West Lake Hills (Austin, TX)
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Freelance writer Paula Minahan’s Westlake-area home has evolved greatly since she first bought it in 1999. It was part of an estate sale and was filled with dark draperies. The outside walkways were covered in green outdoor carpeting; the exterior was cedar siding. Minahan had a vision for 5305 Scenic View Drive that included uncovering the multilevel home’s windows to take in the view that is part of the street’s name. She redid much of the outdoor areas, adding new decking, stonework around the pool and landscaping. She took down the siding and stuccoed the exterior to give it a more Mediterranean feel. Now, after 13 years, Minahan is ready for a change and has decided to put the almost 3,000-square-foot home on the market for $769,900.
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Only in Austin would the Texas Wedding of the year get pulled off without a hitch! Two weeks ago when I was meeting my clients to open up their house they have under contract on Lake Austin to show their mom I drove by an estate where a swarm of gardeners were planting flowers furiously!  When I came back by the gates were slightly ajar and I saw all these tents!! Wow..I thought someone must be having something pretty big for their kids..like maybe a Young Life week-end retreat! Little did I know until my clients told me last week it was where Matthew and Camila tied the knot!  People magazine came out with the scoop on the June 9th wedding in their June 25th issue that just hit the stands.Even our senior pastor Dr. David Haney with Austin’s Riverbend Church played an important role in ...
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By Jeff Harris, Selling Austin. Every Day
Just west of the Colorado River, with quick access to Downtown Austin and encircled by Loop 360 Capital of Texas Hwy, are the communities of Rollingwood and Westlake Hills.  Each incorporated as its own city in the 1950's.  Older modest homes mix with newer often grand construction on larger than average lots. Davenport Ranch anchors the north end of the area with homes built mostly in the 1980's and '90's, while more modest Bee Cave Woods and Westwood--built in the '60's, '70 & '80's are the more southern neighborhoods. Because it's hilly and wooded, many homes offer views, and because Lake Austin wraps around it, the area has some premier waterfront properties and wonderful new construction homes.  Add in an exemplary Eanes ISD school system, and proximity to major employers and shopp...
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By Jeff Harris, Selling Austin. Every Day
Many Austin home buyers are paying cash these days.  Recent articles in the LA Times and Miami Herald are reporting that buyers in those markets are paying cash about 30% of the time--much higher than one would traditionally find--and the luxury home buyer is paying cash even more often. Perhaps it is that loans are harder to get, but it may be that there are still lots of folks flush with cash who want to park it somewhere and are finding great bargains in real estate. I decided to see if the cash trend is prevalent in Austin.  Looking at Austin, plus all of Travis and urban Williamson County, I discovered that 25% of all home and condo sales were for cash in 2010.  Looking at homes that sold over $750,000, 37% of sales were cash.  46% of $1 million + home buyers paid cash in greater A...
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Subdivision: Blackburn in Westlake Hills, TexasPrice: $1,975,000 MLS# 6408123 Don't miss out on this just listed condo for sale in Westlake Hills! Spectacular downtown city, capitol & canyon views throughout this elegant home.Private, serene 5 acre park-like setting.Expansive master suite with fireplace, sitting room & private deck.Wonderful alfresco dining, 3 fireplaces, study, sunroom, game room, exercise room.Beautifully renovated throughout with luxury details. 1/2 mile of crushed granite walking trails with a variety of large trees, wet weather creek and basketball court. Stone wall,gated entry. Once-a-decade opportunity. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 + 1 Half Square Ft: 5280 Acres: 4.971 Garages: 3 Year Built: 1991 Click here for photos and more details on the home for sale at 3315 Tor...
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Visit our website for pricing and availability on 825 Stonewall Ridge Neighborhood: Sky Forest MLS Number: 6570623 4,472 sq ft, 4 beds, 3 full 1 part baths Lot size: 14,374 sq ft (.33 acres) Stunning home with breathtaking views!Home overlooks hill country - feels like your own private view. Home includes an outdoor kitch that overlooks this fantastic view! Home is loaded with high end WOLF appliances and some great built ins. Dwnstrs liv area opens up to a great patio/play space. Two patios make outdoor living A+. No lack of storage with large closets, under stair storage and large pantry. Bonus room makes a great tornado/storm room, additional storage or gym. Ask about the lot next door.
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By Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI
(Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate)
My name is Russell and I am a football fan. There, I admitted it but considering where I was born and raised I never really had a chance.I grew up in West Texas, the epicenter of a state that already considers the sport just shy of a religion. You’ve seen “Friday Night Lights”, well that’s my part of the state. High School Football rules with the NFL and college ball running 2nd and a distant 3rd. As a child I remember watching the Dallas Cowboys with my Dad, early days with Don Meredith and Roger Staubach leading the team to various heights of success and on through Aikman and the current multiple year run of the the soap opera known as “Jerry’s World”! To be a fan of the dysfunctional Cowboys over the years is a weird, heavy load to bear. My fellow fan Jason Crouch and I have spent h...
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