Are you looking for a new home in one of Austin’s many master-planned communities? As a Broker/REALTOR® and Owner of Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate, I can help you find a home that’s best suited to your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for quick access to riding stables, great golfing and tennis, or sipping wine on your patio, one of the following three communities may be right for you.
The Hills of Bear Creek
Want a competitively-priced home with contemporary style, easy access to Austin’s airport and stables close by? The Hills of Bear Creek could be the answer. You’ll find homes priced from $300K-$400K. Moreover, property taxes are lower than in Austin. This is an 85 home community built by Milestone. It’s located South of Austin in Manchaca, pronounced “man-shack” by locals. Manchaca is about 16 miles from downtown Austin and features great BBQ at Valentino’s.
The Enclave at Covered Bridge
If you’re looking for more of a luxury lifestyle experience and access to the Texas Hill Country, The Enclave at Covered Bridge could be a good choice. The community is located on 290 West which is just a few miles away from the Texas Hill Country. It’s about 25 minutes from downtown Austin. Homes generally start at $450K. I give a big thumbs-up to the builder (Brohn homes) for preserving 18 heritage trees. Additionally, Brohn endeavors to create great Hill Country views and support the natural surroundings.
Does a lake-living resort-lifestyle appeal to you? If so, the Rough Hollow Community on Lake Travis may be the answer. Rough Hollow is a large luxury community built along a cove of Lake Travis with six distinct sections. If you love being active, you’ll have lots of choices to do so here. Highland Village is the community’s private yacht club, water park and more. Additionally, if you love sipping a glass of wine at sunset you’ll find wonderful vistas here. Rough Hollow also feeds into the award-winning Lake Travis School District. I am impressed with Brookfield Builder’s commitment to their core values of passion, integrity, and community which is the foundation for a great community.
In Conclusion: When working with me as your Broker/REALTOR®, you can expect me to listen carefully to your priorities and show you the best homes for your lifestyle so you can enjoy your home for years to come! Want to see one of these communities or others? I’m ready to help you today!
Homes that feed into award winning Westwood High School tend to sell like hotcakes, and I know this one will, too! Backing to the Balcones Country Club golf course, the home is in an ideal setting among many mature trees. The owners have made many updates to the home built in 1970, including hard wood floors, granite counters in the kitchen, light fixtures, and more. Located near 183 and Anderson Mill Rd., this 1-story home is priced at $338K. The neighborhood of Balcones features trails, parks and a sport court in addition to the golf course. Schools include Spicewood Elementary and Canyon Vista Middle School.
Home buyers have been asking for new construction in Circle C, under $300K, and now they can get it in Avana. Standard Pacific has had brisk sales already in the brand new neighborhood just north of the Grey Rock golf course off Hwy 45 near MoPac. Homes in Avana will share all of the Circle C amenities, and eventually they will have a golf course tucked away behind the neighborhood. Even further down the road a hotel/resort is planned. So far about 3 homes have been built, another 5 or 6 are under construction, and a total of 95 lots have been platted/prepared for homes. There are 6 floor plans to choose from, and prices range from about $275K-$325K. One nice feature of the neighborhood is that it backs up to over 26,000 acres of water conservation land owned by the city of Austin, so it won’t be developed (at least, not anytime soon). The front street will likely have road noise to content with, but with that comes easy access to 45/MoPac. The schools are sought after – Kiker, Gorzycki and Bowie. The model looks great – and I’m sure this will be a very popular neighborhood. Two of the homes under construction can be viewed by clicking on this link. And in case you want to know if Standard Pacific is a good builder, a J.D. Powers survey shows Standard Pacific won the 2010 award in Austin for highest customer satisfaction – see results here.
Lakeway is full of unique homes, but every once in a while I see one that really catches my attention. The home at 110 Schooner is one of those. I like the big game room, the bathrooms with Travertine and granite, the views, especially from upstairs, and the kitchen. My least favorite part of the home is the entryway, because as you enter the house you’re greeted by a wall which happens to be the back of the fireplace, so it can’t be opened up. But, once you’re past the entry, there’s a lot to like about this house and neighborhood.
Yesterday I saw a fascinating home on Fairhill Way on Balcones golf course – one that looks great in the photos, but up close has some flaws. The first and most obvious negative is the wall that greets you as you walk in the front door. This must have been a popular architectural style in the 1960’s and 70’s. I’ve seen these walls in a number of homes. However, today’s buyer does not like the wall; today’s buyer likes an open floor plan. The remedy? Find the load bearing studs, but remove the main portion of the wall, opening the living room up to the entryway. This would provide a “wow” factor as you enter the home as the living room already features huge windows looking out to the beautiful backyard and golf course beyond. The home has undergone some renovations, such as the kitchen and secondary bathrooms, but it needs a new roof and the master bath is mid-renovation. If I were buying the home, I might also convert the game room back to a garage. While the home is reasonably priced for the condition, it will certainly take a buyer who has the time, skills and money to complete the work. Priced at $319,000.
What do homes built in the 1970’s often have in common? Small rooms, low ceilings, limited closet space and popcorn ceilings! So, how do you transform a home built in the 70’s to appeal to buyers who like homes built now? You change all the negatives as has been done in a couple of homes in the Onion Creek neighborhood in South Austin. This reasonably priced home, listed for $275K, has a beautifully updated gourmet kitchen with granite counters, travertine flooring and a wine refrigerator. The master bedroom has its own fireplace and sitting area. Another one has also been renovated into quite an exquisite home on the golf course. There are currently 21 homes for sale in Onion Creek, ranging from $250K to $650K. Call for more information about the neighborhood or homes, or to see any of these homes in Onion Creek. Vikki Goodwin, Realtor, Homes ATX, 512-426-9090.