Why Austin is a Beautiful Place to Call Home!

Austin’s Inner Beauty

So last month I made the trek back east to visit my sister and her family…and I’ve got to tell you, Pittsburgh is a beautiful city! I grew up there, and go back quite often to visit, so it isn’t like I am unfamiliar with the landscape, but seriously, getting off the plane and seeing how GREEN everything is…it kind of just slaps you in the face…especially coming from Central Texas. Not to mention, there are huge, soaring trees, and every yard is manicured…I don’t think these people do much else other than take care of their yards….I mean, seriously, every inch is landscaped to perfection.

Now granted, my sister does live in the suburbs, but even driving through the city, all the lawns are pristine…these people must spend every moment of their time watering and weeding and mowing.

This thought makes me want to bring up a point about Austin that I’m somewhat loathe to admit…we aren’t the prettiest city out there…although we definitely have the soul and inner beauty! I say this because for those of you who are visiting for a weekend or on the fence about moving to Austin…we may not make the greatest first impression, but give us a chance to prove what true beauty is and I think you’ll find we’re a keeper!

Austin sits at the convergence of two types of landscapes; to our west we have rugged hill country where you’ll find an abundance of cedar, oak, and brush. To the east, there are vast rolling plains…think flat. The native plant life that grows here are somewhat flat, scraggly, and bushy…some would say weed-like…and it doesn’t help that we’ve been suffering a horrid drought. If something decides to take up root…we let it!

Another thing about Austin, the homes to the East, South, and especially in central Austin, are somewhat small; 1200-1700 square feet…although they have tons of charm and character! You’ve definitely got to be committed to living the ‘urban’ life if you settle in these areas, and if you don’t mind showering in a small stall, or sharing a single bathroom, you should be ok! The homes in these areas are typically 60 years or older; some of them are a great buy because of the fact that they need some TLC and updating…remember, up until about 15 years ago, this town was really just a college town!

Our downtown, urban core saw its main growth between the 50’s and 70’s, and some of the design ideas of that era…well…let’s just say they leave some room for improvement; but if you can get past the façade, you’ll find what’s inside really is awesome. The restaurants and shops contained within these older buildings are sure to impress, though I can see how a visitor driving by might not get it.

And yes, you may ask, what about the suburbs…well, they are definitely more maintained and manicured…so if this is your thing, we’ve got that; but you’ll still want to check out and get familiar with the feel of downtown.

It’s funny, but when I moved here 5 years ago, I wasn’t the least bit impressed by this city…so I can see how an outsider looking in might view us; I’ve been there, but now, now I think Austin is gorgeous and I love its laid back atmosphere and homey feel. I love the fact that we have greenbelts throughout the city and the river (although technically speaking, it’s dammed up, so really it’s a lake!) I love the charm of the older homes, and the pecan and oak trees in the front yards. I love that we have hills to the west and prairies to the east; and I especially love the clear, blue, open sky!

Austin is a great place to call home; I love it here…and if that gives me rose colored glasses, well…then I’m happy to be looking at a rose colored world!


Realtor Review of Leisurewoods in Buda, TX

Why live in Leisurewoods?

Leisurewoods is a community in the northern part of Buda off of FM-1626 and FM-967, and it includes about 400 established homes built in the 1970s and 80s. All of the homes can be found on oversized lots ranging from 1/2 to 1 acre and full of beautiful mature Oak Trees. Within the past 6 months, there have been 8 homes that have sold ranging from $209,000 on the low end to $345,000 on the high end. There are currently 6 homes with pending contracts in the Leisurewoods subdivision and 2 active properties as well.

What does Leisurewoods have to offer me?

According to the Property Owner’s Association (LPOA), there is a community pool and tennis courts for outdoor activity. Leisurewoods also boasts paved streets, streetlights and maintained common areas within the community. The community is located in the desirable the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, from elementary to high school grade levels. Austin Community College (ACC) will also be opening campus in the immediate future within minutes of Leisurewoods.

Buda is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. It is close to Austin and the world class shopping, dining and entertainment the capitol city has to offer. Are you a BBQ fanatic? The world famous Salt Lick Bar-B-Que is just west of the community on FM-967 in Driftwood TX, and is a can’t miss! Along the IH-35 corridor, you will find Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, H-E-B, Cabela’s and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Southpark Meadows in south Austin is only 7.5 miles from Leisurewoods and is one of the largest shopping centers in the state.

Healthcare is available from a the Seton Medical Center and Austin Regional Clinic in Kyle, just down the road.

Want to know more about Leisurewoods? Check out the Property Owners Association website at www.leisurewoods.org or call me today to schedule a showing of some of the homes that are available in the neighborhood.


We SOLD 2948 Round Rock Ranch Blvd, Round Rock TX 78665!

We have just listed SOLD 2948 Round Rock Ranch Blvd, Round Rock TX 78665. This stately home in Round Rock Ranch is the only lot on this street and is on .805 acres. This 2-story home is 2,414 sqft. with all bedrooms upstairs. An entertainer’s dream home boasting an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, tons of counter space and a breakfast bar open to the cozy family room complete with a fireplace.

Directly upstairs you will enter a roomy game room with a walk in closet for storage. The game room separates the master from the two secondary rooms. The majestic master has a very spacious bathroom which boasts a garden tub and separate shower. The walk in “over-sized” closet is a room in itself with double mirrored doors.

The backyard is ready for a grand cook out on the large deck. No problem for the kids to have plenty of space to run and play. This yard is large enough to host large playground equipment, a garden, and there is still enough room to accommodate a pool. The driveway to the side garage is perfect for your guest parking or for a multi-car family.

For more information on this home or to schedule a private tour, please contact us today!


We SOLD 722 Le Ann Ln, Cedar Park TX 78613!

We just listed SOLD 722 Le Ann Ln, Cedar Park TX 78613! Located in the Cedar Park neighborhood of Quest Village, this is a must see home!  Boasting 2270 sq ft, recent upgrades include fresh interior and exterior paint.  Interior features include ceramic tile and wood flooring, a spacious kitchen with a center island, large open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, large living and formal dining area, 2 ½ bathrooms, 2 car garage and covered back patio and front porch, and tons of upgrades.  Great pride of ownership makes this home a wonderful place to call home!

To schedule a showing or for more information on this lovely home, contact us today!

Pre-MLS Pictures of 722 Le Ann Ln, Cedar Park TX 78613

More pictures coming soon!