Houston is Named the 10th Most Joyous City in the World

Wow! Who knew? In a new study, The Joy Index, Houston ranked 10th in this first ever index. We knew we had a dynamite food scene and awesome museum and theatre districts, but JOYOUS? Come to find out, both those factors along with being the most ethnically diverse city in the country made a big impression in naming Houston to the short list for JOY. Only 3 US cities made the cut! GO Houston!! Created by a collaboration between Bank of America, Conde Nast Traveler, and happiness experts, Shawn Achor and Gretchen Rubinaveler. the joy index, analyzes data from the United Nations and Gallup along with these 6 key happiness factors identified by the experts to create the list: environment, well being, culture, connection, adventure and wonder. The must see landmarks mentioned for Houston are the Buffalo Bayou Cistern and The Museum of Fine Arts. Love that our beloved city is getting the kudos it...

2017 Garden Oaks Spring Fling

Garden Oaks will celebrate it’s First Spring Fling, April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30. The 1300 block of Sue Barnett Dr. will host the fundraising event with a Sip and Stroll of gardens, yard art, gardening hints and festive creations. There will be wine and food to partake while checking out the gardens. A children’s zone with bouncy house, food and more. The kids will love the Fairy Houses on the block. More information is coming on ticket prices and sponsors. Funds raised will go to Beautification special projects for the many pocket parks located throughout the neighborhood. Garden Oaks…what a wonderful place to call...

FIRST Annual Garden Oaks Spring Fling!!

Garden Oaks will be celebrating Spring in a BIG way, April 29, 2017 from 4 to 6:30. Sip and stroll to experience the gardens along the 1300 block of Sue Barnett Dr. Who knows, a fairy house…or two may be spotted. There will be wine, delicious snacks, and food to enjoy as well as yard art, garden hints and festive creations along the way. Bring the kids for bouncy house fun, yummy treats and more! This will be a fundraiser for Beautification special projects for the many parks throughout Garden Oaks. Stay tuned for more ticket information to...

New Restaurants abound in the Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Heights Area

If you are thinking of making a quick stop by Gatlin’s BBQ’s new location at 3510 Ella Blvd, between Garden Oaks and Oak Forest, you’ll have lots of company! The crowds are big and favorite items are quick to disappear. This new location is proving to be a fan favorite. We are so happy to have some of Houston’s finest BBQ right around the corner! Another recent restaurant opening is Southern Goods in The Heights at 623 W. 19th. Very small, intimate bar/restaurant with a new twist on Southern cuisine. At this point, the menu is still limited. We gave it a try in the first few days and will probably wait a month or so to try it again. Next up is KA Sushi, 1901 N. Shepherd. The restaurant has a cool contemporary vibe. Lots of anticipation for a Sushi restaurant in the neighborhood so there will be a wait list for a while. Can’t wait to try it though. Food selections have been earning praise on YELP. On a sad note, Lilo and Ella closed it’s doors recently. The restaurant had been a favorite for me. It was so nice to have something unique and interesting nearby. Hopefully we will see chef Kevin Nadari open a new concept in the near future. Bon...

Single Family Home Sales Decline in February

The Houston Association of Realtor (HAR) announced this week that home sales declined in February for the first time in six months.  The 5.8% year over year decline in single family home sales is right on target with what economist have predicted for the Houston area since the decline in oil prices, related job layoffs, continuation of tight inventory of listings and rising home prices. This could signal the beginning of a more normal real estate market for the Houston area.  We continue to have a very strong market, but the tap on the brakes in February certainly goes along with predictions for 2015.   The number of months of inventory, meaning the estimated time it would take to deplete current listings based on the previous 12 months performance, is up slightly to a 2.7-months supply.  This is still a very strong number.  Nationally, the number is 4.7 so Houston continues to be one of the best markets in the country.  Only time will tell. Personally, I still see continued multiple offer situations and strong demand in neighborhoods near the city.  EaDo (East of Downtown) is a feeding frenzy for homes under $250,000.  With the continued revitalization in this up and coming area, it is not unusual to see sales prices well above the asking price.  It is still an exciting time to be a homeowner in...