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CONTENTS 8-9 10-12

Arts + Events Harvey Updates

14-15

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ostly, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers applaud the recent decision to invest over 100 million dollars in our venerable Astrodome – the eighth wonder of the world. Those generations are most likely the reason it will live on in infamy after a prior bond vote to the public requesting 200 million dollars fell short. It is estimated that Millennials will get to experience the Dome for the first time in 2020. Alleluia.

COVER STORY Can Astros Repeat as World Champs

16-17

D.A. Kim Ogg: One Year After

18-25 FOCUS: Real Estate 26-27

The Game: Q & A with Jeff Van Gundy

28-29

Financial Focus: Celebrating with Service

30

The Buzz

Intown houstonintown.com

Some things take time, but Houston got it right this time. Don’t demolish something that put us on the map. It goes in the same vein as “Houston we have a problem.” Bobby Riggs played Billie Jean King here in the battle of the sexes. Ali fought here, Earl Campbell and Big Blue played to adoring fans, and the Houston Astros got their name and start here. Mostly, we tear down our past as we move on to bigger and better. Houston is not known for savoring its past. There has been little attention to our history by previous generations, and it’s about time we recognize that the Astrodome is worth saving. Maybe it will never return to its ultimate/past glory as the shining star that changed the direction of sporting stadiums forever. The time has come that we remain steadfast in our realization of the fallibility of computers and the internet and their astounding negative effects. The internet is fertile ground for influencing our young people’s mind with hatred and untruths. The computer, in all its wonderful glory and creation, has made us question our elections and threatens the very freedoms upon which our country is based. It is worth noting that some states are returning to paper ballots to prevent infiltration or “hacking” of computer voting systems. If we learned nothing from the recent school shooting in Florida, it is without question that all threats must be taken seriously. Suffering people in Florida have pivoted from their extreme sorrows and are unifying a monumental shift in how we view and detain future threats. Nobody is trying to change the Second Amendment, just foster some common sense. When threats are among us as parents, teachers, children, grandmothers, relatives, and friends, it is important to take them seriously. Cities must do all it can to protect itself from threats that are pervasive in social media. They are real. Unfortunately, the internet can wreak havoc on young people’s abilities and influence them many times in bad ways. I’m glad I didn’t grow up wondering or worrying if someone would come to my school and slaughter my teachers and classmates. Our children deserve the same.

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Arts +

EVENTS

Bayou City Art Festival

1-3 The Oscars Best Original Songs 03 Be Our Guest 24-25 Chris Botti Returns 29-31 Stravinsky’s Firebird

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends 20-22 The Best of John Williams 21 Fiesta! 26 Also sprach Zarathustra 28-29 Also sprach Zarathustra 6-8 16

(Memorial Park)

RIVER OAKS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (ROCO)

Discovery Green

Canned Acoustica featuring Rosewood Thievz, Sik Mule, The Wheel Workers, texture: Yellow and Blaggards

April

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March

Sunday, March 11

Canned Acoustica Earth Day Edition featuring Fat Tony, Hogan &

Moss, Max Flinn, Arthur Yoria, The Broken Spokes, Heapin’ Helpin’ and Giant Kitty

Sunday, April 22

MUSIC & DANCE

02 24

April

2-3 06 13 21

30

ARS LYRICA 07

March

April

March 23-25

April

HOUSTON SYMPHONY

Long Live the Queen

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Magical Inspirations (Midtown Arts & Theater Center) Magical Inspirations (Cypress Creek FACE)

Garrick Ohlsson Plays Beethoven Mingus Big Band

THEATER

Cy Twombly and Music Julliard String Quartet Brad Mehidau Trio Wartime Stories: Reich and Messiaen Poetry and Music: Sarah Rothenberg and Adam Zagajewski

March

A.D. PLAYERS

ALLEY THEATER March

Lover, Beloved (Neuhaus Theater) Thru March 11, 2018

Satchmo at the Waldorf

(Hubbard Theater) Thru March 18, 2018 April

6-29 Cleo (Hubbard Theater) THE ENSEMBLE THEATER

Eighth Day of the Week

March 22 – April 15, 2018

HOBBY CENTER

Riverdance

March 9 - 11, 2018

Hamilton

April 24 - May 20, 2018

JONES HALL

Pod Tours America March 8, 2018

Alvin Alley Dance Theater March 16 - 17, 2018

Bria Skonberg

March 23rd, 2018

6-18 C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most

TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming

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STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE

Reluctant Convert After Dinner Affair at the George

April

20-30 The Lilies of the Field

(Plays thru May 13)

April 14, 2018

Ann

Ongoing thru April 8, 2018

The Hero of Nambia…

March 14 - April 1, 2018

produced by Art Colony Association produced by Art Colony Association Inc., benefitingInc., Houston non-profits benefiting Houston non-profits

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The Revisionist April 10 - April 22, 2018

Don Quixote

NRG PARK

Sarofim Hall

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 31

March

April 13-15, 2018

Brad Mehidau Trio

April 13, 2018

Feathers of Fire

April 20, 2018

(Cullen Performance Hall)

West Side Story

April 20, 2018

Wartime Stories: Reich and Messiaen April 21, 2018

(Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center) THEATRE UNDER THE STARS

Memphis

West Side Story

April 22, 2018

Norma

Ongoing thru March 4, 2018

April 27, 2018

March 13-25, 2018

April 28, 2018

WORTHAM CENTER (Alternate Venues)

April 29, 2018

Bright Star

West Side Story Norma

April

Rock, Roll, & Tutus

CONCERTS & EVENTS

(Resilience Theater at GRB)

March

March 1 - 4, 2018

TOYOTA CENTER

Garrick Ohlsson Plays Beethoven

4 8-11 19 20 23

March 2, 2018

(Stude Concert Hall At Rice University)

Bria Skonberg

March 23, 2018 (Jones Hall)

Mingus Big Band featuring Helen Sung, piano March 24, 2018

(Cullen Performance Hall)

April

Winter Jam 2018 Tour Circue Du Soleil’s Corteo Lorde The King Romeo Santos Bon Jovi

Marco Antonio Solis and Jesse & Joy 28-29 Pink 13

Rodeo Houston Blake Shelton Rodeo Houston Leon Bridges Rodeo Houston Kelsea Ballerini Rodeo Houston Alessia Cara Rodeo Houston Rascal Flatts Rodeo Houston Jason Aldean Rodeo Houston Thomas Rhett Rodeo Houston Luke Bryan Rodeo Houston Chris Young Rodeo Houston Cody Johnson Rodeo Houston Calibre 50 Rodeo Houston Zac Brown Band Rodeo Houston J Balvin Rodeo Houston One Republic Rodeo Houston Keith Urban Rodeo Houston Chris Stapleton Rodeo Houston Brad Paisley Rodeo Houston Garth Brooks H-Town Blues Festival

Auditors Conference

11-15 Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream” 12 NACAC National College Fair 13-15 International Gem & Jewelry Show 30 Offshore Technology Conference thru May 03 SPORTS Houston Astros Minute Maid Park Opening Day

vs. Baltimore

April

3-4 Baltimore 6-8 San Diego 13-15 Texas 23-25 LA Angels 27-29 Oakland 3/30 - 5/3 NY Yankees TOYOTA CENTER Houston Rockets March

05-08 Mecum Auctions 07 Platinum Comedy Tour 09 2018 Institute of Internal

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HARVEY UPDATES

Counting Out the Floods

Flood Protection System designed by Jones|Carter

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ery few Houston communities were prepared for the unprecedented flooding events driven by Hurricane Harvey, the most extreme multi-day rain event in US history, according to the National Weather Service.

Rebekah Campbell, Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFPM)

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Rebekah Campbell, a young Houston-area engineer, is developing new strategies for stormwater and floodplain management, and she is simultaneously working to bring new young talent into the engineering profession. “The new designs that Houston communities need will be coming, in part, from the next generation of engineers, said Campbell, a hydrology and hydraulics engineer for Jones|Carter, a Houston-based engineering firm. “We need to continue promoting science, technology, engineering, and math programs for local students to rise to that challenge.”


New designs for Houston communities require fresh talent

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) has named Rebekah Campbell as the 2018 Young Engineer of the Year. She is also the 2017 Chapter Coordinator of the Year for MATHCOUNTS, a TSPE organization that reaches approximately 300 middle school students in the Houston area. “We are very pleased that Ms. Campbell has received dual recognition in pursuing and attaining these laudable goals,” said Clayton Black, Senior Vice President for Jones|Carter. “We need new young talent, and TSPE does a great job through programs like MATHCOUNTS and Future Cities. They can help us ensure that flood events will never again devastate our Houston communities.” TSPE provides four-year scholarships to two high school seniors and a one-time scholarship to University of Houston engineering students each year. March - April 2018 | Intown | 11


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Exclusive Interview with Jeff Luhnow

World Champs W

hen the Houston Astros raised the World Series trophy in 2017, it was the first baseball title by any Texas team (One more thing we can hang over our northern neighbors from the Big D). There may be plenty of credit to go around, but none more deserving than the entrepreneur turned baseball’s preeminent general manager, Jeff Luhnow. To say that he is an analytics guy is an understatement; he is reinventing the term. Jeff Luhnow is now a pioneer among baseball operatives. Not only have they done it through trades and the draft, Luhnow and the Astros have navigated the waters of free agency, international signings and the complicated Rule V draft to bring Houston possibly the first of many titles. Our sister publication, Intown, caught up with the undaunted General Manager as spring training was getting underway. Repeating as World Champs in baseball is no easy undertaking. As defending champs, what expectations do you have for 2018? Nobody has repeated since the Yankees almost twenty years ago, and since that time, almost every team has made the playoffs… so it is very hard to do. The Phillies, Rangers and Royals all made it back to the World Series in consecutive years since the Yankees won three in a row, but nobody has repeated. When a team wins, they face obstacles that perhaps are more challenging than the year they won. Every team gears up to play last year’s champion. Schedules become tougher with more 14 | Intown | March - April 2018

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televised night games and tough travel routes. We know we have our work cut out for us to repeat, but the good news is that we are the only team that can do it right now, and we are focused and doing our best to minimize the distractions. You acquired a front of the rotation starter for the upcoming season and gave up a lot. What about that trade and any other new players we might see on this year’s roster? As our owner Jim Crane likes to say… it’s all about the pitching. We acquired Gerrit Cole to make a very good rotation even better. We gave up some very good young players, but that is the cost

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Can they be the first to repeat since the Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000 of getting a top of the rotation starter for two years, and we hope it pays off for us. We also signed Joe Smith and Hector Rondon to add to an already strong bullpen. Our focus this off-season was to continue to build the best pitching staff we could to compliment the best offense in the league last year, (and) that is mostly returning this year. The strategy is to score runs, lots of them, and prevent runs with good defense and pitching. Easier said than done, but we have the players to do it. Who are some of the young players you will be looking at in camp, and do they have a chance to make the big league roster? Derek Fisher has a chance to be a regular or a role player this year and he is a top talent; he runs well, can play defense well, and he can hit, and hit for power.

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Francis Martes can be a force out of the bullpen or rotation, depending upon the opportunity. Rogelio Armenteros could be a factor this summer after a terrific year last year. Max Stassi could be a regular player for us behind the dish. Those are just a few as our system is still deep.

Bringing in Justin Verlander for September, and the post season was big for us. August was our toughest month, but by September, our players were healthy and we had added Justin. That helped us win it all.

Charlie Morton and Mike Fiers were a few players last season who really filled a void. Do you see some up and comers on the current roster or in the minors that may make a big jump and possibly contribute to a new World Series title? Morton and Fiers were critical to the summer and fall. We will have some heroes step up this year, and I don’t know who it will be, but it’s fun to think about that question. I think any of the young players we talked about, (Fisher, Martes, Was there one thing that happened last Armenteros, and Stassi), could play a year that you believe turned the tables from crucial role. Many others could too. the Astros contending, to winning it all?

In what particular areas are the Astros looking to improve? Our moves suggest we want to improve our pitching staff and take it to an elite level. I think we can do that. Overall, we need to stay focused and overcome the challenges that we know are ahead. It will take mental toughness and discipline. This team won 112 games last year, so it’s hard to improve too much from there!

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Cover Story

D.a. Kim Ogg

One Year After F

America.

By Minnie Payne

Ousting incumbent Devon Anderson in one of Houston’s hardest fought elections

ifty-eight-year-old Harris County District Attorney is full of energy and optimistic that Houston will become the safest city in

“I want to make Houston the safest city in America,” Ogg shares. “I believe it’s possible and even in these pessimistic times, I’m optimistic. I believe in people. I believe in Houston. And I think that with our local government and the mindset of local law enforcement leaders, we can get this done.” As a native Houstonian, she not only brings a positive/fresh outlook, determination, and dedication to Houstonians, but her 28-year tenure as an attorney with a strong record of keeping families safe is impressive. She served as a Chief felony Prosecutor in Harris County’s District Attorneys’ office before being chosen to lead Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force, which, under her leadership, saw a 40 percent reduction in Houston’s gang violence. From 1999-2006, she was Executive Director of Crime Stoppers, leading the organization to international record-breaking years and capturing thousands of violent felons. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey threw Ogg’s offices a curve, displacing all 700 employees into 11 separate buildings, scattering courts across the complex, making it logistically impossible for people, files, and prisoners to be where they were supposed to be. “Our employees each have a good attitude and are gritting their teeth and bearing it,” she comments. Ogg started her duties as the top law enforcement official in the largest city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the nation in January 2017. We asked her how she felt about her duties, and she reminisced to her childhood when her mother was kidnapped in 1962. “While she [mother] was not killed, she was injured when she jumped out of a car to escape. Our whole family was affected, and the incident directed me as a young professional to the issue of victims’ rights,” she says. “Also, my father’s job of serving as a state legislator influenced me in terms of what one could do for others as a leader in government. Consequently, I think, in that there were two key influences on me, that the sum total of my past experiences

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allows me to do my job. We don’t realize that at the time it [events] was happening – it takes a lot of reflection that leads me to my position.” Ogg is advocating for more money and time to be spent on the issue of mental illness. Going forward, she is pushing for non-violent people to be treated instead of being jailed. “In a time of scarce [law] enforcement to fight violent crime, local tax payers should not foot the bill of mental health treatment for those in our prisons. It’s the least expensive and most effective way. We have created a mental health division that is growing because of the demand, and we are working toward the creation of a community center for the mentally ill in order to divert them to providers who can help them as opposed to jailing them.” A typical day in her office is comprised of meetings and telephone conversations with people ranging from the chief of police to a victim’s mother to a lawyer with a request for permission to handle a case in a specific fashion. “It’s quite varied,” she explains. “And often people of the media and I believe that our community want and appreciate leaders who are committed to them. My evenings are often filled with events, neighborhood meetings, and family time.” She further proudly explains that she takes her 18-year-old son Jack Jordan’s, a freshman at the University of Houston, phone calls regardless of where she is or her priorities. “He needs me as a parent. My father was always accessible to me; I was brought up that way, and I want to make sure that my son has access to me.” Ogg’s stance on immigration is from the approach of crime victims who are members of our international community or travelling in Houston. She wants them to feel as equally protected as our citizens and wants them to feel that they can report crime without fear of immigration enforcement. “Our policy is to tell everyone that we do not consider immigration laws, but the criminal laws of Texas, regardless of national origin. That goes both for the accused and the victimized.” She has received criticism from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for passing a law in March 2017 that decriminalizes individuals caught with less than four


Ogg’s childhood shaped her views on victims’ rights

“Every threat has to be taken seriously during an era of easy access to weapons and copy-cat crimes.” - Kim Ogg in response to keeping us safe in light of recent school shootings ounces of marijuana and diverts them into community service projects. To clarify, offenders in correctional facilities, drug-free zones around schools, and those bound by probation, bond, or other deferred adjudication agreements are not eligible for the program and will be prosecuted as normal. Ogg responds by acclaiming that in a time of limited law enforcement the diverting of misdemeanor marijuana charges to offenders has been a success in allowing police to investigate more serious crimes. “To date, we have diverted 3,800-plus offenders from jail at a savings of more than ten million dollars. We also believe that keeping people eligible in the work force by helping them keep their records clean is important. It’s important to job safety, too.” Ogg asserts that her son has and has had a tremendous influence on her life. “Your world is never the same after you have a child. I have changed my perspective on everything, including how we handle a lot of offenders. It changed the way I look at it every time.” In an effort to beautify Houston’s bayous, Ogg’s office is announcing in March the implementation of a new community service program called the Green and Clean Program. The program is designed for offenders to help clean up our bayous and their criminal records at the same time. There will be room for volunteers to help. “Our bayous could be beautiful, but they are full of trash. Between offenders and volunteers, I think we could have a good work force, and I’m hopeful that we will be able to accomplish this.” March - April 2018 | Intown | 17


FOCUS

AFTON OAKS | HIGHLAND VILLAGE • BELLAIRE • HEIGHTS • MEMORIAL CLOSE-IN • MEMORIAL WEST •

REAL ESTATE

2017 BUILT

# of SOLD

Avg. PRICE

Avg. Sq. Ft.

Before 1999

36

After 2000

36 $1,485,850 4,628

746,551 2,381

$

2018 Built before 1999

A

fton Oaks inner loop location with close proximity to upscale shopping and fine dining at Highland Village, Uptown Park, River Oaks Shopping Center and River Oaks District make it a desirable neighborhood to homebuyers.

# Active Listings

Avg. List Price

14

# of SOLD

2

Built after 2000

Afton Oaks /Highland Village Area

$

Avg. SOLD Price $

# Active Listings

21

# of SOLD

1

782,064 865,000

Avg. Sq.Ft.

2,303

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

2,793

Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

$

1,656,176 $

865,000

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4,941 2,910

Amy Bernstein with Bernstein Realty is a top producing real estate agent who has listed and sold homes in the Afton Oaks / Highland Village area for more than 30 years. Bernstein Realty welcomes the opportunity to be of service, please contact us for all of your real estate needs at 713.932.1032.


MEMORIAL VILLAGES • RIVER OAKS MARKET • TANGLEWOOD • UPPER KIRBY • WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE

2018

Bellaire

A

ward winning schools and a large number of parks and recreational facilities create a small-town atmosphere for Bellaire. Bellaire’s central location provides convenient commutes to the Medical Center, Galleria and downtown. Many of Bellaire’s older ranch homes are being sold as lots for new construction as the city continues to attract new homebuyers. We recognize that some of the data below may have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please contact Amy Bernstein at 713.932.1032 or Neil Silverman, a local neighbor, at 713.725.9750 for up to date information on Bellaire. Bernstein Realty welcomes the opportunity to be of service. Bellaire Newer Homes average price was just under one million in 2017.

Built before 1999 (with 2,500+ sq ft)

# Active Listings # of SOLD

7

Built before 1999 (with less than 2,500 sq ft)

(with 2,500+ sq ft)

# of SOLD # Active Listings

55 13

(with less than 2,500+ sq ft)

Avg. SOLD Price

787,529

$

Avg. List Price

65

# of SOLD

Built before 2000

954,814

$

# Active Listings

15

Built after 2000

Avg. List Price

28

# Active Listings

2

# of SOLD

0

488,635

$

Avg. SOLD Price

453,292

$

Avg. Sq.Ft.

3,606

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

3,700

Avg. Sq.Ft.

1,498

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

1,718

Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

1,507,640

$

1,174,346

$

Avg. List Price

760,000

$

Avg. SOLD Price

0

5,036 4,422

Avg. Sq.Ft.

2,239

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

0

2017 BUILT

Before 1999

(with 2,500+ sq ft)

Before 1999

(with less than 2,500 sq ft)

After 2000

(with 2,500+ sq ft)

# of SOLD

Avg. PRICE

65

$

75

$

Avg. Sq. Ft.

940,918 3,739

492,882 1,606

108 $1,307,330 4,750

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Heights

N

ew to Houston or living in the outer “Burbs” & tired of the commute & looking for a HOME to buy or lease? Look no further than “THE HOUSTON HEIGHTS” often described as eclectic is found inside Loop 610, a short distance from downtown Houston and north of I-10 and encompassing zip codes 77007, 77008, & 77009 with most properties located in 77008. It’s a vintage area and like fine wine has aged well since the 1890’s inception. It’s “Close In” where you’ll find many of the oldest Houston residences & businesses. Schools include Houston Heights H. S., Goddard School, Hamilton Middle, Helms & Sinclair Elem. & more. There’s a large variety of great restaurants, grocery stores, fine hospitals, dentists, veterinarians & retailers. Public parks, biking & walking trails abound. “The Houston Heights” is 23 feet higher in elevation than downtown Houston - that’s what attracted founder & developer O. M. Carter in

the 1890s, and now many impacted by Harvey are looking to make a move here. Heights Boulevard is the main street running N. and S. with many stately Victorian homes lining the corridor. Selection, Location and Affordability is the triple play that will get you “Home.” New Construction and Resale choices include single family homes ranging in price from $129K to $1.8 million with lot sizes from 1500 to 15,000 sq. ft. -$150-$554 per sq. ft. There is a healthy selection of Townhomes & Condos for sale ranging in price from $114,000 to $750,000 -$125-$302 per sq. ft. Residential Rental Properties abound in all categories ranging from $1.00-$2.81 per sq. ft. per month. Lot Properties currently listed in zip code 77008 range in size from 1600 sq. Ft. to 35,700 sq. ft. - Lots range in price $49,000 - $2,300,000 or an average of $64.00 per sq. ft. By Ross Dunn, REALTOR and President of Ross Dunn Realty, Inc. – “ServingHouston Since ’99”.

Memorial Close-In

M

emorial Close In is home to some of Houston’s most exclusive neighborhoods including Stablewood, Sherwood Forest, Pinewood Estates and Bayou Woods. These neighborhoods boast grand estates in a central location just minutes from the Galleria and Memorial Park. Amy Bernstein with Bernstein Realty is a top producing real estate agent who has listed and sold homes in the Memorial Close-In area for more than 30 years. Bernstein Realty welcomes the opportunity to be of service, please contact us for all of your real estate needs at 713.932.1032.

2018

Built before 1999

# Active Listings

15

# of SOLD

4

Built after 2000

# Active Listings

9

# of SOLD

1

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2017

Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

BUILT

Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Before 1999

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

After 2000

1,907,933

$

1,999,125

$

3,337,444

$

600,000

$

4,676 5,702 6,883 2,985

# of SOLD

Avg. PRICE

Avg. Sq. Ft.

20 $2,030,000 5,260 8

2,287,688 6,232

$


Memorial Villages

I

dyllic Memorial has been, and probably always will be a great place to invest in real estate, but it’s an even better place to live – just ask the kids who grew up here, went off to premier universities, traveled the world and then returned to raise their families here. The Memorial Villages - Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig and Bunker Hill – each has their city management, but share water, police and fire services. These neighborhoods were carved out of family farms that were sold to developers in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate the need for suburban living in an expanding Houston. Despite the urban sprawl surrounding the Villages, they have been able to retain their rural feel with large wooded lots, good old-fashioned ditches for rain drainage and minimal commercial properties on the perimeter. Hunters Creek and Piney Point have the larger 1+ acre lots with many of those backing to Buffalo Bayou along the southern border to the Memorial Area. According to HARMLS, there were 141 sales of single-family homes in 2017 throughout the four vil-

lages, with a low of $615,000, a high of $2,388,381 and an average of $1,529,536 ($358/SF). Only 40 of these homes have been built since 2000. Although new construction is rampant in these areas, there are still many ranch, traditional, colonial and contemporary style homes that have been or will be remodeled by their new owners. Hurricane Harvey ravaged many homes along the bayou, but most are being rebuilt, as the post-Harvey reservoir release was the first time that a vast majority of these homes ever flooded.

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4 BEDROOMS | 4 BATHS Offered at $1,795,000 MLS 85236859

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Memorial West

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With something this important, trust in your Realtor® is everything.

emorial West encompasses a wide variety of neighborhoods that are located North of I-10. Some of the most popular neighborhoods inside the Beltway are Frostwood, Memorial Forest, Memorial Bend, Tealwood, Sandalwood and Fonn Villas. The area also extends outside the Beltway to Memorial Glen, Gaywood, Nottingham, Nottingham Forest, Wilchester and beyond. It is convenient to City Centre, Town and Country and Memorial City Mall and a short commute to the Energy Corridor. Memorial West is also home to one of Houston’s largest parks Terry Hershey Park. We recognize that some of the data below may have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Amy Bernstein, a local neighbor, with Bernstein Realty is a top producing real estate agent who has listed and sold homes in the Memorial West area for more than 30 years. Bernstein Real2017 ty welcomes the opporBUILT # of Avg. Avg. tunity to be of service, SOLD PRICE Sq. Ft. please contact us for all Before 382 $693,596 2,929 of your real estate needs 1999 After 49 $1,385,382 4,778 at 713.932.1032. 2000

2018

Built before 1999

# Active Listings # of SOLD

47

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Avg. List Price

140

# Active Listings

43

# of SOLD

2

725,868

$

Avg. SOLD Price

525,584

$

Avg. Sq.Ft.

3,082

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

2,773

Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

1,615,872

$

1,149,734

$

4,839

3,944


River Oaks Market

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here are many neighborhoods considered to be within the River Oaks area (Royden Oaks, Oak Estates, Avalon Place, Glendower Court, The Huntingdon, Upper Kirby), but there is only one true River Oaks – undisputedly Houston’s premier subdivision. With a buy-in price of $1 million and previous nonMLS sales more than $30 million, this genteel neighborhood is home to many of Houston’s wealthiest families. Established in the 1920s by Houston’s famous Hogg family and anchored by the exclusive River Oaks Country Club, the neighborhood was primarily built out in the 1920s and 1930s. Most of these homes were designed and built by renowned architects and builders, and have been preserved over the years by consecutive owners. With about 1,300 homes, the subdivision is by Willowick, Buffalo Bayou, Westheimer, and Shepherd. The magnificent four-acre Rienzi on Kirby Dr, which is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, is an annual stop on the Azalea Trail sponsored every March by the River Oaks Garden Club. There are no commercial properties in this deed restricted subdivision, but the area is served well by the high-end retail shops and an abundance restaurants in Upper Kirby and the River Oaks Shopping Center along West Gray. Many of the highest priced homes don’t list in MLS, but according to HARMLS, there were 53 sales of single-family homes in 2017, with a low of $833,000, a high of $7,500,000 and an average of $2,767,000 ($531/SF).

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Tanglewood

2017

T

anglewood remains one of Houston’s most sought after and affluent neighborhoods. It is home to the Houston Country Club and the Tanglewood Road Promenade. Central location, exceptional neighborhood planning and strictly enforced deed restrictions continue to drive home sales in Tanglewood. Amy Bernstein with Bernstein Realty is a top producing real estate agent who has listed and sold homes in the Tanglewood area for more than 30 years. Bernstein Realty welcomes the opportunity to be Built before 1999 # Active Listings of service, please contact us for all of your real estate 28 # of SOLD needs at 713.932.1032. 4

Built after 2000

# Active Listings

31

# of SOLD

2

BUILT

# of SOLD

Avg. PRICE

Avg. Sq. Ft.

Before 1999

73 $1,407,599 4,478

After 2000

34 $2,641,690 6,997

2018 Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

1,700,750

$

1,201,250

$

4,328 4,159

Avg. List Price

Avg. Sq.Ft.

Avg. SOLD Price

Avg. Sq.Ft. SOLD

2,803,129

$

2,396,975

$

6,855 5,900

Upper Kirby

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he Upper Kirby District has transformed in the past 20 years from a deteriorated central area that wasn’t sure if it was part of Montrose or River Oaks, to the hottest zip code in Houston (77098) with its own identity, marked by Olde English style red telephone booths. Where there were once gas stations, old retail strip centers and open land, there are now some of Houston’s finest restaurants and bars, as well as mixed use centers like West Ave and the Kirby Collection, providing high end retail, class A offices and luxury apartments at the same location, with many more new real estate projects in the works. Upper Kirby is undergoing continual changes, with a focus now on the taming of Westheimer and Shepherd to bring those roads up to the standard set by Kirby Drive. Power and phone lines have been buried under ground, larger storm drainage pipes have been installed, modern durable pavement is being laid and truly walkable sidewalks with lighting are underway. Learn more about the area and ongoing projects at www.upperkirbydistrict.org. • Single Family: 71 homes sold in 2017, ranging $410,000 to $2,360,000 and averaging $835,000 ($288/SF). • Townhomes/Condos: 44 townhomes and condos sold in 2017, ranging $86,000 to $1,347,000 and averaging $428,000 ($218/SF). • Hi-rise Condos: 30 Hi-rise condos sold in 2017, ranging $165,000 to $3,800,000 and averaging $730,000 ($327/SF)


West University Place

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est University’s tree-lined streets and green enclave within the urban city is one of Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods to newcomers and residents alike. It is in the middle of the city’s best restaurants, theaters, and shopping with great schools and a sense of community togetherness. The current real estate market is reaching new heights. Out of 63 single family properties currently listed for sale on MLS (as of February 22, 2018) in West University Place, there are 15 new construction houses on lots as small as 5,000 square feet and as large as 11,850 square feet. New construction starts at $1,200,000 to as high as $4,350,000 based on location, house and lot size. The average sales price is $1,527,000 and $379 a square foot. Of the 63 properties, 20 are under contract. Market conditions in the $1M to $2M point to a seller’s market with less than 3.5 months of inventory available. In the above $2M price range, there are 5 months of inventory – this is also a seller’s market. Land values are between $100 to $140 a square foot depending on location, size, and shape of the lot. All signs are pointing towards continued growth in the coming year for West University Place. I expect the substantial reduction in the utilization of the mortgage interest deduction will somewhat reduce upward pressure on home prices, however, given the low levels of inventory I still expect home prices here to rise this coming year. Kasteena Parikh was ranked #1 real estate agent at Keller Williams Metropolitan, based on volume of sales in 2017. She is a nationally recognized member of the Keller Williams Luxury Division. March - April 2018 | Intown | 25


The

GAME

Q&A

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eff Van Gundy coached the Houston Rockets from 2003 through 2007. A native New Yorker he played point guard in high school and college. Van Gundy began his coaching career as an assistant to Rick Pitino at Providence. In 1989 he was named an assistant coach under New York Knicks head coach, Stu Jackson. Then in 1996, he became their head coach for seven years leading his team to the playoffs seven times and once to the NBA finals. He later landed as the head coach in his new hometown of Houston. During his tenure, the Rockets reached the NBA playoffs three out of his four years. Since 2007 he has become a popular fixture as a color commentator on NBA telecasts and has one of the longest running tenures as a color analyst on the ESPN network. Van Gundy loves his adopted hometown and serves on the board of Pro Vision Charter School for underprivileged middle and high school kids.

Charlie:

I think we can concur that it will take a little basketball miracle or major injuries to defeat the Warriors but, how fair a fight looms, as not saying it’s inevitable where Rockets Warriors Western Conference Final but if we get to that point? eff: They’re without question the two best teams in the West and prior to the year starting, I thought it would take a major injury for the Rockets to have a chance, now I think the Warriors have a decided talent advantage, but I think the hunger advantage goes to Houston. And if Houston can pull off, what I didn’t believe they could do, to gain home court advantage, they have a legitimate chance. Are they the favorites, absolutely not. 30% to 40% chance of winning, I think it’s fair. They have such a style offensively that in the playoffs you know 3-point percentage tend to go down, but all they have to do is get on a good two week roll against the Warriors, and I can see a path for them to win the Western Conference and if they can win the Western Conference They’ll be the champions.

J

C: Obviously Chris Paul’s heightens the overall level of play and spe-

cifically to the point that you made there, is that where the dividends can most specifically be paid. Diversifying with the Rockets with their mid-range shots locked-in and an especially engaged phenomenal defensive team over the course of a series can they get their rhythm on closeouts and rotations to get to all the three-point shooters. : Well I think he is the difference, to give them that diversity on offense, because when you’re playing Houston, you know there is going to be a three-point assault, but what you’re trying to do and what San Antonio did is, they kept Harden off the free throw line. And right now, what Houston gets is that they get everything. They get threes; they get layups and free throws. Well, the elite teams will try to keep you off that free throw line, and so what I’m interested in is in the playoffs, if your guarding Houston, you’re going to make sure the ball is being shot by P.J Tucker and Mbah a Moute. Even though they’re capable, that would be your game plan going in. Defensively the Rockets are a much better constructed championship contenting team than last year, with the additions of Tucker, Mbah a Moute, and Paul. When they are playing against other elite

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with Jeff Van Gundy

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teams though, it’s going to come down to if Mbah a Moute and Tucker can make enough shots.

C: Kawaii Leonard, I’m not concerned about the

drama components of it, but if he gets back with three weeks to go in the regular season and rounds his game in the form how seriously should the Spurs be taken? Because the Spurs are the Spurs of the Spurs and you think the gap is just too great now for the Warriors and Rockets to the field in the West? : I think it’s too large. I think what they’re accomplishing this year without Leonard is amazing. They’ve lost the last two games in Utah, to a team that’s on a ten-game win streak, in a back to back situation with no Leonard, with no LaMarcus Aldridge, and they lose by two, and they lose by 4 or 6, in Denver. And the way they hang in there is remarkable, I mean this is an exceptional group. But Ginobili said it the other day, it’s not like San Antonio beats themselves, but they just don’t have that level of talent of the Warriors and the Rockets. And in the playoffs to ask them to beat either one of those teams, four times, without home court advantage is a stretch.

J

C: So who’s your number two for MVP right now?

J

: That’s a good question. I think Steph Curry would be, but he missed some games, so that makes it more challenging. LeBron James, you could vote every year, but to me, it’s a one-man race.

It’s James Harden. You could throw Westbrook in there, you can mention a lot of names, but to me, it’s a one-man race. I think he should have won it two years ago, but that one was a hard decision. But this year, to me, isn’t hard, it’s James Harden all the way.

C: With Clint Capela, his development and

timing isn’t everything in life, but it sure matters. That’s going to be interesting this summer who has the cap space and what Clint’s Life Choices are. The Rockets will have the right to match, but he could be a $20 Million per year player at 23 years old knowing his role and now flat-out excelling at it just about across the board. : Really, Capela is in the right place and system. And I do think NBA teams have learned not to overpay centers. I believe Capela will sign back with the Rockets because I don’t think the marketplace is going to be what he would hope it would be. I think he’ll sign anywhere from $12 to 14 million.

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Financial

FOCUS

Celebrating 

with service

By Evans Attwell

Senior Vice President Frost Bank

How do you feel about your birthday? You might groan at the thought of turning another year older, or maybe you can’t wait to celebrate with family and friends. Either way, it’s a reminder of another year of life: accomplishments and goals attained, maybe a few struggles overcome along the way, and new dreams and plans for the future. Like you, Frost is celebrating a “birthday” this year—a big one—and we’re excited by what it means now and for the future. Throughout 2018, we’re marking the 150th anniversary of our founding, a milestone that is possible because of caring Frost employees who have delivered exceptional banking, investment, and insurance products and an uncommon level of

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service to millions of Texans, their families, and businesses. We are gratified that those we serve have rewarded us, in turn, with their appreciation, loyalty, and longterm business. Birthdays and anniversaries often come with gifts, but we’re turning the tables by giving to the communities where we do business every day—to thank our loyal customers and honor our anniversary pledge of “doing what’s right, right here.” Ever since Frost was founded in 1868 in San Antonio, our existence has been woven into the fabric of the communities we serve. You might say that service is built into our DNA, and consistent with our strong culture of serving others, we believe that supporting and investing in the communities where do business is both our responsibility and our privilege. To honor the communities we serve, in 2018, we are completing at least 150 volunteer projects and participating in community improvement ventures and events throughout the areas where we do business. Already, some projects have

been completed or are underway, while others are planned for later in the year. In every case, projects and activities reflect what the local community needs, what is right for each community. We think that commitment to community is consistent with Frost’s culture of exceptional service. At Frost, everyone is significant, so we put customers front and center in our business and deliver the personal and responsible service they deserve and expect every single day. After 150 years, we aren’t about to change that now.

Would you like to know more about Frost? Contact Evans at 713.388.1367 or evans.attwell@frostbank.com. Investment and insurance products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, and may lose value. Brokerage services offered through Frost Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, and investment advisory services offered through Frost Investment Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser. Both companies are subsidiaries of Frost Bank. Investment management services, financial planning and trust services are offered through Frost Wealth Advisors of Frost Bank. Additionally, insurance products are offered through Frost Insurance. Deposit and loan products are offered through Frost Bank, Member FDIC. Frost does not provide legal or tax advice. Please seek legal or tax advice from legal and/or tax professionals.

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THE JUNIOR JUNIOR LEAGUE’S LEAGUE’S 70TH 70TH ANNUAL ANNUAL THE

The

BUZZ By Lindsay Mowad

Gregg & Sarah Snyder and Martha Ann & Byron Snyder Abbey Roberson and Julie Danvers Chair Jayne Sheehy Johnston and The Junior League of Houston hosted its 70th Annual Charity Ball, Une Belle Nuit, and raised $800,000. Inspired by the magic of Paris, the glamour of the French Riviera and the beauty of Versailles, this year’s theme captured the joie de vivre of the French spirit. Held over two nights, guests began each evening making their way into a warmly lit tent and enjoyed light bites with cocktail in hand while browsing silent auction items sous les étoiles. Friday night guests had the chance to witness artist Patti Stenson as she created a custom piece of Marie Antoinette for the live auction that night. The silent and live auctions took place each night, and included fabulous items such as a VIP Indy 500 experience donated by AJ Foyt Enterprises and a Houston Astros package, including dinner with Reid Ryan, President of the Astros, in the Diamond Club. Since 1949, the annual Charity Ball has been an integral source of funding for the Junior League’s Community Program and volunteer initiatives. The Junior League of Houston partners with organizations to deliver services and assistance directly to those in need, delivering positive change through the efforts of its highly trained and empowered female volunteers.

Barry and Sydney Gross Megan & Jason Ryan

Stephanie and Ryan Fleck

Ashley and Jonathan Sloane

Photos by Nikky LaWell

Alicia and Robert Kimmel

Soraya & Scot McClelland Zamina Singh, Marciella Ovalle and Peter Singh

Jennifer Howard, Mitra Woody and Selby Bush

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Jamie Hons, Joni Fichter, Hannah Gelbs and Peyton Wallace


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