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An Exploration of Austin Architecture

Austin, Texas is a dynamic and energetic city, and like the city, its housing market has a robust selection of home styles for the discerning home buyer to choose from. Few things in life offer an all-encompassing range of emotion such as buying a new home. When the REALTORS at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices ask which home style you desire, you may not have an answer for them.

Choosing the right home in the Austin real estate market is important, and buyers tend to have many different considerations like pricing, size, location, school districts, and more. One of the most important decisions has to be choosing the right style of home for you and your family. Are you after a Mediterranean-style, do you need a rambling Rancher-style, or are you

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At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, we know that buying Austin real estate is one of the most important decisions of your life. We are here to guide you every step of the way! This is why we wanted to take a few moments to discuss how crucial Austin home inspections are to the buying process. Home inspectors are an impartial part of the buying experience, providing you with honest and trustworthy answers to questions you have about the condition of the home you are interested in purchasing.

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection offers buyers a behind-the-scenes view of the house they have just fallen in love with. Most home inspections start around $300 (depending on home specifications), which is a small price to pay

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the top 5 austin summer festival worth checking out in 2017

Each year Austin hosts hundreds of events, and summer 2017 is no exception. As expected, Austin's calendar is packed with epic summertime fesitvals to be enjoyed by all. Here's our pick for what Austin is most famous for: entertainment, food, and music!

1. Float Fest- July 22 & 23rd

For two days in July, Float Fest combines two of Texas's favorite activities of tubing and live music at the 220-acre Cool River Ranch along the San Marcos River. Hosting a pile of big name artists headlining the event, over 10,000 party-goers get to camp on site and float down the river with their squad, enjoying performances from artists like Zedd and Weezer

Once you've made it down the river, be sure to indulge in the some of the best food trucks joining from

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austin's most walkable neighborhoods

Austin has some of the most incredible neighborhoods in the state of Texas. Lush and full of life, they draw people in from all over the world. They are notable, too, for their friendliness and safety. It’s perfectly normal to head out for a walk in one or more of these neighborhoods. There are a variety of single-family homes, ranch-style homes, bungalows, and condominiums available depending on the neighborhood.

Based on rankings, where communities are given a score of 0-100, Austin itself has a score of 40 when it comes to walkability. This is based on accessibility, bike paths, safety, and transit systems. Here are few examples of Austin’s most walkable neighborhoods.


Not surprisingly, downtown Austin has a

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4 great austin neighborhoods for the growing family

Despite its already large size, Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in North America. It has ample job opportunities, affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods. Outdoor recreation and one of the best school systems in the country offer everyone a myriad of things to do, whether it be fishing, golfing, or hiking. Because of these desirable traits, Austin is the perfect place to raise a large family. Here are four of our top choices!

Olympic Heights

One of the best Austin neighborhoods has got to be Olympic Heights. This subdivision is south of Austin and offers affordable housing with plenty of nearby amenities. Homes are large with spacious yards and plenty of room for children of all ages to play.

Homes are modest with open floor

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10 reasons why austin is the best city for new grads

Graduating from college is a massive accomplishment no matter where you went to school. It takes dedication, hard work, and an impressive amount of study hours. Exams are tough, and competition can be fierce when it comes to finding work once you’re done college.

Although there is always going to be challenges in both finding a place to live and a stable job, the city of Austin ranks as one of the best cities in the United States for new grads, according to a ranking. Location, business opportunities, and weather are just three of the top ten reasons why Austin is such an incredible place for those just coming out of the college system.

Location, Location, Location!

Since Austin is such a massive city, there are countless

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5 tips for moving with young kids

Let’s face it: Moving under any circumstances is stressful, time consuming, and difficult. Add in kids, and it can become even harder, regardless of whether you’re moving next door or across the country. Luckily for you, there are some great ways to make the move go smoothly even with kids involved. Here are 5 great tips for making moving with kids easier:

  • Talk to your children and include them in what’s happening.
  • Listen to your kids if they have concerns.
  • Make the moving process fun.
  • Don’t rush anything.
  • Make the new place feel like home.

Communicate with your Children

Naturally, your children are a particularly impressionable part of your family. If the moving process is stressful on you, then it’s surely just as

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Tony and I love our home and active lifestyle in beautiful Sun City, TX. We left the hustle and bustle of Houston and have new friends and fun in this great community! 

Here is some info from the Sun City TX website: 

"Located in historic Georgetown, Sun City Texas has become known for its natural beauty with breathtaking sunsets, endless Hill Country vistas, and luxurious amenities. This stunning community offers the charm of small-town living, yet, is just minutes from the culture and excitement of Austin, the State Capitol. Its Texas locale also boasts an extremely affordable cost of living, favorable tax advantages, and beautiful climate year-round. 

As the first Del Webb community in Texas, Sun City has become a destination for active adults

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focus on: tarrytown

Welcome to Tarrytown, Texas. Located just west of downtown Austin, this little neighborhood is bordered by several lakes and boulevards, making it a prime hotspot for tourists and locals alike. The neighborhood is conveniently located, with fantastic amenities, schools, and emergency services located nearby. In addition, it has a rich history full of intrigue and mystery!

The History of Tarrytown in Austin, TX

Tarrytown was officially established in 1915. Because of its central location, very close to downtown Austin, it quickly grew in popularity. In fact, it grew so prominent that business owners flocked to the neighborhood and area, setting up shops and businesses such as museums, bakeries, and retail stores.

Eventually, the neighborhood

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