Friday, June 30, 2017

4th of July Fireworks Across Houston


Happy 4th of July, Houston, from the team at Why I Love Houston Properties! As we approach the upcoming holiday, I wanted to take a moment to share some fun activities to consider across the city of Houston.

Freedom Over Texas (http://www.houstontx.gov/july4/) is the Mayor’s official 4th of July celebration. This annual festival brings out more than 40,000 people into the heart of our favorite city for food, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. This year the festival is being held from 4:00pm – 10:00pm at Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sam Houston Park downtown along Buffalo Bayou.

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star Spangled Salute is being held at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Enjoy an evening with Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony, listening to patriotic American music. Be sure to stay until the end for the 1812 Overture—complete with booming cannons! This celebration concludes with a magnificent display of fireworks provided by the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office.

The Katy Freedom Celebration fireworks display will be launched between the east side of the Katy Mills Mall and Katy Fort Bend Road. This display begins at approximately 9:30pm and can be viewed from several miles around the mall area. This event is free to the public.

Another free event is the Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza being held at Town Green Park and Waterway Square in The Woodlands, TX from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. The event culminates with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Greater Houston area, with the 18+ minute Fireworks Extravaganza beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m.

We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for across the city of Houston. Feel free to share some of your favorite spots to view fireworks across this great city with me and our fellow Houstonians! I’d be delighted to take you and your loved ones on a property tour and show you more of the reasons why I love Houston, so don’t hesitate to contact me or my team for your any of real estate needs. Follow us on Facebook and be sure to share this blog post with your friends and family—I really appreciate that. I'll be sharing a post about my favorite parks across the city in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back on my blog to learn more about Why I Love Houston!

Happy 4th of July, Houston!

-- Kathlyn

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Why I Love Houston...2017 Summer Camp Ideas



Welcome to Why I Love Houston Properties!!! School is wrapping up for the year and parents are exploring educational opportunities for the summer months. I wanted to share some of my favorites summer camp recommendations for you to consider.

Once you’ve signed up for some of these fun ideas, let me know, as you just might run into Jean-Luc and me exploring these exciting summer camp ideas! You can connect with me here on my blog and also on Facebook.

Houston Summer Art Camps

City ArtWorks

Every summer, City ArtWorks offers 9 weeks of art classes at their community studio that include sculpture, clay, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media and other visual art mediums. For children ages 4 to 12, summer art classes encourage creative problem solving, help develop critical thinking skills, and expose children to visual arts concepts and history.

Alley Theatre Play Makers Summer Camp

Play Makers participants join their peers for a full rotation of group activities designed to help even the most timid child find the confidence to step onto the stage. Alley Master Teaching Artists guide fun and informative lessons that teach theatre skills in improvisation, dance and movement, visual story telling, and character development. Your young creative masterminds will learn performance skills here that they will use their whole lives.

Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Education Camps Houston Summer

Lone Star College Discovery College

Discovery College provides the opportunity for children ages 6-17 to explore and expand their interests and skills using engaging, hands-on curriculum in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) focused classes held in a campus-based educational environment. 

Companion Camp (Houston Humane Society)

Companion Camp is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 7-13 (or ages 12 - 15 during teen week) to work hands-on with animals cared for by the Houston Humane Society. Campers learn valuable life lessons concerning the welfare of all animals. During a typical day, campers participate in humane education lessons, workshops from animal experts, games, crafts, and hands-on animal activities.

I hope you find these summer camp recommendations useful as you are exploring all the great things to do in Houston this summer. Don’t forget to stop by our website at whyilovehouston.com to check out our current property listings and other information about my team and me. We’d be delighted to take you on a property tour today and explore Houston with you and your loved ones!

-- Kathlyn

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Why I Love Houston Properties and Kathlyn Curtis is hosting an OPEN HOUSE at 2020 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX 77009 in the beautiful Historic Houston Heights! Please stop by and visit Kathlyn on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

4 OPEN HOUSES (SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017)



Why I Love Houston Properties and Kathlyn Curtis is pleased to share 4 Open Houses on Sunday, May 7, 2017 (2:00pm - 5:00pm). Come by and visit Kathlyn and her team at the following locations:

  • 4129 Dickson St. Houston, TX 77007 (listed at $525,000)
  • 8719 Rippling Water Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479 (listed at $400,000)
  • 2717 N. Sabine St., Houston, TX 77009 (listed at $879,900)
  • 2056 Addison Rd., Houston, TX 77030 (listed at $900,000)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo Houston



Happy Cinco de Mayo from Why I Love Houston Properties! As we look across the city today, there are so many options one has to get out and celebrate. Whether you are stopping by Cinco de Mayo at Historic Market Square or enjoying your favorite restaraunt today with friends and family, there is no question we have much to celebrate in this great city.

The question remains...what exactly are we celebrating today? As I talked with my friends and colleagues, most assumed (incorrectly) that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico's Independence.

Below are some fun facts about Cinco de Mayo that you might find interesting:
  • Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to honor Mexico's victory over France at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war (1861 - 1867). Despite having a small band of fighters, the Mexican's were able to defeat a large French army on May 5, 1862.
  • Mexico does celebrate its Independence each year, but not on May 5. Mexican Independence Day is actually September 16, when they celebrate their independence from Spain.
  • Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the U.S. than in Mexico. The largest celebration in the U.S. is held in Los Angles, California.
My hope is that you take some time this Cinco de Mayo to reflect on its true history and perhaps go out and research more fun facts. I'd love to hear more fun facts from you. Take a minute to share with me your favorite Cinco de Mayo celebration spot or your favorite recipe idea!

If you are looking for some alternatives from the norm today, feel free to contact me or any of my team members to arrange for a property tour! I would love to take you around the city and show you more reasons why I love Houston!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How the Right Words Can Sell a Home

House and neighborhood characteristics can positively influence the sale of your home, but what about the words used in the listing? The right turn of phrase could help your property sell quickly, but choose less descriptive terms and you may find it on the market indefinitely. Write an effective listing with the following tips:
Choose Your Words Wisely
One analytics firm reviewed the word choices of a million listings that closed in 2016. Phrases like "open concept" and "natural light" closed more quickly, while listings with "ceramic tile" and "two story" stayed on the market longer. Analysts also found that four word pairs associated with quick closings included "fence" references, indicating that privacy may be a top priority for buyers.
Tell Stories With Emotion 
Capture potential buyers' senses with your words, and try to paint a picture of what it would be like to live in the home. A claw-foot tub becomes a place of solace from the daily grind, and a large yard transforms into a buyer's new outdoor respite. Need help? Consider enlisting a professional who is familiar with what's selling to help write your listing.
Highlight Brand Names
Don't focus solely on basics such as square footage and the number of bathrooms. Instead, identify brands that will stand out from the competition. Everything's fair game -- from appliances to fixtures to interior designers or architects who helped with your last renovation. You can feel comfortable name-dropping here.
Create Longer Listings
The 2015 book "Zillow Talk" found that listings as long as 250 words tend to sell at higher prices. And to help grab a potential buyer's eye, give particular attention to the first 10 words.
Before putting your home on the market, take some time to craft a well-worded listing. A sale may hinge on it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Why I Love Houston: Pet Friendly Houston Outings


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! 

Why I love Houston....city adventures for our four-legged friends!

It's the perfect time of year to get out and about with your furry family members! Houston has lots of fun pet-friendly outings for exploring the city.

Hit the Buffalo Bayou Park trails with Fido where you can spot a heron or two along the bayou while taking in views of the downtown skyline. Pose your pup for an inspiring social media pic by one of the Monumental Monuments series word sculptures, like "Listen" or "Reflect." A stop at the popular Johnny Steele Dog Park will ensure your dog will be napping the rest of the day after romping around with their new playmates. The park has special areas for little and big dogs and water features for cooling off. After working up an appetite at the park, treat yourself to breakfast or lunch at The Kitchen at The Dunlavy, which has a dog-friendly patio. Paws on Patios keeps an updated list of bars and restaurants where dogs are welcome on outdoor patios for other dining options around the city.

For a water adventure, take a day trip to Seabrook where you and your dog can rent a kayak at Pinky's Kayak Rentals. Spend a couple of hours exploring Taylor Lake and the nature of Armand Bayou with either a self-guided or guided tour of the area. Back on shore, head to nearby Boondoogles for burgers and refreshments on their patio. Finish the day with a stroll through Clear Lake Park before heading home.

Mark your calendars for May 13th, when Puppies for Breakfast takes over Market Square Park downtown. This celebration is all things dog! You can find a variety of dog-focused vendors, artists, and activities. Your pup can also strut their stuff during the costume contest. The event is free, but a $5 donation benefiting the Animal Justice League Rescue is suggested.

For those who are looking for a new furry addition to the family, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is April 30th. You can visit one of Houston's many animal rescue organizations to find your family's new best pal. BARC, Friends for Life, and Scout's Honor Rescue are all great places to start your search. For all the cat lovers, Houston's first cat cafe, El Gato Coffehouse, will open in May. In the meantime, you can meet all the cafe's friendly felines looking for forever homes at their scheduled events, like Yoga with Cats, Meowvie Night, and Caturday Morning Cartoons.

Peace, love, and pets!

Kathlyn


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

4 Famous American Estates That Inspire

It's never too early to dream up your next vacation. Whether you're interested in a fun, educational destination or you're on the hunt for home inspiration, visiting these famous estates may pique your imagination.
Architectural Icon
A tour through the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio just outside of Chicago is like peering into the creative mind of one of America's most iconic architects. Constructed in 1889 for $5,000, this Oak Park house served as the family home for Wright, his wife and their six kids. Bold, geometric shapes on the exterior and the interior's high, barrel-vaulted ceiling make this visit a must for architecture enthusiasts.
Literary Cats 
One home of Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway is tucked away in the heart of Old Town in Key West, Florida. The estate boasts Spanish colonial architecture and lush grounds; however, the Hemingway home is also well-known for its current occupants. No less than 40 polydactyl (six-toed) cats, descendants of those owned by Hemingway himself, still live on-site.
Presidential Family Estate
Get a historical perspective with a visit to Hildene, a 1905 Georgian Revival mansion in Manchester, Vermont, that belonged to Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Guests can take year-round tours of the home's 24-room interior, stroll down approximately 12 miles of walking trails and visit the working farm.
As Seen on TV
Popularized by more than 70 feature films and television shows, including "Full House," San Francisco's Painted Ladies are a staple of the city's skyline. This row of quintessential Victorian homes, also known as the Seven Sisters, ascends one of the city's hilly neighborhoods. Snap a gorgeous photo from the famous Alamo Square Park across the street.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why I Love Houston: The 30th Annual Art Car Parade!

Van Gogh pickup truck at the Art Car Parade- only in Texas!
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! 

Why I love Houston....the Houston Art Car Parade!

We brake for art cars in this city! Head to downtown Houston this Saturday, April 8th, at 2 pm when a convoy of fantastically decorated cars from here and all over the United States takes to the streets for spectators to admire and Instagram. Get to Smith Street early so you can take time to view the art cars and chat with the drivers/artists before they get rolling. This year's grand marshal of the Art Car Parade is comedian, actor, and author, Cheech Marin! He will be signing his book, Cheech Is Not My Real Name ... But Don't Call Me Chong at a special event held at the historic River Oaks Theatre on Thursday, April 6th at 7 pm (tickets required).

More art car events include the Main Street Drag on Thursday, April 6th, 9 am-1 pm, for a sneak peek of the cars in motion. The Art Car Ball takes place on the evening of Friday, April 7th at Hermann Square for a night of music, art cars, and costumes too!

Let the good times roll!

Kathlyn


Friday, March 31, 2017

Two Open Houses This Sunday!


Two must-see Open Houses this Sunday, April 2nd from 2-5 pm! 



Don't miss this charming and immaculate family home on an oversized corner lot in sought-after Southgate 3 blocks from Rice University. Living room, kitchen, and study all open to large deck overlooking huge backyard creating the perfect layout for entertaining. Beautiful interior with hardwoods throughout, remodeled kitchen and master bath, and stunning double-paned windows in keeping with the traditional style of the home. Workshop/storage shed off garage - this one has it all!



Welcome home to this Woodland Heights property one block from the hike and bike trail, and a short walk to Travis Elementary. Gated side yard and sprawling front yard. Layout conducive to transforming den into a mother-in-law suite or a second master down. Huge kitchen at the heart of the home and large study off the formal living room. Stunning master retreat with sitting area and nursery or private study up.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Essential Checklists for Homebuying and Selling


Spring has sprung, which means the housing market is in full bloom. Each year, roughly 40 percent of real estate transactions occur between the months of May and August. If you're feeling inspired to buy or sell a home soon, make sure you're prepared. Use these checklists to catch anything you may have missed. We're also here to help at Why I Love Houston Properties!
When You're Ready to Buy a Home
Purchasing a house is one of the biggest transactions you'll ever make. Whether it's your first time or the fifth, tackle the following prep work:
  • Calculate what you can afford. Use a home affordability calculator to make sure you're ready for the mortgage payments.
  • Check your credit score, and fix any inaccuracies you discover ASAP. Errors can impact your ability to get a good interest rate.
  • Save up for a down payment. Most lenders require 5 to 20 percent, and larger down payments can lower the amount you pay each month.
  • Be ready for additional closing costs. Plan to have approximately 4 percent of the home's purchase price on hand to cover taxes, fees and other necessary charges.
  • Re-evaluate your insurance coverage and update all of your policies, including life and car insurance.
When It's Time to Sell
Putting your home on the market is a process that can take months. Before you do, complete this home seller to-do list:
  • Declutter, clean and get your home ready to show. You only have one chance to make a first impression.
  • Take inventory of what needs to be fixed and make a schedule to complete any updates, such as roof work, new paint or landscaping.
  • Decide on an appropriate selling price. Pulling comps in your area can give you a better idea of your home's value.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Urban Homesteading: 3 Ways to Produce Your Own Food


From backyard and rooftop gardens to community plots in parks and vacant lots, urban agriculture has become a nationwide movement, and more homeowners have taken an interest in producing their own food. For many urban homesteaders, it stems from a desire to know where their food comes from and live more sustainably.
Are you interested in participating? These three small-scale projects are great places to start.
Raising Backyard Chickens
Chickens provide a relatively inexpensive, low-maintenance way to feed your family, plus they act as complimentary fertilizer and chemical-free pest control. Before you buy baby chicks, make sure you research and follow local laws, city ordinances and homeowner association rules. 
Kathlyn's Tip: Check out the Chicken Shack Strut in Galveston where you can tour coastal coops and hen houses on the island for inspiration! 
Taking Up Beekeeping
In the 1940s, America had five million beehives, and today, roughly half of those remain. A growing awareness of this drastic decline has led to an increase in urban beekeeping, to the tune of approximately 120,000 backyard beekeepers.
Becoming a beekeeper starts with a lot of research, followed by choosing the right equipment and bees. Don't want to care for an entire colony? Plant native flower and weed varieties that help encourage bee pollination and reproduction.
Kathlyn's Tip: If you're at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March, be sure to visit the Harris County Beekeepers exhibit for more information on beekeeping essentials. 
Gardening and Canning 
Whether it's a large plot or a small section, a personal garden gives you control. Plus, you can preserve fresh fruits and vegetables via the canning process. While many homesteaders use yields from their garden, others buy extra produce in its peak season. Canning veggies and fruits is a family-friendly activity that lets you enjoy seasonal produce all year long.
Though urban homesteading may seem intimidating at first, it's easier to start small. The projects above can help minimize your impact on the environment and allow you to take part in your own food production.
Kathlyn's Tip: Houston non-profit, Urban Harvest, offers classes on sustainable living, including canning your own garden bounty. 



Friday, March 10, 2017

Why I Love Houston: Spring Break Staycation Destinations!

Go hunting for the perfect bluebonnet photo op during Spring Break!
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.

Why I love Houston...planning a Spring Break Houston Staycation!

For those of us who aren't heading out on road trips to Florida or a week on the slopes, there's plenty to do right here in Houston during Spring Break week.

Discovery Green has a full line-up of spring break fun for the whole family including the first ever outdoor roller rink in Houston! Rent skates there or bring your own and enjoy the downtown skyline view. The rink will be open from 11 am - 11 pm during March 13th-17th. In addition, Discovery Green hosts a variety of hands-activities where kids can create balloon boats, design gliders, and make a sound sandwich!

Enjoy the great outdoors inside the loop along Buffalo Bayou. The fun starts with the 45th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta on Saturday, March 11th. Greet the paddlers at the finish line at Sesquicentennial Park (500 block of Preston Street). Spring Break is also a great time to explore Buffalo Bayou Park by bike or paddle boat, both of which you can rent on location.

Check out the amazing arts and crafts workshops offered at the Asia Society during Spring Break. Their international roster of projects include scroll-making, origami, chalk drawings, and egg ornaments.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs through March 26th at NRG Park so round up the family for carnival rides and fried butter and oreos! Check out my recent blog post for Rodeo tips.

Finally, it's the perfect time of year to stage family photos against the backdrop of the Texas state flower! Bluebonnets are blossoming so keep your phones charged so you can pull over when inspiration strikes. I've seen them on Memorial Drive and there's usually patches popping up along White Oak Bayou. Or you can always take a day trip to Brenham to pose in their fields of blue!

Enjoy!
Kathlyn


Monday, March 6, 2017

Why I Love Houston: Rodeo Season!


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.

Why I Love Houston...It's Rodeo Season!


This past weekend kicked off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with the welcoming of the Trail Riders at Memorial Park, the annual downtown parade, the fun run, and everyone's favorite BBQ contest! I'm looking forward to all the continued festivities taking place from March 7-26 at NRG Park.

Jean-Luc and I can't wait to visit The Junction, the newly re-named family area, where you will find everything from pedal-tractor pulls to camel rides. Take your future farmer to Fun On The Farm for a hands-on experience at milking cows and gathering eggs or let your aspiring cowgirl or cowboy have a go at the popular Mutton Bustin', where they attempt to hold on tight to a sheep for 8 seconds. Animal lovers won't want to miss the Petting Zoo or watching the adorable Pig Paces, where the pig participants are rewarded with Oreos.   

The Rodeo is the perfect shopping destination for new additions to your western wear wardrobe. The numerous purveyors can help you select the perfect pair of boots, walk away with new cowboy hat, or find a stylish piece of turquoise jewelry to make an outfit pop. Cowboys and cowgirls can find everything there, from a new hand-crafted leather saddle or even a prize bull or two at the auctions. 

Music lovers will love this year's line-up with a crowd-pleasing variety of acts taking the stage at the Rodeo. If you didn't already snag your ticket for the sold-out Willie Nelson show, you can still get tickets for country music star, Chris Stapleton. Take in the soulful tunes of Alicia Keys or see local legends, ZZ Top. The Stars Over Texas Stage has something for the whole family with hourly family entertainment during the day, special kids shows, and Throwback Thursday cover bands. The 21+ crowd can head to The Hideout for some honky tonk fun, dancing and the chance to see local, up and coming musicians.  

Happy Rodeo Y'all! 

Kathlyn


Friday, March 3, 2017

Our Weekend Open Houses! March 4th and 5th

Open Houses in Southgate, Woodland Heights, and Willowbend
                              Stop by this Open House on Saturday (3/4) 3-5 pm or Sunday (3/5) 2-5 pm! 

2056 Addison Road, Southgate
Don't miss this charming and immaculate family home on an oversized corner lot in sought-after Southgate, 3 blocks from Rice University. Living room, kitchen, and study all open to large deck overlooking huge backyard creating the perfect layout for entertaining. Beautiful interior with hardwoods throughout, remodeled kitchen and master bath, and stunning double-paned windows in keeping with the traditional style of the home. Workshop/storage shed off garage - this one has it all!

2717 N. Sabine St., Woodland Heights 
Welcome home to this Woodland Heights property one block from the hike and bike trail, and a short walk to Travis Elementary.  Gated side yard and sprawling front yard.  Layout conducive to transforming den into a mother-in-law suite or a second master down.  Huge kitchen at the heart of the home and large study off the formal living room.  Stunning master retreat with sitting area and nursery or private study up.

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (3/5) 2-5 pm! 

4507 Warm Springs Rd., Willowbend
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 new home today!

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (3/5) 2-5 pm! 

Monday, February 27, 2017

6 Ways Real Estate Agents Add Value in a Home Sale


Just because you can buy and sell property on your own, it doesn't mean you should. Real estate agents remain essential when making these pivotal financial transactions.
There are many ways agents add value during the purchase or sale of a home:
  • Handle the technical nuances -- Whether you're the buyer or the seller, a home sale includes a dizzying amount of paperwork. Skilled agents know how to fill out what documents and when, saving you time and helping you avoid mistakes.
  • Speak the lingo -- The industry uses an astonishing number of acronyms. Working with a real estate agent gives you the opportunity to better understand the conversation.
  • Can negotiate without emotion -- It's easy to get triggered when a potential buyer picks apart your home. Let the agent handle criticisms or requests that could set you off or scare away an interested party.
  • Help you look beyond the property's walls -- Agents have expertise beyond the sale, including insight on everything from utilities to neighborhoods to quality schools.
  • Are well connected -- It takes a village to complete a home sale. Whether you need a trustworthy home inspector, an efficient mortgage broker or a creative interior designer, turn to your agent for credible recommendations.
  • Keep up with the most recent laws and regulations -- You may only complete a few real estate deals in your lifetime, whereas an agent often signs off on several each year. Experienced real estate agents know as soon as something in the industry changes and can save you from a liability headache.
Whether your aim is to net money from the sale of your home or spend wisely on a new one, a real estate agent has your best interests in mind and can make the process as seamless as possible. My combined experience as a realtor and former tax attorney helps buyers and sellers make this big step. Please contact my office for a consultation. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Open House Sunday (2/26) 2-5 pm & Broker Open House Tuesday (2/28) 12-2 pm


Stately and stunning estate with gracious formals located in Historic Westmoreland - a short walk from the new Midtown Whole Foods! Charming porch off the master upstairs and huge family room downstairs flood the house with natural light. Original fixtures and inlaid wood floors evoke the elegance of turn-of-the-century entertaining. Approximately $100,000 in recent renovations! Huge backyard! Cozy and bright attic work area has HVAC. Bonus elevator and basement, too.

Public Open House this Sunday (2/26) 2-5 pm
Broker Open House this Tuesday (2/28) 12-2 pm (Theme - Fat Tuesday)



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Why I Love Houston: It's Mardi Gras!

Miles of Mardi Gras fabric at High Fashion Fabrics in Midtown


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. 

Get in the Carnival spirit with these festive events happening all over the city!

For the traditional Mardi Gras experience, head to Galveston on Friday, February 24th when the parades start rolling at 7 pm and continue all weekend long! The revelers return on Fat Tuesday, February 28th, for more bead-throwing with the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius (6:30-8 pm) featuring eight marching bands. 

For inside the loop festivities, the East End Street Market on the Navigation Blvd. Esplanade hosts their first Mardi Gras Party on Friday, February 24th (6-10 pm) with Cajun cuisine and live music from the World Famous Platinum Players Zydeco Band! It's an all day celebration (9 am-9 pm) at Discovery Green on Saturday, February 25th when the Houston Creole Festival stages their 4th annual Mardi Gras Parade and celebration.

Make groceries at the Rice Farmers Market on Fat Tuesday (2/28, 3:30-6:30 pm) where live music, food samples, and St. Arnold Brewing Company will be there to make this the best errand of the day! Make Fat Tuesday a date night and make a reservation for St. Arnold's Mardi Gras themed dinner (6-10 pm) featuring pairings of their craft beers with five courses, including king cake for dessert. For casual Mardi Gras day dining that's kid and dog-friendly, 8 Row Flint concludes their Fat Tuesdays in February (5-8 pm) with boudin from Louisiana's Best Stop Supermarket, cracklins, and Hurricanes! 

Laissez les bons temps rouler y'all!

Kathlyn 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Two Open Houses this Sunday (2/19)



Stop by our two Open Houses this weekend! 


Welcome home to this Woodland Heights property one block from the hike and bike trail, and a short walk to Travis Elementary.  Gated side yard and sprawling front yard.  Layout conducive to transforming den into a mother-in-law suite or a second master down.  Huge kitchen at the heart of the home and large study off the formal living room.  Stunning master retreat with sitting area and nursery or private study up.

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (2/19) 2-5pm!

4507 Warm Springs Rd., Willowbend 

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 new home today!

 Stop by the Open House this Sunday (2/19) from 2-5 pm! 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

4 Trending Features in Today's Modern Kitchen


While a home's curb appeal may draw buyers in, its interior matters just as much, if not more. Several features are high on the wish list of today's homebuyer, including a modern kitchen. Whether you're thinking of starting a remodel or you're just curious about what the future holds, check out these trends that turn kitchens into buyer bait.
Hidden appliances: Upgrading appliances is one of the quickest ways to add value to a kitchen. If you're looking to impress a buyer with deep pockets, look into hidden appliances. What's the appeal? Less obvious appliances keep the eye on the kitchen's overall flow and design.
Personalized pantries: The utilitarian kitchen pantry has evolved into a trending design element. Whether you choose a pocket door and complementary light fixture or a rustic barn door and wallpaper, there's no shortage of ways to express your personal style.
Creative countertops: Looking for a revamp with an immediate impact? Upgrade the counters. Quartz and butcher block, both easy to maintain, are quickly replacing traditional marble and granite surfaces. You can dress up your kitchen further with sleek waterfall-edge countertops that extend vertically to the floor.
Mixed-up metal accents: Accessorizing with different finishes is a trendy, cost-effective way to update your kitchen. In addition to stainless steel and gold, homebuilders are seeing copper accents emerging as the metallic detail of choice.
Don't let a dated kitchen cost you when it's time to sell your home. Incorporating a trend or two could be enough to give your kitchen the face-lift it needs to entice buyers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Why I Love Houston's Valentine's Day Recommendations


Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays! Whether it's a romantic dinner for two, a family celebration, or a party of one, here are few of my recommendations to enjoy the holiday around the city.  

Start off your celebrations early with some puppy love at Cactus Music for the Pup Squad Valentine's Day Fundraiser on Saturday 2/11 from 2 - 4 pm. Get your fill of smooches at the kissing booth featuring an adorable pup waiting to be adopted. Every donation of $5 or a bag of dog food will earn a chance at the CD grab bag from the Cactus Music Vault. Even if you don't leave with a new four-legged valentine, you can add some new love songs to your music collection as you peruse the aisles of vinyl, cds, and even cassettes. 

Local artist, Amy C. Evans, will be showcasing her love for our great city on Valentine's Day with a happy hour at the Koelsch Haus gallery from 4 - 6:30 pm with her latest show, My Houston II. Her nostalgic paintings of beloved, bygone Houston restaurants are the perfect prelude to a BYOB dinner at Just Dinner on Dunlavy or Huynh Restaurant. Before departing for your dinner reservation, head across the street to D&Q Minimart to pick up a bottle of wine, where their whimsical tasting notes will help you make the perfect selection. 

For a traditional take on the holiday, book a table for two at Artisans for a romantic seven course meal. Chef Jacques Fox's decadent menu starting with a foie gras torchon and ending with a chocolate mousse dessert will not disappoint. If you prefer to take all your family valentines out to dinner, try Piola next door. Their authentic Neapolitan-style pizza is a crowd-pleaser.   

Happy Valentine's Day!

Kathlyn 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year!

Lucky cats and more at the Viet Hoa Shopping Center!
Superbowl weekend is an American tradition and this year's big game will be in Houston. Downtown, Midtown and NRG Park will be filled with football fanatics. If you don't want to join the fray but still want to take part in a celebration, consider a visit to Houston's southwest side for the free 2017 Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster festivities, a 2000-year-old ritual that has a few years over Superbowl LI. It's also the largest Lunar New Year event in Texas!

The two-day event shares the same dates as Superbowl LI, February 4-5th, Saturday-Sunday from 10:30 am-6 pm at the Viet Hoa Center in the Beltway Plaza. Instead of cheerleaders, lion and dragon dance teams will show off their skills and lucky red firecrackers, drums, and gongs will welcome the lunar new year. Entertainment at this outdoor event also includes a kid zone, classical dance and music performances, and martial arts exhibitions. Check out the schedule and bring cash for the authentic Asian food served alongside football game staples like nachos and corn dogs. Take time to visit the massive Viet Hoa International grocery store full of Asian products, fresh produce, and decor.

Come and cast off 2016 and celebrate the good fortune awaiting in 2017!

Kathlyn

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sunday Open House, January 29th, 2-5 pm


Welcome home to this Woodland Heights property one block from the hike and bike trail, and a short walk to Travis Elementary. Gated side yard and sprawling front yard. Layout conducive to transforming den into a mother-in-law suite or a second master down. Huge kitchen at the heart of the home and large study off the formal living room. Stunning master retreat with sitting area and nursery or private study up.

Stop by the Open House this Sunday (1/29) 2-5 pm!