Monday, July 19, 2010

Idylwoood-Houston's hidden treasure

I don't know about you, but whenever I visit Austin, TX, I'm always so jealous of the beautiful landscaping, historic homes, gorgeous hills and the overall atmosphere.  Not that Houston doesn't have its share of all those wonderful things, but one in particular, we are lacking.  The only time I get the thrill of driving through a "hilly" terrain is if I happen to hit one of our many potholes or fly over an unseen speedbump.  Let's face it, we are a flat city.

At least I thought!  That is until one of my previous clients introduced me to the awesomeness that is Idylwood.  Located off of 45 and Wayside, Idylwood is a subdivision I would recommend to any of my buyers.  This neighborhood is unlike that of any other in Houston.  It possesses all of the charm of The Heights, but without the hefty price tag.  In addition, you can buy a home that actually has a backyard.  Best of all, it has small hills! Granted, it isn't a mountainous region, but it is the closest thing we as a city will ever get to rugged terrain.  I LOVE IT in Idylwood.

Now that I've had my say about the hills, lets move on to an incredibly awesome house for sale there, right now!  I am not listing this home, it is listed by Judy Berno with Keller Williams.  However, the seller is a friend of mine, relocating to Dallas.  This house is so beautiful that I feel compelled to tell you all about it so you don't miss out on an incredibly wonderful opportunity to live in the neighborhood that I call "Houston's Best Kept Secret"

Let's look at the deets, shall we?

This home is on almost a full DOUBLE LOT, 10,354 sq ft, to be exact.  It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a 1 car detached garage.  It has the charm of the bungalows we all love, but with lots of updates so you don't feel like you're walking into Grandma's house.  The master suite has an amazing closet that I swear I could live in.  The kitchen's granite counter tops and Viking stove will make any chef, or amateur chef, feel at home.  The front porch is a coffee drinker or people watcher's dream and the hardwoods are absolutely stunning.  Priced at $265K, this WILL NOT LAST LONG.  So, call myself or Judy for an appointment asap.  You will not regret your decision to make the move to this home located in this AWESOME neighborhood.

Pics for your viewing pleasure, all from the MLS (, courtesy of Judy Berno:
These are only a few of the pictures, the rest you'll need to see for yourself!


Front Porch:

Huge Lot:

Living area


Dining area:

Master Bedroom:

One of 2 secondary bedrooms:

Master Closet (HUGE):

Now that I'm sure you are drooling and love it as much as I do, you better get to steppin...You snooze you lose!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Shade of Hope, benefiting The Furniture Bank

Ever been sitting around, looking at your belongings and thought, "My God, I have horrible taste?".  I have.  I do it all the time.  Probably because I have a couch with a hole in it, hand me down furniture (compliments of my sister), zero art and no flair for interior design.  However, unlike many unfortunate families, I do have a couch to sit on, table to eat at, bed to sleep on and chair to relax in.

So, the next time you're sitting there eyeballing your "ugly" side table, keep in mind that there so many families out there who would feel incredibly lucky to have your cast-offs.

Shade Of Hope is an "art affair" benefiting The Furniture Bank.  Artists will display their works of art, specifically made for this function, to be sold with all proceeds going to The Furniture Bank.  Now, I can't think of a much better reason to go and buy some cool art.  Can you?

Wouldn't it feel great to know that a painting you purchased to spruce up your pad helped pay for some sheets so that a needy child could actually sleep in a bed for the first time?  I know I would!!

Come to Shade Of Hope on July 18, from 9am-2pm at The Furniture Bank and enjoy some great art, fun people, fabulous music and a most wonderful cause!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

July 4th Celebrations in Houston

Well, it's that time of year again!  Time to sweat, bbq, eat kettle corn and enjoy some fireworks! If you're not doing your own thing, here are some suggestions:


Chevy's Freedom Over Texas
Where: Downtown Houston, Eleanor Tinsley Park
July 4 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: $8 at the gate; children 2 and under get in free, with donation of one canned item for Houston Food Bank, admission is FREE!!

Houston Symphony's Star Spangled Salute, Hosted by Exxon Mobile
Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre
When: July 4 at 8:30 p.m., fireworks to follow, ends at 10:30pm
Admission: Free, must pick up tickets at Miller Outdoor Theatre between 10:30am-1pm

Sam Houston Race Park
Where: Sam Houston Race Park
When: July 4 Live racing gates open at 2:30
Live racing from 5pm to 9:30pm
Fireworks directly after races

Free parking is available until 6:00 PM and will be $10 per car after 6:00 PM.
General Admission is $6 for adults and $4 Senior Citizens until 6:00 PM.
After 6:00 PM  General Admission ticket prices will increase to $10 for Adults & Senior Citizens.
Kids 12 and under FREE all day.

Special promotions for the day:
* Post-Race Fireworks Extravaganza
* Performance by Team Ghost Riders featuring 4 monkeys riding dogs and herding sheep
* Face Painters and Balloon Artists
* Free train rides for kids by Stan's Trackless Train

For information, call (281) 807-RACE

Beaver's Houston
Details, taken directly from the press release:

"Start Independence day off right with BRUNCH at The Beav and you don't even have to get dressed! Come in your favorite Jammies and enjoy our brunch (11-3)and our ALL DAY happy hour: 
enjoy $2 Lone Star & PBR, $1off drafts, $4 house punches, $6 select Classic Cocktails and more!!!

Dont wanna go home? Then stay! 

From 3pm-10pm we start our Pajama Jammy Jam Patio Party with a Patio Bar, Texas Draft Beer & "Backyard" Appetizer menu (featuring Frito Pies, Fish n' Chips, TX Style Hot Dogs w/ Chili or Oma's Sauerkraut, Tacos and more!).

At 5pm, get that Tail Shakin' with Houston's own DJ Kung-Fu Pimp spinning Old Skool Hip-Hop, Dance, Mowtown & Funk.

Call the restaurant to make your reservation for Patio seating NOW (we are taking reservations for parties of 6 or more). First come-first serve lawn chairs in our garden."
Contact Beavers for more information: 713-864-2328


Baytown's July 4th Celebration
Where: Bicentennial Park
When: July 4, Parade begins at 5pm, Fireworks at 9:30
Admission: Free
Call (281) 420-6597 for more information

Clear Lake (Webster, Kemah, Friendswood)

Fourth of July Celebration
Where: Texas Avenue Park
When: July 4, Festival at 5pm, Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Admission: Free
For more information, call (281) 332-1826

Fireworks on the Kemah Boardwalk
Where: Kemah Boardwalk
When: July 3, Kick off parade, starting at 10:00am, Children's Parade at 9:30 am
July 4, Fireworks start at dark
Admission: Free
For more information call (281) 334-3181

'115th Annual 4th of July Celebration'
Where: Centennial Park
When: July 4 at 7:00 p.m., Fireworks at approximately 9:20pm
Parking: None, must ride FREE shuttle from either Clear Brook High School or Friendwood Community Church; Shuttle service begins at 6:30pm
Admission: Free

City of Galveston's Annual July 4th Fireworks Display
Where: 37th Street at Seawall Boulevard
When: July 4, Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Call (409)763-8676 for more information


July 4th Freedom Celebration
Where: Katy Mills Mall
When: July 4 - Fireworks when it turns "dark"
Admission: Free

4th of July Jamboree
Where: Smith Ranch
When: 12pm-11pm
Admission: 12pm-4pm, Adults $10, Kids $5; 4pm-11pm, Adults $15, Kids $5; Kids under 3 years of age admitted all day FREE!
Contact (281) 371-3318 for more information

July 4th Big Backyard Barbecue
Where: La Centerra
When: Festivities start at 5:30 pm, Fireworks at 9:30
Admission: Free
Parking: Interior drives close at 4:30 pm for pedestrian safety.  If you park in the garages and are not gone before 4:30, you must be prepared to stay the entire day.

Sugar Land
Red, White & Bluefest
Where: Oyster Creek, 4033 Highway 6 South
When: July 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
For more information, call (281) 275-2885

The Woodlands
8th Annual Red, Hot and Blue Festival
Where: Town Green Park and Waterway Square
When: July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fireworks begin approximately 9:15pm-9:30pm
Admission: Free

Have fun and Happy 4th!!