11 January 2017

Venetian Estates News - January 2017

Real Estate and More

2016 Recap
Three Venetian Estates sales are reported in the Houston Association of Realtors' Multiple Listing Service for the year 2016. These sales range in price from $525,000 to $800,000. However, there were several ‘unrecorded' or 'off-market' sales during the year. We have some absolutely wonderful new neighbors and I can't wait for you to meet them.

New Neighbor News
Soon-to-be neighbors at 822 Bel Mar are Christen and Dave Johnson. The Johnson family, previous residents of Sienna Plantation, are long-time residents of Fort Bend County.  They have three daughters—twins Piper and Tate (5), who attend Fort Bend Christian Academy, and Georgia who is two years old. They  also have a  Labradoodle named Barney.  Dave is in the furniture business, on the supply side, and Christen is a marketing professional for a Houston-based land developer. They attend The Bridge Fellowship Church in Sugar Land.  Christen and Dave will be doing a considerable amount of remodeling so it will be a little while before you see them in the neighborhood on a daily basis.

By the way, the home at 822 Bel Mar was originally owned by Ella and Edgar Laird.  In recent years Sandra and Jim McGowan, the Lairds' daughter and son-in-law, have been our wonderful neighbors here.  It's always hard to lose our great neighbors, but thankfully we always seem to acquire wonderful new neighborhood friends!

Our new neighbor at 215 Savoy is Roberta Ness, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Ness is Vice-President for Innovation at The University of Texas School of Public Health.  She is a recognized expert in women's health research. Roberta has a long list of honors, appointments and positions! However, she is one of the most personable neighbors you will ever meet...so don't let her Curriculum Vitae scare you! Roberta has a son, Joel, 26 and a daughter, Sara, 25. 

VE History, for Old Times’ Sake...
Looking back 25 (!) years to January 1992 Venetian Estates News: "Real estate activity in VE during 1991 was relatively slow. Four sales are reported in the HAR MLS, the prices for which ranged from $175,000 to $248,000. There are presently seven homes available for sale, ranging in price from $149,500 to $335,000."

Market News
I so often meet people who wish they would have purchased in Venetian Estates 25 years ago - or even 10 years ago. But there is no time like the present! Our values continue to increase so if you have friends who are considering Venetian Estates now is the time to buy! There are three available homes on HAR and two available lots on which to build.  Please call us for information on any of these properties.  We also have two great homes that are not yet being advertised.

If you have not seen our newest listing at 203 Savoy please go to har.com/SusanFriedman and enter the property address. (Click Full Details.)  As gorgeous as the photos are, the home is even more spectacular! While it is over 6000 square feet, you simply don't feel that when you walk in the door. The scale of the rooms is perfect--the entire home is comfortable, yet truly beautiful. The floor plan is versatile and could accommodate a second master suite or separate living quarters. The finishes and details throughout make this custom home one of the most spectacular in Sugar Land.  Combined with the large lot and view of Lake Venice, 203 Savoy is the best new home in Fort Bend County!  If you have considered building on your lot in VE, please meet with us at 203 Savoy.  It is very possible that we can sell your present home, allowing you to purchase a completed “new construction” home, with the net result of less costs to you!


Remember that as much as we love to do business in Venetian Estates we represent clients throughout the Houston area. In Dec. we sold homes in Needville, Richmond (new construction), Brookshire and Sugar Land (VE and Belknap/Brookside). We have a new listing in Imperial coming up in February. This upgraded patio home will be priced well, as the owner has been relocated. We also have one or two of the lovely two-story Trendmaker townhomes (with garden courtyards and 3-car garages!) that we could show "pre-market." 

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