• The interior courtyard is a charming feature of the townhouse.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino
  • Two-story high ceilings in the foyer provide oodles of light.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino
  • The 18-foot ceilings in the living room offer a spacious feel in the space thatoverlooks the interior courtyard.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino
  • A balcony view of the living room.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino
  • The completely remodeled kitchen is spacious and beautifully up-to-date.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino
  • The formal dining room.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino
  • Entry to the townhouse is via a shaded, paved walkway.
    Photo by Patrick Bertolino

  • Monsour Taghdisi, president of Prestige Builders Inc., builds to benefit LegacyCommunity Health Services.
    Courtesy Photo
  • Lucinda Loya of Lucinda Loya Interiors will design the interiors.
  • A rendering of Prestige Builders' Nantucket Showcase home, designed byMiller/Dahlstrand Architects.

  • Dillon House towers over Andy Weaver and Lucinda Cobley's Montrose bungalow."It's like having a cruise ship next door," he says.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The Post Oak School purchased and tore down an old home at the corner of Autreyand Montrose for a parking lot.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The Post Oak School renovated an industrial building, right, for a high schoolthat opens in August. Some residents are worried about increased traffic;officials insist they want to be good neighbors.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Plans for the Ashby high rise have focused attention on Houston's planning — orthe lack of it.
    Rendering via Buckhead Investment Partners Inc.

  • “We have generations of South Americans and Mexicans who have an affinity forVail," says Alex Iskenderian ofVail Resorts Development of Colorado. Pictured isArrabelle at Vail Square.
  • A new trend is the emergence of urban timeshare-like residences in cities suchas San Antonio.
  • What’s the next hot market? The Tuscany region of Italy (shown here) andFrance’s Provence.
    Peter Kempf International

  • In its prime, the Astrodome was considered an engineering feat.
    Baseball Fever
  • Judge Ed Emmett compared the iconic stadium to the Eiffel Tower.
    Photo by Jack Opatrany/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • The Imperial Sugar Land development has a new tenant: The Children's Museum ofHouston.
  • The museum is hoping to raise $1 million from Fort Bend residents by October of2013.
  • A 10,000 square foot warehouse tucked behind the iconic sugar silos will be hometo six exhibition spaces in 2015.
    Photo by Whitney Radley

  • The Houston Independent School District Board must decide by August whether the$1.89 billion bond will be put to Houston voters.
  • Included in the package is approximately $80 million for a new High School forthe Performing and Visual Arts facility in downtown that will replace thecurrent Montrose-area building.
    Photo by WhisperToMe/Wiki

  • The house sits on a large lot that backs up to a tributary of Sims Bayou andlooks across to Glenwood Golf Course.
  • The great room enjoys high ceilings, a working fireplace and palladian-stylecaps above French doors.
  • The view from the front yard of the house built in the 1990s.
  • The breakfast area off of the modern kitchen is a charming space.
  • The updated kitchen offers plenty of storage.
  • The sleeping porch with several ceiling fans is an unusual feature of the house.
  • The dining room overlooks the great room.
  • Baths have been updated.
  • The guest bedroom has a view to the golf course fairways.

  • The 1,800 square foot apartment overlooking New York's Hudson River was stagedfor an open house by Houston's Lucinda Loya.
  • Two days was all the time allotted to dress up the $2.25 million apartment, thestudy seen here.
  • Lucinda and Javier Loya at the open house in Tribeca.
  • Halstead real estate agents Julie Cushman, left, and Ivana Tagliamonte were allsmiles at the decorative results.
  • Anna Robinson, from left, Alton LaDay and Mary Catherine McGarvey at the openhouse. The women own McGarvey Robinson Design, based in Brooklyn.

  • This marks the return of the freshly-restored metal letters on vintage AlabamaTheatre sign.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The narrow and hot confines of the vintage metal sign have not made it easy forlighting workers, who hope to complete the project by Friday afternoon.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • As of Thursday afternoon, new neon was in place at the top of the spire andthroughout the lettering.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The vintage letters have a fresh coat of orage and white paint.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Each of these small electrical boxes weigh more than 30 pounds — a heavy loadconsidering how high workers need to carry them up the four-story sign. Oh yeah. . . and there are about 40 of them to be installed.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Inside, the original Art Deco decorations have been reattached.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Fresh neon lights awaiting installation.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • The main corridor along the south wall has been dry-walled.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Sets of pink and turquiose railing are stacked in the rear foyer.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • A small outdoor shelter is nearing completion.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Original neon stands sag at the rear parking lot entrance, waiting to be eitherremoved or replaced.
    Photo by Karen Burd

  • This Andy Abercrombie custom home resembles a Mediterranean resort and indeedthe feel is all luxury.
  • The combo billiard room and study provides a rich retreat from the open spacesof the remainder of the house.
  • The front gate leads down a curving drive paved in a herring-bone pattern ofbrick.
  • The two-story living room with working fireplace offers a grand setting forsophisticated socializing.
  • The lanai expands the total entertaining space of the house.
  • The second working fireplace in the summer kitchen presents and alternativeentertaining space.
  • The spacious master bedroom overlooks the back garden and pool.
  • The majestic structure rises from the grounds at the foot of the curvingdriveway.
  • The formal dining room opens to the two-story high foyer.
  • The family room exudes a homey warmth even in its spaciousness.
  • The sunken wine room is large enough for dinner.
  • The open plan kitchen flows from the family room to the bar that connects to theliving room.

  • The line to get into the new Trader Joe's in The Woodlands stretched around thestore on opening day.
  • Trader Joe's fever was in the crowd.
    Photo By Marlo Saucedo
  • Once you got to the front of the Trader Joe's line, greeters were there with atouch worthy of Hawaii.
    Photo by Marlo Saucedo
  • There wasn't a lot of room to move around on the opening day of the new TraderJoe's in The Woodlands.
    Photo by Marlo Saucedo
  • Getting to the front of the checkout was no easy task as Trader Joe's frenzyovertook The Woodlands.
    Photo by Marlo Saucedo
  • Still, many customers left satisified — with wine.
    Photo By Marlo Saucedo

  • Toby Keith
    Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill/Facebook
  • Interior of the Toby Keith's bar location in Oklahoma City
    Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill/Facebook
  • Steaks and burgers
    Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill/Facebook
  • The I Love This Bar & Grill in Oklahoma City
    Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill/Facebook

  • Jared Lang and associates pick up the gilded shovels at the Southwest Freewaysite between Greenbrier and Shepherd.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Jared Lang, Momentum Audi GM, welcomes guests to the groundbreaking of themonumental dealership.
    Photo by Karen Burd
  • Fred Goree, from left, Mohammed Oshiba, and Steven Craney of Goree Architects,which is designing the 170,000 square foot structure.
    Photo by Karen Burd

  • How can you not love a city that has a Ferris wheel right downtown?
    Downtown Aquarium - Houston/Facebook
  • I can get nearly any place in record time from my new house including TheGalleria in 15 minutes.
  • The Beer Can House is just one pretty cool attraction to see.
  • Memorial Park is now a perfect five-minute walk away.

  • Some builders have considered turning the Imperial Sugar silos — which areiconic, though not historic — into condos.
    Photo by Whitney Radley
  • The first floor of the historic char house would make a perfect lobby for aboutique hotel.
    Photo by Whitney Radley
  • The facade of the three-bay warehouse looks out onto a large plaza.
    Photo by Whitney Radley

  • The house, built in 1925, was completely renovated in a massive three-yearproject.
    Photo by Joe Gayle
  • The pool pavilion was an architecurally-sensitive addition to the updatedproperty.
    Photo by James Mol
  • Wide plank chestnut flooring from France is used throughout much of the house asseen here in the living room. Note the 18th century mantel.
    Photo by James Mol
  • The library addition at the back of the house continues the esthetics of theoriginal structure..
    Photo by James Mol
  • The meditation garden adjoins the original sun room.
    Photo by James Mol
  • Light pours in through mullioned windows in the master bedroom.
    Photo by James Mol
  • The kitchen opens to the large family room across the way, which overlooks thepool through French doors.
    Photo by James Mol
  • Each of the five bedrooms is light an airy.
    Photo by James Mol
  • A view from the stairway into the entry and living room.
    Photo by James Mol

  • The developers of Cross Creek Ranch decided to go sustainable in itslandscaping, land development and water usage. Wildflowers replaced standardcarpet grass.
    Photo by Tom Fox/SWA Group
  • The development is now ranked in the top 10 communities for new home sales inthe Houston area.
    Photo by Tom Fox/SWA Group
  • The curves of the land’s natural creek had been straightened for efficiency’ssake, the grass was pounded into submission by cattle and the property wasbarren, without trees.
    Photo by Tom Fox/SWA Group
  • The community’s parks and picnic areas that do have Bermuda grass are wateredwith recycled gray water.
    Photo by Tom Fox/SWA Group

  • The final plan for the Imperial Sugar Land development was approved in April.
  • The city of Sugar Land was built up around the Imperial Sugar Company mill andrefinery.
    Photo via Facebook

  • Curb appeal runs high for this bungalow in the East Lawn, just minutes fromdowntown.
  • The living room features the original fireplace and original floor-to-ceilingmullioned windows.
  • The living room looks into the dining room.
  • Plenty of light pours through the windows into the formal dining room.
  • The kitchen has been updated and new appliances added.
  • The kitchen is large enough for a breakfast nook, a rarity in houses of thisera.
  • The master bedroom is large enough to comfortably house a king-size bed and anarmoire.
  • The guest bedroom is all charm.
  • The third floor attic space makes for a comfortable TV room
  • Across the stairwell from the TV room, there is space for an office on one endand a bed on the other.
  • Both bathrooms have been updated.