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Tall buildings to rise near River Oaks District — People will be able to walk to restaurants, high-end retail and theaters. A number of luxury brands, including Cartier, Dior, Hermès and Tom Ford, have signed agreements to operate stores in the 15-acre complex. An office building, a hotel and two additional high-rise apartment building are planned on the remaining Westcreek property, Bland said.

Prosperity is redefining real estate in The Woodlands — In reality, it's probably from the swirling ceiling fans above them or, on an especially windy day, a gust off the manmade Lake Woodlands, which is just around the corner from their million-dollar replicas of Charleston-style homes. [...]

Memorial City building “tops out” — A crane lifts a 20-foot Texas pine tree on top of the Air Liquide's new U.S. corporate headquarters in the Memorial City area Friday, Oct. 17. The company will move from the Galleria into the new building next year.

Woodlands to get lakeside hotel — Hughes Landing, the newest large-scale mixed-use development in The Woodlands , is adding an Embassy Suites to its planned mix of housing, office space and shops. The 205-room all-suite hotel will be open by the end of next year, according to The Woodlands Development Co., which will develop the property.

Downtown implosion set for Sunday morning — A piece of Houston's history will come down Sunday when Jesse Jones' last downtown building will be imploded to make way for a sleek new skyscraper. The 18-story steel and concrete Houston Club building at 811 Rusk at Capitol will take place between 6:45 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

Grand Parkway expansion spurs another development — The Signorelli Co. is planning a 70-acre business park north of Kingwood that could have as much as 1.5 million square feet of office space, a hotel and conference facilities. The project, called the Valley Ranch Commercial District, will be an "urban village-type setting" said Greg Tilton of Transwestern, which is leasing the project and announced it Tuesday.

Houston's most appealing asset: opportunity — Speaking to members of the Greater Houston Partnership, Kotkin discussed why he defines Houston as an "opportunity city," one where people can go to improve their social and economic status. The partnership and Houstonians for Responsible Growth, a property rights group, commissioned Kotkin's research.

Modern changes planned for historic downtown Rice building — The new owner of the former Rice Hotel is launching a major renovation project at the building, intending to give it a more modern look as developers start or prepare to break ground on gleaming residential towers around it.

Houston housing market resumes its upward trajectory — The local housing market rebounded with gusto in September, following two months where sales activity was flat or down, a report shows. Single-family home sales jumped 7 percent last month, compared to a year earlier, and early indications suggest October will be another strong month for housing, according to data released Wednesday from the Houston Association of Realtors.

Housing market back on top — The Houston housing market saw solid gains in September with sales and prices both up about 7 over the same month a year ago, a new report shows. The year-over-year increase in sales comes after two months where activity was flat or down, leaving some to wonder if the real estate frenzy was coming to an end .
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @andrearumbaugh: Houston a hub of corporate expansion. In the past 4 years, @CBRE says 89 cos. moved or grew in this region @nsarnoff

Oct 21, 2014

Bellaire house could be 1st in Houston to earn three national green bldg certifications… by @erinmulvaney

Oct 20, 2014

Interesting chart shows which office submarkets are most popular with Houston's #Fortune1000 companies. @JLLResearch

Oct 20, 2014

ICYMI, check out this video of the Houston Club building being imploded Sunday morning…

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