10 November 2011
...in the Neighborhood?
There have been two recent sales – Leona Drodz’ home at 103 Capri and Dr. Mike Marko’s home at 602 Lombardy. Leona has been living in the Rockport area for some time. The new owners will demolish the home and rebuild a one-story on the pretty treed lot! Dr. Marko moved to Bourne to be closer to his children. I’ll have all the new neighbor info for you next month!
Most of you know that the Hamilton home at 123 Sorrento burned a few weeks ago. The demolition had already been scheduled by the new owner so after the fire was extinguished the SLFD gave the contractor the OK to complete the job. This lot is truly spectacular! Many of us have admired it from the water over the years but when I showed it for the first time to my client I was blown away! With approximately 280 feet of water frontage, the views from the lot are truly spectacular. Renowned builder Steve Fuqua is designing a beautiful home specifically for this lot. (Of course, a purchaser may tweak the plan or design an entirely new one.) Please plan to attend the post-demolition party on November 3 and bring friends who may be considering purchasing in Venetian. We will be showing off the glorious views and showcasing a rendering of Steve Fuqua’s home design!
I am excited to present my other new listing at 122 Tuscany. The property is located in the cul-de-sac and directly on the center of Lake Venice. The views and southerly breezes are magnificent. It features a rare combination of privacy and incredible lake views. I will not be surprised if a new home is built on this one-of-a-kind lot...
I will also not be surprised if the future purchasers of 123 Sorrento and 122 Tuscany turn out to be existing VE residents! Who knows the value of these awesome lots more than those of us who have lived in the neighborhood? If you are interested in learning more about these properties please call or email me.
Get ready for the 2nd Annual Venetian Estates TURKEY TROT! This was the brainchild of Catherine Bell (915 Piedmont) last year and it was a huge success. (See photos of last year on my blog, http://www.venetianestatesnews.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-morning-in-ve.html ) Meet in our office (Frost Bank Bldg) parking lot on Thanksgiving morning at 8:00 AM. The “walking fee” is $10 per family and 100% of the proceeds will go to Child Advocates of Fort Bend.
...in the Area?
VE is not the only neighborhood seeing demolition and reconstruction: the home at 818 Sugar Creek Blvd. was recently demolished. This is interesting because the home was designed by architect Karl Kamrath, a devotee to Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. He and his partner Fred Mackie introduced Wright's style of modernism to Houston in the 1950s. H.A. Lott (builder of the Astrodome) built the home for himself in 1975. The home was 4425 square feet situated on a 36,000-SF hillside waterfront lot overlooking the golf course. It had been recently updated and originally went on the market for over $1 million. I actually showed the home to two clients, and the lot was spectacular. The home was on the market for 255 days and sold for $800,000. (That’s land value!)
What’s Good; What’s Bad?
As a long-time resident of VE I understand the mixed feelings about homes being demolished. To date five homes have been torn down, and two more are expected to be demolished in the near future. Land values in VE are continuing to rise. Our neighborhood, built around gorgeous lakes and only minutes from the heart of Houston, cannot be duplicated. Land values justify new construction, and these new homes should prove to be sound investments. They should also help in maintaining values of homes that have been extensively updated and remodeled. Bottom line: Both rebuilding and remodeling are good choices!
Call me if you would like to tour any available homes/lots in the neighborhood. Whether considering a new home or a fabulously updated one, we have true gems on the market!
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Today was Venetian Estates luncheon day and I would guess there were close to 30 ladies there! We had a very long table in the back room of the Red Oak Grill -- Wonderful place to meet and visit. It looked like most of us were trying to 'eat healthy.' Maybe that's a good idea for the next couple of weeks before Thanksgiving!
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...to the Neighborhood!
Sally and Harry Chen purchased 411 Lombardy, former home of John Friarson. The Chens have two “Aggies”, a son, Chris, who is a junior and a daughter, Leslie, who is a sophomore. Chris and Leslie graduated from FBBA (now Fort Bend Christian Academy). The Chens have lived in Sugar Land since 1988 and moved to VE from Magnolia Plantation in First Colony. Harry works with Direct Energy Power (he was with Imperial Sugar years ago) and Sally is an RN at Methodist, Sugar Land. Harry’s brother Lee Shen and Lee’s wife, Licy are our longtime neighbors at 111 Savoy.
Suzanne and Jim Hanks purchased the home at 111 Saint Marks. They moved from the Commonwealth area of First Colony. Suzanne already has many VE friends through the Sugar Land Garden Club. Jim is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. His office is located on Lexington Blvd. near Williams Trace. Small world – the first time I went by Jim’s office the receptionist and I looked at each other and I said, “I know you!” She smiled and told me that she purchased one of my “builder” listings in Richmond several years ago. Then the other week I attended a luncheon at the Post Oak Grill hosted by Gehan Homes. I sat down next to a beautiful young lady and introduced myself. She said, “Oh you just helped my mother buy a home.” It was Suzanne’s daughter, Kate Johnson, Director of Sales & Marketing for Gehan Homes in Dallas! The Hanks have four children and eight grandchildren. The entire family recently returned from a trip to Yellowstone!
Thanks so much to the Marblestones for organizing the Fourth of July Parade of Boats. It was wonderful! To view a few photos go to www.venetianestatesnews.com
Note the picture of the incredible french country kitchen of my featured listing, 106 Capri. The home’s floor plan, private pool, shady yard, charm and detail (the list goes on!) truly make it feel like a vacation home. This beautiful retreat is a must-see! Tell your friends! Go to “HAR Home Search” on our website and enter 106 Capri or MLS # 44971443.
...to the Ranch
The Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are co-sponsors of the Texas Youth Hunting Program (“TYHP”). Many youngsters in our state have not had the opportunity nor resources to enjoy hunting or learning about conservation, wildlife management and firearm safety. The TYHP gives young Texans (ages 9 – 17) an initial positive and safe hunting and wildlife experience.
We have volunteered our ranch in Gonzales County to participate in THYP. This fall we will host 6 or 7 boys and girls for a weekend hunt and learning experience. Hunters must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian and must have completed Texas Hunter Education course and have a valid Texas Hunting License. A $110 fee covers instruction, guides, and meals for a hunter and guardian. Volunteer Huntmasters orchestrate all instructional and safety measures, hunting and cooking. Local game wardens and biologists also participate.
We are thrilled to work with this program that promotes appreciation of local wildlife and gun safety and makes hunting easily accessible. For more details go to www.tyhp.org or call Bud at 281 242-2200.
Merry Ministries, an interdenominational Bible study resumes on Tues, Sept 6 at 6:30 PM and Wed, Sept 7 at 9:30 AM. MM is led by Mary Willis and meets weekly at the First United Methodist Church on Eldridge. Several VE residents and I attend on Tues evenings and often meet for dinner first. There are also several VE ladies who attend the Wed morning session. Please call me if you would like to join us or for more info.
I have a new listing in Alkire Lake. This beautiful 1.5-acre lot offers the opportunity to live on acreage in the heart of Sugar Land. Up to 7 acres are available. Call me if you are considering building your dream home.
I am representing the buyer in a pending VE purchase but have another buyer ready to go--we just need the house! Call me if you are considering selling – a re-do is fine!
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Get ready this Saturday, June 25 for the Venetian Estates Tour of Homes! Seven homes will be open for viewing between 10 AM and 1 PM. My listings at 106 Capri (beautiful!), 907 Genova (beautiful!) and 419 Lombardy (available for lease!) will be open and we will be serving “light brunch snacks” at all the homes. This is a great opportunity for neighbors and friends of neighbors to spend some time getting acquainted with the different homes and lakes within Venetian. If you know someone who is interested in our neighborhood please tell them about this event and encourage them to attend. I would love to speak with them if they have questions regarding any of the homes that will be open on Saturday.
In addition to the three homes I have on tour, I have a home listed at $375,000. Please call me for more information.
In the Neighborhood
Paul and Jan Loggins Hinson purchased the home at 915 Gondola. Jan and Paul formerly lived at 918 Gondola and, as many of you know, moved to Rockport. We are delighted to have our friends back with us in the neighborhood, and I have to say they purchased one of the most beautiful lots in Venetian. The lake views are truly amazing.
Now, for the second part of the story. I recently represented Jan and Paul in the purchase of the home at 419 Lombardy. Jan and Paul will offer a lease on this home while they are living on Gondola and designing a new residence for that property. When they begin construction on Gondola they will move in to the Lombardy home.
We also have new neighbors at the beautiful home located at 111 Sorrento. Melissa and Denton Kernodle recently moved from Sienna. Denton is with Apache Oil. Melissa is a former teacher with FBISD. The Kernodles have two children, Audrey, 11 who attends FBBA and Evan, 3. Charlie, a Cavilier King Charles Spaniel, also resides with the family.
Fourth of July Parade
Sign up and be a part of the traditional VE parade of boats. Please email Susan or Howard Marblestone at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you will be participating. All boats will meet at the bridge on Monday, July 4th at 7:30 PM. The boats will travel down every canal this year while patriotic music is being played. Let’s break a record this year for number of participants!
We have a neighbor wanting to purchase a “resale” electric boat. Please call me if you have one for sale and I will put you in touch.
As a representative of HAR, I attended the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council meeting this month. According to Pat Jankowski with the Greater Houston Partnership we are actually experiencing a double dip in the housing market. The first time buyer tax credit apparently stole from future sales. However, the future looks bright for the Houston area – the construction and real estate industries are certainly lagging behind other areas of growth in our metropolitan area but the recovery time should not be very long. Most projections show major improvement within one year.
Don’t forget to stay in touch by checking in at www.venetianestatesnews.com on a regular basis. Also, if you “like” FBRE’s Facebook page you may obtain valuable information there. Kelly Ferguson’s latest article in the FBBJ can be found on Facebook, but I have also enclosed a copy, as promised in the last newsletter.
I did find the “right” VE home for the client I mentioned in the last newsletter, and the sale is now pending.
I have a new client, again, waiting for that “right” home. Call me if you are considering selling.
I have a townhouse listed in the Walnut Bend/Memorial area, which could be purchased as an investment property.
I look forward to catching up with many of you on the 4th!
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25 February 2011
We are going to have new neighbors at 311 Savoy! Yes, that is the lot that has been vacant FOREVER! I recently represented the purchasers of this property and they truly are going to build as soon as plans for the home are completed. I was speaking with a resident on Savoy a few weeks ago, telling him that he was soon going to have a new neighbor. He just looked at me and said, “Sure!.” I said, “No, really, I recently sold the lot,” to which he replied, “So, what’s new? How many times have you sold it?”
He may have a point, but I am delighted to introduce the final purchasers, my clients and our new neighbors, Sally and Bob Buck. They presently live in Sugar Creek and are very active with First United Methodist Sugar Land, where Sally sings in the choir and directs two of the church’s handbell choirs. Bob is an engineer with Thorpe Corporation. The Bucks have two grown children. Their son, Bryan, his wife, Julie and their two children have recently moved back to Anchorage, Alaska. Their daughter, Lori and her husband, Josh and their daughter live in Nashville, Tennessee.
I have had two residents call me recently asking permission to use the Savoy lot as a launching site for their boats. Please call me if you need immediate use of the lot to put a boat in or take one out of Lake Venice. I say immediate because once any bulkhead repair/replacement or construction has begun the lot will not be available for use. Until then, the Bucks would be glad to help and I can put you in contact with them. By the way, Sally and Bob are interested in purchasing an electric powered boat so if you have one for sale please let me know.
Homes in VE
There are presently eight available homes in Venetian Estates., ranging in price from $399,000 to $799,000. Two homes, listed at $300,000 and $425,000, are pending sale. For more info on any of these homes call me or go to www.fbre.net and search homes for sale in Venetian Estates through the “HAR - Home Search” link on our Residential page. Spend a little time on our new website (still under construction) and let us know what you think. Also, don’t forget, for up-to-date VE real estate news visit www.venetianestatesnews.com.
Here we go again!
Here one day and gone the next! Jessica and Bao Hoang’s home at 115 Saint Marks is gone, the lot is cleared and construction on their new home will begin this week or next. Jessica and Bao are building a one-story ~3500-square-foot brick home with four bedrooms and three baths and expect completion in five to six months. This is the third Venetian Estates home to be completely torn down.
In the zone
Many changes with regard to school zones are proposed for the 2011-2012 school year. According to proposed changes VE would be zoned to Highlands Elementary instead of Lakeview, Dulles Middle instead of Sugar Land Middle and Dulles High instead of Kempner. Public hearings have taken place and the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees plans to take action on the proposed zoning at the March 7 meeting.
Many neighbors attended the public meeting last week regarding the Imperial Development. According to City Planning, the site plan that was presented is preliminary. If you have any interest in providing feedback to the city with regard to single-family, multi-family or other proposed developments please keep updated on the website www.imperialsugarland.com
As always call or email with any VE-related news!
19 February 2011
For more info contact Susan at email@example.com or 281-242-2200.
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04 February 2011
Another VE home bites the dust! Jessica and Bao at 115 St Marks will soon be starting construction on their new home.
AND, I represented Sally and Bob Buck, new owners of the vacant lot on Savoy.... They are in the design phase and will be starting construction on their new single story home very soon!
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For more info on this fabulous subdivision give me a call.
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What's new (besides the year)?
Here in VE there are many new faces! Meet your new neighbors:
Eileen Westbrook at 819 Piedmont
Eileen lived on Tuscany for several years so she already has many friends in the neighborhood. She sold the home on Tuscany two years ago in order to downsize with a home in Belknap-Brookside. When she decided to begin looking for a new house a few months ago, I showed Eileen homes in Sugar Creek and other areas but there is just “no place like home (VE)”, so she purchased the beautifully remodeled home on Piedmont that I had listed. Her friends are so glad she has decided to remain in the neighborhood! Eileen is a benefits consultant with Benefits Unlimited, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. located in Sugar Land.
Alice and Tim Jenney at 906 Gondola.
Alice and Tim relocated to Fort Bend County from Virginia Beach in 2006. They purchased a home in Sienna, where they have lived prior to moving to VE (this week!). Dr. Alice Jenney teaches education-major undergrads at Houston Community College. She is also a professor at the University of Houston, where she teaches graduate students holding their administrative endorsement and seeking their superintendent’s endorsement. Dr. Timothy Jenney has been the FBISD superintendent since September of 2006. Tim enjoys woodworking as a hobby, and Alice is a marathon runner. She runs several marathons each year, including the Boston Marathon in April. If you are out early–say between 3:30 and 4 AM– you might see her as she trains! Alice and Tim have four children (2 sons and 2 daughters) and nine grandchildren. They also have a Golden Retriever named Gator and a rescue dog, Sadie who is part Golden and part American Eskimo.
Quynh and Bao Vinh at 710 Santa Maria.
Quynh and Bao have been looking at homes in Venetian for over a year. Quynh is a New Product Manager with Great Southern Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company. She is also a licensed “part-time” real estate agent. Bao is an IT Project Consultant at Chevron Pipeline. They are very excited about their baby girl, to be born in March. Bao coached the “Houston Heat” dragon boat team for 4 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, chess and piano. Quynh and Bao are remodeling the home and hope to be in prior to the birth of their daughter.
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As a Realtor AND as a resident I would love for you to experience the VE lifestyle. Call or email me for a tour of the neighborhood. (I have a great new listing that will be ready for viewing next week!)
Susan Friedman, CRS