Sunday, April 21, 2013

The best party brunches in Houston...

If you live in Houston, chances are you have been to a brunch or two.  Especially when the weather is so nice like it is now!  I remember the days of LaStrada and the party Brunch, so I thought this article from CultureMap was a great find that brought back some old memories. 
I actually had brunch at J. Black's last weekend, so I speak from experience...  If you are looking for something less "party" get there early - we got there when it opened and it was very relaxed and not crowded.  Also, great $2 momos and make your own bloody mary bar!  The Good Life is definitely on my list to try.
Photo from J.Black's last weekend.

The best party brunches in Houston: When the morning after needs to have a groove


There are two kinds of people in the world: The kind who cures a hangover with an Advil, and the kind who cures a hangover with a Bloody Mary. Me, I’m all about the hair of the dog.
If you like your Sunday brunch like your Saturday party, here are five brunch places that will keep the party going. These restaurants have all the party atmosphere essentials: Loud music, strong drinks and a crowd dressed in glitter.
The food: Saint Genevieve offers strong drinks and food that’s well-executed. The $15 bottomless mimosas go well with the piping hot egg white and goat cheese frittata. The locally produced salmon gravlax on a warm crispy toasted bagel was satisfying.
It’s nice to have a Sunday brunch place where the menu offers healthy items like parmesan kale salad and roasted beets salad. Truthfully, I think they offer salads because otherwise the Beautiful People around you will be judging you for ordering that syrupy sweet French toast, all the while wishing they could have a bite.
The crowd: On Sunday, Saint Genevieve is usually taken over by what one might call the society gays and internationals. The restaurant decor is like a mini Vegas club with everyone dressed the part.
The Music: The volume is at 11.
Pro Tip: Saint Genevieve only take reservations for parties of 10 or more. So if you arrive late you might be in for quite a wait.

The Good Life
The food: Jeff and Darren Van Delden, the same brother entrepreneurs who opened Saint Genevieve, opened The Good Life in Midtown. The Good Life just started a brunch buffet — it’s $15 and the food is actually pretty solid. The buffet is refilled constantly to keep the food fresh.
Look for great jalapeno poppers, macaroni and cheese, and migas. The service is also very attentive.
The Crowd: There was a guy with hair down to his waist, wearing a tight T-shirt and trucker cap. One of the waitresses wore sunglasses indoors. Nuff said?
The Music: Good DJ on the day we went, who played 1980s music remixes. But it was too loud for conversation. Maybe that was the point?
Pro Tip: Skip the salad and pastries and go for gourmet Jello shots, the restaurant’s specialty (the key lime Jello shot was my favorite).
The food: Royal Oak’s $7 Sunday mimosa pitchers, where they empty an entire bottle of champagne into the pitcher, is probably the best deal in town. The restaurant has a craft beer selection and TVs with football games on, which makes it seem like a sports bar, but the music is so loud that it makes it seem like a dance club.
The truffle fries and shrimp and grits do their best to compensate for the horrible service. The bartenders make a good drink . . . once you actually get their attention.
The crowd: You either love this party crowd, or you’ll hate it.
The music: Very loud.
Pro Tip: The front patio faces Westheimer for optimum people-watching. But parking can be difficult. Even with the new parking lot across the street, Sundays are usually full and you'll probably end up having to valet anyway.
The food: Farrago’s challah bread French toast stuffed with maple cream cheese is worth waiting for. With no reservations, unless you arrive by 11 a.m., you can be in for quite a wait at this Midtown spot. Once you get seated, you have the option of walking to the quieter back patio to check out the omelette station.
But on our visit, the omelette station took a long time because the staff was making only one omelette at a time and kept running out of ingredients. The staff was nice but seemed unorganized.
The crowd: A much calmer crowd, at least in the back anyway. The bar is usually packed on Sundays, especially during football season.
The music: The DJ inside the restaurant spins a party atmosphere.
Pro Tip: For a quieter brunch, opt for the patio in the back.
The food: On the morning of our visit to this Washington corridor spot, I saw three diners send their food back. Skip the breakfast pizza and go for open-face egg sandwich or the breakfast tacos instead. The crowd here prefers to drink their meals, and really, with the quality of food here, who can blame them?
The mimosas are superb — when they’re not out of orange juice. Service is mixed. I’ve personally had very friendly waiters, but other people have complained on numerous occasion about snobby service.
The crowd: Good news . . . only 30 percent of the polo shirts will have their collars popped.
The music: The DJ spins a good variety of 1990s and Top 40 songs.
Pro tip: The best thing about J Black's is its beautiful outdoor patio. It’s not as packed as some of the other brunch spots with outdoor spaces.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Just Sold in Midtown!

Congrats to new homeowners Kevin & Molly! 
They just purchased a great new town home in the midtown area of Houston at 1722 Bailey Street, Houston, TX 77019!  This home is located near it all! Walking distance to restaurants, bars and just minutes from downtown.  I know they are very excited and I am happy they found such a great place in this crazy market!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Showers bring...

Muddy heels for realtors! I've been through several new construction sites over the last few days in the about mud! Hard hats & Heels!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thought for the day!

I've been starting over with new To Do lists each day this week since it's such a busy time (5 closings this month!) and saw this in my planner, so true!  I need to work on planning better.  Lately, I've needed to plan better on leaving earlier!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Just Sold two great properties!

Just sold two great properties!
2419 Charter Oaks, Pearland, TX

2731 Skyview Knoll Ct, Houston, TX

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fabulous New Listing! 2719 Skyview Knoll Ct

Check out my FANTASTIC new listing in Skyview Park!
This home has the highest elevation upgrade offered by the builder. Beautiful!

Gorgeous 42" cabinets that go to the ceiling!  Recessed light above the sink (upgrade*). Highest level microwave upgrade*. Gorgeous granite! (again an upgrade) and ceramic tile. Undermount sink and brushed nickel faucet. This kitchen is perfect & spotless!

Spacious breakfast area with ceramic tile.

TONS of natural light - look at that gleam on the upgraded* laminate wood floors! There is a custom built in perfect for your big flat screen!  Recessed lighting and ceiling fan. The ugrades just keep coming!

Just beautiful and impeccably maintained!

2nd Bedroom - window seat with great natural light! Ceiling fans in all rooms!

3rd Bedroom - plenty of space for a queen bed.

Spacious master bedroom with tons of windows!

Pretty master bath with granite counter top, vanity area, ceramic tile and oversized garden tub.

2nd bathroom with ceramic tile and upgraded lighting and water faucet.

Oversized/Extended patio upgrade

Spacious yard with lots of green space to play!

Wow! Great sized yard - plenty of room to entertain!
*=per seller

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Just Sold in Spring Branch!

I just sold this ADORABLE home in Spring Branch!  We had an offer on it before it even hit the market.  Homes are moving so quickly and this one is no exception!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Just Listed! 2731 Skyview Knoll Ct

Welcome to:
Houston, TX 77047
This home is a charmer!
Located at the end of a Cul-De-Sac, this home shows off an upgraded exterior with hardi-plank and brink siding. The shutters and details give the home a charming craftsman feel!

 There are tile floors throughout the kitchen and lots of natural light in this home.

Wow! This kitchen has some great upgrades! Stainless Steem appliances, dark cherry cabinets, silestone counter tops and plenty of workspace to spread out!

Spacious living area with plenty of natural light. Lots of room for furniture & to entertain!
 Another view of the living room facing the kitchen.  Imagine hosting your next Super Bowl party here!
 Powder Bath downstairs is conveinent, yet tucked out of the way.

HUGE HUGE HUGE Master Bedroom! This is 19X17! Lots of room for a King-Sized Bed and plenty of space for the rest of your bedroom suite!
 Spacious Master Bath with room to walk around! Silestone counters in here too!  Oversized Shower/Tub Combo.  Don't forget the walk-in Master Closet

2nd Bedroom with lots of natural light. Cute window seat.

Guest Bath - spotless and sparkling!
 3rd Bedroom - Neutral Paint and Natural Light!

Nice sized backyard with lots of possibilities - Patio, BBQ pit, Playground, you name it!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Big Real Estate Story of 2013 for Houston? Low Inventory.

It's serious people. We officially are at a 15 year low of housing inventory in Houston.  We are currently at 3.7 months of inventory & a balanced market is usually considered 6 months.  What does that mean to you, you ask?  Well, it depends on who you are.

If you are a buyer that means you have to be ready to take action.  Depending on the area of town, a house could have multiple offers on it quickly.  Let's take for example the Heights area.  If a new home comes on the market that is priced well, shows great and in a good location, you can expect multiple offers (think 4-5) within 24 hours of the house hitting the market.  How to you beat those other offers you ask?
  1. Be the first offer in.  Often times the early bird gets the worm in this case.
  2. Consider making your first offer your highest and best offer.  Often things are selling for well above list. WELL above.
  3. Find out what is important to the seller (Be flexible on closing dates, option periods, etc) 
If you are a seller, congrats, this is your market so take advantage!  Have your house ready to go when you list it.  Make sure your house is picture perfect, priced realistically and you are ready to sell.  If you are in a hot area, expect your home to move quickly.  Also, don't be too greedy on the price.  If the house is priced right, it will receive an offer quickly or even multiple offers.  If it's priced to high, it will just sit there - so be smart!  Also, make sure your home is in pristine condition.  A clean home always sells faster and for higher than a dirty home.  People associate cleanliness with maintenance.

Best of luck on buying or selling!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013