Join Ralphie and Family for “A Christmas Story” at Cinco Ranch’s LaCenterra

Come to Cinco Ranch's LaCenterra for a viewing of A Christmas Story

Tongue stuck on the icy pole. Bullies defeated. Chinese Christmas carols and incorrigible language. I don’t know about you but “A Christmas Story” is my all-time favorite Christmas movie! It just doesn’t get any better; every year I enjoy it more and more.

Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this holiday classic at LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch on Saturday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, holiday snacks and blankets, Read the rest of this entry »

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You Don’t Want to Miss the Katy Holiday Fun Festival

Keeping Christ in Christmas, giving to the unfortunate and visiting with Santa will all be a part of the upcoming Katy Holiday Fun Festival. The Katy community has long needed a large, inclusive holiday festival; this is the first celebration of what will become an annual event! We are all invited. Thanks to Katy’s, the Katy site “Where Family Fun is Found”, for the following information:

When: Friday, December 12, 5 p.m. until midnight.
Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. until midnight.
Sunday, December 14, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Location: 21703 Kingsland Blvd. at Park Grove, one block east of Mason Rd.

This years’ Katy Holiday Fun Festival  promises a weekend of holiday fun for families of Katy and the Read the rest of this entry »

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Controversy Swirls in Cinco Ranch in Katy Texas

One of the highly regarded features of living in a master-planned community, like Cinco Ranch, is the promise of predictability.  Winter flowers are replaced with spring bedding plants.  The landscaping is always tasteful but spectacular. In Cinco Ranch, the crepe myrtles bloom in mass. The water features are  pristine and a delight to visit.

Property values are maintained by strict guidelines, enforced when necessary. The Architectural Control Committee is to administer decisions fairly and equitably always deciding in favor of sustaining property values.

So, what’s up now? Why aren’t more Cinco Ranch residents aware of the ongoing dispute? Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happened to the Trees in Katy?

Does it make you angry when a Katy developer comes through and randomly plows down all the trees in their way? Hardwoods, too, like fabulous old oaks. It breaks my heart. Profit is great but working alongside Mother Nature, creating a win-win is even better. These same developers boast about “being green” but the obvious is the obvious. How much “greener” can you get than a tree? Give me a break!

When I got the call to list 1022 Woodcreek Cove Lane in Woodcreek Reserve, I was thrilled! (Above is the view from the front door of my listing; it looks onto Buffalo Bayou and the neighborhood amenities.) The master-planned community of Woodcreek Reserve, a favorite of mine, is located just south of I-10 at FM 1463. This is the exit for the Leonard E. Merrell Center located on the north side of I-10. Read the rest of this entry »

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Have you Been to the Best Katy site?

I have a favorite Katy site, The Voice of Katy; it’s the absolute source for everything Katy! Founded and published by Carson Coots, a Katy resident, is an area blog/magazine with regular columnists who cover topics from business, education, dining reviews, area events, sports, family lifestyle and many more subjects. Just wait until you discover The Rhodes Report about all things football in Katy; now, that’s a popular column!

My own Katy real estate column covers topics different from Recently, I wrote a story about alligators surfacing in our area neighborhoods and a piece about The Economic Revitalization Act, specifically what it means to Katy real estate, Katy Read the rest of this entry »

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Life is Good in Cinco Ranch’s Pumpkin Patch

When my kiddos were little, the place to go to get a pumpkin was Blue Barn Fun Farm in Pattison. Or, let me rephrase that, it was the place the Montessori preschool and KISD elementary schools thought we should visit. It was quite the adventure! Not only a huge pumpkin patch but hayrides, crayfishing, petting zoo and ponies to ride. Throngs of running, squealing little ones. I imagine it’s still a great place to take your children. However, if you’re looking for something a little closer and (maybe) not so chaotic, you don’t need to leave Katy; there’s a free “fun farm” coming to us!

Newland Communities, the developer of Cinco Ranch, will host its Third Annual “Life is Good” Pumpkin Festival in Cinco Ranch West on Saturday, October 25th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The festival site is on the shores of Spring Lake, a scenic 39-acre lake, at the southwest corner of Cinco Ranch Boulevard and Spring Read the rest of this entry »

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Katy: It’s not too Late to Help Hurricane Ike Victims!

LaCenterra’s Farmers Market is proudly joining forces with Katy Cares to help our neighbors who were impacted by Hurricane Ike on Saturday, October 4 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Both money and non-perishable supplies are needed. There will be a special tent and tables for collection.The event will include live entertainment by the Grateful Geezers and friends beginning at 1 p.m.

Items needed to aid Hurricane Ike relief efforts include:

  • Tax-deductible monetary donations can be make c/o The Katy Foundation at any Katy area Amegy Bank of Texas or Tradition Bank locations through October 31. Contributions will be accepted during the event as well.
  • Cereal and cereal bars
  • Boxed juices
  • Canned meats
  • Soups and stews
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Bags of rice, beans and pasta
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food
  • Bath soap or shower gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Body and hand lotion
  • Brushes, combs and hair accessories

See you at the market!

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Hurricane Ike Spares Katy His Worst Wrath

Hurricane Katy Texas

No phone service of any kind. Parts of my roof gone with the wind. Lots of junk in the yard. Beyond that, my household is doing great. So very much for which to give thanks.

No news must be good news, I haven’t seen any TV coverage of Katy except to say many of us have power restored. This includes my family.

So many of our Houston and Galveston neighbors are suffering terrific losses; my heart breaks for them. As a New Orleans native, I’m a veteran hurricane gal and one who never wants to experience another.

God bless you all, Julie

For information about Katy area homes, you can search the entire Houston MLS from this blog. For questions or to tour any area homes, contact me directly at 713-818-2404.  I have specialized in Katy real estate for over 19 years. Experience does count!

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Who Else Wants Katy Department Store Shopping Without Driving the Katy Freeway?

shopping at The Grand in Katy Texas

During the 26.5 years I’ve lived in Katy , there have been reoccurring rumors that the downtown section of Buffalo Bayou will be transformed into a tourist mecca a la San Antonio’s Riverwalk. I’ve seen the plans in the newspaper, even way back when we had two daily papers.

TV stations have touted the “upcoming” developments. Real estate investor/developers have been paraded before the media. Will we ever see the Buffalo Bayou Riverwalk? Fat chance, that’s my take on the project and I’m sticking to it!

Similarly, periodically, there has been talk of an upscale shopping mall to built in the heart of Katy. At the time that Katy Mills Mall was announced so were plans for a Foley’s, now Macy’s, anchored mall. It was to be located directly across I-10 from Katy Mills Mall on the Read the rest of this entry »

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Katy’s Glenn Eller, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Honored at Cinco Ranch’s LaCenterra

Glenn Eller of Katy Texas

Katy native son Glenn Eller, Olympic Gold Medalist and a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unity, was celebrated at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch on Saturday, August 30.

A native Texan, Eller graduated from James E. Taylor High School. Even though he’s on active duty, Eller still calls Katy “home”.

Eller is a three-time Olympian and winner of the gold medal in double trap at the recent 2008 Read the rest of this entry »

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