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Hey now! I went to Hodges Bend...oh yeah, good call. ;)

I lived in Mission Bend and went to HBMS & Austin HS some years ago so its weird seeing the new 1464 alignment. I hadn't driven through this area in probably about a year until today. I agree with AK123, looks nice.

I'm dealing with a tremendous amount of stress right now trying to buy a house. I finally found a house I really like in Eaglewood, but I'm not familiar with the area. I keep hearing these horror stories and I'm getting very nervous about making this purchase. I have an 8 year old son that would end up at Hodges Bend Middle School and I'm scared to send him there from all I've been hearing. Right now, we are living in Stafford and I love it! My son loves the school and I feel comfortable with him there. The reason why I'm wanting to move is to get into a bigger house. There aren't very many houses to choose from in Stafford right now, so I decided to widen my options and here I am getting ready to get this house and keep hearing bad about the neighborhood and schools. Do you have any advice for me please?????? I'm scared to death and I don't want to compromise my sons education. He means the world to me! However, I don't want to not get the house just because of rumors that may not even be true. Any information you might have would be very helpful!

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I'm dealing with a tremendous amount of stress right now trying to buy a house. I finally found a house I really like in Eaglewood, but I'm not familiar with the area. I keep hearing these horror stories and I'm getting very nervous about making this purchase. I have an 8 year old son that would end up at Hodges Bend Middle School and I'm scared to send him there from all I've been hearing. Right now, we are living in Stafford and I love it! My son loves the school and I feel comfortable with him there. The reason why I'm wanting to move is to get into a bigger house. There aren't very many houses to choose from in Stafford right now, so I decided to widen my options and here I am getting ready to get this house and keep hearing bad about the neighborhood and schools. Do you have any advice for me please?????? I'm scared to death and I don't want to compromise my sons education. He means the world to me! However, I don't want to not get the house just because of rumors that may not even be true. Any information you might have would be very helpful!

The fact that you're so concerned indicates to me that you could probably move into a slummy urban area and your son would turn out just fine. I did.

Academic data (current and historical) for every school in Texas can be compared using this TEA website. If you're concerned about safety, try tracking down some of the Fort Bend ISD cops and ask them what's going on.

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I'm dealing with a tremendous amount of stress right now trying to buy a house. I finally found a house I really like in Eaglewood, but I'm not familiar with the area. I keep hearing these horror stories and I'm getting very nervous about making this purchase. I have an 8 year old son that would end up at Hodges Bend Middle School and I'm scared to send him there from all I've been hearing. Right now, we are living in Stafford and I love it! My son loves the school and I feel comfortable with him there. The reason why I'm wanting to move is to get into a bigger house. There aren't very many houses to choose from in Stafford right now, so I decided to widen my options and here I am getting ready to get this house and keep hearing bad about the neighborhood and schools. Do you have any advice for me please?????? I'm scared to death and I don't want to compromise my sons education. He means the world to me! However, I don't want to not get the house just because of rumors that may not even be true. Any information you might have would be very helpful!

I replied in your Eaglewood Thread.

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Anyone have any updates on Aliana? Been looking here for a while and my main concern was if their whole plan will pan out. Seems to be going really slow and not a lot of homes are being built. I recently heard that Conventry and Perry homes were pulling out as well.

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Anyone have any updates on Aliana? Been looking here for a while and my main concern was if their whole plan will pan out. Seems to be going really slow and not a lot of homes are being built. I recently heard that Conventry and Perry homes were pulling out as well.

I haven't heard anything new on Aliana. I drive through there quite a bit, and it looks like they're making good progress on the community center. I was also pleasantly surprised recently to find that West Bellfort goes straight through to Harlem Road (you no longer have to navigate the 90-degree turns on Madden Road). In this economy, I'm pretty sure Aliana is not the only development experiencing a slowdown.

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Anyone have any updates on Aliana? Been looking here for a while and my main concern was if their whole plan will pan out. Seems to be going really slow and not a lot of homes are being built. I recently heard that Conventry and Perry homes were pulling out as well.

Aliana is one of several communities we have been looking at as well. I love the design plan. The rec center is amazing! The main thing holding us back is that there is not yet a school built in the community (not sure when this will happen, it's up to FBISD) and so it's zoned all over the place depending on your street.

About two months ago, I asked a real estate agent friend what's going on up there. I was told it is NOT TRUE that any builders were pulling out. That it was just a rumor. Now this was a few months ago. If you think something has changed, I suggest you find hard evidence because these days there are rumors everywhere with the economy. Also, all of the new developments EVERYWHERE are moving slower than planned, again, because of the economy. None are immune.

If you're really worried, you'll either have to wait or you'll have to go somewhere more established. I like New Territory a few miles south, but we went in several of the homes and the a/c was just constantly blowing and I could tell they are not energy efficient homes at all compared to new construction by the good builders. You mention Perry, who builds good homes... you could always look a few miles south on FM1464 in Old Orchard, which I think is much more finished but still has some lots left. I really like the communities all along FM1464, but I'm in a wait-and-see because I hate to just plunge in when we're not rushed.

If anyone gets any concrete info as far as updates on Aliana, please post.

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Any one know what is going on with Aliana lately? It appears that work on the 1/2 finished Recreation Center has stopped. The scaffolding for the brick work has been up for months but I never see anyone there working and unless they are laying 1 brick per day it should be done by now.

I would understand slow down due to economy but this is one of the centerpieces to the development. Just curious....

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Drove past there today. I saw workers in and around the building. Looks like they're done with the roof, but they're still working on the outside masonry. The doors to the building were also open, so there's probably work going on inside as well.

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Below is what a Fort Bend real estate expert and personal friend told me a few days ago about Aliana:

A few builders did pull out of Aliana not because a lack of desirability of the neighborhood, but because of the financial crisis and economic conditions. Banks are requiring builders to show a profit before they will lend for construction nowadays (which is why there is now a shortage of inventory homes on the market), but because the land is so expensive in Aliana (and the developer won't cut land prices to the builders) these few builders have made a business decision to pull out. Those lots will just go to higher-priced, higher margin builders that will charge more for the home.

And word is FBISD is to start construction for the Aliana elementary school in 2010, which will open for the 2011-2012 school year; this is what a resident of Aliana told me the school district had recently said.

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Finally found site plans and renderings on the web. Seemed like it was too big to upload, so here's the link:

http://www.gayledani...%2012.15.06.pdf

Thank you so much for this rendering of the site plan. I can't find it on the Aliana website! They really should include it.

With all the choices of places to live in Houston, why would anyone plunk down a large sum of money to live near a prison? I think its funny, The Upscale Living-Prison Included package. wacko.gif When signs in the area say, "Don't pick up Hitchikers," that ought to tell you something.

With all the choices to live in Houston, why would someone pay inflated prices for a 70's house with low ceilings, non-open floor plan, needing new windows and a huge amount of other work to live in a suburb that thinks it's not a suburb .... western-memorial? And no amenitities or sidewalks to boot. And no zoning so the main arteries all look like a mess. And people with attitudes who always have some comment about the other suburbs.

So, different strokes for different folks is your answer.

LOL. I can't believe people are worried about living next to the prison. Your probably still safer then you would be ANYWHERE in Houston.

It's always the same few western-memorial people complaining about the prison. Actually I think they're related. Nice family, huh.

Aliana isn't even "next" to the prison. I don't know if you'd even be able to see it from there. And the "no hitchhikers" signs are outside of New Territory. Doesn't seem to have hurt demand in there in the least, and that's an understatement.

Any one know what is going on with Aliana lately? It appears that work on the 1/2 finished Recreation Center has stopped. The scaffolding for the brick work has been up for months but I never see anyone there working and unless they are laying 1 brick per day it should be done by now.

I would understand slow down due to economy but this is one of the centerpieces to the development. Just curious....

The Aliana website said the Recreation center is opening in November. It's going to be sweeeet!

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With all the choices to live in Houston, why would someone pay inflated prices for a 70's house with low ceilings, non-open floor plan, needing new windows and a huge amount of other work to live in a suburb that thinks it's not a suburb .... western-memorial? And no amenitities or sidewalks to boot. And no zoning so the main arteries all look like a mess. And people with attitudes who always have some comment about the other suburbs.

So, different strokes for different folks is your answer.

TOUCHE!

And the "no hitchhikers" signs are outside of New Territory. Doesn't seem to have hurt demand in there in the least, and that's an understatement.

We just bought a house in New Territory. The prison bothers me not one iota. It is far from the worst thing that could be on "the other side of the tracks."

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I don't know about new territory... I hear there are a lot of car jackings and home invasions in that area.

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I don't know about new territory... I hear there are a lot of car jackings and home invasions in that area.

A lot of carjackings? I don't think so.

There was recently a story about thieves targeting Asian households in New Territory believing they had lots of jewelry and cash. I think they were caught though.

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So, LookingToMove, does this mean that you finally made your choice? Is it Aliana? C'mon, inquiring minds want to know!

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With all the choices to live in Houston, why would someone pay inflated prices for a 70's house with low ceilings, non-open floor plan, needing new windows and a huge amount of other work to live in a suburb that thinks it's not a suburb .... western-memorial? And no amenitities or sidewalks to boot. And no zoning so the main arteries all look like a mess. And people with attitudes who always have some comment about the other suburbs.

So, different strokes for different folks is your answer.

Because of location. You have proximity to Westchase, Energy Corridor, Galleria, and various office parks along BW8 NW. Personally I think the Memorial is beautiful with its heavily forested pine trees and ranch style homes, though some of the large McMansions take away some of that charm but still leave the trees.

As to Aliana, it seems like another nice MPC but it sure is far from everything. I'm sure if this thing gets built out, retail and basic amenities will follow but it's location is terrible in regards to current amenities and employment. However, it seems (by what I've seen from the builder's presentation) to be well landscaped and planned (for a MPC), much like Telfair.

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As to Aliana, it seems like another nice MPC but it sure is far from everything. I'm sure if this thing gets built out, retail and basic amenities will follow but it's location is terrible in regards to current amenities and employment. However, it seems (by what I've seen from the builder's presentation) to be well landscaped and planned (for a MPC), much like Telfair.

I don't think it's located any worse than any of the other new MPCs that are even further out west off the Westpark. And Aliana is closer to Sugar Land and all its amenities than any of those. In fact, word is that Sugar Land wants Aliana. But it would take an ETJ swap with Houston in order for this to happen. With the economy and building slow down, I'm not sure if Sugar Land is still as interested... but once all the retail, especially big box and HEB is built in Aliana, that tax revenue will make Aliana much more attractive.

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I don't think it's located any worse than any of the other new MPCs that are even further out west off the Westpark. And Aliana is closer to Sugar Land and all its amenities than any of those. In fact, word is that Sugar Land wants Aliana. But it would take an ETJ swap with Houston in order for this to happen. With the economy and building slow down, I'm not sure if Sugar Land is still as interested... but once all the retail, especially big box and HEB is built in Aliana, that tax revenue will make Aliana much more attractive.

Can Sugar Land take it even though the addresses are Richmond,Tx

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Can Sugar Land take it even though the addresses are Richmond,Tx

In the case of unincorporated areas, postal addresses really don't mean anything.

Sugar Land could take it in the future, but first there would have to be an ETJ land swap with Houston.

If this were to ever happen, it would probably be once Aliana has retail built (like the HEB and other planned retail.) This tax revenue would be attractive to any city. This is why the HEB shopping center at Riverpark was annexed. The subdivision surrounding it is next.

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Sugar Land could take it in the future, but first there would have to be an ETJ land swap with Houston.

If this were to ever happen, it would probably be once Aliana has retail built (like the HEB and other planned retail.) This tax revenue would be attractive to any city. This is why the HEB shopping center at Riverpark was annexed. The subdivision surrounding it is next.

I know with New Territory, the annexation by Sugar Land will not take place until the MUD debt is retired (2017). I imagine that Aliana and other potential annexation areas would have the same scenario.

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Any one know what is going on with Aliana lately? It appears that work on the 1/2 finished Recreation Center has stopped. The scaffolding for the brick work has been up for months but I never see anyone there working and unless they are laying 1 brick per day it should be done by now.

I would understand slow down due to economy but this is one of the centerpieces to the development. Just curious....

The estimated completion of construction on the 17,000 s.f. amenity center is the first part of November 2009. The center will be completed in about one year from the start of construction. This is amazing for this size building with the quality of finishes that will be included in the construction which includes the fully furnished Tuscan style clubhouse, the 300,000 gallon resort-style pool, and all site improvements.

The $6 million clubhouse will be luxuriously furnished and features a ballroom, two large party rooms, a fully furnished workout gym with state-of-the-art equipment, locker rooms for changing, interactive computer room with Wii stations, a dual furnished commercial-grade kitchen and large covered patios for outdoor parties. The $1.5 million resort-style pool will have separate lap pool lanes, slides, water-park like toys and a multilevel waterfall style design.

These exceptional amenities are available to all Aliana residents for no additional HOA dues.

Below is what a Fort Bend real estate expert and personal friend told me a few days ago about Aliana:

A few builders did pull out of Aliana not because a lack of desirability of the neighborhood, but because of the financial crisis and economic conditions. Banks are requiring builders to show a profit before they will lend for construction nowadays (which is why there is now a shortage of inventory homes on the market), but because the land is so expensive in Aliana (and the developer won't cut land prices to the builders) these few builders have made a business decision to pull out. Those lots will just go to higher-priced, higher margin builders that will charge more for the home.

And word is FBISD is to start construction for the Aliana elementary school in 2010, which will open for the 2011-2012 school year; this is what a resident of Aliana told me the school district had recently said.

Aliana Development has begun to design the extension of utilities through Westmoor for the school and FBISD has indicated they will have the elementary school ready for the 2011-2012 school year. The actual start of construction falls on the FBISD but it is expected that they will start construction in the early part of 2010.

I cut through Aliana today, sort of on the way to somewhere else. I hadn't seen it in about two months. Wow! It's looking really nice. I like the street name signs with the "A" on them. A bunch of landscaping was going in. You know, at first I was skeptical about some people saying it would be like another Telfair... but now I can totally see how that will probably happen. I must admit, I was a tad envious driving through there today!

I saw the massive rec center too... I didn't realize it was going up on the east side of FM 1464. I had seen something big going up on the west side in the recent past that I thought was the rec center, but maybe it was just one of the model homes. Wow, I feel like a dork now...

The changes since February are amazing. The exclusive designer glass monuments will be done in the next couple of weeks. The road to the Polo Club, lake and pumping systems are complete and the sprigging of the field has started. Also, Aliana phase one landscaping is complete.

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I've driven through a few times, and have been impressed at what there is so far.

Any idea when there will be any commercial/retail? I know tons of people just waiting for that HEB to be built! People in Telfair are waiting for it too, apparently they have no plans for a grocery store and the Sienna Plantation fancy HEB is too far.

What about the polo field? When will that start hosting games?

Seems like Aliana hasn't done much advertising, I'm only just now starting to see some the last few months.

The LPGA tour championship will be literally next door this November. I wonder if Aliana and any surrounding communities might get a few people looking at the new homes just from the extra traffic... with a national event like that, hopefully Aliana and the whole FM 1464 area will put their best face forward for that. (It would be a start if someone would clean up that mess of excess signage on FM 1464 where it curves around to meet Hwy 99!)

I would think Aliana would take advantage of having a high-caliber event like that next door.

The estimated completion of construction on the 17,000 s.f. amenity center is the first part of November 2009. The center will be completed in about one year from the start of construction. This is amazing for this size building with the quality of finishes that will be included in the construction which includes the fully furnished Tuscan style clubhouse, the 300,000 gallon resort-style pool, and all site improvements.

The $6 million clubhouse will be luxuriously furnished and features a ballroom, two large party rooms, a fully furnished workout gym with state-of-the-art equipment, locker rooms for changing, interactive computer room with Wii stations, a dual furnished commercial-grade kitchen and large covered patios for outdoor parties. The $1.5 million resort-style pool will have separate lap pool lanes, slides, water-park like toys and a multilevel waterfall style design.

These exceptional amenities are available to all Aliana residents for no additional HOA dues.

Aliana Development has begun to design the extension of utilities through Westmoor for the school and FBISD has indicated they will have the elementary school ready for the 2011-2012 school year. The actual start of construction falls on the FBISD but it is expected that they will start construction in the early part of 2010.

The changes since February are amazing. The exclusive designer glass monuments will be done in the next couple of weeks. The road to the Polo Club, lake and pumping systems are complete and the sprigging of the field has started. Also, Aliana phase one landscaping is complete.

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Wow! It's going to be beautiful! I can't wait for Aliana! When will the Aliana Model construction be completed?

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"...plans are in the works to revamp parts of Aliana, which is between the Grand Parkwayand FM 1464."

http://www.alianahou...esidential/?SID

http://www.chron.com...ss/7321801.html

From the article,

"... Travis Stone, the new president of Aliana Development Co. Stone took the job after years at the local division of Newland Communities, where he was most recently senior vice president. He oversaw development, sales and operations for the company's four Houston-area communities — including Cinco Ranch and Telfair."

I'd expect Aliana to end up a lot more similar to Cinco Ranch and Telfair in the end, with him as the head. Which should be a good thing... apparently the original plans were more geared toward Dallas area buyers and homebuilders, rather than Houston area buyers and homebuilders, whatever that meant exactly.

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Also, if Aliana REALLY wanted to kick it up a notch, they'd attract a Costco or Trader Joe's location.

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I drove through on West Airport Blvd and noticed they recently changed several signs that used to say "future residential" to "future commercial." That's a lot of future commercial. Perhaps this is going to be a future town-center sort of development? Whatever it is, it's pretty big.

Also, a recent press release from their web site:

Last year, Aliana Development Company announced it would be making changes to the existing land plans for the community by mid April 2011. A newentry is being created along the Grand Parkway with a soaring light tower reminiscent of the early craftsmen style. Like a tapestry, the landscape will have small touches of stone walls that naturally merge into the scenery and plantings woven into the terrain. The landscape plans embrace a street scene that will offer gentle, rolling movement. The developer also announced it will build a new model home village, scheduled to open in the spring of 2012, which will showcase model homes offered by Aliana’s premier team of builders.

Recently, Stone and his team met with the builders to unveil Aliana’s refreshed look - which includes a new brand logo and enhanced website. The builders were given an opportunity to view an upgraded master plan for the community along with artist’s renderings of the new planned entrance off the Grand Parkway and of the model home village.

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