Galveston, TX Real Estate News

By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
The Junior League of Galveston County will host a rummage sale from April 11-13 at San Jacinto Elementary School Gymnasium, 1110 21st Street at Moody Avenue on Galveston Island.  The Preview Party will be held on April 11 from 6-8 pm, with admission $12 or two tickets for $20.  Admission to the Rummage Sale is free on April 12 from 8 am until 2 pm, and April 13 from 9 am until 1 pm. Visit www.jlgalveston.org for more information.www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Galveston home staging solutions designed to facilitate a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and homeowners.
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
The Grand Kids Festival hosted by the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston will be held from 10 am until 5 pm on April 5th on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets in downtown Galveston, Texas. There will be children's entertainment on three stages, a story telling tent, an artisan's tent, activity booths, and more.  For more information, please call 800-821-1894 or visit the website at www.thegrand.com. www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Galveston home staging solutions to facilitate a rapid and profitable house sale for area Realtors and homeowners.
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
Sacred Heart Church, located in Galveston Texas is just breathtaking.  As a Galvestonian I have admired the beauty of this religious sanctuary all of my life.  The photo of this church speaks for itself.  Little else in needed when it comes to describing just how magnificent this landmark truly is.  Sacred Heart is a Catholic Parish.  The church was established on June 21, 1884 by Rt. Rev. Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher.  He decided the East End of Galveston would become the Society of Jesus.  Reverend John F. O'Connor was given the task starting this parish.  With the help of Father Slevin Sacred Heart had its first mass the Sunday after July 15, 1884 (Father Slevin arrived on the Island July 15, 1984).  The land which would become Sacred Heart was donated by Michael B Menard.  The Menar...
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By BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach
(Bill Cherry, Realtor)
The announcement came in last week's mail.  It was from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.On March 14, 2008, my life long friend, E. Douglas McLeod, was named the college's Dean for the Day.  That's quite an honor, but it's very definitely one that's properly placed and noted.<<=== E. DOUGLAS MC LEODI've written before about Doug along with my friends Victor, J.E. and Ward.  We've been a support team for a long time.  Far more than fifty years.  Here's that story.In real life Doug is the Director of Development for the billion dollar Moody (Charitable) Foundation.  And he's an officer and director of many of the insurance companies that are owned one way or the other by the Moody Family, all descendants of William L. Moody, Jr., who built a fortune in cotton, insurance, banking,...
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
The Grand 1894 Opera House will be the place when "Simply Ballroom" waltzes onstage form London's West End on March 15 at 3 and 8 pm.  Star of stage and screen Debbie Reynolds will serve as guest host and be joined by "American Idol" stars in presenting this collection of top-ten competitive ballroom dancers for the first time. Dance styles will include the cha cha, salsa, rumba, quickstep, and waltz.  On March 22 at 3 and 8 pm, "Aeros" soars onto the stage to display what the physical body is capable of accomplishing.  This unique performance is created by world class choreographers Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons, and Moses Pendleton in collaboration with "Stomp" creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.Ticket Prices for both performances range from $18.50 to $77.  Phone the Grand B...
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I checked the weather today to find out that Galveston is looking like the place to be this weekend.  We may have a bit of rain Friday but Saturday and Sunday look beautiful.  For many of us this is the start of Spring Break for our children.  My kindergartener has his first Spring Break this year.  He is excited about spending it on the beach.  I plan to research some activites for this coming week so please visit my blog at our main website for more details.Have a wonderful Spring.Christina Stevens
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Endor Fun Sports will be at Moody Gardens for a triathlon from March 28-30, and you can help the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County by volunteering for this event.  The mission of Resource and Crisis Center is to promote the safety and well being of women, men, children, and families and to advocate for the prevention of family violence and sexual assault.  Volunteers are needed to help with registration, concessions, and to assist the athletes.  Call Volunteer Houston Bay Area at 281-282-6035 for more information.http://www.stagingsmartnsold.com/ offers Galveston home staging to assist a rapid and profitable house sale for Realtors and homeowners.  The owner is also a volunteer in the Houston Bay Area.
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Volunteers are needed for the Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon, a nonprofit organization promoting fitness and health, which is hosting its annual Marathon.  Four hour shifts are available to help on March 15-16, 2008 with set up, registration, refreshments, crowd management, and the post race party.  Help cheer nearly 450 racers as they complete the half marathon or marathon race.  Please visit the website at www.seabrookmarathon.org www.StagingSmartNSold.com offers Galveston home staging solutions to facilitate a rapid and profitable house sale.  The owner is also a volunteer in the Seabrook community.
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
Volunteers for the Friends of Galveston Island State Park improve thousands of acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh water ponds, wetlands and bay shoreline.  The Friends mission is to promote the interests of the park and its users through volunteer work, fundraising, and stimulating community interest in the park. Volunteer opportunities include birding, workday crews, and helping with education programs. Contact Volunteer Houston Bay Area at 281-282-6035 or visit www.volunteerhouston.org for more information on Bay Area volunteering.www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Galveston home staging solutions designed to sell your house rapidly and profitably.  The owner is also a volunteer in the Houston Bay Area. 
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
The palms at cove view condos are a great choice for full time living or an inexpensive second home. The units are within walking distance to the beach and are located on Cove View Blvd near the end of the Galveston Seawall. The units are very affordable and start ion the $69,000 range. With 6 floor plans, this condo conversion can work for almost anyone. The Palms are a great choice for student housing as well. With low HOA and no maintenance they are perfect for your A&M or UTMB student. Don't miss the palms at Cove View condos on your next visit to Galveston.         for more information on Galveston real estate please visit our website!
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
Casa Del Mar condos have been a staple diet for Galveston visitors and buyers alike for over 20 years. The adored condo complex sits right on the beach at 61st and Seawall. The old cedar siding has been recently replaced with new siding and all of the balconies have been replaced. This was all courtesy of a 20,000 per unit assessment which has just been paid in full for most all owners. The units have dipped in price from a high of about 70k-130k to 50k-120k. The price depends on the floor and proximity to the beach. These low prices will land you a unit that can rent for between 6,000/yr and 12,000/yr. Ryson Real Estate currently has 4 units at casa del mar and all units have rented well. Next time your in town don't miss Casa Del Mar condos Galveston!  
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By Deb Jamail, Galveston County Real Estate
(HomeLife Southern Properties)
 Here is the catch of the day!!!  Redfish caught in Galveston Bay on artificials. Catch the Galveston fishing report at my website www.galvestontexasforsale.com                                                                                            
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By Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging
(STAGING SMART N SOLD)
"Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches" will arrive at Space Center Houston starting February 23rd, and will include live piranas.  Families can dive into this mysterious adventure by visiting seven ports of call along the world's most biologically diverse river.  Encounters will include the notorious piranha, enormous anacondas, and beautiful sting rays through hands on activities, computer interactives, and original artifacts.  Space Center Houston is open every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day.  Admission is $18.95 for adults, $14.95 for children aged 4-11, and senior tickets are $17.95.  For more information please call 281-244-2105 or visit www.spacecenter.org www.StagingSmartNSold.com provides Houston and Galveston home staging solutions to sell a home ...
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I just blogged about how wonderful the Centex owned Pointe West community is for Galveston, Texas.  It makes me a bit sad to report this but as a home builder I understand why Centex is in negotiations to sell part of their holdings.  The specific communities have not been named, yet The Galveston County Daily News is reporting that Pointe West is included.  We received this news via our live real estate news feed courtesy of Yahoo.  You can explore all your daily real estate needs by visiting our home page to view the live feed.  Thanks to www.Yahoo.com for their help informing our real estate community about what matters. Please view the article here.I have talked about the effects of our current recession before.  What is sad is how much this is effecting the work force in the New Ho...
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
I have to say that Pointe West is one of my favorite new communities in the Galveston, Texas real estate market. I say this as a person who has lived in Galveston since birth.  We have never had a development quite like this.  This is what makes Galveston, Texas the up and coming island to explore.  My family has had the privilege to fish and explore some of the best beaches in America.  My husband was active in the Southern Kingfish association which allowed him to explore the entire Gulf Coast.  We have built homes all over the West Coast, spending time in Venice, Huntington, and San Diego.  Galveston is FIANALLY starting to understand that we can strive to be what the above cities got right years ago.  Pointe West has helped us make a huge push towards becoming on of the best beach a...
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
Pointe West Galveston stretches across more than a thousand acres on the western tip of Galveston Island. It is the Islands only resort style community on such a grand scale. Pointe West features a Private Beach Club and a multitude of destination resort amenities. Pointe West's offerings include; custom homesites, elegant villas (condos), and charming beach cottages. You choose your locale, on the Gulf side for oceanfront fun or on the bay for a serene natural setting. Galveston has taken resort style living to a whole new level. There are more than 3 miles of bay front and beaches. This community was most certainly built with active lifestyles in mind. There are lagoons for kayaking and canoeing, several parks, a bayside pool club, and a marina, which keeps natural habitats intact, is...
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By Jason Keeling
(Ryson Real Estate)
I really enjoy getting to know Galveston and one of my personal favorites is Playa San Luis. The neighborhood has a lot to offer and is tucked away on Galveston's west beach. The neighborhood offers a pool, walk under from the pool side of FM 3005 to the beach side, and multiple dune walkovers. The beaches are patrolled by Galveston county sheriffs and vehicles are not allowed. The sands are expansive along with the dunes. In current reports Playa San Luis beaches are accreting rather then eroding. The layout of the neighborhood is ingenious allowing every home to have a beach view.
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By Christina Strommen Stevens, Galveston Texas Realtor, Vacation home expert
(Southwest Realty Advisors LLC)
Spring is a huge time of year for Galveston, Texas.  This marks the beginning of life on the island as business owners know it.  Our community starts to buzz with new visitors as the beach becomes more and more welcoming.  Mood Gardens sees the parking lot fill with excited newcomers who want to lean more about marine life and rain forests.  The Strand gets more and more shoppers as the cruise lines get even busier.The real estate market is very seasonal in Galveston.  Property owners wait till Spring/ Summer to list their homes.  Buyers start to look once the sun warms the horizon past 75 degrees.  It is just no fun to shop for beautiful beach property in the dead of winter.  Mush better when the sun is shining and the gulf breeze is blowing.  If you are interested in listing your prop...
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