Texas Looks Like That? A Native Texan's Perspective

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

 

Having been born and raised in Dallas, and having lived in the Austin area since 1988, I grew up not really thinking about what a great state this is and how nice it really is to live here.  After I got my real estate license and started working with out-of-state buyers, I realized that many of them are surprised when they come for a visit, because they expect our area to look like this ------------------------------------------------------->

 

I guess this image is perpetuated in some older movies, and people have a deeply ingrained thought that Texas has rolling tumbleweeds and open plain land primarily.  To be sure, there are parts of Texas that DO have tumbleweeds and plains, but I have not been to those parts myself. 

 

Texas actually has FIVE of the Top 20 largest cities in the country by population, according to 2006 statistics that I found today (Austin is #16 now and moving up). 

 

 

 

I wanted to share a few photos that I have taken in and around Austin in order to give a flavor of what central Texas has to offer with regards to scenery:

 lake austin view - real estate

 

I took this photo from a lot for sale on Courtyard Drive in west Austin, just a few minutes from my office.  This is a view of Lake Austin (Lower Colorado River). 

This same body of water runs directly through downtown Austin.

 

 

 

This is the 360 Bridge, which is actually named the Pennybacker Bridge.  This is about 6 minutes from my office.  It is considered a major Austin landmark, and is is often used in marketing materials.  The body of water is also Lake Austin (as above). 

 

  river place real estate

 

This was taken in the River Place subdivision showing part of the golf course as it runs through the hills.  The view is awesome, and you can see for miles.  This was a beautiful and clear day, breezy and perfect, with a temperature in the 80's.

 

     

This picture was taken from the patio of an acreage property that we sold last year (near Lake Travis).  As you can see, central Texas is flat and arid with no greenery or trees. :)

 

This is a view of Lake Travis from Highway 620.  This is a very large lake to the west of downtown by about 30-35 minutes.  It is a great lake for water skiing, sailing, swimming, and more!

 

If you are considering a move to the Austin area, please feel free to call or email me anytime.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!  I can be reached at 512-796-7653 (cell) or by email at jason@austintexashomes.com

Jason Crouch - Broker/Owner, Austin Texas Homes, LLC

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If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

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MISSY - Yes, this is primarily for Localism.  Thanks for checking it out.

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Oct 05, 2007 10:41 AM #21
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Diane Velikis
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Jason, a great group of photo's of your local area! The lake looks great, and I'm sure year round fun is to to be had!
Oct 05, 2007 11:29 AM #22
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Jason....my buddy....my pal....help me with something.  I have been a little all over the road this week because of all the balls I have in the air...and some that I don't...but right before my husband picked me up I was reading your music post and when I just got home I finished it...went to log into AR to post a comment cuz it was AWESOME and now I can't find it. Have you been such a blogging maniac that it is that deep in your pages or have I truly lost my mind???
Oct 05, 2007 11:57 AM #23
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SHANNON  - It was somehow deleted and the points removed.  I was trying something in draft mode for a new post, then I deleted my draft.  I then noticed that the music post was gone, and I was upset.  Thank God that I saved it in Word last night (I didn't think I had), so it is back up now.  There may be very minor differences at the end of the post.  PLEASE come back and comment on it.  I lost about 35 comments when it went away.  I am SO glad that I had access to it.
Oct 05, 2007 12:06 PM #24
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DIANE - I am glad you liked this one.  Thanks for your comments and compliment.  Yes, year round fun can be had in Austin!
Oct 05, 2007 12:18 PM #25
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Jason:  Thanks for the great pictures of Austin.  I have been to Austin perhaps five times.  I have yet to make sense of the layout of the streets.  MOPAC might just as well be spelled backwards, as far as it making sense to me.  I have been to a Brian Buffini seminar at the Hyatt in North Austin, and been shopping at a few of the malls, and even strolled down... what is it... 12th Street... shopping at a store called Bookwoman.  I went to a musical show about the "fifties girl groups" at a venue near the downtown Embassy Suites perhaps ten years ago.  But... I have not seen such pretty sights as you have shared in this post.  Perhaps some reeeeeeally slow day, you could give me a personal tour ?  Someday I will tell you an incredible story about my ordering room service, and a bottle of Chenin Blanc, while I stayed at the Embassy Suites downtown.  It is totally hilarious.  You will honestly be rolling on the floor.
Oct 06, 2007 07:11 PM #26
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KAREN ANNE - You have seen quite a bit of the area, but I would love to show you around a bit if you come to town.  My office is near most of the locations in these photos.  Bookwoman is at 6th and Lamar downtown.  I would be interested in hearing your funny story.  Maybe you could even blog about it.  If you do, make sure you give me some credit in the post (HA!).
Oct 06, 2007 07:14 PM #27
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One blog post... coming up.  Let's see if I can hook the electrodes up to my brain, and bring that memory back clearly enough to write about it.
Oct 06, 2007 07:34 PM #28
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KAREN ANNE - I am looking forward to it.  I got exhausted last night so I had to hit the hay.

Oct 07, 2007 02:45 AM #29
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Hi Jason:  The post I mentioned... is now up.  It's title is "Room Service... Could You Send Up a Bottle of Chenin Blanc, Please... .  I must admit, after re-living the memory... it is kinda funny.  It was nice to connect with you again tonight.  Take care...     Karen Anne

Oct 07, 2007 02:59 AM #30
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KAREN ANNE - Ditto.  I will go read your post very soon (we are expecting guests any minute so I'll try to get to it before they arrive).

Oct 07, 2007 10:39 AM #31
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Jason-Those pictures are impressive.  Truthfully the tumbleweed picture and the thought of big spiders and snakes is what I've always envisioned Texas to be like.  This is completely different than I expected.  Lake Austin is absolutely beautiful.  
Oct 24, 2007 03:28 PM #32
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JULIE - Thanks for taking time to check out this Localism post.  That's funny to me - I have never seen a tumbleweed in person that I can remember.  Occasionally, I have seen spiders and VERY rarely I have seen small grass snakes.  West Texas is different, though.  I think they may have more of those items out there.  I may try to call you tomorrow.
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Hi Jason:   Before I moved to Texas (DFW)... all I had to go on was the TV Show Dallas.  I expected wide open spaces, no trees whatsoever, parched land, cattle and oil derricks everywhere, and very, very hot temperatures.  Texas has such a "mystique" to it... that once you get here... you almost cannot believe it.
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KAREN ANNE - As a native, life-long Texan, I can say that this is all I have ever known.  However, I am not surprised that "Dallas" was where you picked up your expectations.  It really is a great place to live, though, huh?  Speaking of "Dallas", how about the Cowboys?  6-1 record with a bye week to rest.  Looks good to me!  I knew you would appreciate the Cowboys reference. :)

Oct 24, 2007 05:22 PM #35
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Hi Jason,  Actually, I used the "Cowboys" again in a post I just wrote on helping children during a relocation when they are having problems resulting from changing schools.  Again, great post... thanks for sharing.
Oct 24, 2007 05:35 PM #36
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Jason,

The last shot is Marshall Ford Marina. If you were a little closer you could see my sailboat in slip #2. We have been keeping our boat there for about 18 years. Its a great marina.

Betina

Nov 30, 2008 02:40 AM #37
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BETINA - Thanks for the info.  I didn't even think about which marina it was when I stopped to take that picture!  I hope you're doing well!

Nov 30, 2008 02:51 AM #38
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I was reading some of the newer posts and it struck me that people do have this impression if they have never been to Texas.  I met a very nice lady in San Francisco many years ago and she was afraid to ever come there because we shot the President. 

I met a man while I worked at Braniff (that tells how long ago that was) and he expected to find us riding horses! 

I love Texas and I will always be a part of it even though I don't live there.  I envy everyone still living there but for those of us who are displaced Texans - Texas will always be in our hearts.

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I'm a 6th generation Texan but have lived in other states and I lived in Oregon for 3 years.  Someone in Oregon told me he would never come to Texas because everyone in Texas carries guns.  So many stereotypes.  I realize this post is almost 4 years old but I enjoyed all the comments.

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