Austin Areas

Austin has fantastic restaurants in and around the city. Many are well known and others are out of the way places that only locals know about. Austin has live music venues in the downtown Austin area and around town you’ll find museums, parks, theaters, lakes and more. To the east of Austin you will find flat grasslands and to the west of Austin you will find tree covered hill country. The culture in Austin is just as diverse as the land.

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Austin Metro Area Condos

So where are all these Austin condo projects outside of downtown? The UT area immediately comes to mind with a large student population to house. Over 30 communities can be found in the more sub-urban Northwest Austin. Lakeway was originally envisaged at a retirement/resort community – so you can find a multitude of condo/townhome communities there that were developed starting in the 1970’s, as well as newer, more upscale new development.

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South Austin has been home to condominiums and townhomes since the 1970’s as well. Higher-end developments can be found in the West Austin/Westlake area, and more affordable ones found in North Central Austin and Cedar Park. South and East Austin have been heavily targeted by developers in the recent past, and we’ve seen many former apartment buildings being “condo-ized” all over the city. From East to West and North to South, there’s a condo in Austin in your price range.

Austin Condos – The Numbers

You’d be surprised at the number of condominium and town house communities that can be found outside of downtown Austin. In fact, the downtown/urban loft and condominium development spurt didn’t really take off until the mid 2000’s. All together, there are well over 500 condominium and townhome projects across Greater Austin – and that number continues to grow. Outside of downtown Austin, condo complexes started springing up in “suburban” areas in the late 1960’s. Of course, what we consider “suburban” has changed since then, so you’ll find the newer construction occurring farther and farther from the city center.

Austin Condos – Lifestyle

Austin condo residents are as varied as Austin itself. The low-maintenance lifestyle appeals to both young and old alike, and is especially attractive to those who would rather spend their time enjoying Austin than mowing a lawn. One of the biggest benefits of condominium or town house ownership is the amenities that are provided onsite for the use of all residents. Want a pool, but don’t want to maintain it? Want a facility for hosting large gatherings? Many condo and townhome communities provide a pool and a clubhouse as part of the common elements. Some even provide tennis courts, hot tubs, and on-site gyms. Yes, there are Home Owner Association fees that have to be paid every month, but in exchange you get amenities, services and various levels of maintenance. Condo ownership is a great alternative for many homeowners, and one you should take under consideration.y to get in the holiday spirit.

Bastrop

Bastrop was founded in the mid 1800’s by Stephen F. Austin and just recently celebrated its 175th birthday. Nestled along the Colorado River, the town of Bastrop offers a great mix of old and new, with wonderful vintage and historic homes and storefronts downtown. Bastrop has been dubbed “the most historic small town in Texas.” There are wonderful rural residential developments scattered among Bastrop’s “Lost Pines”. Not only can residents and visitors enjoy the beauty and amenities of the Colorado River, they also have the benefits of the Lake Bastrop Recreational Area and Bastrop State Park to explore which are only minutes away from downtown.

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Bastrop is a little city tucked in the middle of the Lost Pines. It has so much to offer on either end of the spectrum. Bastrop has so much history but also so much new growth. It is easy to see why people are moving to this community.

Where is Bastrop?

Bastrop is on Hwy 71 between Interstate 10 and Interstate 35. This is minutes from Austin-Bergstrum Airport and great downtown Austin entertainment. It is located on the Colorado River, which provides its own entertainment, from birding to kayaking.

Bastrop Activities

Bastrop has so much to offer for any interest. There is shopping, from downtown antiques to new retail. Sightseeing ranges from Bastrop County Historical Society Museum to the Bastrop Opera House. Nature buffs can kayak on the Colorado or camp and fish with the family in one of the two State Parks

Bastrop Homes

With many areas to choose from it would be easy to find the dream home. There are beautiful homes in the Lost Pines area or the newest subdivision The Colony. From the downtown historic area to large lots to build on the bank of the Colorado River, Bastrop has all that there is to offer. You will most likely live in one of the following zip codes: 78602, 76659, or 78612 .

Bastrop Historic and Vintage Homes

Bastrop is one over one hundred towns considered a “Distinctive Destination” per the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bastrop and the other towns thoughout the country have been recognized for their work preserving their historic and vintage homes and for establishing historic districts as well as promoting historic tourism. Bastrop’s historic district has a wide variety of wonderful historic and vintage homes, and downtown Bastrop has a great Main Street lined with historic commercial buildings dating back to the late 1800’s.

Where are the Bastrop Historic and Vintage Homes

Most of the Bastrop Historic and Vintage Homes are located in the established historic district in Bastrop but many are scattered through out town as well. Just take a drive down Church, Water, Hill, or Spring Streets to see just a few of the area historic and vintage homes which include Greek Rival and Queen Ann architectural styles and vintage Craftsman and bungalow style houses too.

When to visit Bastrop Historic and Vintage Homes

Just about any time of the year is a great time to visit the Bastrop Historic District to see the historic and vintage homes. In Spring time the homes are in their flowered finery, Summer you can enjoy the welcome shade that the big old trees that line the streets have to offer, in Autumn front yards and porches are adorned with festive fall decorations such as pumpkins and scarecrows. During the Holidays in years past the Bastrop Historical Society has put together a Historic Holiday Home Tour which is a perfect time to see these homes inside and out in their Holiday best, enjoy the different architectural styles, all of the decorations that proud owners put up, and a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Bee Cave

Bee Cave Texas is located near Highway 71, Bee Caves Road and RR 620. If you were driving through the area, it would be difficult to tell where Lakeway and Bee Cave separated. Parts of Falconhead subdivision are in the city of Bee Cave and parts are in Lakeway. The city got it name from the bees that lived in the banks of the creek that ran behind the first post office. The Village of Bee Cave officially came into being in 1987, after the City of Austin attempted to annex it.

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What’s Near Bee Cave

Today, there is an explosion of growth around the small city of Bee Cave, Texas. The Hill Country Galleria shopping center and surrounding areas are full of just about any store you can imagine. There are home improvement stores, pet stores, furniture stores and lots of places to buy clothes. Restaurants are also in abundance. Lake Travis is near enough to own a boat, or rent one for the day. Golf is also all around. Falconhead, Lakeway, Spanish Oaks and Flintrock Falls to name a few.

What to Like about Bee Cave

Whether you want to live in a master planned community or own a few acres outside of a homeowner’s association, Bee Cave can accommodate you. It is far enough away from the bustling city of Austin to feel far away from the maddening crowd, but near enough to attend plays and concerts in the downtown area. Children who live in Bee Cave attend the excellent Lake Travis Schools.

Bertram

Bertram is a small town about 45 minutes Northwest of Austin with a population of about 1,300 people and is home to the annual Oatmeal Festival.

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Briarcliff

Briarcliff, TX is a small community with a country feel and around 1,200 residents. It is located 30 miles west of Austin on beautiful Lake Travis. There are also two restaurants in Briarcliff TX—the Lakehouse Cafe, which has a view of Lake Travis and Lee’s Almost by the Lake. Briarcliff, TX is located in the Lake Travis Independent School District where the high school is in Lakeway. Search for homes to buy in Briarcliff TX below. Directions to Briarcliff: Take Hwy 71 west, right on Pace Bend Rd., right on Briarcliff Dr in the 78669 zip code.

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Briarcliff Beauty

Briarcliff is a beautiful hill country village overlooking the south shore of Lake Travis. Located just south of Pace Bend Road and northeast of Bee Creek Road in Travis County, Briarcliff includes an area roughly 1.5 square miles. It is located approximately 30 miles west of Austin, Texas. Briarcliff students attend schools in the Lake Travis ISD which is a critically acclaimed school district.

Briarcliff Amenities

Briarcliff residents enjoy more than just breathtaking hill country views. They can also enjoy the local boat ramp and the local Community Center for public and private gatherings and parties. Briarcliff also offers a disc golf course at the Briarcliff community park, multi-use hike and bike trails and a library run by volunteers Monday thru Friday. There is also a 9 hole golf course and free tennis offered there as well. For resident’s convenience and safety, there is also a convenient brush pit for burning clippings and brush safely. There are plenty of fun activities for Briarcliff residents and guests to enjoy.

Pedernales Golf Course in Briarcliff

The golf course in Briarcliff is owned by Willie Nelson—world famous recording artist. The overall experience at Willie’s Cut N’ Putt (it’s official name) is meant to be less formal than that of a traditional country club. Memberships are available but it is also open to the general public. You can reach both Briarcliff and the golf course by traveling west on Hwy 71 then turn and drive north on Pace Bend Road (FM 2322) for 2 miles and you will see the entrance into the Briarcliff community on the right. Continue down Briarcliff Drive then take a right on Paisley Drive to get to the course.

Buda

Buda is one of the fastest growing communities in the Austin area. Buda is just outside of Austin and has managed to retain much of its small town qualities. Buda offers buyers a small town atmosphere with all of the conveniences of a large city nearby. The community of Buda is expanding on both sides of I-35 offering homes that vary greatly in landscapes, style and design, lot or acreage size and with all these variables, price range.

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Buda Area Attractions

With a multitude of new home developments and a wide variety of retail and professional services locating to the area, Buda is developing into a sizable community that has the ability to offer residents many services and retail products that in turn attract more residents. Super stores and national chain stores provide most of what modern buyers are looking for in groceries, clothing and restaurants. For others, the historic district with local diners, antique and specialty shops provide a sense of home. Buda has public areas with parks, trails and pools and host regular yearly events that are very popular in the community.

Location and Schools

The city of Buda is located about 15 miles from Austin on I-35. Traveling south the downtown exit is on the right and will lead you to the major shopping area or turn right and follow the signs to the historic district. Students in the area attend school in the Hays Consolidated ISD. There are many neighborhood schools but with expanding growth and population boundaries often change. Contact Hays ISD for boundary and other school related information. Situated between Austin and San Marcos, students also have many options when trying to decide on a college or university located nearby.

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Cedar Creek

Cedar Creek is a community located off of HWY. 71 and 21 on the way to Bastrop. Like a lot of small communities around the Austin area, Bastrop has seen tremendous growth this last decade, especially the area of Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek itself is located just a few miles south on Hwy. 21 but it encompasses a large area around HWY 71 and 21. There are a few churches that have been there for many years, one or two convenience stores, and odds and ends of family-style cafes and BBQ stands.

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Now you can add numerous restaurants and businesses along HWY 71, both local and franchise stores. Along HWY 21 is a dollar store, a large and modern post office, an elementary school, intermediate and middle school. There is a recently built, up-to-date athletic facility already in use. Cedar Creek High School is projected to open in the Fall of 2010 and is located on HWY 71 at Pope Bend Road.

Location of Cedar Creek

Cedar Creek begins about halfway between Austin and Bastrop on HWY 71, continuing south on HWY 21. With the continued growth and expansion along HWY 71, the gap between Austin and Bastrop is slowly closing. Both HWY 71 and 21 are major roadways for travelers to and from Houston, or travelers wanting to pick up HWY 183 or I-35 without going through Austin. The expansion and updating on both of these roadways has greatly added to the growth of Cedar Creek and this area of Bastrop County.

Cedar Creek Area Amenities

Cedar Creek is home to the Capital of Texas Zoo, which is located off of Pearce Lane on Jenkins Rd. (county road 247). LCRA’s McKinney Roughs Nature Park is located on Hwy 71 about 13 miles out of Austin going east and is about eight miles west of Bastrop. McKinney Roughs offers walking and hiking, horseback riding, a natural science center and numerous other facilities and programs. For those looking for more upscale activities, try the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, featuring an award winning golf club, luxury service and accommodations, scenic landscapes and plenty of outdoor adventures. The community of Cedar Creek offers beautiful countryside views. Whether you are looking for a neighborhood to live in or want a few acres to call your own, Cedar Creek offers many options. The community of Cedar Creek can provide you with a variety of landscapes and price ranges to choose from. Convenience and country living are not far away in the 78612 zip code.

Cedar Park

Cedar Park is a bedroom community of Austin. It is located across the street from the northwest quadrant of Austin at FM 620 N and Hwy 183. Cedar Park homes are available in all price ranges. There are some fabulous neighborhoods with all the great home builders. Most neighborhoods have amenity centers and elementary schools in the Leander ISD. There are neighborhoods with Hill Country views as well as small to large communities.

The wooded and rolling streets in this area make great landscapes in Cedar Park. The golf community of Twin Creeks is gorgeous. Also, the Buttercup Creek communities are very popular. Cedar Park offers great choices for homes in every price range. You would most likely live in one of the two following zip codes: 78613 or 78641.

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Fun in Cedar Park

Cedar Park has chosen and planned for Cedar Park to be a great entertainment area. The Cedar Park Center is the third largest venue in the Austin area. It offers hockey and is home to the Texas Stars with 40 games a year plus pre-seasonal play off games, concerts, ice shows, various types of entertainment and sporting events. There is parking for 2,500 cars. Cedar Park residents also enjoy a large recreation center for their daily workouts, swimming, etc. The coming attraction is Schlitterbahn and residents are anxiously awaiting the grand opening. Cedar Park has some great parks such as Milburn Park—40 acres of fun. It is also fun to go to the new farmer’s market open, every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. all year long. It has a great atmosphere with live music and the home grown produce that is awesome.

Cedar Park Shopping

You may shop to your heart’s content in Cedar Park. Lakeline Mall offers every type of shopping that one could want. The mall is just the beginning of this major shopping area. There are strip centers all around the mall and the drawing boards are full of future shopping venues. Cedar Park also has a unique center called The Railyard. Here you will find specialty shops, sports bars, hair salons, restaurants and more. The 1890 Ranch is a great shopping center with franchise stores such as Office Max, Gold’s Gym, etc. and the anchor store, Target. Cedar Park is has an abundance of shopping.

Central Austin

Central Austin was and is today one of the most sought after locations to live in the Austin area. Of course most of the area has been developed for over 100 years now so it has some of Austin’s most historic homes. Grand mansions, stone cottages, darling bungalows and mid-century modern ranch homes line the streets throughout the area. There’s something for almost every taste and lifestyle, whether you want a home in a historic subdivision or a glamorous condo downtown. Central Austin is all about location and convenience to the heartbeat of the city.

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Where is Central Austin?

As you can guess, Central Austin is situated in the core of the city of Austin and radiates out like concentric circles from the capitol. But it far exceeds the core of downtown. Founded near the banks of the Colorado River in the early to mid-1800s, the village of Waterloo originally consisted of the business district east and west of Congress Avenue. Neighborhoods quickly spread east, west and eventually south of the river. Today we consider the following neighborhoods to be the core of Austin: Travis Heights, Tarrytown, Old West Austin, Old Enfield, Hyde Park, Barton Hills, Clarksville, Bryker Woods, Pemberton Heights, Rosedale, Bouldin Creek and the University of Texas area. The neighborhoods of Brentwood, Crestview and Allandale round out the northern boundaries of Central Austin. Zip codes include 78701, 78703, 78704, 78705, 78751, 78756, and 78731.

Central Austin Attractions

Living in Central Austin means having almost everything at your fingertips. Museums (the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Austin Museum of Art, the Blanton Art Museum), businesses (the Texas State office complex and the University of Texas are Austin top two employers), shopping, grocery stores and parks galore fill the neighborhoods. Austin’s network of hiking trails and parks link many of these early suburbs and people find it to be an easy commute to work and play. Live in a downtown condo or find the perfect single-family home in Central Austin. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Austin is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the United States.

Coupland

Coupland TX is located 25 miles northeast of Austin TX. The town of Coupland was established in 1887 when the Bastrop and Taylor Railway was under construction. The Old Coupland Inn and Dance hall is a local attraction that was built in 1910 to serve a variety of purposes but it now houses a live music venue, restaurant, and Bed & Breakfast. To get there from Austin, take Hwy. 290 east to Elgin, then north on 95. From Round Rock, take Hwy 79 east to Taylor, then south on 95. Located in the 78615 zip code.

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Dale

Located in Caldwell County, Dale, TX is a small town east of Lockhart.

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Del Valle

Del Valle is a community to the southeast of Austin that encompasses a wide rural area. Until the last few years Del Valle was primarily a farming community and a community that had ties to the Bergstrom Air Force Base. Del Valle was largely undeveloped until the closure of Bergstrom AFB and the opening of the Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport.

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At this point, three schools had to be moved. They were located in areas with room for growth. And grow they did. Within a short time there were large new home developments being built around the schools. Add to this mixture the addition of SH 130 toll way and you have a community that is primed and ready for growth. The community of Del Valle offers homes in neighborhoods with pools and greenbelts or if you want a few acres of your own, they are still available in the area also. A neighborhood atmosphere with the convenience of a vibrant and entertaining city such as Austin is making Del Valle appealing to many buyers.

Del Valle Location and Schools

You will find Del Valle itself situated on HWY 71 east of HWY 183 in 78617. Small businesses are located on the north side and the Austin-Bergstrom Itnl Airport covers the south. While Del Valle is small and unincorporated it does have its own school district. The Del Valle ISD encompasses vast rural areas and small, pocket areas within Austin city limits. The district includes Hornsby Bend, Garfield, Creedmoor, Mustang Ridge and various smaller communities. The rapid growth put a strain on the Del Valle School District which has met the challenge and built new schools and other facilities while achieving a recognized status for most of its schools.

Del Valle Area Amenities

Del Valle’s main attraction is its close proximity to Austin, where shopping, dining and other entertainment or necessities are available at any time. A short drive can put you anywhere in the Austin metro area. Closer to Del Valle you will find the Southeast Metro Park, located off of HWY 71 and Ross Rd. which offers numerous baseball, softball and soccer fields. There are also playgrounds, picnic areas, bike trails and a hiking trail that rambles through the wooded hills. There is even a small catch and release fishing pond. Richard Moya Park is also a day park located off Burleson Rd and FM 973. McKinney Falls State Park offs of Hwy 183 at McKinney Falls Pkwy offers numerous other outdoor activities including camping.

Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin is a great microcosm of what makes Austin Austin. It can be casual, eclectic, artistic, outdoorsy, refined, educational and fun. Most would agree it’s worth a visit and many – approaching five figures – think it’s a great place to call home. Downtown Austin condo building has attracted more residents the last decade. And one can tell from the skyline that the building continues. With all these condos, available services have gone well beyond business lunch spots, music and bars. Visitors and residents now have many options for restaurants, entertainment and services.

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Downtown Austin sits just north of the Colorado River. (Because the River is dammed, it’s referred to as – formerly Town, now – Lady Bird Lake). Texas’s State Capital building sits atop a small hill at the northern tip of Austin’s grand Congress Ave. 6th St., historically, is the other main Downtown Austin thoroughfare. While there has been a lot of development in recent years, Downtown Austin is still known for its many historic buildings. Downtown Austin is a bustling Downtown. People enjoy the Capital City for numerous reasons, including business, entertainment, education, government and nature. It’s become such a successful destination, other cities send teams to study what has made Austin so great.

Downtown Austin – Activities

Downtown Austin is flush with things to do. There are restaurants, entertainment and live music venues, museums, bars, grocery stores, including Whole Foods Market’s flagship headquarters location, and churches. There are also city-sponsored activities, yearly festivals, and a weekly farmers’ market. The Lady Bird Hike & Bike Trail, lining the southern edge of Downtown, is one of the city’s most appreciated assets: unless the weather is uncommonly miserable, the Trail teems with people exercising, visiting and taking in Austin’s natural beauty. (Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson for bringing her nature conservation and beautification efforts from D.C. to Austin.) Within Downtown Austin limits, there are a few parks. The best green expanse is the Capital grounds.

Not only does Downtown Austin house numerous businesses and offices, government buildings and residences, but we also have schools. And just north of Downtown is the ~60,000-student University of Texas at Austin.

Downtown Austin – Neighborhoods

Downtown Austin is made up of different neighborhoods. There is the State Capital Complex, the Congress Avenue District, defined by businesses and office buildings, the 6th St. Entertainment District, the Market District (anchored around Whole Foods Market), the Warehouse Entertainment District, and a few historic neighborhoods with lovely, original homes, many which are now used for commercial purposes.

Downtown Austin – Accommodations

You’ll find a few homes in Downtown Austin but most residents live in larger developments. Condos, lofts and rental apartments can be found throughout. Some are high rises with views, some are not. Some are on the river, many are not. Some are loft conversions, some are new. Some are luxury, many are not. You get the picture. There are about 30 residential buildings in Downtown Austin; you have a variety of options to choose from. Contact us for help finding the right fit for you.

Downtown Austin – Location

Downtown Austin is defined by Lamar to the west, Martin Luther King Boulevard to the North, I35 to the east and the Colorado River to the south. Two streams run through Downtown. Shoal Creek (plus Greenbelt and Trail) on the west side and Waller Creek towards the east side of Downtown. There are plans for both of these creeks to become greater assets for Downtown.

Driftwood

Folks have taken the short drive from Austin for decades to eat at the famous Salt Lick BBQ and have decided it is a great place to live as well. The lure of Driftwood is its perfect country setting with gently rolling hills, pastures and giant oak trees where one can live at a slower pace but still be close enough to Austin to commute or drive in to enjoy the benefits of the city.

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Finding Driftwood

From Austin take 290 W to just after the Y in Oakhill and turn south (or left) at FM 1826 and proceed for several miles (stop for Saltlick BBQ on the way) until you come to a dead end. Turn left at FM 150 and go about a mile to the old Texaco filling station. This is the old community of Driftwood which was settled in the 1850s and currently sits in the zip codes 78619 and 78719 .

Driftwood Real Estate

Understand that there is not really much in the way of a town in Driftwood. It consists of an historic (closed) old filling station/store, a church, and a couple of shops. Surrounding Driftwood are medium to small subdivisions, mostly with homes on one to five acre sites. There are a variety of homes from the mid-200’s to million dollar properties. Look at subdivisions like Rim Rock if staying closer to Austin is your goal, La Ventana for higher-end property complete with community pool and clubhouse, or stay on FM 150 heading west to Sierra West if having your children attend the highly acclaimed Wimberley ISD is important to you.

Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs is a small town located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Austin off of Hwy.290. In this hill country town, you will find mostly ranch properties or homes that sit on larger lots. There are also a few planned neighborhood communities. The scenery in Dripping Springs is tranquil with rolling hills, plenty of live oak trees, and abundant wildlife.

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Dripping Springs Activities

If you enjoy hiking, swimming, picnicking, and enjoying nature, Hamilton Pool Preserve is located in Dripping Springs. This historic swimming hole has a 50 foot waterfall and the pool water level is fairly constant. For the avid swimmer, you can go to the Founders Memorial Park pool (closed during winter). This park has a junior Olympic-sized pool in addition to jogging trails, soccer fields, playscape, and picnic area. To celebrate the discovery of the Dripping Springs community, an annual Founders Day Festival is held each Spring. This is an event you will not want to miss!!

Dripping Springs Residents

Many residents choose to live in Dripping Springs because of the School District. Dripping Springs has received ‘Excellent’ ratings from the Texas Education Agency. Others live in Dripping Springs because they like the ‘small-town’ feel while being in close proximity to Austin. This rural area allows peace and quiet with a tranquil setting.

East Austin

East Austin has recently gotten quite a lot of attention in the area of renovation and upkeep. The aim is to keep new home styles in the theme of the older East Austin neighborhoods. This lively and diverse area is home to some of the best dining in Austin. Parks and recreation areas are being spruced up. East Austin is finally taking its rightful place in the Austin metropolis.

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East Austin Dining

Cisco’s Bakery is an Austin tradition for breakfast and lunch. Located at 1511 E. 6th Street. Most of these restaurants don’t have web sites, but look online for maps to: Abarrotes Mexicanos, Al’s Foodstore, Angie’s Mexican, Clementine Coffee Bar, East Side Pies Pizzaria, Eastside Cafe, El Chilito, Gene’s New Orleans Style Po-Boys and Deli, Hill-Bert’s Hamburgers, Hoover’s Cooking, Paila Peruvian Cuisine, Smokey Denmark Sausage and many more.

Elgin

Elgin is a relatively small town about 19 miles east of Austin, Texas just off US Highway 290. Downtown Elgin is home to a train depot which originally was designed to sit exactly in the middle of a one mile area creating the town. In later years, the depot became the city’s Police Department building. It is now an historic museum. The “g” in Elgin, Texas is pronounced as in the word “good”—unlike the “g” in the city of the same name in Illinois. Elgin was named after Robert Morris Elgin—a land commissioner for the railroad. There is still a train that runs through the town.

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Main Street in Elgin

Elgin’s Main Street looks very similar to hundreds of other classic small town main street across middle America. Elgin’s downtown area started to take shape from the 1870s and continued through the late 1940s. 14 city blocks make up the commercial and industrial area of the historic district. Most of the buildings in the downtown area were constructed from bricks from local brick yards. Elgin has been famous for bricks and hot sausage for many years. The historic Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse and Southside Market compete for best barbeque in Elgin every year.

Elgin’s Appeal

Many residents of Elgin enjoy a quiet lifestyle yet enjoy a short commute to work into the larger city of Austin. Some Elgin residents also enjoy more affordable homes than those often found closer to Austin. Some just prefer the peaceful areas of the Elgin countryside that are more difficult to find closer to the big city.

Florence

Florence, Texas is a beautiful area north of Austin, Texas in Williamson County. The City of Florence is small but has many old historic buildings and homes, a sought after school district and the beautiful look of the Texas Hill Country replete with Live Oak trees and others.

The High School has college classes in High School to help children in Florence get a head start on college. The Florence Meat Science program has an on site butcher shop and meat market where students learn all aspects of the meat processing industry and the public can purchase meat. The Florence ISD’s territory includes a small part of neighboring Bell County. Florence is located at the upper boundary of the general coverage of the Austin MLS system. The telephone area code for much of Florence is 254 instead of Austin’s 512. There are many fine homes in and around Florence including historical homes as well as custom homes on acreage where you can have horses.

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Where is Florence Texas

Highway 195 goes to Killeen on one end and the 1 30 Expressway on the other, in between is Florence, Texas. In Killeen is Ft. Hood and also the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport (GRK) at 8101 S. Clear Creek Road which has American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta as its resident airlines and offers many direct, non-stop flights to cities such as the Dallas Fort Worth airport as well as Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Not many people realize this airport is there and it offers an alternative to Austin Bergstrom Airport. The new 1 30 Expressway makes Florence so much closer to Austin than ever before.

Florence, Texas Dining, Shopping, Entertainment and Medical Care

Florence has several restaurants including Mano’s Mexican Food, El Charrito Mexican Food and Katie’s Kitchen. Florence Hardware is a must see for hardware but also to see a piece of old Texas. It is like stepping back in time. There is a nice wood stove that feels so good on cool days. The Rattlesnake Inn in Florence on Highway 195 is the oldest honky tonk in Williamson County. The Vineyard at Florence offers a winery with tasting room, restaurant, Bed and Breakfast as well as hosting the annual Tour de Florence charity fund raiser bike ride. Walburg, Texas just to the northeast offers great German cuisine as well as a Biergarten and The Walburg Boys at the Walburg Restaurant. Stop at the old-fashioned Andice General Store just south of Florence for great burgers, baskets and a wide assortment of hard to find bottled drinks. Georgetown, Texas is just south of Florence and is a mecca for fine dining, medical care, great hospitals and clinics and entertainment. For fantastic horseback riding trails take where many TETRA (Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association) rides are held, take Highway 195 west of Florence through Ding Dong and past the Lampasas River to the Parrie Haynes Ranch.

Georgetown

Georgetown TX has increasingly become a popular retirement spot in the southwest. Georgetown TX offers residents an abundance of recreational activities. Located on IH35, Austin is just 26 miles away and Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are all just a few hours drive, so retirees often choose Georgetown TX as their home to be close to family. Lake Georgetown makes it the perfect place for those who enjoy fishing and water sports. Visit Rachelle Anselmi REALTOR at her site all about Georgetown TX Real Estate.

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Georgetown is the third in a string of towns north of Austin on IH 35. Georgetown is north of Round Rock, which is north of Pflugerville, which is north of Austin in most likely the following zip codes: 78628, 78633, 78626 or 76527. We have real estate agents that service the Georgetown Texas area, just let us know what you need. If we can answer any questions about the Georgetown Texas area or improve our web site to better serve you please let us know!

Hutto

Home to the Hippos, Hutto, Tx is a town on the edge of Round Rock close to the new Toll Rds, 130 and Hwy 79 and minutes from Austin. Once a small one-light town, it has over 20,000 residents. Homebuilders and developers saw it coming as well and bought many of the old farms and ranches to begin building neighborhoods. The housing market here offers several different communities, in which to live.

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Hutto has many attributes and twice as many opportunities to purchase a home at a really good market price. The growth destined for the area will deem it a popular place to live and perhaps raise a family. To get to Hutto, take IH35 North to Round Rock, then east on Hwy 79 to Hutto or take SH130 north from Austin to Hutto, TX 78634.

Jarrell

Jarrell originally came about in 1909 when real estate developer O.D. Jarrell developed the land out where an old stagecoach road and the Bartlett and Western Railway met. In Texas we have small towns like Georgetown and even smaller towns like Jarrell, better known as “one horse towns.” This small town is part of Williamson County and is located 12 miles north of Georgetown (38 miles north of Austin) on IH35. Florence is located to the west of Jarrell, Bartlett is to the east and Salado is further north up IH35.

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Jonestown

Jonestown is a small place. There are a few businesses along FM 1431 in the heart of town, a new strip mall on the north end, and several restaurants and a gas/convenience store. If you want a small-town experience near Austin, it’s hard to find; Jonestown fits the bill. Jones Brothers Park Lake Travis/Sandy Creek Arm waterfront park is the premier and largest park in town. It has a couple boat ramps, basketball, soccer, baseball, picnic areas, and sand volleyball. The other parks are: Laura Reed Park, Veterans Memorial Park right on FM 1431, Pecan Bottom, and Dave Reed Park.

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Jonestown Waterfront and Hill Country Homes

There are many old, established lakefront cabins and homes — many of which are weekend getaways — that sell from time to time. They are often renovated or torn down to make room for a modern structure with great lake access. New developments are also popping up all along the shoreline. Places like The Hollows (and large Hollows Marina), the Bluffs, Gregg Point (with its Easy Street Marina) and Northshore are most popular. For folks who would rather just sit out on their porch and look for miles out over the Texas Hill Country, neighborhoods such as Vista Grande, Panoramic Hills, Fawn Hill, Jonestown Hills, White Rim Mountain, and Grandview Terrace. Some of the waterfront communities have Texas Hill Country views from higher elevations.

Jonestown Location and Access

Jonestown gains its notoriety from its strategic location on the north shore of Lake Travis and proximity to Austin. By car, take FM 1431 west from I-35 through Cedar Park. To get to FM 1431 from Austin, there are several routes: I-35, Parmer Lane, Hwy. 183 and any of a number of a half dozen roads going north into Cedar Park from RM 620. Jonestown can also be reached by boat on Lake Travis. It is located at mile marker 37.

Kyle

Kyle, Texas is one of those sleepy little Texas towns that had a growth explosion. It went from a small town about 20 minutes from Austin, with a water tower and great BBQ but not much else to those who didn’t live there.

Kyle now has new homes and development on both sides of I-35 with businesses, professional services, stores and food establishments added in the mix as well. Kyle’s population growth is diverse and the area offers various home styles and community designs that will attract these buyers. There are homes available that will appeal to 1st time buyers and other homes for buyers who want more space or more up-graded amenities. Whether you are looking for a small home in a neighborhood or a large ranch estate, take a look in the Kyle area.

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Kyle Area Amenities

Kyle offers visitors and residents local hometown flavor with small cafés, shops and other businesses located on its main street. Kyle also has national chain fast food restaurants and other retail shops. A major medical facility has located to the area and with it other professional services. A new library, parks and city sponsored events and activities are part of the charm that entices buyers to a town that has a small town feel with big plans for its future.

Kyle’s Location and Schools

Kyle is located a few miles south of Austin on I-35 just past the city of Buda. So close, that the boundaries between Buda and Kyle often seem to overlap. The historic main street of Kyle is on the west side of I-35 at exit 213. Kyle residents and students can contact the Hays Consolidated ISD for school information and boundaries for the schools located in the area. Hays Consolidated ISD has become a highly recognized school district. Located along the Austin, San Antonio corridor, Kyle is in an excellent location when looking for a local college or university.

La Grange

La Grange Texas is a beautiful Central Texas town nestled on the Colorado River with lots of cultural and historical ties to the German and Czech cultures. The town has a wonderful mix of historic and period homes as well as modern residences and just a few miles outside of town there are wonderful ranches large and small throughout the rolling prairies and woodlands.

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La Grange is located in Fayette County southwest of Austin just off Higway 71 and right on the Colorado River. La Grange is a great example of the small town Central Texas lifestyle nestled between some of the best cities in Texas – Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.

Things to do in La Grange

If you are interested in history you can visit the Kreiche Brewery site on Monument Hill overlooking the Colorado River. Did you know that there are twelve mapped bike routes ranging from 18 to 60 miles? La Grange is rich in Czech and German heritage and you can learn more about that at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center just outside of town.

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The La Grange Independent School District includes the Hermes Elementary School, La Grange Intermediate School, La Grange Middle School, and La Grange High School. The County Courthouse is a grand old building right in the middle of the downtown square for convenience. There is also an airport – Fayette Regional – with a 5000 ft. runway with expanded taxiways and VOR and GPS approach. There is a monthly fly-in and barbecue at the airport monthly.

Lago Vista

Lago Vista has seen many changes the past couple decades. During the first decade of the 21st century, Lago Vista population has grown nearly 50%. There are now businesses in town that were not here ten or even five years ago. Grocery and drug stores are now here, complementing existing businesses such as fitness, computer repair, restaurants, and boutiques.

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Lago Vista Amenities

Lago Vista has also seen its number of public and private recreation offerings increase. There are eight water’s edge POA parks along the shore of Lake Travis, an airport in the north part of town and a landing strip in the south. There are new high-end lakefront developments north and south and as much walking/biking/hiking, golf, tennis, water recreation and hunting to satisfy anyone. If you own a boat, you can store it at one of the two marinas, and when it needs repair, there is marine service here. Dry storage is also available around town.

Lago Vista Golf

If you are a golfer, you have choices in Lago Vista: Marshall Ranch Golf Course (private), Highland Lakes Country Club (public), and Lago Vista Country Club (private) and pool. A public pool is located in the north part of town at the Lago Vista Sports Complex. Here you will also find softball, baseball, and tennis in a beautiful setting with the Texas Hill Country and Lake Travis as a backdrop.

Lago Vista Accessibility

Lago Vista is accessible only via FM 1431. From it are a number of roads into town, Lohman Ford Road principal among them. It is the center point between the north and south parts of town. Of course, Lago Vista is always accessible by boat on Lake Travis and was the site for the national Aquapalooza in July 2010 which drew 60,000 boats and their crews for a few days of entertainment and fun.

Lakeway

If you are planning a move to the Austin, Texas area but don’t want to be in the city, consider Lakeway. Lakeway is west of Austin on Lake Travis and has beautiful views, resorts, golf and plenty of outdoor activities. Check out the beautiful homes in Lakeway.

Lakeway is just west of Austin and shares a border with Bee Cave. We have agents that are knowledgeable about the Lakeway and surrounding Austin areas. Let us know what you are looking for and we will be glad to help. If we can answer any questions about the Lakeway Texas area or improve our website to better serve you, please let us know!

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Lakeway Homes

Homes in Lakeway have easy access to Lake Travis and other water sport activities. Your price range determines the type of home you will find. Many of the homes have a view that seems to go on for miles. In Lakeway you will find grand homes with large lots and homes located high in the hills among the trees. The prices run anywhere from $199,000 to 2 million plus. New developments are planned and the area will continue to grow.

Where is Lakeway?

You can get to Lakeway on a very relaxing and enjoyable drive from Austin by Hwy 71 West. You access Hwy 71 West at the “Y” in Oak Hill and it is approximately 12 miles from the “Y” which is at the edge of Southwest Austin. The drive takes about 10 minutes or so, depending on traffic. You can also get to Lakeway from North Austin coming in on FM 620. What most people don’t realize is that you can get from North Austin to South Austin coming in from the Lake Travis area. The view is fantastic and you may see people pulled over on the side of the road taking pictures of the scenery. The Lakeway zip codes are 78734 and 78738.

Lakeway Lifestyle

People buy here because they like the scenery, the privacy, and the location. You have all the luxuries of upscale living, such as shops and restaurants, as well as plenty of outdoor activities, plus downtown is a short drive away. There are many restaurants that have boat access so you can just pull in for a bite to eat.

Leander

Leander is growing silently and many people do not realize the extent of the growth over the last 20 years. If it were not for the city signs, you may not even realize when you are leaving Cedar Park and entering Leander. Since Cedar Park is across the street from Northwest Austin, Leander is a very good suburban choice. This small town is best known for the Metro Rail now running to Downtown Austin.

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This addition to Leander has been a real eye-opener for many Austinites who travel to and from work on bumper-to-bumper roadways. With Toll Road 183A to Austin, a ten minute trip and the Metro Rail, Leander is becoming known as a great suburb in Northwest Austin. Leander residents will most likely live in one of four zip codes—78641,78645,78647 or 78741.

Leander Homes

All the major builders have chosen Leander to make their presence known. There are some really great neighborhoods in Leander such as Block House Creek, a master-planned community with two pools, five parks and sport courts. Scattered throughout Leander there are small neighborhoods with amenity centers and elementary schools. Home prices in Leander range from $100,000 to more than $1,000,000. The future for Leander homes is very bright. With the addition of the Metro Rail, there are neighborhoods on the drawing board that will be fabulous.

Leander’s Best Kept Secret

There is a group of neighborhoods in the Crystal Falls area of Leander that will really capture your heart. This section on the west side of Leander is the beginning of the Hill Country just northwest of Austin. There are breathtaking views in Grand Mesa at Crystal Falls. This is a neighborhood of custom homes on 1-7 acre tracts. Grand Mesa offers the wide open spaces of Texas with long Hill Country views. Crystal Falls Golf Course meanders through the hills here. The Fairways at Crystal Falls overlooks the golf course and has beautiful views of the Hill Country. The Highlands at Crystal Falls is also a great place to call home and has an estate section which also has great views. At the lower end of the price range in Crystal Falls is The Boulders at Crystal Falls. These homes start just under $200,000 and the amenity center has a resort type pool, sand volleyball and a great picnic area and playground.

Leander Schools

It seems like there are schools at every turn in Leander, some so new that they only offer two grades at this time. Leander has the infrastructure for exploding growth and that includes schools. The Leander ISD has concentrated on schools with high ratings. The school district is very large geographically and extends from Leander southwest into River Place and Steiner Ranch. Schools in this district are top-notch.

Shopping in Leander

No matter where your home is in Leander, you are within five to ten minutes from a shopping center, many with big box stores and major franchise retail. Lakeline Mall is 15-20 minutes away and the 1890 Ranch offers movies, gyms,food franchises and supports major shopping demands.

Lakeway Lifestyle

People buy here because they like the scenery, the privacy, and the location. You have all the luxuries of upscale living, such as shops and restaurants, as well as plenty of outdoor activities, plus downtown is a short drive away. There are many restaurants that have boat access so you can just pull in for a bite to eat.

Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill is a small but rapidly growing town just north of Leander, TX and west of Georgetown, TX. Liberty Hill is conveniently located on Highway 29 and Highway 183. There are many great neighborhoods in Liberty Hill including new homes, equestrian neighborhoods and even green home neighborhoods.

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Liberty Hill Amenities

Liberty Hill enjoys many parks and river access to the beautiful San Gabriel River. Leander is nearby to catch a train into Austin, Texas. By car, Austin is about 40 minutes away via the new Toll Road. There are many great restaurants in Liberty Hill. Georgetown has lots of great shopping opportunities and is just about 10 minutes down Highway 29.

Liberty Hill Schools

Children in Liberty Hill attend Liberty Hill ISD or one of the many private schools in the area. Just down Highway 29 is Georgetown’s Southwestern University. Leander plans to have an ACC campus as ACC has bought land there. Currently there is an ACC campus in nearby Cedar Park. UT and St Edwards as well as Concordia are in Austin.

Lockhart

Lockhart Texas, 78644 in Caldwell County is located 25 miles from Austin’s International Airport on Highway 183, nestled in a triangle of Central Texas between Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Lockhart was originally part of Gonzales County which separated off into Caldwell County in the mid 1800s. It was named after surveyor Byrd Lockhart who worked as one of the surveyors setting the boundaries in Central Texas and farmed along Plum Creek. Severe drought made farming difficult at times but grazing cattle was not a problem and the area became a major converging point for the now famous Chisolm Trail.

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Cattle owned from a local Lockhart area rancher was on the first cattle drive up the trail. Lockhart and surrounding areas experienced the oil boom in the 1920s and shallow field exploration still continues today. Lockhart has its own municipal airport, a beautiful State Park offering camping, swimming, bike trails and golf. There is a City Park with fishing pond, amphitheatre and a sports complex for baseball and soccer. Lockhart has it all—historic homes, stunning historic court house in the City Square, new home construction, land, and farm and ranch properties.

Manchaca

The City of Manchaca has an Elementary School, Manchaca Optimist Sports Complex, Post Office, the VFW Post 3377 and privately owned businesses. Manchaca is also home to the Marbridge Foundation a facility for adults with special needs. Residences of Manchaca love the large oak trees and being just minutes from Austin. Homes vary in sizes, styles and lot sizes.

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Manchaca covers parts of South West Travis and Hays Counties. Main roads in the Manchaca area are FM 1626, Brodie Lane, South First, Old San Antonio road and IH-35. Being just minutes from South Austin the South Park Meadows Shopping Center. The South Park Meadows Shopping Center features a number of retail outlets, restaurants, movie theater and music venues.

Manor

Manor Texas is located east of Austin on Highway 290. The current population in the City of Manor is around 5,800. The city was named after James B. Manor who settled in the area in about 1804 near Gillean Creek. Manor originally built a log cabin which was ultimately replaced with a two-story house that became the first stage stop out of Austin, and also functions as a post office in the mid 1800s.

With it’s “blackland prarie” soil the area around Manor became a center for cotton production/shipping in Travis county. Today the soils are still farmed. Manor has become a bedroom community to Austin offering new home construction, land, and farm and ranch properties.

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Where is Manor TX?

Manor TX is located just east of Austin on Hwy 290 E. Manor residents will most likely live in one of four zip codes—78653,78621,78660 or 78754.

North Austin

North Austin encompasses a wide variety of neighborhoods, businesses and towns. Although not in Austin proper, Pflugerville and Round Rock are often referred to as North Austin. Other areas include Anderson Mill, Avery Ranch, Wells Branch and Balcones Woods and several more. Major thoroughfares include FM 620, US 183 and IH35 N and Loop 1N. With the new toll roads, North Austin is becoming much easier and faster to navigate. Great shopping centers include Lakeline Mall and the Domain. You can also find great entertainment sites and fine restaurants or check out some homes.

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Paige

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Pflugerville

Pflugerville is about 15 miles north of Downtown Austin; these city limits are actually almost back to back. Pflugerville even has a new lake! Lake Pflugerville is a 180 acre reservoir built to provide drinking water but in the summer it is a recreational oasis. Pflugerville residents will most likely live in one of four zip codes—78660,78615,78634 or 78664.

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Point Venture

Point Venture is small but where else can you can enjoy golfing, swimming, tennis and other recreation, all with a beautiful Lake Travis view? Point Venture, TX is just 30 miles northwest of Austin. Stop by Shades, a floating restaurant, after a day of boating for burgers and sodas.

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Where is Point Venture?

You can reach Point Venture by boat on Lake Travis between mile markers 26 and 29 or by air via the airstrip just up the road a few miles or Lago Vista’s Rusty Allen Airport nine miles to the north. To reach Point Venture by car, you must get to Lago Vista via FM 1431 — the only road into Lago Vista. It is basically an east-west road running from beyond Round Rock to the east and beyond Marble Falls to the west. In between is the lakeside community of Lago Vista. Where FM 1431 intersects Lohman Ford Road at the stop light in Lago Vista, proceed in a southerly direction seven miles. After seven miles, you reach the Point Venture security gate. Once through the gate, you are in Point Venture, a blessed peninsula on Lake Travis known for water, golf, recreation and wildlife. Welcome!

Rollingwood

Many assume Rollingwood is a neighborhood in West Austin but it is actually a city. Rollingwood is located just of south MoPac on FM 2244 also known as Bee Caves Rd. Rollingwood is just on the cusp of the Westlake community. Though Rollingwood is in Eanes ISD and is a part of Travis County, Rollingwood has its own city council, city government and employment. It is in the 78746 zip code.

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Rollingwood was established in 1955 and incorporated within Austin in 1963. Because of its proximity to downtown and the State Capital, Rollingwood has been home to such notable Texans as Lady Bird Johnson. In fact Lady Bird’s home overlooking downtown Austin drew much excitement when it was put on the market for sale. Many homes in this area were built in the late 1950s through the 1970s. Though their architecture is indicative of these eras, many have undergone extensive remodels making them more modern.

Rollingwood Community

The residents of Rollingwood are very active in their community. One of the main forms of involvement is the Rollingwood Neighborhood Association. The association organizes various events, such as Easter egg hunts and parades, park cleanups, neighborhood watch and much more. Another active organization is the Rollingwood Women’s Club. The Women’s Cub is a non-profit organization benefiting the community, often their projects are related to area beautification.

Residents of Rollingwood enjoy being so close to downtown and minutes from Zilker Park while enjoying the feel and characteristics of West Austin. Rollingwood prides itself on maintaining the beauty and feel of the country while being in close proximity to downtown. The neighborhoods include large, lush trees, winding roads and gorgeous Texas hills. Many parts of this area have downtown and Ladybird Lake (formerly Town Lake) views.

Round Rock

Round Rock has evolved into a hub for economic growth with major employers such as Dell Computers, Dresser, Westinghouse, Scott & White Hospital, Seton Hospital, Austin Community College, Texas State University, Texas A & M Medical Health Center and Premier Outlet Mall, to name just a few.

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Round Rock is rich with history, originally named Brushy because of its location on Brushy Creek. The city is located on the Chisholm Trail or what was a feeder road off the main Trail. It was a route for moving cattle and goods to and from the Midwest. This town is also known for the infamous robber Sam Bass, who only started robbing trains and stages after he went broke trying to mine gold. He was killed in a shootout and is buried in the Round Rock Cemetery. And yes, there is an actual round rock located in Brushy Creek which is one of Round Rock’s most visited spots.

What to do in Round Rock

Round Rock hosts many of the sporting events that occur in Central Texas and is self-titled the Sports Capital of Texas. The Dell Diamond is a major draw to the area, home to Nolan Ryan’s Triple A baseball team, the Round Rock Express (an affiliate of the Houston Astros). Many events of all kinds happen at Old Settler’s Park which is located behind the Dell Diamond. There are many baseball fields, soccer fields, playscapes, picnic areas, hike and bike trails, along with a water park in this area. There is talk of a sports complex for athletic competitions but that is still in the works. If sports are not your thing, the Premier Outlet Mall is convenient and offers a wide variety of major brands. Then there is IKEA, JC Penney, La Frontera, Sam’s, World Market and many other wonderful places to shop. When it comes to food, Round Rock has all the chain restaurants but there are many locally owned eateries such as Gumbo’s, Main Street Grill, Rio Grande, Gino’s and 620 Café. There is something for everyone.

Living in Round Rock

When looking for a home in this beautiful town, the sky is the limit. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, looking for a condo, moving up to a bigger home, or want to be on a golf course, there are many wonderful communities to call home. Many families relocate to this area simply for the Round Rock ISD.

Where is Round Rock?

Located just 16 miles north of Downtown Austin, Round Rock is just north of Pflugerville which is just north of Austin. Round Rock residents may live in one of four zip codes—78664,78681,7866 or 78613. A few of the neighborhoods to check out are Forest Creek, Teravista, Brushy Creek, and Lake Forest.

San Marcos

San Marcos is nestled between two beautiful rivers and the stunning Texas Hill Country. This medium sized town has many attractions including; outdoor recreation, two outlet malls, sporting events and “The Rising Star of Texas”, it’s very own Texas State University. The interstate sweeps through San Marcos providing great access to Austin, San Antonio and other communities along the I-35 corridor.

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Where to Live?

Do you enjoy historic homes, new homes, or apartment living? All of these and more can be found in San Marcos. Due to the large student population, there are many great choices from apartment living to quaint older homes near campus. In the surrounding area you will find neighborhoods offering a variety of homes on anything from a small lot to acreage with Hill Country views.

What to Do?

San Marcos hosts many celebrations and festivals throughout the year including: Sights and Sounds of Christmas (a really big deal!!), Texas Natural and Western Swing Fest, Chili Fest, Summer Fest, and Music Big Fest. If you love the outdoors, hiking, biking, birding, tubing, canoeing and camping are all around this part of the Texas Hill Country. The rivers are clear and beautiful because of the limestone bottoms. You will also find there are many sporting events associated with Texas State University.

What to Eat and Where Shall I Shop?

Dining and shopping are two of the favorite pass times for many visitors and locals. Tanger and Premium Outlets are both located on the south side of San Marcos as well as a new retail shopping area featuring Academy, Target, and JC Penney. There are a variety of chain restaurants and locally owned favorites like Palmer’s, Garcia’s and Fuschak’s BBQ.

San Marcos is a great place to live, laugh and learn!

Smithville

Smithville has been called one of the “Best Kept Secrets in Texas” and is centrally located, 40 miles east of Austin, 12 miles east of Bastrop, and 20 miles north of La Grange. This town, an old railroad town on the Colorado River, is filled with historic and period homes and is known for its annual Jamboree at Riverbend Park, and for having baked the largest Gingerbread Man. People also flock to Smithville for a bite at Opie’s BBQ and to cool off from the Texas heat at Krause Springs.

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Smithville was established about 1827 in a rich farming area and it is still devoted to agriculture today. Smithville is also becoming a film-friendly town and a movie hub in Texas after the movie Hope Floats, as well as others, have been filmed in the city. Its historic downtown is home to antique shops, specialty boutiques and restaurants.

Where is Smithville?

Smithville is located in Bastrop County. It is 12 miles southeast of Bastrop and 29 miles southeast of Austin. This city is also located along the eastern edge of the “Lost Pines of Texas.” Smithville is also on the Colorado River and is a stop on the Colorado River Trail that is an 11 county exploration that travels 600 river miles through Central Texas scenery. Smithville residents will most likely live in either 78957 or 78995.

Smithville Activities

Even though it is a small Texas town, Smithville has many things to see and do. From the four day Jamboree to seeing the Guinness Book declared largest gingerbread man. If railroad history is the interest, Riverbend Park has a real caboose as well as two others in the Railroad Historical Park.

South Austin

South Austin is unique, eclectic and diverse. There are so many great restaurants and shopping areas, but don’t expect to find them all in the typical shopping malls and business districts. To experience South Austin, you need to ask the locals. South Austin is an exciting treasure hunt and
the rewards are well worth it.

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South Austin Location

Where is South Austin? Roughly, the area of the city south of the Colorado River to the southern edge of Travis County is referred to as South Austin. From the grasslands on the east, to the edges of the hill country on the west, South Austin is as varied as its terrain. Cozy, older neighborhoods, some built in the early 1900′s, offer old Austin charm. Or if you prefer, South Austin also has new, master-planned communities with all the amenities of today’s urban living. South Austin offers something for everyone.

What’s great about South Austin:

Often thought to be the end of town content to hang back and watch the rest of the city grow, South Austin has kept with its eclectic, cowboy roots. Home to the once infamous Armadillo World Headquarters, still infamous Hill’s Cafe, The Broken Spoke and the Saxon Pub, and the more newly infamous Continental Club and 1st Down & Stassney Sports Bar & Grill, South Austin is a mecca for the growing Austin music scene. If music is not your thing but nature is, check out Austin Botanical Gardens in Zilker Park or the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. For outdoor sports and recreation, any South Austinite will surely send you to Barton Springs for a lap in the spring fed pool which remains about 68 degrees year round. Other options include the Veloway for bicycling or rollerblading, several area parks for disc golf, or both private and public golf courses.

Schools, shopping, medical and more:

Most of South Austin lies within the Austin Independent School District offering many choice schools. An area on the western side makes up the highly rated Eanes I.S.D. South Austin is also home to St. Edward’s University which in addition to its traditional curriculum, also offers a personalized program of Adult Education called New College. Austin Community College has a number of convenient campuses located in South Austin. Southpark Meadows and the Hill Country Galleria are two of South Austin’s newest shopping opportunity centers. Both locations offer a variety of national chains plus more locally grown shops and restaurants. St. David’s South Austin Hospital and Seton Southwest are both located in South Austin along with numerous medical facilities covering the needs of residents in the area. There’s so much more to South Austin, you’ll just have to come on down & see for yourself!

Southwest Austin

In Southwest Austin you can find some homes that sit on small 60’ wide lots and some are on large acreage with Hill Country views. Some of the communities are Circle C Ranch, Granada Hills, Legend Oaks, Shadowridge, Lomas Vista, Lewis Mountain Ranch and Oak Hill Heights. Many of the neighborhoods have large mature oak trees because several were developed from old Austin ranches.

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Out and About in Southwest Austin

The area is developing at a good even pace. Escarpment Village brought a food market and a variety of retail stores. Businesses are still popping up on Slaughter Lane and William Cannon. There is now a new Alamo Drafthouse in the with a new retail center. Day spas, banks, restaurants, gift boutiques and other convenient shopping plus the close proximity to downtown Austin makes this area of Austin desirable.

How to get to Southwest Austin

It’s easy! Travel Mopac going south and you will cross William Cannon then Slaughter. Most of the neighborhoods mentioned above will be on your right, the west side of Mopac. Past Slaughter will be Circle C Ranch and further west of Circle C is Lewis Mountain Ranch. If you are traveling from I-35 just head west on Slaughter Lane and pass Mopac. Neighborhoods will be on either side reaching to William Cannon and 1826.

Spicewood

Spicewood is in the Texas Hill Country on the shore of Lake Travis. Spicewood can be a difficult area to understand, due to its rural nature. You will find some large and beautiful homes that dot the country side.

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Sunset Valley

Sunset Valley is small town or village made up of all kinds of homes. There are older homes with large lots suitable for horses. A lot of these homes need upgrading or some TLC but have a lot of advantages in that they are not cookie cutter type homes. There are homes that have been already upgraded if you are not the fixer-upper type. In the last several years some new home builders have come into the area with homes on smaller lots but nice modern style homes. Need a Realtor familiar with the Sunset Valley area?

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Sunset Village is located in Southwest Austin, TX near the Brodie Ln and Hwy 290 W . The village has easy access to Loop 1 or Mopac for easy north and south driving. East and West access can be had by jumping on Hwy 290. Hwy 290 will get you to I-35 which is another way to drive north and south. One of the advantages of Sunset Valley is the easy access to good shopping and dining. The shopping centers and restaurants are located on Brodie Lane. There is a little bit of everything from Borders Book Store, Sprouts Food Market (organic foods), clothing stores, plus much more. In the way of dining, everything from Luby’s, Mighty Fine Burger, Mexican food, and Chinese food can be found in these shopping centers.

Taylor

Taylor Texas is a small town located east of Austin, Texas in growing Williamson County. There are many beautiful, historic old buildings in downtown Taylor for rent or for sale. There are also many incredibly reasonable historic homes for sale. To get to Taylor, simply head east from IH35 on Highway 79 in Round Rock. You will pass through Hutto and then drive into Taylor.

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Taylor Texas Amenities

Taylor is a farming community so there is no shortage of wide open spaces. Taylor Texas amenities include a Municipal Airport, multiple parks, shopping and medical care. There is a new 75 acre Regional Park and Sports Complex. Nearby Granger Lake is considered a great fishing spot. All the amenities of Austin are not far away either.

Taylor Texas Schools

Taylor Texas Schools schools include Taylor Texas ISD as well as private schools in the area. The East Williamson County Higher Education Center is a partnership of many area colleges as well as having a workforce training. There are also many colleges nearby in Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown. The University of Texas at Austin is approximately 35 miles away.

Volente

Volente TX 78641 Real Estate. Our real estate agents can help you with resale homes or new homes. Whether you need to buy a home or sell a home, let one of our expert REALTORS help you. We have agents in our brokerage who specialize in Volente TX. Residents are members of the Volente Home Owners Association and children attend schools in the Leander ISD.

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West Austin

West Austin provides a unique blend of lush landscaping and hillside terrain, which creates an extraordinary backdrop for the neighborhoods built within it. Luxury estates, modest home sites and condominium regimes provide an ample selection for those seeking to call West Austin home. From lake front properties to golf courses and spas, West Austin provides residents with a luxury comforts which continually make it a desirable area to live.

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West Austin Location

West Austin falls west of the Capital of Texas Highway (360) and ends at 620. While anything falling west of the Mo-Pac Expressway (Loop 1), is often considered to be West Austin, Central Austin embodies a character all its own and its own identity. West Austin incorporates two of the seven Highland Lakes on the Colorado River into its landscape: Lake Austin and Lake Travis. Lake Austin meanders through West Austin, where it connects to Lake Travis. Both lakes provide lakefront living opportunities, boating and breathtaking views for residents and commuters alike.

West Austin Neighborhoods

West Austin neighborhoods provide an opportunity to really cater to individual style. From waterfront communities to hillside retreats, there is a wealth of variety in neighborhoods to choose from. There are master planned communities which feature standard home sites and styles that cater to those seeking a neighborhood setting. In addition, there are sprawling properties with private estates. West Austin has several golf communities which cater to residents looking for resort style living.

West Austin Amenities and Recreation

The natural surroundings, enhanced with modern comforts provide a dynamic playscape for the communities of West Austin. The Barton Creek Greenbelt, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, the Baron Creek Resort and Spa, and Lake Austin Spa Resort are only a few of the attractions unique to West Austin. Coupled with water sports and fishing opportunities Lake Austin and Lake Travis provide, West Austin caters to luxury lifestyles. For residents who seek the great outdoors, and those who want to take in the view, West Austin neighborhoods provide local comforts and accessible attractions for those who call it home.

West Lake Hills

West Lake Hills is a village located just outside of Austin that encompasses only 4 square miles and supports about 3100 residents. West Lake Hills is located between S. MoPac and Loop 360, west of Austin. You can find helpful information about the city at the City of West Lake Hills website. West Lake Hills is served by the West Lake Hills Fire Department and the West Lake Hills Police Department. Children attend schools in the Eanes ISD.

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Wimberley

Wimberley lies in the heart of the Texas hill country, just outside of Austin. It is a place of great beauty where the Blanco River converges with Cypress, Lone Man and Smith Creeks, meandering through towering hills overlooking the shops and restaurants in the center of town.

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Tourism is Wimberley’s bread and butter with Market Days (Texas second largest outdoor flea market) held the first Saturday of every month as well as various festivals held throughout the year. Bed and Breakfasts dot the hills and waterways surrounding the town. Praised for its highly r