Bellaire, TX Real Estate News

By Matt Stanley, Realtor, Bellaire TX Homes for Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
The Nature Discovery Center is a favorite Bellaire establishment, resulting from a grass-roots effort back in 1979, when the Friends of Bellaire Parks raised funds for the acquisition of a million dollar 3.75-acre Henshaw estate, to create Russ Pitman Park.   Whether you’re a Bellaire or Houston area resident, new in town, or visiting the area - plan a trip to the Center and to Russ Pitman Park.  The Nature Discovery Center is located in Russ Pitman Park at 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, Texas, just inside the West 610 Loop, between Bellaire Blvd and Evergreen.  You can explore the Discovery Rooms and park grounds on your own or plan to attend an upcoming event including:  Art in the Park Art Show  Daily in April June Woest of Urban Artists has curated Art Shows in Russ Pitman Park for the l...
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By Matt Stanley, Realtor, Bellaire TX Homes for Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
    The Bellaire Trolley Run is a local, 2011 HARRA (Houston Area Road Runners Association) 5K Championship Race and 1 Mile Fun Run / Walk.  The race starts Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. It begins in front of Bellaire City Hall at 7008 South Rice Ave.  The race route follows along South Rice Ave, around Bellaire High School and down a section of Bellaire Blvd. between South Rice and First Street.  With an estimated 1,000 participants and 100 community volunteers, it will be THE place to run this weekend!   HARRA (pronounced "hurrah") is a nonprofit association founded in 1993 to promote running as a competitive sport and a healthful exercise in the Houston area. HARRA provides a wide variety of benefits and services to its members and to the running community, and provides the ...
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By Tara Tallon Whitting
(Houston Association of REALTORS®)
REALTORS®: Are you LinkedIn? Real estate professionals are using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to communicate and network socially with consumers and their sphere(s) of influence. Many have ignored LinkedIn, or have not re-connected with and polished their LinkedIn profiles and are not taking full advantage of the potential that LinkedIn may afford them. When surveyed last fall, Houston Association of REALTORS® members claimed LinkedIn as their #1 most used social media outlet. How about you? The belief that the business focus of LinkedIn will not get them to hot home buying and selling prospects isn't accurate. Every one works somewhere. And, research shows that consumers and professionals are looking you up. How professional is your profile? Beyond those consideration...
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By Leslie Don Wilson, REALTOR ABR ALHS CIPS CRS GREEN GRI MCNE SFR SRES
(281-804-2291)
  The Bellaire Real Estate market had an active February 2011.  We had over 10 Bellaire MLS recorded property sales and an average market time of 113 days for those sales with the shortest market time being on single family homes.  For more information please contact your Bellaire Realtor. Bellaire ACTIVE Property Type # of Active Properties Average Active List Price Average Active  CDOM Single Family 108 $696,714 226 Townhome/Condo 2 $180,500 238 Lots / Land 16 $341,844 366 Multi Family 0 0 0 Homes w/Acreage 0 0 0 Midrise/Highrise 0 0 0         SOLD Property Type # of Sales Average List Price Average Sales Price Average SP/LP% Average CDOM Single Family 15 $544,940 $528,540 89% 153 Townhome/Condo 1 $285,000 $279,000 98% 11 Lots / Land 1 $599,000 $560,000 93% 176 Multi Family 0 0 0 0 0...
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By Matt Stanley, Realtor, Bellaire TX Homes for Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
You won’t want to miss the Horn Gala and Auction, High , February 19, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at The Cadillac Bar,  1802 Shepherd.   The Paul W. Horn Academy (“Horn”) is a Magnet elementary school located inside Loop 610 in Bellaire, TX.  Originally built in 1948, Horn has grown to support the educational needs of more than 600 students.  Horn has a long history of creative and dedicated teachers and administrative staff.  Over the last several years, Horn has achieved Exemplary status from the Houston Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency.    The Horn PTO is holding a Gala and Auction on February 19, 2011, and the theme of this year’s event, High Heels and Hard Hats, centers on the construction that is now underway for the new school building.  The event is funded throu...
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By Matt Stanley, Realtor, Bellaire TX Homes for Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
  Bellaire (Houston) Texas Holiday in the Park By: Matt Stanley, Realtor, Broker, Keller Williams Realty You won’t want to miss this year’s annual Bellaire Holiday in the Park celebration!  It will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2010,  from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bellaire Town Square at 7008 S. Rice.  This family event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and no matter what the weather is like outside, you’ll find yourself swept away to a winter wonderland, no joke! Snow is brought in by the truckloads to make a couple of snow play areas as well as a snow slide.  With the areas split by age groups, even the youngest of snow bunnies can run around and have fun in the snow.  My son loved throwing snowballs at me and our pictures would make you think we were far from Te...
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By Matt Stanley, Realtor, Bellaire TX Homes for Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Bellaire (Houston) Texas Halloween Dog Parade  By: Matt Stanley, Realtor, Broker, Keller Williams Realty     The fourth annual Bellaire Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2010,  starting at 8:30 a.m. at Evergreen Park.  This is a perfect opportunity for dog owners to show off their four-legged friends in creative Halloween costumes.  This family event will be a good time for dog owners and lovers alike.  If you don’t have a canine of your own, it might be worth borrowing one! The Bellaire Buzz reported that more than 25 costume-clad dogs and their beloved owners strutted in front of the judges at the 2009 parade.  My family and I attended in 2009 and had a fun time! We dressed our two stout English Bulldogs as bumble bees, in costumes des...
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Known as the "City of Homes", Bellaire, Texas is infamous for having a wide variety of residential properties. Located in southwest Harris County on Interstate Loop 610, Bellaire is surrounded by several Houston cities and is nestled within the Sugarland/Baytown metropolitan area. Due the city's close proximity to Houston and its abundant residential offerings, Bellaire real estate is ideal for Houston home buyers that are looking for a city that has a strong community, great schools and an abundance of outdoor activities. Overview Founded by William Wright Baldwin in 1908, the city was named after Bellaire, Ohio, a location that was served by Baldwin's railroad line. In 1910, Baldwin made significant monetary investments in Bellaire, turning acres of prairie land into residential prope...
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By Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes
(Keller Williams)
BELLAIRE, TX BOUNDARIES (LOCATED NEAR DOWNTOWN HOUSTON,TX) Bellaire, Texas, located on both sides of Interstate Loop 610 West, is surrounded by Houston and many subdivisions including West University Place, Southside Place, Meyerland, Willow Meadows, and Afton Oaks. It's a very short distance to the Galleria, Reliant Stadium, downtown Houston, the Theater District, and the Medical Center. BELLAIRE ZONING AND CONSTRUCTION Bellaire is zoned for residential,commercial, and light industrial sections. The city is well known as a residential city. The city is well-liked for its police and fire protection, parks and recreation facilities, library, public works department, and recycling center. For the most part, construction in Bellaire originated in the late 40's and 50's. Many of these origi...
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By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
Bellaire, around the Galleria in Houston, offers not only beautiful homes, but unique shops.  Check these out sometime. Bellaire Bead Shop 5208 Bellaire BlvdHouston, TX 77401 Foxworthy's  (clothing, jewelry and accessories) 5209 Bellaire BlvdBellaire, TX 77401   713 664 2006 Magpies (Crystal, glassware, silver and scented candles) 5000 Bellaire BlvdBellaire, TX 77401-4073 713 661 9777 Pattywhacks (Old Books) 1712 Sunset BlvdHouston, TX 77005-1714 713 667 2106 Indulge (European products) 2903 Saint StHouston, TX 77027 713 888 0181 Gurej (Boutique Clothing) 3641 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77027 713 629 0099
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By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
The season is around the corner, fall is here, and the onset of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years will be here before you know it.  Everyone wants a fresh new look, but the economy is putting a damper on peoples finances nowadays.  Not to worry, you can still get a new look using what you already own.  That's right, it's called a redesign, and it can all be done with a professional redesigner using your furnishings in ways that you may have never imagined. It's the perfect alternative!  A whole new look for a fraction of the cost in a day or less. "Wow", your Holiday guests, and give your home an updated look.  We can make any room look entirely different...you won't believe it! After all, that is what we founded our company on...Interior Redesigns! Give us a call to star...
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By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
If you book a home staging consultation by November 6th for the month of November, we will give you our all inclusive "Walk-n-Talk" consultation from curb to back fence and all areas in between for a special rate of $135.  If you've been on the fence, here's your chance to get to most comprehensive customized expert advice on staging your home.  We walk through like a buyer would, giving recommendations, tips, cost effective advice and color and paint selections.  It's time to start now...What are you waiting for? This is our pre-holiday special and spaces are already filling up, this is the biggest bang for your buck when selling your home or redesigning your home for a new look, especially for the Holidays! *You must mention the "November Special" in order to recieve discounted rate. ...
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By Steven Teoh, Los Angeles South Bay, Palos Verdes
(West Shores Realty)
Bellaire a city within the city of Houston offers the perfect combination of quiet, small town America , with the convenience of big city attractions. Originally one of Houston 's first suburbs, Bellaire grew from a small farming community to a booming residential neighborhood. Bellaire is known as the "City of Homes " as the city is mostly residential. The city mainly functions as a bedroom community for upper-middle class families. As of 2000, Bellaire was the 27th wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income. Bellaire High School is a flagship of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). An HISD magnet school for foreign languages and the International Baccalaureate Program, Bellaire High School is well known for consistently producing the highest number of National Merit...
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By Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros"
(Redesign Etc. Home Staging)
Bellaire Methodist Church has set-up a live Nativity scene in Bellaire.  Not only will there be people dressed as authentic Hebrews and a village, but a Christmas reading will take place as well.  What a great family oriented way to spend a Saturday night.  Great for everyone to see, with the recreation of a marketplace, live animals, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and of course baby Jesus. The event is free, and visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry for the hungry.     Date: 12-13-2008   Contact Phone: 713-666-2167   Time: 6 - 8 PM   Day:  Saturday   Phone: 713-666-2167    Email: info@bellaireumc.org   Website: http://www.bellaireumc.org     Location: Bellaire United Methodist Church 4417 Bellaire Blvd. Bellaire TX 77401       ********...
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By Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes
(Keller Williams)
Ok- get your mind out of the gutter! Of course the "F" stands for "foreclosures" and in the Houston real estate market, foreclosure properties are becoming more common place. Not to the extent seen in the major foreclosure markets of Nevada, California, Arizona or Florida but pretty widespread all the same. Even in the popular Houston neighborhood of Bellaire there are over a dozen foreclosure and REO properties on the market. The Challenges Consumers Face with Foreclosure We all recognize the challenges faced by homeowners at risk of foreclosure, and those already involved this gut-wrenching experience. Many homeowners too embarrassed never attempt to call or even talk to their lender, choosing to watch their mailbox fill with notice after notice. If they only knew to pick up the phone...
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Six Bellaire, Texas homeowners have graciously offered to allow the public to view their individually interesting and unique homes this weekend . . . Saturday and Sunday, April 5th and 6th, 2008, from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.each day. The 26th annual Bellaire Home Tour benefits the Nature Discovery Center at Russ Pittman Park.  The homes vary from traditional to contemporary architecture and from older construction to newer construction.  The uniqueness of each home will be enjoyed by everyone who takes the opportunity to view these homes.TICKETS :$12.00 in advance- picked up at Nature Discovery Center, Magpies, Teas Nursery and Whole Foods.$15.00 on day of tour - available at each houseFor pictures, descriptions and addresses of each of the homes please click here.
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Party Animals is a new social mixer series at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center for nature and canine lovers.  Weather permitting, The Mutt Strutt will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 3 to 5 pm in Memorial Park. Owners are welcome to show off their dressed to impress pooches, and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed dogs. Find out how you can become a PAWS member and for the latest Party Animal news visit partyanimals@houstonarboretum.org or call 713-681-8433 to join the pack.www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Houston home staging solutions designed to promote a rapid and profitable house sale for homeowners and Realtors.
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By Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes
(Keller Williams)
 There are many events and activities offered throughout the year in Bellaire, Texas.  One of my favorites, though, is the  Friends of the Library Book Sale.  Ever since our daughters were little, Jim and I would take them to the sale and we would all stock up on books to read.  It has always been a lot of fun to go through the piles of books and the boxes while we each selected those special books.  Since the cost was very low for the books, we could each buy quite a few more books than we would if we went to the book store.Well, it's that time of year again.  The Friends of the Library Book Sale in Bellaire, Texas is this Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.   It will be held in the parking lot at 5111 Jessamine in Bellaire.Great bargains are always found.  Paperback b...
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
The Heart & Sole Music Festival and 3 Mile Cancer Walk is set for April 6 and needs volunteers.  The Jori Zemel  Children's Bone Cancer Foundation is hosting the event which benefits bone cancer research and provides financial and emotional support to children and families affected by bone cancer. Activities will include music, food, clowns, rock wall and games from noon to 3 pm.  Assistance is needed with check in, course setup, table setup and tear down, registration, sign placement and removal, and staff booths.  Visit www.jorizemel.org or email info@jorizemel.org www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Houston home staging solutions designed to facilitate a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and homeowners.  The owner is also a Houston area volunteer.
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By Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes
(Keller Williams)
 According to information that I reviewed on Houston Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service, there are currently 134 single family residential homes on the market in Bellaire, Texas priced from $234,900 for a 1100 sq. ft., 3 bed/1 bath home on a 8190 sq. ft. lot near a highway feeder road to a high asking price of $2,899,000 for a 9662 sq. ft., 5 bedroom/ 5 full, 2 half bath, 3 car garage home on a 18,450 sq. ft. lot built in 2004. The average list price per sq ft is $249.39. Home sellers have forty eight homes for sale for over $1,000,000 and 25 homes priced at $400,000 or less. As of 03/6/2008 home buyers have an additional 32 homes pending under contract priced from $239,000 to $1,795,000.During the month of January 2008, 12 single family homes closed with sale prices rangi...
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