The Numbers on Buying a House

April 18, 2011 by Paul  
Filed under Featured

It can be a tricky question. How much home can you really afford? From employment status, to savings, downpayment, and even spending habits, there are a myriad of factors that come into play. Here is a list of items to consider before settling on a budget.

6 Homes for Sports Fanatics

April 17, 2011 by Paul  
Filed under Featured

These cribs leave their competition in the dust thanks to incredible sports features.

Garden Oaks – Houston TX

December 20, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Neighborhoods

Call me if you are interested in buying, selling, investing or leasing in the Garden Oaks area
Paul Nguyen

Garden Oaks is one of Houston’s best-kept secrets. Nestled among towering pines and grand magnolias, this quaint and architecturally unique neighborhood of approximately 1400 homes continues to attract attention and rave reviews. From the quaint cottages and charming bungalows to plantation, ranch and traditional style homes, Garden Oaks supports diverse updates while maintaining its charm and sense of history. Because of its excellent location, mass appeal, oversized lots, and booming property values, Garden Oaks is often compared to West University and Bellaire.

In 1937, Edward L. Crain established Garden Oaks on a tract of land just north of the Houston Heights. Comprised of 5 sections, Garden Oaks offers a unique blend of mid-century homes—mostly pier and beam cottages. The western edge of the neighborhood is comprised of G.I. homes built for returning veterans after World War II. All five sections have seen an abundance of renovations and newly constructed homes.

See the latest Garden Oaks Gazette here


Community: Schools

Community Colleges

Houston Community College-Northeast
410 Northline Mall
(713) 718-8000

High Schools

Washington High School
119 E. 39th
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 692-5947

Waltrip High School
1900 W. 34th
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 692-5947

Lutheran High North
1130 W. 34th
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 880-3131

St. Pius X High School
811 Donovan
Houston, Texas 77091
(713) 692-3581

Middle Schools

Black Middle School
1575 Chantilly
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 613-2505


Garden Oaks Elementary

901 Sue Barnett
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 696-2930

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School
3600 Brinkman
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 691-0104

Oak Forest Elementary School
Vangard Program
1401 W. 43rd
Houston, Texas 77018
(713) 613-2536

Montage of Houston

November 24, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Featured


Call me for this months Specials.

Paul Nguyen, Realtor
Keller Williams Metropolitan

Community Description

Make Houston’s newest landmark high-rise your new home! Montage is a fashionable destination in the city’s core urban area. Enjoy spectacular city vistas from your individual balconies or through your walls of glass, or relax in our dramatic lobby. Montage of Houston is a fusion of glass, quartz, and steel, with granite countertops, tile backsplashes, stainless appliances, exposed concrete ceilings, plus 24/7 professional concierge services. Across the street from Hermann Park, walking distance to the Medical Center, Rice University, Theater District and more! Shuttle services to the Medical Center, Rice and the rail station. Discover your new home at Montage of Houston, perfectly suited to your lifestyle!


  • Valet Service, 24/7 Concierge Service
  • Open Floorplans
  • Soaring 10 ft Ceilings
  • Floor to ceiling glass
  • Views of Hermann Park
  • Granite counter tops
  • Stainless steel appliances, Garden tubs
  • Hardwood floors in kitchen
  • Resort style pool
  • Private cabanas, Outdoor fire pit
  • Corporate Housing Available

Houston Apartments built in 2009

November 24, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Houston Apartments

I’ve decided to compile a list of Houston Apartments built in 2009, mostly because I’ve been in the market myself.

Please contact me if you would like to know which complexes are offering specials.  The specials vary from a couple hundred off per month to 3 months free prorated.

Paul Nguyen, Realtor
Keller Williams Metropolitan
  1. Broadstone 2525
  2. Montage of Houston
  3. 33thirtythree
  4. Waterford on Westheimer
  5. Palazzo at Cypresswood
  6. Yorktown Crossing
  7. Park Avenue At Boulder Creek
  8. Domain At Kirby
  9. Lakeview Lofts
  10. The Lofts Citycentre
  11. Domain at Citycentre
  12. Venue Museum District
  13. Legacy At Memorial
  14. West End Ranch
  15. Mansions At Moses Lake (Senior Living)
  16. Waterford Place
  17. North Post Oak Lofts
  18. Northgate Oaks
  19. Gables Memorial Hills
  20. Kensington Crossings
  21. Alexan Eagle Creek
  22. The Belle Meade At River Oaks
  23. Alexan Silber
  24. Broadstone Grand Parkway
  25. Carrington At Green Trails
  26. Camden Travis
  27. Wynhaven At Towne West
  28. Residences At Cinco Ranch
  29. Stoneleigh Ella Crossing
  30. Hawthorne Ridge
  31. Platinum Westside
  32. Braeswood Place
  33. Gardens at Friendswood Lakes (Senior Living)
  34. Augusta Meadows
  35. Discovery At Mandolin
  36. Mariposa At Reed Road (Senior Living)
  37. Summerbrooke
  38. Regency Park
  39. Wyndham Park (Senior Living)
  40. Residence At Lake Jackson
  41. Orchard park At Willowbrook (Senior Living)
  42. West Oaks Seniors (Senior Living)
  43. Villas At Rollingbrook
  44. HomeTowne On Bellfort (Senior Living)
  45. The Gibraltar (Senior Living)
  46. The Grand Parkway (Senior Living)
  47. 2121 Mid Lane (Opening Soon)

Broadstone 2525

November 24, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Houston Apartments

Call me for this months Specials.

Paul Nguyen, Realtor
Keller Williams Metropolitan

Community Description

Epicenter of Style, Luxury and Convenience Hip, cool, urban and eclectic, Broadstone 2525 artfully combines sophistication with convenience and luxury with cutting-edge style. Here, you will be living at the center of one of America’s largest cities with world class shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation surrounding you in every direction.

The design of Broadstone 2525 embraces and enhances the surrounding neighborhood with clean architectural lines, innovative materials, generous balconies and expansive windows. Each residence is expertly and elegantly crafted with abundant appointments and thoughtful details that reflect your cosmopolitan sense of style. Soothe away stress in restful bedrooms and baths; show off your gourmet cooking skills in modern, fully equipped kitchens; entertain friends in welcoming, resort-style common areas.

You’ll discover a refreshing level of connectivity to your surroundings while relaxing by a lavish pool, getting in your cardio at the athletic center or updating your favorite social networking account in our business center. With expert management and a friendly, responsive staff, living here is a worry-free and rewarding experience— and you’re at the epicenter of it all, at Broadstone 2525.

Lifestyle Advantages

Clubhouse with iCafe and Gourmet Kitchen

Fully Equipped Fitness Center

Executive Business Center and Private Conference Room

Resort-Style Pool with Outdoor Cabana and Pool Side Wi-Fi Access

Barbecue Grills for Entertaining

Multi-Level Parking Garage with Remote-Control Access

Passenger Elevators

Minutes from Uptown, Downtown, Westchase, Greenway Plaza and the Texas Medical Center

Near World Class Shopping, Restaurants, Nightlife, Entertainment and Sporting Venues

Easy Access to All Parts of Houston including Both Major Airports Via US-59, Beltway 8 and the Westpark tollway

Home Sweet Home…Houston, Texas.

November 18, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Neighborhoods

Houston’s variety of neighborhoods makes it easy for you to buy a lifestyle or a home.  In the next few weeks I will be writing about desirable areas throughout Houston. I’ll begin with living within the 610 Loop then I’ll write about popular Master Planned Communities.

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City of Houston

November 13, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Featured Videos

City of Houston

November 13, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Featured Videos

5 great places to eat outside

November 13, 2009 by Paul  
Filed under Featured, Recent Articles

5 great places to eat outside


1. Red Balloon Cafe

Located in a shaded strip center fronting Clay Road near Beltway 8, Red Balloon Cafe abuts Carolyn Wolff Park, a three-acre park with more than 80 hardwood trees including nearly century-old oaks. Chef/owner Eric Grbic’s menu is filled with comfort foods like chicken-fried steak, rib-eye sandwiches and fried catfish. The family friendly cafe features counter service during the day and offers a small selection of wine and beer.

• Where it’s at: 4410 Westway Park Blvd.; 713-690-3114

2. Gilhooley’s

Another out-of-the-way (and we mean real out of the way) destination patios is Gilhooley’s in the tiny fishing village of San Leon. The uncovered patio is as scruffy as the restaurant, which is really more of a beer joint. The menu is extensive, budget-friendly and begs to be explored. Unfortunately, we’ve never been able to explore past the grilled oysters, which are the house specialty. The plump little oysters come to the table in the shells with a garlic, Parmesan and butter bath. Amazing. (Note: Don’t take the kids. They’re not welcome. This is a beer joint.)

• Where it’s at: 222 9th St., San Leon; 281-339-3813

3. Olympia: The Grill at Pier 21

Got the kids in tow? No worries. Steer the car toward Galveston and visit one of the island’s newest and prettiest restaurants. Olympia: The Grill at Pier 21 serves familiar Greek fare in a serenely sophisticated setting. The wrap around deck that overlooks the working docks is the perfect place to let the worries of the past week slip away. Some days, a glassblower sets up shop on the patio and demonstrates his craft. For lunch, try a grilled shrimp pita or one of the enormous Greek salads topped with seared tuna. Large selections of wines, beers and cocktails.

Where it’s at: Pier 21 at Harborside Drive, Galveston; 409-765-0021

4. Beck’s Prime

Pick a Beck’s Prime. Several of these burger emporiums have large lovely decks. (No, not you Westheimer @ Wilcrest!) We’re partial to the Beck’s on Augusta. It’s sun-dappled patio seems miles away from the chaos of Westheimer (OK, you can still hear traffic). Try, if you dare, Bill’s Burger, a juicy slab of grilled beef topped with sauteed onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeños and Beck’s special sauce. There’s wine and beer, and awesome shakes if you’re not into that drinking in the afternoon thing.

Where it’s at: 2615 Augusta Drive; 713-266-9901; and a half dozen other locations.

5. Beaver’s Ice House

The place is becoming quite the patio party on pretty weekends. Of course, it’s got all the makings for a Texas hoe-down: chef Jonathan Joes’ manly barbecue, plenty of fun plates for sharing (fried pickles, anyone) and a bar staff that delights in spontaneity. Tell them your mood, your favorite flavors and let ‘em go. Just be aware that the mood is so laid-back, that it’s easy to sit down to lunch and discover it’s (suddenly) dinner time.

Where it’s at: 2310 Decatur St.; 713-864-2328

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