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Aviara Will Bring 216 New Homes to Southwest Austin - 04/28/07 11:36 PM
It looks like Pre-Sales will start this weekend on New Homes in a $64 Million Home development in Southwest Austin. On 40 ares around Old Bee Caves Road. Prices will range for Townhomes from $240,000 to $311,000 1200sf to 2200sf. Prices for Residential homes will start at $315,000 to $365,000 2100sf to 2900sf. This subdivision will be close to both Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Austin Community College (ACC) http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2007/04/23/daily31.html?b=1177300800^1454073 http://www.texas.gov/http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/http://www.amd.com/us-en/http://www.austincc.edu/ dsmith93@AvalarAREA.com http://www.avalararea.com/smith/index.htmlhttp://www.avalararea.com/austinnewhomes/http://www.austinhomes-for-sale.com/ (2 comments)
I want to WELCOME all of you to My Office! This is where I spend the largest portion of my day transacting my Real Estate business. This is the office we Opened in January of this year in the Northwest part of Austin Texas. Were located about 1 mile from the hottest Subdivision in Austin for the last 5 years! Avery Ranch.
Now I want to introduce you to the two most important people in our office! Rochelle our Receptionists and Cathy our Office Manager!
The next two most important people our Broker Danny Fletcher & Owner Roger (33 comments)
What I Like About Texas - 04/25/07 02:05 PM
Texas The Lone-Star State all 267,339 square miles or 7.4% of the nations total area. I like the wide variety of land from the Piney woods and swamps, to the Hill country, The gulf of Mexico to the Mountains in West Texas and the wide open spaces of the Panhandle. I like the distances you can drive when you just want to go someplace. The open Sky, the Rivers, and the trees and desert. From Amarillo to Lubbock, to Fort Worth and Dallas, then to Austin and San Antonio, fro Houston to El Paso. There's no other place so unique. But (13 comments)
Walsh Ranch is a master Planned Community with some of the most luxerious homes in the area. It also offers a 2.7 mile recreation area; Including a community pool, Kids splash pool, play gound, jogging & hiking trails, and shaded structures for your familys enjoyment. There are three New Home Builders in the area; Highland Homes, Taylor Woodrow Homes, and Drees Homes.
Highland Homes with the Prices starting From the $300,000's and with the Square footage from 2,648sf to 3,610sf. http://www.highlandhomes.com/website.nsf/HI/Search.html?OpenDocument&CID=6K5NE3
Taylor Woodrow Homes With the prices starting from the $300,000's and with the Square Footage from 2,930sf to 4,222st.
http://www.taylorwoodrowna.com/index.cfm?method=Homes_CommunityDetail&DivID=4&MetroAreaID=7&CommunityID=189 Drees Homes With prices starting form the (4 comments)
For the better part of the last six months there has been an ongoing battle between a Homeowners association, the City of Austin and Walmarts. I previously did a posting concerning it. http://www.walmart-northcross.com/ The Homeowners Assoc. has complained about what it would look like, How big it was going to be, parking and Traffic. Well as you can seeWalmarts has designed the most modern looking Walmart store you will find anywhere in the country. It looks more like a High End department store than it does a Walmart. They have also agreed to shrink the original plans of 225,000 square feet to 219,000 square feet. They have (11 comments)
Austin Music Festivals - 04/22/07 12:03 AM
At any given time there is probably a Music Festival being held in the Austin Area. This weekend there were two festivals. The Old Settlers Music festival and the Austin Reggae Fest. Quite a combination! The Old Settlers Festival is the 20th annual Festival. Some of the stars that have attended in the past are Willie Nelson, Allison Kruass and NickleCreek, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, and many many more performers. The festival was from April 19th thru April 22 at the Salt Lick Bar-B-Que Pavilion. http://www.oldsettlersmusicfest.org/
The Austin Reggae Fest was formally know as the Bob Marley Festival. The festival is on April 21st (8 comments)
The orignial Barton Springs Pool to the left was built between 1935 and 1938. There was a flood that washed away the Lake Austin Dam and Zilker Park where the Barton Springs pool is was flooded for weeks. The pool itself was filled with mud. It is no longer used ans is only for a reminder of the past.
In 1947 a new pool to the right was built for $180,000 and still stands today as well as the bathouse. Which features Open-air dressing rooms and grassy areas. The pool itself stays a constant 68 degrees year around as the pool is a (2 comments)
Austin Home sales Up - Unemployment Down - Bastrop news! - 04/20/07 10:35 PM
It seems that year over year that home sales have slightly increased in Austin. But nonetheless increased. At the same time unemployment in Texas is around 4.3% and in Austin about 3.7%. I'd say this is a good combo to have.
A New Mexico company has purchased 6,700 acres of the famous Stiener Ranch in Bastrop Texas. So expect to see about 4,000 new homes built in the future in Bastrop. Bastrop is know as the lost pines. Because of the many pine trees in anarea of texas you would not expect them.
One might wonder if nature and a subdivision could go hand in hand? I say yes as I took this picture of the longhorn next to "The Ranch at Brushy Creek" Subdivision in Round Rock Texas. There was actually a small herd of about 12-15 longhorns. "The Ranch at Brushy Creek" is a fairly new development that is surrounded by a heavily wooded ranch and a creek. In 1851 the 1st settlement in the area was along the banks of Brushy Creek. thus the settlement was named Brushy creek. Along the banks of the settlement was a distinct Round Rock, In 1854 (5 comments)
Austin Area Apartment Market - 04/20/07 10:51 AM
Back in the 90's the apartment market in Austin was at it's peak averaging probably around (95%-98%) occupancy. The rents were at a all time high and you could bet your paycheck that your rent was going to go up every year! Then around 2000 or so there were several apartment projects started, thus freeing up thousands of apartment spaces for renters. This squeezed the already existing market and the rents went down and occupancy was around 85% causing rents to go down. There was a surge of older apartments being sold to investors with hopes that the market would swing back and they could (4 comments)
"Friday Night Lights" in Round Rock Texas - 04/19/07 02:50 PM
If you have seen the movie "Friday Night Lights" or watched the TV series. You know it is about high school football in Texas. Specifically about a high school team from Midland Texas. The school is Permian Basin HighSchool and they are known as The MOJO'S". They are known as a very fierce and competitive team and alwyas have been. Did you know though that the movie and the TV series was made here in Austin Texas! To show you a little more about how serious High School football is in Texas..how about a High School football stadium that cost $21,000,000 million (10 comments)
Mayfield Ranch - Round Rock Texas - 04/19/07 01:15 PM
One of the most popular community's In the Austin area is Mayfield Ranch in Round Rock Texas. It has stayed in the most popular of community's since it 1st opened in 2003. It has one of the most natural settings possible with nature trails, tree's. Williamson county park surrounds two sides and a dedicated greenbelt on the third side.
http://www.mayfield-ranch.com/mayfieldranch/sub_category_list.asp?category=7&title=In+the+Area Grand Haven Homes of Texas build a Great home for this type of setting. Their homes range from the $250,000's to the $380,000's. Attention to detail is found throughout each and every home. Fluted Glass doors, wrought iron railings, granite and marble counters, rich mahogany and maple stains, (2 comments)
HollyWood Brings 1.5 Billion Dollars to Manor Texas - 04/17/07 08:11 PM
Manor Texas a sleepy little town 12 miles Northeast of downtown Austin Texas is known mostly for Manor Downs one of the few Horse tracks in Texas and a Down Home Restaurant called the 290 Cafe. In 2000' Manor had 1,204 people and by 2005' 1,877 people. Manor is continuing to grow. There are at least 10 different New home builders currently building in Manor. As of yesterday Manor is climbing to the next level in growth. It was announced that a major development is coming to Manor. Consisting of Residential, Retail, Commercial spaces, and anchored by a $125 million 200 acre Studio consisting of (7 comments)
The Colorado River - Where does it Originate? - 04/14/07 04:10 PM
There are 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers that meander through 191,000 miles of Texas Landscape. The Colorado River one of the major rivers of Texas, it is the longest river in Texas and the 18th longest river in the United States. Named for the reddish color of the water. Colorado in Spanish is "Colored Red". However as the river enters the Highland lakes in Central Texas it begins to lose it's color until finally when it exits the 7th lake in Austin it no longer has it's reddish color. The river flows and winds thru 862 miles of Texas terrain (9 comments)
Highland Lakes - Central Texas - Austin - 04/14/07 10:41 AM
Many of you may not know but in the Central Texas - Austin Area there are 7 lakes in succession along the Colorado River (Another Story) They are called the Highland Lakes. They were all built in the late 30's all the way up to 1960 by the Army Corp. of Engineers. The late President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a lot to do with the passing of legislature necessary to appropriate funds to build them. The purpose was flood control as the Colorado had a history of flooding. The lakes are owned and maintained by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority.) Lake (10 comments)
In the past 6 years Austin has been among the 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas in the united states. Job growth is averagin around 26,000 jobs per year and unemployment is down around 3.8%. Along with low home prices an a high quality of life this is driving people from across the nation into Austin to live and seek employment. Austin has grown from April 2000 to June 2006 around 21% to about 1.5 million people!
http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2007/04/09/daily37.html?b=1176091200^1447471 Texas Real Estate Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Lead to Austin Want to Know about Austin Texas? Austin real estate market remains strong Retail development could make Hutto next hotspot From (3 comments)
Texas Real Estate - 04/13/07 03:24 PM
Economists are saying Realtors in Texas are better off than Realtors in some areas of the country. With the down turn in sales and the implosion of the Subprime market some areas of the country are experiancing dismal results in sales and higher levels of inventory due to short sales and foreclosures. But mainly because of the population growth Real Estate sales in Texas are reaching higher levels year over year. Inventory of homes are at a modest level of 3.2 months of inventory making it one of the tightest markets in the united states..... http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2007/04/09/daily32.html?b=1176091200^1446741 http://recenter.tamu.edu/news/13-0407.html
dsmith93@AvalarAREA.com (2 comments)
Sara Smile, Smile awhile For Me! - 04/13/07 12:12 PM
This is for Sarah! Sarah is West Virginia's Premiere Real Estate Agent and treats all her Clientle with special care! She is the ultimate real estate professional! Also She's such a Dog lover! She constantly strives to get people to treat pets with dignity and love. She has posted many articles regarding her pets and those in her community. Some of those are posted just below. POLL: Are You For or Against Dog Limit Laws? My Old Dog Teaches Me New Tricks How to Keep a "Houdini Dog" in Your Yard My First NEGATIVE Post OH, HAPPY DAY! The Putnam Animal Relief Center (9 comments)
The Backyard - 04/12/07 09:37 AM
The Backyard..ahhh the great American escape. A place where at the end of the day we a go to relax. Our back yards give us sanctuary from the rest of the world. The one private place where our children can play, we can have Barbecue's, invite our closest friend over to. We can place pools in them, plays-capes, we can fence them with a variety of fences or simply leave them open to enjoy the view. This is an area where the Homeowner can customize things to fit their green thumb or lack of one. He can make it as lush (5 comments)
121 Years - Cattle Barons - 4 Diamonds - 04/10/07 09:27 PM
121 Years ago, in a time when Cattle Barons ruled the state of Texas to 4 Diamonds Today! WELCOME to the Driskill a 4 Diamond Hotel in Downtown Austin Texas!
The Famous Driskill built in 1886 for an estimated $400,000 sits on the corner at 6th & Brazos Street. A Historical Landmark with a Rich appreciation of the past and Elegant vision of the future. This Ornate hotel at one time was sold in 1893 for a California Ranch, a vineyard and $14,000 in cash. Through the 121 years the grand Hotel was sold several times. In 1995 Great American (12 comments)
Texas Chili Parlor - Austin Texas - 04/07/07 06:27 AM
The Texas Chili Parlor has been located at the same Establishment since 1974. It is about 1 1/2 blocks from the Texas State Capital Bldg. It is also about 2 miles from the campus of Texas University. It has long been a favorite of Texas Legislators and University Students. Located at 1409 Lavaca Street, Austin Texas. http://www.cactushill.com/TCP/
Although there are many various dishes on the menu..obviously Chili is the main one. At the Texas Chili Parlor one can get Chili as follow. X MildXX SpicyXXX HOT, HOT, HOTMy personal favorite is Habanero & Pinto Bean Chili! Don't know if you realize it? But (3 comments)
SPAMARAMA -Year of the Pig 2007 - 04/06/07 06:26 PM
oink, Oink, OINK! This weekend it the 29th SPAMARAMA in Waterloo Park, Austin Texas! this is a festival that has been going on now for 29 years. Two guys got to gather and decided instead of a chili cook-off or Barbecue cook-off they would make it more challenging by creating dishes , games, etc. with SPAM. You read that right..SPAM.
This is a big event in Keeping Austin Weird! The Smithsonian Institute will be there filming, the Guinness world record keepers will be there! There will be a cook-off of exotic dishes made from Spam...last year I think the winner (3 comments)
It's all about Atmoshpere and Beauty in Austin! - 04/06/07 05:37 PM
Austin is known not only for music but the Atmosphere around the lakes. Below are some of the places to go! 1.The Oasis at Lake Travis is a restaurant that lies in tiers 450 ft above the lake. Every evening folks go out to Lake Travis to sit at The Oasis to watch the beautiful Sunsets on the lake! At night they have a outside stage for live music. http://www.oasis-austin.com/
There are over 40 decks at various levels to enjoy the sunset while sipping on a Margarita!
2.Further down the lake lies the Iguana Grill. As with almost all places in Austin The (4 comments)
A Historical Place to Dine in Austin & Have Fun! - 04/06/07 03:38 PM
Austin Texas Home of the Armadillo! Austin has been know for years and years as the Live Music Capital of the World! Part of that claim comes from the 70's when the Armadillo World Headquarters was the place to hear music from the Clash, Willie Nelson, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, Johnny Winter, and many others. The Armadillo closed forever Jan. 1 1981. http://www.armadilloworldheadquarters.com/ However there was another venue in Austin that had existed since 1933 as a Filling Station that was owned by a local bootlegger named Kenneth Threadgill. The same year Kenneth opened the station the County turned "Wet" and (7 comments)
YOUR House As Seen By........ - 04/06/07 12:15 PM
I received this from a friend and thought how true it is! I wanted to share with all of you! I home everyone enjoys it as musch as I did and I know you can relate to it! Enjoy!
Was this not the truth guys? This covered jsut about every situation that i can think of Realtor, Homeowner, buyer, mortgage guy, appraiser and the Tax man! What a Hoot!
dsmith93@AvalarAREa.com (19 comments)
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Lead to Austin - 04/04/07 06:54 AM
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...or could we say all roads lead to Austin Texas. Austin years ago built one of the most modern International Airports in the country! The Austin Bergstrom International Airport. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport/ This was to help Austin in the future growth of the area. Again in an attempt to acccomadate the rapid growth of the area Austin found it necessary to address the flow of traffic. Automobiles would sit in long lines each morning and afternoon on the roadways. So a mass effort was put forth to upgrade the current roads and to place new roadways in to the area. http://www.centraltexasturnpike.org/ http://www.centraltexasturnpike.org/sh130/default.aspx http://www.centraltexasturnpike.org/sh45n/default.aspx http://www.centraltexasturnpike.org/loop1/default.aspx OK so now (4 comments)
The Good Guys doing Good for Granny! - Austin Texas - 04/04/07 06:33 AM
The good guys..the Austin Sheriff's Department is doing something good by contributing to someone in the community that is endeared in the hearts of many. They are rebuilding the home of Geneva Johnson fondly known as Granny. Seems Granny has been giving to her community for years and now she is being repaid for some of her love for the community. Granny has lived in the same house for 40 years and it was badly in need of repair.This is where the Good guys come in...read the following article for more details. http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=181883
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