November 2015

Features

Can You Afford to Live Here?

Oct 20, 2015 By John Nova Lomax

You know you’ve seen it: condos multiplying, home prices tripling, realtors scrambling, buyers overbidding. Does our state’s fevered real estate craze make us the country’s best housing market—or the most overvalued? I went on a tour of our four largest cities to find out.

The Outcast

Oct 21, 2015 By Michael Hall

A dark incident almost twenty years ago put Greg Torti on the sex offender registry for life. But the real story, he insists, is much more complicated.

When China Came to Houston

Oct 27, 2015 By Katy Vine

This past year, China surpassed all other foreign countries in terms of properties purchased and dollars spent. And with increasing frequency, investors are coming to the Houston area, which now has a Chinese population of 86,000.

Reporter

Touts

Paella from Bullfight, in Austin
No Bull

Oct 21, 2015 By Patricia Sharpe

A new Spanish-style restaurant, Bullfight, puts Austin’s once sketchy Airport Boulevard right in the middle of the dining arena.

Columns

The Texanist

Oct 21, 2015 By David Courtney

Our estimable advice columnist on the origins of Hunt’s boot fence and how miffed we should get about pecan pronunciation, desecrated chili pots, and overenthusiastic, football-lovin’ grandfathers.

Miscellany

Homes Sweet Homes

Oct 21, 2015 By Brian D. Sweany

Buyers today are seeing tremendous change, just as my parents did, but they all still want the same thing: the chance to own a piece of the Texas dream.