24 June 2013


Every year around this time Lake Venice is visited by a couple of beautiful swans. This year we have only seen one. Sad to think this beautiful swan may have lost its mate.

My grandchildren named this one 'Wonderful'. They claim she came back to visit and even waved at them as they called out her name!

17 June 2013

Venetian Estates News - May 2013

The Goings On

There are two homes “actively” on the market in VE. Last month I sold a home in 24 hours, before it even hit the market! I currently have two pending sales in the neighborhood--one of which, again, did not have time to officially hit the market.  Look out for much exciting new-neighbor info!

What’s Gone on Here?
We have new neighbors at 110 Sorrento. Gary, Tricia and Bridget Rathwell have returned to live in Venetian after an absence of almost 7 years., which were spent in Moscow, the UK and other parts of Europe while working for clients in the oil & gas industry. The family business, Enterprise Consultants International, Ltd, provides engineering and consulting services in process & automation systems. They are once again based in Sugar Land, and Gary and Tricia could not think of anywhere else they would rather live than in VE. Their daughter Bridget will travel between her Chicago and Sugar Land homes.

I first met Gary and Tricia at an Open House I held at 206 Lombardy many years ago. I represented them in the purchase of a home on Oyster Creek and then a few years later with the purchase of 511 Lombardy, where they lived until they were off to Moscow! It is so good to have them back!

What’s Going on Here?
I am depending on you, neighbors, for this one! I have buyers. I need houses! 

I have all kinds of buyers – Buyers looking for a remodeled house – Buyers looking for a house to remodel – Buyers looking for a place to build a house – Buyers who are in a hurry – Buyers who are not in a hurry – Buyers who are ready to purchase but not ready to move (they would close on a VE home and allow the owner to remain in the house for an extended period)...

Please call me if you will consider selling. I may have the perfect buyer for your home! 

I have the market knowledge and experience in Venetian to help you properly price and sell your home quickly.  I am also able to help you determine that the purchaser of your home will be working with a reputable lender.  I can facilitate the appraisal process to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible – even with all the new rules and regulations required by many lenders.

Its Really Going to Happen!

The dirt is flying for the first phase of single-family residential development at Imperial! Two distinctive neighborhoods are coming very soon. Word is that Silent Manor at Imperial will offer 27 townhomes and 37 custom waterfront patio homes. Quiet Cove at Imperial will offer 79 custom-style patio homes in an exclusive, private gated setting. These homes will be based on the “lock and leave” concept. They will be on zero lot lines and will include exterior lawn maintenance in HOA dues. The square footage will likely be in the 2700-3100 SF range, and floor plans will feature 1.5 stories with three to four bedrooms and a bonus room upstairs. Prices will range from the $300k’s/$400k’s to the $800k’s. Pre-sales should begin late fall. I am staying in tune with new developments so call me if you are interested in learning more.

Going, Going, Gone!
Doug DeMoss of 819 San Marino has a 2002 ElDebo pontoon boat for sale for $2500. Call Doug at 281.589.5363 or 281.687.1949 for details.

FBRE Update

We are very excited to kick off exterior renovations on our office, the former Frost Bank Building. Painting is currently in process, and custom metal window awnings will be installed soon.

We are so excited to bring renewed energy to this Sugar Land establishment, originally home to Sugar Land State Bank. Our former neighbor John Allen of Brand + Allen Architects designed the renovations. I represented Diana and John Allen in the sale of their home on Savoy Street when they decided to move full-time to their home in Austin last year. John is world-renowned for his designs--his projects include luxury stores such as Gucci, Prada and Tiffany. One of our favorite of John’s local projects is the remodel of the River Oaks Shopping Center. John understood our desire to add interest and modern features to this classic property in the heart of historic--and soon-to-be burgeoning--Sugar Land.