Friday, October 21, 2016

4 New Must-See Listings! Open Houses Sunday 2-5 pm!

Make this beautiful Heights property your new home sweet home. Situated on a large 4,675 sqft lot, the oversized front porch welcomes you to this beautifully updated home with hardwoods, high ceilings, crown molding, spacious kitchen and black and stainless steel appliances. Living room just off kitchen overlooks large backyard -perfect layout for entertaining. Home is just minutes away from bike and walking trail- a move-in ready gem!

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (10/23) from 2-5pm! 

Welcome home to this picture-perfect lovingly remodeled ranch in one of Houston's most charming and convenient communities close to the Medical Center, Galleria, and Downtown! With formal living in front and a large den in back, the floor plan is great for families. No neighbors behind - just green space for a private school! Super quiet street at the back of the neighborhood - let the kids can play in the street out front worry-free! Make this your your new home today!

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (10/23) from 2-5 pm! 

GORGEOUS 4-bedroom family home on a large corner cul-de-sac lot. Chef's dream kitchen with granite counters opens to sunny breakfast room, large dining room, and huge great room. This beautifully maintained showstopper is truly a home sweet home! Make it yours today!

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (10/23) from 2-5 pm!

Check out the phenomenal 3 bedroom and 2 bath gem just a short distance from local shops and restaurants! Open floor-plan features tile floors and built-in shelves in living areas. Kitchen is a chef's dream with granite countertops, Stainless Steel appliances, and tons of storage. Retreat to your cozy master suite with spacious bath and closet. Spacious outdoor patio is perfect for entertaining.

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (10/23) from 2-5!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mini Mural Inspired Outings Around Houston

The Mini Mural Project is continuing to beautify the city one utility box at a time. As the proud sponsor of the first one to appear in the Heights - right on the esplanade of Heights Boulevard - I love seeing all the new Mini Murals popping up all over Houston.

Explore the new artworks by creating your own Mini Mural inspired outings around the city. Use the handy online Mini Murals map to locate your favorite murals and pair with a nearby Houston destination. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Feel the dragonfly love at the corner of Waugh and Allen Parkway before hitting the Buffalo Bayou Hike and Bike Trails to spot your own lovebugs among the native trees, grasses and wildflowers lining the paths. Be sure to download the "Buffalo Bayou Revealed" audio tour to serve as your soundtrack as you view Houston's city skyline and the bayou.

Admire the portrait of Barbara Jordan, who served in US House of Representatives from 1973-1979, before heading to the nearby African-American Library at the Gregory School where you can learn more about Barbara Jordan and other notable African-American Houstonians. The exhibits at the Gregory School are a great introduction to the history and heritage of the area. Meditate on your visit in the recently completed Historic Freedmen's Town Labyrinth with a downtown skyline view.

Take in the quadriptych of art history masterpieces, from Michelangelo to Mondrian, before touring the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. There you can find Kees Van Dongen’s painting, The Corn Poppy, aka Girl with the Red Hat, a portrait just as intriguing as the mural’s take on Vemeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Imagine the mural's Van Gogh’s Starry Night as you walk through the James Turrell neon and ambient light-filled tunnel.  

Time travel with the ode to the cassette tape at the corner of 19th and Yale before you browse the bins at Vinyl Edge Records, located just down 19th St. You might even find a cassette or two to take home! 

Find your literary inspiration at my favorite Mini Mural on Heights Boulevard before taking a trip to the historic Heights Neighborhood Library. Research local history and learn more about the trolley that used to run along Heights Boulevard, as pictured in the mural. 

Be sure to share your own Mini Mural inspired outings on my Why I Love Houston Facebook Page!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

6 Tips for Preventing a House Fire

Devastating house fires can happen in an instant, and many begin due to human error. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that cooking tops the list of residential building fire causes (50 percent), followed by heating equipment (12.5 percent) and electrical malfunction (6.3 percent).
  1. Keep flammable items at least three feet from heat sources. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 56 percent of fatal home heating fires ignite from items being placed too close to heating equipment. Make sure everything is a safe distance from heat sources, including the furnace, space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves.
  2. Check smoke detectors frequently. Approximately 60 percent of house fire deaths happen in structures with no working smoke alarms. Test your home's smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries each year.
  3. Have a family escape plan and practice it regularly. All household members need to know all exit strategies in case a fire breaks out, as well as where to meet once they're safely outside. Have a semiannual drill and practice at different times of the day.
  4. Cook safely. Never leave the room when boiling, frying or baking, keep pot holders and dish towels away from the flame, and immediately turn off appliances when not in use.
  5. Be mindful of holiday decorations. If you choose to decorate with strings of lights, always check their condition first. Throw out those with exposed electrical wiring, and be sure to read over the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Houston Fire Department Safety Tips. Make use of our local resources with these downloadable PDFs full of helpful information on fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Why I Love Houston: Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou!

10th Annual KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou, Saturday October 15h, 11 am - 3 pm
Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town. 

The 10th annual KBR Kids Day on the Bayou is just around the corner! On Saturday, October 15th, families will flock to The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park for a day filled with nature activities, pontoon boat rides, live music and food trucks. Buffalo Bayou is celebrating its 100th birthday this month and the park just keeps getting better and better with beautiful trails for biking, hiking and wildlife watching from birds to bats! 

The Kids Day performance schedule includes storybook opera, dance troupes, a Halloween costume parade and birds of prey show. Be sure to let the kids explore the nearby Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area with a boulder rock scramble, climbing logs and a 33-foot slide. In addition, the downtown skyline backdrop along Sabine Street is picture perfect for family photos and Instagram pics! 

The Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area in Buffalo Bayou Park

See you on the Bayou!