Our Steal: Tracy Madeley with Keller Williams has listed 131 Quiet Oak Circle, The Woodlands, Texas for $440,000.

When it comes to the hottest hoods in Houston, The Woodlands stands out. Not only does it afford easy access to award-winning golf, but also a variety of parks, shops, and fine dining. The Texas enclave also ranks among the best suburbs of Houston year after year. So this week, we put the spotlight on two fabulous Houston homes in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. The only question is, which would you choose?

Splurge: Masterful George Weaver Custom Home In Player Crest For $1.259M

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galvestonIt’s not often that the home of what many would consider to be Texas retail royalty comes up for sale — which is why this week’s historical shelter in Galveston immediately caught our attention.

The Victorian Robert I. Cohen built in 1896 is a half mile from the beach and a little more than a mile to the Strand.

If Cohen’s name doesn’t sound familiar, perhaps the store he bought will. In 1917, Pat and James Foley sold their Houston store, Foley Brothers, to Robert, who then turned the day-to-day running of the dry goods store to his son George, who then grew sales to almost $1 million by 1919.

Foley Brothers Store, 1906, Historic Houston Photographs, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 10, 2018.

By 1922, the Cohen’s moved the store to a three-story building on Main Street in Houston, becoming the city’s largest department store. (more…)

davis mansion

It’s a home designed by a famed architect, and it is also potentially the keeper of secrets of Houston elite — and now the Davis Mansion (or the Kingston-Davis House, as it’s now called) is up for sale.

Depending on who you ask, Evalyn Davis was either romantically involved with oilman T.P. Lee, was a friend to Lee, or was romantically involved with Lee and he had something to do with the death of her husband (something he always denied).

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