Dog Days

You’ve heard of the dog days of summer? Here in Central Texas, every day can be dog day!

Austin and surrounding areas are super dog friendly. So many restaurants have dog water dishes set out on their patios for our four legged dinner guests, and it isn’t uncommon at all to see people taking their pooches along for errands in stores etc.

But for outdoor fun, you can’t beat the dog parks and other dog friendly hot spots found all over.

Photo courtesy of Auditorium Shores

Auditorium Shores is a great place for a game of fetch or frisbee on a breezy day. (PSA: Area is not fenced and there is a major road close by, so be careful)

Balcones Park is an excellent place to take your dog for a hike. Leashed pets only.

Barton Creek Greenbelt is leashed pet friendly as well. And there is a waterfall for added fun!

Photo courtesy of AustinTexas.gov

Lady Bird Lake is a very pet and people friendly destination. Plan a day to wander the shore and watch the paddle boats.

Norwood Estates Dog park is known for it’s off leash dog area. It has a separate area for small dogs and shaded areas for the big dogs to lounge under.

Butler Metro Park gives you 10 miles of leashed pet hiking and stellar views of the skyline. (Formerly known as Town Lake Metro Park)

Photo courtesy of Austin Parks

Walnut Creek park offers off leash areas to let your dog get some exercise and play in the creek.

Zilker Park is leashed pet friendly, as well

Dog Depot in Round Rock is a 1.85 acre leash free area for dogs in the city limits. The fenced park features agility elements such as a tire jump, A-frame contact ramp, and a tunnel. There is ample open space for running and playing.

Photo courtesy of RR Dog Depot

Doghouse Drinkery in Leander is a place to let your dog play in a fenced in off leash area while you watch and enjoy a cold brew. Definitely a place to be social for you and your bestie.

Bark Park in Pflugerville is a fenced dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, and even a community pear orchard.

Georgetown has a Bark Park as well! It offers shade, drinking areas, and agility equipment for the super feisty dogs.

 

And if you have that summer vacation planned, and Fido has to stay put, there are some excellent, state of the art kennels you can be very comfortable using. By no means is this a complete list, but here is a sample.

Action Pack Dog Center in Round Rock is a great place for your 4 legged friend to board, or even just hang out for the day. They even have a pool, so your dog may come home a little spoiled.

Photo courtesy of Action Pack

Dogtopia in Round Rock offers webcam access of your dog so you can check in while away.

Zoot Pet Hospital and Luxury Boarding serves Georgetown pups of all ages and sizes. They even offer training! (For the dogs, not the people…)

Photo courtesy of Zoot

 

So what if all this sounds great to you, but oops! You don’t have a dog! Dash on over to Williamson County Animal Shelter, or Austin Pets Alive and your new best friend is likely ready and waiting.

Sure, this all sounds exhausting for you and the pup, but everything is just a little bit better with a sleepy dog in your lap after a fun day in the sun.

Set down Some Roots!

Welcome to this must see ranch style home ready for you to move in! This is 4136 Sequoia Trail, and it is perfection! Set on 1.76 acres, you are going to love it!


It starts with this inviting entrance, ready for your own “Welcome” sign…

…and dazzles you with this light, bright interior ready for busy mornings, to lazy Saturdays.

 

And the modern farmhouse kitchen, complete with shiplap and stainless apron sink, will awaken your inner chef in no time! All these gorgeous features make this the ultimate gathering place!

A spacious owner’s suite boasts enough space to have a sitting area by a window overlooking the backyard, and a lovely bathroom featuring the very popular subway tile.

And the secondary bedrooms are full of charm and whimsy!

This 4th bedroom is the sweetest home office!

The sunroom brings you outside all seasons, and there is enough space on the back patio for a nice sized grill!

And look at all this space to breathe! You can plant some pretty amazing garden space in a lot this size!

This is a rare gem of a home! Especially if you want a little bit of country, but still have convenience of amenities close by.

The Georgetown Tennis Center is just up the road!

4136 Sequoia Trail is 4br, 3 bath, and 2238 sf on 1.76 acres. You can find more information at the link above, and call me for your own private showing! Let’s get you into your brand new ranch!

 

The Ranch Is Calling

Why build when your dream home is right here. It isn’t just a home, it’s a lifestyle!

 

Located at 4024 Mercer in Wolf Ranch, Georgetown, this home is a in an incredible location. If you are a savvy shopper and love convenience, this is the place for you! There is so much to do nearby!

 

Imagine coming home every day to this picturesque stunner with custom landscaping. The beautiful glass front door just shouts “Come on in!”

 

 

The custom built, extra large island in this modern farmhouse kitchen is perfect for gatherings of any kind. And the open dining area encourages lingering over three course meals, or just enjoying coffee with a friend.

 

Very family friendly, the kitchen also features a space to do homework, or a little extra craft space.

And no farmhouse is complete without a mudroom, featuring a built in bench, hooks, and beautiful bead board paneling.

 

The bright, open living space beckons you to linger with a good book, or a movie marathon.

 

And an extra reading nook off the great room offers a more cozy option for relaxing.

Family or guests will love the bedrooms with the trees just outside.

And the master suite has all the peaceful chic one could want, with a classic bay window overlooking the backyard.  And the lavish bathroom, featuring the very desirable subway tile completes the suite.

 

 

There is also a spacious home office/bonus room.

Wow! Look at this remarkable neighborhood pool and spa! This home truly is a lifestyle.

 

4024 Mercer is 2112 sf, has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tons of top notch upgrades, and is ready for you to come see it today! Call me for a showing.

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Growing up, the library was always a sort of magical place. So quiet and cool against the hot, noisy summer canvas, it was a great way to escape and find yourself…and get lost a little as well.

         

 

Back then it was just full of books, card catalogs and, if you were lucky, a microfiche or two.

Now there is so much more! Card catalogs are computerized, you can use online computers to research instead of those cool mircofiches…and that’s just part of it.  You can rent DVDs, CDs, and reserve study space.

          

Georgetown library has a weekly read to dogs session for kids to practice reading skills, there is a large selection of classes and seminars, art and photography displays, even live music!

      

And if that isn’t cool enough, there is a cafe with food and coffee and lots of friends meeting up. Definitely not the libraries of old.

       

Oh, and there is a used bookstore inside the library. Just in case you need just one more.

 

       

This library is so much more than a place to check out books for a little literary escape. It’s a literal  destination in itself!

Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W 8th St, Georgetown, TX 78626.

 

Taylor Made

If you are looking for a little day trip getaway that isn’t too far away, you only need to head to Taylor, Texas!

This charming downtown district has everything! Antique malls, quaint decor shops,

from Sweet & Southern Finds

the fantastic 2nd St Farm to Market Deli,

the cutest Curb Side Coffee House,

 

and a heaping helping of gorgeous architecture!

 

Take time to explore, so you won’t miss this peaceful hidden art gallery.


Linger with the family in the kid friendly Texas Beer Company,

or go get some amazing cupcakes from Curb Side Coffee House.

You would never know this is a small town with the big options for browsing. Take the whole day and enjoy a beautiful spring day exploring the hidden gem that is Taylor.

Taylor is located less than 20 miles East of Round Rock on Hwy 79.

The Greenhouse Effect

It is my humble opinion that you can never have too many delicious dining options on the square.

 

 

Last fall, Greenhouse Craft Foods opened their second location on the gorgeous Georgetown town square and it could not be more ideal!

   

 

They offer the same farm to table freshness with some unique menu items to keep things exciting.

(brisket mac n cheese, anyone?)

 

And the décor is a striking mix of rustic and industrial, making it inviting for everyone.

  

And the food is insanely delicious! They offer kid friendly options, as well. And you can dine in, or order ahead and pick up dinner for those lazy nights.

 

Whether wandering the antique stores and boutiques on the square on a Saturday, meeting the girls for brunch, or enjoying a night at the Palace Theater, this is the tastiest place to grab a bite!

Greenhouse Craft Foods Georgetown is located at 708 S. Austin Ave.

 

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RiverSong

Designed to capture the beauty and breeze of the San Gabriel River, this stately 2-story boasts 700 feet of riverfront with custom rock levees.

Majestic doors open into an opulent foyer large enough to hold a baby grand piano.

The formal dining room, with hall-length custom cabinetry, overlooks the river.

   

Kitchen with gathering island and all the expectations of luxury cooking.

Two owners’ suites (upstairs & downstairs), each with a fireplace and sitting room, ready to accommodate multi-generational families.

     

Picture yourself in this bathroom with the serene river view!

       

Where would your quiet spot be–the craft room, living room, or office?

 

Watch the morning sun rise over the San Gabriel River.

Hosting family reunions or large parties will not be a problem in the pavilion with a huge wood-burning fireplace, commercial kitchen, and roll-up doors to host family reunions or large groups.

The grounds feature a barn that is fully equipped with utilities.

Nestled in a sprawling gated community with tree-lined streets.

This home comes with acreage and wood fences.

Just picture yourself sitting on one of the numerous decks, enjoying the cool breezes, and listening to the “river song” of the San Gabriel!

This is Riversong– a 5br, 5/2 bath, 6242 sf estate nestled by the San Gabriel River on 10 peaceful acres in Georgetown, Texas.

The incredible property at 117 River Valley is waiting for your private showing. Call me and I will be so pleased to show you your new Riversong.

 

 

Old Town Charmer

Have you ever gone to one of Georgetown’s many incredible festivals and thought, “Wouldn’t it be great just to walk here and be right in the middle of it?” Well here is your opportunity!

This incredibly charming 3 br, 2 bath 1940’s bungalow at 404 E 9th St is waiting for you!

Centered on an elegant treed lot, your future home is located just 2 blocks from Georgetown Square. It’s so close to Sweet Lemon Kitchen you can almost smell the cooking!

It blends original, old world charm with modern upgrades. Check out this glorious kitchen!

Quartz countertops, new dishwasher and disposal, and so light and bright!

 

 

See how the house is awash with beautiful, natural light?

And bright, airy bedrooms overlook the elegant Old Town street.

Lots of storage, and space to entertain, beautiful, spacious rooms…

…and an incredible canopy of pecan and sycamore trees to lay under and daydream.

There is even a hot tub!

This home is 2063 square feet, boasts 2 storage sheds out back, and so many upgrades you won’t want to miss it! Imagine walking to the Poppy Festival in the springtime, and the tree lighting in the winter!  Or even just walking to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas for breakfast! Take a step back in time and enjoy the sweet life in this Old Town gem.

Call me for a private showing of this hot property before it’s gone!

That Country Club Life

It’s the little things that make a neighborhood. A bold, striking entrance, friendly neighbors, a feeling of community…


…and it’s very own country club! (Above photos courtesy of Cimarron Hills)

The Cimarron Hills Country Club is a gorgeous destination inside a community that feels like a resort. It’s luxurious, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.  This place has everything! A ladies lounge, a spa, a gym, a pro shop, and the coziest restaurant ever! (Oh yeah, and a pretty impressive Jack Nicklaus golf course.)

Quit and relaxing, with stunning woodwork.
Full bar for after a rough day, or just because it’s a Tuesday.

The food is delicious, and the menu offers a perfect variety of options.

These Buffalo cauliflower bites are better than any wings could hope to be.

Looks messy, taste delicious! Huge portion, too.

And the BLT with truffle fries were perfection.

Because you never say no to truffle fries.

It is a great place to unwind after work, or meeting your neighbors for brunch. And that fireplace blazing chases away the chilly days.

It does get chilly around here, and this is a prime table.

It is open to residents and their guests, though they do offer invitational memberships. Still, you might want to consider a home of your own here. This is an exquisitely laid back luxury community that has everything.

Cimarron Hills is located at 200 Cimarron Hills Trail West, Georgetown, TX, about 15 minutes north of Austin.

Call me if you’d like to learn more about Cimarron Hills and all it has to offer. I’d love to help you find the perfect home.

Simple Elegance

Simply elegant. If you have to narrow perfection into two words, it is simply elegant.

The home at 1319 Shinnecock Hills Drive embodies exactly that. From the inviting entry to the lush, private backyard, and everything in between, you will find yourself carried away in blissful, old world charm. This stunning 3-4 bedroom features so many gorgeous details: textured walls, plantation shutters, surprising little nooks, incredible built in cabinets, and a kitchen that all other kitchens would be jealous of. It has it all!

The master bedroom overlooks a lovely backyard pool, creating your own private oasis…complete with a waterfall!

 

And you will love the spacious bathroom with it’s leaded glass window and an insanely large master closet.

Oh, and there is a coffee bar in the master bedroom. It doesn’t get any better than that!

A large, cozy office can double as a 4th bedroom that’s perfect for guests.

The great room has an incredible wall of built-in cabinets and a show stopping floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

The open kitchen features an oversized island and top-of-the-line appliances. And it looks over the inviting, warm great room making this perfect for relaxing family time, and great for entertaining.

 

A media/playroom leads to 2 more bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom so kids, or guests, can enjoy their own quiet space.

And if all this isn’t enough, the side entry garage is fully kitted out with more storage cabinets. That is a ton of storage space in this oversized 3-car garage.

 

This home is custom built by Cockrum, who started in the cabinet business and became an incredible custom home builder. The cabinets that adorn many rooms in this home are a signature creation.

The home is located on a large corner lot with tons of beautiful, mature trees. It also has nearby access to the Berry Creek Country Club featuring tennis, golf, and swimming pool.

With grand, peaceful drive up appeal like this, one look, and you will want to make this beautiful home your own.

For even more information about this beautiful home, click here. And don’t hesitate to call me for your own private showing of this beautiful property!