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July
11

Drink Local: Central Texas Breweries

Round Rock Breweries

The craft brewing scene around Central Texas has never been better, and now is the perfect time to experience all that your local brewery has to offer. With taprooms serving up creative, original brews, delicious food, live entertainment, and a busy lineup of special events all summer long, it's easy to find a brewery that suits your style. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on 5 Central Texas breweries that you won't want to miss.

  • Bluebonnet Beer Company – 1700 Bryant Dr. #107, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Founded in 2013 at its location around the corner from Round Rock homes for sale and boasting a 4.9-star rating on more than 150 Google reviews, Bluebonnet Beer Company has earned its reputation as one of the best craft breweries in Central Texas. The husband-and-wife team of Clare and David Hulama oversee every step of the brewing process and have worked together to create the award-winning lineup of craft beers that you can enjoy in the Bluebonnet taproom every weekend.

  • Cork & Barrel Pub – 4000 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
    A neighborhood pub with a strong Irish vibe and a microbrewery on-site, Cork & Barrel Pub aims to bring the quintessential Irish pub experience to Round Rock. The founder of the pub, Sam Darlington, was born and raised in Ireland before living in Texas for the last 30 years. Cork & Barrel Pub blends the atmosphere of an Irish pub with the cuisine of Central Texas and adds a beautiful outdoor beer garden to the mix for good measure.

  • RedHorn Coffeehouse & Brewing Co. – 13010 W. Parmer Ln. #800, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Located near Cedar Park homes for sale with a unique menu among Central Texas craft breweries, RedHorn Coffeehouse & Brewing Co. has a drink to suit every mood. Stop by in the morning to enjoy coffee sourced from small-batch roasters worldwide, then come back after work to sample craft brews. There's also a delicious selection of sandwiches available for lunch and dinner.

  • Rentsch Brewery – 2500 Northeast Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626
    For great service and even better craft beer, try a trip to Rentsch Brewery at its convenient location near Georgetown homes for sale. This is a great brewery to visit if you like live performances and special events. Rentsch Brewery frequently showcases the best bands from the vibrant Georgetown music scene and hosts special events every week. Stop by to enjoy everything from Family Paints & Pints to Swag Hip Hop Yoga at Rentsch Brewery.

  • Barking Armadillo Brewing – 507 River Bend Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628
    If you prefer your craft brews with a side of live entertainment, then Barking Armadillo Brewing is the perfect destination for your next night out. Enjoy live music every weekend, Red's Taproom Trivia on Thursday nights, stand-up comedy on select Fridays, and a singer-songwriter roundup on the first & third Wednesday of every month. The taproom is open from Wednesday through Sunday every week, with a rotating selection of more than a dozen Barking Armadillo craft beers on tap and a different food truck serving up unique meals each day.

Searching for a home close to all of the great breweries and attractions in Central Texas? Our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central Texas communities.

May
16

Disc Golf Courses in Central Texas

Texas Disc Golf

The casual, freewheeling nature of disc golf makes it an entertaining alternative to traditional golf for players of all ages. Our real estate agents love to take a break and hit the "links" at these disc golf courses throughout Central Texas. 

  • Benbrook Ranch Park - 1100 Halsey Dr., Leander, TX 78641
    The 18-hole disc golf course is the main attraction at Benbrook Ranch Park, a beautiful facility just minutes from Leander homes for sale. With a mixture of open and heavily wooded holes, Benbrook Ranch gets high marks from players for being a well-maintained course. Other amenities at the 46.5-acre park include hiking and biking trails, a skate park, Little League and adult baseball fields, batting cages, and playscape. Benbrook Ranch Park is open 24 hours a day.

  • Brushy Creek Sports Park - 2310 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Sprawled across 90 acres, which includes a lake, spacious Brushy Creek Sports Park is a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors around Cedar Park homes for sale. Leashed dogs are welcome at this popular park, which features a skate park, basketball court, playscape, and trails to go along with the nine-hole disc golf course. Baseball/softball and football/soccer fields are available by reservation for a nominal rental fee. Hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Cactus Patch - CrossPointe Church, 5703 McNeil Dr., Austin, TX 78729
    One of the more unique disc golf courses around is Cactus Patch, which is set up on the grounds of CrossPoint Church. The convenience and accessibility of this nine-hole course makes it a welcome gathering spot not far from Austin homes for sale

  • Cat Hollow Disc Golf Course Park - 8334 Liberty Walk Dr., Round Rock, TX 78681
    Get your steps in at the 18-hole Cat Hollow Disc Golf Course, which stretches a full mile on the Liberty Walk Greenbelt. Located directly across from Cat Hollow Park, the course has trees, grassy areas, trails, and benches that create a peaceful oasis right down the street from Round Rock homes for sale. Ready for some competition? Twice a year, on May 29 and September 11 in 2022, Cat Hollow hosts a Partner's Play Disc Golf Tournament. After two rounds of play, awards are given for first, second, and third place. Entry fee is $20 per team, and lunch is provided. Regular park hours are 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. in spring and summer and 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. in fall and winter.

  • Northtown Park - 14508 Harris Ridge Blvd., Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Players give Northtown Park high marks for the nice variety of holes on the 18-hole disc golf course near Pflugerville homes for sale. The mix of long, short, wooded, and open holes keeps everyone on their toes, whether they're newbies or experienced players. A handful of water hazards add a welcome element of challenge. Bring Fido along for a post-game romp in the off-leash dog park. Kids' and adult soccer fields, a volleyball court, and a playscape provide other opportunities for lively outdoor activities. Northtown Park is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

Whether you follow an active lifestyle or prefer cultural activities, Central Texas has you covered. Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City for help with all your real estate needs. 

May
9

Listen to Live Music at These Round Rock Venues

Music Venues Round Rock

Austin, TX is famous for its music scene. But the city of Round Rock, located just 20 minutes away from Austin, also has a lot to offer when it comes to live music. 

If you're looking for a great concert, you don't usually have to look very far in the Texas Hill Country! Spring and summer are great times to experience live music in Round Rock, and these are some of our real estate agents' favorite music venues in town:

  • Round Rock Amphitheater - 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664
    One of the premier outdoor concert and event venues in Central Texas, the Round Rock Amphitheater is the go-to place in town for a big concert. Located within minutes of many Round Rock homes for sale, the amphitheater hosts some of the biggest names in music and offers a fun outdoor environment to live it up while you enjoy the show. The summer concert lineup for 2022 at the Round Rock Amphitheater includes country music stars Dwight Yoakam and Gary Allan. 

  • Long Branch Saloon - 107 W Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Live music is a staple at the Long Branch Saloon, a wild west-themed watering hole that offers cold beer and a fun atmosphere. You can expect to find all kinds of local and regional talent at the Long Branch Saloon, as well as national touring bands. Country, southern rock, and Latin music are some of the most commonly featured genres, and you can always count on an upbeat atmosphere and great tunes. 

  • Rockey's Piano Bar - 111 W Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Rockey's Piano Bar offers a unique musical and comedy experience in Round Rock. Every Thursday through Saturday, the bar hosts interactive sing-along performances in which members of the crowd are encouraged to give requests and take part in the comedy banter. There's really no other place quite like Rockey's in the Austin area, and they also pride themselves in offering some of the coldest beer and tastiest craft cocktails around. 

  • Round Rock Tavern - 113 W Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664
    One of Round Rock's best nightlife spots, Round Rock Tavern regularly hosts live bands, as well as DJs and Karaoke nights. You can expect to see high-energy live acts ranging from rock and country to funk and blues. Round Rock Tavern also serves great cocktails and pub grub, and always keeps 15 or more beers on tap. Come early to take advantage of some tempting happy hour specials or catch a game on one of Round Rock Tavern's multiple HD TVs.

  • Steamer Lane Music - 603 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Just a short drive from Round Rock in Cedar Park, Steamer Lane Music is a unique outdoor concert venue. The atmosphere feels almost like seeing a concert in your backyard, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs, drinks, and food to enjoy the show. Singer-songwriters, country and bluegrass bands and a wide range of local and touring musicians travel from far and wide to play at this intimate space, located a stone's throw from many Cedar Park homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Round Rock and the surrounding areas. When you're ready to find your dream home in the Texas Hill Country or real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

April
25

All Aboard! About the Austin Steam Train Association

Austin Steam Train Association

Want to take a day trip where the journey is just as exciting as the destination? The Austin Steam Train Association has just what you're looking for. This non-profit is dedicated to preserving the city's historic steam trains and the tracks they run on. Our real estate agents have been on several unforgettable train rides on their preserved trains while doing business in the Cedar Park area. Here's what they had to say about this one-of-a-kind Austin attraction.  

Historical Significance 

Although they were in use long before this, steam trains had their heyday in the 1930s through the 1950s. They were fast, elegant, affordable, and offered an easy way to travel long distances that would take days to cross using most other methods of transportation. Today, the Austin Steam Train Association keeps that tradition alive by offering short round-trip outings to nearby towns and points of interest.  

One of the locomotives used by the association (the Southern Pacific 786) is a real vintage steam train that functions identically to the old models used in decades past. This train even needs to be stopped periodically to allow the workers time to replenish the water used during the trip.  

The other (the Alco Diesel 442) is a diesel-electric train that the Association purchased in 1999. It was originally built back in 1916 by the American Locomotive Company, the same company that built the SP 786. It has been carefully restored to maintain function over the years but is currently undergoing a new round of restorations. In the meantime, the association has leased the HZRX Diesel 3134 from Horizon Rail.  

An Immersive Experience 

Riding on one of the association's trains offers a captivating blend of leisure and learning. Each train features vintage train cars that have been painstakingly restored to recreate the experience of historical riders. Each car has its own name and features slightly different furniture and fixtures. Passengers can usually choose which car they want to ride in when booking their ticket. It's a great opportunity to get up close and personal with a piece of history and see for yourself how the steam trains of the past really worked.  

If you want more details on the association, its trains, and their historical context, you're in luck. The association also operates a separate museum at their main office (401 E. Whitestone Boulevard, Suite C-100 in Cedar Park). This location contains photographs, maps, illustrations, and other artifacts that enhance the historical value of your outing.  

Special Events 

In addition to its historical preservation efforts, the association also hosts many exciting events each season. Some of these occasions are kid-friendly, while others cater exclusively to adults.  

One of their most popular events is their Hill Country Flyer, their signature ride across the Texas Hill Country that runs every two weeks or so during most of the year.

Guests typically have the option to reserve train cars in advance, and both adults-only and family-friendly cars are available depending on your needs. Check out their event schedule and see what other fun train trips might be of interest to you! 

The Austin Steam Train Association is a Texas treasure, but it's just one of many incredible things to see and do in this busy city. Contact us today to learn more about our Cedar Park homes for sale, and let us help you find one that meets your needs.  

April
4

Clean Your Home Faster with These Tips

Cleaning Tips

Spring is here, which means so is spring cleaning. You don't need a whole day to clean your home as there are tricks that shorten the cleaning time. Whether you want to get it done quickly so you can relax or you need to get ready for a showing fast, our real estate agents have some shortcuts to get your house sparkling in no time.

  • Organize Clutter
    A clean house is characterized by clutter-free rooms. Don't wait until cleaning day to pick up toys and other items lying idle in the house. Instead, pick up clutter every day, so you have an easier time tidying up when cleaning the home. Another idea is to have storage areas for everything in the house. Laundry baskets and containers are some inexpensive storage solutions that shorten the tidying time.


  • Use Vinegar on Hard Water Stains
    Hard water stains on tubs, faucets, and glass shower doors can be hard to remove. Luckily, vinegar has an amazing ability to remove these stains, and you can use whichever type you have, including apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or cleaning vinegar. Spray the vinegar on any surface with hard water stains and leave a rag doused in the solution on any stubborn stains.


  • Clean Your Microwave with Lemon
    Cleaning the microwave is a daunting task, and many people procrastinate on cleaning it, giving grime more time to accumulate. However, all you need are fresh lemons to break down your microwave's gunk.


    Fill a bowl halfway with water and set it aside. Slice a fresh lemon in half, press the juice into the bowl, and drop both halves in the water as well. Leave the bowl in the microwave for about five minutes to let the lemon's acidity and steam loosen and dissolve the stains.

  • Use Multi-Purpose Cleaners in Bathrooms
    If you use several products to clean your bathroom, you will be amazed at the amount of time you save by using multi-purpose cleaners. These cleaners eliminate limescale, soap scum, and bacteria from various bathroom surfaces, including tubs, showers, mirrors, and shower doors. The cleaners are budget-friendly and versatile as you only need one powerful solution for a fresh bathroom.

  • Make Laundry Day Easier
    If you always dread laundry day because of overflowing hampers, try to do a little laundry every day or every few days to make things less overwhelming. This strategy works exceptionally well in busy households with children.

    Another tip is to use divided hampers, so you don't have to sort everything when you do laundry. Let family members know where to place dark and white pieces and delicates. Sock bags for each household member is another great idea if you don't want to sort through mismatched pairs.  


  • Carry Cleaning Supplies in a Tote or Apron
    Running back and forth to get cleaners, brushes, and rags on cleaning day wastes time. Instead, wear a kitchen apron with pockets to carry supplies around and shorten the cleaning time. You can also buy a plastic tote to keep cleaners, cloths, disinfectants, and other cleaning supplies. Keep this tote in a locked cabinet to restrict access to children.

Learning how to clean and disinfect your home fast can make your life easier. Contact us today to explore sparkling clean Cedar Park homes for sale.

March
28

Start Training for These Round Rock 5Ks

Round Rock Running

It's springtime in Texas, and it's time to lace up your running shoes! The coming months bring some of our real estate agents' favorite 5k events of the year, and the sooner you start getting ready, the better. 

Many of these runs and walks also help raise money for great causes, and all offer amazing views of the Texas Hill Country scenery. Mark your calendars for these upcoming 5k events in Round Rock and the surrounding areas:

  • Red Poppy 5k - Georgetown, TX 78633
    Coming right up on April 29, the Red Poppy 5k is part of Georgetown's Red Poppy Festival. This timed run/walk follows a picturesque course alongside the San Gabriel River and is just one of many exciting events that are part of the annual festival. Be sure to stick around for food, drinks, games, music, and entertainment near these Georgetown homes for sale

  • Great Futures 5k - Georgetown, TX 78633
    If you get done with the Red Poppy 5k and are still ready to run, then you're in luck. On April 30—the very next day—you have an opportunity to participate in the Great Futures 5k, a virtual 5k that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown. Technically you can complete the run/walk any time between April 30 and May 7 and then upload your time to the race website.

  • Donut Dash 5k - Round Rock, TX 78664
    Are you ready to accept the donut challenge? Now in its 4th year, the annual Donut Dash returns to the city of Round Rock on May 14, offering an opportunity to run a 5k and feast on your favorite local donuts. Free donuts will be provided at the midpoint of the race by Round Rock Donuts, and participants are encouraged to grab one (or a dozen) to refuel on the way. Keep an eye out for some of these Round Rock homes for sale as you complete the racecourse!

  • Super Family Fund Run - Round Rock, TX 78665
    Get ready for the 7th annual Super Family Fund Run, which takes place in the city of Round Rock on May 21. This event benefits Brady's Bridge After-School Program for Kids of All Abilities and includes a timed 5k, a 1-mile fun run, and a 5k workout challenge with Camp Gladiator. It takes place in Old Settler's Park in Round Rock, which is home to some of the city's most beautiful scenery.

  • Summer Sizzler 5k - Cedar Park, TX 78613
    By the time June rolls around, you can expect things to get might toasty in the Austin area! That's part of the fun of the Summer Sizzler 5k, an annual event that returns to the suburb of Cedar Park this year on June 5. You'll definitely sweat it out as you complete the race, which takes place at Brushy Creek Sports Park, mere minutes from many Cedar Park homes for sale

  • 5k for Clay - Round Rock, TX 78664
    The 5k for Clay is an annual summertime race that is typically held on a Sunday morning in mid-August. The 2022 date is expected to be August 12th, though it has yet to be confirmed at the time of publication, so stay tuned. In any event, the race benefits the Clay Madsen Recreation Center, which strives to be a safe place where children and adults can learn leadership and sportsmanship in the Round Rock area.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas! Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping your find your dream home in Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, and the surrounding areas. 

March
7

Start Your Morning With Donuts From These Round Rock Shops

Round Rock Donut Shops

Our real estate agents firmly believe that there's no better way to start your day than with a warm, freshly-baked donut and a good cup of coffee. Luckily, here in the Round Rock area, we have an incredible variety of options when it comes to local donut shops. 

Located just north of Austin, Round Rock might just be the secret donut capital of Texas. These are the best places to get your morning donuts in Round Rock and Cedar Park. 

  • Round Rock Donuts - 106 W Liberty Ave, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Without a doubt, Round Rock Donuts is the donut shop our local community is best known for. Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts has become an iconic staple of the Round Rock area, and they're still using the same original recipe nearly 100 years later. Folks come from all over the world to sample these delicious donuts, enjoy the shop's Western-themed decor and argue about whether the unique hand-rolled dough is yellow or orange. 
  • Fresh Donuts - 1920 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Want some fresh donuts? You'll find them at Fresh Donuts. This local family-owned donut shop always offers friendly service and a great selection of classic donuts. They also make some killer cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, and kolaches both sweet and savory. With a convenient location just minutes from many Round Rock homes for sale, this is definitely a place to return to again and again. 

  • Donut Taco Palace of Round Rock - 16420 N FM 620, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Have you ever seen so many amazing words in the name of one business? Donut Taco Palace of Round Rock delivers on its promise to offer freshly baked donuts and freshly made tacos every day. The breakfast tacos are especially great, and the folks here make some very tasty kolaches too. The donuts are light, fluffy, and available with a wide range of toppings. 

  • Shipley Do-Nuts - 1300 S Mays St, Round Rock, TX 78664
    A beloved Texas-based donut chain, Shipley Do-Nuts has a prime location in Round Rock and is one of the most reliable places to get great donuts in the area. With over 60 varieties of donuts, there's something here for everyone. In addition to classic yeast donuts, they also make some really amazing buttermilk cake donuts, cinnamon twists, and filled donuts with 10 different kinds of filling. 

  • Donuts Crown - 1201 Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Donuts Crown is a great little donut shop in Cedar Park, offering friendly service and a great selection. The apple fritters and devil's food cake donuts are particular favorites, and Donuts Crown also serves a variety of breakfast fare including croissant sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and kolaches. They make great coffee drinks too and are conveniently located a stone's throw from these Cedar Park homes for sale.

  • Texas Best Mini-Donuts - 1580 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    When you're on the hunt for your morning donut fix, don't overlook the bite-size offerings from Texas Best Mini Donuts. What they lack in size they make up for in flavor. These tasty little treats, served out of the back of a mobile food truck, are some of the best around. And while the shop does tend to move around a bit, they do a great job updating their Facebook page with info on where and when you can find Texas Best Mini Donuts. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Austin area, and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Round Rock and Cedar Park. 

November
22

Small Business Saturday: Where to Shop Near Cedar Park

Cedar Park Shopping

The holidays are almost here, and this year our area's small businesses need our support more than ever! Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or something special for yourself, there are plenty of great options right here in the Cedar Park area. 

Our real estate agents love telling new residents about all their favorite local shops. Whether you want to wait for Small Business Saturday or you're ready to start now, we recommend paying a visit to each of these shops. 

  • Beau Kisses: 1310 E Whitestone Blvd #540, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    If you're looking for unique gifts for all your friends and family members, you'll want to check out Beau Kisses. This adorable shop carries a wide variety of clothing, accessories, bath and body products, candles, home decor, seasonal items, and more. If you can't decide, a gift card makes a great stocking stuffer! 
  • Honey & Hay: 2800 E Whitestone Blvd #105, Cedar Park, TX
    A one-stop shop of curated treasures, Honey & Hay carries a variety of home decor, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, baby items, gifts, and more. The owners of this shop are passionate about finding unique pieces, and you never know what you're going to find here. If you buy one of the beautiful Cedar Park homes for sale, Honey & Hay is sure to become one of your favorites! 
  • Jacks Mountain Self-Care Co.: 2423 S. Bell Blvd. Suite A, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Do you know someone who needs a bit of pampering? If so, a gift from Jacks Mountain Self-Care Co. is a great idea! This store carries an incredible selection of herbal teas, essential and infused oils, bath soaks, salves, and more. Want to give a gift that keeps on giving? Check out their monthly Herbal Care Packages. 
  • Titan Moon Comics: 1540 Cypress Creek Road Suite #108, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    If you have a comic book fan on your shopping list you are bound to find something they'll love at Titan Moon Comics. This local store offers a little bit of everything including comic books, Funkos, Magic the Gathering cards, and collectible supplies. Not sure what your giftee already has in their collection? You can't go wrong with a gift card! 
    • Hill Country Water Gardens: 1407 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Need a gift for the gardener in your life? Or looking for something to spruce up your home? Check out Hill Country Water Gardens. This is the area's go-to shop for beautiful pottery, plants, fountains, art, sculptures, and more. Even if you don't know much about gardening, you'll still be able to choose a great gift. The staff here is super friendly and knowledgeable and will be happy to help you impress that special someone. 

    The great shopping options are just one of the many things to love about living in the Cedar Park area. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals. 

    November
    1

    Seasonal Scents to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

    Seasonal Scents

    The holiday season is on its way, and many homeowners are thinking about how to bring their favorite seasonal scents into their homes.  

    Scented candles are the obvious solution, but what if you prefer a natural aroma instead? Our real estate agents use the five methods described below to create an enticing atmosphere in many of our Round Rock homes for sale around the holidays.

    • Decorate with Plants
      Fresh trees play a big part in many people's holiday traditions, and their crisp, natural scent is unmistakable. If you aren't ready to put up a full-sized Christmas tree just yet, bringing some fresh-cut tree branches into your house will give you the same aroma without all of the hassles. While the classic choice is pine, many other types of coniferous trees work well for this too, including cedar, cypress, and spruce. 

    • Start a Simmer Pot 
      A simmer pot is like an old-fashioned stovetop air freshener. This technique is hundreds of years old and uses water vapor to spread pleasant scents throughout your house. To make your own simmer pot, place some fragrant items (orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon work well, especially together) in a pot of shallow water. Put that pot on the stove and allow the water to heat up to a gentle simmer, then wait for the scent to spread. You can keep a simmer pot going for as long as you like – just make sure to top up the water periodically so you don't burn the other contents.  

    • Make Your Own Potpourri 
      Potpourri is a great holiday scent solution because it doubles as a festive decoration. There are many versions available on store shelves, but it's so easy to make your own that you may as well give it a try. Start with a base of dried flowers, fruit, and greenery, then mix it with scented oils to strengthen the fixture's scent profile. Choose your components based on both how pretty they look and how well their scents mix together. Some popular holiday potpourri components include cranberry, cinnamon, evergreen, and poinsettia petals. 

    • Use Essential Oils 
      Essential oils are made from the concentrated essence of plants, fruits, and other substances, so they produce very strong scents. You can use an oil diffuser or your humidifier to easily spread these scents throughout your house, mixing them as desired until you get the perfect festive fragrance. So which types of oils should you use? Classic festive oils like orange and pine work great, but you can also try out some other thematically appropriate scents.
       
    • Do Some Baking 
      There is nothing quite so enticing as the smell of freshly baked goodies, so why even try to replicate it? Get the real thing by whipping up a batch of snickerdoodle cookies, fruitcake, gingerbread squares, or whatever holiday treat you prefer. The scent of warm sugar, butter, and spices will linger in your house for hours, and you and your family will also get to enjoy the delicious treat you've made.  

    The holidays won't be here forever, so make the most of the festive season while it lasts. Try out some of our festive scent ideas to make your home feel warm and inviting as the cooler weather sets in – and if you're still looking for a home around Round Rock, remember that our real estate expertise is always available to you. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you find an idyllic home to host family celebrations for years to come. 

    October
    25

    Save Up for a Down Payment with These Tips

    Down Payment Tips

    If you're planning to use a mortgage to finance the purchase of your home, it's essential to have enough money in savings for your down payment. Depending on the type of mortgage you choose, you'll typically need anywhere from 3.5 to 20 percent of the home's purchase price.

    Our real estate agents recommend creating a plan to help you save the money for your down payment. Start by opening a savings account specifically for your down payment and follow these tips.

    1. Develop a Timeline for Your Homebuying Plans
      Before you can calculate how much you'll need to save, you need to decide when you want to purchase a home. This will allow you to make adjustments to your budget and income that match your buying timeline. For example, assume that you want to start the process of purchasing a home in six months. You want to have a down payment of $7,000. Over the next six months, you'll need to put away $1,167 each month to meet your goal. Or, if you want to buy a home in a year, this means you need to save $584 every month. 
    1. Look at Your Budget
      Once you know how much you need to save, it's time to write down all your expenses and income. Be thorough and realistic; while it's wise to reduce your discretionary spending, it isn't realistic for most people to go an extended period with absolutely no money devoted to outings and "fun" expenses. Assume that each month, you spend $400 on eating out, $200 on shopping, and $250 on vacations, for a total of $850. If you can reduce this amount to $450, you'll have $400 each month to put in your savings account. Over six months, this is $2,400. 
    1. Track Your Spending
      A budget is of little assistance if you don't stick to it. Monitor your spending (either via an app, a bank service, or keeping track of your expenses with a spreadsheet or even a pen and paper). If you overspend, try to reduce your expenses somewhere else to cover the overage. For example, if you spend $200 more than you budgeted on gifts, cut back on dining out, activities, and grocery budget by that amount. 
    1. Increase Your Income
      Increasing your income is another way to meet your monthly savings goal. Assume that you work an additional 6 hours a week and clear $15 an hour after taxes. This is an extra $90 a week or $360 a month. After 6 months, you'll have saved approximately $2,160. 
    1. Save Any Unanticipated Money
      Most people receive at least a little bit of money each month that they didn't anticipate. You might get a bonus at work, receive a cash gift, sell items you no longer use, or collect a refund. Save any and all unanticipated money in your savings account. If you can save $100 a month in unanticipated money, this is $600 over 6 months. 
    1. Adjust Your Tax Withholding
      For the 2020 tax year, the average tax refund was $2,800. If you adjust your tax withholding to have less withheld, this is an extra $234 a month. Over 6 months, this is $1,404. Or, if you're not able to adjust your withholding, your tax refund is an excellent windfall for your savings account. 

    Ready to start touring Round Rock homes for sale? Contact us to start your search!

    October
    11

    Places Your Dog Will Love Around Cedar Park

    Cedar Park Dog FriendlyOur real estate agents know that dog-friendly spaces are a big factor in why some people choose to live in a particular place. Luckily, there are many great spots to spend quality time with your dog around our Cedar Park homes for sale. Be sure to check out these dog-friendly places!  

    1. Cedar Bark Park - 2525 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613 
      Every dog owner in Cedar Park is very familiar with the Cedar Bark Park. This 5-acre fenced-in dog park located inside Veterans' Memorial Park includes dog-friendly amenities such as a swimming pond, low drinking fountains that dogs can reach, and even dog showers. Add in plenty of green space for your dog to explore, and you have the perfect place for the two of you to indulge in some playtime and exercise. 

    2. Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Company - 13010 W Parmer Ln #800, Cedar Park, TX 78613 
      Want to sit down with a drink and socialize with your dog at your feet? Stop by the Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Company. This inviting community microbrewery serves a variety of local craft beers and artisan coffees, as well as a selection of sandwiches, paninis, and muffins. They are always happy to host well-behaved dogs under their shady patio tents.  

    3. Blue Corn Harvest Bar and Grill - 700 E. Whitestone Blvd #204, Cedar Park, TX 78613 
      Blue Corn Harvest's signature tree-covered patio provides a relaxed dining experience that your dog will enjoy as much as you will. The restaurant is a popular brunch location for locals and offers a full selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options for patrons with dietary restrictions.  

    4. Brushy Creek Lake Park - 3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613 
      There is so much to do at Brushy Creek Lake Park that it will take you and your dog hundreds of afternoons to get to it all. Some of the main attractions include BBQ grills, volleyball courts, a sprawling 38-acre lake, a labyrinth, and several trails for hiking, biking, and exploring nature. The park is a dog-friendly space, but be aware that your dog must remain on a leash during your visit. 

    5. Cedar Park Sculpture Garden - 1435 Main St, Cedar Park, TX 78613 
      If your dog enjoys being outside with you but doesn't necessarily want to run around the whole time, an outing to Cedar Park Sculpture Garden could be a nice change of pace for you both. The park features a rotating display of mixed media sculptures created by Texas artists, each with their own unique style. It's a great way to catch up with your local art scene, and there's always something new to see. 

    You don't need to worry about how you and your furry family member will fit into a new life in Cedar Park – with so many dog-friendly places to visit, this is a location where both you and your dog can thrive. Contact us today and let our staff help you and your dog settle into a new Cedar Park home.  

    September
    27

    Home Improvement Projects That Won't Break the Bank

    Home ImprovementWhether you're getting ready to sell your home or just want to refresh your space for your own enjoyment, home improvement projects can be satisfying... but sometimes they come with an expensive price tag. If you can't afford a high-dollar renovation, here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents for home improvement projects that won't break the bank.

    • Update Your Front Door
      Nothing adds to curb appeal like sprucing up your entry. If you don't have a lot of money to spend on renovations, one thing to focus on for sure is the front door. Replace it with a modern front door or at least update the paint on your existing front door so that it's clean, shiny, and bright again.

    • New Interior Paint and Color Schemes
      New interior paint is by far one of the more expensive "cheap" projects you can do, but it's totally worth it, as it can overhaul your entire look. Don't worry about repainting trim if you don't plan on changing the color. If you plan on selling soon, opt for a neutral palette, as bright colors are too personal and Round Rock homes for sale do better when buyers can imagine themselves living there.

    • New Curtains or Blinds
      Another way to overhaul your entire look is to replace your window treatments. Whether you hang new curtains or splurge for high-end blinds, it's an opportunity to totally upgrade your decor. Be sure to check out options like room darkening and energy-saving materials.

    • Update Lighting Fixtures
      Nothing dates a home like old lighting fixtures. Brighten your space by upgrading your lighting fixtures and adding new lighting where possible. For instance, consider adding task lighting such as under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen. Ceiling fans are also a popular upgrade and can be a good investment if you plan on selling your home.

    • Install Shelving
      Especially in areas that lack sufficient storage, such as an older kitchen, attractive shelving can do a double duty of adding to your functional storage and your decor. Open shelving is trendy, so don't feel like you need to build cabinetry, but do make sure your shelves are built of attractive materials and be mindful of how you use them.

    • Replace Cabinet Hardware
      If your kitchen is looking tired and outdated, it may benefit from more than just a coat of paint. Replacing your cabinet hardware with something more modern allows you to update your kitchen's look and complement any paint scheme changes you've chosen. The same goes for your bathroom cabinets!

    • Update Bathroom Fixtures
      Sometimes an entire bathroom renovation isn't necessary, just some paint and updated fixtures. Old bathroom fixtures tend to look drab and outdated, but that's easy and usually fairly inexpensive to remedy.

    • Customize Your Closets
      Your closets may not be the first thing you see when you look around your house, but that doesn't mean they're not important. Plenty of closet space is one of the things homebuyers want when they browse Georgetown homes for sale. Maximize your home's storage space with custom shelves, bins, drawers, and multiple rows of clothing rods.

    Home improvement doesn't have to mean big, expensive renovation projects. If you don't have much money to spend, look for little improvements to make a big impact. For more information about home improvement projects that will boost your home's appeal to buyers, contact us today.

    September
    13

    Oktoberfest: Beer Gardens Around Cedar Park

    Cedar Park Beer

    Oktoberfest, which begins September 18th, may have originated in Germany, but you can have lots of fun celebrating closer to home. Join our real estate agents and head to one of these delightful beer gardens near Round Rock homes for sale

    • The Good Lot - 2500 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park, TX 78613
      A family-friendly beer garden? No, it's not a dream. The Good Lot, which opened in July, was created to be a neighborhood hangout just down the street from Cedar Park homes for sale. Kids can enjoy yard games in the play area while mom and dad relax over a pint of beer or glass of wine. Enjoy live music on the weekends and open mic night on Wednesdays. Grab a bite from the Oink Mobile, a bacon-themed food truck. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

    • Hops & Thyme - 2125 Lohmans Crossing Rd. #400, Lakeway, TX 78734
      Oktoberfest is a perfect time to try a new beer. With 36 rotating craft beers on tap at Hops & Thyme, you're sure to find one you've never had before. The upscale food menu includes fresh, made-from-scratch items such as smoked pork belly lamb burger and drumsticks confit. Bring the family in after a day of touring Lakeway homes for sale for live music and lawn games. Hops & Thyme is open 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday with brunch served all day.

    • Whitestone Brewery - 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. #500, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Ryan and Danielle Anglen, owners of Whitestone Brewery, take their commitment to the community seriously. They regularly conduct fundraisers for local charities that are near and dear to their hearts, such as the upcoming "Drive for the Dream" golf tournament on Saturday, October 16. The couple has also designed the brewery to be a comfortable, pet-friendly gathering place. Having your own Oktoberfest celebration? Order your favorite Whitestone brews online for convenient pickup in 30 minutes. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, noon - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    • Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. - 13010 West Parmer Lane #800, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Start and end your day at Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co., where they excel at "Coffee, Beer, and Good Vibes." Both beverages are brewed in-house, and they pair well with the sandwiches and salads that are also made fresh on site. On Friday nights, sit back with your choice of drink and enjoy some live music. Short on time? Order online for quick pickup. Red Horn is open Sunday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

    • Hedgehog Brewing LLC - 3200 Woodall Dr., C-1, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Brothers Chris and Jonathan Harris use Wild Hill Country yeast as the key ingredient in their unique farmhouse beers from Hedgehog Brewing LLC. Farmhouse beers feature a more rustic style with a pleasantly tart crispness. How can you resist brews with such whimsical names as "Need for Tweed" and "Hoptimism?" Their latest flavor, "Middleman," is a tribute to Marvis "Middle Man" Dixon, an icon of the local brewing scene. Hours at Hedgehog are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Autumn is also a great time to buy or sell a home. Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City to get started.

    September
    7

    Inexpensive Home Security Upgrades

    Home Security Upgrades

    When you think of home security upgrades, you may think of expensive security systems. Many upgrades, however, are very affordable and will help your family and belongings stay safer. In many cases, you'll even be able to do the work yourself.

    Our real estate agents share the following inexpensive home security upgrades that can make your home safer:  

    • Smart outdoor lighting
      Motion-activated LED lights for the exterior of your home can help shine a spotlight on any potential unwanted visitors. Use this feature for floodlights, step lights, and path lights, and consider buying ones that will send you an alert when motion is detected.

    • Upgraded door locks
      Upgrade the locks on the doors that lead to the outside of your home, and while you're at it, buy a better strike plate (the metal that's on the doorpost). Look for one that has holes for up to six screws, and when you attach it, use three-inch screws. These improvements will make it more difficult for a thief to kick your door in.

    • A safe for valuables
      If you have valuables that are small in size, such as expensive jewelry, a safe provides an extra level of security against thieves. You can get a basic one for around $100, with options such as fire protection raising the price. Bolt your safe to the floor using the holes provided inside in most models and hide it in the back of the closet. If you choose a wall safe, you can mount it inside a wall and cover it with a picture.

    • Foot locks for patio doors 
      Standard patio door locks are easy for a burglar to pick. To make it more difficult for intruders to gain access to your home in this way, add a foot lock. They utilize a bolt that fits into a grommet that holds the door secure, and they're easy to install using a drill.

    • Window stops  
      Window stops prevent windows from being opened more than six inches. This makes it impossible for burglars to raise your windows and climb into your home. Since they open six inches, however, you'll still be able to raise your windows enough to get some fresh air and ventilation inside your home.

    • Tamper-proof shed hinges
      If you have a shed with a standard hinge and a door that swings outward, it's easy for thieves to pop the pins, remove the door, and steal valuable property like lawnmowers and tools. To prevent this buy and install a security hinge that comes with tamper-proof pins and a locking tab.

    • Home security system  
      Wireless security cameras can help monitor your home and provide an extra layer of protection. Consider buying a system that has built-in sensors that are triggered by motion and trigger an alarm. An alert is then sent to your smartphone, and a video clip of the incident is uploaded to the Cloud.

    • Wide-angle door viewer  
      Entry doors don't usually come equipped with peepholes, and if they do, they're usually quite small. This makes it easy for potential intruders to hide out of view and also distorts images, making it hard to identify exactly who's at your door. Install a wide-angle door viewer so the images will be clearer and a burglar won't be able to simply step to the side to remain undiscovered.

    Contact us to find out more about home security upgrades and to visit Round Rock homes for sale. If finding a home with some of these features is a priority, we'll help you identify ones that meet your criteria.

    August
    23

    Where to Go Fishing Around Central Texas

    Round Rock Fishing

    There are plenty of reasons our real estate agents love summertime in Central Texas, but we're especially fond of hitting the water for some fishing this time of year. If you happen to be in our neck of the woods, we highly recommend checking out these great fishing spots nearby! 

    • Meadow Lake - 2901 Settlement Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665
      Surrounded by the green spaces of Meadow Creek Park in the small city of Round Rock, Meadow Lake is a 50-acre reservoir known among locals for great bass fishing. Big largemouth bass up to 10 pounds have been pulled from the lake. Trails and picnic areas along the shore provide plenty of access, and boats are allowed as well, although outboard motors are prohibited. That makes Meadow Lake a great place to spend a morning casting from a canoe or kayak near these Round Rock homes for sale

    • Lake Travis - 502 Hurst Creek Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734
      Built in 1942, Lake Travis is an 18,000-acre reservoir along the Colorado River, not far outside Austin. It's one of the largest lakes in Central Texas and offers great fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill. Lake Travis is a long, meandering lake with an abundance of arms and coves that offer great fishing. City Park in the community of Lakeway is a great place to start exploring Lake Travis. Located a stone's throw from many Lakeway homes for sale, the park offers an abundance of open shorelines for fishing. 

    • Twin Lakes - 204 E Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      The two lakes of Twin Lakes Park in the Austin-adjacent city of Cedar Park offer a relaxed, laid-back fishing experience. Anglers have been known to catch bluegill, crappie, catfish, and bass from the lakes, which are accessible from shore and by a small fishing pier. Just minutes from some beautiful Cedar Park homes for sale, the lakes are also open to kayaks and other small non-powered craft.

    • Lady Bird Lake - 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, Austin, TX 78702
      A beautiful, river-like reservoir in the heart of Austin near beautiful Austin homes for sale, Lady Bird Lake offers spectacular fishing and boating opportunities, as well as a splendid view of the city skyline. Catches of bass and sunfish are common, and some big catfish have been hauled out of the lake as well. There are a lot of overhanging trees and cattails along the shore that attract fish. Festival Beach Park in Austin is a great place to access the lake. It has a free public boat ramp and is part of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Paddling Trail. 

    • Onion Creek - 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
      Accessible through McKinney Falls State Park, Onion Creek is a beautiful stream that tumbles through carved-out limestone and over numerous waterfalls. Many local anglers fly-fish for bluegill and crappie here, and the state park offers great creek access as well as overnight camping and a network of picturesque nature trails.

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas and find out about all the adventures that await!

    August
    2

    What to Know When Building a Home in 2021

    Building a Home 2021

    If you're looking for a new home in 2021, you're certainly not alone. A housing shortage means that demand exceeds supply and that there are more buyers than sellers in the market. As a result, some potential buyers are choosing to build their own homes. This allows them to fully customize their homes.

    Our real estate agents explain what you need to know when building a home in 2021:

    • It may cost more than you think.  
      Building a home may cost more in 2021 than in previous years. That's because builders are experiencing shortages of essential materials. More than 90% of builders surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders say they've experienced shortages of plywood, with almost that many reporting a shortage of windows and doors. This drives up the price for these materials as well as the cost of building a home.

    • Interest rates are still quite low.
      If you need to obtain financing for your new home, the news is good. Interest rates have been around 3% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in the summer of 2021, which is historically very low. Although rates can sometimes be difficult to precisely predict, experts expect them to stay steady or rise only slightly by the end of the year, which makes financing a home build (or buying an existing home) easier financially.

    • Factor in the cost of land.
      Don't forget to factor in the cost of land if you're planning to build a home. Even if you already own the plot of land you'll be building on, you'll probably want to budget for some improvements. These can include a driveway, landscaping, and outdoor structures.

    • Consider healthy home features.  
      Homeowners have placed a higher priority on healthy home features in the past few years, and this trend has grown even more since the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider faucets controlled by motion sensors and smart home devices that minimize the number of times you'll touch surfaces like light switches and door locks. Features like low-VOC paint and an efficient HVAC system and insulation that helps improve indoor air quality are also important healthy home features.

    • Look beyond the open floor plan.  
      Open floor plans remain popular, but many homeowners now prefer a more formal layout. Think about what your family likes to do before deciding on a layout. If you like to entertain, for example, an open floor plan may better suit your needs. But if you have a family member who works at home or would like your home to have more private space, a more formal layout is probably the way to go in your new home.

    • Patience and flexibility are key.  
      You'll usually run into some unexpected delays and issues when you're building a home, so you'll need to be patient as well as flexible. This is particularly true in 2021 since shipping delays and material shortages are common. If you approach the project expecting some delays and are flexible about some of your decisions, you'll have a much better experience and be under less stress. 

    Contact us to find out more about the local housing market and Cedar Park homes for sale. If you decide to build your own home, we can help you find the land that meets your needs and share information about specific neighborhoods and other areas. 

    July
    26

    What to Look for During a Final Walk-Through

    Final Walk Through Guide

    You've made it to the final walk-through process, which means your long journey to securing your new property is almost complete. The final walk-through might seem like a simple formality, but it's one of the most important steps in the process. This is your final chance to ensure the seller held up their end of the bargain regarding repairs, maintenance, or contingencies.

    Our real estate agents receive lots of questions about what to expect during the process. If you're in the process of purchasing one of these Round Rock homes for sale, below are some tips to guide you through the final walk-through process to ensure you don't miss anything.

    Inspect All Repairs
    As a homebuyer, your priority during the final walk-through is to ensure the seller completed any agreed-upon repairs or maintenance and that the work has been completed to your liking. Whether it's a minor fix such as doorknob replacement or a significant structural issue, remember to inspect every item closely. You can also ask the seller to leave behind any receipts or warranties if issues arise in the future. 

    Look For New Issues
    A lot can happen over 4 to 6 weeks, so it's also wise to keep an eye out for any new issues that may have popped up since the last time you visited the home. If you notice any significant problems that may have occurred since your last visit, this is your final opportunity to bring them to the seller's attention. Below are some common things to test during the walk-through process: 

    • Check the basement for new cracks or water spots
    • Run the garbage disposal
    • Open the garage door
    • Flip on and off the light switches
    • Flush toilets and run sinks

    Check For Items Left As Part Of The Sale
    If the seller agreed to leave behind any items such as appliances, lawnmowers, or pool tables, make sure they're still around after the seller has moved out. Most sellers won't attempt to skirt their end of the bargain, but it's still a good idea to check that everything is still in place.

    What To Do If You Find Issues
    While it doesn't happen often, sometimes buyers do find issues during the final walk-through process, so you should be prepared in the event there is a problem. If a seller did not complete required repairs or a new issue has occurred, you typically have three options:

    1. Delay closing until the repairs are complete.
    2. Negotiate compensation and make the repairs on your own.
    3. Back out of the deal. This is generally unfavorable for all parties given the amount of time and energy put forward and is only recommended under the most egregious of circumstances.

    Make Sure Your Real Estate Agent Is Present
    Your real estate agent has conducted dozens of walk-throughs, so he or she knows exactly what to look for. Having a second trusted set of eyes is highly advisable during the process. Your agent will have a record of all contingencies agreed upon during the sale and will be able to help ensure you don't miss anything.

    Most of the time, the final walk-through process tends to go very smoothly, but it's still important to it seriously and check everything. If you're looking for guidance on the buying process, contact us today.

    July
    5

    Is it Time to Update Your Driveway?

    Driveway Tips

    An aging, cracking, or crumbling driveway is a problem that will gradually get worse the longer you wait to fix it. It's an eyesore that tanks your curb appeal and can also detract from your home's value. Sprucing up your driveway will protect your investment in your home, and you may be able to get the money back when you sell. Here are a few driveway improvement tips from our real estate agents.

    1. Add Lighting
      If your problem isn't a broken driveway but just a boring one, you can make the old seem new by adding some cool new features such as lighting. Round Rock homes for sale that offer lighting alongside the driveways offer instant class and curb appeal. Solar-powered lights are fairly inexpensive, or spring for an electrician and get the system wired up so that you can control the lights with a switch or put them on a motion sensor.

    2. Use Bricks or Pavers
      Another perfect upgrade for a boring driveway is a border. Use bricks or pavers to create an attractive border along the edges of your driveway. As an added bonus, the border creates a segway into your landscaping and may even serve to hold back dirt, mulch, and overly enthusiastic plants. Stepping stones and crushed rock set alongside your driveway can also boost curb appeal, not to mention provide a pathway for visitors to travel on the way to your front door.

    3. Repair Minor Damage
      Sometimes the damage to your driveway is minor, and you can get away with just doing a few repairs to preserve the original driveway. If you're unsure whether your driveway can be repaired, it's best to contact a driveway paving contractor and get an expert opinion. If you're planning on selling your home, you'll probably want to spend the least amount of money that will produce a return on your home's value, so sometimes repairs can be cost-effective.

    4. Cover with Stamped Texture
      If you don't like the look of a patched or repaired driveway, there are various ways to cover the imperfections and make your driveway look new again. One way is by covering it with a spray treatment and adding texture. The result can be attractive and classy and gives the driveway a newer, more upscale look without redoing the entire thing.

    5. Add a New Layer of Concrete or Asphalt
      If your driveway is damaged beyond repair, the easiest way to get a whole new driveway is by patching any cracks or breaks and adding a layer of concrete or asphalt on top of the original one. This is easier and less expensive than bulldozing everything and starting over. You can even add on to your driveway while you're at it, widening or adding a parking area or turnaround since the new pavement will match.

    One of the first things someone sees when arriving at your home is your driveway, making it a crucial part of your curb appeal. An attractive driveway is as much a part of that first impression as your landscaping or your front door. For more ideas on how to improve curb appeal, contact us today.

    June
    21

    Raised Bed Gardening: Tips to Get Started

    Garden Bed Tips

    There are few projects as satisfying as growing your own food, and raised garden beds allow everyone to do that, even in a minimal amount of space. Our real estate agents can show you some exciting Round Rock homes for sale to house the garden you have wanted. With a little patience and a few simple steps, you'll soon be enjoying your own fresh produce, and nothing tastes better than the vegetables that come fresh from your own garden.

    • Select the Container
      If you don't want to invest in expensive materials, consider materials you may already have or can easily acquire. Many people start with wooden pallets. Almost any container will do. A galvanized horse trough will work well, even if it has a few leaks and is no longer good for the purpose intended. If you want multiple beds that are all uniform, pre-made kits are easy to find at home and garden stores, some of which are on wheels so that you can optimize the sunlight. 
    • Chose the Location
      Select a spot with the proper amount of sun for the crop you are planting. Tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, and cucumbers thrive in full sun for the entire day. Root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, and beets, need about half a day of sunshine to thrive. For shadier spots, plant leafy greens, such as kale and spinach. Take the time to do a little sun mapping before planting for the best results. Choose carefully because once you fill the bed with soil, it will be difficult, if not impossible to move, unless it is on wheels. 
    • Determine Watering System
      You may enjoy watering with a hose the old-fashioned way, or you might want to consider an efficient drip irrigation system. You can run a line directly from your water tap or rain barrel to allow you to water quickly and easily by simply turning a spigot. 
    • Fill the Container with Soil
      One of the advantages of a raised garden bed is that you won't need to worry about digging, rocky ground, or nutrient-poor ground. You won't find an article on raised garden beds that doesn't emphasize the importance of using the highest quality of soil your budget will allow. When purchasing garden soil by the bag, select products that support organic vegetables, after you fill the container about three-fourths full, top it off with compost. If you don't already have a compost pile, you can buy it at garden centers. This combination is important to fill your garden with rich nutrients and to hold moisture. To determine the amount of soil you will need, several suppliers offer online calculators that are very helpful.
    • Plant Your Crops
      Of course, you'll have done your homework long before this point and decided what crops to plant and when to plant them. If you're planting from seeds, you may have already started germinating them inside and have seedlings ready to place in the garden. You'll have learned that Round Rock has a growing zone designation of 8. Many vegetables should be started indoors in mid-February to avoid frost. For later planting, consider transplanting seedling tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, fresh herbs, and more from your favorite garden center. The optimal growing season in this area runs from April 1st to December 1st. 

    Are you ready to start looking for a place to plant your own raised vegetable garden? Contact us today to arrange a tour. 

    June
    7

    What to Know When Buying Patio Furniture

    Patio Furniture

    These days, a home's outdoor spaces are just as important as its indoor spaces. Just look at all the Round Rock homes for sale with outdoor living spaces! Homeowners use their outdoor spaces for dining, entertaining, and relaxing, so patio furniture and decor require some planning. Here are a few things to know before you go shopping for new patio furniture.

    1. Think About Your Goals
      Do you plan to use the space for grilling, outdoor dining, and entertaining? You'll want to prioritize a table and chairs where you can eat. If your dream patio is one where you can enjoy a glass of wine, read a book, and relax, you'll want to look for furniture that is more appropriate for lounging.

    2. Consider the Size of the Space
      Choosing patio furniture based on the size of your patio is very similar to choosing indoor furniture based on the size of the room. Leave plenty of room for the flow of traffic around the furniture. Measure your patio before shopping so that you know how much space you have to work with. The "less is more" approach to staging a home applies to outdoor spaces as well, according to our real estate agents, so this is especially important if you're preparing your home to sell.

    3. Keep the Weather in Mind
      The sun, rain, and humidity in Texas are something to consider when shopping for patio furniture. Being exposed to these elements can weather some types of furniture, such as wood, faster than others. If your patio furniture isn't protected from the elements by a roof or overhang, opt for something sturdy such as metal. Cushions left outside will likely need to be replaced every few years, but this may be seen as a bonus since it gives you a chance to freshen your look!

    4. Storage Options
      If you can, storing your patio furniture (or at least your cushions) will keep it looking nicer, longer. A patio storage bench is perfect if you want a handy place to put your cushions when you're not using the space, or you could build a garden shed with room to store lightweight patio furniture when not in use. Well-planned outdoor storage can be a selling point when you go to list your house, too. 

    5. Remember That You Get What You Pay For
      Sure, you have a budget, but try not to buy the cheapest patio furniture you find, as you will surely get what you pay for. Inexpensive patio furniture tends to be made of materials that don't hold up to weather exposure, such as plastic that will degrade quickly in the sun or cheap metal that will rust quickly with exposure to rain. If you need to stick to a tight budget, check out resources for secondhand goods, and keep an eye out for higher quality patio furniture.

    Ultimately, look for patio furniture that not only looks good but where you can also see yourself spending time. Your outdoor living spaces should be an extension of your home: the perfect place to hang with family and friends or kick back and relax after a long day. For more information on what homebuyers expect from an outdoor living space, contact us today.

    May
    25

    Celebrate National Brisket Day at these Austin Restaurants

    Central Texas BBQ

    We hope you've been saving your appetite. National Brisket Day is coming right up on May 28th, and Texas is a mighty fine place to be when a holiday like that rolls around. 

    Our real estate agents love a lot of things about the Austin area and the food is definitely high on the list. For some of the best BBQ that Texas has to offer, check out these local spots! 

    1. Salt Lick BBQ - 3350 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
      Serving world-famous Texas-style barbecue brisket, sausage, and sides, Salt Lick BBQ has been a staple of the Austin area barbecue scene for years. They also serve a mean chocolate pecan pie for dessert. Salt Lick BBQ is one of many great restaurants in Round Rock, less than 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Austin and a stone's throw from these Round Rock homes for sale.

    2. Liberty Barbecue - 103 E Main St, Round Rock, TX 78664
      Offering mouth-watering barbecue in a cozy, brick-lined space, Liberty Barbecue is known for serving all the Texas barbecue staples, along with a few unique twists like smoked turkey flatbreads and grilled cheese and brisket sandwiches. The meats are smoked to perfection, and the side dishes are so good they almost steal the show (cucumber salad is a favorite). They also have a full bar with 14 beers on tap at all times. 

    3. Jack Allen's Kitchen - 1345 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Serving up a diverse menu sourced from right here in Texas, Jack Allen's Kitchen offers a lot more than barbecue. But man, they do make some killer barbecue. The slow-braised beef barbacoa enchiladas are out of this world, and the mac and cheese is some of the best you're ever likely to taste. Jack Allan's Kitchen has become so popular that they've grown to include several locations in and around Austin. This summer they'll be opening a Cedar Park location, only a short drive from Austin and mere minutes from many Cedar Park homes for sale

    4. Hello Sweetie BBQ - 2200 S Austin Ave Ste 101, Georgetown, TX 78626
      Hello Sweetie BBQ serves classic Texas barbecue combo plates, with your choice of pit-smoked brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken, and ribs (not to mention 10 different sides). And as if the food wasn't enough, their fun, funky atmosphere will make you want to come back again and again. Hello Sweetie BBQ is located in the charming city of Georgetown, TX, which is known for its historic downtown square, with numerous stores and Georgetown homes for sale dating back to the 1800s. 

    5. Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q - 2400 I-35, Round Rock, TX 78681
      One of Austin's most iconic barbecue joints, Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q serves simple, slow-smoked-to-perfection brisket in a no-frills setting. The place is set up cafeteria-style with indoor and outdoor picnic tables, and the food is consistently perfect. If brisket isn't what you're after, go for the St. Louis style ribs of half chicken instead. Rudy's has grown to include numerous locations all over Texas. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas. From its vibrant music scene to its incredible food, it's a place like no other. 

    May
    3

    Bakeries Near Austin Perfect for Mother's Day Treats

    Austin Bakeries

    Mother's Day is the perfect time to choose some sweet treats for mom, and bakeries near Austin offer plenty of deliciously fresh selections to choose from. Whether you'd like a whole cake or would rather mix and match some of mom's favorite sweet treats, you'll be able to find what she'll love at a local bakery.

    Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of the following bakeries near Austin for your Mother's Day treats:

    • Paige's Bakehouse – 110 E. Anderson Suite 400, Round Rock, TX 78664  
      Located near Round Rock homes for sale, Paige's Bakehouse makes unique treats, cakes, and pies from scratch using the highest quality ingredients. Buy mom a variety of the bakery's ready-made sweets, including petit fours, cake pops, or cake parfaits that are available in different flavors, depending on the day you stop by. If you're planning ahead, order a beautiful custom-made cake. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

    • Whipped Bakery and Cake – 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd. B220, Leander, TX 78641
      Whipped Bakery and Cake, located just around the corner from Leander homes for sale, creates cakes that are lighter than what you'll usually find. They also don't have the overabundance of sugar that you'll often taste in cakes. The bakery's artisans use real butter and milk fats along with fine ingredients like fruits, nuts, chocolate, and natural flavorings like Bourbon vanilla, along with modest amounts of sugars. Order a delicious cake for mom or choose a selection of fatcarons, decadent double-stuffed macarons in flavors including raspberry cheesecake, crème Brulee, and tiramisu. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

    • Sugar Shaker Bakery – 251 N. Bell Blvd., Suite 114B, Cedar Park, TX 78613 
      Sugar Shaker Bakery serves a variety of celebration sweets that go far beyond traditional cakes, although you'll still find them on the menu as well. The bakery, located just around the corner from Cedar Park homes for sale, is known for high-quality, fresh treats including cookies, brownies, and bars, and loads of specialty desserts like cannoli and fruit tartlets. If you'd like a cake, cupcakes, or cake balls, you'll have your choice of signature flavors such as almond and raspberry. Whatever you choose, mom is sure to love it! Hours are 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

    • Bosslady's Bakery – 1201 Leah Lane, Round Rock, TX 78664
      Chocolate cake, cheesecake, and rum cake are a few customer favorites at Bosslady's Bakery. If you'd prefer something smaller or want to vary your selections for mom, the bakery also creates macarons, cupcakes, cookies in various flavors, s'mores in a jar, and more sweet treats that are sure to be a hit. Hours are by appointment, and you can also have your order delivered locally if you'd like to save some time.

    • Weikel's Bakery Foodie's Corner – 11340 TX-183A Toll Rd., Leander, TX 78641
      Weikel's Bakery is perhaps best known for its award-winning kolaches, made with fillings such as prune, cottage cheese, poppy seed, and the most popular, cream cheese. Their Foodie's Corner location carries the bakery's most popular products, and they're made on site from scratch. Treat mom to some Czech favorites like pockets made with poppy seeds or cottage cheese or choose from a variety of fruit danishes. You'll also be able to select muffins, strudels, cupcakes, bars, and much more.

    Contact us for your real estate needs. We can help you buy or sell your home near Austin and look forward to serving you! 

    March
    22

    International Waffle Day: Where to Get Breakfast Near Austin

    Round Rock BreakfastDid you know that the first waffles were made all the way back in the 13th century? People loved them from the start, and eventually, the first modern waffle iron was patented in 1869. The waffle remains one of the most popular breakfast foods in the world, and International Waffle Day on March 25th presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate this tasty treat. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of excellent places to enjoy breakfast foods in the Austin area. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on where to find the best waffles and all of your breakfast favorites around Austin.

    1. Blue Dahlia Bistro – 3663 Bee Caves Rd., West Lake Hills, TX 78746
      Located on the edge of the Austin in West Lake Hills, you'll find the lovely Blue Dahlia Bistro, a European-style bistro with a reputation for serving fresh, delicious meals. The team here uses organic, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to create meals based on recipes from throughout Europe. The brunch menu at Blue Dahlia Bistro is filled with unique takes on all of your breakfast favorites, so this is a great place to celebrate International Waffle Day.

    2. 1431 Cafe – 601 E Whitestone Blvd. Suite 300, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      If you're looking for a restaurant where there are always unique waffle flavors on the menu, try a visit to the 1431 Cafe when you're near Cedar Park homes for sale. Be sure to check out the daily specials because 1431 Cafe offers a selection of seasonal waffle flavors that you won't find anywhere else. No matter when you visit, you're sure to find a diverse selection of waffles on the menu, along with your favorite breakfast side dishes.

    3. Jim's Restaurant – 12832 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78750
      It's easy to find a great breakfast close to Austin homes for sale, thanks to local favorites like Jim's Restaurant. The menu here is packed with homestyle breakfast favorites, including the classic Cowboy Waffle made with a special house-made batter. There are multiple Jim's Restaurant locations in Austin, and beyond, so it's easy to enjoy a fresh, hot breakfast anytime you like.

    4. Waffle Love – 1300 Gattis School Rd. #100, Round Rock, TX 78664
      Love waffles? So does the team at Waffle Love! This breakfast destination located near Round Rock homes for sale specializes in waffles, with tons of toppings and flavors to choose from on the menu. Just about everything on the menu here features a waffle in some way, from breakfast sandwiches with waffles as bread to sweet, fruit-topped waffles that every member of the family will enjoy. Waffle Love has been featured on several food-focused TV shows and is known for serving some of the best waffles in Texas.

    5. George's on the Town – 708 S Interstate 35, Georgetown, TX 78628
      George's on the Town 
      is a popular place for lunch, dinner, and happy hour near Georgetown homes for sale, but did you know that they also offer an outstanding Sunday brunch? Stop by on a Sunday morning to try the brunch menu in a modern, upscale atmosphere, where customer service is always a top priority. George's on the Town also features a full bar, along with tons of food and drink specials every day.

    Living in the Austin area means that you're never far from great restaurants, and our team is here to help you find your next local home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Austin, TX area.

    March
    1

    DIY Tips for Designing a Home Library

    Home Library Tips

    If you've always dreamed of having a home library to house your favorite novels, you can turn this dream into reality with some careful planning. Our real estate agents know that you don't need an entire room to create a gorgeous home library; instead, scour your home for unused or underused areas that will make a lovely home for your books. Here are some tips to follow when designing your home library. 

    1. Make the Library Work for Your Lifestyle
      While there's nothing wrong with the serenity of a conventionally quiet library, this simply isn't compatible with every household. One of the top benefits of a home library is that you can adapt it to your lifestyle. Maybe you have children who love to read, solve puzzles, and play board games. Set your home library up so that your children's reading materials are easily accessible; add a few kid-friendly chairs and tables so they have their own space. Or, maybe you know that you'll use your home library in between at-home work sessions. You might set-up your library in your home office so that you can take advantage of short breaks to enjoy a new book or reread an old masterpiece.
    1. Add Layers of Lighting
      Your home library is one area where you don't want a lot of direct natural light, as sunlight can damage the delicate pages of your books. Instead, incorporate multiple layers of lighting to ensure you have ample illumination for your reading and research. Start by adding ambient lighting that reaches the entire room; recessed lighting and lighting fixtures are two alternatives for whole-room illumination. Then, add accent lighting around the various spaces of your home library. For example, you might add track lighting around your bookcases. Next, incorporate task lights into your home library. This includes items like desk lamps and floor lamps. Whenever possible, opt for lighting that's dimmable so you can adjust the lights to your needs. 
    1. Use Space-Efficient Book Storage
      When space is a concern, maximize storage for your books by choosing shelves that utilize frequently unused areas. Corner shelving units are one solution, as are vertical bookcases that extend to your home's ceiling. Make sure to invest in a sturdy step stool so that you can easily reach the books on the top shelves.
    1. Check the Weight Limits for Your Floors
      Before your start setting up your shelves and books, confirm that your floors are capable of supporting the additional weight of a lot of books. Books are heavy, and if you store a lot of them in a concentrated area, it can put additional stress on the floor. If your floors can't support the additional weight as-is, a contractor can reinforce them by adding additional plywood or beams. When you add your home to the inventory of Round Rock homes for sale, you'll know that you completed the project correctly. 
    1. Add Decorative Pieces
      Make sure to add a few decorative items so that your home library reflects your tastes. A few framed photos, attractive bookends, pottery, or interesting sculptures can all add individuality to your new space. 

    Want a property with more space for your home library? Contact us today to get started!

    February
    8

    Date Night in Austin: 5 Places Your Valentine Will Love

    Austin Date Night

    When it comes to Valentine's Day, our real estate agents love coming up with more imaginative ideas than the usual flowers and candy. Plan a romantic date night to remember at these exciting locations near Austin homes for sale.

    1. Tony & Luigi's - 1201 S. Church St., Georgetown, TX 78626
      Even Lady and the Tramp found romance over a plate of pasta. Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine at Tony & Luigi's. Since 2008, couples around Georgetown homes for sale have been heading to Tony & Luigi's for great food, wine, and ambiance. Along with a wide range of classic pasta dishes, the menu features equally delicious meat and seafood entrées. End the dinner with one of the luscious desserts that are almost too pretty to eat. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10 p.m.

    2. Inner Space Cavern - 4200 S. I-35 Frontage Rd., Georgetown, TX 78626
      Exploring underground caves is a perfect date for adventure lovers! Inner Space Cavern offers a fascinating journey through tight spaces and large, cathedral-like "rooms." Along the way, you may even spot some prehistoric animal bones. Dress appropriately, as the humidity is high year-round. Choose from two different tours, or take both and receive a $4 discount. Inner Space Cavern is open seven days a week. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

    3. Bent Oak Winery - 2000 Windy Terrace, Bldg. 2-B, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Wine tasting carries an air of sophistication perfect for Valentine's Day. The tasting room at Bent Oak Winery pours a carefully chosen selection of wines made from grapes grown just minutes from Cedar Park homes for sale. Weekly food and wine pairings include dishes such as housemade green chile corn chowder. Seatings are held Wednesday through Sunday by reservation only. Check the website for schedule and availability.

    4. Zilker Botanical Garden - 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746
      Why bother with a single bouquet when you can give acres of flowers? You'll feel miles away from the urban bustle of Austin with a visit to the lush grounds of Zilker Botanical Garden. Take in spectacular views of downtown as you stroll among the gardens and groves, passing streams and koi ponds along the way. Admission is only $6 for residents of Austin and $8 for non-residents. Reservations are required and tickets must be purchased on the website. Zilker Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    5. Gigi's Cupcakes - 3944 Ranch Rd. 620 S #130, Bee Cave, TX 78738
      Yes, cupcakes make an excellent Valentine's Day gift. Just ask Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin, standout football players for the Tennessee Titans and UT Austin. For their first business venture, the men opened Gigi's Cupcakes. The pair have even been featured on ESPN demonstrating their cupcake-making prowess. In addition to mouthwatering flavors such as Chocolate Salted Caramel and Red Velvet Cheesecake, Gigi's offers gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. Order online for convenient carryout at their location near Bee Cave homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Fall in love with everything the Austin area has to offer. Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City for cheerful and experienced assistance from our knowledgeable real estate agents.

    January
    20

    Best Places Near Austin to Take a Hike This Year

    Hiking Near Austin

    Did you resolve to get more active this year? Many of us did! However, as 2021 unfolds, it's not unusual to find that life gets in the way. The good news is, it's easier than you may think to get some exercise without hitting the gym every day. 

    Many of our real estate agents enjoy hiking on their days off. This gives them a chance to get out in nature and enjoy the fresh air while also keeping fit. Here are a few of their favorite hiking spots throughout the area.  

    1. Old Settlers Park: 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
      There's something for everyone at Old Settlers Park! Get your steps in with their 3.3 miles of paved trails, or plan a fun day with friends or family at the disc golf course and picnic area. The options for outdoor fun are truly endless at this park near Round Rock homes for sale

    2. Mayfield Nature Preserve: 3505 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703
      With a beautiful historic cottage, gardens, and a bluff that overlooks Lake Austin, it's no surprise that Mayfield Nature Preserve is a popular spot for weddings and photoshoots. Don't let the dressed-up crowds intimidate you! Once you get past the main area, there's so much to enjoy. There are 24-acres of trails here where you can wander around, hang out with the wandering peacocks, and visit the lily pond filled with turtles. This easy two-mile hike is the ideal way to unwind after a long day of exploring Austin homes for sale

    3. Mount Bonnell: 3800 Mount Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731
      If you're looking for a bit of challenge, the steep climb up Mount Bonnell is always a great way to spend an afternoon. Every year, thousands of visitors climb 775 feet up the 106 stone stairs to the summit. Once you reach the top, you'll enjoy sweeping panoramic views of downtown, the western hills, and Lake Austin. Is this one of the most touristy things to do in Austin? Yes! Is it completely worth it? Absolutely! 

    4. River Place Nature Trail: 8820 Big View Dr, Austin, TX 78730
      For a real quad-burning challenge, head over to River Place Nature Trail. This is by far one of the most difficult hikes in the Austin Area. When you arrive, you'll find different trails to choose from, each of which gives you a completely different experience. If you're a nature lover, you'll enjoy Fern Trail, where you'll find a bubbling creek and a series of waterfalls. Canyon Trail features interesting rock formations. It also has a few benches where you can take a break if you need it. Located roughly 25 minutes away from Lakeway homes for sale

    5. Turkey Creek Trail: 1401-1711 City Park Rd, Austin, TX 78730
      If your furry friend enjoys walks, you'll want to head over to Turkey Creek Trail. It's one of the few dog-friendly trails in the area. This 2.5-mile hike offers the only off-leash area in Emma Long Metropolitan Park. There's plenty of space for your dog to run around and explore. Once you reach the top of the bluff, the trees thin out and there are sometimes wildflowers in bloom. This is the perfect Instagram-worthy spot to get some selfies with Fido. Roughly 25 minutes south of Cedar Park homes for sale

    The amazing hiking trails are just one of the many things to love about living in the Central Texas area! If you're looking for a new home in the area, we can help. Contact us today to get started. 

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