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  1. We've decided to move out of the ROD area to an area like it used to be. Too many teens, drag racing, apartments, and attached undesirables have taken over ROD. The low self-esteem is sad to see and we're not into victims nor negative energy. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole project declared bankruptcy not to mention most of the tenants closing if COVID goes into 2022. Wishing the old hood well, though, even as we're excited to be moving to what we experience as a much better neighborhood like ROD started as.
  2. They're offering very good deals. My partner and I just bought one with unobstructed views of the Mosaic, 535 acre Hermann Park, the TMC skyline, Rice, the Village, and even Uptown skyline from THREE balconies in the unit. Less that $400 psf, compared to the Westmore at $600. Beautiful property in the Museum Center with the Red Line a few blocks away. Downtown skyline available for us from the amenities platform. Pumped!
  3. The new retail center on Westheimer, between Mid Lane and West Lane, will see the move and reopening of LePeep Restaurant. It'll be on West Lane toward the back. Another sign of River Oaks District expansion? Perhaps, but as others have noted, it all depends on the ink drying on hotel deal and or a major office tenant to anchor. The new fusion (Asian-Mexican) restaurant in ROD is taking forever to build out, too. On Bettis in the back near the iPic.
  4. Google "Anne Fontaine" and it says (and shows, with a Google map) they're located in ROD. Look at the ROD website, under "Coming Soon," and their name has been removed. I'm betting on "if not 'no,' then definitely 'not yet'!!
  5. I went in John Hardy today. It was IMPRESSIVE. I was very surprised. FYI: The craftmanship, quality and pricing equals Christmas shopping for me.
  6. I'm betting that nothing happens to any of the buildings until they've significantly preleased the office building and /or signed up the major hotel deal they're seeking. And I'll bet it'll be 'and,' because I've heard a normally reliable source say that Equinox Hotel division is extremely interested in the location for a successor hotel to the one they are building now in LA. What is interesting to me is the tremendous amount of work that would be involved in getting all those easements going through the currently surveyed site plan moved! Gotta move em to even come close to building the
  7. Monarch, my man! I couldn't agree more. And if there was a contest for ugliest highrise residential, this building would get it. Uuuugly! It could almost compete with the Federal Courthouse downtown. Why couldn't they have at least painted the concrete exterior, vs. leaving the institutional (corrections institute?) look? uggghhh! Looking at it several nights a week it looks like they've never cracked 50% occupancy, and if so not by much. WHAT were they thinking?? I'm guessing it'll make Randy Davis' schmalzy tower next door look terrific beside it, however, and the
  8. Historically, what Gene describes is, I think, the only way that an Association (whether they're condominiums or townhomes) can trigger acceptance of an offer to purchase for the whole property, only in which a prescribed majority (I've seen 70%-80% as the cutoff) of homeowners have signed off with their approval. These deals are tough to do, and even attempted rarely, in part because not all owners are close enough in the valuation of their homes, including some elderly who love their home so much they overvalue (in terms of the area market). I believe last year I had heard that one of thes
  9. Wow! Such high-quality developments in the few blocks around River Oaks District. The least attractive, imho, by far, are the Millennium Apartments on its east line, particularly the back end along Bettis. I understand they're kids who inherited dad's apt. development biz. Fear of failure produces 'it's ALL about the bottom line' so the quality of the architecture and building materials dropped dramatically on the side furthest from Westheimer. And now we are seeing further 'vision pollution' as they're building some sort of chain link fenced storage area on Bettis. Made me want to thro
  10. Monarch, our buddy with the mostest (news scoops), you are a veritable font of information! And pretty pics, too. Thank you. I hope the brand Equinox can compete with R-C and W. I understand the company that owns the fitness centers is indeed owned by well-funded investors, and I hope it's true. I know O-M will build a great team of architects, engineers, etc. to make Phase II at least as remarkable as Phase I. As for the financing question, I don't know the answer of course, but the implication I received was that they want financing for the entire Phase II (hotel, office and retail...pe
  11. Thanks, Urbanizzer, for some great photos of wonderful ROD! I'm guessing a droid might've been involved, or some Flash Gordon equipment. I heard a rumor from a buddy yesterday, who claims his source 'definitely knows,' that Equinox has signed a hotel agreement with Oliver McMillan for the 'LePeep / Sullivan's' tract. I think it's called ROD, Phase II. Unfortunately, the source said that like every developer (except perhaps Hines) they cannot obtain financing for the office building and the development until they get a lot more office leasing signatures, especially a chore in th
  12. I liked this young lawyer's article (he testified for the defendant's): http://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/2016/07/15/3819/#.V4qpAfmPu02
  13. Someone referred to ROD coming alive (more?) with the most recent restaurant openings, and that makes sense to me even though I personally am not impressed (quite the opposite) with some of the restaurants. I love ROD, and am excited about the few stores signed and yet to open, like the gelato place, etc. What I find most interesting, however, from a business perspective is how many empty spaces still remain. If one looks at the current site plan in the brochure, there is a LOT of unleased space, much of which could be described as 'among the least attractive locations within the property.
  14. Friends were discussing this over lunch today, and someone has read and heard a couple of folks saying this latest court ruling was a victory for the homeowners. It was a huge loss. One person knows the developers, and their partner is so rich, it could afford to buy every home in the subdivision at 150% of value, ie, uber rich. All the delay has done is change the numbers upward, including the prices people will pay to the developers for a first class highrise. The homeowners seem to be affluent who seem to see themselves as either 'special' (entitled) OR victims who chose to make a very
  15. "Must be an Austin thing." This makes total sense to me. I wonder if the blockbuster start, and perhaps the beginning of a successful store, is due in large part to that. As a native Houstonian who has travelled the state extensively, it seems like Austin has become overly romanticized by a million or so folks, mostly UT grads, over the past 25 years or so. I think many Texans with our state pride, with the possible exception of people in and around Bryan-College Station, have always felt a warm spot in our hearts for Austin and the Capitol. But Austin's population growth and national sta
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