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  1. I've heard of a proposal that would develop the area surrounding Flour Daniel (Lakeside/Flour Daniel Dr.) and transform it into a retail/housing hub capped off with a Condo Complex consisting of up to 4, 10-Story condominiums. Hermes Architects is slated to do much of the development, but I've heard of some fuss from the homeowner's association ("Old Sugar Land", if you will) that might nix it before it gets off the ground.
  2. Clear Lake joins high-rise trend Two developers propose condos along the shore By NANCY SARNOFF Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle The high-rise condominium craze that's spreading throughout Houston is taking a southern detour. Two developers are planning residential towers on the banks of Clear Lake that will be the area's tallest buildings. Both buildings are proposed for the north side of the lake on NASA Parkway. But developers won't break ground until a significant number of their units are sold. "The race is on," said Mark Smith, a local developer who's planning to build a 20-story building at 3002 NASA Parkway next to the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. The project is called the Launch at NASA and will have some 80 units ranging in price from the $290,000s to $2 million for a 5,000-square-foot penthouse. Less than a mile down the road, a second group is planning to build a 29-story condominium tower at 4821 NASA Parkway. The group started selling units in the proposed building less than a month ago and says it already has 31 of the 88 units reserved. "The buyers we've found are mostly from the Clear Lake area and empty nesters," said Roy Hockenberry, a partner in the project called Endeavour. Pre-construction prices there start at just under $300,000. The developers expect to start construction in October. Area officials said the new projects could kick off more high-rise developments along the lakefront. "It's probably not utilized as much as it could be," said Warren Escovy, the city planner for Pasadena, where the Endeavor is located. Pasadena also seems to be moving away from its strict rules governing development. The city's current multifamily building code limits building height to three stories, but it granted a variance to the developers of the Endeavour. Nassau Bay, where the property for the Launch is located, is also becoming more lenient on its building height restrictions. The city has created a development ordinance that leaders said makes it easier to develop projects like the Launch. "We're trying to make it as bureaucracy-free as possible for developers to come in and develop or redevelop property," said John Kennedy, city manger of Nassau Bay. But area residents aren't used to this type of dense development, said Lynne Billman, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in the Clear Lake area. "The community as a whole loves their views of the lake and doesn't want to see high-rises all up and down NASA Parkway," she said. As long as the high-rises are built sparingly, Billman said, she doesn't expect resistance from residential communities. She also sees a growing demand for this kind of housing. "A lot of people are downsizing and want to travel but don't want to put up with a yard and so forth," she said. Indeed, a small enclave of townhomes recently completed in Nassau Bay sold out quickly. Many of the homes were purchased by residents who wanted to downsize but didn't want to leave the community, Kennedy said. "I think the condo project has the same potential," he said. GREAT NEWS FOR METRO HOUSTON!
  3. Villa D'Estes are also "respectable" buildings, but certainly not striking. Seems as though the approach for uptown park was very "classic conservatism". I can accept that.
  4. Nov. 10, 2004, 12:42AM ANOTHER VERSE Project takes second bite at Galleria housing apple Manhattan units did so well, new condos keep theme By NANCY SARNOFF ------------------- This message has been edited to remove copyrighted material. -------------------
  5. slightly off topic: tracy has announced his plans on the grammercy site. from nancy's article yesterday (can't post link, subscription only) this is the site directly behind rice epicurean on holcome and kirby. he owns the land on both sides of grammercy. he's been shopping this site for at least two years.
  6. Does anyone know if The Colonnade at Memorial was ever built? The reason I ask is because I have an old Chronicle of Homes book from 2002 and it was in there. What about 2520 robinhood http://www.2520robinhood.com/ ? Renoir Lofts
  7. Palisade Palms, the club-class, high-rise beachfront condominium project on Galveston
  8. I thought that 500.00 was to much for fees for places like the Manhattan and the Metropolis condos. 1200. is tottaly out of the question.
  9. Be happy they have a website. The Manhatten and Empire Condos' didn't get a website until construction started and most of the units were alread sold. Randal Davis has been shown to be much more reliable than other developers. He would put that much work into a website unless he was commited to the project. This doesn't mean delays and other red tape issues won't slow it down also. The Pavilions was going to start construction this fall according to the developer, but right now they are just starting permitting and other procedures. Definite timelines are rare unless it is currently being constructed.
  10. Could someone give me some info/suggestions about The Mark Condominium? I'd really apprciate it! I am new to town. Single, wants to live in a highrise condo. I heard that The Mark at 3505 Sage is affordable. I went there and found there are many for sale. They built it in 2000, why still not that many sold? Please give me some advice. I have read some articles there. Very helpful. Just no one mentioned The Mark yet. Thanks in advance,
  11. 40-story condo tower planned for downtown Atlanta, Austin companies teaming up for project on former Intel land. By Shonda Novak AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, August 10, 2005 Joining the race for the sky, a developer plans to build a 40-story residential skyscraper in downtown Austin. Atlanta-based Novare Group Holdings LLC and Austin development firm Andrews Urban LLC plan to build a 420-unit condominium tower on 1.3 acres at 300 Nueces St., where Intel Corp. once planned a parking garage for a chip design center that it halted construction on midway through when the tech downturn hit. Plans for the 520-foot tall tower include approximately 10,000 square feet of street-level shops and restaurants. The developers hope to break ground early next year, with the first occupants moving in by fall 2007, said John Long, Novare's chief investment officer. One-bedroom units in the Austin project will start at less than $200,000 and two-bedroom units will start at less than $250,000, making the units affordable to buyers earning annual salaries of $45,000 to $100,000. Currently, downtown condos are reselling for about $300,000 for one-bedroom units to about $500,000 for two bedrooms, said Taylor Andrews, principal of Andrews Urban, Novare's local development partner. The newest downtown residential projects are high-rises, including a 27-story apartment tower that MetLife plans at West Cesar Chavez and Colorado streets and a 36-story condo tower that developers Perry Lorenz, Robert Barnstone and Larry Warshaw plan to build at West Third and Bowie streets. The Novare/Andrews Urban project would be just one story short of a 41-story residential-retail-hotel skyscraper that developer Tom Stacy plans at Congress Avenue and Fifth Street. It would be one of more than a dozen downtown apartment or condominium projects that have been built or planned in the past few years. The condo tower will have floor-to-ceiling glass walls, large balconies, 10-foot ceilings, 24-hour concierge services, high-speed Internet access, a full-sized pool in a parklike setting and upscale fitness and social centers. Novare Group focuses on condominium high-rises aimed at buyers 25 to 40 years old who want an urban lifestyle. It has more than 3,500 units under development in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Tampa, Fla. Austin will be its first project outside the Southeast. It also has a boutique hotel development arm. "This development will enhance the urban living experience in downtown Austin," Andrews said. "Our goal is to develop a stunning tower with exceptional views, comfortable yet elegant living spaces, ample parking and the modern conveniences sought by urban dwellers, all at more attainable prices." __________________ Austin.Texas.USA
  12. i dont believe anything has been mentioned on this deal and i walked the property this afternoon. its located on o.s.t. between greenbriar and fannin (next to the rail). to be honest, i was blown away by the interiors for being a rental. they do not have all the c.o.s yet but do have some occupants. its the only mid-rise rental community within the area; 4-story over 2-story podium sitting on +/- 2.5 acres. rents are reasonable at $1.25 psf. pictures for your viewing/critiquing pleasure website
  13. Obviously, I can't look through past posts to see a previous discussion on this so I'm asking. Driving through (a very busy!) Downtown tonight, I noticed some construction I've been meaning to ask about..It's right next door to The Montague Hotel,What's up there? It says, "Stowers condos" and something about retail on the first floor. Anyone? Anyone? Ricco
  14. Recently we heard about a couple purchasing a condo near Lake Conroe at the 30k price point. In disbelief that such properties might be available, i researched on HAR...to find virtually nothing in that range. My thought was perhaps these condos don't get listed with real estate agents because of the price point...i.e. maybe there are alternative advertising sources that are cheaper routes to selling? any thoughts on this?
  15. New Innerloop Condos Development The above link is to a survey for a proposed new condo project by the Westmoreland District. The website has pictures of the site. They are looking for input from perspective buyers to design their project. Have fun.
  16. I was wondering if you all could offer some advice to a first time home buyer. I found a lovely place at Churchill, which is at 2425 Augusta drive. The seller is asking $134k for the house. I feel that is a little much, but there is always room for negotioation. My biggest concern is that 9 years ago this place was only worth roughly $70k. That is quite an apprecation jump. Is it plausable that somethine build in 79 could continue to appreciate in this same manner. In additon, is this a good area to be living in. Please give as much advise as you can. Cheers!!
  17. Currently under construction Prices range from $240,000- $700,000 I have actually looked at some of the prices at some of the condos in Sugar Land Town Square, and they swear to themselves they are located in downtown with those prices. lol.
  18. Does anyone know what is going to be built on the southwest corner of Taft and West Gray? It used to be a vacant old restaurant that was torn down a few months ago..... How about across the street - it looks like someone made the abandon building a drive-in !!! (and someone painted "Got Beer" on the damage!!)
  19. I am relatively new to Houston, but I have noticed the beauty of the Uptown/Galleria area. This seems to be an area that everyone wants to get to, but the price of rentals and ownerships seperate the haves from the have nots. In light of all the new developments in the area (seemingly high rises, with the exception of the Manhattan to name one) I have noticed several condos in the area that do not "fit": 1. The Inverness - at the corner of Post Oak and Uptown Blvd 2. The Winhall - Corner of Post Oak and Four Oaks Place (by Willie G's restaurant) 3. The ugliest one of them all I do not know the name to. They rest on Post Oak Blvd. next to McDonalds near Post Oak and 610 loop. Of the three, the Winhall seems to be the nicest to live. Very quaint and they have been rennovated nicely. The other two seem to be in terrible condition, but may have the highest developmental value for demo/reconstruction due to lot size. My question is such: will these properties be torn down to "fit" the look and feel of the neigborhood? If so, what happens to the current home owners? Buy outs? Does anyone have any credible insight to the direction this section of Post Oak is heading? I am looking to purchase and the range of these condos are tremendously less than others, but I am concerned about the value and how long the will exist.
  20. My personal favorite of 5000 Montrose. 5000 Montrose has a GREAT location. It is close to Montrose, downtown, Hermann Park, Med Center, Rice Village, and you can easily walk to the light rail. Unfortunately, I think some of the units' views have been blocked by the Museum Tower across the street.
  21. Between Dallas and West Grey on the West side Waugh...? It has to be tall, because its on a small lot! Some luxury condos... I belive... My skyling is growing!
  22. I would suggest the Montebello, there sales office is located right across from it, in Uptown Park.
  23. Is 3333 still up on the block? Any information most appreciated.
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