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See what sold at the Petroleum Club auction — The items above helped bring $262,000 to the Petroleum Club's coffers. The proceeds from last week's auction will be used to help pay for the the club's new space in 1201 Louisiana . The historic business and social club is moving out of the top floor of 800 Bell after some 50 years.

Petroleum Club strikes gold at auction — Houstonians shelled out $262,000 for chandeliers, Chesterfield sofas and gold-plated flatware stamped "Petroleum Club" at last week's auction, where much of the contents of the decades-old business and dining club sold to nostalgic members and a few outsiders trolling for a bargain.

Exxon Mobil building sells to Houston property owner — Houston-based Fuller Realty Partners has purchased this seven-story building in the Greenspoint area. The building, now occupied by Exxon Mobil Corp, will soon be vacated as the energy giant moves into its new campus near The Woodlands . "We knew Exxon was vacating when we purchased it.

A look at downtown’s new residential projects — The above images show the three newest residential projects planned for downtown as part of a tax rebate program aimed at attracting developers to the city center . The Houston Downtown Management District approved the new projects last week at its monthly board meeting in which officials said the program is nearing it's 5,000-unit cap.

More residential projects added to downtown tax rebate program — Downtown officials have accepted three more high-end residential projects into a tax rebate program designed to lure developers to the city center. The city's business district has long had a shortage of residents as most people seeking an urban lifestyle chose nearby Midtown, Montrose or the Heights.

Bucks for the memories: Petroleum Club auctions off some of its relics — A man with dark hair and black suit a few rows from the front raised his bid card. Men in suits and women in scarves, pearls and short skirts snacked on hors d'oeuvres while sipping wine, champagne and cocktails. Matt Wiggins had driven in from Kemah to buy chandeliers and light fixtures for his San Leon restaurant, Bubba's Shrimp Palace.

Tiger Woods on Houston-area golf course community — "When I first came here I was absolutely shocked. I view Texas as being flat," Tiger Woods says on this promotional video for Bluejack National, aprivate golf club and residential community under development in Montgomery. "I just didn't expect this to be just outside a major metropolis like Houston."

Petroleum Club auctions prized items — Dianne Padgett has her eyes on the two paintings of lilies in the women's restroom. "I've seen those for years," she said as she prepared to wander around the Petroleum Club Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the evening's auction.

A hot October shows local housing market still favors sellers — Single-family home sales were up 12 percent over the same time last year as many Houstonians focused on inspections and mortgages instead of Halloween costumes and holiday planning. "Most Realtors are not accustomed to this brisk a pace of home sales in Houston this late in the year," Chaille Ralph, chairwoman of the Houston Association of Realtors, said Wednesday in a monthly housing report.

Home sales saw double-digit increase in October — The local housing market had its strongest month in more than a year in October and the positive activity is expected to continue, a new report says. Single-family home sales last month were up 12 percent over October 2013, according to data from the Houston Association of Realtors.
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City nets $300k settlement for illegal tree removal outside a Wendy's in Montrose… @HoustonChron

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