08/15/11 1:50pm

CAN’T SHOWHOUSE YET What can HBJ reporter Jennifer Dawson tell you about the filming she attended over the weekend of 2 Meritage model homes in Fall Creek, for a new HGTV show called Showhouse Showdown? Not a whole lot. Five rooms in each of the 3,000-sq.-ft. houses on Robbie Creek Ln. had been decked out over a period of 3 days by a different interior designer, each wielding a $50,000 budget. The first 150 attendees got to vote on a winner: “I was game for standing outside in the heat, because I was eager to see who won the competition. But, no such luck. HGTV shot the reveal segment twice. Once as if the decorator of House A won. And once as if House B’s designer won. That’s a sure-fire way of making sure the cat doesn’t get out of the bag before the show airs. The producers also didn’t want the designers’ names revealed before the show airs, terms I agreed to. We also weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the houses.” [BizBlog] Photo of “Windrose” model used in competition: Meritage Homes

01/25/08 7:42pm

Fall Creek is only 15 minutes from Downtown Houston!!! . . . Unless you believe those silly Google Maps, which show it around 25 minutes away. But Google’s probably figuring how long it would take if you drove while sending text messages with your iPhone — that can slow you down. Whether you believe the real-estate developers or the software developers, you might want to add in some sort of factor for traffic.

There likely won’t be so much traffic along I-59 this weekend, so you can explore the open houses on this tour and test the drive times yourself!

8510 Mineral Springs Ln., Fall Creek, Humble, TX

Location: 8510 Mineral Springs Ln.
Details: 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths, 4,857 sq. ft.
Price: $424,900
The Scoop: Ginormous 2005 home “has hidden room in gameroom wired for internet.” Could that be the secret World of Warcraft bunker you’ve been looking for? On market since late October; marked down twice from $449,900.
Open House: Sunday, 1-4 pm

You’ll find three more Fall Creek open houses for this weekend . . . below the fold.