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  1. It was 740 am. As a teen, I would sit in bed and treat it as story time. Lol
  2. I live on this street and flooding is not an issue. Tropical Rita and the last one produced rain but no flooding. However you will pay for flood Insurance. For these newer pier and beam homes, it will come around $300
  3. If I am not mistaken, homes along Turkey Gully got flooded. Hence my developer bought up the trailer park lot for the cheaps and built our homes. With the pier and beam foundation, I feel confident about my house. My garage on the other hand is another matter.
  4. I have lived in Shady Acres for eight years now. In 2003, most people thought I was nuts due to the overrun lots, abandonned homes, dilapidated houses/businesses, lack of national stores and so on. However, that has all changed in the last few years. My property value has increased at least 40 percent. Home prices are very stable in this area. In the last real estate home report by the Houston Chronicle, foreclosure rates are less than 1% for Shady Acres. 1. Safety: Just don't park your cars in the street or driveway. I highly recommend you park it in your garage. We have had several issues with tires/rims being stolen, cars being broken into for Ipod/GPS/Laptops, and just vandalism of vehicles. I personally rather clear my garage of clutter than deal with a broken window. Another issue I noticed is the theft of yard tools from opened garages. Living in the city, you just have to be cognizant of your surroundings. 2. My patch of neighborhood has tons of newborns. Out of ten homes, four couples just had a newborn within the last year. The census did note that this area has seen a resurgence of yuppies (20s-40s). 3. Tons of Mexican restaurants. In the next few months, a wine bar is opening up on W 20 and a pizza/hoagie restaurant on W 23 and two new Mexcian restaurants on Ella and W 26. You will not starve here. Wal-Mart is coming within a year on I-10 and Yale and that will compete with Krogers (national grocer). If I am not mistaken, the Krogers on W 11 is listed as one of the largest store in the chain in the Southwestern part of the US. We have Foodarama on W 18 with HEB Grocery. 4. Potential=Growth and property value will keep growing. I thought my place was not worth more than 230K but my neighbor is selling her house (same floor plan) for 260K. If you choose Shady Acres, good luck! We do have tons of townhomes here. BTW Certain parts of Shady Acres have flooding concerns. With this current drought, it may be a thing of the past.
  5. Got this from the Shady Acres discussion group, "Yes, we are calling the concept Crisp "Wine-Beer-Eatery". Dave, I appreciate the support and the project is in motion so stay tuned."
  6. I apologize. The location is Bevis and W 23. It will replace the dilapidated Shady Acres Grocer. This is great use of abandonned space. I know for myself, one can only take so much Mexican cuisine.
  7. I got an email from the Shady Acres discussion board. "Hi my name is Al Scavelli. I recently purchased the property at 2220 Bevis with my business partners. We are converting the space into a restaurant that will offer beer, wine, and plenty of delicious eats such as Pizza prepared on a stone deck oven. We will offer deli style Hoagies and many other dishes prepared fresh in house by our Chef. If you have any inquiries about updates on our new project please contact me." This is exciting. It is within walking distance from my home.
  8. I was part of the Shady Acres Civic Club board. The La Hacienda was located in the heart of a residential street. It actually backs up to people's backyard. Hence the protests began. However, if I am not mistaken and I don't want to speak for anybody, I think we are for commercial/restaurant establishments on W 19 and W 20 because those streets are commercial corridors. I personally welcome a hamburger joint on W 19. It surely beats more used car lots.
  9. I saw a sign by the apartment developer for an information Developer Meeting on October 26 @ 7 pm Taylor HS Cafeteria
  10. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7103572.html WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT BURGLARIES Is your home in a hot zone? 10 most burglary-prone ZIP codes 77036, 77009, 77072, 77060, 77063, 77077, 77042, 77016, 77082, 77021 Ten safest ZIP codes (population over 15,000) 77002, 77059, 77058, 77084, 77005, 77345, 77029, 77071, 77008, 77019 Source: City of Houston data Most commonly stolen items Large, flat-screen TVs Cell phones Cameras DVD players Gaming systems Identification documents Jewelry Removable tools (power tools, hand tools and yard equipment) Bank cards and checkbooks Cash Firearms What you can do about break-ins? Experts say the average burglar will spend no more than four to five minutes trying to gain access to a house. Thwart burglary attempts before they happen Make your home look occupied all the time. Use automatic timers on lights when away. Place radios on automatic timers when you're away so they can be heard outside. Lower the sound of your telephone ringer and answering machine so they can't be heard outside. Never leave notes on your door that can tip off burglars. Eliminate hiding places around your home Install motion detector lights around your house instead of leaving lights on at night. Install these lights at least 8 feet above the ground so they are more difficult to disable. Motion detector lights should illuminate doors and windows. Doors should be first priority, followed by windows. Remove overgrowth, bushes and shrubs under windows and next to doors. Use a security alarm system with a loud alarm and/or flashing lights. Make your home a harder target Make sure you have the right kind of locks on your doors and windows. Secure doors from attached garages with dead-bolt locks and security door strikes. Install impact-resistant glass on windows or doors within a 42-inch arm's reach of a lock. More: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7103572.html
  11. Just for correction: Funny how I was reading this post and people were talking about me. Actually I don't work for the City of Houston. I am just a Shady Acres resident who was part of the Shady Acres Civic Club executive board. I have never been to a Super Neighborhood meeting and I am not a fan of SJL. Heights West will be a welcome addition to Shady Acres. One less bar, I am happy with it.
  12. Chinatown always has the freshest and cheapest variety of seafood. However, due to the distance, I just go down I-10 to Blalock and get my seafood at Ranch 99.
  13. I am excited. We need more asian restaurants in zip code 77008/77007 Booths or tables and chairs? Both if possible Counter service or full service? Counter Service, Usually wait staff will doom a restaurant success if they are not properly trained Should we close at 10pm or 9pm? 10pm What time should we open on Sunday noon or 11am? noon How many high chairs will I need 4, 6, or 8? 4 Will the neighborhood walk or ride their bike? A combo of walk, bike or car at different times How many bikes should the bike rack hold? 6 Patio out front under the awning or in the back with a big grassy play area? Back Coke or pepsi? Dr. Pepper Access to water for dogs outside and free dog bones? No I personallly don't like dogs at the restaurant entrance. Back is best.
  14. I always assumed that builders would put a layer of insulation under the floorboard for crawl space foundation. Boy was I wrong. No wonder the downstairs wood floor was like walking on ice. Can anybody recommend a company that will go under the home and put insulation? thanks
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