04/02/15 4:45pm

Video of this week’s jaw-dropping demolition of the combo Taco Bell and Pizza Hut at 1710 Kingwood Dr. is now featured on the Facebook page of the chewed-up Kingwood restaurant, in 15 separate bite-sized episodes.

Above: Digging those teeth in. Next: Gettin’ some of that yummy filling:


Kingwood Crunch
03/13/14 10:45am



Now on its third relisting by the initial agent since 2011, a 2006 Mediterranean-style spread in Lakes at Kings River Estates is sticking to the asking price the property’s been offered at since last April. But the current price ceiling is still a few ticks down from what it was during a year-long sale attempt in 2011, which began at $2.8 million before knocking off $550K. The red-roofed Kingwood-area property, currently seeking $1.99 million, appears notable for its collection of over-the-top ceiling treatments.


Look Out Above
01/13/14 11:45am

The Shoppes at Kingsgate, 1113-1399 Kingwood Dr., Humble, TexasSadly, her report doesn’t include renderings of this little detail, but Real Estate Bisnow’s Catie Dixon notes that the Schreer Partnership’s planned redo (depicted at left) of the 152,000-sq.-ft. Kingwood Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Kingwood Dr. and Chestnut Ridge Rd. it just bought will add gates — “to give the center an exclusive feeling and to mirror the gated community of Kingwood.” Also coming, behind those wrought instigators of shopping security: a kiddie playground and outdoor dining area. The new owners tell Dixon they’re envisioning a “town center” concept (perhaps inspired by the 600,000 “first of its kind” Kingwood Parc town center complex announced last summer and planned for a couple blocks west, directly adjacent to the Eastex Fwy.). The new owners will add only one “e” with their gates, however: the shopping center shall henceforth be known as the Shoppes at Kingsgate.

Rendering: Schreer Partnership Interests

Stein Mart Will Stay
04/11/13 12:30pm

Next month, reports Real Estate Bisnow’s Catie Dixon, construction’s supposed to start on 3 more segments of the Grand Parkway: That’s why F1, F2, and G on the map here are colored in that cautionary yellow. And where G ends? Not coincidentally, adds Dixon, at that future intersection with U.S. 59, planned to be completed by 2015, the 1400-acre master-planned Valley Ranch is getting ready to sprawl out.


04/27/12 11:45pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: BEWARE ALSO THE KEG PARTY AT THE HARRINGTONS’ HOUSE ON SATURDAY “Loved the article, or should I say press release, in the Kingwood Observer about the river beach party hangout for teens. It should really help build awareness of, and traffic to, the spot. Great marketing effort!” [PaulP, commenting on Headlines: Fire Station Rehab; Hermann Park Apartment Building’s Loose Python]

01/14/10 2:06pm

Congratulations to the winner of this week’s Neighborhood Guessing Game: Helen. And what did she win? Just a one-year membership in the Rice Design Alliance! Our thanks to the RDA, for providing the prize!

Great guesses, everyone. Where is this place?


07/16/09 8:12pm

We have a winner!

Of what? How about that long-sought-after one-year individual membership in the Rice Design Alliance!

Here were your guesses for this week’s mystery property: Katy (3 of you), Greatwood (4), Cinco Ranch (3), Pearland, Sugar Land, Lake Olympia, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Clear Lake, Champion Forest, Memorial Northwest, Silverlake, Memorial Villages, Fort Bend County, Magnolia, Cypress (2), Bellaire (3), Kingwood, Fall Creek, Keller, Hyde Park, Lakes on Eldridge, Coles Crossing, West University, “1 or 2 miles south of I-10 west and South Fry Rd.,” Sweetwater, Sienna Plantation, Friendswood, Camp Logan, Rice Military, Upper Kirby, FM 1960, “that gray area that’s almost Bellaire but near Meyerland, around Braeswood,” Pecan Grove, Mid Lane, and First Colony.

The prize goes to DLW, who got a lot correct:

I believe the plan is called the Valencia by Village Builders, and is around 3000 square feet, one story. The plan is about 12 years old now, but the stainless appliances and some of the fixtures indicate it is more recent construction. I would lean towards a master-planned suburban community that Village tended to build in, such as Kingwood, Cinco Ranch, or Greatwood.

Congratulations! An honorable mention goes to resident poet movocelot, for contributing this not-so-free but entertaining verse:

I feel this sprawler is a “Build-Your-Own” home, somewhere in Katy or Magnolia.
I looks like the ‘90s but finished in 2000, because everything tended to go slowlier.
A single-story pimped to fill it’s big lot, with arch’l clichés and mixtures,
‘Til the over-spent couple took their last draw, unable to buy quality fixtures.
The crown mold is glam, the ovals divine, and the light well is, well, bright.
But, cold as a mall and echo-y, too, this house is basically trite.
And that’s a really dumb mirror over the mantel.

Where did this builder home land?


06/12/08 5:30pm

Neighborhood Guessing Game 11: Pool Table

This week’s Neighborhood Guessing Game has . . . no winner. None of you were even close. But it sure was fun!

Most of your guesses centered around Memorial. We had 2 for “Memorial” and one for “near Memorial Park.” Plus: 4 votes for Bunker Hill Village and one each for Hunters Creek Village, Hedwig Village, Jersey Village, and Hilshire Village. Pasadena and Champions Forest got 2 guesses each, and the remainder went to Baytown, Deer Park, the Mid Lane area, the southeast quadrant of Gessner and Westheimer, South Houston, Westheimer & Highway 6, Braeswood-Fondren near the country club, Greenwood Forest, Royden Oaks, and Fountainview or Bering Drive.

Hey, nobody guessed Meyerland! (No, it’s not there, either.)

This week we also had a few mystery sightings: A “I Shot J.R.” T-shirt in the closet; a sidewalk in front of the house; a fake fireplace in the converted attic; a second foosball table. Where are these things?

Three of you get honorable mentions: Brad, for spotting what may or may not be stirrups fastened to the bar in the uh . . . foosball room; Joni Webb for getting the house’s timeline right:

it’s a total redo – the kitchen and bathrooms. I’m going with 70’s, 80’s with new redo in the last 5 years.

And of course margo . . . for this fun comment:

OMG! Please tell me that my eyes are deceiving me. Is that a leopard rug with head attached draped over the treadmill?? No no no. That is wrong on so many levels. I’ve been known to hang a few bras from my treadmill but never a dead animal. Im going with bunkerhill area i’ve seen some strange buisness in a few houses in that area and this looks about par.

There were no secret disinformation campaigns this time . . . but you never know!

Where is this place? Answer revealed below!