Friday, October 9, 2009

Just hit the market today!! Gorgeous Townhome in the Heights!!

I cannot even begin to tell you how many people are asking me for a perfect place to live that is affordable in the Heights. Well, my friends, that day has come. This home is being listed by the owner who is also my co-worker/friend. Let me tell you, you will not find a townhome more immaculate than this. The owner is an extremely successful agent who also works and consults with builders on the design of their custom homes/new construction. His taste is impeccable, partly why so many builder use him, and his personal home is no exception.

Located on 2oth St. in the heart of The Heights, this townhome built in 2002 by Metropolitan Homes offers you luxury living at suburb pricing. Here is the description, as written by the agent/owner, on MLS:

"3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths with stunning rooftop terrace with views of downtown. 3 story entrance, open trusses in kitchen & living, plantation shutters, 2 balconies, wired for surround sound, stained concrete on 1st floor, hardwoods, open steel staircases to each floor. Walk to historic 19th street shops and restaurants & the hike and bike trail. Minutes to Downtown, Galleria, Medical Center, and Memorial Park."

In addition to the above, I'd also like to mention that there are $0 maintenance fees (unheard of), no management company or fees (unheard of), the home is 1934 square feet, in a gated community and has only been on the market since today.

Sounds perfect, right? Wait until you see the pictures. Also, if you have ever wanted to be in the heart of it all, this is the perfect location. Please call me today if you are interested in buying a home (before the tax credit ends November 30!) in a fabulous location and at a fabulous price. This home is by appointment only, no open houses as of yet. So, serious inquiries only, please.

323 E. 20th St. Houston, TX 77008 ~ Priced at $329,900

Exterior:



Living/Dining:




Back end of living, heading up stairs:



Kitchen (massive!):



2 shots of the huge and gorgeous master bathroom:






Rooftop terrace:



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Neartown Animal Clinic


I have a cat that most of you are probably aware of, FiFi. FiFi is the highlight of my life, the joy of my world, the reason I breathe....Ok, maybe that is going a bit too far.

How can you NOT love a face like this?


So, knowing how much I love my baby girl, you must also know that I would not allow her to be trusted in the hands of anyone other than the best. Neartown Animal Clinic is by far the best clinic I have ever taken FiFi to. I have been dedicated to them for quite some time now, after trying many other options. FiFi actually likes going to this clinic. Well, that might be exaggerating a bit. She does give me full body resistance whenever I try to put her in her carrier and she does sound like some weird gargled monster giving birth while she is in the car. But, when we arrive, after she pees a little (if a dog is around) she calms down. How sad is it that she is more comfortable in this clinic than in my own car?

The Veterinarians are so thorough in FiFi's check ups, yet the entire time they are stroking her ego and telling her that she is "by far the most gorgeous cat they have ever seen" and that "she is the best little girl they have ever had in their office", yada, yada, yada. I know they are probably lying, but both FiFi and I believe them because to be honest, they are right. She is the most awesome.

The ladies at the front desk are always so helpful and friendly. Plus, I am never getting "sold" on extra treatments or home remedies. I don't have a bunch of people trying to get me to have useless tests and procedures run on FiFi just so they can make a buck. I remember one time I called because I was worried about her urinating everywhere (turns out she is just emotional). They were so kind and understanding. Although it isn't an emergency situation, the staff and Doctors stayed after hours so that I could bring her in, to put my mind at ease. I really mean it-they are amazing and caring and genuinely want the best for all the wonderful animals that we, as owners, consider to be integral parts of our families.

Neartown animal clinic also has fantastic boarding facilities, should you need to go out of town and board your animal. You'll always see the staff outside playing with the animals that are boarded, so you know they are in good hands. I brought my old dog, Roxy, there once. She did not want to come home. It kinda hurt my feelings. :( But, it made me happy to know there was a "safe haven" for her should I need to leave for any reason.

I want to also note that the lovely people at this clinic are in the process of trying to find homes for a few pets. The situations and stories behind these poor babies are quite sad, so if you know anyone who might be willing to take on an aged dog, or a cat who has been separated from his friend, please contact the clinic.

There are 2 dogs and 2 cats that need someone to take them into their loving homes. All have been spayed/neutered, are up to date on their vaccinations and 3 come with the dietary food that is needed as well as heart worm treatment. They are of course, free to a good home. Please contact the clinic if you or someone you know can help out these little sweeties.

First is Oreo. An adorable 11 year old male Shih-Tzu. He has lost one eye due to blindness and has some vision problems in the other eye, but this little sweetie is such a doll. Oreo comes from a sweet home, but unfortunately due to elderly owners, this poor little baby needs a new place and a new person to love. Oreo does fine with other animals, he is just a bit hesitant because of his sight. Oreo has been neutered.

There is another Shih-Tzu, Tasha, female, 13years old. She is a sweet little baby doll who is coming from the same situation as Oreo. Tasha is older, yet still has a lot of love and life in her. She and Oreo both come with full vaccinations, dietary food and heart worm medication. If you know a kind, loving person who could use a dog to cheer them up, either one of these would make such a wonderful companion. Tasha has been spayed.

Oreo:



Tasha:


There are two cats that are available as well. 1 male, Noah and one female, Annabelle.

Noah has lost his best friend and companion to another owner and is lonely. :( Noah is a 7 year old domestic short hair, fully vaccinated and neutered. He is super sweet, wants to be loved and would likely do well in a home with another cat, since he has already lived with one. Both Noah and Annabelle are up for adoption for the same reasons that Oreo and Tasha are. As people get older and can no longer care for themselves, they cannot care for their pets, either.

Annabelle is a 4.5 year old Russian blue, fully vaccinated and spayed. Annabelle is gorgeous and by far one of the sweetest cats I have ever seen. Her grey coat is stunning and all she wants is a nice lap to curl up in and go to sleep. What a great first pet Annabelle would make.

Noah comes with all dietary foods and heart worm medication. Annabelle comes with 1 bag of food, as she is not on a special diet. Please call the clinic to make one of these adorable babies yours today.

Noah:



Annabelle:


I hope you know someone who can help! And, if you haven't been down to Neartown, stop in and say "Hi". They love meeting people!

Here is a link to the clinic's main website/homepage.

Neartown Animal Clinic

713-526-1502

Monday thru Friday........7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday.........................
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
We are Closed Sundays and Holidays

And, here is a link to view the facility, boarding, play area, etc.

Neartown Animal Clinic-facility tour

Friday, October 2, 2009

Guest Blogger, Mitch Cohen on First Saturday Arts Market!!!


Today's post is submitted by my guest blogger, Mitch Cohen. He is one of my dear friends and runs the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. You might recall that I have written about this in the past, but I'd like to give him an opportunity to promote it again, because it is so awesome and so much fun!!!

Mitch's post:

Danelle Reed- She walked right out of that room laughing and stopped right in front of me and looked me up and then down. Cocked one eye brow and said, "You WORK here or something?" I knew then that Danelle was someone special. No, I don't mean on the short bus but thats not what I'd tell her.

A few months later Danelle told me she started a blog and wanted to feature my First Saturday Arts Market. I was excited! Because I knew with her slightly off sense of humor she would make it all shiny and new again. Danelle has just the right touch of witticism and discerning eye to keep your attention when she talks and writes.


It is no surprise to me that Danelle has found success in the Real Estate business. She is all about building relationships, and that is probably the most important part of the real estate business. Danelle is special, I know that because she picked me out right off the bat!


This Saturday begins the sixth fall/winter season of the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. I hope that Danelle's clients give her at least an hour to come and visit, poke fun at me and do some shopping. Of course everyone is invited! Danelle may choose to come around noon and catch Fahl & Folk while munching on a chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick from the ice cream truck. Or she may grab her hubby Robert and come late in the day to hear Houston's soul-rocker, Kenneth Scott at 4pm. Robert will have to sit and sip a cold one with me while you shop Danelle.


Either way, Danelle will have plenty to write about after meeting all the wonderful artists. Like Ralph & Nell Parker from McKinney, Texas with Ralph's wonderful gauche landscapes. There are three artists from Dayton Texas. Maybe Danelle can tell me where that is! There's original jewelry in glass, silver and even paper! Metal sculptors, wood and hand made pens. Paintings, photography and knitted scarves on site for the fast approaching brisk Houston winter. The knitting is done by my own drama teacher from Junior High. Danelle is going to want to speak to her I'm certain. This month there is also a wide assortment of pottery and ceramic artists!


So thanks Danelle, you really are a wonderful person, despite all the ribbing. (both ways)


The Heights 1st Saturday shopping shuttle runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market is located on the parking lot of Wind Water Asian Antiques Gallery at 548 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St. Parking and admission are free.


For more information about the First Saturday Art Market, call 713-802-1213 or visit the website
www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com which also lists all the artists in attendance, including an archive from the past three years of shows.

Awww, isn't he a sweetcheek? Here is a pic from my previous post on the Arts Market:




First Saturday in the Heights Arts Market Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 25, 2009


FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT: Mitch Cohen
832-273-4798
artvalet@gmail.com

First Saturday Arts Market returns to daytime hours Saturday, Oct. 3, with fine art and soul rocking entertainment

The First Saturday Arts Market returns to daytime hours on Saturday, Oct. 3, after a summer of successful evening shows. Houston's only monthly outdoor fine arts event, the Market will be open on the first Saturdays of each month through May from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the parking lot of Wind Water Gallery in the Heights.

First Saturday Arts Market features local and regional artists whose offerings include original paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture, wood and metal arts, ceramics and fiber arts. And, if you mix in a little character from area farmers markets, throw in an ice cream truck on steroids, the best local talent up front entertaining -- all under dozens of white canopied tents -- visitors will find themselves in the middle of a mini arts festival in full swing.

Kenneth Scott, Houston's soul-rocker, will be the featured performer in October. Scott considers himself as much of a spiritual activist as a songwriter & performer.
Market manager Mitch Cohen describes Scott's performance, "I first heard Kenneth performing at a wine bar, and I literally rushed through the crowd to the stage to see if he was real. The passion in his singing is awesome, I knew he'd fit right in at the market. His songs are full of themes that are common to all and link the human condition to a higher purpose. He performs with the punch of a modern day prophet, displaying a fury in his live shows that will make even the cynical believe."
Scott is scheduled to perform at 4 p.m. with John Hatfield.

A member of the Houston Heights Association's Heights 1st Saturday event in continuous operation since the Spring of 2004, the art market -- along with its host, Wind Water Gallery --are on the complementary shopping shuttle route that circulates the neighborhood on this busy shopping day. The free air conditioned shuttle service offered to visitors makes shopping the Heights a truly unique experience.

Upcoming dates for the market are Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5

The Heights 1st Saturday shopping shuttle runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market is located on the parking lot of Wind Water Asian Antiques Gallery at 548 W. 19th St. at Lawrence St. Parking and admission are free.
For more information about the First Saturday Art Market, call 713-802-1213 or visit the website www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com which also lists all the artists in attendance, including an archive from the past three years of shows.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Great rental in the Woodland Heights!!

So, I have a friend who has just moved out of her rental and asked if I could post some pics of it for you guys to see. Just an FYI, I am not representing the owner of the rental, nor my friend. I am strictly posting some pics and information about the house she previously rented to help her out. She is currently paying double rent until someone else leases it. If you are interested, please contact me for her email address and I will put you in touch with her.

This house is so adorable, on a VERY desirable block in the Woodland Heights. Located at 1120 Omar St., this beautiful bungalow is a 3/1 and leasing currently for $1395/mth. There is an indoor laundry room, alarm system, separate dining room, recently waxed and gorgeous hardwood floors, recently installed Berber carpet in the bedrooms, a wrap around front porch and lots of other great features that most heights residents are looking for in a home.

Here are some pics that might peak your interest (all taken by previous tenant, my friend):

Exterior (how adorable!):



Interior (living room):



Dining room, looking into living room:



Kitchen (viewed from dining room):



The street and your future neighbors!!:



Seriously, if you have ever wanted to live in the Heights, this about as great of an opportunity as you are ever going to get. If you or anyone you know is interested, please let me know so I can put you in contact with her.

Have a great day!!!