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As this video shows one of the many reasons that having a Realtor in today’s market is highly recommended is that Realtor’s have inside knowledge to coming soon listings that have not been listed.  Time is of the essence in a sellers market!

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Your homes curb appeal is a buyer’s first impression.  75% of home buyers drive by the homes that they are interested in after first viewing it online.

Even if you’re not considering putting your home on the market, it never hurts to enhance and improve your property.   Make your home the talk of the neighborhood and your property value with these simple tips.

The Lawn & Landscapingcurbappeal

  • Mow your lawn twice a week, pull weeds and rake up your leaves
  • Trim hedges and shrubs, as well as tree limbs that are near your roof
  • Sweep your walkways
  • Plant a variety of colorful flowers & plants that flourish in all the seasons
  • Weed and mulch your flower beds

The Homes Exterior

  • Front door,porchClean your windows, gutters, and pressure wash your siding and decks
  • Freshen up the exterior of your home with a coat of paint
  • Update your front door.  Try new hardware, or a new paint color
  • Install new accents like house numbers, doorbell buttons, or mail slots
  • Check and replace your roof if necessary
  • Add an awning or covered patio to enjoy the outdoors year round

Landscaping doesn’t have to be expensive; only well-thought-out, interesting, and cohesive.  Plan a week or a couple of weekends to get your curb appeal up to par so that you can make the best first impression on future buyers.

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Summer Storm Neighborhood Marquis

Summer Storm Neighborhood Marquis

Summer Storm Neighborhood is the largest neighborhood in the north Cochran’s Crossing horseshoe area. Summer Storm is located in the very heart of The Woodlands right off of Research Forest and the 2nd Cochran’s Crossing Road (if headed West on Research Forest). Summer Storm’s location is conveniently located to everything The Woodlands has to offer.  A unique aspect to the neighborhood of Summer Storm is that there is an additional entrance/exit aside from Cochran’s Crossing called Cat’s Craddle which is a street that crosses over Research Forest directly into The Woodlands High School. As you can imagine, this easy High School access makes for increased traffic in the mornings and evenings, however most of the traffic is on foot as the kids are walking to and from school. Commuting from Summer Storm to I-45 is painless. If Research Forest has too many street lights for you to get to I-45, Highway 242 (a.k.a. College Park Drive) is less than 2 minutes away and will get you to I-45 just as fast, if not faster.

Summer Storm’s location within The Woodlands is considered ideal because it is:

  • 7 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • 12 minutes from Highway 2920
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

Like its adjoining neighborhoods: Amberglow, Tealpoint and Havenpoint, Summer Storm was built by both

Summer Storm is a tree-lined neighborhood

Summer Storm is a tree-lined neighborhood

David Weekley Builders and Village Builders. However, unique to this section of Cochran’s Crossing is that you will also find Ryland Home Builders and Pulte Home Builders. The homes are all very traditional with a few colonial-style columned entry ways sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. The homes feature brick facades, some wooden shutters flanking the windows, and steep sloped roofs. As I was driving through its streets, Summer Storm seems to have more one-story homes than most comparable neighborhood.   Homes range anywhere from 2,000 sq.ft. to 3,000 sq.ft. in size. Also different from adjoining neighborhoods is that the garages on many of the homes are a more prominent aspect of the facades where as most of the homes in the neighboring areas have detached garages tucked behind the homes. There are no sidewalks, but the concrete streets with curbs and clean yards make this neighborhood very aesthetically pleasing. There are also great walking/biking/running trails that connect through the front and back of the neighborhood.

A peak into the Summer Storm neighborhood

A peak into the Summer Storm neighborhood

Summer Storm has an very active real estate market for its size.  There are currently 6 homes for sale plus 3 homes pending sales. Since January 1, 2008 there have been 20 homes sold with an average days on market of 34 which is fantastic.   The neighborhood price range is between $170k – $360k which is a high-demand price range in The Woodlands. Of the 20 homes that sold last year, the average price was $230,225 and the price per square foot was $91.54 (bearing in mind that some homes sold for as much as $114/sq.ft).  This is a very reasonable price per square foot for The Woodlands in this price range.

To help me learn more about the Summer Storm neighborhood I started talking with a resident, Jamie, mom of 3 who has lived in their home in Summer Storm for 4 years now. Jamie said that she has been happy with the area. Her kids have plenty of friends to play as was evident by the many groups of children playing throughout the neighborhood whether they were on bikes, throwing a football or playing “fairies.” Jamie’s children are not yet High School age, but she is excited for when they will be attending The Woodlands High School because of the easy access her neighborhood affords by crossing Cat’s Craddle. She also mentioned that

Summer Storm Neighborhood Park

Summer Storm Neighborhood Park

the location was great as she can zip to and from all of her regular errand stops and still be home in time to let the dog out. As a negative Jamie did not like that a good number of the homes in Summer Storm back to Research Forest Drive, including her own. There is a thick row of trees and a walking trail between the backyards and the road, but Jamie mentioned that after having owned a home that backs to a busy road, she will make sure that will not be a characteristic in her next home. When I asked here where she would move in The Woodlands, if she had to, she says she honestly would stay in Cochran’s Crossing. She loves the feel of the area and everything she needs is right there.

I also met Danielle, mother of 3 who has lived in Summer Storm 9 years and has really enjoyed it. “We are a very active family with 3 very buys kids. The location is great, my kids have all of their friends really close and that makes being the mom easy on me because I am able to get to know all of the parents and we keep close tabs on all the kids.” She also is very grateful to have the easy

Woodlands High School in nearby

Woodlands High School in nearby

in and out access to The Woodlands High School because she said that Research Forest can get messy and she avoids it all together. Danielle mentioned that she loves all of the mature trees and one of her favorite times of day is in the late morning when she walks her dog up and down the near by streets. When asked about the negatives of the area Danielle mentioned that for some reason there are constantly people moving in and out of the area. “There are at least 5 yard signs up at a time in this neighborhood and I don’t understand why, but it is a great opportunity to get to know new people I guess” she commented. When asked where she would move if she were to sell her current house she mentioned that she really likes some of the larger homes in Indian Springs and you would still have the benefits of a great location, being in the middle of The Woodlands.

Summer Storm is a beautiful, active neighborhood that seems to keep its home owners happy. There are a lot of young families, a lot of new families and a lot of people whom look after one another. Summer Storm is a well established neighborhood with great location, great schools, great neighbors and great amenities and what seems to be plenty of opportunity to move in to one of its houses.

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Havenpoint Neighborhood Marquis

Havenpoint Neighborhood Marquis

Havenpoint Neighborhood is a geographically small neighborhood, however, it is populated with above-average sized homes.  Homes in Havenpoint are larger than its neighboring areas ranging anywhere from 3,000 sq.ft. – 4,500 sq.ft on average 10,000 sq.ft. lots. Havenpoint neighborhood is located at the top of Cochran’s Crossing horse shoe-shaped loop, off of the north side of Research Forest before you get to Greenbridge.  Havenpoint’s location is what you would consider “prime real estate” because it is so conveniently located to everything The Woodlands has to offer and commuting to I-45 couldn’t be easier.  If Research Forest has too many street lights for you to get to I-45, Highway 242 (a.k.a. College Park Drive) is less than 5 minutes away and will get you to I-45 just as fast, if not faster.

Havenpoint’s commute times are:

  • 8 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • 12 minutes from Highway 2920
  • 8 minutes from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

Like its neighboring neighborhoods to the South, Amberglow and Tealpoint, Havenpoint was built by both

A home in Havenpoint

A home in Havenpoint

David Weekley Builders and Village Builders, however, homes in Havenpoint are larger than the homes in Amberglow and Tealpoint. The homes were built in the early 1990’s and are all very traditional with all brick facades, exterior wooden shutters flanking the windows, and steep slopes on the roofs. You will find more two-story homes than one-story homes in Havenpoint and that is mostly due to the size of the homes offered. Following suit with its next door neighbors, Havenpoint has garages that are tucked back behind the home which highlights the beautiful home architecture.  The yards in Havenpoint really stand out as they are all well-manicured and landscaped to really draw out its nature-rich surroundings. There are no sidewalks but the concrete streets with curbs and clean yards make this neighborhood very aesthetically pleasing.  There are many cul-de-sac streets in this neighborhood and a few of those located on the north side of the Lost Pond (the main road winding you through Havenpoint) have their own trails that lead back into the wooded, undeveloped area.  There are also great walking/biking/running trails that connect through the front of the neighborhood.  All of this makes Havenpoint a special neighborhood, but its hallmark is that it backs up to groves of trees.

There are currently no homes for sale in Havenpoint which is a testament of its own.  Only two homes have sold since January 1, 2008; one in June and one in September. The home that sold in June sold in just 10 days! The home that sold in September was on the market a little longer, making the average days on market 56. The

A peak into the Havenpoint neighborhood

A peak into the Havenpoint neighborhood

houses sold for an average of 96% of the asking price and the average price per square foot is $98.00. Homes in this area are in the $300k – $400k range.

While previewing Havenpoint I introduced myself to Bruce, a home owner in Havenpoint who was just arriving home from work. He didn’t have long to chat, but he shared with me that he and his family have been in their current house for 3 years and enjoy their neighbors and their location. He mentioned that as a positive for Havenpoint they are very, very close The Woodlands High School where he has 2 children attending. He also really enjoys that there are trees in the neighborhood that change color with the seasons.  Bruce is from the east coast and missed the fall colors in Texas.  When I asked for a negative about Havenpoint, he mentioned that in the three years he has been here, every year they get a huge influx of birds and they drive him crazy. I saw this first-hand. A large group of black birds sweeping in and out of the neighborhood, stopping on lawns and roofs. Maybe great for bird-watchers, but not ideal for freshly-washed cars.

On my way out of the Havenpoint I met Jessica and Maya, two girls walking home from The Woodlands High School.  I thought it would be nice to get an opinion from a younger demographic so I asked the girls how they liked living in Havenpoint. Jessica’s family lives a little farther down in the Lake Pointe neighborhood, but Maya said that she really loves that all of the houses have so many windows because all of the houses are so pretty.  She also loves the hidden trails and small cul-de-sacs because it is really nice to be outside in this area. There are no speeding cars and the parent’s feel safe letting their kids play outside. As a negative Maya and Jessica both agreed that living so close to their school wasn’t always the best because it meant they always had to walk! They were both excited about the fact, however, that it only took their mom’s 5 minutes to get them to The Woodlands Mall!  So the neighborhood is a positive for teenage girls shopping and a negative for family budgets.

Havenpoint neighborhood in Cochran’s Crossing is a beautiful area that is small on a grand scale. It provides the aesthetic appeal anyone would be able to enjoy. It offers larger homes in a well-established, lovely neighborhood that is centrally located within The Woodlands.

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Tealpoint Neighborhood Marquis

Tealpoint Neighborhood Marquis

Tealpoint Neighborhood is a small, quiet yet friendly neighborhood in the very Heart of The Woodlands. Located right off of Research Forest between the 2nd Cochran’s Crossing (if headed West on Research Forest) and Greenbridge, Tealpoint’s location is what you would consider “prime real estate” because it is so conveniently located to everything The Woodlands has to offer! A unique aspect to the neighborhood of Tealpoint is that there is a back entrance to the neighborhood from Greenbridge; the only neighborhood in Cochran’s Crossing that has Greenbridge access. Because of this, commuting to I-45 couldn’t be easier! If Research Forest has too many street lights for you to get to I-45, Highway 242 (a.k.a. College Park Drive) is less than 2 minutes away and will get you to I-45 just as fast, if not faster.

Tealpoint’s location within The Woodlands is considered ideal.  It is:

  • 7 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2920
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

Like its neighbor to the South, Amberglow, Tealpoint was built by both David Weekley Builders and Village Builders, however, homes in Tealpoint are larger than most of those in Amberglow. The homes are all very

Tealpoint Neighborhood Streetscape

Tealpoint Neighborhood Streetscape

traditional with all brick facades, exterior wooden shutters flanking the windows, and steep slopes on the roofs. There are both one-story and two-story homes found in this neighborhood and one of my favorite aspects is that the garages are not prominent. They are all tucked back and detached from the home, really helping to showcase the homes.  There are no sidewalks but the concrete streets with curbs and clean yards make this neighborhood very aesthetically pleasing, like most neighborhoods in The Woodlands! There are also great walking/biking/running trails that connect through the front of the neighborhood.

Residences of Tealpoint love their neighborhood and proof of that is in the numbers! There are no homes for sale at this time in Tealpoint, nor has there been a home on the market in this neighborhood since April of 2007 – almost 2 years ago! Therefore, a current Days on Market figure is hard to determine, however, the last house to sell (in April 2007) was only on the market 4 days!! Homes in this area are in the $250k – $300k range.

While touring the neighborhood I met Craig, an original owner of his home in Tealpoint. He and his wife bought their house in 1991 and have been very happy. He is grateful they bought in a neighborhood that is not constantly changing. He said he appreciated that there are not for sale signs all over the place like there seem to be in other areas. It is an established area where everyone is familiar with most of the people coming and going. Craig and his wife are both retired and so commuting is not an issue for them but he did mention how convenient everything is located, especially for his wife as she is the ‘shopper’ of the family. The grocery store is only 5 minutes away and there are so many options as to if they want to use the Cochran’s Crossing shopping center, Alden Bridge Shopping Center or the stores on 242 such as Wal-mart, Lowe’s Kohl’s, Garden Ridge and more, only 5 minutes away. When I met Craig he was out cleaning the leaves and debris out of the curb side gutters and so when I asked him if there were any negatives to his area he said “well, I have never liked picking

A peak into the Tealpoint Neighborhood

A peak into the Tealpoint Neighborhood

up dead, wet leaves and all of these huge trees don’t seem to be getting any smaller over the years!”  When I asked him if he were to move, but stay in The Woodlands, where would he go, Craig shared with me that he and his wife would buy a patio home perhaps in the Grogan’s Forest area, but they have no plans to sell any time soon,

I also met Dana who was just arriving home from an afternoon of errands. She was kind enough o share with me that her family has been in Tealpoint for 5 years, ever since they were job transferred here from New Jersey. Dana loves the convenience of all of the amenities of The Woodlands including Town Center and The Woodlands Mall and she loves the community pools, the dog park and all of the biking trails that are literally right outside of her neighborhood that she and her children have often taken advantage of. “It is so easy to do things as a family in this neighborhood, and that is very important to me” Dana commented. As a negative, Dana said that while she loves that her neighborhood has the Greenbridge access in the back side of Tealpoint, she sometimes wishes it were not there because it adds a lot of traffic who are cutting through Tealpoint from Greenbridge in order to get to their nearby neighborhoods. When I asked Dana where she would move in The Woodlands if she were to not stay in Tealpoint, she looked at me funny and said “nowhere, why would we move. We are a walk away from my kids’ schools, close to all shopping and it is quiet, friendly, and beautiful.”

Tealpoint is a beautiful neighborhood that seems to have it all. If you are looking for a well established neighborhood with great location, great schools, great neighbors and great amenities, Tealpoint seems to be the place to be; the trick is finding someone willing to move.

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Amber Glow Neighborhood Marquis

Amber Glow Neighborhood Marquis

Amber Glow Neighborhood is a very family friendly, socially active neighborhood in the very Heart of The Woodlands. At the very entrance of the neighborhood you will find a wonderful park highlighted by tennis courts and a wonderful playground. Located right off of Research Forest between the 2nd Cochran’s Crossing (if headed West on Research Forest) and Greenbridge, Amberglow’s location is what you would consider “prime real estate” because it is so conveniently located to everything The Woodlands has to offer! Amberglow has more than one easy commuter route to I-45. If Research Forest has too many street lights for you to get to I-45, Highway 242 (a.k.a. College Park Drive) is less than 2 minutes away and will get you to I-45 just as fast, if not faster!

Amber Glow’s location within The Woodlands is considered ideal.  It is:

  • 7 minutes from I-45 and Town Center
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2920
  • 10 minutes from Highway 2978 and the city of Magnolia

The neighborhood was built by both David Weekley Builders and Village Builders. The homes are all very

A peak into the Amber Glow neighborhood

A peak into the Amber Glow neighborhood

traditional with all brick facades, exterior wooden shutters flanking the windows, and steep slopes on the roofs. There are both one-story and two-story homes found in this neighborhood and most homes have very lush front landscaping including mature trees and flourishing bushes. There are no sidewalks but the concrete streets with curbs and clean yards make this neighborhood very aesthetically pleasing, like most neighborhoods in The Woodlands!

There is currently one house for sale in Amberglow. Considering the homes that have sold since December 1, 2007, the average days on market for the neighborhood is 35. That is really excellent and goes to show that Cochran’s Crossing is a much desired area within The Woodlands! Homes are very affordable in Amberglow ranging from $190k – $250k. The average sales price for one-story homes sold in Amberglow in the last year is $96/sq.ft. The average sales price for two-story homes sold in Amberglow in the last year is $90/sq.ft.

Amber Glow Neighborhood Street View

Amber Glow Neighborhood Street View

My parents owned a home in Amberglow for 8 years before relocating to Phoenix with my father’s job. While living in Amberglow, my parents enjoyed many evening cul-de-sac “get togethers” where the neighbors one their street would bring out their lawn chair at the top of the cul-de-sac, let the kids play and the adults would enjoy a glass of wine, good conversation and great company! While revisiting this area, I ran into some old acquaintances and enjoyed remembering some of those wonderful get-togethers I attended and hearing why the neighbors who still live there, love where they live!

Margaret has lived in Amberglow for 7 years and could not be happier with her family’s home purchase. She loves the neighbors, loves the community feel, loves the landscaping and loves the location! Margaret is a stay at home mom, but finds that title ironic because she feels like she is running her kids around The Woodlands a lot more than she stays at home. She is thrilled with their home because it is so centrally located. She is at Wal-mart, Lowe’s Kohls, Garden Ridge and I-45 all within 5 minutes. She is at Kroger and the YMCA within 5 minutes. She is at The Woodlands Mall and Town Center in 10 minutes and she enjoys the multiple dining options that her location affords because she is so close to the Alden Bridge, Indian Springs, and Sterling Ridge Shopping Centers that all provide wonderful restaurants! When asked to think of a negative to her home she said that the worst thing she could think of is that it seems

Amber Glow Neighborhood Park

Amber Glow Neighborhood Park

like they have recently had a big “turn-over rate” of neighbors, upset to have lost some good friends recently due to job transfers. When asked where else in The Woodlands she would live if she had to move, Margaret said she would stay in Cochran’s Crossing, but move closer to the front side of Cochran’s Crossing, which is only 2 minutes from where she already is!

While continuing on through the neighborhood I met Dan, an airline pilot and father of 3! Dan was returning from a weekly basketball game at the park located at the entrance of Amberglow. He was walking home with his 8 year old son Jack and was kind enough to share with me that he, like Margaret, loves his location. Dan moved his family into Amberglow 5 years ago and for him, the importance of being close to I-45 is on the top of his list because he commutes to the airport. He also pointed out that he is very content with the neighborhood because he is gone from his home and family for days at a time with his job and he feels very secure about leaving his family in their home/neighborhood alone. “We all

Amber Glow Neighborhood Tennis Court

Amber Glow Neighborhood Tennis Court

watch out for one another, without being snoopy” he said. Jack said he loves the neighborhood because there is always someone to pass the football with, even when his dad is not home. If they had to move, but stay in The Woodlands area, Dan said he would look to move into some of the more up-scale homes found in the parts of Indian Springs. He said he would still have the great location and he likes the look of the homes over there.

When my parents moved out of Amberglow their home was sold before they could officially put it on the market! Our team has sold a couple of homes in Amberglow as well and they were not on the market long! My family and I talk about the Duskwood house often and how we miss our friends and the house itself. 2 years later, that is a testament that this is a great place to be!

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