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The Refuge Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar

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The newest upscale restaurant in Creekside is The Refuge Steakhouse and Bourbon Bar.  On a recent Monday night, the place was packed with people enjoying themselves.  I recommend you start in the bar.  This is probably my favorite bar in The Woodlands. The gorgeous rustic decor makes you want to stay all night. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  On a recent night, we tasted several bourbons, bourbon cocktails, and bourbons flavored with all sorts of interesting things like mint, chocolate, and coffee.  They were all superb.  The non bourbon drinks were excellent too.  In the dining room, our favorite appetizer was the pork belly three ways.  It was perfect to share between three people and very tasty. The steaks and seafood on the menu are all excellent.  Steaks come with a choice of two sides which are large.  I loved the flavorful brussels sprouts and macaroni and cheese.  Including the sides makes it very reasonably priced and made it plenty for two meals.  The sea bass is one of the best in the area and was cooked to perfection. There are lots of other things on the menu I cant wait to try.  The chicken fried rib-eye and the mojo marinated pork tenderloin both tempted me!  Save room for dessert because the chocolate cake is fudgy and delicious.   One really cool thing they do at The Refuge is a pub run.  On Monday nights, a group of local runners meet and run, and then cool off on the patio with a few beers.  It looked like a fun group and a great way to build community.  I think The Refuge is going to be one of the long term favorites in this area.

Staging and Style

See Inside a Listing Styled by a Former White House Decorator

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As President Obama’s time in office neared its last months in 2016, their future home outside the White House was a frequent guessing game in celebrity real estate media. Most of the rumors were that the Obamas were buying a new family home in Hawaii, Palm Springs, New York City, Washington, D.C., or would be going back to their former home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. They ended up buying for $8.1 million the home they had been renting – an 8,200-square-foot home in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood.

Whether the Obamas stay in Washington after their youngest daughter, Sasha, graduates from high school is uncertain but one thing is likely. The former First Family’s favorite interior decorator has portable skills and will most likely follow them from home to home well into the future. With Michelle’s penchant for taupes and beiges, it’s likely the Kalorama home will be next on the list for Michael S. Smith, decorator to the stars.

Now close friends, in 2008 Smith was called upon to redecorate the new President’s private quarters in the White House, and after he and Smith’s partner James Costos raised millions for Barack Obama’s re-election, Costos was named the Ambassador to Spain. The Obamas visited the couple in Spain and also stayed with them at their home in Rancho Mirage’s Thunderbird Heights. It was this visit that sparked baseless rumors that the Obamas were house shopping in Palm Springs.

Presidents aren’t the only celebrity clients in Michael S. Smith’s client inventory. He has also designed for Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Cindy Crawford, Dustin Hoffman and Harrison Ford. Smith is known for his talent at blending historic elements with contemporary and has met with much praise for his work at the White House.

Recently a marvelous beach house came on the market in Newport Beach, California, also decorated by Smith. Opening directly onto the dunes with the Pacific Ocean lapping on the sand and exposed to some of the world’s most striking sunsets, the house was built in 1988 by Marmol Radziner in collaboration with Michael Smith Interiors. The 2,814-square-foot, two-story house optimizes the sweeping views of dunes, sand and ocean. Consisting of four bedrooms and four baths split between the two floors, the upper master suite also has a large private sun deck with panoramic views of the coastline to Catalina Island. Ideal for entertaining and stay-over guests, the open floor plan invites conversation and the oceanside glass doors that vanish into the walls give seamless access to the terrace and well-outfitted outdoor kitchen. The indoor kitchen, which includes Viking and SubZero, has a large island overlooking the living room with its high ceilings and fireplace with the dining room and another fireplace to the right including a wine and coffee bar. The two downstairs bedrooms can also be closed off and turned into a private suite for extended guest stays. Priced at $6.35 million, Tim Carr of Villa Real Estate in Newport Beach, California is the listing agent.

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Creekside Park Real Estate

26 Pinto Point The Woodlands Creekside Park

26 Pinto Point Cir in Creekside Park

Fabulous location in Creekside Park! Located on a court, walk or bike to neighborhood park, Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, fitness center, Creekside shopping and dining. Private front door entrance, hardwood floors from foyer leading into family room and kitchen. Center staircase with iron is so attractive. Open floor plan is perfect for family time and entertaining. You will love the stylish features this home offers. Huge backyard is ready for play or pool addition! Enjoy outdoor living on the large covered patio.

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