Southwest Austin Real Estate Blog

The Cain Team Outshines Average Southwest Austin Stats

Thinking of selling your Southwest Austin home? Don't know where to start to get your home selling process started? No worries, we can help! For nearly a decade we have been selling our listings for more money and in less time than the area average.  Our homes have fewer days on market prior to selling due to our state-of-the-art V.I.S. Home Marketing Plan, which means they sell for more money every time. 

Austin is a unique and diverse city. Each neighborhood has its own character. Each neighborhood appeals to a different buyer. To obtain the highest possible sales price for your home, the marketing must reach the right buyers with the right message. We have the network and experience to do this. 

We understand that first impressions really do count! Every piece of information on your property, whether it be a brochure, the wording in the Austin Multiple Listing Service, a presence on the Internet, or a well-placed advertisement, must show your Austin area home in the best possible light. During all phases of a listing from the initial paperwork and promotion through the very last details of the closing, we personally attend to all of the details. 

Find out more about the systems, experience, and technology we use to outperform other Realtors by scheduling a no-obligation home selling consultation.

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Community Spotlight: Heritage Oaks

About Heritage Oaks Homes for Sale in Georgetown TX

Heritage Oaks is a well-established, suburban region near historic Georgetown, Texas. An active adult community, the 417 homes in this resort-style neighborhood are designed to be low-maintenance and entertainment-friendly by the national builder, Jimmy Jacobs Homes. Buyers should note that most "active adult" communities require at least one owner to be age 55 or older.

Heritage Oaks homes for sale range in size from 1,400 to 3,000+ square feet with Texas traditional and Tuscan-influenced single-family custom homes. Most residences are 1-story with brick and stone elevations. The developer created unique 2-bedroom, 2-bedroom and den, and 3-bedroom floor plans with options that have made each home unique. Heritage Oaks homes for sale feature spacious kitchens with breakfast bars, master suites with jet tubs, and open great rooms with fireplaces.

Heritage Oaks' homeowners enjoy many community exclusive amenities. Residents can use the grand ballroom, hobby area and game room for private events. Avid readers can check out the amenities center library. Weightlifters can benefit from the 24-hour fitness club. Area employers including Dell, Apple, and St. David's Georgetown Hospital are also an easy commute from Heritage Oaks homes.

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Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home That You Won't Regret

We know that choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task. There are hundreds of hues and shades to sift through, and what if you regret your decision? It could ruin your home's ambiance and be expensive and/or time-consuming to fix. No pressure, right?

Here's some advice from the pros on how to choose paint colors for your home that you won't regret!

1. Know what 'mood' paint colors exude

Light colors make spaces feel bigger and brighter. Dark or intense colors make spaces seem smaller—however, these colors do have their place and purpose in a home. Another consideration with your paint is whether it exudes "warm" or "cool" undertones. This can severely impact the overall 'mood' of the room and could give off some heavily unwanted vibes that could upset your rooms energy.

2. Match Colors to the space

Make sure you are taking the type of room into consideration when choosing your potential colors Certain types of rooms tend to look better one way or the other. "Bathrooms tend to look better with cool colors, both because of the connotation of water as cool and the color in nature is blue or blue-green, says Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors.

3. Let a neutral paint color anchor your home

Including a "neutral" shade, such as white, gray an beige is key to the color dynamic of your home. "It often looks best to have a main neutral as your base to carry throughout the home," says Dessie Slickers of Slick Designs. Keep your base color in the common areas, and add coordinating colors and accents as desired. This color should cover at least 60% of your home, leaving 30% for...

Stunning South Austin Home Just Listed

Be the first to see our quaint #NewListing in South Austin! This beautiful home in the fantastic Cherry Creek community is ready for new owners to call it home! Excellent curb appeal on a cul-de-sac street. French doors, walk-in closets, a private backyard, and a fire pit are just a few of the features this beautiful home has to offer. Pride of ownership is evident. Don't delay! This one won't last long.

8602 Bisbee Ct. 

$319,997 | 1,860 Sq.Ft. | 4 Beds | 3 Baths

 

 

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Candy Cain Lights Giveaway Winner!

The Holiday Season is our favorite time of the year, as everyone is in such a joyous and giving spirit! To celebrate, every year, our team rewards one very lucky Southwest Austin resident with a custom exterior holiday lighting package from Shine of Lakeway! We accept entries in November and love surprising the lucky winners on their doorstep with the fantastic news! Congratulations to this year's winner, Lisa Dufrene!

To stay in the loop about all of our contests and giveaways be sure to join our Loyalty Rewards program, Cain Club. Complete various small tasks to earn points for amazing prizes and services. Sign up TODAY on Cain Club.

2017 Southwest Austin Candy Cain Lights Contest Winners

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Community Spotlight: Meridian

About Meridian

Meridian, a new master-planned community in Southwest Austin with excellent amenities, community pool, a private lake covering 10 acres as well as a new elementary school. The major builders for this community include David Weekley, Wilshire and Meritage, and many of the wooded home sites back to an extensive greenbelt.  Prices in the 800-lot development begin in the low $300s and extend up to nearly $700K.  

Meridian enjoys easy access to the Grey Rock Golf Course and Circle C Tennis Club, as well as a nearby HEB and Central Market Café.  Residents partake in the shopping and entertainment at Barton Creek Mall or make the short fifteen-minute drive to downtown museums and restaurants. Meridian Austin is located at SH 45 and RM 1826, south of Circle C. From east SH 45, turn right on Meridian Boulevard. The zip code for Meridian is 78739.

 

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8th Annual Candy Cain Holiday Lights Contest

Every year, The Cain Team rewards one very lucky Southwest Austin resident with a custom exterior holiday lighting package from Dennington Decor.  It's one of our favorite events we put together every year, and we love showing up at the winner's doorstep to surprise them with the fantastic news.  

We begin accepting entries in November every year, and we usually surprise the lucky winner the first week of December. Residents can only win once, so make sure you fill out the entry form below to throw your name in the hat.

Click here to fill out your entry form!

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Southwest Austin Times Coloring Contest Winner!

Congratulations to the Southwest Austin Times Coloring Contest winner, Ethan! Ethan won a $20 Toys-R-Us gift card for his awesome "Back to School' entry. 

While it is always hard to pick a winner, Ethan's entry stood out with bold creativity. Thank you to everyone who entered, we look forward to seeing, even more, entries for next months contest! 

Be sure to be on the lookout for the next issue of Southwest Austin Times and get those coloring entries in! 

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South Austin Open House!

We are proud to host an OPEN HOUSE this Sunday for this gorgeous South Austin home! Join us November 5th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 809 Cardenas Lane Austin, TX 78748

Lennar Giallo Plan! Gorgeous 1.5 story home featuring an open floor plan that offers the master bedroom on the main floor, office/study down. Game room/bedroom and powder room upstairs. Gorgeous open kitchen with granite counter tops, breakfast bar and plenty of cabinet storage. Full sprinklers and a fenced yard. This home has many fabulous features. One of the best lots in the community with a green space and park on one side instead of a neighbor. Walking trails and community pool!

For more information on this South Austin home click here.

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Community Spotlight: Belterra

About Belterra

Belterra is a neighborhood located on the southwest side of AustinTexas. Living at Belterra means you don't have to choose between the Austin city experience and the Hill Country lifestyle, Dripping Springs affords community members the best of both worlds. Big skies and bold topography surround a thriving community already engaged in exciting events and outdoor adventures.

The community also brings the lifestyle of nearby Austin to the forefront. Residents bond together over live music and entertainment, food truck block parties, and poolside movies.

Belterra is recognized as Austin’s premier master planned community real estate option. At the 16th Annual Business Journal’s real estate awards luncheon, Austin's most successful Realtors and homebuilders were identified and honored.

Belterra was recognized because of the lifestyle provided by the community. This Dripping Springs real estate gem showcases all of the amenities you would expect in an award-winning community. Complete with a recreation center, aquatic center, state of the art gym, and trail system; there is always something available to connect with nature, friends, and family. Also within the community are award-winning schools and programs that bring families together.

If real estate in Dripping Springs Texas is something you are considering, there is no better community than award-winning Belterra.

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AISD's Proposed $1 Billion Bond Aims to Bring 21st-Century Learning Spaces To District

Austin ISD's proposed $1.05 billion bond aims to deliver 21st-century learning spaces to campuses across the district.

In preparation of the bond's approval, the board of trustees deliberated about a bond construction delivery plan in order to deliver the proposed bond projects in the most effective and efficient way. The Texas Local Government Code requires the board to consider a construction contract method other than the competitive bidding before advertising solicitations for proposals.

Delivery methods include:

  • Design-build—A single entity is responsible for both the design and construction of a facility. Design of discrete packages of work can be submitted for permitting individually, and construction starts early while the design is still ongoing, resulting in a shorter project delivery schedule.
  • The construction manager at risk, or CMR—An architect and a contractor are hired at the same time, well before the design is complete. The contractor provides preconstruction services, including cost estimating, constructability reviews and other valuable input during design. The contractor will provide a guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, for each bid package, of which there are likely to be several for each project. CMR is particularly relevant for projects with complex building and/or site conditions. The work is typically broken up into phases with the contractor providing a GMP for each phase.
  • Competitive sealed proposal—Price and other factors, such as qualifications and experience, are considered in determining the best value for the district.
  • Job order contract—A job order contracting firm or a cooperative firm is used to provide prices for specific tasks as they occur....

Community Spotlight: Granada Hills

About Granada Hills

Granada Hills features homes, built in the late 70’s and 80’s that sit on large lots, and are shaded by mature trees since the neighborhood is well established. The homes are mostly ranch style, with brick exteriors. Granada Hills’ homes for sale are priced from the $200’s to the high $400’s and range in size from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet.

Granada Hills is perfect for those looking to live in a more country/rural-style while being close to city indulgences. Granada Hills is located about 13 miles from the heart of downtown Austin. The entrance is situated near the intersection of RM 1826 and Circle Drive off Highway 290.  The zip code for Granada Hills is 78737.

 

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Community Spotlight: Deer Haven

About Deer Haven

Bordered by the Blowing Sink Preserve, Deer Haven is a small community of homes built in the early 2000s. Featuring brick exteriors and spacious floor plans, all surrounded by dense greenery, this community is a popular place to call home. Homes tend to range in the $200s and $300s, and range in size from 2,200 to 3,200 square feet. Deer Haven residents are in one of the best parts of South Austin. Whether they are biking at the 3-mile long Veloway trail, catching a new film at the neighborhood Alamo Drafthouse, or taking their kids to Nature Nights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, residents can always enjoy South Austin’s many attractions. Just across the street from the neighborhood, homeowners can be found hiking at the Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve in hopes of catching a glimpse of the protected bats located within the preserve. There's alsoDick Nichols Park, the summer hangout spot for neighborhood kids that boasts a sparkling pool. Deer Haven puts residents right in the thick of it, literally and figuratively. With numerous outdoor parks and other fun things to do and see, Deer Haven homeowners never have to travel far for classic Austin entertainment.

About Deer Haven

Deer Haven is a beautiful community located in Southwest Austin established in 2003.  This small community features award-winning David Weekley Homes, with many of the homes sitting...

Community Spotlight: Ridgeview

About Ridgeview

Ridgeview is a Pulte and Ashton Woods development a stone’s throw away from Y in Oak Hill. With home prices ranging between $300,000 and $500,000. There are many perks to having a home in Ridgeview; the location is strategic, the community has wonderful recreational facilities like pools, playgrounds, and parks, and it enjoys one of the lowest tax rates in the area.

Just minutes past the Y in Oak Hill sits Ridgeview Austin, a new neighborhood by Pulte and Ashton Woods. With brand new homes ranging from the low $300s to around $500K in popular Southwest Austin, the neighborhood has taken off since its late 2012 opening. Homeowners will appreciate the neighborhood's location, community pool, and park, as well as one of the lowest tax rates (est. 2% in 2013) in the area.

 As Southwest Austin is rapidly growing, it's no wonder Ridgeview is a desirable community to call home. Ridgeview Austin is located off South View Road. From the intersection of Highway 71 and Highway 290 (the Y in Oak Hill), turn left on South View Road, then left on Vantage Point Drive. The zip code for the Ridgeview is 78737.

Useful Ridgeview Links

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Community Spotlight: Circle C Ranch

About Circle C

Circle C Ranch, or simply Circle C as locals call it, is a large master-planned community in southwest Austin, Texas. Development began in 1982 and the first homes in the community were built in 1986. Today, Circle C Ranch is a community with over 4,800 homes. It has its own golf course, tennis club, swim centers, a fire station, and 500 acres of dedicated park land (Zilker Park).  Since 2011, Circle C Ranch has seen a steady increase in median housing values. In 2013, the recorded median value of Circle C Homes was $335,000, with its new value recorded to be 9.7% higher than that of last year.  

Places to See, Things to Do

Circle C Ranch properties are conveniently located near the famous Barton Springs of Zilker Park-- a perfect place to beat the summer heat. Circle C Ranch is also home to an 18-hole golf course called the Grey Rock Golf Club, where annual competitions are held. The Circle C Swim Center opened in 2012 and offers an Olympic-size heated pool and a more family-oriented swimming pool for both formal and informal swimming events. Aside from these wonderfully-maintained amenities, there are also privately-managed spas, wellness centers, and local bars conveniently located nearby.

For your shopping needs, Circle C Ranch is home to the Escarpment Village Shopping Center and...

Coloring Contest Winner: July/August 2017

Congratulations to our July - August coloring contest winner, Emmelyn Chavis (6). Emmelyn received a $25 Toys R Us gift card. Congratulations Emmelyn! 

This months contest was hard to judge, as we got many submissions for this cute gang of critters! Be sure to keep an eye out for our 'back to school' themed coloring contest next issue! Thank you to everyone that submitted their artwork, and we look forward to seeing more next month!

If you haven’t received your issue of the Southwest Austin Times, please fill out this contact form and let us know that you’d like to get this month’s issue sent to your home. We will contact you to arrange delivery.

    

 

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Community Spotlight: Beckett Meadows

About Beckett Meadows

Built in the early 1990s, homes here are made with brick exteriors and attached garages, giving the neighborhood a very suburban feel. Mature trees shade almost all of the yards in Beckett Meadows and most residents add their own vegetation to enhance the nature surrounding them. Homes in Beckett Meadows vary in size between 2,000 and 2,700 square feet, with prices mostly in the mid $200’s.

Residents have a wide variety of options open to explore, as Dick Nichols District Park is right next door. The park includes basketball, tennis and volleyball courts as well as a community pool. Beckett Meadows is the perfect neighborhood for an affordable living just outside central Austin. Beckett Meadows Austin is located less than a mile west of Mopac at the intersection of Beckett Road and Convict Hill Road. The zip code for Becket Meadows is 78749.

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Community Spotlight: Maple Run

About Maple Run

Maple Run is located at Davis Lane and Brodie Lane with a number of different entrances. They were built in the 1980s and average about 1,800 square feet with open 3 or 4-bedroom floor plans. Homes in Maple Run typically range in price from the high $100s to $200s. Many houses feature covered entries, 2-car garages, and decorative front doors. High-vaulted ceilings, large kitchens with dining area, family rooms with fireplace and glass doors that open onto lovely, fenced yards are just a few of the amazing interior amenities offered. Maple Run's charming suburban location with access to modern conveniences make it a great choice to call home. 

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Burn Ban Implemented in Travis Country post 4th of July Celebrations

Travis County announced the implementation of a burn ban with the release of a Press Release on July 6, 2017. The press release states “the Local Government Code allows the Travis County Commissioners Court to prohibit outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. The burn ban expires on August 7, 2017, unless further action is taken by the Travis County Commissioners Court or Fire Marshal prior to that date.”

 

Fire Marshal Tony Callaway said that the county has been on the cusp of a burn ban for the last few weeks but each week the county has received a little rain. About two-dozen grass fires were reported July 4, which is slightly lower than previous years, and about 25 percent of those were a result of fireworks.

 

“We have recently experienced an increase in grass fires in both our county and neighboring counties,” said Travis County Chief Fire Marshal Tony Callaway. “We strongly urge the public to help reduce fire dangers by not throwing cigarettes out of vehicle windows, not parking running or recently driven vehicles on dry grass or operating poorly maintained machinery on dry grass.”

 

If you have questions about the burn ban, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 512-854-4621, or contact your local fire department.

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To read more about the burn ban, visit TravisCounty.gov 

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Southwest Austin Events: Weekly Update

There's always something interesting going on in Southwest Austin, and this week is no exception. Here are some updates/ events Southwest Austinites should know about going into this next week!

Austin Sound & Cinema - June 28, 2017

  • The four-show series showcases live bands paired with classic Hollywood movies at the Long Center. Doors and food trucks open at 6 p.m., with live music beginning at 7:30 p.m. and the movies beginning at 9 p.m. Free Admission 

Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence Seminar - June 29, 2017

  • Setting Goals for Small Business Excellence provides a hands-on, step-by-step instructions for establishing goals & strategies, defining core values. The purpose of this class is to provide business owners with exactly what they need to discover their most important goals and how to go about achieving them. Attendees must register here! (6/29/2017)

El Chilito - Grand Opening! June 30, 2017

  • El Chilito is an East Austin taquería boasting a delicious selection of Tex-Mex & interior Mexican tacos along with a full espresso bar, and a whole lot of local charm. The Grant Opening will include a pig roast on Friday, June 30th from 6-8pm. CLICK HERE to check out their menu!

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