May 2015

Found 9 blog entries for May 2015.

Everyone’s favorite season has finally arrived in Central Texas: Patio season!

We’ve assembled a list of some of the best patios in Austin for lounging, eating and drinking so that you can take advantage of this wonderful (albeit too short) time of year before the brutal heat of summer is upon us.

Whether you’re craving fresh oysters, a juicy burger, handmade pasta or something to sip on, we’ve got you covered. Without further ado, and in no particular order, we present the 5 best patios in Austin, TX:


Mueller Development at 2027 Anchor Ln
The spacious patio at Contigo could actually be considered a yard, what with the picnic tables, string lights and sand box play area for kids. Contigo’s homey atmosphere caters to everyone and all

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austin energy smart homeJust in case we needed more proof that Austin is on its way to becoming the country's leader in sustainable building, Homebuilding Magazine has recently named an Austin home the 'Best Energy-Smart Home' - a highly esteemed and sought-after title in the growing world of "green" homebuilding. Dubbed a 'net-zero' home - meaning that its net energy consumption is equal to or less than the renewable energy it creates - this sleek, ultramodern Austin home is an optimistic emblem of Austin's future.

Native, the home's Austin-based developer, specializes in energy-efficient building and this home is a result of their partnership with talented architect Donovan Davis. Approximately 3,000 sq. ft, the home features solar pV panels and a geothermal HVAC system,

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signs you found your dream home

Think you found your dream home? Check out these 6 signs you just found your dream home to be sure! 

6. You Don't Want To Leave...

Are you standing on the corner of the property, still staring at the house, not wanting to leave--even after your real estate agent has driven off? This is a pretty good indicator that you just found your dream home!

5. You & Your Partner (Finally) Agree

One person's dream home is another's shack... but when you both agree that this home is "the one", then this is probably it! This is especially true if you've had differences of opinions on previous showings.

4. You Keep Checking Your Phone

It's been an entire minute since you last checked whether you have a response to your offer! Anything now? No?

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austin kids birthday party ideasLooking for a fun-filled birthday that your kid will never forget? Scrap the stress and just enjoy every moment with this collection of Austin's best kids' birthday party ideas! Each of these birthday gems offers easy, low-maintenance options that are jam-packed full of good times, perfect for happy kids (and busy moms and dads!)

"On The Town" Birthday Party Ideas

7. Austin Zoo

The Austin Zoo is a beloved kids' party destination where the entertainment provides itself! Meet the animals and get up close and personal in the petting zoo. The zoo has a charcoal grill that can be rented for $10 if there's no burn ban, and outside food and drinks are welcome (including pizza delivery)!

Cost: $90 for 15 people, with $6 per additional guest (must be

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best place to buy a home austinAre you looking for a home in the Austin area? If so, you're doing it at a great time. Recently the good people at took a close look at 60 of the largest metropolitan areas in the country to determine which one was the best place to buy a new home. Austin came out on top as the Number 1 city for potential home buyers!

So what factors did they consider when they made this decision? Lets have a look:

  1. Economic Growth. The study looked at the numbers from 2003-2013. In that time, Austin had the best long term job growth and the second best overall economic growth of any of the top 12 cities on the list.
  2. Availability of New Housing. This metric focussed on the percentage of new housing built in 2000 or later. Austin came in at a
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preparing to sell austin tx homeDo you or your family need more space or less space? Need to relocate for work, education or activities? Or do you just want a change of scenery or a fresh start? While there are a countless reasons to relocate from your existing Austin home, the fact is you will likely need to sell before you buy; and while the reasons for selling may vary greatly, there are a few things to keep in mind that will aid in the successful sale of your current home. Selling your home can be an intimidating task, but with a little knowledge up front, and some preparation, that task can be made just a little bit easier. Here are our top 4 ways to prepare to sell your Austin, TX home!

1. Value of Your Home

Do you know how much your house is worth? Is the value in line with

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austin date night ideasFrom first kisses to happily ever after, it all starts in one place: date night. But dinner and a movie is so cliché—what's a dashing date in 2015 to do? Worry not, because we have put together 7 of the best Austin date night ideas for having fun and romance!

1. Starlight Drive-In Movies

Starlets and Romeos unite and throw back to the good ole days with the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. This drive in theater is run out of a quirky little trailer and displays classics on an inflatable big screen. Hook the speaker up to your car, then sit back and relax. Make it a night with all the refreshments and snacks you can stow; on-site food is pricey, so bringing outside food is encouraged (by us)!

Cost: ~$40 / couple

2. Austin Steam Train Tours

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On Saturday, May 2, 2015, private and public gardens alike will open their doors to the curious eyes of garden lovers, amateur botanists, and music fans. Three starter locations will kick it off the NxNA Garden and Artisan Tour for ticket holders, who will learn about plants native to Central Texas, xeriscaping and much more.

nxna garden tour

Buy a ticket online or in person at one of the three starter gardens:

  • 1701 Pheasant Roost
  • 3701 ½ Adelphi Lane
  • 8503 Rockwood

In addition to the natural artwork created by the dedicated gardeners, other locations will be hosting live music, mural painting, and artisan showcases. Earphoria’s community garden will be on display, with a backdrop of live concerts. If you’re famished after a tour, make sure to enjoy

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austin parade of homes 2015This year's Austin Parade of Homes starts at 304 Duckhorn Pass, then takes you through a tour of five breathtaking properties set along the backdrop of Lakeway's Hill Country.

What Is The Austin Parade of Homes?

The Austin Parade of Homes is an annual even that shows off the latest and greatest in new construction. This year's Parade of Homes focuses around the Serene Hills community, a 456 acre development in gorgeous Hill Country.

Five builders will be represented in 2015's Austin Parade of Homes, and the work they will be sharing is impeccable. Serene Hills real estate starts at $500,000 and really shines with numerous multimillion dollar offerings. For those who crave comfort, convenience and beauty, Serene Hills is worth looking into.

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