Real Estate 2012

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. Among the topics: A look at a new planned community that emphasizes sustainability, a talk with neighbors who are fighting for protections in a city without zoning, and practical tips on buying and selling a home. Also, CultureMap editor-at-large Shelby Hodge looks at some of the most interesting residences on the market.

Lack of Zoning, Kipling, June 2012

Neighborhood uprisings: Isn't it time for Houston to have a serious discussion about zoning?

By Clifford Pugh - June 29th, 2012

The go-ahead for the Ashby high rise has left me feeling really depressed. If affluent residents with all their political and social connections can't keep a 21-story skyscraper out of their bucolic neighborhood, what hope is there for the rest of ...

Ralph, vacation homes, Vail, Arrabelle, at Vail Square

Vacation homes are back: Tuscany, Provence & Palm Springs are next hot markets

By Ralph Bivins - June 28th, 2012

The vacation home market is making a comeback after a couple of rocky years.  People still want a place for recreation, and the seashore, the mountains and even vibrant urban locations are attracting buyers. “We have generations of South Americans and Mexicans ...