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Former manse brings elegance, amenities to Hunters Creek Village - Houston Chronicle

Former manse brings elegance, amenities to Hunters Creek Village The home at 881 Country Lane sits upon nearly an acre in Hunters Creek Village. The 8,588-square-foot home was designed by renowned architectural firm Mirador, which carefully calculated every detail of the structure, which served as a manse. The home is on a corner cul-de-sac with included additional parking. Built for cooking and entertaining, the home’s kitchen features double marble islands and a 48-inch La Cornue gas range, as well as a service kitchen, butler’s bar, wine vault and loggia with outdoor kitchen. Other kitchen features include a breakfast bar, instant hot water, pantry, pot filler, second sink, soft-closing cabinets, soft-closing drawers and under-cabinet lighting. A formal dining room with a dual-sided fireplace opens to the living room with 12-foot ceilings inspired by an ancient cathedral in Prague. The first-floor owner’s retreat provides an exercise room/office and a private courtyard with a fireplace. The adjoining bath is accented with marble and comes with a Roman shower, soaking tub and three spacious closets. Upstairs, four en-suite bedrooms and a game room are wired for electronics. Downstairs, you’ll find a guest suite, elevator, mudroom, two laundry rooms and a pet spa. Outdoor features include back green space, a fully fenced backyard, covered patio/deck, outdoor fireplace, side year ...

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HomeAid partners with Astros for Project Playhouse - Houston Chronicle

HomeAid partners with Astros for Project Playhouse Even though the Astros are back on the ball field, the fans who love them are watching remotely. This fact impacts thousands who rely on the organization. HomeAid Houston, a 501(c)(3) charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association, is one of those affected by the current situation. HomeAid has partnered with the Astros and the Astros Charitable Foundation for the last 14 years to raise valuable funds through ticket sales of their annual fundraiser Project Playhouse. These funds ensure HomeAid will continue their mission “to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.” These elaborate playhouses have been on display in late summer during Astros home stands. This year, HomeAid partnered with First America Homes, the home building division of The Signorelli Co., to build the space-themed Mission Control playhouse. The playhouse is designed in size to meet the standard Houston community deed restrictions and is also modular to make it easy to transport and install. Mission Control, features an operable Dutch-style spaceship door, a detachable slide, a flat-screen TV, a gaming system and gaming chairs that appeal to children and adults of all ages. Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, Mission Control will be docking at a number of high-traffic locations within the community instead of the ballpark. “It is an honor to work with the Astros and the Astros Charitable Foundation every year on this fun way to raise awareness and funds,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. “The current restrictions are challenging but they haven’t deterred the heart and spirit of the playhouse team. We thank the First America crew and all of the generous sponsors who have stepped up during...

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Realtor View: Understand how the counteroffer works in real estate - Houston Chronicle

Realtor View: Understand how the counteroffer works in real estate Many real estate transactions would never come to pass if not for counteroffers. Sure, some deals get done with an acceptance of the original offer, but the fact is that many offers to buy are met with a counteroffer — even when the price is right. There often is a lot of negotiation before buyers and sellers agree to terms. But you can get through the counteroffer phase with your sanity intact. You just need to know what to expect. What’s involved in a counteroffer? At its most basic, the buyer submits an offer with specifics on the purchase price, down payment amount, financing, timing, and other business details. After receiving the buyer’s offer, the seller sends it back with changes to one or more terms. Counteroffers are simply responses to original offers — whether it’s a change to the purchase price or a change of closing or possession dates. Once a counteroffer has been made, the proverbial ball is in the other party’s court; they can accept the counter, make another counteroffer, or not respond at all. And so it goes. So how do you know if a counteroffer is a good thing? Much depends on what you want. For example, if you’re selling and you get an offer with an acceptable price but a closing date that isn’t, you can counter with a closing date that suits you. By the same token, if the offer is lower than you’d like, you can make a counteroffer with an amount that would make you happy. Once everyone agrees, you’re on your way to closing day. Of course, this is a gross oversimplification of only one part of a real estate transaction; there are still plenty of ...

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HistoryMaker vendors guarantee success of GHBA fundraiser - Houston Chronicle

HistoryMaker vendors guarantee success of GHBA fundraiser Vendors such as All Points Group, DPIS Builders Services, Carrier, Rock Materials, Royal Bath/Counter Source, Sherwin Williams Paints and dozens of other companies have helped drive the success of the Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Homes Project, a 40-year-old charity fundraiser that has raised nearly $12 million for local charities. HistoryMaker Homes built and recently sold its Benefit home in the community of Sierra Vista, with nearly 50 companies providing their materials and services at no or little cost. This ensure the homes, when sold at market value, will raise valuable funds for HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. HistoryMaker built its two-story, 3,176-square-foot Alder plan that includes five bedrooms and four full baths, and features a downstairs master bedroom and a game room upstairs, as well as a three-car garage. Additional companies who donated include: HomePro Technology, All State Brick, A C Construction, Excell Foundations, Universal Forest Products, Windstorm Group, Mohawk, TWI, Country Wide Roofing, Santollo Construction Clean Up LLC, Deep Blue Comfort, Builders Choice Inc., Flooring Services of Texas, Advantage Gutters, Factory Builder Stores, Builders First Source, Perfection Supply, Jacobs Overhead Door, Fashion Glass and Mirror, Datasmart Home Technologies, RT Masonry, Delta Faucet, Moore Home Solutions, Rosenburg Plumbing, Progress Lighting, Reyes Tar Painting, Decor Hardware and Creative Landscape and Design. “We are excited the home is under contract,” said Mickey Pizzitola, HistoryMaker’s Houston division president. “We are also so grateful to our family of vendors and trades who stepped up during a difficult year with COVID-19, to ensure this home was built at little cost so the funds raised...

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Princeton Classic Homes delivers duet of Katy lifestyles - Houston Chronicle

Princeton Classic Homes delivers duet of Katy lifestyles Whether home buyers prefer waterfront living or small-town charm, Princeton Classic Homes delivers with homes in two Katy communities. The builder offers homes in Lilac Bend and Marcello Lakes communities. Both offer buyers access to Katy ISD schools, major employment centers via Grand Parkway and shopping at Katy Mills, while catering to very different lifestyles. “Families want different things from their communities,” said Shannon Gaskamp, director of marketing for Legend Homes, parent company of Princeton Classic Homes. “For some, that means Lilac Bend and the allure of Old Town Katy. For others it’s fishing off of a private pier in Marcello Lakes. In either case, they can have a luxurious Princeton Classic home.” Princeton offers six designs from the Princeton Series in Lilac Bend. Floor plans are priced from the $310,000s and range from 2,522 to more than 4,000 square feet. Four- and five-bedroom designs feature sophisticated owner’s retreats with oversized windows and baths with granite countertops, soaking tubs, dual vanities, separate glass-enclosed showers and walk-in closets. The community’s Old Town location provides opportunities to enjoy diverse activities such as fishing at Mary Jo Peckham Park, brunch at the iconic Snappy’s restaurant or Saturdays exploring the MKT Depot and Caboose. In Marcello Lakes, Princeton Classic offers waterfront living where nearly every home backs to the community’s lakes, providing each resident the opportunity for a private pier. Homeowners enjoy sunset fishing and waterfront cruises right from their backyard. Homes in Marcello Lakes are priced from the $250,000s. Princeton Classic Homes also offers inventory homes in various stages of construction in both...

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Realtor of the Week: Marie Caplan knows Houston, watched it grow - Houston Chronicle

Realtor of the Week: Marie Caplan knows Houston, watched it grow Throughout the past few months, most people have all developed a deeper appreciation of home and family. “Home and family have always been of major significance to me; now more than ever, it is crucial to well-being. I find it rewarding to help people with one of the most important purchases they will make: buying a home,” said Marie Caplan, a Realtor with Beth Wolff Realtors Real Living. Finding the right home to fit her client’s specifications, negotiating the best outcome and following through to a smooth transaction are very rewarding for Caplan. “Working with relocation clients is exciting, too, to share all Houston has to offer. My Texas roots are intertwined with the growth of our great city. My grandfather and father both invested in the city. The home my father was born in is now center court for the Toyota Center. As a proud Houstonian, I genuinely love to help others find their place in this city I call home. The real estate industry has been in my family for generations and was a logical career choice for me,” Caplan said. She grew up in the Inner Loop and has lived in many locations in the city and watched it grow. With her knowledge of Houston and Texas, she works with buyers and sellers in the greater Houston area and the surrounding areas. Caplan obtained her license in the 1980s and has purchased and sold homes. So, she appreciates first-hand what her clients experience. Prior to real estate, Caplan worked in a large medical branch in Galveston in the development office, organizing events, and working on the layout for its newspaper, where she honed her attention to detail and problem-solving skills, and had a tenacious ...

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Virtual tours of Cane Island models, community features now available - Houston Chronicle

Virtual tours of Cane Island models, community features now available Virtual tours of Cane Island’s showcase models, new move-in ready homes and community features are now available for families looking to experience the award-winning Katy community right from the comfort and convenience of their desktop computer or mobile device. Buyers can start their experience at CaneIsland.com and take a virtual tour of any or all of the community’s showcase model homes. Or contact a builder sales representative to set up a virtual appointment to tour move-in ready homes, community amenities and more. Buyers can also chat live with a Cane Island representative and schedule a private, in-person appointment at a builder model or move-in ready home. Virtual tours of The Estates, Cane Island’s custom-home neighborhood featuring premium half-acre homesites, also are available. Cane Island builders currently are offering special purchase incentives, including zero dollars in closing costs and other money-saving deals, on select move-in ready homes. Buyers can ask builder sales representatives for details. In addition to a selection of new homes, Cane Island provides the convenience of immediate I-10 access, proximity to major west Houston employers and an abundance of nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Cane Island families also receive a well-rounded education at Katy’s Bryant Elementary School and at longtime Katy ISD schools Katy Junior High School and Katy High School, all within proximity to the community. Residents enjoy year-round recreation and fitness at the resort-style Cane Quarter featuring a yoga studio with on-demand classes, two-story fitness center, lap pool, lagoon-style family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground and central lawn, fireplace loft and The Oaks Kitchen & Bar,...

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Condo Life: Luxury condo kitchens have homeowners cooking with ease - Houston Chronicle

Condo Life: Luxury condo kitchens have homeowners cooking with ease A beautiful kitchen, where families and friends gather around good food and drinks, is the heart of any home including luxury condominiums. Designers have addressed all the needs and wants of consumers looking to make a condo their home, which has become even more important during these pandemic times. Today’s kitchens have been finessed with an interior designer and architect’s expertise giving the homeowner functionality, maximum comfort, and visually pleasing spaces with top of the line materials and equipment. Realtor, Casey Ebel with Elevated Group, Compass, said kitchens in condominiums lend themselves to open space concepts which are popular for entertainment and gatherings. “It is important that the kitchen flows into the living space to accommodate those gatherings, even if the gatherings are limited to family. Cooking has become a family event, so you need the space for everyone to be involved,” Ebel said. Some of the more popular features buyers are looking for range from paneled appliances to low maintenance, high performance countertops and custom organization elements within drawers and cabinets. “They also are looking for Smart Home Technology,” said Ebel. “Lighting is key as well. Proper lighting can make a kitchen feel larger and more open. It can also do the opposite if it is not done well.” Today’s luxury condos on the market offer the latest trends in kitchen design Ebel said. One is induction cooktop. “Induction cooking uses electromagnetic waves to heat the pots or pans directly instead of heating the surface which allows for instantaneous heat. This process allows you to boil water in a matter of seconds and it distributes the heat across the entire cooking...

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Trump orders more unemployment pay, a payroll tax deferral

Trump orders more unemployment pay, a payroll tax deferral Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, President Donald Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

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TV-radio: Aug. 8

TV-radio: Aug. 8 . Television Boxing PBC Fight Night Fox 7 p.m. FS1 9 p.m. Golf . .

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