21 April 2018

Venetian Estates News April 2018

Beth and Steve Dewey are our new neighbors at 518 Lombardy. Their longtime home in Houston was flooded during Harvey; however, they are now loving their new home! Beth retired from MD Anderson Cancer Center after working there for over 27 years, first in procurement and then in Information Technology. Steve was an engineer in the oil and gas industry for 42 years. He retired from Fluor after 33 years. During that time, Beth and Steve were presented with amazing travel opportunities! The Deweys’ two cats, Amelia and Lilli, also love their new home. Beth and Steve look forward to meeting more neighbors and thank those who have graciously stopped by to introduce themselves.

Debbie and David Rothschild, previous owners of 518 Lombardy, moved to Austin to be near kids and grandkids. They were an integral part of our neighborhood—we miss seeing Debbie biking around VE and Dr. Rothschild on the lake fishing! The Rothschilds have a beautiful new home, surrounded by woods and wildlife. However, we hope they will be back from time to time to visit neighbors and enjoy the lake. Two more wonderful families are soon to become a part of our neighborhood, at 603 Salerno and 903 Gondola! Look for more information in our next newsletter.


Lou and Harris Cloninger of 118 St. Marks have a 2007 Pelican boat for sale, complete with a Minn Kota 30-lb. motor. The boat measures 123 in. long, has a bait well and the Cloningers have all paperwork, bill of sale, title, etc. Call Lou at 281-491-2991 (home) or 281-300-5888 (cell) for pricing and more info.


FBRE is set apart from others in the real estate industry by our private-client approach. Our boutique nature enables us to customize services to meet clients’ particular requirements in any facet of real estate. We represent clients in residential, ranches, investments, corporate leasing and acquisitions, development, investment and more. The combination of our private-client model, local relationships and expertise throughout Texas, and international marketing exposure is unmatched by other real estate firms, large and small.

We recently represented the purchasers of the gorgeous Chris Sims Luxury Custom Home, designed by Robert Dame, located at 9506 Highway 90A. This incredible home has a majestic view overlooking Eldridge/Alkire Lake. After four months of negotiation on our clients' behalf, they are thrilled to be moving into this beautiful home with truly one of the most spectacular views in the Alkire area.

With so much information readily available to consumers through the MLS and internet, a Realtors' job is not primarily to supply data. Rather, a Realtor provides value to clients primarily through skills, experience, knowledge and expertise in this complicated and fast-moving real-estate industry. In the case of this Alkire Lake home, our knowledge of the area regarding specific home and lot sales, our expertise in dealing with inspectors, engineers, contractors, appraisers, architects and builders, and our negotiations with the seller’s Realtor played a large part in being able to bring this transaction to fruition.

While I am touting the attributes of FBRE, I will also tell you to be sure and call us if you are thinking of "heading west" for a part-time ranch or country home, for hunting or for simply getting away. Bud Friedman recently sold a 50-acre "piece of heaven" in Hallettsville. He represents clients throughout Texas and has expertise in dealing with title, survey and mineral issues to name a few.


The neighborhood coffee last week was an all-around treat! Thank you to Pat and Bruce Lowrie for opening their gorgeous home and to Marcie McCutchen, Terry Beckham, Carol Tralie, Susan Uselton, Angie Schultz and Susan Marblestone for planning and preparing a morning of delectable food and delightful company!

Save the date: With “bait”-ed breath, we look forward to our next gathering at the annual fishing tournament on May 5

31 January 2018

Venetian Estates News January 2018

Market News
In our last newsletter we said, "Just watch those signs disappear as the weather cools. We are working with several good prospects now and expect a great “end-of-year” market in VE!"  Well, it happened as we predicted. We closed two VE sales in December and more of FBRE's "For Sale" signs are being replaced with SOLD signs as the weather has cooled (or shall we say frozen?). Our listings at 518 Lombardy, 603 Salerno and 903 Gondola are now pending sale and scheduled to close this month and next.

We still have prospects waiting for the “perfect fit”, whether that be a remodeled home, a home that needs remodeling, or a home that would be considered land value only. Many of these prospects are committed to Venetian Estates but simply have not found the right home or lot for their family. Give us a call or email Kelly or Susan if you have questions about your specific home or about the Venetian Estates market.

New-Neighbor News
FBRE represented our new neighbors, Darby and Jeff Brennan, in the purchase of 919 San Marino. Jeff and Darby are both Aggies, class of '97 and '02. Jeff is in business development at Phillips 66 and Darby is a preschool teacher at The School for Little Children (First United Methodist Church Sugar Land). The Brennans have two children, Molly, age 5 and Jill, age 2.   Darby says the girls are begging for a dog so my guess is that there will soon be another member of the family to enjoy their big beautiful yard! Jeff and Darby say they are loving Venetian Estates and its quiet slow pace. Jeff is one of many second-generation homeowners. He grew up on Lombardy!

Neighborhood Post
Many of you know Carolyn Tarver of 838 Bel Mar and are acquainted with her "Project Smile," which for many years has supplied thousands of school age children with school supplies with which to begin the new school year. Carolyn is involved with many other ministries as well and has hundreds of families that depend on her in many ways and for many things. She often has families in need of furniture or appliances in good working order. Please keep this sweet lady in mind and give her a call if you have an item that one of “her” families could use.  Carolyn is listed in the VE directory or feel free to contact us at FBRE if you need her contact info!

Blendin storefrontBrewing in the Neighborhood
As evidenced by the full parking lot and perpetually occupied tables, our neighbor Blendin Coffee Club has already established itself as a gathering place for the community. The warm lights inside are so inviting, and upon entering the doors the delicious aromas and smiling faces will make you linger! If you haven't already, please introduce yourself to the staff and owner and ask how you can learn more about Blendin and specialty coffee. They host regular "cuppings," which are a delight! In these events, one can learn about and develop senses of taste for the world's best coffees. Think wine tastings, but for coffee...Blendin can teach you about coffee, the nuances of different brewing methods and more. Get to know this new neighbor--it's so much more than a traditional coffee shop! Your eyes will surely be opened!


The first FBRE newsletter was written in March of 1989! The Newsletter was simply in the form of a letter to neighbors until August of 2010 when Kelly Ferguson redesigned the letter and it became known as Venetian Estates News! Kelly and I will continue this "tradition" indefinitely, publishing and mailing the “News” at least once a quarter. However, this year we will also begin sending short updates to "VE News" through email - most likely these updates will be sent only once a month unless there is some reason to send out an additional announcement of some kind. The updates will include information on new neighbors, information on new listings, etc.  We do have many of your emails but many others we do not have... so send me a quick note at susan@fbre.net or text or call me at 281-381-3604 with your email. Conversely, if you prefer NOT to receive anything from us send me a note and we will make sure your email is not on our list.

08 December 2017

Waterfront Window to a Winter Wonderland!

Check out the scene to which Venetian Estates residents awoke this morning!  So hard to believe we were fishing in shorts and flipflops just a few days ago!  It's truly a waterfront winter wonderland!

Be sure to check our main website for information on current listings in Venetian Estates.  Visit us at www.fbre.net/residential.  There you'll find more information on our listings and other residential real estate news.  Of course, you can also contact Susan or Kelly anytime, too.  Happy snow day!

06 December 2017

New VE Listing! 603 Salerno Street!

Check out our new listing at 603 Salerno!  This beautifully updated 4-bed/3-bath home sits on a beautiful, private, and shaded waterfront lot!  Call us to see it today!