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  1. I love the Parador. If I ever need to have some fancy event in the future, it is where I would pick...paradorhouston.com
  2. I was wrong. It is scheduled to open in July. The construction on the roof is complete though, hence the lack of work on the south end. They said that that were going for an unfinished metal building look. My guess is most of the plan seems to be trying to use the view from downtown, and having that end more open allows for a better view. It looks great though so far. The restaurant area is super neat and resembles a church.
  3. I think it might be mostly done. My husband bought one of the memberships and we are supposed to get a tour this Saturday...
  4. might try this: http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-a-Wall-Mirror Welcome to the neighborhood!
  5. I live in McGregor/Riverside Terrace and think it may be a good fit for you if the schools aren't an issue. There are several bike trails that run through the neighborhood - The columbia tap runs you into Downtown where you can get to the trails along Buffalo Bayou, as well as a trail that runs along Brays Bayou that connects you to Hermann park. I have always reverse commuted and it generally is not bad as long as there is not an accident. you can also take Highway 3 for portions if there is an accident which can help, or the beltway to 225. Most of Friendswood and Pearland are very suburban, which is ok, but doesn't really sound like what you are looking for. If you have any questions about the area, let me know as some areas are sketchier than others.
  6. Oh this would make me so happy! As long as it is better thant the one on OST...
  7. alsal29


    One of our current favorites is Bovine and Barley downtown. They have a great wall of lights and almost all their beer is regional craft beer. They have pint night on Tuesday I believe and you can keep the glass for 4 dollars. The new brewpub at Karbach is also quite nice.
  8. Information about the cemetery on the grounds.... http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/sarnoff/article/Abandoned-cemetery-to-come-out-of-the-shadows-6612957.php
  9. Excited about your house! I think most of the single family home owers would probably be for it, but I think getting some of the townhome owners on board will be tough. I think that is the issue with our street is that I have a feeling that most of the current street parkers is residents instead of visitors. I know one woman down the street that rents out all of her rooms and then the rooms in the garage apartment also, and they will maybe park one car in the driveway. I would suggest sending messages on the next door app and see what the response is. That is how I was able to contact many people on the street for the minimum lot size. Would be happy to help if I can and let you know the best people to talk to. I did see on one of the Houston planning maps that our street was earmarked to be widened. I do not really want that to happen, so I would be in support of this. Something has to happen as our street is impossible. Amanda
  10. YAY Rachel! You have no idea how excited that makes me! I have seen that you started some work last week, but couldn't tell what or who was doing it. I have not seen anyone over there when I have been home but I can't wait to meet you! it is such a beautiful home! Welcome to the neighborhood!
  11. I personally think La Porte is much better than most of these mentioned, especially if you make it off 225. They have a great main street and a great line up of small town events that you can't get anywhere in Houston. Galena Park? Jacinto City? Aldine?
  12. http://blog.chron.com/primeproperty/2014/07/historic-weingarten-home-on-the-market-after-almost-five-decades/#25292101=14 Article about it in the Chronicle.
  13. The Calumet one is across the street from me. I was sad when they tore the old one down, but was glad while definitely not fitting in the neighborhood, it is at least a single family home. 2522 Calumet has also been vacant since at least 2009. Someone recently bought it, but they haven't done anything with it yet. That is sad about the one at Almeda and Riverside. That was a beautiful house.
  14. I just asked my mom about it. The house with the pool was owned by a doctor as a summer home. He was not there for large parts of the year, and I remember hearing that while he was gone many people would sneak in and use the pool. My mom and I used to go to the bottle dump, it was on the property with the green house, which bordered the house with the pool. She said that back when sylvan beach was popular for tourists (1900-ish), this house was a whore house and that is why all the trash and bottles were there. We found some cool ones. I will ask some more people about your urban legend. The woods were pretty scary sometimes, so it is probably better I never heard that one or I would have psyched myself out! The legend I always heard and the people who were still there when I lived there was of a young girl who was mentally disabled who drowned in the bay. The story was that she haunted the area and there was always sightings and happenings related to that, but her home was supposedly farther east by the plant where Du Pont's boat dock is now.
  15. I grew up there. I have never heard any stories about people being murdered. In the 80's most of the houses had been bulldozed. There was one we called the green house that did not have a pool, put had an actual green house and a guest house. The one with the pool was part of a larger neighborhood. Du Pont came in and bought most of the property as having the houses there were a liability, being so close to the plant, but we were holdouts. Most of them got bulldozed but for whatever reason they did not doze the one with the pool, and they didn't buy the green house and that property until some time more recently, and that was after the house burned down. We left in 1998 and moved across the highway, but our one neighbor is still out there and I can ask him is he ever heard anything. I can also ask my mom and brother. Those woods were where I grew up and kept me entertained as there were no kids left in my day, so its fun anyone even knows about the area at all. In the late 80's Du Pont came in and filled in the pools and tore everything that was still standing down. There is also some tennis courts still in there and you can still see the brick outlines of the pools. If you have any questions, I can happily try to answer them or find someone else who can.
  16. Oh no! That makes me sad. I am always glad to go back and see what has survived, and it looks like my list is one less.
  17. That looks so much better than the first rendering. I was kinda scared. Huge sigh of relief. I went this weekend and took some pics of G. Rollie for old times sake. Still a little sad that is coming down.
  18. International,Urban, and Entrepreneurial meets Country.
  19. You might try some of the vets, I know our vet on Alabama, always has like 3 cats there that are available for adoption, and I asked them and they said they stay until they are adopted. That one is called is called Cat Vet, but other vets might do that also. Pretty kitty. I would give it a go, but our cat hates other cats.
  20. I like it. It is definitely more gritty though than your more typical family areas. As long as you are not expecting wonderful public schools, I think it is fine. I would think there would be some decent montessori type schools on the other side of 288. In my opinion you can't beat the value though for the amount of house and yard you can get in this area for the price. I think the trade off is the schools and no real grocery stores around. Maybe one day :/
  21. We have lived in Riverside now for a little over 2 years. I honestly don't think the neighbors are wild about gentrification, and sometimes it can be hard getting some realtors to even show you properties. That said, since we have been here the neighbors have been nothing but nice. Our neighbors watch our house and I think they are great. We also have an abandoned property next to us on Calumet that I have reported to the police for people breaking into. The city was supposed to come and board it up, but they have yet to do it. At least in the case of the house next door, it would be salvagable. It is not to the point of tearing it down, but it is a sad state to just see it fall to disrepair, and it is frustrating to have it happen next door to you with no real recourse.
  22. I lived there for like 5 years, and as far as driving around, all you see is a lot of burbs. To me, the most interesting things in Dallas are right around town - lower Greenville is neat. The 6th floor museum downtown is interesting if you have never done it, and the Nasher sculpture center is also downtown and quite good. My recommendation is to take the actual train from downtown Dallas to Fort Worth and take in the Stock Yards. There is a place by the stockyards called Joe T Garcia's that sells pitchers of margaritas and it is excellent. I just think this is neat as you get to ride a real functional train! you can also take a light rail from downtown to mockingbird station where there is shopping and an angelika theatre. Other areas neat to drive around Dallas to me is Uptown, University Park, and Turtle Creek. We lived up in Frisco which is a whole other ballgame, but it is more homogenous up there, but they have Stonebriar mall which is a bohemoth, as well as the FC Dallas Soccer team, and the Frisco RoughRiders minor league team which is fun. If you like fried chicken, check out a Babe's Chicken Dinner House. Fantastic. There are a few is different suburbs of town. Hope that helps.
  23. We lived in a neighborhood in Frisco for 3 years, and the main reasoning that I came up with for the alleys along with all my friends as that it cleans up the appearance of the neighborhood. When the garage is in the back, you do not have all the cars parked directly in front of your house all the time. It is more about the asthetic of the house. We had an online HOA and it had a message board. People would always complain about the trash cans and cars in front of the homes with forward facing garages. You didn't see if the garbage was left if your can was in the alley and so no one ever really complained about that. I liked it and I do think it helped with the appearance of the neighborhood, but it did make for a postage stamp size yard and no incentive or chance to really meet any of your neighbors. We mostly just avoided one another. I do wish at least some neighborhoods had that here though, because it is one of the things I liked about the area.
  24. http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S It has improved for sure.
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