July 2011

There are 516 blog entries for July 2011.

Magic Johnson Buys San Antonio Multi-Family Property

Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 12:27pm. 3,170 Views, 0 Comments.

Complex Purchased by Magic Johnson

Written by Randy Watson

Texas A&M Real Estate Center today reports that Magic Johnson has purchase a San Antonio apartment complex.

A 612 Unit apartment complex in San Antonio was purchased by Magic Johnson. The Signature Ridge apartment complex is a 27 building complex. Each building is a 3 story building at 3711 Medical Dr. near the Medical Center. The complex sits on about 27 acres.

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From College Station - Government Spending with a Purpose

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 2:46pm. 2,217 Views, 0 Comments.


COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – The debate over government spending and taxing policies continues to dominate headlines. Real Estate Center Research Analyst Gerald Klassen offers his perspective on the Center's blog.

"Government spending and taxing policies should have nothing to do with political ideology," Klassen writes. "They should have everything to do with attracting talented people and investment capital to the United States, for it is smart people and risk capital that create jobs and increase wealth. Citizens of other countries understand this well because they are competing to steal U.S. talent and capital."

Klassen's blog entry is posted on the Center's website.

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Winging It Making Homemade Cheese

Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 10:53pm. 4,064 Views, 1 Comments.

The Cheese Stands Alone

Cheese-Ceese salt and caraway seeds by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comOurs doesn't – in fact, the pile of home-made and ageing cheeses currently takes up about half of the bottom of the refrigerator: half a dozen waxed roundels, awaiting their time to be consumed. No, there's quite a chummy little gathering, of farmhouse cheddar, of jack and Leicester, and one or two others, plus the gouda which still has another two weeks to air-dry, and a wheel of caraway cheddar which will come out of the cheese press this very afternoon, and join the gouda. Dunno what I am going to do about the furry little patches of mold growing on the surface of the gouda, though – probably scrape them off very carefully, baste with salt and wax  . . .  waxing the cheese sounds kind of suggestive, doesn't it? My daughter

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The San Antonio Art Scene

Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 8:56am. 3,474 Views, 0 Comments.

Art Scene

by Julia Hayden

Art-Three Panels - Art Show by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comSo a couple of weeks ago, my daughter dragged me – only protesting faintly – away from my home comforts and the computer, and my customary Friday evening comforts to go to an art gallery. Yes indeedy – I have a connection to the San Antonio art scene, through the person of my daughter's high school classmate, Edith Ann Tankink. Blondie and Edith have kept in touch since graduation from St. Francis Academy. This was back when St. Francis an all-girls's Catholic college-prep high school located conveniently close to Kelly AFB, run by the School Sisters of St. Francis. This provided my daughter with an excellent, old-fashioned education, encouraged Edith to polish her artistic skills (which are considerable, if I say so myself)…

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San Antonio Local Color

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 4:50pm. 3,258 Views, 0 Comments.

Local Color

by Julia Hayden

Local Color-Aesthetic Appreciation by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comIn a job that I had, several jobs ago, my immediate boss was a transplant from North Carolina, and one of the things that he often noted was how deep was the Hispanic influence on just about everything in this part of Texas. It is, after all, the Borderlands, where two different cultures mix and meld so thoroughly and have done so for so long that those of us accustomed to it. Of course we should dine on breakfast tacos, and the supermarket carry every imaginable variety of salsa, and listen to conjunto music, and have in our vocabulary a smattering or more of Spanish. It’s just the way that things are  . . .  and sometimes it takes a recent transplant, like my old boss, to notice it in a significant way.

Local Color-Ericks Other Side by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comFor me –

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As the Topsy Turvy Tomatoes Continue to Revive the Garden

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 4:14pm. 4,433 Views, 0 Comments.

Continuing to Revive the Garden

Garden-Peppers by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comIn spite of the continuing drought – only broken last week by a sudden but very welcome thunderstorm – the progress in reviving my garden is advancing at a good rate. Not the entire thing, though. Small as it is, I can’t afford to restock completely with new plantings all at once. There are still some parts of the back yard which remain every bit as wrecked as they were when the pair of boxer-mixish pups that my daughter took pity on last fall got finished wreaking a path of destruction, and then three or four days of well-below-zero temperatures finished off everything that had managed to escape.

The plants that I bought, here and there – at the monthly market in Wimberley, at the Antique Rose Emporium and at the

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Veladi Mansion in Karnes County

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 1:50pm. 16,883 Views, 2 Comments.

The Fabled White Elephant Mansion of Karnes City

Written By Randy Watson

Southwind RanchThe famous, fabulous, and fantastic Veladi mansion sits on a hill, among acres of mown green pasture, along Route 181, as it passes by Karnes City. This classical southern-style mansion – for which the word ‘palatial’ is perhaps a bit of an understatement – was built in 1994, reportedly at a cost of 8 million dollars. It was modeled after an even larger historic – and now long-gone Southern mansion, Windsor Castle, in Port Gibson, Mississippi. The original model for the Veladi mansion served as a Union hospital during the Civil War, and burned to the ground at the end of the 19th century, leaving only the trademark ground-to-roofline columns remain.

In recreating an

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A Day on the Beach At Canyon Lake

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 3:39pm. 6,510 Views, 0 Comments.

Canyon Lake

by Julia Hayden Click photos to enlarge

Canyon Lake-Condos Across the Lake by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comUpon moving to San Antonio fifteen years ago, I had always wondered – in a perfunctory and mildly curious way – why there would be so many boats and wave-runners around. Such watercraft would be parked on a trailer in the street, or in a driveway, or moving purposefully down the road behind a pick-up truck – and I would be wondering where they were going, actually. We are too far from the coast, and as charming as the various local rivers are, unless they are in 100-year flood, there’s no scope for floating anything larger than an inner-tube on them. And slightly later, I realized that – that damming of various upstream and down from San Antonio had produced lakes sufficient for recreational

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Tomato Experiment While Reviving the Backyard Garden

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 3:10pm. 3,469 Views, 0 Comments.

Reviving the Garden – Tomatoes

by Julia Hayden

Garden-Arrangment of Topsyturvy Plants and Dog by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comSo, round two of reviving the garden has been undertaken, thanks to my daughter finding several of those Topsy-Turvy suspended tomato-pot gadgets at the severely marked-down shelf at the local HEB. You know, those things that are actually a heavy insulated plastic bag, with the tomato growing out of the bottom? Theoretically, it spares having to park them in cages, and the warmth of the sun and the water all get to the roots of the tomato plant, with the result that you have just oodles and oodles of ginormous fresh tomatoes hanging from the branches of the tomato plant hanging out the bottom of the suspended tomato-pot thingy. So, we bought some marked down tomato plants and a bag of extra-nice potting

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Do it Yourselfers Make Their Own Cheese

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 2:44pm. 2,758 Views, 0 Comments.

Blessed are the Cheese-makers

By Julia Hayden

Cheese-Raw Materials by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comWe’ve always been do it-yourselfers when it came to  . . .  well, a lot of things. Mom made all of our clothes, for instance: all of hers, mine and my sister’s dresses, for ordinary and for special occasions. My Dad practically built his and Mom’s retirement home himself – the first iteration, anyway. When it burned down, and had to be rebuilt Mom and Dad were fifteen years older and took the easy way out. He had always done all the maintenance on the family cars – in fact, he was still working on cars, almost to the last day that he was fit and well enough to  . . . which led to some awkward moments when Mom donated the car that he had been working on to the local PBS station this spring, and the tow

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