01 October 2019

Venetian Estates News October 2019

Real Estate and More
VE Market Update
There are currently six Venetian Estates homes/lots on the market with prices ranging from $529,000 to $1.8 M.

Our listing at 914 Piedmont is being shown by appointment only per the owners’ request as they complete the process of vacating the home. The property is over ½ acre in size with gorgeous trees. Although not waterfront, the long lake view from the backyard is amazing!  It is currently priced at $529,000, but watch for a price reduction soon! If you have friends considering a move to VE this is an excellent opportunity for them to become a part of our neighborhood at this price point!

We have had tremendous interest in the lot at 115 Capri. For months the owners have been working to clear a title issue. They are close--stay tuned! The list price on this great lot with a recent bulkhead is $575,000; however, based on recent sales, the sellers are considering a price increase once title is clear. For now, the sellers will agree to go to contract with a buyer who is willing and able to wait for title resolution—it’s a great time to put this one under contract!

Neighbors: New and Old
We are so happy to report that our longtime neighbors, Gigi and Russell Harbison (915 San Marino) have purchased our listing with the “million dollar view” on 115 Tuscany (previous home of longtime neighbor, Bobbie Davidson). Gigi and Russell have lived in VE since 1987, so their children grew up here.  Both children are now married, living in West Houston. Their son, Matt, and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, a 4-year old and an 11-month old. Matt works in sales at Encore Wellhead and Jen is a freelance designer. Russell and Gigi’s daughter, Kate, and her husband, Stephen Raffaele, have a 5- month old son, Jackson. Kate teaches 2nd grade at Grace School and Stephen works at Phillips.
The Harbisons intend to build in the near future but are still early in the planning process.

Another longtime neighbor and, really, VE icon, Aron (Doc) Seibel passed away in the latter part of June.  Our family has fond memories of Doc and his remote-controlled boats spraying our young girls (circa 1984) when they were standing on our dock on Lombardy (our first home in VE).  Prior to Doc’s health deteriorating it was a daily sight to see him riding around the neighborhood in that multi-passenger golf cart with flags flying! If you were lucky enough to get picked up while walking around the neighborhood you would have gotten to spend some quality time with a special, fascinating individual.  Doc Seibel will truly be missed by his Salerno neighbors and the entire neighborhood.

We sold Doc’s home in record-breaking time after being asked by the family to represent the estate in the marketing and sale of the property. While the estate prepared the property for market exposure and listing on the MLS, we made calls to prospects, who requested immediate showings. These showings of this stunning lot went very well!  We had multiple offers from our qualified prospects. The sale closed and our future new neighbors, Tiffanie & Chris Reina are beginning to design a home for their family and looking forward to becoming a part of this community.

Weekend Get-Away For Sale
Bud recently listed a 70-acre pleasure ranch in the sweet spot of Texas. The lovely property is just off US 77, minutes from Hallettsville, Victoria, Yoakum and Shiner—and only 1 ½ hours west of Houston. Approximately 60% of the land is heavily wooded (with lots of wildlife!) and 40% is open pasture. The land has been leased for cattle grazing for several years. The southwest property line is the centerline of Supplejack Creek. One exceptional feature of the ranch is that 50% of the mineral estate will be conveyed with the sale of the property. Call or email Bud for more details!(281-413-1788, bud@fbre.net )

District 1 News
You are invited! Council member Steve Porter will hold a town hall meeting Oct. 8th at the T.E.Harman Sr. Center on Matlage. The meet- and-greet starts at 6PM, with the program beginning at 6:30PM. A question and answer session will follow. Planned topics include crime stats, district construction projects, railroad issues, and our upcoming bond election in November. Hope to see you there!

17 September 2019


Gone in a Flash!

This one had it all... Location, view, 240 feet of water frontage on the center of Lake Venice.... not to mention the southernly breeze in the afternoons and evenings. 
Gorgeous Cul-de-Sac Location

714 Salerno

Surrounded by Long Lake Views

02 July 2019

Venetian Estates News June 2019

Real Estate and More
VE Market Update
There are currently seven Venetian Estates homes/lots on the market, (one pending) with prices ranging from $529,000 to $1.479 M.

The most recent sale was the home/lot at 911 San Marino, which Kelly sold last month to Partners in Building. They will be building a spec home that is specifically designed to take in “all-the-way-down-the-lake” views! The builder sent Kelly preliminary plans, so call us for approximate pricing and details. There may be opportunity to significantly customize.

115 Tuscany, at its newly reduced price, still has a “million dollar view!” This gem could be a darling cottage remodel or a new build with one of the best back yards and views in the neighborhood! Call or email us for more information.

We have two special opportunities for buyers looking for a beautiful lot for a single-story home and large yard:

914 Piedmont, our newest listing, is a huge lot—over ½-acre in size—with the most gorgeous trees! Although it is not waterfront, the view from the backyard, all the way down Lake Venice is amazing! This is a special buy to either remodel (the current home is approximately 2750 SF) or build new.

311 Lombardy is a sprawling waterfront lot with a long view of picturesque Lake Alkire. It offers the perfect canvas to design a true single-story “estate” home—perfect for the ever-popular “casita” plan!—while still maintaining a large yard with a beautiful, serene water view!

Home Makeover

Coming Soon! HGTV would be proud! Just wait until you see the new version of 122 Saint Marks, previously on the market for $1.479M. The price will remain the same when this approximately 5400-SF recent construction home hits the market soon.  However, the floor plan has been altered to include a secondary bedroom downstairs with secluded access for guests. The gorgeous dining area, framed by an expansive window overlooking the lake, now accommodates a huge table and seating for 12 or more.  And there’s more…the exterior is in the process of having a completely new look!  Once finished (if we don’t sell it during the transformation), we will hold an open house for our neighbors. This home is a beautiful value in multiple senses!

Real Estate Trends
Have you been hearing the phrase “iBuyer” lately? According to Opendoor, an iBuyer is a company that uses technology to make an offer on your home instantly. Opendoor, Offerpad and others claim that they offer a simpler, more convenient alternative to a traditional home sale.  We are beginning to see more of the iBuyer-owned homes in the Houston and Fort Bend County area: homes that the iBuyer has purchased, remodeled to sell, and is marketing through the Houston area MLS.  The homes purchased by iBuyers are typically purchased below market values and their sales often include contract terms that vary from many Texas Association of Realtors forms. Many of the homes in the iBuyer market are in the sub-$300,000 price range.

We recently represented a client in the purchase of a home being sold by a technology-based brokerage firm. We faced many challenges to ensure that our client was treated fairly in the negotiation process. There are often extra precautions to take with transactions that involve technology-based brokerage platforms. While a buyer can often view homes without an agent, we strongly emphasize the importance of having Realtor representation during the purchase process. We at FBRE embrace new technology and prioritize incorporating advancements and trends into our platform, but our first priority is to represent and protect our clients. 

The Home of Tomorrow
Speaking of trends, are you aware of the laundry folding robot?!  Finally, we’ve caught up to the “Jetsons’ Rosie” via the Laundroid from Seven Dreamers. The device uses AI to sort and fold your clothes and can even separate wardrobes for each family member.  Look out, wine rooms, the next big buyer demand may be for a dedicated Laundroid space! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; we should give the company a year or two to iron out the wrinkles . . .

17 April 2019

115 Tuscany

For Sale

Rocking Your Cares Away

Fishing on 44 Acre Lake Venice
Call FBRE for an appointment to simply sit in one of these rocking chairs during the late afternoon. It will then be difficult not to imagine living with this yard and this view! If you would like to see what we mean give us a call and we will meet you there on this 1/3 acre lot overlooking one of the best lake views in the neighborhood!