Cyclone Anaya will be opening their doors in The Woodlands soon, making it their 6th location in the Greater Houston Area. Their new restaurant will be located on The Woodlands Waterway, taking the space where La Lupita once was. They are still working on the new build out right now, with a projected opening next month in March.
Cyclone Anaya serves great mexican cuisine, and is known for creating a very engaging modern atmosphere. Their menu consists of traditional mexican cuisine, tex mex, and a some really unique seafood dishes. The jumbo lump crabmeat nachos are one of their best selling appetizers, and the lobster enchiladas are great as well.
Cylcone Anaya features great happy hours, with many food and drink specials. In addition to an extensive margarita menu and full bar, they also have a large wine offering. With a large bar area and outdoor patio area along the waterway, this will be a nice place to enjoy a drink after work.
For more information, visit their website at www.cycloneanaya.com
Pappasito’s Cantina just broke ground along I-45 in Shenandoah, right beside the existing Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen. Pappas Restaurants Inc has owned this land for many years with plans to build this Pappasito’s and I’m sure The Woodlands residents are happy they finally decided to pull the trigger. This new location could be open as early as Summer 2015.
Pappasito’s has always been considered one of the best mexican food chains in Houston, with 14 locations currently serving the Greater Houston Area. The nearest one to The Woodlands is positioned in North Houston, at the I-45 and Airtex exit so this new store in Shenandoah will be a much closer drive. Pappasito’s Cantina will join its two sister restaurants in The Woodlands area, Pappa’s BBQ and Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen.
A new luxury community will be constructed in the Village of Indian Springs in The Woodlands. This new development has been approved and will provide 55 custom homes within a gated community, to be built by Frankel Building Group. Lots will range from 12,000 to 23,000 square feet with homes ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet. The lowest priced home will be $1 million
Homes for this development will be created with a mix of Coastal, Southern Coastal and Southern French designs. The interiors will be fully transitional and will provide plenty of natural light, along with many custom options. Many of the homes will feature front porches and large back patios.
All homes will be designed in accordance with LEED for Homes standards, which mean these homes will be green. Energy efficient features will be used including polyurethane spray foam, high efficiency HVAC systems and air-conditioned attic spaces. Only the best materials will be used and many of the materials will be recycled or reusable energy sources.
The goal of these energy efficient homes is to create a community with healthier, quieter and cost effective residences. Sub Zero and Wolf appliances will be used throughout. These are two of the top names in luxury home appliances. Other luxury features include creating “smart homes” with iPads to control many of the features. Pella windows and Toto plumbing fixtures will also be used.
Along with the beautiful homes coming to this community, the area will provide access to many of The Woodlands’ best features. Conroe ISD will be close by, along with Rob Fleming Park and Aquatic Center. Residents can also enjoy the George Mitchell Nature Preserve, the Creekside YMCA and plenty of other destinations for shopping, dining and entertainment nearby.
Home construction is expected to start later in the spring of 2014.
When it’s time to buy a new home in The Woodlands, whether you’re relocating to the area or upgrading, you need to know what to expect. A few tips can help you find the right property and take that daunting task of searching for a home and turn it into a fun event.
Tips for First-time Homebuyers
If you’re a rookie to the home buying process, you will want to save some money before you purchase your home. This will give you a little leverage and make it easier to become approved for your mortgage when you have a sizable down payment. It’s also a good idea to have a couple months of your mortgage payment in the bank as a security blanket.
Becoming familiar with some of the common real estate terms will also help. This will allow you to better understand the contracts, listings and other parts of the deal as you start searching for your new home. This includes familiarizing yourself with interest rates, appraisal fees, closing fees and the other financial terms that go into a real estate deal.
Tips for All Buyers
Before shopping for your new home, you need to make sure you receive a pre-approval for your mortgage first. This will set your price range and allow you to shop without worrying whether you can afford the home or not.
Another thing you want to do is start looking at listings in the area and price range you expect to be shopping within. This will help give you an idea of what is available and how much it’s selling for currently. When you start shopping, this knowledge will allow you to make a better decision about the price of a home.
Of course, finding a local real estate agent will help you tremendously. A top real estate agent can ensure you follow all the necessary steps and get the best deal possible on your new home.
It is time again for the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas here in The Woodlands Texas on Saturday May 18th. This will be the 3rd consecutive year The Woodlands has had the privilege of hosting this event, and will draw athletes from all over the world. The weather forecast is looking good so there should be a great turnout of spectators for the event on Saturday.
There will be close to 3,000 athletes attempt the race (click here to see names). The race is broken into 3 different courses. They will start with a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Woodlands, and then take to their bikes for a 112 mile bike course, and then finish with a full 26.2 mile marathon run. The finish line will be located at Waterway Ave.
This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and serves as a qualifier race for the Ironman World Championship that is held in Kona Hawaii. There will be 50 spots up for grabs to qualify for the championship race in Hawaii. The Woodlands race was represented well by American athletes in 2012, with Jordan Rapp taking 1st place and Justin Daerr placing 2nd. Eneko Llanos from Spain won the 2011 event and holds the course record at 8:08:20.
The 2013 event is sure to be a great one and will be fun to watch. For residents of The Woodlands this will create some traffic problems with road closures. See below for maps of the different legs of the race (click the photos to enlarge).
Bike Route (Click Photo to Enlarge)
Run Map (Click Photo to Enlarge)