Ever since two New York speculators, the Allen brothers, founded Houston on a swamp in 1836 and marketed it as "a center of government and commerce" with an "abundance of excellent spring water and enjoying the sea breeze in all its freshness," the Bayou City has been a developer's dream. Our special series, Real Estate Confidential, examines what's happening in the world of real estate in Houston today as the housing market sizzles and building cranes are popping up all over town. Also, CultureMap home editor Barbara Kuntz looks at some of the most interesting residences on the market.

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The cupboard is bare: Houston home sales show first decline in three years as prices reach all-time record

By Ralph Bivins - June 11th, 2014

A lack of inventory has put a damper on the Houston housing market winning streak as sales declined in May — the first decline in three years. The Houston Association of Realtors reports 7,145 single-family homes sold in May, a 7.3 ...

33 On the Market luxury lake property Round Top June 2014

The ultimate lake house: This $5.3 million mansion seems to float on water, includes its own bridge

By Barbara Kuntz - June 9th, 2014

Editor's Note: Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond are loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap snoops through some of the best and gives you the lowdown on what's ...