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Former Texaco building renamed The Star opens with big rental discount

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

The recently restored Texaco building, now a luxury apartment building, is offering three months of free rent as the owner completes construction and the multifamily market continues to face more competition a mid a glut of units. Units in the building, one of downtown's 20th-century landmarks, start at $2,150 per month.The project holds 286 one- and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 730 to 1,730 square feet. The three-month rental incentive is being applied toward 13-month leases.

Spring Oaks Plaza adds option for medical tenants

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Spring Oaks Plaza is poised for expansion after landing a tenant for more than half of the first phase. Pediatric Dental Specialists & Northwest Orthodontics has leased 7,760 square feet in the new Spring Oaks Plaza at 4540 Spring Stuebner near the Grand Parkway. Groen Realty Partners, which developed the project, plans to add a second phase this year.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25
Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Fruit Tree and Tomato Sale: plant preview 8 a.m., sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff, Pasadena; hcmga.tamu.edu. Galveston County Master Gardeners' Spring Fruit and Citrus Tree, Vegetable, "Texas Tough" Perennials, Bulb and Craft Sale: seminar 8-8:50 a.m., sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Jack Brooks Park Rodeo Arena, 10 Jack Brooks Road and Texas 6, Hitchcock (Galveston County Fairgrounds); aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Preparing for Spring Gardens 9-11 a.m., Vegetable Gardening in Spring 1- 3 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe; mcmga.com, 936-539-7824. $5 (cash or check) per session or $7 for both. Spring Cleanup and Bed Prep: with Andy Chidester. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com. Harris County Master Gardeners' Green Thumb Lecture Series. 10 a.m.-noon at the Maud Smith Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen, Katy; 281-492-8592. Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Open Garden Day: 8:30-11 a.m. at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Hines launches student housing operation

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Global real estate developer Hines has launched a new student housing platform with the acquisition of properties in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Houston-based company, which now has a student housing portfolio of a dozen developments, said Friday the new brand will be called Aparto.

Houston sinks in ranking of top spots for apartment investments

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Houston has lost a little luster among apartment investors as slow job growth translated into fewer renters for a growing number of units, according to new Marcus & Millichap report.

Construction resumes after mishap at Hines' San Francisco tower

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Houston-based Hines said construction has resumed on its San Francisco tower where a sudden mechanical failure Wednesday halted work on the building and caused panic in the city's South of Market neighborhood.

Davis Holdings buys Midtown office building

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Davis Holdings has purchased a two-story office building at 1500 McGowen at La Branch in Midtown. JLL represented the buyer, while Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the seller, Skyland Lodge Tract.

RigNet leases new Energy Corridor headquarters

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

RigNet has leased 28,808 square feet for new headquarters in Park Ten Plaza near the Katy Freeway and Texas 6 in the Energy Corridor.

Shuttered Outback Steakhouse could be site of two-story retail center

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

The now closed Outback Steakhouse at Beechnut and Loop 610 could be torn down to make way for a more dense development to house several tenants. NewQuest Properties is marketing a two-story retail center on the site.

Life Storage projects flat sales in its Houston self-storage business

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Life Storage, which expanded in Texas by combining with Sovran Self Storage last year, projects the Houston market will comprise 8.5 percent of its net operating income in 2017, the company said in an earnings report.

Signorelli starts 2nd phase of Valley Ranch Town Center

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Signorelli Co. has started construction on the second phase of Valley Ranch Town Center at the Grand Parkway and U.S. 59 northeast of Houston. The addition, totaling nearly 320,000 square feet, will bring stores such as TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Rack Room Shoes, Burlington, PetSmart and a Cinemark Theatre.  Academy Sports + Outdoors, Sam's Club and Party City, Kroger Marketplace and Hobby Lobby.

Townhomes to build on sales momentum in Cross Creek Ranch

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

A focus on affordable homes and a new section for active adults contributed to a 13 percent rise in sales in 2016 in Cross Creek Ranch in 2016. Bonterra at Cross Creek Ranch, a new active adult community, opened last year, and townhomes will be added in 2017. 

Canada-based Empire Communities expands home building program

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Empire Communities, a Canadian builder that launched its U.S. building program in Dellrose last year, will build homes in Woodforest in north Houston.

IHS Markit expands Enclave Parkway office

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

IHS Markit, a London-based business information and analysis firm, has expanded and extended its lease at 1401 Enclave Parkway in west Houston. IHS Markit, a London-based information and analysis firm, has expanded and extended its lease at 1401 Enclave Parkway in west Houston.

Planet Fitness to open in Webster

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Planet Fitness will open a location in Webster, its 15th in the Houston market.

Houston home buyers have more of the upper hand in negotiations

Greater Houston Real Estate - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25

Houston's low inventory of homes for sale may give the impression that the market is skewed toward sellers, but a new report shows this buyers may have the upper hand. Houston ranks as the 5th best market for home buyers, according to an analysis from Seattle-based real estate listing and data firm Zillow.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25
Brazoria County Master Gardeners' Fruit and Citrus Tree Sale: 8 a.m.-noon at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds, 901 S. Downing, Angleton; txmg.org/brazoria. Rainwater Harvesting Workshop: 9 a.m.-noon at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; ute.schaefer@ag.tamu.edu or 713-274-0959. $50 for rain barrel and supplies. Soil Health & Evaluation: with Galveston County Master Gardener Jim Gillian. 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Saving Planet Houston: lecture series, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; field trips 9 a.m.-noon or 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Pruning Roses: with Galveston County Master Gardener John Jons. 9-10 a.m. at Galveston County Master Gardeners' Research & Demonstration Garden, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Fruit Tree and Tomato Sale: plant preview 8 a.m., sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7600 Red Bluff, Pasadena; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25
Urban Harvest's Designing our Green Home and Communities Through Permaculture Series: First of seven classes. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, 3601 Cullen; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $270 members, $383 nonmembers. Grow Your Own Fruit: with John Panzarella. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com. Lecture series runs 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; field trips 9 a.m.-noon or 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Quail Valley Garden Club program. 9:30 a.m. at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point, Missouri City; quailvalleygardenclub.org. Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 program. 10-11:30 a.m. at Genoa Friendship Garden education building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu. Inspired by Art, Created by Designers: with Houston Designing Women.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25
Montgomery County Master Gardeners' Fruit and Nut Tree Sale: 8 a.m. plant program, 9 a.m.-noon. sale at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 9020 Airport, Conroe; 936-539-7824, plant list at mcmga.com. Harris County Master Gardeners' Fruit Tree Sale and Symposium: 8 a.m. at Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 3033 Bear Creek; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu. Growing Peaches in Galveston County: with Galveston County Master Gardener Herman Auer. 9-11 a.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, register at galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Urban Harvest's Basic Fruit Tree Care: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Moran Hall, 5555 Hermann Park Drive; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $35 members, $45 nonmembers. Build a Bed with Edible Earth Resources: with Scott Snodgrass. 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond, 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com. The Woodlands Arbor Day Celebration: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands in The Woodlands. Urban Harvest's Sustainable Living Through Permaculture, Class 2: 12:30-5:30 p.m. the University of Houston, Central Campus, classroom and building TBA; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $50.

Gardening events in the Houston area

Houston Gardening - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 02:25
Urban Harvest's Fruit Tree Pre-Sale Talk: 9:30 a.m.-noon at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pecore Hall, 1805 W. Alabama; 713-880-5540, urbanharvest.org. $5 cash at door. Peckerwood Garden Insider's Tour: monthly focused look at the garden. 10 a.m.-noon at Peckerwood Garden, 20559 FM 359, Hempstead; 979-826-3232; register at peckerwoodgarden.org. $10, members free. Propagation of Plants by Cuttings: with Galveston County Master Gardener Bill Cummins. 1-2:30 p.m. at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, galvcountymgs@gmail.com, aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston. Tomball Garden Club event. 9:30 a.m. in the Amegy Bank Community Room, 28201 Texas 249, Tomball; tomballgardenclub@gmail.com. Harris County Master Gardeners Precinct 2 Lecture Series. 10-11:30 a.m. at the Genoa Friendship Garden Educational Building, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu. Backyard Rose Hybridizing: with John Jons, American Rose Society consulting rosarian and Galveston County Master Gardener. 7:30 p.m. in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at McGovern Centennial Gardens, 1500 Hermann Drive; houstonrose.org.
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