20 May

Steiner Ranch

Posted by Gary Thompson - Telephone: 512-799-3022, Email: gwthompson@soularsolutions.com


It was the mid 1960′s and my wife and I were living in the married student apartments on Lake Austin Blvd. when my parents bought a small lake front resort called Lake Austin Lodges.  It was at the end of Quinlan Park Road, which is now the main road through the Steiner Ranch community. Then it was slightly wider than a one lane road running over three cattle grates as it wound through the wild native landscape of the working ranch populated with prize quarter horses and other livestock.  We moved out to the property and I became the operational manager of the business as I completed my bachelor’s degree at UT. It was comprised of thirteen guest cabins, a small restaurant, a bar with pool table, a larger cabin used for family gatherings and two apartments.  There also was a swimming pool and boat docks with a gas pump.  It felt like it was way out in the wild hill country accessed then by lonely two lane country roads now known as RR 620 and RR 2222.  Lakeway was just beginning to sell lots for custom homes.

You can imagine what this does to your mind when you have the contrast of those memories and driving through Steiner Ranch as it is today.  The small resort turned in to a first class spa resort now called the Lake Austin Spa and there are approximately 15,000 people living in the community.  The memories come flooding through every time I go there to show homes to prospective buyers. What a beautiful master planned community it has become.

 
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16 May

Living on Lake Austin

Posted by Gary Thompson - Telephone: 512-799-3022, Email: gwthompson@soularsolutions.com


Imagine a UT sophomore being able to rent an apartment in Westlake Hills on Lake Austin for only $30.00 a month, and it included a boat slip.  That was in 1963 and Austin was a very different place.  It also was when I started exploring the lake by boat, which is the only way to get a real picture of what Lake Austin is all about.  The apartment was on old Westlake Drive next to the old Westlake Beach on the part of the road that has long been bypassed from the main traffic flow. Then it felt like it was an isolated spot out in the hill country with a diverse collection of very rustic homes that blended into the native landscape. In this old Austin setting, as in the city itself, larger homes of 3,000 square feet or more were the exception.  It was a whole different economy, and with the exception of some of the activities around the UT campus, a very quiet lifestyle.

This is how it all began for my wife and I as she moved in to that little apartment with me when we were first married in 1964.  We have now been living the waterfront lifestyle on Lake Austin off and on for almost 30 years, and continuously since 1986. The lake front home we are living in now has been our home for almost 19 years.  Lake Austin waterfront living has been our way of life for a very long time.

 
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14 May

Tarrytown Perspectives

Posted by Gary Thompson - Telephone: 512-799-3022, Email: gwthompson@soularsolutions.com


The first home I remember in Austin was when my aunt and uncle (very close relatives) moved from San Antonio in 1949. They purchased a home in Tarrytown on Bonnie Road just a couple of blocks from Lake Austin for approximately $9,900.00. It was a small native stone home with only two bedrooms, one bath and one living room. It had a small one car detached garage on the back corner of the property that was accessed by a gravel driveway down the side of the home. It was a very typical home for that part of town in that period. As a perspective, my mother purchased a home in Tarrytown on Norwalk Lane almost twenty years later in 1968 for $14,500.00. It also was a small two bedroom, one bath and one living area home with only a one car carport on the front of the home and was located across the street from the O’Henry Middle School. As you can see there was very little change in real estate values during that period of time. Austin was still a small town where most of the jobs were centered around the university and the state capital. The real changes did not start to occur until the late 1970′s, but I will save the reasons I saw those happening until a later time.

 
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12 May

A New Beginning

Posted by Gary Thompson - Telephone: 512-799-3022, Email: gwthompson@soularsolutions.com


Perspectives are a very valuable tool in understanding our current real estate market conditions.  As a person who has memories of Austin going back to the late 1940′s it is a constant source of fascination when comparing the “then and now” of Austin real estate.  Add to this my involvement in the sale of new homes in the Austin area since 1986, and I now have an expanded view to include some outlying areas as well.  Now whether it is central Austin going west out Lake Austin Blvd. or Enfield Road through Tarrytown or Westlake Hills following along the portion of the Colorado River known as Lake Austin all the way out to Steiner Ranch, it is all a part of the experience that I love to share.  It is this knowledge of where Austin has come from combined with an understanding of what drove the growth to the many different areas that many people find of interest.  At this stage I am here to share and to be of service.

 
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12 May

RAIN!

Posted by Allison Akers - Telephone: 512-275-6255, Email: allison@austinmodernliving.com


So happy to see some much-needed rain falling over Austin today!  Stay safe on the roads everybody!

 
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04 May

The W Residences Austin Condo - Darwin the Cat

Posted by Tom Bates - Telephone: 512-413-0870, Email: tom@austinmodernliving.com


Thanks to Karen Kopecky’s office for this great photo of Jacques’ unit at The W Residences in Austin. Darwin the cat is about the coolest animal I’ve ever met!  Great job on the interior design guys.  (This unit is not for sale, just posting  the cool photo up…if you are looking for information on deals right now at The W Austin give me a call at 512-413-0870 or you might be interested in our Austin condo guide.)

 
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01 May

South Austin Home/ Recording Studio $349,900

Posted by Dave Cothran - Telephone: 111-222-3333, Email: nobody@example.com


I visited an open house yesterday at 2104 Peach Tree St. in the heart of the Zilker Neighborhood.  Here you will be within minutes of the Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park, and many popular South Austin restaurants and entertainment hot-spots!   This two bedroom one bathroom South Austin home built in 1949 has only had two owners!  There has been extensive remodeling over the last ten years, yet with all of the modern updates, this 950 square foot home retains its vintage charm!  The current owner has added two out-buildings, one is a storage shed/ laundry room and the other is a fully soundproofed recording studio.  This 200 square foot, free standing structure was designed and built with quiet in mind.  A fully functional music studio soundproofed with high quality Auralex materials.  The studio is wired for electricity, internet, cable, and has a quiet (26 dB) split A/C and heater wall unit.  This space is now being used as a recording studio but it does not have to be limited to that.  If you office from home or are a working artist, this will make an excellent home office or art/craft studio where you could “go to work” every day but never have to go further than your own backyard!  You will find this property under featured listings here, please call or text me for more information and to schedule a showing at 512-964-6441 or email.

Thanks for looking!

 
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30 April

Riding Through the Real Estate

Posted by Dave Cothran - Telephone: 111-222-3333, Email: nobody@example.com


Good day all,

This morning I went on a nice, cool 30 mile bike ride through a very diverse swath of Austin real estate!  I am trying to get my cycling fitness back up to par and I realized that the bicycle is a great vehicle for previewing Austin real estate.  I started from my south Austin home in the Zilker neighborhood,  went north west through Rollingwood and out to the epic Austin route, Capital of Texas Highway.  I headed all the way north to Old Jollyville Rd,  Mesa to Spicewood Springs, over MoPac and down Shoal Creek Blvd through the Allendale Neighborhood.  There is a lot of construction happening on Shoal Creek these days – new, rehab, and remodeling.  A right on Hancock and  left at Bull Creek took me through the top of  Rosedale and onto Jefferson.  Back under MoPac on Westover, and a left at Exposition took me through Tarrytown and down to Lake Austin Blvd.  Back across the river on the MoPac hike and bike bridge to Stratford, to Barton Springs Rd, up Barton Blvd, and back into my hood.

If you enjoy cycling in Austin and are in the market for a new home, let’s set up an appointment to go find the perfect Austin home for you by bicycle!  We could preview a prospective neighborhood or set up a tour of specific properties, call or text me for an appointment at 512-964-6441.

If you don’t enjoy cycling in Austin, not to worry, I am also fully available for showing properties via automobile.

 
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25 April

Happy to be here!

Posted by Dave Cothran - Telephone: 111-222-3333, Email: nobody@example.com


Thanks for the warm welcome guys!  I look forward to rocking the real estate here on the south end of town!

 
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22 April

Welcome to Austin Modern Living's Newest Agent!

Posted by Allison Akers - Telephone: 111-222-3333, Email: nobody@example.com


We are super excited to introduce Dave Cothran, who’s just joined the team at Austin Modern Living as a REALTOR!

Dave specializes in sales, purchases and leasing of South Austin homes.

 
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