24 June 2014

Venetian Estate News - July 2014

News of the Neighborhood
So far this year there have been five sales in VE. Sale prices ranged from the mid-$300k’s to the mid-$600k’s. I sold four of the five, two of which I sold before they went on the market.

There is one property, 903 San Marino, presently on the market. The owner is considering demolishing the home and selling for lot value. I do not normally recommend that homeowners demolish (I image I would not have much business if I did!); however, each property, client and sale is unique, and in this particular case I believe  that the beauty of the lot needs to “show through” and the sale of the property will thus be expedited by the removal of the home. (Of course the cost of demolition will be added to the asking price, so if you can already “see through” the existing house please call me to schedule a property tour.) The dock and bulkhead are relatively new, and the view is lovely.

New to the Neighborhood
Our longtime neighbor Ann Topping has moved and our new neighbors at 122 St. Marks will be Luke Pham and Thomas Vu, DDS. Luke and Thomas have two offices, A-7 Dental, located on SH 6 at University and on SH 6 at Bissonnet. Luke and Thomas have two Goldendoodles, Bentley and Tesla. They have always loved VE--the neighborhood, the lakes and the overall feeling of our traditional neighborhood. Luke and Thomas will be building a dock first and then a new house to replace the existing 1889-SF home. More information to follow when they make decisions on their new home...

We will soon have new neighbors at 907 Piedmont. Mr. and Mrs. John bought the home in May and are in the process of completing a remodeling project. They will join the four “two-generation” families in the neighborhood. (The Johns’ son, Sunil, purchased the home at 119 Capri several years ago.)

I will have more new-neighbor info in my  next newsletter, as your new neighbors continue to settle in to the Venetian Estates lifestyle!

The New Market                    
I represent all types of buyers--those wanting to buy a “move-in” condition home, those looking for a remodel project and those preferring to build new. Please call me if you are considering selling!

Parade Around
Let’s celebrate our independence and make 2014 the year of the best boat parade ever! Deck your dock and/or boat in red, white and blue on July 4th! Boat drivers, meet at the bridge at 7pm to make your way around the lake, and onlookers, be sure to station yourself in the backyard to watch the festivities! “Back in the day” residents loved to plan backyard parties around this parade. It has been a joy to see the resurgence of this tradition in recent years.

News Flash

A national outlet mall is coming soon to I-69/US 59 and W. Airport in the former Texas Instruments headquarters. (These TI corporate offices will be completely vacated by the end of June, as all employees will have been relocated to TI’s new offices at University and I-69 in Telfair.) The preliminary conceptual plan for the redevelopment of the Stafford TI site (totaling 192 acres) includes restaurants, two hotels, four multifamily complexes, and light industrial in addition to the upscale outlet shopping mall.

Youth Hunt
October 24 - 26 Bud and I will be sponsoring our 4th annual youth hunt on our ranch in Gonzales County. The Texas Youth Hunting Program is offered by Texas Parks & Wildlife primarily for first-time hunters (boys and girls ages 9 - 17) along with a guardian. Last year we had 10 available slots and received over 40 applications! Go to www.tyhp.org/youth-hunters for more information and let Bud know (281.242.1498) ASAP if you are interested in participating.

Speaking of Texas land...history demonstrates that land offers a stable investment. Call Kelly or Bud in our office for additional info regarding investing in and enjoying your own Texas ranch land!