screams "I am awesome, come love me".

Here are a few pics and some descriptions of what you are looking at:

Hallway of 2125 Yale with wood flooring from Kaplan's and framed black and white pictures:



2125 Yale Club Room:




Outdoor grill (in front of massive pool):



Massive Pool:



One of many cool views in an empty unit (2 bedroom):



Huge, awesome kitchen in empty 2 bedroom unit:



Model unit, 1 bedroom kitchen:



Bathroom (is massive, but pics don't do it justice):




More pictures from 2125 Yale's photo gallery: Pictures

2125 Yale has special rates on all their units right now. Anywhere between $39-$290/mth off, depending on which unit. The rates are less expensive than most places that are in the loop with these same amenities. I highly suggest checking it out. You WILL NOT regret it!

2125 Yale
2125 Yale Street
Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713.864.2125
Fax: 713.864.2129


Leasing Center Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-7:00pm
Sat: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The most beautiful home in The Heights!!!

Use the tax credit to buy this home!

I have seen so many houses in The Heights that I could rattle off to you what nearly every single one of them looks like in the interior, how much they sold for and what their upgrades include. After seeing so many homes that I thought were just lovely I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this home is BY FAR one of the most beautiful in this area. It is owned by an Interior Designer who renovated it and obviously has FABULOUS taste!!

She is selling it for a mere $649,900 which is a steal considering what some other comparable properties are going for in this same neighborhood. The home is so stunning that I actually gasped when I entered. If you are at all in the market for a home in this price range, or if you know someone who is, you NEED to call me and view this. You will likely fall in love with it as much as I have.

Located on Rutland in The Heights, the home is a 3/2/2 with an extra half bath/changing room in the garage for pool use. The home looks as if it has a ton of yard, but thanks to smart landscaping and the use of flagstone, it is easily maintained. There are 2 living areas, one formal, one casual and the master bed/bath have to be seen to be believed. The home is 2416 sq ft and on a large 6600 sq ft lot.

Here are some pictures of this lovely home, listed by my broker, Bill Baldwin. Pictures are courtesy of him and HAR/MLS.

Exterior:



Porch:



Formal Living:



Great Room:



Kitchen:



Dining Room:



Master Bedroom:



Master Bathroom:



Pool:




Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bath Junkie

How in the world did I go so long without knowing about this place? Actually, that statement is incorrect. I did know about this place, I just mistook it for another one of the billion typical bath product stores. So, I just ignored it. I mean, gimme some Dove soap and a bottle of Cetaphil lotion and I'm good to go.

I will admit that even though my nightly bath routine borders on lame, I have always wanted to be one of those girly girls who has a bucket of lotions, soaps, fizzies, oils, scrubs, etc. that make me reek of fruity splendor when finished showering. That being said, I'm also kind of a weirdo about packaging. I don't like products to be in funky, bright, hot pink (thought I love pink), bottles or packaged in such a way that it would take an hour for me to open, thus leaving me quite puckered and useless in my bathtub.

Bath Junkie
is perfect for people like me as well as for all those feminine chicks that like all the frills. The most awesome part is that you are not stuck choosing from a few scents that some dude in a lab in Canada thought women wanted. Oh no my friend, YOU are the scent maker! How amazingly cool is that? Bath Junkie has a huge set of different essential oils and they give you a ton of little tester sheets so you can try a bunch of combinations to personalize your odor. I mean scent. Now, if you are like me and cannot handle this daunting task, they have a menu of different scents that you can try on your tester sheets. It is like a cheat sheet. I love to cheat. Best of all, you still get to feel like you are creating your custom made scent because the ingredients for each scent on the menu are listed so you can use your little tester paper and oils just like all your more creative and talented friends.

Bath Junkie's essential oil station:



The "mixing area", tissue paper is available color selections for your product:



After you have you achieved your desired smell, you take it to the sweet lady at the front and then the real fun begins. You choose from a bevy of different formulas to add your custom scent(s) to. Creams, soaps, bath bombs, shampoos, salt scrubs, moisturizer, hand santizing soap, perfume, glitter lotion, I mean seriously, the possibilities here are endless.

Bath Junkie formula options for your scent (just a few of them, there are a TON):




Once you have your scent(s) and formula(s) picked, the nice lady up front mixes them all together in a big bowl while you watch. You get to pick what color you want your lotion, soap, etc to be and then she adds coloring as the final touch. She lets you smell it to be sure it is to your liking, and then she scoops it all up and puts it in a very chic, non-frilly bottle, jar, etc. Me lovey.

Bath Junkie "mixing station". Pics of the kind representative making my lotion:



Adding color:



Voila!



If you simply must have some frill, there are some pre-made options there as well. Oh, and a HUGE selection of rubber duckies. So adorable. They also have various items that you can purchase for your bathtime ritual such as hair turbans, those soaker towels, bathrobes, slippers, scrubbers, etc. I mean it, this place is awesome.


Bath Junkie Rubber Duckies, Robes, Scrubbers, etc.:

Rubber Duckies:





Robes, towels, slippers:



Scrubbers and some pre-made items (there are a lot more than I was able to capture here):



Some of the bath bombs:


Bath Junkie also has Birthday Packages available. They will set up a table for you and your friends so you can bring food and drinks and spend the day doing girly things. That's awesome because you get to benefit from your friend turning a year older by getting some sweet deals. Call and ask about the birthday packages, they are awesome.

Here is the link to the official website with all the pertinent info:
Bath Junkie

Locations:
Houston
(River Oaks) 2020 W Gray
Houston, TX 77019 713-527-7200
Houston
4872 Beechnut Street
Houston, TX 77096 713-218-8010
Katy
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Suite E-140 Katy, TX 77494 281-391-2284
Sugar Land
16180 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-565-1641
Webster
Baybrook Square
1345 West Bay Area Blvd. Webster, TX 77598 281-554-2649