Sweet Little Dog Found in Cinco Ranch, Katy… Do you know him?

May 12, 2011

We found a dog and we would like to appeal for your help in finding the owner. Attached is his picture and the text is as follows:

Sweet Dog Found in Cinco Ranch!

On May 11 we found this cute little dog at our front door. It is small, male, light brown colored and seems to miss his owners a lot. We live in Sedona, a neighborhood within Cinco Ranch Southwest, near the intersection between Spring Green Blvd. and South Fry Road. My mobile phone is (832) 596-4908.

Thanks,

Carlos Elmer Ferro


Found Lab in Katy – Do you know him?

May 4, 2011
Dog found near Creech Elementary in Katy, TX.

by Christi Borden

This charming yellow lab mix male was found behind Creech Elementary in Katy, Tx in the community of Cinco Ranch. Are you missing your boy? Please contact Beth at 716-632-1016.

 
This is always a good time to remind everyone that installing a chip in your pet is painless for them and could save a life time of pain for you should they get lost. Please forward this to your friends so we can find his mom and dad.
 

Another Lost/Found Pet Happy Ending in Katy!

March 14, 2011

Owner found for lost pets!by christi borden

These two pups were found in Seven Meadows and turned into the Fort Bend Animal Service office. They were given a very short deadline before being put down and a wonderful neighbor of ours in Grand Lakes fostered them until today… when their owner contacted me through this blog. I was able to direct her to the foster parent and all is well. She is having the pets neutered and micro-chipped tomorrow.

A special thank you to John Murski, Grand Lakes resident and very kind animal lover, for taking these two lovely pets in until the present owner or a new family could be found to take them in. I know the owner is ecstatic about finding her beloved pets and we all owe Jim a mountain of gratitude.

This is a gentle reminder that we should all have our pets micro-chipped so that the owner can be found quickly in the event they get lost. It would have been tragic if John had not stepped up to bail these guys out of the Animal Control office in time…


Dog Found in Katy, TX Area…

February 19, 2011

I regularly post pets that are either lost or found in my area. Please leave a comment here or contact me if you have a lead on the owner so we can get this cute girl home to her family tonight. 

 

We found this young tan with white legs female dog (seemed part Lab) in the front garden. We took turns with the neighbors to go around asking whose it belongs to. (No success)

She is well looked after, very well-behaved, and she seemed a bit disoriented. She stayed with us last night, but we have no room for another dog. She refused to eat but finally a little food, water and a bone (see pictures)

We took it her to CAP as recommended by neighbors. Therefore, I wonder what else could we do, and we all hope she gets back to her home.

We wonder if you would mind posting her pictures in your site

Best regards,

Luis Garcia


Katy, Texas: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways!

January 31, 2011

I am fortunate to live and work in the sprawling western Houston suburb known as Katy, TX, recently recognized as the top community for growth in the Nation by the Gadberry Group. Click link to read more…

There are obvious reasons for my statement and a few that are not-so-obvious:

1. Location, Location, Location: Close proximity to the Energy Corridor, a major area for our top employers. 

2. Terrific Schools: Just search www.katyisd.org to see what our school district and individual campuses have to offer to our residents and their children. (As the mother of a National Merit Finalist and a Semi-Finalist, I can personally attest to the effectiveness of the administrators and their staff.) Thank you Katy ISD!

3. Cost of Living: We still have lots of available land for building and labor is fairly inexpensive so housing is affordable. However, our property taxes tend to be a high but keep in mind Texas does not have a State Income Tax so our property taxes are used to fund our great schools.

4. (Relatively) Easy Commute: Traffic, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder and it depends on what you consider an easy commute. Face it, Houston loves its vehicles so the traffic will always be with us. However, with the completion of the I-10 expansion and the Westpark Tollway completion, there are several avenues for timely travel into Houston and beyond. I know some people do not want a commute and are willing to pay higher homes prices to live closer in and perhaps sacrifice a bit on the schools but our many residents feel that the trade-off is worth it.

5. Great Communities: There are so many different neighborhoods available to a home buyer in our area. I tend to call them “communities”  because some of them are larger than many small towns. In fact, Cinco Ranch is currently the number one new home selling community in entire country and has recently acquired 500 additional acres to continue its growth. Katy offers many other terrific choices such as: Grand Lakes, Firethorne, Cross Creek Ranch, Seven Meadows, Kelliwood, Grayson Lakes and more. Our developers have thoughtfully designed and completed their communities with the homeowner in mind. With careful presentation of commercial/retail, beautifully landscaped common areas, abundant resort-style amenities (golf, pools, tennis, hike/bike trails, lakes, etc.), our residents can feel secure that they have made a wise choice with regard to their families’ enjoyment and potential resale value.

6. Quality of Life: Katy offers a true, small town experience with big city features. We have great dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities for everyone of all ages. We are thrilled to be the lucky recipient of abundant medical care, including but not limited to the new Medical Center’s West Campus: Texas Children’s Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Hermann Memorial Hospital, Christus St. Catherine Hospital and the MD Anderson Radiology Center.

7. Diverse and Interesting: Our area is truly representative of the world’s population. As the destination of choice for most expatriates moving here with their energy sector jobs, you will love our multi-cultural make-up. Our kids grow up with friends from all over the world and so many international buyers (drawn here because of our schools), develop strong ties to our community. I know on my street alone we have residents representing: US, Canada, Africa, India, Russia… and this is one street.

8. Family: Katy is family centric and is a place where you can finally stop, unwind and relax with the ones you love. This is a place where people gather to enjoy everything that a true “community” can offer.  

9. Spirituality:  At one time, this area was known as the “City of Churches” and offers a place of worship for everyone, regardless of your faith.

10. Friendly Residents: I have lived all over US and abroad and can attest that I am living in one of the friendliest places on Earth. This could be one of the reasons so many people keep moving back to Katy, TX. When a family moves away, chances are … they will be back.

Why not drop by and check us out. You just might love it and never want to  leave. For more information, please visit my website www.ChristiBorden.com .

See you in Katy!


Home-Buyers Beware: Your Decisions Today Can Cost You Tomorrow!

July 27, 2010

by christiborden

Today is the day! You have spent hours and hours looking for and now think you have found the perfect home, right? Who cares if your Realtor has maybe mentioned a few aspects of the property that might have a negative affect on your market value when and if you sell. You love the home, the price is right and you are certain that any issues mentioned will be minimized in the future. No need to worry about that now, right?

Before you make that leap, please keep in mind that your Realtor should be an expert in the area you are purchasing and should be aware of conditions that could negatively impact your home’s value and marketability. I am not speaking of state required disclosures but simple items that historically have made a difference between identical homes selling quickly and at market value or languishing on the market and selling for far less than the competition.

Why is it that two homes can be in the same community, be of similar size and age, maybe even the same floor plan, and still differ widely as to market value and marketability?

First and foremost, the old mantra of “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” still stands true. There are simply some location features or benefits that buyers will pay more for and conversely, there are negative features that will drive future buyers away forever. These factors can differ from area to area and what turns off a buyer in the suburbs is simply an unavoidable fact of life in urban environments and visa versa.

Adjacent communities could vary widely in average sales price depending upon the amenities they offer, actual builders constructing the homes and the developer’s reputation for upholding their resident’s market value. A Realtor’s knowledge of the community is crucial to making an informed decision.

In Katy, TX – We have communities that back to one another yet the same home by the same or similar builder will cost thousands more on one side of the fence than the other? Why is that? Strength and reputation of community can affect sales values. And guess what? If the home costs more at purchase, chances it may sell for more than the competition in the future. This is not a given but should be considered if you think saving a little money today is your only consideration.

Items to consider with regard to your lot location that can have a direct negative impact on your future market value: power lines in backyard, backing or siding to a busy roadway, backing to MUD water storage facilities, backing to commercial developement, etc.

Alternatively, favorable features that could be a positive in the future: backing to green space, golf course, lake or water, wooded areas, etc. Most builders or developers will charge a premium to purchase a lot with these positive features but you usually recoup this expense when you go to sell.

So what is a buyer to do? Just take a step back and consider carefully that it is not only the home you purchase but your surroundings as well. And it is far easier to change things you may not love about the home itself than to change things that might be an external detriment down the road.

Ask your Realtor their opinion… and happy House Hunting!


Katy, TX – Cinco Ranch Does it Again! in Katy, TX – # 1 in sales in US

March 24, 2010

by christi borden

 According to a report by the PR Newswire – March 23, 2010 –  Newland Communities’ Cinco Ranch in Katy (sprawling suburb 20+ miles west of downtown Houston) was the nation’s top-selling master-planned community for new-home sales in 2009, according to a survey by RCLCO, an independent real estate advisory firm.

“With 887 net new-home sales in 2009, Cinco Ranch topped the RCLCO study, moving up from second place in 2008. Sales in the 7,600-acre community were up 14%, making it one of only four communities on the top 10 list to report a positive new-home sales gain from 2008 to 2009. Telfair, another Houston community by Newland Communities, was ranked fourth, up from sixth the year prior, with 450 new-home sales, a 9% sales increase over 2008 levels.”

 Interestingly, Newland held 5 spots in the top-selling 15 for last year: Cinco Ranch, Telfair, Eagle SpringsTeravista and FishHawk Ranch, No other developer has held such a record and continues to be the leader in not only sales but resident satisfaction.

The Cinco marketing folks have recently changed their campaign to, “Cinco Ranch, Your Comfort Zone”. At a time when the economy across the nation has people skittish about real estate, this is a brilliant approach. Buyers need to feel comfortable or safe when making a home purchase. This has never been truer than for the relocation buyer – who may only be here for a year or two before moving again and needs to place his/her family in the safest area in terms of resale value. Although there are many choices out there, one must really look to the strength of the community and the developer along with the actual builder when considering a purchase. Buyers understand this as do the Realtors that serve them. No amount of incentives or give-aways can change the fact that community is so very important in our area – not just in terms of resale values but also quality of life. If you research the sales data for area builders, you will note that many of them are being kept afloat because of the strength of the very communities in which they build.

 “Newland’s sales success at Cinco Ranch can be attributed to the product diversity our homebuilders offer, the proven established track records of these communities, and a highly focused marketing approach that speaks to our customer needs,” McLeod continued.
Houston’s strong showing in the RCLCO study underscores the fact that the city is a bright spot in the national economy.

 RCLCO has been releasing its top-selling MPC rankings since 1994.

About Newland Communities
Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned communities in the United States. With a legacy that began in 1968, Newland specializes in comprehensive residential and urban mixed-use master planning with expertise in leading large-scale single and multifamily new-home communities. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies are currently developing and managing nearly 40 projects in 14 states. www.newlandcommunities.com

 About RCLCO

RCLCO is an independent real estate advisory firm, providing market and financial analysis and strategic planning services to a broad spectrum of clients including developers, corporations, financial institutions, institutional and private investors, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations around the globe.


Update from Katy Independent School Distrist (KISD) Trying to Clear Up Misconceptions about the Attendance Boundary Modifications (ABM)

February 4, 2010

From the District:

“We have received feedback that many of you are not able to make out your subdivision on the map that was provided in the e-mail that was sent out earlier today. We do not have a map with street names at this time; however, below is a listing of neighborhoods that are under consideration for Attendance Boundary Modification.

If your neighborhood is NOT listed below, then you are NOT under consideration for Attendance Boundary Modification.

LUZ 66 Highland Trails
LUZ 66 Kelliwood Enclave
LUZ 66 Kelliwood Gardens
LUZ 66 Kelliwood Lakes
LUZ 66 Kelliwood Place
LUZ 66 Kelliwood Trails
LUZ 66 Lake Forest
LUZ 66 Lakes of Buckingham
LUZ 71A Alexan Downs Apart.
LUZ 71A Kelliwood Pointe
LUZ 71A Kelliwood Terrace
LUZ 71A Willow Park Greens
LUZ 71B Meadow Ridge
LUZ 71C Park Hollow
LUZ 71C Park View
LUZ 76C Bayou Crossing
LUZ 77A Fairways at Kelliwood
LUZ 77A Greens at Willowfork
LUZ 77A Kelliwood Greens
LUZ 77B Arbor at Willow Fork
LUZ 79B Canterbury Village
LUZ 79B Meadow Glen
LUZ 79B Residences at Cinco Ranch
LUZ 79B South Park
LUZ 79B Summer Point
LUZ 79C Canyon Gate
LUZ 79D Estates at Willowfork Greens
LUZ 79D Kelliwood Greens
LUZ 79D Kelliwood Park
LUZ 79F Saddlebrook Crossing
LUZ 79G Park Trace

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Attendance Boundary Modification

It has come to our attention that there are several rumors running rampant through the community regarding the ABM. These rumors are inaccurate and we regret the unnecessary stress these rumors are causing some of our district families. Modifying attendance boundaries is a sensitive issue and accurate information is essential. We would like to take this time to address some of these rumors:

Rumor 1) An e-mail is currently circulating in the community stating that all of the neighborhoods under consideration for ABM will be attending Taylor High School next year.

FACT: The map below indicates in yellow which neighborhoods are under consideration for ABM at this time. While the ABM recommendation to be discussed has some neighborhoods currently attending Cinco Ranch High moving to Taylor High School next year, the district has not considered moving any neighborhoods from Seven Lakes to Taylor. The district is, however, considering moving some neighborhoods from Seven Lakes to Cinco Ranch.

Rumor 2) It has also been circulating in the community that high school students who may be moved from their current high school to another and participate in athletics may need to sit out one year for eligibility per UIL rules.

FACT: UIL eligibility will not be an issue. In fact, the district has been studying scenarios resulting in the least disruption to students. It is anticipated that current high school students will remain unaffected by the ABM. In other words, students currently in the 9th – 11th grades will stay at their current high school until graduation. In addition, families with younger siblings will have the opportunity to attend the same high school as the older sibling, as long as they both attend at the same time.

Living in a fast growth district comes with many opportunities, and some challenges as well. We understand that with an issue as emotionally charged as ABM, there are those who will take advantage of the situation and use it as an opportunity to spread misinformation. Unfortunately, this does nothing but cause anxiety in the community. Thank you for looking to us for accurate information and please continue to send e-mails to communications@katyisd.org so that we can have the opportunity to address these rumors and help separate fact from fiction.”


Update on Katy, Texas Mobility Issues and Improvements

January 6, 2010

This is a reply from Andy Meyers – County Commissioner Pct. 3 – when an inquiry was sent in about the traffic build up on Fry Road at 99 in front of the HEB. This was his reply to that inquiry. I have quoted this reply so that this important information could be shared with my readers. Post any questions about this directly with the County Commisioner’s office as they are the best source for this information. I am merely the messenger….

Interstate 10 is a federal highway and SH 99 (Grand Parkway) is a
state road, both are controlled by the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) not Fort Bend County.

“The traffic signal at SH 99 and Fry Road is controlled by TxDOT, the
traffic signal in front of HEB on Fry Road was installed by HEB, and
the traffic signal at Fry Road and Seven Meadows Blvd. was installed
by the county.  We conducted a year-long traffic study on Fry Road to
find a solution to one of the worst traffic problems we have in the
county.  We closed one of the left-turns off of Fry Road into HEB and
HEB installed a traffic signal at the second left-turn in order to
keep it open.  The county is working with TxDOT to synchronize the
three traffic signals.  TxDOT needs equipment to accomplish this.
TxDOT, at our request, recently made the center east-bound lane of Fry
Road an optional left turn going north onto SH 99 or straight ahead on
Fry.  Also, at our request, TxDOT made the center south-bound SH 99
feeder lane a right-turn lane onto Fry to alleviate the back up of
traffic on SH 99, which was causing a significant safety issue.  That
puts more traffic onto Fry at a quicker pace.  Most of the Fry Road
east-bound traffic coming out of HEB and Home Depot turns north on SH
99.  We are asking the HEB Shopping Center owner to re-configure the
center’s parking lot so traffic coming off Fry Road into HEB parking
lot does not stack up in the parking lot.  This will allow for more
vehicles in the parking lot lanes instead of the vehicles being backed
up on Fry Road.  The turn-lane and parking lot modifications and
coordinated traffic signal timing should move traffic quicker and more
smoothly.  TxDOT will not allow exits/entrances from/to either the HEB
or Home Depot Shopping Centers as their studies show this would create
safety problems.

The major problem with the severe traffic congestion at Fry & SH 99 is
the HEB store is very popular, one of HEB’s highest grossing stores,
and this creates additional traffic volume.  We initially closed both
left-turns off Fry into the HEB center, but that created bigger
problems at Seven Meadows Blvd. with many drivers making a U-Turn at
the signal to get back to HEB.

TxDOT received funding for two (2) direct connectors (ramps), one
going from SH 99 east onto I 10 and the other going from I 10 south
onto SH 99.  Construction is scheduled to begin mid 2010 and will take
18 months.  Traffic signals at that intersection will be re-timed to
accommodate the direct connectors.

The Fort Bend County/Harris County line is essentially at Kingsland
Blvd. and SH 99.

Fort Bend County has begun construction on Katy Gaston from FM 1093 to
Cinco Ranch Blvd. with a traffic signal at Fry and Katy Gaston.  It
will take about 1 year to complete.

The county has also begun construction of the intersection of
Greenbusch and Katy Flewellen, which will have a traffic signal and
which should be completed within the next 90 days.

The county will begin widening Katy Flewellen to 4 lanes from
Greenbusch/Pin Oak to Katy Gaston in February or March 2010.
Construction will take 12 to 18 months to complete.  The Katy
Flewellen/Katy Gaston intersection is now an “All Way” Stop.

The county should begin widening of Greenbusch (Westheimer Parkway) to
4-lanes from Katy Flewellen to Falcon Ranch Blvd. sometime this
summer.  Work will take 12 – 18 months.  We have to wait until the
pipeline company moves its existing pipeline.

We are identifying intersections in the Katy area for traffic signals.
 One under consideration is Fry Road and Spring Green Road.
Installation of traffic control devices (signals, stop signs, yield
signs, speed limits) are dictated by state law.  We are required to
have an independent Traffic Study conducted and that Study has to
conclude that certain conditions are met before the county can install
a traffic control device.


Katy, TX highlighted on FOX 26!

May 11, 2009

FOX 26 is beginning a new initiative called FOX 26 Listens. Fox 26 plans to visit different parts of towns and surrounding communities to learn about the issues that are important to residents, concerns of the community and what can be done to help. They will also showcase people and locations that make each community special and a great place to live.

Fox 26 is starting with Katy. Over the next week you’ll see stories highlighting different features of the Katy area and on May 14th, FOX 26 Listens will host a town hall meeting for Katy area residents to talk with their community leaders about the issues that are important to them. Katy resident and FOX 26 News anchor Tom Zizka will moderate the town hall meeting which will be streamed live on myfoxhouston.com from 7:30PM until 9:00PM on Thursday, May 14th at Powerhouse Christian Center. Fox 26 is encouraging Katy area residents to attend and over 500 people are expected.

Directions are noted below. Please come early at 7:00 pm to reserve a good seat.

FOX 26 Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, May 14
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Powerhouse Christian Center
1818 Katyland Dr