THE MUSEUM OF FINE Arts' restaurants Le Jardinier and Cafe Leonelli are rolling out the red carpet for the Culinary Canvas series, which spotlights the connection between food and art by bringing exhibitions to life in a culinary format. Getting hungry?
Pelican Builders Welcome Residents To First New Upper Kirby Condo Offering In Years; Boutique Midrise Adds To Pedestrian Appeal Of Sought-After, Inner Loop Neighborhood
WITH ITS INAUGURAL set of residents newly moved in, Pelican Builders’ mid-rise condominium Westmore at 2323 W Main Street in Upper Kirby is already seeing the blossoming of a tight-knit community. Designed by Houston-based Mirador Group the Westmore is the first new condominium product to be introduced to the in-demand, inner loop neighborhood in more than three years. And with remaining two-bedroom homes starting at $895,000, it’s a remarkable value for this increasingly pricey area, where condos can easily climb to several million dollars and more.
The Westmore’s intimate, mid-rise scale was intended to complement, rather than overpower, its charming surroundings, which range from renovated bungalows and multiplexes to high-end patio homes and townhomes plus multi-million-dollar single-family residences. And while just seven stories, residents are afforded beautiful treetops and skyline views that belie its modest size.
Perfectly nestled just off bustling Kirby Drive, just outside River Oaks, and moments from West University, the 33-residence property boasts an enviable 92 Walk Score. The proximity to things both useful and enjoyable has been one of its biggest sale drivers given the plethora of things that a pedestrian can so easily access just blocks away, from Whole Foods Market and Levy Park to Pinstripes bowling and bocce and Color Factory, plus a slew of antique and design stores, art galleries, service offerings, and fitness studios. And that doesn’t touch the surface of a literal bounty of restaurants for every taste, ranging from The Original Carrabba’s, Kiran's, and Thai newcomer MaKiin to recently opened bistro PS-21, Armando’s, Local Foods and Relish.
According to Pelican Builders founder Robert Bland, “The appeal for this building spans upwardly mobile young professionals to downsizing couples in their 50s and 60s, and they’re all drawn to a no maintenance lifestyle with the best of the city at their fingertips. At the Westmore, they have all that with the bonus of a 24-hour doorman for security purposes.”
The property is exclusively sold and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Its model residence is open Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm or by appointment. For more information or to book an appointment to tour, please call or text 713-600-5096 or visit www.westmorehouston.com.
THE SPECTACULAR WORTHAM Center tradition that’s sometimes called the American Idol of the opera world — followed in best-of-Houston form by a gala dinner party in the Grand Foyer — was a rousing and inspiring success last week.
Eight finalists from around the world — winnowed down from some 900 contestants — performed in Houston Grand Opera’s Concert of Arias before a packed hall, the final stage of the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. The bragging rights to one of the most prestigious titles for emerging opera talent wasn’t the only thing at stake: Winners divided $21,500 in prize money!
The first-place winner, Alabama-born-and-raised soprano Elizabeth Hanje, took home $10,000 of that herself, as well as an invitation to join the Butler Studio, the company’s renowned training program for young artists. Chinese bass-baritone Ziniu Zhao won the second prize of $5,000.
The event was also “seen worldwide via a livestreamed program hosted by acclaimed baritone Ryan McKinny, a Butler Studio alumnus and adored company favorite,” noted an HGO rep.
After the performances, guests dined on duck, with blood orange panna cotta for dessert, and mingled with contestants and the evening’s judges. The latter included Eun Sun Kim, HGO’s principal guest conductor; HGO CEO Khori Dastoor; and HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. The panel also included HGO’s artistic advisor, the soprano Ana María Martínez, who selected Brooklyn’s Sam Dhobhany, a bass-baritone, to win her annual Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award.
“There is no better distillation of HGO’s mission than the Concert of Arias,” said Dastoor of the ultimate dinner-and-a-show, which this year was chaired by Theresa and Peter Chang chaired and raised nearly $700,000 to support the Butler Studio and the company’s missions to make opera more accessible to diverse communities across Houston.
VIPs in the crowd included Nina and Michael Zilkha, Isabel and Danny David, Anne and Albert Chao, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Molly and Jim Crownover, Betty and Jess Tutor, Dan Irion, Kirk Kveton, Karen Payne, Beth Madison, Gene Wu, Miya Shay, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Andrew Pappas and CJ Martin.
Anne Chao, Jazmine Saunders, Albert Chao
Beth Bullock, Ken Bullock
Deidra Norris, Josepha Immanuel
Dominic Macklon, Mindy Davidson, Kelly Rose, Josh Davidson
Emily Treigle, Jim Crownover, Molly Crownover
Gretchen Watkins, Khori Dastoor, Selda Gunsel
Jason Wang, Julia Wang
Jill Risley, Allyn Risley
Michelle Papenfuss, John Warren, Mo Lovett Warren, Edwin Jhamal Davis, Jill Risley, Allyn Risley
Stephanie Weber, Paul Muri
Stephen Le, Tiffany Le, Elaine Zhang
Tate Stai, Sarah Stai, Emerson Stai, Aaron Stai, Harlan Stai
IN HEDWIG VILLAGE sits a newly completed masterpiece, the largest new-construction home to ever go up for sale in the Memorial Villages. At 17,369 square feet, 10950 Beinhorn, listed by Bryan Beene with Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty for just shy of $9M, is also the biggest new build currently on the market in all of Houston.
Designed by Jessica Lisenby of Legacy Development Group, the six-bedroom, stucco-and-brick home is located on a three-quarter-acre site on of Memorial's best-known streets. Hardwood floors throughout are arranged traditionally and in patterns like herringbone, and give way to gorgeously marbled floors in the kitchen and laundry room.
In the kitchen, custom two-toned cabinets and designer pendants add intrigue and texture. More custom cabinetry can be found in the owner's suite, where a two-story lounge and unbelievably large closet beckon. A guest suite also serves as another home within a home, complete with rain shower and kitchenette. A bonus and rarity in Houston: a fully finished attic, decked out with efficient and beautiful storage solutions.
Outside, a fully turfed lawn, modest pool and wood-trimmed covered patio set the scene for enjoying the outdoors any time of year. Other amenities include a Cummins Quiet Connect generator, an Inclinator Elevator, four Navien tankless water heaters, and a Trane HVAC system.
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