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NEW LISTING! 1950 Gentryside Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 50495762

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Schools, Selling your home, Uncategorized on June 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm

NEW LISTING! 1950 Gentryside Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 50495762

Beautiful town home in peaceful private gated community in the heart of the energy corridor. Open flowing floor plan with gorgeous new wood floors throughout first floor living areas. Enter your new home with nice big dining or a nice sized study just inside foyer. Generous kitchen with tons of cabinets opens to huge living area with high ceilings and a wall of windows for plenty of natural light opens to your own private backyard with patio and new fence. Master retreat with huge walk in closet plus guest bedroom with its own private bath. Relax or entertain in the private gated community pool area. Walking distance to highly rated Ray Daily Elementary and The Village School private school.

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If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in or around Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with Park West Real Estate Inc. at 713 249 4177  or visit  or


NEW LISTING! 14214 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3149726

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on June 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm

NEW LISTING! 14214 Sandfield Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3149726

Beautifully updated one story. Kitchen with new cabinets, stainless steel LG appliances, granite countertops and Boos block island opens to huge living area with tons of windows for plenty of light. Beautiful wood laminate throughout – NO carpet! Living, kitchen and spacious master retreat all open to nice big backyard and covered patio. Master and guest bathroom fully remodeled. New Lennox air conditioner and furnace in 2015, new electric panel, PEX plumbing and privacy fence. See full upgrades list. Walking distance to Barbara Bush, John Paul & Terry Hershey Park.

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If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston or the Energy Corridor, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit  or .

Beautifully Remodeled One Story – 1007 Forest Home Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 25498408

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investment, Selling your home, Terry Hershey Park on March 8, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Beautifully Remodeled One Story – 1007 Forest Home Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 25498408

Beautifully remodeled one story in desirable Energy Corridor neighborhood. Huge family and dining area lead to private covered patio. Stunning Chefs kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and marble tops. All bathrooms remodeled. Plus Bonus room! New exterior/interior paint hardiboard, Low-E windows, new tile, carpet and custom cabinets throughout. Steps from pool/playground/tennis courts and Terry Hershey park trails. Excellent schools Barbara Bush, John Paul and Village are all near. Please see full list of upgrades online.

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If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit  or .

5 Things to Look for in a Neighborhood, No Matter Where You Move

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Parks, Houston Real Estate Agent, Local Business, Local Events, Real Estate Investment, Restaurants & Shops, Restaurants & Shops, Schools, Selling your home on November 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Since relocating is such a major undertaking, it’s vital to thoroughly research your options. This is especially essential regarding an overseas move. Here are five things to assess in a prospective neighborhood to ensure you’ll feel at home, no matter whether your new home is here or abroad.

1. Transportation

One consideration is how you’ll navigate your new surroundings. Find out whether you’ll have access to public transportation or need a car. If you can use public transit, what are the service hours and stops? If you require airport proximity, determine how you’ll get there. Do you currently have a job lined up? If so, calculate the distance of the commute from the neighborhood in question. Will the trip be a cakewalk, or grueling? According to World Knowing, the top-ranked countries with the best transportation systems in the world are Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, and the UK.

Even if a REALTOR® lists the distance from a house to a public station, the calculation doesn’t always include door-to-door travel time. You may be able to use Google Maps to determine this. If not, the website of a city’s public transit system may provide a clue.

2. Businesses

Before visiting a neighborhood, think about businesses you’ll be frequenting, such as a bank, grocery store, pharmacy and retail shops. Make sure they’re a feasible distance from your prospective home. Also, ensure their customer service is reputable and prices are reasonable. For example, if there’s a grocer nearby, does it stock staples, or only expensive gourmet goods? Where can you find fresh produce?

You may be able to minimize leg work by reading online business reviews. Yelp is expanding internationally, with websites emerging in Europe and Asia. Reviews are also conveniently available via iPhone and Android apps. Local Yelp announces business openings and events in major cities.

3. Schools

If you have children, REALTORS® will tell you that another must-have is access to quality education. Many overseas schools provide bus services, but trip length must be tolerable for kids. In towns where public schools are sub-par, you may want to enroll your children in private school. If so, consider the extra expense of entrance fees, tuition, uniforms and transportation.

Did you know there’s a correlation between the presence of schools and crime? A 2011 study by the University of New Mexico found that elementary schools have a protective effect against property crimes. Middle schools, however, promote drug felonies, and high schools foster both property and narcotics crime. So, regarding school proximity, aim to be close enough for a short trip, though not a hop, skip and jump away.

Concerning school reputation, attend a PTA meeting at a given school. By speaking with other parents, you’ll get firsthand information on the school’s quality. A good school district increases a home’s value, should you wish to sell in the future.

4. Amenities

Is culture important to you? If you’re an avid fan of art, theater and music, this is a consideration. Do you like to frequent restaurants, pubs, or dance clubs? If these are high on your wish list, how close are they to the home you’re debating? If you must travel to a distant town, factor in transit costs.

Also, research proximity to free entertainment, such as parks, museums and libraries. If you’re a sports enthusiast, assess the distance to athletic arenas.

There’s one caveat regarding crime: Steer clear of a neighborhood where bars are prevalent. The study mentioned above concerning schools and crime found that ready access to alcohol promotes violence and vandalism.

5. Economy

Neighborhood decline has telltale signs. Drive through the streets of a potential town, and look for financial clues. Examples of red flags are unkempt parks, littered streets and a prevalence of “For Sale” signs. Are people moving out of the area? Are businesses closing up shop?

Query librarians about the town and whether it’s fiscally sound. Ask if the library has cut down its hours, another clue to a suffering economy. Look for indications that people care about their property and each other. Do houses and landscapes look maintained? Are neighbors interacting? If any seem friendly, ask about their experience of living there.

A Smart Move

Now you’ll be a savvy traveler while exploring a new town. To ensure a successful move, evaluate the local:

  • Transportation
  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Healthcare system
  • Amenities
  • Economy

Like a good journalist, get detailed information from reliable sources. Invite conversation, and record your observations. Then, make your smart move. You’ll be able to settle down for as long as needed in a wonderful neighborhood, whether that be in the United States or abroad.

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for top real estate tips and trends. RISMedia Tracking Snippet *** Do Not Remove *** End RISMedia Tracking Snippet

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Do you have real estate questions?   Contact Connie Vallone at (713) 249-4177 or or visit  or

Great Tips for Easing into Back-to-School Mode

In Buying a Home, Home Values, Houston Real Estate Agent, Parks & Recreation, Schools on August 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

One minute you’re thinking it’s time to shop for school clothes, and the next minute they’re off to the bus stop – and while nobody wants to rush those last lazy days of summer, now is the time to prepare your kids for the school year ahead.

Teachers and child care experts offer thoughtful tips for easing the family into fall:

  • Talk it up – Offer your kids positive vibes about the upcoming school year. Is this the first time they will ride their bikes? Play in the school band?  Join swim club? Paint word pictures that will ignite their excitement about going back to school.
  • Get organized – Set aside time for them to try on last year’s clothing, shop for replacements, and take advantage of school supply sales.
  • Have a discussion to set school rules – What will be your teen’s school night curfew? What’s the after-school schedule? What are school night and bedtime routines? When and where is homework to be done?
  • Plan the first week’s routine – Know what the kids are going to wear that first week and what will be packed in school lunches. Planning ahead can save time and tears later.
  • Plan a fun back-to-school breakfast – Get the year off to a happy start with a favorite family breakfast on the first day of school.
  • Reset their inner time clocks – At least a week before school starts, begin to wean your child away from staying up late and sleeping-in in the morning.
  • Have a dress rehearsal – Will your child be walking to a new school? A different bus stop? An after-school center? Do a run-through before the first day, and reinforce stranger-danger rules.
  • Prepare for their first evening home – Kids may come home on that first day with a school calendar, a stack of papers to fill out, or a list of needed supplies. Keep your calendar clear so you have the time to attend to whatever is necessary.
  • When you ask how the day went, mean it – Ask questions if your child is not forthcoming, and really listen to what they say. Knowing you are interested will help keep them talking as the school year progresses.


Contact Connie Vallone at or 713-249-4177 for all your real estate needs.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

NEW LISTING! 14423 Tivoli Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3774230

In Buying a Home, Employers Houston Energy Corridor, Home Values, Houston Energy Corridor, Houston Real Estate Agent, Schools, Terry Hershey Park on December 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm

NEW LISTING! 14423 Tivoli Drive, Houston, TX 77077 – MLS# 3774230

Beautiful home in gated community in hearf of Houston's Energy Corridor

Beautiful home in gated community heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor

Stunning lakefront home with pool and hot tub in gated Terraces on Memorial. Courtyard leads to impressive entry that flows to spacious dining area and family rooms that opens to gourmet island kitchen with wall of windows and serene lake views. Guest suite downstairs with full bathroom plus study. Master retreat with lake views plus three more bedrooms, media room, study nook, walk in attic storage upstairs. 3 car garage. Extensive upgrades too many to list here please see online brochure.


If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in West Houston, please contact Connie Vallone with First Market Realty at 713 249 4177  or visit  or .

Barbara Bush Elementary International Festival 2014

In Eldridge Parkway, Employers in West Houston, Houston Energy Corridor, Local Events, Local events, Parkway Villages, Schools, West Houston on April 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Barbara Bush Elementary in West Houston’s Energy Corridor hosts

International Festival and Fundraiser – JOIN US!
Saturday, April 26 @ 12pm – 3pm

For complete details visit the website

Don’t have kids? Then why should you care about the schools?

In Home Values, Schools on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Don’t have kids?  Then why should you care about the schools?

If you think you don’t need to look at the school ratings in your area think again.  The performance of the schools in your neighborhood can have a major impact on your home’s value.  West Houston and Memorial home values have stayed steady and strong through the past few years in large part due to great schools. 

Ray K. Dailey Elementary School  located on Briar Forest in West Houston’s energy corridor has recently received an exemplary rating.   One more great reason to buy a home in West Houston’s Energy Corridor. 

The Houston Energy Corridor is a great location with many highly rated schools both public and private.   For a list of great schools in the area visit .  Another great source to see all school ratings for Houston and surrounding areas is

When you are ready to buy or sell your West Houston Home call Connie Vallone 713 249 4177 or

Is Westside High School in Houston’s Energy Corridor a Winner?

In Schools on May 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Is Westside High School in Houston’s Energy Corridor a Winner?

Westside High School in Houston’s Energy Corridor won in a competition to design a website for NASA and Microsoft’s competition.   You can read the entire article posted on HISD Connect  below is an excerpt from the article.

Students worked in teams to build Web sites using the Microsoft Expression suite of software tools. Mission One was to design a Web site for NASA. This included introductory Web pages for the Student International Space Station Mission Control Training program to inspire other students to become certified flight controllers. Westside teams took the top three awards, with Doris Reese and Karla Fortin in first, Skai Woods and Andrea Lopez in second, and Zulima Bordabehere and Kristin Becker in third.

Mission Two was to communicate how the International Space Station benefits all people. Students selected one of three topics to research and create a Web site. Jewel Elliott and Elora Arana took first, James Wang and Bria Charles second, and Luis Arcos and Mitchell Troncale fourth.

For more information about Houston’s Energy Corridor in West Houston or for MLS Listings in West Houston call or email Houston Real Estate Agent and Broker Connie Vallone at 713 249 4177  or   Search for property at Houston Energy Corridor

Barbara Bush Elementary rank top in Texas Public Schools

In Schools on April 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Barbara Bush located in the heart of Houston’s Energy Corridor is one of the best public schools in Houston’s Independent School District and the state of Texas.   The school consistently receives and exemplary Five Star rating each year. 

 In a recent article The Houston Chronicle is quoted as saying ” Barbara Bush Elementary, an affluent HISD campus, also ranked among the state’s best.”   Houston Chronicle – In school rankings, some beat the odds 

You can view the schools ranking and TAKS scores at the Houston Chronicles School rankings  Also at School Digger . School Digger Five Star Rating for Barabara Bush Elementary

For information about real estate in Houston’s Energy Corridor and a link directly to Barbara Bush Elementary and other schools in the area go to Houston Energy Corridor Homes Schools link  .   Or contact Connie Vallone – Area Expert with Keller Williams 713 249 4177 or