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August
8

Cool Off at Typhoon Texas Waterpark

Typhoon Texas

Summer means fun in the sun, but it also means finding fun ways to cool off.

Visiting Typhoon Texas Waterpark's wonderland of pools, waterslides, and other water features is one of our real estate agents' favorite ways to spend a summer afternoon.

Locations and Admission

Typhoon Texas Waterpark currently has two largely identical parks in operation: one in Houston and one in Austin. The Austin location is the original and is also the closest to our Pflugerville homes for sale

Adult guests can purchase day tickets for $44.99 ($39.99 if purchased online), while tickets for seniors, members of the military, and children under 48 inches tall are available at a slightly discounted $34.99. Guests can also rent shaded cabanas with upgraded furniture and curtains for an additional fee. 

If you know you'll be visiting a few times during the 2022 season, you can purchase a Season Pass for $74.99 instead. These passes get you unlimited access to both parks as well as discounts on food, drink, guest tickets, and more. At less than the cost of two adult day tickets, this pass offers clear value for anyone interested in repeat visits.

Attractions

Kids will love scrambling up the Gully Washer, a four-story playground for children between 2 and 10 years old. Equipped with a splash pad for the toddlers and topped with a massive water bucket, this space can entertain kids of all ages for hours. Nearby Howdy Hollow has even more play equipment, including basketball hoops and a crawl net.

Infants and toddlers will enjoy playing at the Buckaroo Bayou, a space filled with splash fountains, interactive water features, and pint-sized slides perfect for easing young kids into the fun before they're old enough to move on to more intense attractions.

Adults and older children will find no shortage of fun here either. From the trio of exciting waterslides in The Snake Pit to the five high-intensity slides that make up The Duelin' Daltons, you'll have plenty to do during your outing. Beware – these rip-roaring thrill rides are not for the faint of heart! Only guests who are over 4 feet tall can ride them. 

If tranquil relaxation is more your style, you can try the Lazy T River. Guests of all ages can enjoy floating on an inner tube down miles of crystal-clear waterways that loop around the park. There are several entrances and exits positioned around different attractions, so it's easy to sit back and let the gently flowing water carry you from one exciting area to the next.

Events

All of the events feature special theming, live entertainment, exciting contests, and other additions that make them worth planning your visits around. Note that most of them take place in the evening and may require special tickets, so be sure to check the specifics of any you want to attend. 

There's Always Something New in Pflugerville

The Typhoon Texas Waterpark and many other exciting attractions are just a stone's throw away from some of our most impressive Texas properties. Contact us today to book a visit to any of our beautiful Pflugerville homes and see for yourself.

August
1

Plan Ahead for Round Rock Market Days

Round Rock Market Days

If you've spent any time around Round Rock, you've probably heard of Round Rock Market Days. This longstanding community event has become a beloved tradition. Our real estate agents have visited it many times and highly recommend it to anyone in the area. Eager to check it out yourself? Here are all the details you'll need to slot a visit into your busy schedule.  

Round Rock Market Days is a monthly community market event that brings together local vendors and residents for a day of shopping, food, and fun. It takes place on the first Saturday of every month at 221 East Main Street in Round Rock's downtown core, right across from the library and just around the corner from many of our Round Rock homes for sale. The nearby Prete Plaza is often used as a stage by musicians as part of the event. 

The market is open from 9 AM to 4 PM and is free to enter. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they like, regardless of whether they make a purchase, but we're guessing you'll find it hard to resist picking up a few new treasures.

Food, Music, and Fundraising

One of the market's main attractions is its live musical performances. Many local musicians enjoy taking to the stage to share their talents with their community, but ordinary Round Rock residents are sometimes invited to take the mic too. Their upbeat tunes are sure to keep you tapping your toes all afternoon.

If you get hungry during your visit, consider stopping by some of the on-site food vendors for some lunch. These tents and trucks cover a wide variety of different cuisines and offer some of the best food in the Round Rock area. 

Finally, Round Rock Market Days also frequently hosts fundraisers and donation drives for important local causes. From raising money to pay for knee surgery for a local senior in need to collecting food donations for the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center, the market's generous attendees have done a lot of good so far in 2022. 

Vendors and Crafts

Want to follow up your delicious lunch with a day of shopping? It's time to explore the market's sprawling array of vendor tents and stands. Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself, it's the perfect place to pick up something unique that you would never find on mass-market store shelves. 

Clothing, candles, luxury soaps, and other quality items from local companies like Triple Charm Co. and Ford & Fossil. Many local artists also sell paintings, prints, postcards, and other stunning works. Don't forget all the sweet treats, bread, and jams available from Round Rock's bakeries, confectioners, and other culinary businesses!

Many local businesses that offer classes and other services also turn up at the market to bring live demonstrations and exclusive discounts to Round Rock residents. Club Pilates Round Rock and 7 Star Martial Arts are just some of the many companies that have made an impressive showing at this community event. Be sure to check back every month to see what else might be in store.

Keep the Fun Going All Year Long

Round Rock Market Days happens every month – just think of all the shopping you could do if you lived in the area! With our help, you can make this city your home. Contact us today to book a viewing of any of our Round Rock homes. 

June
27

Explore Georgetown's Inner Space Cavern This Summer

Georgetown Caverns

There's a lot to explore in Georgetown, TX, a small city about 25 minutes north of Austin. Georgetown offers sweeping Texas Hill Country scenery, picturesque lagoons along the San Gabriel River, and a downtown district that has been called the "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas."

But Georgetown's most enticing landscape may be deep underground. Join us as we explore the unique world of Inner Space Cavern, one of Texas' largest cave systems, located just minutes from these Georgetown homes for sale

A Hidden World

Like many cave systems, the undergrown labyrinth now known as Inner Space Cavern was discovered by accident. It was actually the Texas Highway Department that stumbled upon the previously-unknown cave system in 1963 while constructing an I-35 overpass. 

During the process of regulation core testing, the construction crew inadvertently drilled into the cave eight times. Unable to find any other access to what they knew they had found, they drilled a 2-foot wide hole down 33.5 feet through the limestone bedrock, creating the first usable passage into the caves. 

Exploring 'Inner Space'

Through that original borehole, dubbed the 'Discovery Hole,' scientists began exploring this brand-new cave system. A larger hole was subsequently created, but to this day, no natural entrance to Inner Space Cavern has ever been found. 

We now know that all-natural entryways to Inner Space Cavern have been closed for about 14,000 years. But we are far from the only ones to have ever seen the caves, as Ice Age fossils of saber-toothed tiger, wooly mammoth, and giant sloth found within attest to. 

At present, several miles of passageways have been explored, some of which are now open to the public. But the majority of Inner Space Cavern's unknown depths remain unexplored. Still, the small portion that we've been able to access has given us some truly amazing discoveries. 

See for Yourself

Roughly 1.2 miles of Inner Space Cavern is open to the public and has been since 1966. Portions that are publicly accessible include winding passages and large, open 'rooms' adorned with striking cave formations. Drapery columns and a large room known as the Ice Cream Parlor are highlights of the cave. 

A variety of tours are available. These range from simple walking tours to more advanced wild cave spelunking tours. Check out the official Inner Space Cavern website to learn more about the various options available to the public. 

The basic cave tour is known as the Adventure Tour. It lasts about an hour and includes parts of the cave that are flat, fully illuminated, and open enough that one can comfortably walk upright. The slightly longer Hidden Passages Tour is a bit more physically demanding, taking visitors through newly-opened passages that are at times narrower and less developed. Wear closed-toe shoes and expect some uneven ground.

The most challenging and rewarding tour is the Wild Cave Tour. Lasting up to 4 hours, this tour involves hiking, climbing, crawling, and squeezing through tight spots but rewards visitors with an opportunity to experience parts of Inner Space Cavern that few ever see. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas. When you're ready to find your dream home in Georgetown and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

June
6

Central Texas Hiking Trails for Beginners

Texas Hiking Trails

Round Rock is a great place to live if you love the outdoors. Located just north of Austin at the edge of the Hill Country region in Central Texas, Round Rock offers countless miles of great hiking.

Parks and trails in the area offer amazing hikes for all skill and fitness levels. Today, our real estate agents are very excited to share their favorite easy hikes for beginners in the Texas Hill Country!

  • Old Settlers Park Hike & Bike Trail - 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
    Spanning 640 acres, Old Settlers Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in Round Rock. The park has several easy options for hikers, with 3.3 miles of trails that consist of several loops. The paved Hike & Bike Trail is popular among joggers and dog walkers as well as cyclists, and the 1.7-mile Meadow Loop Trail offers some lovely scenery and access to the park's disc golf course. Old Settlers Park is just minutes from many Round Rock homes for sale

  • Brushy Creek Trail East - 151 N A.W. Grimes Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
    The Brushy Creek Regional Trail is a greenway project that stretches across Williamson County, with numerous trailheads in several neighboring communities. The proposed trail will eventually span 20 miles, and several sections have already been completed, like the 3.06-mile stretch known as the Brushy Creek Trail East, which crosses through Play for All Park. It's an easy hike through a beautiful wooded area alongside the banks of the trail's namesake Brushy Creek. 

  • Meadow Lake Park - 2901 Settlement Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665
    Home to the 1.35-mile Meadow Lake Trail, Meadow Lake Park is a perfect place to enjoy an easy lakeside hike in Round Rock. The trail is flat and paved, mostly hugging the shoreline of the 55-acre lake. Texas Parks & Wildlife stocks Meadow Lake with bass and catfish every year, so bring a fishing pole!

  • Kensington Greenbelt & Park - 1891 Oxford Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
    A flat, easy 0.9-mile out-and-back trail southeast of Downtown Round Rock, the Kensington Greenbelt traverses a mixture of woods and meadows in Kensington Park. It's a great afternoon stroll within walking distance of several residential neighborhoods. Kensington Park was fully renovated in 2013, with brand new picnic facilities and playgrounds in addition to the Kensington Greenbelt. It's a great place for families to spend a day outdoors. 

  • Hutto Lake Park - 805 Estate Dr, Hutto, TX 78634
    Just a 15-minute drive from Round Rock, Hutto Lake Park is a lovely green space in the community of Hutto. The park features a small 10-acre lake, with a 1.1-mile loop trail that encircles its shoreline. The trail provides an easy hike with some surprisingly wild scenery, and the lake itself offers kayaking and fishing. The loop is popular for trail running, and bird watchers often see a variety of waterfowl and wading birds along the lakeshore. 

  • Southwest Williamson County Regional Park - 3005 Co Rd 175, Leander, TX 78641
    Few places in the Round Rock area offer more hiking options than Leander's Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. The park includes several linked trails that combine to offer 5.53 total miles of hiking in a wild, wooded setting. It's a fun place to spend a day exploring, and the additional amenities—which include ball fields, picnic areas, a disc golf course, and a miniature railway train—offer plenty of outdoor family fun. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas, and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in the Round Rock area!

May
23

How to Create the Perfect Reading Spot

Reading at Home

Getting lost in a good book is a great hobby many people enjoy! Creating a peaceful space in our homes that is free of distraction where you can curl up with a good book is essential to our mental health and an excellent way to achieve mindfulness. It's also essential for kids to have a quiet place to read and learn.

Sure, there are many parks in Central Texas you can take your favorite summer reads to enjoy, but there's something special about reading at home and customizing your home to fit your favorite hobbies.

Creating reading nooks can also be a lot of fun as they make for stylish home accessories. Looking to add a reading nook to your home? Here are some tips from our real estate agents:

  • Make Use Of Unused Corners
    A reading nook doesn't have to be elaborate. If you have an unused corner of a bedroom, simply add a comfortable chair, lamp, and table for the perfect reading nook. You may also want to prioritize bedroom corners located near windows in order to maximize natural light. Some of our favorite Rock Round homes for sale have comfortable reading areas in the corner of the bedroom.

  • Place A Bookshelf Nearby
    Adding a small bookshelf to your reading nook helps to keep your favorite titles within reach, and it also allows you to show off your reading collection. Displaying books is easy -- you can invest in a small bookcase or install a floating shelf on the wall.

  • Create A Nook Under The Stairs
    Living space underneath the stairs is often underutilized. Since this area is often somewhat cozy by design, it can be a great opportunity for a reading nook. Just add a couple of chairs, pillows, and lamps, and you've got yourself a comfortable place to read.

  • Go Outside
    We often think of reading nooks as cozy indoor spaces, but you can also create one outside in the spring and summer. Perhaps you have an unused area of the deck or patio where you can add some comfortable seating and pillows. Gardens and greenspace also make for peaceful, private reading areas.

  • Transform A Closet
    Some homes have excess closet space that can really be put to good use. If you have an extra walk-in closet that you're struggling to fill, you may be able to turn it into a reading nook. If it's large enough to support a couple of pieces of furniture, you can nicely stage the space.

  • Keep It Fun
    Your nook should be a place that also inspires creativity. Hang your favorite art on the wall, and add some creative furniture or a statement piece that really speaks to your personality. It could be a nice antique table or your favorite knick-knacks. 

  • Make It Comfortable
    Comfort is the single most important element of any reading nook. No matter where you decide to build your space, you want it to be comfortable. Invest in a nice oversized chair, good pillows, and a soft blanket. our reading nook should be a place you long for after a stressful day.

Customizing your home is part of enjoying homeownership. Contact us today for more interior design tips and tips on finding the perfect home for your 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
11

Spring is Here: Central Texas Parks to Explore

Texas Parks

With its rolling plains and lush valleys, Texas is home to some of the most stunning landscapes. Many of the state's parks reflect this diverse beauty.

This spring, our real estate agents invite you to explore the wilderness of Central Texas' most remarkable parks. To help you get started, we've listed a few standout locations below.  

  • Tejas Park - 4400 CR 258, Liberty Hill, TX 78642 
    Tejas Park is located on the south bank of the North San Gabriel River and features stunning views of the open water. Due to the park's proximity to the river, boating and fishing are especially popular here. There are also plenty of trails for hiking, picnic tables for outdoor dining, and even a large gathering space that can be rented for parties and other social events.  

    If you're interested in staying overnight, the park also offers a dozen basic campsites with amenities like barbecues, campfire rings, and vault toilets to make your stay more comfortable. It's the perfect place to get away for a day if you live near any of our Georgetown homes for sale.  

  • Southwest Williamson County Regional Park - 3005 Co Rd 175, Leander, TX 78641 
    Southwest Williamson County Regional Park is a sports fan's dream. The park's expansive acreage includes more than a dozen fields for playing sports like softball, football, soccer, basketball, and tennis, as well as a 400-meter track to practice your running.  

    Outdoor enthusiasts will love the park's sprawling collection of paved and natural trails and the campsites that are available on-site for longer stays. There is even a large playground and splash pad to keep your kids occupied, making it a favorite of many residents around our Leander homes for sale

  • Pace Bend Park - 2805 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669 
    Pace Bend Park is a quiet location on the banks of Lake Travis near our Spicewood homes for sale. Circled by a six-mile paved roadway, this tranquil location includes a number of pleasant walking trails and many primitive and improved camping sites for overnight guests.  

    The park's scenery is beautifully rugged, showcasing cliffs, rocky outcrops, and a soft sandy beach. In addition to hiking and swimming, many guests enjoy boating from Collier Cove and Tatum Cove, the only two places in the park where boats are permitted to enter and exit the water.  

  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area - 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 
    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area was named for the almost mystical look of its incredible pink granite dome. Rising up out of the earth, the wide, low swell of the mountain offers 11 miles of moderately challenging hiking areas that allow you to enjoy the open-air around our Fredricksburg homes for sale.

    If you have more time to spend here, you can also enjoy activities like birdwatching, stargazing, and camping. Make sure you make it all the way to the top for some breathtaking views!

  • Bee Cave Central Park - 13676 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, TX 78738 
    If you love the great outdoors, you'll love the airy freedom of Bee Cave Central Park's large open fields. You can enjoy a walk in the grass, play some soccer or a game of catch, or simply lounge around in the sun.  

    The park grounds include several pavilions and playgrounds, making this the perfect place to take your kids for a fun day spent outdoors near our Bee Cave homes for sale.   

Contact us today for more information on any of the Central Texas homes we have available and see how you can become a part of this rustic land.  

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
14

Golf Courses and Driving Ranges in Central Texas

Golf Courses

Spring is in the air, and it's time to pay a visit to our real estate agents' favorite golf courses in Central Texas! There's no better time to hit the links. 

The rolling landscape of the Texas Hill Country couldn't be more perfect for golf. That's why these Central Texas golf courses tend to be just the right balance of fun and challenging. 

  • Teravista Golf Club - 4333 Teravista Club Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665
    With views that stretch 50 miles to the horizon, the 7,200-yard, 18-hole championship course at Teravista Golf Club takes full advantage of the Hill Country landscape. Five sets of trees provide unique challenges for golfers of all abilities. Located just minutes from these Round Rock homes for sale. Teravista Golf Club also features a driving range, chipping green, and a 22,000 square-foot practice green that's one of the largest in the area. 

  • The Driving Range Round Rock - 3533 Greenlawn Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664
    One of the best golf practice facilities in Central Texas, The Driving Range Round Rock is a great place to hone your skills or simply knock a few balls around at the end of the day. A long-range, putting green, chipping green, wedge range, and tee area all combine to encompass 35 acres of golf perfection. The Driving Range Round Rock is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm and features a fully-lit outdoor facility for nighttime practice. 

  • Blackhawk Golf Club - 2714 Kelly Ln, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    Offering one of the most picturesque courses in Central Texas, Blackhawk Golf Club has been a favorite of local golfers since it opened in 1990. In addition to its 7,200-yard links-style course, the club also includes a 15-acre practice facility with a driving range and chipping and putting greens. Blackhawk Golf Club is located in Pflugerville, a beautiful suburb north of Austin that includes many lovely Pflugerville homes for sale

  • Georgetown Country Club - 1500 Country Club Rd, Georgetown, TX 78628
    A family-oriented and member-owned golf club just north of Austin, Georgetown Country Club features a beautiful, historic course that was built in the 1920s during the golden age of golf course architecture. The 5,445-yard course—short by today's standards but typical of its era—makes ample use of its natural landscape. It's set among the meandering bends of the San Gabriel River, with rolling hills, rugged embankments, and wooded areas a stone's throw from many Georgetown homes for sale.

  • Forest Creek Golf Club - 99 Twin Ridge Pkwy, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Forest Creek Golf Club features a 7,147-yard par-72 course that has been consistently ranked as one of Central Texas' finest. It's a beautiful course, with groves of native trees bordering its fairways, and the onsite practice facility is also second to none. Focus on distance and accuracy at the driving range, or use the putting green to practice your short game 

  • Avery Ranch Golf Club - 10500 Avery Club Dr, Austin, TX 78717
    Austin's Avery Ranch Golf Club features a course that's uniquely challenging yet eminently playable. It's an 18-hole championship course on the banks of a 60-acre lake with oak-lined fairways. The final 477-yard par-4 hole offers spectacular views out across the Texas Hill Country, and the onsite practice range boasts a two-tier manicured grass tee box with laser-measured yardages to four target greens.

One of the great things about living in Texas is that our climate makes golf a possibility year-round. Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in the Texas Hill Country.

February
28

Murals You'll Spot Throughout Georgetown

Georgetown Mural

Public art is a valuable piece of every community. It's aesthetically pleasing, but it also helps to connect people and build a sense of community identity. It also provides a great opportunity for photo ops!

Our real estate agents love all the beautiful public murals around Georgetown. These masterpieces add a unique element to our community, and we love showing them off to both locals and tourists. If you're in the market for one of these gorgeous Georgetown homes for sale, you might enjoy a tour of our fantastic public art as a way to get to know our city.

  • "Greetings From Georgetown Texas"
    Visitors to Georgetown love making a stop by the Greetings From Georgetown mural for a quick photo op. This mural is located on the west wall of Gus's Drug on University Avenue. It was designed by local artist Sarah Blankenship. What makes this design so unique is it actually incorporates images of top Georgetown buildings in each letter. The mural is a beautiful way to greet both tourists and locals!

  • "Jumping Around"
    Located on the rear wall of the 711 S. Main Street (the oldest building in Georgetown), "Jumping Around" is a beautiful scene of a country Texas sunset, with some local Jackalopes resting on some of the buildings exterior features. Artist Joseph Magano said this mural represents the simple beauty and expressions of nature. 

  • "DayScape Wonder"
    This beautiful mural can be found above the transaction window at the Georgetown Municipal Court building. It consists of an array of vibrant oranges and blues used to represent the beauty of a sunrise and sunset. The mural was commissioned by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and was painted by artist Kevin Greer in 2019.

  • "Everyone Deserves Kindness"
    Located on the side of Tejas Meat Supply downtown, this beautiful mural was designed by a sophomore at Georgetown High School and installed by a group of students. The goal of this mural was to teach the student how to use art to connect with others in their community. 

  • "El Arbol" (The Tree)
    Also located in the lobby of the Georgetown Municipal Court Building, El Arbol is a large mural of a popular vista at the Jim Hogg Campground at Lake Georgetown. The mural itself is made up of 50,000 3/4 inch glass tiles, which were sourced from all over the country and represent the diversity of Georgetown.

  • "Pick Me"
    Pet lovers will enjoy the eye-catching mural on the exterior wall of the Georgetown Animal Shelter. It's a colorful, animated image of several raised dog and cat paws. Muralist Jason Tetlak created this mural to represent the many pets waiting for a new home.

  • "Traditions To The Future"
    This beautiful mural by Mila Sketch can be found at 215 W. 9th Street. Its purpose is to create an open art dialogue between Georgetown residents related to history. The art features present-day Georgetown next to a depiction of a futuristic-looking city. The theme of this particular mural was "Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future."

New public art installations are always popping-up around Georgetown, so be sure to check back. For more information on our wonderful community, contact us today.

February
7

Athletic Leagues Throughout Round Rock

Round Rock Sports Leagues

If you live in Round Rock, you know the area has great weather and abundant recreational opportunities. It has a thriving park system that hosts many athletic leagues for just about every type of sport, age, and ability level. They'll help you keep active and social throughout the year as you meet others who enjoy the same sports. Whether you're looking for a league for yourself or for your kids, you'll find plenty to choose from.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department athletic leagues to see if one or more is right for you:

  •  Sand Volleyball
  •  Cornhole
  •  Softball
  •  Youth Soccer
  •  Adult Soccer
  •  Volleyball
  •  Ultimate Frisbee - combines elements of basketball, soccer, and football
  •  Men's Flag Football
  •  Basketball

In some cases, you'll need to put your own team together in order to play, and in others, you can be placed on a team or added to the "free-agent list" when teams need someone to play. And your team will also need to provide its own equipment and referee in most sports. When you register for a particular athletic league, check for any fees involved as well as the time they play and/or practice. 

You can also find sports to play in the following Round Rock athletic leagues:

Tips for a fun, successful team

If you're putting together a team, the following tips can help you make it a fun and successful one:

  • Meet new people - If you're joining the league as a free agent, it's a great way to meet new people! Be sure to get to know your new teammates and if you're new to the area be sure to ask for local recommendations.
  • Don't skimp on equipment - When you need to provide your own equipment, don't go too cheap. You could end up replacing it halfway through the season. And ask if the recreational facility can safely store your team's gear before and after games, so you don't have to lug it back and forth.

  • Get uniforms if they're not provided - In some sports, like volleyball, it's clear who's on each team, so you don't need a specific uniform. For other sports, like soccer, a T-shirt in a specific color and shorts will work fine.

  • Take team photos - Take some team photos early on before you forget, and ask a friend or spouse to take some action shots during a game. If the team gathers to socialize after the game, these can also make fun photos.

Contact us to see Round Rock homes for sale. We can share information about what makes this area such a special place to call home and help you find a new property close to the activities you enjoy.

January
24

About the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park

Our real estate agents know Liberty Hill is a great place to consider buying a home. It is full of Texas-sized amenities and sights that will delight you – the sort of things that would make anyone sit up and take notice.

One of these is the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park. Found just steps away from some of the most desirable Liberty Hill homes for sale, it is one of the most striking and unusual examples of public art anywhere in the United States.

Let's take a closer look:

  • What Is the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park?
    The park is an award-winning public art installation that formerly resided on the grounds of Liberty Hill Middle School. It was the only International Sculpture Park in the world on school grounds. It is also one of the best-known Texas sculpture parks outside of the United States. The sculpture garden originated with a 1976 International Sculpture Symposium that was held in the town. Currently, there are 27 sculptures created by various artists from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada, and the United States. In 1977, it was honored with a Texas Art Award. Its remarkable statues run the gamut from abstract to naturalistic sculptures. A variety of mythological motifs from North America and throughout the world are represented. Figurative sculptures incorporate ideas from Native North American cultures or pay homage to local plants and wildlife.

  • How Do You Get There?
    The park is currently located adjacent to the Louine Noble Elementary School. Another convenient way to access it is by going through the Lions Foundation Park at 355 Loop 332. Both parks are free and open to the public.

  • Who Is in Charge of the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park?
    The Liberty Hill Development Foundation has been in charge of maintenance and safety for the park since 1991. It also collaborates with the City of Liberty Hill and the Liberty Hill Integrated School District (ISD), which has a long history related to the park. Texans and visitors from anywhere in the world are encouraged to donate for the upkeep of the park grounds and sculptures. You can donate funds directly to the park through the Liberty Hill Development Foundation, a local community nonprofit. Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park does not judge or accept donations of art from any artists, either affiliated or independent. However, the Liberty Hill Development foundation occasionally sponsors the Liberty Hill Symposium, which has been known to include art exhibitions.

  • What Else Can You See There?
    Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park is well known as a venue for various public events. It has been used for live music, theatrical performances, historical re-enactment, and the Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was conceived and operated exclusively by volunteers from Liberty Hill Development Foundation.

Ready to learn more about life in Central Texas? Contact us to find out more about all things Liberty Hill.

January
10

Winter Camping Spots in Central Texas

Winter Camping Round Rock

It's not always easy to find fun outdoor activities during the winter months. But here in Central Texas, where temperatures are often in the 70s even in the middle of January, camping is always an option!

Our real estate agents are delighted to share their favorite winter camping spots in Central Texas. Each one of these awesome campgrounds is open year-round and located within an hour of Austin. 

  • Cedar Breaks Park - 2100 Cedar Breaks Rd, Georgetown, TX 78633
    A picturesque park overlooking Georgetown Lake, Cedar Breaks Park offers more than 60 campsites. Each site has electric and water hookups, making them perfect for RVs as well as tent camping. Located just minutes from many Georgetown homes for sale, the campsites at Cedar Breaks Park are perched atop a series of bluffs overlooking the lake and offer a truly spectacular view. 

  • McKinney Falls State Park - 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
    Austin's McKinney Falls State Park is a favorite local camping spot, and a great getaway when you need a break from city life. You can choose among more than 80 campsites here, including developed RV sites and rustic hike-in tent sites. The park encompasses 641 acres, and its centerpiece is McKinney Falls, where the waters of Onion Creek plunge over a rugged limestone ledge. 

  • Sandy Creek Park - 9500 Lime Creek Rd, Leander, TX 78641
    Lake Travis, a manmade reservoir spanning nearly 19,000 acres, is one of the great resources for outdoor recreation in Central Texas. Sandy Creek Park, nestled on the lakeshore not far from these Leander homes for sale is a perfect place to camp on Lake Travis during any season. With primitive campsites that are available on a strictly first-come, first-served basis, this park is best suited to tent camping, and makes an ideal base camp for fishing and boating trips. 

  • Jim Hogg Park - 500 Jim Hogg Rd, Georgetown, TX 78633
    Similar to Cedar Breaks Park, Jim Hogg Park is a beautiful green space on the shore of Georgetown Lake. Offering 142 sites with water and electric hookups, the campground in Jim Hogg Park is perfect for RVs, but tent camping is also welcome. Five reservable group camping shelters for large groups are available as well. This park also has a popular boat launch and fishing access site and is known for excellent bass fishing on Georgetown Lake. 

  • Pedernales Falls State Park - 2585 Park Rd 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636
    Located 30 miles west of Austin in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Pedernales Falls State Park is a popular destination for swimming, hiking, and horseback riding. It's a beautiful place where the Pedernales River tumbles and surges over a series of limestone slabs, surrounded by spectacular rolling hills. The park includes a developed campground with 69 tent and RV sites with electric hookups, as well as a handful of primitive hike-in tent sites. 

  • Pace Bend Park - 2805 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669
    Pace Bend Park includes more than 9 miles of shoreline along Lake Travis and is known for its dramatic cliff-top views of the lake. Primitive and developed campsites are available, making this a great option whether you prefer to camp in a tent with minimal amenities, or in an RV with all the comforts of home. The park also includes fishing access, hiking trails, a boat ramp, and a beach. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Texas. It's a great place for outdoor adventures all year, and our real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in Austin and the Texas Hill Country. 

December
27

7 Reasons to Move to Williamson County in 2022

Move to Williamson County

As one of the fastest-growing areas in Texas, Williamson County offers many perks for residents. With a variety of new businesses, retail stores, and housing developments springing up, our real estate agents are seeing homebuyers rushing to Williamson County for a place to call home.

If you're looking for abundant job opportunities, great schools, and an affordable cost of living, take a closer look at Georgetown homes for sale in Williamson County. You'll find a comfortable lifestyle in a small-town community surrounded by natural beauty and resources. If you're considering a move, you'll be impressed with everything Williamson County has to offer.

  1. A Growing Economy
    In 2019, Georgetown was named the 7th fastest growing city in the United States. Since then, the city's economy has flourished with the growth of new businesses and homes, malls and shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters. Georgetown residents have great job opportunities with Williamson County Government offices, the City of Georgetown, the Georgetown Independent School District, Southwestern University, and St. David's Georgetown Hospital.

  2. Convenient Transportation
    Williamson County is home to major cities like Austin, Georgetown, Lexington, and Round Rock. Interstate 35, as well as 3 State Highways, provide convenient transportation by car to numerous nearby destinations. Public transit operates an inter-urban bus route between Georgetown and Austin that runs Monday through Friday two times each day. There is also a Metro Rail and Super Shuttle Service that services a variety of destinations.

  3. Low Crime Rates
    Williamson County is in the 89th percentile for safety, meaning only 11% of Texas counties are safer. Most area crimes include vandalism and property crimes that occur in business and industrial areas. Violent crimes are rare in Georgetown and nearby cities, with crime rates lower than 1%, far below the national average.

  4. Historic Neighborhoods
    If you're looking for a home in Georgetown, you'll find beautiful historic neighborhoods with Victorian architecture and old-world charm. Typical downtown Georgetown buildings on "The Square" are part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to protecting the city's architectural heritage that dates back to the early 1900s. Recently named one of the best places to purchase a historic home, Georgetown currently has three National Register Historic Districts.

  5. Prestigious Schools
    Georgetown is home to a variety of prestigious schools. Founded in 1875, Southwestern University is the oldest liberal arts college in Texas. With a private, four-year undergraduate program, Southwestern offers 40 bachelor's degrees in the arts and fine arts, music, sciences, and professional programs. Georgetown elementary and high schools are part of the Georgetown Independent School District. Georgetown High School is a National Blue Ribbon Award school where the majority of graduates enroll in college.

  6. Community Activities
    Williamson County is home to wonderful community activities for people of all ages. Favorite outdoor destinations for camping, hiking, fishing, and swimming include:
    • Blue Hole Regional Park

    • Buescher State Park

    • Canyon of the Eagles Lodge & Nature Park

    • Horseshoe Bay

    • Lake Georgetown

    • Lake Victor

    • Plumb Creek RV Campground

  1. Scenic Natural Beauty
    ​​​​​​​Georgetown and surrounding areas in Central Texas are characterized by long, hot summers and cool, mild winters. Williamson County residents enjoy year-round natural beauty with abundant wildlife, green landscapes, and seasonal blooms. Georgetown's annual Red Poppy Festival celebrates the red poppy season in April, when red poppies flourish naturally. In Round Rock, the official daffodil capital of Texas, fields of daffodils can be seen in rural landscapes and along highways for miles.

For more information on homes for sale in Williamson County, contact us to view available properties and prices in desired areas.

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.  

October
4

Round Rock: The Sports Capital of Texas

Round Rock SportsWith more than 120,000 residents, Round Rock is a well-loved suburb of Austin roughly 15 miles north of the city. Round Rock was the 31st largest community in Texas in 2010 and Round Rock homes for sale have continued to attract more families and professionals.

There are many good reasons to love living in this city, and one is that it's the Sports Capital of Texas. Round Rock lives up to its Texas-sized reputation with some of the best sports venues anywhere in The Lone Star State.

Our real estate agents know that living in Round Rock you'll be surrounded by amazing professional, amateur, and public sports facilities. The city regularly attracts events in a wide variety of sports, and its local teams attract an ardent following on season and off. Plus, there are plenty of teams and leagues for kids to enjoy, too.

Here's just a little bit of what you can expect:

  • Round Rock Multipurpose Complex – 2001 North Kenney Fort Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665
    When it comes to sports, the famous Round Rock Multipurpose Complex has a little bit of everything and does it all exceptionally well. You'll find all-ages summer sports camps, soccer programs, strength conditioning, and tournaments in this 60-acre complex found on the grounds of Old Settlers Park.

  • Round Rock Sports Center – 2400 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681
    With the Round Rock Sports Center, you can use world-class facilities seven days a week. With 82,000 square feet of indoor athletic space, the court layout was designed with basketball and volleyball teams in mind. There are 1,300 spectator seats along with a players' lounge, referees' lounge, and much more.

  • Dell Diamond – 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665
    The long-time home of the Round Rock Express, the Dell Diamond is a full-scale regulation field packed with fun for the whole family. Known for its winning local team as well as $1 hot dog and soda Mondays, it is the place to see Triple-A Minor League Baseball action. The Express is affiliated with the Texas Rangers.

  • Old Settlers Park – 1609 North Harrison Avenue, Sherman, TX 75090
    With baseball, playgrounds, and a pavilion perfect for picnics on a sunny day, Old Settlers Park has nine fields to choose from so you can always find a space. There are also two full basketball courts for a pick-up game any time the mood strikes you. The park is open every day from 4 a.m. to 12 midnight.

  • Forest Creek Golf Club – 99 Twin Ridge Parkway, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Round Rock is revered for its beautiful and creative golf courses, providing plenty of challenge. Forest Creek Golf Club offers a full 18 holes as well as practice facilities and a Junior Golf Academy for the next generation of golfers. Tournaments and events for diverse skill levels are held regularly.

  • Teravista Golf Club – 4333 Teravista Club Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665
    Teravista Golf Club provides a championship 18-hole golf experience handcrafted for visitors to fully appreciate the breathtaking views of Texas Hill Country. Spanning more than 50 miles, its rolling terrain with a 7,200-yard layout will keep you coming back and discovering more with every day on the links.

Ready to live in the Sports Capital of Texas? Our agents are ready to help. Contact us to learn more.

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
9

Explore Downtown Round Rock

Round Rock DowntownThinking about touring Round Rock homes for sale? If so, our real estate agents are here to help!

Part of the Greater Austin area, Round Rock is a city of about 100,000 people. Named one of the Best Places to Live by Money in 2019, it's well known as the headquarters of Dell Technologies. Plus, Round Rock's historic downtown is one of the most attractive and interesting among cities in the region. 

Let's look at some of the attractions and amenities that make Downtown Round Rock special:

  • Woodbine Mansion – 405 East Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Woodbine Mansion is a historic architectural feat and an event venue rolled into one. Family-owned, with a breathtaking outdoor space perfect for weddings, the Woodbine's story reaches back to 1895. Corporate and social events can also be set in these lavish surroundings, complete with elegant courtyards and gazebo.

  • Slapbox Pizzicheria – 201 East Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    One of the longest-running local pizza restaurants in Round Rock, Slapbox Pizzicheria is a satisfying choice for true artisan pizza pies. The signature "Giant Pizza" is a full 24" and comes with dozens of topping selections, including gourmet picks like lamb, chorizo, sun-dried tomato, and ricotta, goat, and feta cheeses.

  • Round Rock Amphitheater at Centennial Plaza – 301 West Baghdad Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Round Rock Amphitheater features a performance stage with tiered grass seating available for concerts and community theater. Nestled among eye-catching public art, you'll find it tucked away between some of the best dining and shopping in town. 

  • Rockey's Piano Bar – 111 West Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Rockey's Piano Bar is a beloved way to spend New Year's Eve and other special occasions, but it's a fun place to visit any time. With a full events calendar plus the interactive, all-request sing-along extravaganza every night from Thursday through Saturday, it's a terrific place to have fun with friends.

  • Home Run Dugout – 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665
    While you're visiting the Dell Diamond, why not step into the shoes of the greats and become part of the action yourself? Family-friendly Home Run Dugout is just steps from center field and offers a unique batting cage for all skill levels. Plus, there's a delectable grill to stop by after you test your batting swing.

  • Round Rock Donuts – 106 West Liberty Avenue, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Round Rock Donuts is a big name in a place that takes breakfast seriously. Round Rock locals are often ready for their morning brew at 4 a.m., and nothing goes better with a hot cup of Joe than one of the famous yellow donuts. Round Rock Donuts has been around since 1926 and is still hailed as a local tradition.

  • Old Settlers Park – 3300 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665
    A centerpiece of local athletic amenities, Old Settlers Park, is an astonishing 640 acres. Home away from home for the area's youth and amateur sports teams, it comes complete with multiple picnic areas, playgrounds, and courts for cricket, disc golf, football, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.

When it comes to the Central Texas area, Round Rock has so much to offer. Contact us to discover Round Rock real estate with help from our team of dedicated agents.

July
12

Pools Near Round Rock to Beat the Summer Heat

Round Rock Pools

On a hot summer day, swimming in a pool is the perfect way to cool off. The Round Rock area is lucky to have a great selection of pools catering to swimmers of all abilities and residents of all ages. This is just another reason to look for Round Rock homes for sale! Here are some of the top pools you might want to check out while you're house-hunting or once you move in.

  • Rock'N River Water Park: 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78664
    Rock'N River Water Park 
    is more than just a pool — it's an entire water park! There are water slides, a water playground, and tipping buckets. There's also a lazy river, which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the cool water when the heat has sapped your energy.

    Rock'N River Water Park charges $12 admission per adult and $10 per child. (Children 2 and under are only $5). Season passes are available, too. 

  • Lake Creek Pool: 800 Deerfoot Drive, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Lake Creek Pool 
    is a large, well-maintained outdoor pool located in Lake Creek Park. The pool is filled with saltwater, so it does not get a strong chlorine scent. The pool is open from 1 - 5 pm Tuesday - Thursday, and Sunday, and from 1 - 7 pm Friday and Saturday.

    This is a great pool to visit with kids since there are also activities to enjoy in the surrounding park. You'll see playgrounds, drinking fountains, picnic shelters, grills, and multipurpose fields.

  • Micki Krebsbach Pool: 301 Deepwood Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Micki Krebsbach Pool
    is a fun, public water space designed with kids in mind. There's a 26-foot pirate ship with several water slides and water cannons to make sure everyone has fun while cooling off.

    There's also the main pool where you can swim casually or lap swim. For younger kids, there's a wading area with some splash features. Micki Krebsbach Pool is open from 1 - 7 pm daily, except for Tuesdays when it is closed for maintenance.

  • Cat Hollow Pool: 8600 O'Connor Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Cat Hollow Pool 
    is an outdoor pool located inside Cat Hollow Park. The pool has a covered, beach entryway that is ideal for kids. There's also a splash pad next to the pool, which is a great place to cool off if you don't feel like swimming.

    Cat Hollow Pool is generally open from 10 am until dusk in the summer. The surrounding park is also a nice place to hang out. It features sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, pavilions, and picnic areas. Free WiFi is available throughout the park.

  • Emler Swim School: 2800 S Interstate 190, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Maybe your child doesn't know how to swim and would benefit from some swimming lessons this summer. Emler Swim School is a great place to take them. They offer lessons for all ages and ability levels, and their saltwater pool is beautifully maintained.

    Emler Swim School offers several different class sessions each day, so you should be able to find an option that fits into your schedule. 

Our real estate agents love the Round Rock area because of amenities like this! Contact us if you're looking for an agent to represent you as you shop for homes nearby.

June
28

Go Horseback Riding Around Central Texas

Horseback Riding Central Texas

Horseback riding is one of the best ways to connect with nature. Luckily, the Central Texas area offers a lot of opportunities for horseback riding. Whether you're looking to take riding lessons or plan to head off on a guided trail ride, our real estate agents have a few recommendations. 

  1. Spicewood Farms: 6607 Spicewood Spring Road, Austin, TX 78759
    If you'd like to start taking riding lessons, Spicewood Farms is a great choice. They offer both English and Western riding lessons for children and adults. Each lesson lasts an hour, and you pay by the month. They offer both private and group lessons.

    Spicewood Farms also offers horse boarding services. All breeds and disciplines are welcome, and the owners live on the premises. Their facility is exceptional, offering a jumping ring with sand footing, a 60-foot round pen, and marked trails. Also, it's roughly 13 miles south of Round Rock homes for sale

  2. Bella Luna Equestrian: 10804 East Hwy 29, Georgetown, TX 78626
    If you're an English rider looking at Georgetown homes for sale, and you'll need a place to board your horse nearby, Bella Luna Equestrian is a great barn to consider. They're an English facility offering lessons in the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, and Eventing disciplines. They travel to a lot of shows in the area.

    If you don't have your own horse, Bella Luna Equestrian also offers lessons for adults and children ages 5 and older. Along with riding, beginner lessons include education on horse care, tacking up, tack cleaning, and grooming.

  3. Maverick Horseback Riding: 5766 Balcones Drive, Austin, TX 78731
    Maverick Horseback Riding
    is a good choice for beginners who want to go on a guided trail ride and enjoy the Texas landscape. They offer more leisurely rides that are open to everyone, along with trail rides that are better suited for more experienced riders. You can even book a group excursion that includes a trail ride and barbecue.

    If you have kids, Maverick Horseback Riding offers a great class called Children's Intro to Horsemanship. Participants learn all about caring for horses and taking care of the land.

  4. Cornerstone Farm​​​​​​​: 115 Woodland Trail, Leander, TX 78641
    Owner/trainer Jen Shaw has been training equestrians for over 25 years. At Cornerstone Farm she gives hands-on instructions for both beginners and advanced riders. The farm offers both private lessons and summer camps to help riders learn near Leander homes for sale.
     
  5. Texas Trail Rides: 8601 Bluff Springs Road, Austin, TX 78744
    Texas Trail Rides is a company that offers guided trail rides in cooperation with Lone Star Ranch, just outside of Austin. They have beginner-friendly horses and can accommodate riders up to 250 lb. 

    On a trail ride, you'll pass scenic creeks and sandy bluffs. Texas Trail Rides provides all of the necessary safety gear, but you will need to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. These trail rides are great for couples, small groups, and anyone who wants to get outside and enjoy nature for a few hours.

Whether you're an experienced equestrian or someone who has never ridden before, Central Texas is a great place to enjoy horses. Visit one of the stables or facilities above, and don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent nearby.

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
14

Nature Photography Day: Picturesque Parks Near Central Texas

Central Texas Parks

Nature, in all its spectacular glory, makes everyone a good photographer. As if you need another reason to be outdoors, Nature Photography Day is observed on Tuesday, June 15. Our real estate agents look forward to documenting the natural scenery around Central Texas at these local parks.

  1. Round Rock West Park - 500 Round Rock W. Dr., Round Rock, TX 78681
    Ducks are one of nature's most photogenic animals. Catch some candid shots of these delightful birds at Round Rock West Park. The centerpiece of the 15-acre park is a beautiful duck pond that provides several photo opportunities. Pack a basket and make use of the picnic tables and grills. Kids will enjoy the playground and sand volleyball court. Park hours are 6 a.m. - midnight daily.

  2. Veterans Park - 600 Pecan Ave., Round Rock, TX 78664
    Veterans Park is a small gem, just down the street from Round Rock homes for sale, that's already a popular destination for photographers. Brushy Creek, which runs through the park, is surrounded by a lush framework of trees. The creek has a small dam, creating a waterfall and lake with a clear, reflecting surface where egrets, herons, and other waterfowl make frequent appearances. Veteran's Park is also a great place to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country. Hours are 6 a.m. - midnight, seven days a week.

  3. Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve - 3505 W. 35th St., Austin, TX 78703
    Always fierce and camera-ready, peacocks are the supermodels of nature. Approximately two dozen of these magnificent creatures make their home at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve. Whether they're roosting in the trees or casually wandering around the grounds, the peacocks made wonderful photo subjects. Don't miss the cast iron and cement ponds, dotted with lily pads and inhabited by fish, turtles, frogs, and snakes. Mayfield Park is open every day between 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  4. Zilker Metropolitan Park - 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
    Home to a variety of family-friendly activities for people of all ages, Zilker Metropolitan Park is widely regarded as the most-loved park near Austin homes for sale. At a sprawling 351 acres, there are seemingly endless opportunities to snap photos of landscapes and wildlife. The Botanical Garden alone is worth a visit. Streams, waterfalls, and koi ponds enhance the 28 acres filled with themed gardens such as the Rose Garden and Taniguchi Japanese Garden. While they don't technically count as nature, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Austin skyline are other top photo targets at the park. Hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Admission to the park is free, although there is a small fee to enter the Botanical Gardens.

  5. Berry Springs Park and Preserve - 1801 C.R. 152, Georgetown, TX 78626
    When you first reach Berry Springs Park and Preserve, you'll feel as though you've stepped into a painting. The peaceful serenity of the century-old pecan grove and majestic trees makes it hard to believe you're only minutes from Georgetown homes for sale. Be sure to stop by and see Lil' Bob and Pedro, the park's resident donkeys, who are happy to strike a pose. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. 

Display your photos in your new Central Texas home. When you need knowledgeable assistance buying or selling local real estate, contact us at RE/MAX Capital City.

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.

April
19

Earth Day: 5 Places to Enjoy Nature Near Austin

Earth Day Near Austin

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, so it's a great time to start thinking about how to show your appreciation for our beautiful planet. Whether it's cleaning up the neighborhood or just spending time outdoors, it's important to take the time to appreciate our air, land, and water. Our real estate agents will tell you that there are so many beautiful outdoor parks and activities in our area, which makes getting outdoors easy and enjoyable. If you're thinking of ways to spend Earth Day, look no further than this list of excellent places to enjoy nature around Austin.

  1. Chisholm Trail Crossing Park - 500 Chisholm Trail Rd, Round Rock, TX 78681
    One of the most beautiful outdoor areas near Austin is Chisholm Trail Area over in Round Rock. Not only is there a beautiful hiking trail that runs along Brushy Creek, but there is also a park where you can picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Over at Chisholm Trail Crossing, you'll also find an awesome sculpture exhibit. All in all, Chisholm Trail Area is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon this spring.

  2. Old Settlers Park - 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
    Also located in Round Rock, Old Settler's Park is a great place to enjoy nature this spring. With over 645 acres of parks, pavilions, playgrounds, ball fields, and soccer facilities, there really is fun for the whole family. Whether you're looking to get some exercise or need a place to host a family reunion, Old Settlers Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor areas around Austin. Best of all, it's just a short drive from some beautiful Round Rock homes for sale.

  3. Barton Springs Swimming Pool2131 William Barton Dr, Austin, TX 78746
    Barton Springs isn't your ordinary swimming pool. The water actually comes directly from a natural underground water spring that pumps water ranging from 68 to 70 degrees. The springs are also listed as a federally protected habitat because they are home to the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.
     
  4. Pedernales Falls State Park2585 Park Rd 6026, Johnson City, TX 78636
    Just west of Austin near the Pedernales River is Pedernales Falls State Park. This 5,200-acre park has everything -- hiking trails, camping, and even some great river swimming spots. It also has no shortage of beautiful scenery, including picturesque river views and waterfalls. 

  5. Southwest Williamson County Park - 3005 Co Rd 175, Leander, TX 78641
    One of the most beautiful parks in the area is Southwest Williamson County Park, located just over in Leander. This park is not only scenic, but it also has bike trails, soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball fields, and even a miniature train. There is an abundance of grassy fields and picnic tables, making it a popular place for a weekend picnic. After spending the day outdoors, be sure to stop by these beautiful Leander homes for sale, which are just a few minutes away.

Outdoor activities are one of the best parts of living in the Austin area. With so many parks, rivers, and scenery, spring and summer are some of the most popular times to visit the area. Contact us today for more local recommendations. 

March
9

Learn About Butterflies Day: Butterfly Gardens Near Austin

Austin Butterfly Gardens

March 14 is designated as National Learn About Butterflies Day to raise awareness of the varieties of butterflies and their importance as pollinators. Butterflies also serve as a natural form of pest control and are an important food source for birds. Look for them to start their migration across the country in a blur of color and check out gardens near Austin to spot their color and beauty. Our real estate agents suggest the following destinations to spot butterflies in and around Austin:  

  1. Rabbit Hill Park – 1109 Blue Ridge Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626   
    Located near Georgetown homes for sale, Rabbit Hill Park has several fun features that are connected by a trail system that has a 1/3-mile fitness loop. The Contemplative Trailhead overlooks a pond and has plantings selected to attract butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds. A Splash Pad and Explorer Park, which has a web playscape along with a fossil dig, makes Rabbit Hill an ideal place to take the kids. Hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
      
  2. Unity Park Community Garden – 2746 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock, TX  78664    
    Unity Park Community Garden, located near Round Rock homes for sale, has community garden plots surrounded by sitting areas, fruit trees, and pollinator gardens that attract bees and butterflies. If you're interested, you can rent a garden plot and borrow tools from the onsite shed or take gardening classes to learn how to attract butterflies and other pollinators or how you can follow the latest organic gardening practices.
      
  3. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739     
    The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located at UT Austin and has nearly 900 species of native plants. The center takes care to attract and support many species of birds, mammals, and insects – including butterflies. You'll always find something going on there, including yoga classes and a class on the science of pollination, where you can find out how to attract butterflies, bees, and more to your garden. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
      
  4. Zilker Botanical Garden – 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746  
    Located on 28 quiet acres near Austin homes for saleZilker Botanical Garden is a lush urban oasis. You can see beautiful views of downtown as you walk along pathways to visit themed gardens such as The Mabel Davis Rose Garden and The Hartman Prehistoric Garden. Pass streams and ponds filled with koi as you see thousands of plants that attract birds, butterflies, and other creatures. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
      
  5. Mueller Parks and open spaces – 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX 78723  
    Mueller represents a public-private partnership that supports parks, trails, and open spaces. The 7 parks, which are open to the public, establish a native, local ecosystem and create destinations for outdoor recreation. Each has its own features and appeal, including John Gaines Park, which has 132 community garden plots that attract butterflies and other insects, a community pool, a playscape, and a large open lawn. 

Contact us to learn more about Austin's natural beauty and for help in buying or selling a home.    

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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