austin realtor: The Reserve at Brushy Creek is the newest community breaking ground in Austin Metro, Cedar Park Texas. - 02/10/12 06:27 PM
 
One of my favorite mortgage lenders, Paula Hudgins with Mission Mortgage just shared this press release with me. I thought it was good news worth sharing with you.Cedar Park's newest luxury single family home community just broke ground.
"A new luxury residential development is breaking ground on The Reserve at Brushy Creek. Its a 30 acre community that will eventually build 130 single family homes near the intersection of Brushy Creek and Parmer Lane. The developer is Milestone Community Builders, one of Mission Mortgage’s preferred builders. We have been working with Milestone for some time and have found their homes … (4 comments)

austin realtor: Summer Fun In Austin 2011 - 06/29/11 05:02 PM
Are you looking for some summer fun in Austin Texas? If so I have the answers and a few of them allow you to beat the brutal Texas summer heat. These events all take place in central or south Austin. Some events are free while others have varying admission fees. Perhaps I will see you at some of these events? I plan to go see Bob Schneider as he gives a great "live" performance!
Sunset Valley Free Concert Series- Every other Sunday night you can hear a free concert at Sunset Valley City Hall. The music varies but it always starts … (0 comments)

austin realtor: Make an "Easy Peach" cake in only two steps! - 04/04/11 12:26 PM
This recipe is the easiest Peach Cake/Cobbler you will ever make. My niece from Australia told me how to do this as it was a staple in her college dorm. Here is a big shout out to my niece Erica, Thank you!!
Ingredients:  
One box Vanilla Betty Crocker cake mix
               Two cans of peach halves in either syrup or juice (Syrup makes for a super sweet cake.                                       Go ahead and call the dentist to schedule your next filling! LOL)
One stick butter
Take one 9x13 Pyrex pan and spray with nonstick spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place the … (8 comments)

austin realtor: Zilker Tree and the Trail of Lights in Austin Texas 2009! Event Schedule for 2009 tree lighting ceremony. - 12/04/09 01:33 PM
The Zilker Tree lighting ceremony is always a big event with tons of people young and old. Every year I go to the tree lighting ceremony with a group of friends. This is a long standing tradition for each of us. We make hot chocolate for the ride there, as it may take an hour just to get there due to traffic caused by its popularity. Then it can take even longer try to find some place to park. Thankfully the kids no longer require strollers or ask to be carried! Here is a little slice of old Austin for you newbies that … (2 comments)

austin realtor: South Austin original "Batteries Plus has what you need. - 11/16/09 08:09 PM
Recently I discovered a great shop on South Lamar. I was looking for a replacement watch battery. I searched online to find a shop that could replace the battery on my watch. I saw several reviews on the Batteries Plus location in Austin Texas on South Lamar. Every reviewer had great things to say about this shop. Fast service pleasant and knowledgeable employees, convenient location, reasonable prices, excellent customer service, etc.
So I gave them a try and I am happy to report it was all true! I stopped into the store and was greeted by Andy within seconds of walking in. Andy took my … (3 comments)

austin realtor: Lake Austin has much to offer if your looking for a place to play on the water. - 11/13/09 12:10 PM
Austin Texas is the home of many great attractions both historical and natural. We have the Texas Capitol and two great lakes and Barton Springs. If you don't feel like driving thirty minutes to Lake Travis, Lake Austin might be the place for you. It is a narrow lake that works well for motor boats but is not so great for sailing. If you are a sailor you want to stay on Lake Travis and there are many marinas to choose from: Mansfield Marina, Rough Hollow Marina and Emerald Point Marina just to name a few. There are many waterfront homes with docks … (6 comments)

austin realtor: The 34th annual Charity Garage Sale is at Palmer Events Center this weekend! - 11/06/09 09:44 AM
The Settlement Club's 34th Annual Charity Garage Sale is not just for people that live in Bouldin,Travis Heights or Barton Hills. The Settlement Club charity Garage Sale is held November 6,7,8, 2009 at the Palmer Events Center on Barton Springs Road. This event raises money and recycles items that would otherwise go into a landfill. The very first garage sale in the 1970's raised $20K, last year they raised $472K! The garage sale has all kinds of items for sale. There are household items and designer clothing and more!
The merchandise categories are: Clothing, Children's items, Toys, Holiday Items, Books, Linens, … (3 comments)

austin realtor: South Austin has a new wellness provider: Active Life Wellness & Healthcare Center on South Lamar Blvd. - 11/05/09 07:58 PM
 
There is a new wellness and health-care center in south Austin! Active Life Wellness & Healthcare Center opened this spring at 809 S. Lamar. They provide help with low back pain, carpal tunnel, sports injuries, auto accident injuries, and tendon & ligament problems.  They offer massage therapy, weight loss clinic, physical therapy, and chiropractic services. They specialize in Graston Technique which is a form of soft tissue mobilization that detects and breaks up scar tissue that would impede normal function of muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. If you have back pain, they can treat it with "Floating Decompression" which … (4 comments)

austin realtor: One of the most interesting architectects you never heard of Bruce Goff. - 11/02/09 07:11 PM
Great interesting architecture is often hard to come by, so I wanted to showcase one of my favorite architects: Bruce  Alonzo Goff. Anybody can build a basic home with four walls and a roof, but this man built dreams that you could live in.  Bruce Goff was creative in a way that no modern architect I have seen can match.
Bruce Goff was born in Alton Kansas in 1904. He was considered a child prodigy and had his first apprentice job at twelve years old. He later became a partner with that firm Rush Endicott & Rush. His first famous work was … (8 comments)

austin realtor: Open House in Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow Sunday Nov 1st 1-4. - 10/31/09 03:03 PM
Please join me at the Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow open house Sunday November 1st 2009 from 1-4. This home is an amazing 5 bedroom home on a third of an acre with many upgrades. This home is about 15 minutes from downtown Austin and feeds into Bailey, Barronoff and Bowie High School. This wonderful home was just reduced $20,000 this month! This is currently the lowest price per square foot ($93.85) for Barker Ranch at Shady Hollow.
5 Beds & 3.5 Baths * 1 Bed Down All Sides Brick Extensive Tile Throughout First Floor Study Down & Gameroom Up Formal Living & … (10 comments)

austin realtor: Lake Point homes Market Analysis for September 2009 - 10/26/09 03:47 PM

Lake Pointe is a lovely community in Austin Texas that is just minutes away from the Lake Travis area. These homes typically were built between 1996-2009, with an average of 3298 square feet. Most of the lots are just under a quarter acre, but occasionally you will find larger lots of a 1/3 or 3/4 of an acre. Some have hill country or distant lake views. A few back up to a quiet and serene greenbelt. Below you will find the Comparative Market Analysis for Lake Pointe's September 2009 home sales. The homes used in the C.M.A.  are at least 4 bedrooms and 3 baths on … (1 comments)

austin realtor: My private tour of The Austonian Condos in Austin Texas - 10/15/09 11:39 AM
Recently while attending another Realtor event in Austin Texas, somehow I managed to beat about 100 Realtors to win a private tour of the Austonian. To say I was excited was an understatement. This new luxury condo property from Momark Development has been in the news a lot, as it will be the tallest residential development in the United States. This property is definitely one of a kind and is making Austin a destination for luxury living on par with New York City.

The property is shaped like an ellipse, so every single condo has a view from every room, powder rooms … (17 comments)

austin realtor: Market report for Lakeway waterfront homes in July 2009 (waterfront home for sale under $600K) - 10/11/09 11:27 AM
Lakeway has many gorgeous waterfront homes for sale. This Market Report shows you the current information on recent listings and home sales for Lakeway. The homes used in this report have at least 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms and are true Lake Travis waterfront properties.
11 Homes Actively listed for sale:
  Average Year Built 1986    Average SF 3812    Average Price Per SF $346.09  
  Average List Price $1,334,545.   Average number of days on market before selling 235.
1 Home Sold in July 2009:
 Year Built 1965   3860SF   4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms on .85 acre lot   List Price $1,399,000.                     (Sold Price not disclosed … (3 comments)

austin realtor: Austin's Annual Artisans Showcase October 15th!! Shop until you drop!! - 10/07/09 12:21 PM
There is always something fun happening in south Austin!! The Annual Austin Artisan's Showcase is October 15th, 2009. It is presented by the Onion Creek Ladies Associationand the public is welcome! This is a great chance to shop for unique and hand made items. All proceeds will benefit several local charities.  There will be: Holiday decor and home decor, jewelery, purses, luggage, shoes, eye-wear, baby items, and much more! The fee to get in is a mere $5 and it goes to charity. There will be live music by Heartstrings to enhance your shopping experience. There will be hourly drawings for … (1 comments)

austin realtor: Speechless Sunday- A taste of old England architecture - 10/04/09 09:38 AM

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austin realtor: A miracle in Austin today its raining!! What is a gardener to do today go to a free plant seminar! - 10/03/09 04:13 PM
It is raining in Austin today. Thank heavens! This rain will help us greatly as we have been in an Extreme Level Drought for a few years now. Lake Travis is less than 50% full right now. So let it rain! As an avid organic gardener I was at a loss for what to do when it rains. So I found several seminars this weekend on how to plant specific times and how to prepare your garden. Take a look and see if one of these local events interests you. Maybe I will see you there!
Second Annual TX Hill Country … (12 comments)

austin realtor: Austin's sought after Shady Hollow neighborhood comparable market analysis for September 2009 - 10/03/09 03:35 PM
Shady Hollow is one of Austin Texas's most sought after neighborhoods for a number of reasons. We have excellent schools: Bowie, Barranoff and Bailey. The lots are spacious and the homes are comfortable and inviting. The neighborhood is friendly or private, your choice. There is an eclectic blend of homeowners: retired, self-employed, families, and partnered couples. We have several neighborhood clubs: Gardening Club, Book Club, and Kiwanis Club. The Community Center is a big attraction for those who host large party's. Residents can rent the Community Center for $15 when they need space for 50 or more people. We host a … (0 comments)

austin realtor: Basic Seafood tips to remember - 10/03/09 11:31 AM
Growing up on the coast I learned many tips or tricks about seafood. When you want to buy seafood there are some basic rules to remember to ensure you are buying only the freshest product. The easiest rule is buy/eat shellfish in months that end in R.

Shrimp: 
Size              Number of shrimp in a LB     Best use
Extra Jumbo   10 or less                          Grilling or shrimp cocktail
Jumbo           11-14                                Boiling, frying, grilling
Extra Large     16-30                                Boiling, frying
Medium          31-35                                Stir-frying, sauce dishes, casseroles
Small             36-45                                Soups, pasta, sandwiches
 
Look for shrimp with firm flesh Smell the shrimp, if there … (5 comments)

austin realtor: Texas home cooking: Nana's Shrimp Cassarole - 10/03/09 11:03 AM
Yesterday I wrote a post about growing up in Clear Lake, a suburb of Houston Texas. We were 15 minutes from the beach and moments from several great seafood restaurants. However nothing from a restaurant compares to Nana'shome cooked shrimp casserole!
Ingredients:
1 chopped sweet yellow onion
1-2 cloves garlic diced
2 slices cubed bread
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1/4 cup milk
2-3 tablespoons real butter
2 pounds of shrimp
1 can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
1/2 TSP cayenne pepper
1/4 TSP White pepper
1/4 TSP Black pepper
1 TBS Chopped Cilantro
3 cups cooked … (3 comments)

austin realtor: A tale of two septics, what you should know when buying a home close to Lake Travis or in Austin. - 09/17/09 09:54 AM
It may be a dirty business but it does not have to be a secret. It is important to know what your getting into. Selling homes with septic systems is nothing new. Many communities in the Austin area have homes with septic systems, for example: Shady Hollow, Dripping Springs, Westlake Hills, Lakeway, Hudsen Bend, Bee Creek, Lago Vista just to name a few. I have sold many of these homes and can help Buyers be aware of what to look for in a functioning septic. There are several reputable septic companies around town that can help you with the process of … (7 comments)

 

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