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From design-focused dwellings to under-the-radar neighborhoods, we’ve got the scoop on what’s happening now in Texas real estate.

Gottesman Nix—the new Austin-based staging company founded by real estate agent Laura Gottesman and designer Kristen Nix—offers styling, staging, updating and turnkey furnishing for indoors and out. Recent projects include a modern home in West Lake Hills designed by Dick Clark + Associates.

118 Center Lane at Cinnamon Shore

The Sophie 

Gary Cunningham home 

Galaxy Modern home 

With a minimum lot size of 3 acres, Houston’s Rivercrest neighborhood—superbly situated near the Galleria, Texas Medical Center and Beltway 8—attracts those who don’t want to have to choose between urbanity’s buzz and rural life’s wide-open spaces.

1. 3 W. Rivercrest, listed by Boss for $13,995,000, sits on more than 3.5 acres. The contemporary, resort-style estate features a main house with five guest suites, a media room and a glass-walled wine room, in addition to a two-story casita, fitness pavilion, 60,000-gallon swimming pool and garage large enough for five cars.

2. “Rivercrest is exceptional in that its lots are immense and wooded in an urban setting,” says Susan Boss (, an agent with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. “Its deed restrictions allow perimeter fencing around front yards for privacy and security, and it lies just a stone’s throw from Houston’s best attractions.”

3. Built in 2017, the high-tech house encompasses nearly 17,000 square feet and features a Crestron system that allows for full control of the home’s audio, video, surveillance, pool, heating and cooling, lighting and access to and from the property.

“You never live in a house the way you sell a house,” says Laura Gottesman, owner of Gottesman Residential Real Estate. Consistently ranked as one of Austin’s top real estate agents, Gottesman noticed a high demand for premium turnkey properties. Enter Kristen Nix of Austin-based Kristen Nix Interiors, a widely touted residential design firm. Together, the stylish women founded just what the capital city needed—a transformative staging company whose services are offered as an add-on for Gottesman Residential clients. The alliance, Gottesman Nix, provides a range of services, from styling to updating to furnishing, depending on the clients’ needs. “There’s a trend to provide luxury, market-ready interiors for both the buyers and the sellers in our high-end market,” says Gottesman, explaining that the company’s services not only put the best face on the house for the sellers, but also provide a vision for the buyers. Prices vary based on the amount of furniture required or the time spent for styling and updating

Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue in Port Aransas with the rebuilding of the city’s many second homes and vacation rentals.

Long a refuge for Texas and out-of-state travelers alike, Port Aransas, on Mustang Island, took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey last year. This summer, after unprecedented community efforts, the fishing village and vacation area is back on its feet. Refurbishment strategies, led by some of the island’s biggest resorts, Port Royal and Cinnamon Shore, set an example that has been seized upon by many. “We’ve worked nonstop so that families can enjoy their annual summer vacations,” says Port Royal General Manager Kendra Kinnison. She notes that reconstruction, which is nearing completion, will exceed $60 million, so visitors to the condo-style property will enjoy a plethora of upgrades this summer. Not as badly hit, Cinnamon Shore, a pedestrian-friendly community retreat, mended quickly, recently announcing fourth-quarter sales nearing $20 million. Likewise, the team at HomeAway reports strong rentals from its vast portfolio, but they recommend that vacationers plan ahead, as fewer homes will be in this year’s inventory. One to Buy: Hear the sea from every corner of 118 Center Lane, a five-bedroom, 4 ½-bath house at Cinnamon Shore listed for $1,199,000. Designed for groups, its common rooms and well-equipped kitchen ensure successful family reunions and group retreats.

A prime location and premium design choices make The Sophie a standout.

More than 60 percent of the residences at The Sophie at Bayou Bend have already been sold, so you’ll need to move fast if you want in on this under-construction midrise situated between Houston’s Memorial Park and Buffalo Bayou Park. Designed by the Mirador Group—the same firm behind the highly anticipated Giorgetti Houston condos—the seven-story building offers 39 single-floor homes ranging from 2,400 to 5,000 square feet, each featuring a terrace complete with outdoor kitchen. The developers amped up the luxury by incorporating spa-style bathrooms with free-standing soaking tubs, spacious master bedrooms with large closets and chef-inspired kitchens with SieMatic cabinetry. From $1.8 million

Live like an architect in the on-the-market personal residence of Dallas’ Gary Cunningham.

As the founder and principal of the award-winning Cunningham Architects, Gary Cunningham is known for his work on projects such as the Cistercian Chapel in Irving and Dallas’ historic Temple Emanu-El. He also designed his 3,110-square-foot personal residence at 4404 Greenbrier Drive, now on the market for $1,825,000. Listed by Betty Crawford of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, the modern home has four bedrooms, three full baths and two garage spaces—and it’s like no other dwelling in Dallas. In addition to the concrete walls that were poured on site and feature designs imprinted by plants on the property, other one-of-a-kind touches include a glass bridge connecting the main house to a separate tower that has two guest bedrooms.

Dallas real estate agent Janelle Alcantara launches a new brand for lovers of clean lines and open living spaces.

Over the past 10 years, Janelle Alcantara—an agent with Dallas’ David Griffin & Company Realtors—has noticed a steady uptick in the demand for modern homes. “People are tired of the overdecorated,” she says. “I think it’s a response to how busy and hectic our lives are.” With her new brand, Galaxy Modern, Alcantara caters specifically to the city’s modern-loving homebuyers, as well as the builders, architects and investors creating the high-end modern houses you see cropping up in neighborhoods across Dallas. “I’ve had a passion for modern architecture for 20 years,” she says. Based on today’s market, it looks like her enthusiasm is contagious.