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Project Braes Bayou 3

This is the third quarterly report regarding the Project Braes in my neighborhood near the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The majority of the work is done and orchestrated by the Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Houston Parks Board, a non-profit, is working with them, to create more recreational space in this area. Google Maps now includes the Braes Bayou Greenway Trail, and it’s making more sense to me, now that I can see the plan! I still do not pretend to be an engineer or flood expert. I’m a Realtor who happens to live in the neighborhood, and I thought it would be fun to follow the progress to the finish.

This is the east end of the project I haven’t pictured before. I was looking west from the Bertner Street bridge in the medical center. These parallel trails coincide with the Google Maps drawing of the Braes Bayou Greenway Trail.

This is a view from No. Braeswood looking toward the Main St. bridge. I do believe they are building a “seawall” and fence along this area!

From this same place at No. Braeswood and Braeswood Ct., I can tell the “seawall” and fence are complete along the So. Braeswood side.

Also from No. Braeswood, this time looking west at the Kirby bridge, you can see a lot of concrete on the So. Braeswood side. Wooden fencing on the north side is keeping people off the path. I think this is your first glimpse of the trails going under the bridges. This one on the south side looks awesome!

From the west side of the Kirby bridge, you can see the same treatment with the wooden fencing and the “seawall” type concrete fence being assembled.

At No. Braeswood and Brompton, you can see the completed fence on the south side of Braeswood. They must not be planning one on the north side.

Looking west from the Kirby bridge on the No. Braeswood side, the south side trail is still incomplete. It looks like a dead end at this time.  I wonder what they are thinking…meanwhile wildflowers are growing in this undisturbed portion of the bayou, and it is lovely!

Now I’m on the south side of Braeswood, and I can see the trail and fencing are finished and wildflowers are taking hold on this side of the bayou.

Looking west from Braesmain on So. Braeswood, I can see the fencing on the north side at the West University water treatment facility, and the trail on that side. Between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby, the Braes Bayou Greenway Trail will be on the north side of the bayou until you reach Holcombe (which is going east beyond the scope of this current project) where it will be on both sides of the bayou.

I know people are tired of seeing the signs saying “Trail Closed”, but hopefully, it won’t be long until a really amazing trail, much better than you have even experienced, will be ready! I’ll keep you posted!

Meanwhile, if you would like to live near this Braes Bayou Greenway Trail, there are single family and townhomes for sale in all price ranges. Call me for an appointment to learn more about these neighborhoods on the south and north sides of the bayou!! 713-530-0150!

5 Fun Things to Do in Houston in the Summer

1. “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” is currently playing at the new theater for A.D. Players on Westheimer at Yorktown. Performances are in the morning, so children are encouraged to bring an adult and enjoy this play!

2. Volunteer at The Food Bank. Children 6 and older can work at the warehouse on Portwall, east of downtown Houston, and right off I-10. They have a huge, clean facility, and kind people who can help you learn your job. One adult for every 10 children is required for supervision.

3. Houston Museum of Natural History has an exhibit Mapping Texas from the Frontier to the Lone Star State, maps from 1530 to 1920! If that is not riveting enough for you, try Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum. You can easily spend a whole day in this museum; there is a place to eat lunch at McDonald’s and don’t forget to see the Planetarium and the Butterfly Center!

4. At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, check out the Summer Art Exploring on Thursdays this summer. There is a new medium to explore every week (for ages 3-12). It’s free and so is museum admission on Thursdays, always! Did you ever wish you could see an old movie again, but in a theater? The museum shows some amazing old favorites and some surely to be new to you, too. Check out the current schedule.

5. Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park is always free! And after the sun goes down and the breeze kicks in, there is no place more fun than the hill for a picnic while you watch an amazing performance! Shakespeare, The Village People, Houston Symphony, “Pippen” produced by Theater Under the Stars…you can easily find an event that stirs your culture taste every week of the summer months!

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to walk over to Miller Outdoor Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum? I can help you find a home in this neighborhood, as well as the Galleria neighborhood where A.D. Players perform! I can also sell your home in these areas. Call me today for a home value estimate or information regarding buying a home! 713-530-0150

Project Braes Bayou 2

IMG_1119This is my second quarterly report on the progress of Project Braes, a project with the majority of the work being done and orchestrated by the Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Houston Parks Board will be working to create more recreational space in this area. I still do not pretend to be an engineer or expert on flood problems. I am a resident of the area, a Realtor, and I want to keep the neighborhood aware of the progress of this huge undertaking.

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These photos are from east of the Kirby bridge on So. Braeswood. The first one is looking West and the second, East. The fence and sidewalk near the street are finished, I think. That wall appears to be small, relative to the seawall in Galveston, but that is what it looks like to me!

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From the Main St. bridge, first looking West, then East toward the Med Center, we see the large area under the bridge in concrete…what is this going to be? I knew they would have trails under the bridges, to facilitate the needs of hikers and bikers. Maybe I will have the answer next time. Looking east, we see the vast amount of dirt leveled, packed and able to handle all these vehicles that belong to the workmen.

IMG_1098IMG_1099From Kelving and No. Braeswood, first looking East, then West toward the Kirby bridge. The progress on this side is not as far along as the So. Braeswood side, but you can see the wall is built along Braeswood to Kelving, and there is a heap of dirt ready to go or come, I don’t know.

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From Brompton and No. Braeswood, looking across to Knollwood Subdivision, it appears that the “seawall” will end between Buffalo Speedway and about Tidwell.

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We can see from Grennoch, west of Buffalo Speedway, there are a few piles of rocks/boulders along the south side of the bayou. I’ll tell about that in a minute. But it doesn’t look like much is happening here, except…

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Wildflowers! Wow! What a great relief from the construction!

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At Greenbush and So. Braeswood, you can see the wall is higher than So. Braeswood. I speculated in January, that it might be. In the second photo, there is something unusual. The two strips of grass have been laid precisely at certain places. One about 3′ wide is backed up to the wall. The second is a more narrow strip maybe 20′ away, I’m guessing. I can’t wait to see what is going on here!

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This backhoe is seriously in the bayou scooping up large rocks and boulders. That’s why they were further upstream on the edge of the water. Of course this makes sense to the Flood Control District (their truck is on the right), because those huge boulders take up water space in the bayou, and they are working hard to create more space for rainwater!

More to come in a few months, but if you would like to live in this area, so close to the Medical Center, NRG Park, downtown, Rice University and the Museum District, I can help you buy a home here. I can help you sell your home in this area. It is where I have lived over 35 years, and I know the value this location brings. Contact me at 713-530-0150!

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Time! March 7-26, 2017

bootsIt’s time to get your boots polished, brush off your cowboy hat, and get ready to Rodeo, Houston!  The schedule for entertainment is mind-blowing, and you can get the details for buying your tickets here:  Rodeo Schedule Available Here!

For newcomers, you’ll want to know that this Houston tradition takes place at NRG Park with events all over the place.  There are pig races, a petting zoo, top competitors in rodeo competitions every night, and it ALL benefits the most amazing scholarship program ever!

Each year, 750 scholarships are awarded!  This includes 238 metropolitan scholarships for 4-year $20,000 scholarships!  Also on the list is an opportunity for students who want to study Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M, six one-year scholarships worth $16,000 each!

If you want to smell the barbecue from your backyard, homes for sale near Rodeo Houston is the place to look for a new home!  Call me at 713-530-0150 for a tour of this neighborhood or one nearby!

Property Tax Time…

I have been receiving calls from clients regarding property taxes, because they are due January 31, 2015 for 2014 tax year.  If you bought a house in 2014, make sure your name is on the tax record for your property, by going to www.hcad.org and under “Record Search/Real Property Search”, enter your address and “Search”.  Next step would be to view your county tax bill.   The Seller paid you for the time they owned the house in 2014.  And you or your lender are responsible for paying the full amount.  Compare the amount with the amount on your closing statement. If it is more than what the Seller paid you, you and the Seller have signed documents saying you would take care of the difference.  The Seller said he would pay any amount over the amount paid at closing.  Contact the Seller and let him know about the difference.  If the tax paid by the Seller at closing is more than the tax bill states, the Buyer will owe the Seller the overage.

If you sold real estate in 2014, make sure that the property listed on http://www.hcad.org is no longer in your name.  http://www.hcad.org/forms/default.asp?form=5  will give you all the forms necessary for correcting the tax records.

It is too late to protest your tax bill.  In a few months, you will receive a notice of the 2015 tax year assessed value, and at this time, you can make an appointment to argue your assessed amount.

Good luck!  Know I am here to help you with all your real estate concerns and needs!

Unique Listing for Museum District/Medical Center Area

I’ve just listed this wonderful Montrose patio home at 913 W. Main, 77006, and wanted to introduce the property to the blog followers.  It is 2817 sq. ft., according to the builder, and has three floors, two outdoor areas on the ground, spacious rooms, and lots of storage.  Many custom built-ins throughout the house.  The third floor was taken from the attic, but looks completely intentional from the beginning.  It is the fourth bedroom, now used as a study.  This location is perfect for the Medical Center, Rice University, downtown, and the Museum District.

There will be an open house this Sunday, July 6, from 1-5, and I’ll even have some lemonade for you on the patio!  Don’t miss it, because this home will not be on the market long, at all!

KNOLLWOOD VILLAGE IS 60!

BalloonsHappy Birthday to Knollwood Village!  Today is a great day to meet at Linkwood Park, 3699 Norris Drive, to celebrate this great neighborhood’s history and future.  The celebration is from 2-5 p.m. and includes food, music, children’s activities, a clown and balloon art.  Keller Williams Realty  will be there handing out balloons to all the kids and anyone young at heart.

Mayor Anise Parker plans to attend the event to make a proclamation regarding our great community.

Don’t miss out on the fun; there are lots of beautiful trees giving us shade for the event!  See you there!