20 March 2015

Venetian Estates News - March 2015

News of the Neighborhood
FBRE had four closed sales in Venetian in January! We are continuing to break records in the neighborhood. It does not seem so long ago that I sold the first $400,000+ home in VE. Then several years later, the first $700,000+ home.... Now, Kelly Ferguson and I have passed another milestone, this time selling the first recent-construction home in Venetian and surpassing the million dollar mark!

I have two new listings in the pre-marketing stage. One is 111 Saint Marks (the sign is up, though it’s not yet on the MLS). If you know anyone wanting to simply pack their bags and move in to a gorgeous 3100+-SF home have them call me. It’s beautiful!

New to the Neighborhood
As promised here's 'new neighbor' info:

Donna Cook will soon be moving into 410 Lombardy, the former home of Melissa and Jeff Crawford. (Melissa and Jeff moved to Cypress, a closer commute to Melissa's new work location in The Woodlands.) Donna has recently retired and she is loving it! After many years in the restaurant business it is time to relax and enjoy her beautiful new home (she is in the process of making it even more beautiful:) and the gorgeous sunset from her fabulous back yard. Many of our neighbors know Donna as the former owner of the Live Oak Grill on Dairy Ashford. Donna and her business partner had a very successful ten years at the Live Oak prior to selling the business in December. By the way,  the new owners are continuing with the same good ole' Live Oak menu with only a few changes!

Almost directly across the street from Donna are our new neighbors, Vera and Julio Rocha. They, also, have been busy with the remodeling stage! Vera and Julio are from Brazil. Julio is an electrical engineer and Vera was a teacher and later a principal at a school in Brazil.  They moved to Houston in 2000 but since that time Julio's job as a Trader with a Brazilian company has taken them in and out of our area. Julio retired at the end of February and they decided to settle down in Sugar Land! The Rochas recently moved from Salzburg, Austria where they lived for almost three and a half years. They have also lived in Canada and in Florida! Vera and Julio have three sons. Gustavo, the oldest, is a Trader and is in the process of moving to Monterrey, Mexico. He and his wife have twins! Rafael is a chemical engineer and lives in Houston. He and his wife have the third grandchild, a boy. Henrique, the Rochas youngest son has just come from the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, where he was with the Peace Corps. He will be moving to New York. Henrique is an engineer. (Vera and Julio purchased the former home of Jan Loggins Hinson and Paul Hinson. Jan and Paul are now in their spectacular new home at 915 Gondola.)

Two doors down from the Rochas Brian and Suzanne Adams are building their new home at 511 Lombardy. Brian and Suzanne have lived in Sugar Land for 23 years. Brian is employed with Tibco, a software company based in Palo Alto. Suzanne is a former CPA with a creative side! She has several part-time jobs including holding writing workshops in both the public and private sectors. She often works with school districts holding 'transformation' workshops in creative arts and writing for middle and high school girls. She has a masters in creative writing. The Adams' have three sons. Austin, 26, is a consultant for Deloitte in Dallas. He is getting married in December. Ryan, 24,  works with Toyota in Chicago as the parts and sales manager liaison between approximately 15 dealerships and headquarters. Shane, 21, plays baseball for Columbia University in New York. He was All State at Clements!

Amy and Jim Wright are our new neighbors at 715 Salerno. Amy and Jim moved from Greatwood.  Jim is Deputy General Counsel with Energy Transfer Partners, L. P. in Houston. Amy is a former CPA and one of the most organized people in this world (according to Jim's Mom:) Amy and Jim have three boys. Jack is 17 and will be a freshman at Texas A & M in the fall. Jeb and Jared are 11 year old twins!

Around the Block

There’s much exciting news regarding the Imperial Redevelopment!  I will fill you in next month! But if you are considering buying a TH or patio home now is the time! I fully expect prices to go up soon. I have three sales pending in Imperial and would love to represent you and help you get the best deal possible! I have data relative to home/lot sales--both recorded and unrecorded on the MLS.