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When you live in Austin, it’s easy to stay put when it’s time to take a few days off. The Austin area offers a ton of great things to do on  a staycation, and plenty of great spots to stay. Before you book your next trip out of town, consider booking a staycation at one of these top-notch hotels.

Hotel San Jose

The San Jose on South Congress Avenue is the essence of a great getaway without leaving town. Simple, minimalist, and effortlessly charming, the San Jose is also right on top of Austin’s hottest places to visit, dine, shop, or take in the sights. By the way, if you want a swim in the hotel pool and forget your suit? The San Jose is famous for offering “dipster” swim gear.  

W Hotel

If you’re looking for a cool place to stay in the

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Now that summer has cooled into some breathable, comfortable weather, it’s time to head back outside, and out of the air conditioning. If the Texas heat has kept you off the patios when you’ve gone out to eat, fear not ‒‒ cooler days and nights make it just right to check out some of Austin’s most chill (but not too chilly) patios.

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Known for its excellent bar and top-tier service, the Moonshine is the place to be when you’re looking for a great dinner on a great outdoor patio. A combination of fine restaurant and laid-back vibe makes the Moonshine a must. Ask the servers for suggestions on meals and drink complements. They won’t steer you wrong.



Trio at the Four Seasons

 

Trio, the restaurant of the

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Did you know that 25 percent of America’s newest golf courses were built near Austin in the past decade or so? It should be no surprise, then, that Austin offers some of the best golf in Texas. Check out these course next time you’re looking to play a round.

1.Avery Ranch Golf Club

Seated in northwest Austin, Avery Ranch Golf Club was designed by former Jack Nicklaus designer Andy Raugust and is a spectacular blend of up-scale golf and natural splendor. Awesome limestone caverns, rolling hills, and lazy streams and lakes make for a unique and utterly enrapturing golf experience. Avid Golfer magazine has even ranked Avery Ranch  No. 1 for best course conditions, clubhouse, dining area, and design.


2. Barton Creek Resort

Barton Creek’s golf

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One of the great things about Austin is that there’s little need to stay indoors for too long. With the Hill Country right there and an abundance of trails and parks nearby, it’s easy to get out and about. And a good hike can do wonders for your spirits. Check out these great hikes.

 

Blunn Creek

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You don’t have to leave downtown to go on a hike. Blunn Creek is a wonderful nature preserve trail just off South Congress. Yes, it’s small ‒‒ a mere mile walk, actually ‒‒ but you know what they say about good things in small packages. There’s plenty to explore at Blunn Creek and it’s the perfect size and location to step out of the city for a few minutes when you can’t actually get away for too long.

Wild Basin Wildlife Preserve

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We all know Austin is the hottest place to live in Texas. And to accommodate the flow of new residents moving in, developers are ever building new places to live. Here’s a look at three of the best new subdivisions in the capital area.

1. Solavera

Solavera is coming to south Austin this fall from Meritage Homes. This  new community will bring beautiful, energy-efficient homes to the heart of Austin, near Del Curto Road. Solavera will offer one-of-a-kind homesites, that combines new construction with serene, mature trees, a nearby park, and an incredibly convenient location to the hottest downtown in central Texas.  All homes will include 2-car garages and prices average around the $400,000 mark.

2. Gabriels Grove

For luxury living near Austin,

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This a little heavier topic than most real-estate-centered blog posts, but in light of recent events it’s a conversation that needs to be had. If you’ve been paying attention to current events lately, you have probably heard of Beverly Carter’s tragic fate at the hand of Aaron Lewis. We all mourn the loss of a valued member of the real estate profession, while coming to the startling realization that this could have been any one of a number of agents. This wasn’t the first time an agent was fatally attacked – in 2011 agent Ashley Okland suffered a similar fate.

This brings to light so many questions and concerns for safety for real estate agents, particularly females, but it also raises questions for how possible changes in real estate operations

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…Man’s best friend that is. When searching for a home it’s easy to get wrapped up in beautiful hardwood floors, floor to ceiling window panes, glass French doors leading to a backyard full of exquisite landscaping, and sweeping staircases in the foyer. But if you’re a pet owner, there are several considerations you should make before signing closing papers.

1. Floors

Does your puppy have trouble house-training? Do you have an indoor-outdoor dog who likes to scamper through your house with muddy paws, or a cat with claws who loves kneading soft surfaces?  Carpet may not be for you. Do you frequently forget to take your puppy to the groomer, and therefore let their nails get a little long? Hardwood or laminate flooring might not be your

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There are many ways you can damage your chances of a successful home sale – poor staging, ignoring necessary repairs, skimping on the photography, etc. One of the easiest ways to ensure your property stays on the market for a long time is to fall prey to the allure of over-pricing. Many homeowners have an unrealistic idea of what their house is worth, and may even ignore the advice of a qualified Realtor who helpfully tries to suggest a more reasonable price based on current market value and comparable home sales. Here are a few reasons why sticking to your fantasy price can be disastrous…

Today’s buyers are smarter than you think they are.

The days of the slick seller pulling one over on an unsuspecting buyer are over. With the help of the

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Austin may have a long-established tradition of vibrant nightlife, a cutting edge music scene, and enough Longhorns to throw the biggest barbecue in Texas, but in its more residential areas, Austin offers new (and often luxurious) communities built with you and the family in mind.

Santa Rita Ranch

One of the Austin area's newest master-planned communities Santa Rita Ranch combines a neighborhood feel with Hill Country style. Kids walk to school (at either the Georgetown or Liberty Hills ISD) here, and skipping rocks in the San Gabriel River is actually a thing people do. Santa Rita offers a family sports complex and sports fields; pools and splash park; a vibrant town center; and a web of hiking, biking, and nature trails from your own backyard.

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Top 5 Austin Neighborhoods - Communities

Austin residents take great pride in the eccentricities of the city, and celebrate the variety of entertainment available to them. Austin is an ideal place for families, especially the ones who are just building their own. Whether you are looking to rent or buy a new home, the communities in south, north and central Austin are your best choices.

The following are the top 5 Austin neighborhoods/communities you may want to check out when looking to buy or rent a place to stay within the area:

Clarksville

The closest community to the central downtown, Clarksville is perfect for those people who wish to enjoy the convenience of being close to the business district yet similar to the feel of a conventional

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