12701 Tierra Grande Trl, Austin, TX 78732

We just listed a beautifully-upgraded single-story home in the Tierra Grande section of Steiner Ranch at 12701 Tierra Grande Trl! Located on a premium lot, this home features incredible canyon views from the front and the back!


Inside, you’ll be delighted to find a versatile floor plan complete with 3 spacious bedrooms, a study (that can serve as a media room, game room or home office) and a formal dining / living room too!

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Features and Upgrades

  • Designer kitchen with granite counters, dark wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances
  • Crown moldings throughout, with tall ceilings, neutral paint colors and recessed lighting
  • Living room is open to the kitchen and features tile flooring, vaulted ceilings and a gas fireplace
  • Master bathroom features a garden tub and separate shower, dual vanities and upgraded hardware and faucets
  • Secondary bathroom features granite counters with double under-mounted sinks and high-end faucets
  • Large lot (approx 65′ wide and 115′ deep per tax records) with incredible canyon views that backs to a greenbelt! (2045 sqft home and .17 acre lot, per TCAD)
  • Roof replaced in 2016!
  • Also recently replaced: garage door, garage door opener, &dishwasher (low-decibel unit)
  • Carpets replaced 2017!
  • Quick access to Bella Mar’s amenities, hiking trails and River Ridge Elementary!
  • Kitchen refrigerator conveys with the sale; washer, dryer and playscape are negotiable!

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MLS 5794555 – Listing Details

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Enjoy sunrises from the front porch and gorgeous Texas sunsets from the backyard! From the outside with the views to the inside with all the upgrades, this home is a wonderful addition to Steiner Ranch. Call us now to schedule a showing today!


What to Expect in 2017 for Austin, According to Three Economic Forecasts

Are you wondering how the Austin real estate market will be in 2017? Will prices continue to go up? Will interest rates go up? Will people stop moving to Austin? If you’ve either asked yourself or someone else this question, you are not alone.

Three Economic Forecasts, One Common Theme

This week was a busy week for economic forecasters all around the city.  Recently, members of our office attended the 2017 Home Builder’s Association, an annual forecast meeting held by Mark Sprague with Independence Title, and also a forecasting meeting with John McLellan with Supreme Lending.

Record Breaking 2016

The HBA meeting was a math lover’s dream.  It was loaded with statistics and information from a host of speakers. The purpose of this meeting is to educate home builders on what is to come, and to give them an idea of how many homes they should be building, what price ranges, and much more. In 2016, there were 29,500 homes that sold through the MLS in Central Texas representing over $10 Billion in sales. As you would expect, both of these numbers were record-breaking events.

Looking Toward Future Growth in 2017 and Beyond

There is currently a major shortage in commercial office space in Austin. For example, there is 1.2 Million sqft of office space at The Domain, and it is 99% occupied. While there are other large-scale commercial spaces coming to the market, it’s possible that this could lead to a situation in the future where employers looking to relocate their businesses to Austin may not be able to do so.

The unemployment rate in Austin is approximately 3.6%.  While this sounds amazing, it comes with one major drawback that can impact our economy and real estate markets.  Ultra-low unemployment can hinder future job growth to the Austin area.  The reason: employers that are considering a move to the region will have difficulty staffing positions from the available workforce (only 3.6% are looking for employment), since most people that are seeking work are currently employed at other companies.  This means that they will have to poach workers from other companies…which means they will have to pay them more money in order for them to migrate.  This is a factor that could affect employer’s desire to move to Austin and to expand their operations, which could slow job growth in Austin going-forward.

According to Eldon Rude, Principal at 360 Real Estate Analytics, the strongest and most dynamic price points of the Austin real estate market is the $175k-$300k range.  With rents continuing to rise (average rental price per sqft is approx $1.4), there will be growing interest in purchasing homes versus renting.

Rude continues to say that in the last 1-2 years, the SH130 corridor has been a big point of conversation with a lot of opportunities being purchased and entitled now. We are building towards that area, and the planned HEB at 130 and 973 could be a huge deal.  There are development concerns for this area due to the fact that many of the areas nearby are in the Austin ETJ, which come with city-imposed regulations on future development.

All three of these forecasts expressed serious concerns about Austin’s elected officials and their decision making regarding job growth and future development regulations.  Their unified opinions are that the city isn’t offering nearly enough incentives to continue to attract big businesses to Austin.  If this decision making philosophy doesn’t change, it will have severe implications on our regional growth in the next 18-24 months.

Is Austin Real Estate Overvalued?

One of the other common questions that I often hear is: “Is Austin an Overvalued Real Estate Market?”  The answer to this came from Mark Sprague’s forecast (the PDF of PowerPoint slides is downloadable at the bottom of this blog post).  He says that currently, Austin household median income is $63,603 and the Austin median home price is $263,900.  He said the ratio between these two values has Austin more affordable than cities like Miami, Portland, Denver, Washington DC, Seattle, Boston, NYC, LA, San Diego and San Francisco.

From Mark Sprague’s class, I took the following notes. Bear in mind that these are economic forecasts (i.e. opinions) and do not reflect any guarantees:

  • Homes under 350k in Austin Texas are expected to substantially appreciate
  • Dallas will likely file bankruptcy due to underfunded pensions, and several other cities in Texas might be close behind.
  • Downtown Austin commercial rental rates are 8th highest in the nation
  • College educated unemployment level is 4%, high school educated unemployment is 25%
  • Consumer confidence in Texas is an astounding 138%

The Conclusion

According to these analysts, we should anticipate a 5-10% increase in production in 2017. Most of this growth in the market will be at $300k price range and below.  Long story short, everyone is expecting 2017 to be another great year for home buyers and home sellers in Austin, Texas. Let’s have a great 2017!

Download Resources

Download the HBA Meeting Notes Here: [button color=”blue” size=”small” link=”http://www.ensorrealtors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Home-Builders-Association-Forecast-Notes.pdf” icon=”” target=”false”]Download PDF[/button]

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We SOLD 1913 Avante Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613!

We just listed SOLD this remodeled home in Cedar Park at 1913 Avante Dr. Here are some of this home’s details, from listing agent Nancy Grimes:

This house is has it all! Located in a Cul-de-sac and a private backyard with no neighbors behind. Located in the Woods of Carriage Hills, this beautiful, 2-story home in Cedar Park has easy access to FM 1431, HWY 183 and Lakeline Blvd.

This home has 4 bedrooms total: a guest bedroom and a full bath downstairs, with the master bedroom and 2 additional bedrooms upstairs. A large bonus room upstairs boasts a closet and double doors which could be a game room, media room, office, or even a 5th bedroom! The laundry room is conveniently located upstairs where you would need it to be.

The large living space downstairs is wonderful and the kitchen has ample counter and cabinet space. An extended island lets you enjoy a meal together, is open to the Family Room and is a great gathering spot. Recent kitchen appliances have been upgraded to GE Stainless Steel including a DOUBLE OVEN, vented microwave, dishwasher & 5 burner range!

The open Family Room is great for gathering to watch your favorite movie or game! With access right off the Kitchen/Family Room to the back patio, this home has a great floor plan and is perfect for entertaining.

The owners have replaced the HVAC in June of 2016 to a two-unit 16 SEER system, which is much needed during hot Texas summers!

Schedule a showing to see all that this house has to offer and make this your home today! Call Nancy Grimes to help you find a home like this one at 512-917-5170.

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We SOLD 17509 Regatta View Dr, Jonestown TX 78645!

We just listed SOLD a gorgeous lot for sale at 17509 Regatta View Dr. Located in The Hollows, this 1.02 acre lot (TCAD) affords the owner the ability to choose any builder (with ARB approval) and build their dream home! There are already homes built on both of the adjacent lots, so you will have peace-of-mind of knowing exactly what will be on the lots next to you. Attractively priced at $79,000.

Regatta View Dr is conveniently located in Northshore at The Hollows, just around the corner from the Beach Club (yet far enough away to enjoy the tranquility of the natural surroundings.) Depending on your architectural plans, it may be possible to enjoy lake and hill country views from the upper floors of your home.

According to Warren Wright, the ARB coordinator for The Hollows POA:

“This lot is septic system, but yes you could tie into the sewer system.  Other utilities are: Electric (Pedernales Co-Op), Water (Jonestown Water Supply Corp), Propane (Alliant Gas), and Phone (AT&T).”


Lot Survey

17509 Regatta View Dr - Survey

MLS 9720607

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For more details about this lot and about The Hollows, please contact us today.


Review of Crestview Neighborhood for Upcoming Open House

In preparation for my hosting of an open house in Crestview this weekend at 7803 Woodrow Ave, I thought it would be helpful to share my knowledge of this popular central Austin neighborhood.

Crestview is a charming neighborhood located only a few miles north of downtown Austin just south of Burnet Road and West Anderson Lane. Within walking distance, community shops, restaurants, services, and other amenities abound. Want to shop at a local grocery store? No problem. Just head over to the iconic IGA Minimax, which has provided for the community since 1953. Top Notch Burgers, established in 1971 and the award-winning burger bar Hopdoddy are right around the corner as well. The famous Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is right around the corner too.

While taking a stroll down the wood lined streets of Crestview, I became better acquainted with the area and discovered bicycle lanes and bus stops throughout the entire subdivision. I was intrigued by the attractive and creative landscaping on many of the front yards that included beautiful gardens and large distinguished oak trees, which offer substantial shade for those hot days in the Texas heat. The homes in Crestview give off vintage vibes with a modern touch. Several friendly joggers and their dogs ran by and I found two separate community parks–Brentwood and Wooten–at opposite ends of the neighborhood. This is a fantastic community and is situated in a perfect location for anyone who enjoys being a short trip away from the cultural centers and attractions that make Austin famous.

Here are some photos that I took of the neighborhood, so you can become better acquainted with it’s unique style:

Crestview, Austin Texas, April 2016 (4)

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Crestview, Austin Texas, April 2016

For more information about Crestview (or any other neighborhood in Austin TX), please contact me today!


We Just SOLD 4013 Gandara Bend, Austin, TX 78738!

We just SOLD a gorgeous home for sale at 4013 Gandara Bend. Located in the Enclave at Ladera, this Taylor Morrison home was built in 2013 and features 3,126 sqft (TCAD) 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a game room, and a 3-car garage. With well over $100,000 of upgrades, you’ll find more than enough reasons to love this home!

Inside, you’ll find an impressive list of upgrades including hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, designer fixtures, custom tile accent work in the master bathroom, surround sound wiring and much more. Those who love the outdoors will be thrilled when they open the back door and step out into the outdoor entertainment area, including a sparkling pool and spa (with removable safety fence), multiple shaded patios, an outdoor kitchen, extensive landscaping, plenty of grassy areas to play and so much more.

Photo Gallery of 4013 Gandara Bend

Here are a few photos that I took of the home and of the surrounding area. Professional pics are coming soon!

The Ladera neighborhood offers a wonderful quality of life to it’s residents, including easy-access to downtown Austin, world-class shopping & dining at Hill Country Galleria shopping mall, top-ranked Lake Travis ISD schools, PGA Signature Series golf at nearby Falconhead Golf Course and so much more.

For more information on homes like this in Ladera, contact us today!


We SOLD 7803 Woodrow Ave, Austin, TX 78757!

We just SOLD a remodeled Central Austin home for sale at 7803 Woodrow Ave. Located in Crestview on a .2264 acre (TCAD) lot, this spacious 4/2 home is loaded with cosmetic and structural upgrades.

Home Features

The garage was converted into a master suite comprised of a master bedroom and a separate master bathroom with a walk-in shower, making this home a comfortable 4-bedroom and 2 full bathroom residence that now measures in at 1,679 sqft (TCAD).

The exterior was replaced with stone bricks that dramatically enhanced the curb appeal. Energy-efficient upgrades include double-pane windows throughout and blow-in attic insulation.

The kitchen was completely renovated with granite counters, custom cabinetry, upgraded appliances including stainless steel double ovens and a downdraft vent for the island cook top. Custom cabinetry continues into the breakfast area.

The backyard features an amazing covered patio with wood pillars and stone accents that compliment the home’s exterior. What a great place to enjoy an afternoon!

Additionally, this home includes features that would be preferable for wheelchair access if needed, including a concrete sidewalk that continues around to the rear to the utility room’s exterior door.

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List of Upgrades, Renovations

  • Garage converted into Master Bedroom Suite
  • The sewer line has been replaced all the way to the city connection.
  • Master Bath has built-in shower with hand-held and rain shower heads; built-in medicine cabinet; granite top vanity with under-sink cabinet; and separate toilet area
  • Utility room added with washer and dryer connections; overhead cabinets; built-in overhead cabinets; and tile flooring.  There is enough room for additional appliances.  Installed exhaust fan.  
  • Kitchen has upgraded flooring, granite countertops and new appliances (Jenn Air stove top; under counter vent system; double oven (convection on top and regular on bottom); 70/30 kitchen sink; reverse osmosis water system under sink; custom cabinets with lower cabinet having pull out shelves; two butler pantries and built-in desk with overhead cabinets and drawers); completely rebuilt from the original design. Sky light with removable solar screen.
  • Living room has open concept atmosphere with an overhead header beam supporting the roof.  Completely rebuilt with replaced drywall and paint.  
  • Laminated wood flooring throughout the house.
  • Home has been insulated with spray-in foam insulation.
  • The outside has stone masonry.
  • The porch has an engineered slab that can be converted into an additional room, if desired.  
  • 50amp GFI Breaker on column of porch for spa.
  • Three cedar columns covered with stone for support.
  • Concrete pad for water fountain with electricity.  Switch is located in the utility room.
  • Natural gas plumbing connection, located on back porch for a grill or outside kitchen.
  • All windows are double paned double hung made locally by Ringers Windows.
  • Replaced front door, double French doors and utility door.  All outside doors have deadbolt and knob locks keyed to one entry key.
  • All doors have been replaced.
  • Recently replaced roof shingles.
  • All lighting have been upgraded and are all LED lighting.
  • Seller’s note: ** All work was inspected and brought up to code. The house could potentially be energy star rated, but we did not know how to get take the steps to do it. **

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We Just SOLD 700 S 1st #207, Austin TX 78704!

We just listed SOLD a remodeled condo for sale with spectacular downtown views at 700 S. 1st St #207. Located atop a hill and less than 1 mile to downtown, this 2 bedroom 2 bathroom unit in Viewpoint Condos includes 2 reserved parking spaces (1 covered parking space underneath the building and another spot anywhere in the parking lot), 2 balconies (one overlooking the pool, and the other overlooking an unobstructed view of downtown Austin), 976 sqft (per TCAD) and a completely remodeled interior.

This is one of the best units in the complex due to it’s location and floor plan. The over-sized balcony was just resurfaced by the HOA (new waterproof membrane as well) and boasts incredible views of downtown.

Photo Gallery of 700 S. 1st #207

For a sneak peek of this amazing unit before it goes live in the MLS, please contact us today!

Familial Relationship Disclosure: The seller and I have a familial relationship.


We Just SOLD 14713 Fairland Dr, Pflugerville TX 78660!

We just listed SOLD a showcase home for sale in Pflugerville at 14713 Fairland Dr. Located in Lakes at Northtown, this 2,486 sqft (per TCAD), 4 bedrooom, 2.5 bathroom home is wonderfully upgraded and move-in ready! This stunning home is located on one of the best lots in the neighborhood — a spacious greenbelt lot near a cul-de-sac with private access to the hiking and walking trails, complete with raised garden beds for growing your own organic fresh herbs, vegetables and spices.

Video Virtual Tour of 14713 Fairland Dr

The interior upgrades of this luxurious 2-story home include an extended screened-in porch that seamlessly doubles as an extension of the indoor living area — simply perfect for entertaining guests or relaxing with your family — and for enjoying the outdoors with the comforts of being indoors too! Additional interior upgrades include: a water softener system, a reverse osmosis water system, laminate flooring throughout, a gorgeous kitchen including quartz counters, upgraded back splash and stainless steel appliances.

Upstairs, you’ll be pleased to discover that the homeowner decided to split the enormous game room into two separately defined and more usable spaces: a 4th bedroom, complete with a spacious closet, and a flex space that can easily be utilized as a play area, a flex / loft-style space, or a reading nook, for example.

Lastly, the epoxy-coated garage floor is the ultimate finishing touch to this beautiful one-of-a-kind home!

Photo Gallery of 14713 Fairland Dr

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This home has so many upgrades and features, that you simply must see it to appreciate it.  If you are looking for a stylish home in the greater Austin area at a sub-$300k price point, this home definitely needs to be on your short list. 

To learn more about homes like this one, please contact us today!


We Just SOLD 12310 Jamie Drive, Manor, TX 78653!

We have a new listing that we just listed SOLD at 12310 Jamie Drive, Manor, TX 78653.

Located in Manor’s Stonewater community, This home was built in 2013 and has tons of upgrades!  Offering more than 1700 square feet with spacious 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths plus a loft/office/game room. The kitchen with granite counters is open to the dining & living area, with lots of windows. The master retreat offers separate shower and garden tub, dual vanities and a walk-in closet.

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There’s plenty of storage throughout, a large fenced yard and a covered patio. Energy-efficient features include radiant barrier roof decking, double-paned vinyl windows and programmable thermostats.

Upgrades include:

  • Wood look glazed porcelain tile floors downstairs
  • Ceiling fans inside and out
  • Upgraded lighting
  • Chair rail 
  • Water softener
  • Epoxy floors in garage
  • Faucets and fixtures
  • Fresh paint
  • Great area amenities with pool, splash pad, playground and sport courts. Easy access to area schools and major highways that make the commute from Manor TX to Austin a breeze. 

For more details about this homes similar to this one in Manor, contact us today.