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:
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Crouch - Broker/Owner, Austin Texas Homes, LLC
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