Thursday, March 29, 2018

BIG & BEAUTIFUL Homes COMING SOON & JUST SOLD!


Nearly everyday someone asks me: "What's the market like right now?"  It's no secret that the Houston real estate market is undergoing a shift at a rapid pace.  In the midst of a long-awaited economic upswing after years of precarious conditions in the upstream Oil & Gas sector, and following on the heels of the most devastating natural disaster in Houston's history - Hurricane Harvey, the real estate market in Houston is in constant motion trying to keep up.  My answer to everyone's favorite question: "The market is doing great!"  And 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Why I Love Houston Properties and the Houston real estate market overall.  As buyer confidence increases, luxury properties are "in" and BIG & BEAUTIFUL Homes ideally located in the shadow of Downtown, the Med Center, & the Energy Corridor are in high demand.


COMING SOON - Family Estate Home on Gigantic Lot in Woodland Heights
COMING SOON - 2615 Beauchamp St. - Woodland Heights - 15,000 sq. ft. lot - $2.1 Million


2615 Beauchamp Street is an urban estate in the shadow of Downtown Houston, ideally situated on a 15,000-square-foot lot and featuring an incredibly flexible floorplan.  Originally built a century ago, this massive property features 4-5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, three living areas (2 down, one up), an amazing sunlit study with panoramic views of downtown, a chef's gourmet kitchen, wrap-around porch, huge back deck, and green grass and lush landscaping galore.  Bonuses include a huge gated driveway with parking for 4+ vehicles and a modern efficiency apartment over a 2-car garage.  Asking price: $2.1 Million.


COMING SOON - Architectural beauty w/ Master Down in Woodland Heights
COMING SOON - 2701 Florence St. - Woodland Heights - $1.1Million


2701 Florence Street features modern light-filled architecture and an ideal layout for most modern families - master suite downstairs and 2 or 3 bedrooms upstairs with a massive game room.  A stunning curving staircase greets guests from the dramatic two-story foyer.  Open-concept kitchen and living blends well with a separate formal dining room and wood-paneled study.  The 3-car garage is a rare bonus and the yard is easy-maintenance in front and back, complete with sprinklers.  Asking price: $1.1 M.


JUST SOLD - Million-dollar LOT in Southampton for Custom New Construction


2202 Bolsover, Houston, TX, 77005
I had 2202 Bolsover Street listed for just 10 days this month when it sold to a young couple planning to tear down the existing home that's in need of substantial repairs and build their dream home in an ideal location within a couple blocks of Rice University & the Village shopping district.  I'm sure their new home will be BIG & BEAUTIFUL and I wish them many happy years together in their new dream home!

For more information on any of these properties or any other real estate needs, please don't hesitate to email me or give me a call !  My team at Why I Love Houston Properties and I are always eager to serve you and your friends and family.

HAPPY EASTER, Houston!



Kathlyn 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

4 Remodeling Projects Worth the Investment

Remodeling your home can be a great way to increase its value and ensure you get good returns when it comes time to sell. But before you go tearing out your floors or adding another bedroom, take note: Not all projects are created equal. In fact, according to recent data from Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, there’s a pretty big discrepancy between which projects deliver high returns and those that don’t.
 
Want to make sure your remodels are worth the effort? Here are some top options:
 
  • Get a new garage door. It seems simple, but replacing your garage door is the most value-adding project you can take on. On average, it delivers returns of more than 98 percent upon resale.
  • Focus on curb appeal. Upgrades to exterior areas saw serious growth over the last year. Wood deck additions increased over 18 percent in value, while stone veneer installation value was up almost 14 percent. 
  • Replace your entry door. Don’t bother sprucing up old doors. Replacing them with steel models can deliver a whopping 91 percent ROI. And at an average cost of $1,471, they’re one of the most affordable updates for your home.
  • Upgrade your kitchen. Minor kitchen remodels continue to be a top value-adding project. This year, the average small remodel adds about $17,193 to your home’s value and recoups more than 81 percent of your costs.
You might want to rule out projects like backyard patios, master suite additions and major kitchen remodels -- they’re notorious for low returns. If you’re looking to boost your home’s value and increase its marketability, focus your efforts on projects that improve aesthetics and add ease and convenience instead. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

International Voices Houston Concert This Weekend

My years singing in choir have always held a special place in my heart, which is why I'm excited to have joined International Voices Houston. This prestigious choir celebrates the diversity of our city by bringing together the voices and cultures of countries from all over the world. We have more than 130 members who represent 40 nations that speak 30 different languages.  

Our upcoming concert, One World, is this weekend at MATCH. It promises to be a phenomenal experience where we will sing in a dozen different languages featuring pieces from Turkey, Ireland, Kenya, Ecuador, Mexico, and many more destinations. There are three opportunities to see this performance.  

Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 pm 

Sunday, March 25th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Make the most of the Midtown location and pair the performance with global cuisine from one of the nearby dining options. Tacos a Go Go's pollo guisado tacos made Texas Monthly's list of 120 Tacos You Must Eat Before You DieWinbern Mess Hall is a global fusion of self-described Korean Mexican and Asian Hotdogs. Spicy Girl serves a menu of authentic Sichuan dishes. All are delicious! 

I hope to see you this weekend!

Kathlyn 



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

4 Fixes for a Lush Lawn


The colder months are notoriously hard on foliage -- and subsequently, curb appeal. Fortunately, spring is just around the corner, and that means now is the perfect time to prep your lawn for its revival.

Try these easy fixes, and you'll have lush landscaping in no time.

  1. Reseed and fertilize. Have bare or thinning spots of grass? Take the time to reseed now, and use fertilizer to encourage new growth. Be sure to scrape any bare patches with a rake before seeding, and keep the area moist until it begins to sprout.
  2. Look for problematic slopes or shaded areas. Sometimes large, shady trees or steep inclines can hinder lawn growth. Step back and analyze your yard for these potential problem areas. Consider planting fescues in shady zones, and look into hydroseeding in sloped regions.
  3. Use sod to patch extensive dead areas. If the cold weather has killed large swaths of the lawn, resodding may be your best bet. You can install sod anytime of year; just make sure to water it often until it sets.
  4. Consider xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the easiest way to weatherproof your lawn no matter where you live. It's also super-low maintenance and low cost, and it can be a big selling point if your home's in a hot or arid climate.
Whether you're planning to sell your property or you just want a great-looking home, your lawn -- and its health -- is going to play a big role. Take care of it, address any problems now and by spring, you'll have an outdoor oasis you'll be proud to call your own.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Why I Love Houston: Mutton Bustin' at the Rodeo

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...Mutton Bustin' at the Rodeo! 


The rodeo is in full swing! I can't wait to take the family for a day of fun and festivities. One of our can't miss events is Mutton Bustin'. This crowd favorite is always exciting, as you watch the aspiring cowgirls and cowboys grab a hand full of wool and attempt to hold on for 8 seconds as the sheep buck their way across the arena. 

We usually take in a few rounds of the Mutton Bustin' at The Junction, where there are hourly shows from 11 am to 7 pm. If your little one is 5 or 6 years old and weighs under 55 lbs, they can take a turn on first come, first served basis. (The cost is $15.) More serious contenders can register for the big shows before the nightly performances at NRG Stadium. Registration for the 2019 Rodeo opens in November, so start your training now! 

Before leaving The Junction, we make sure to stop by the pedal-tractor pulls, Petting Zoo, and watch the adorable Pig Races, where the pig participants are rewarded with Oreos, all before heading over for our favorite fair treats. 

Happy Trails! 

Kathlyn