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Consider the Schools When Buying a House In Austin and Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

If you're thinking about buying a home for sale in Austin or Lake Travis and have children in school, finding the right school is critical.  If you end up buying a home near a school that isn't right for your child, you could end up regretting buying the home itself.

You may think that a real estate agent can help you find the best schools in the Austin and Lake Travis area.  But actually, they can't.  Fair housing laws prevent agents from giving their opinion on schools.  This is for a good reason, as some agents in recent years have labeled schools as "bad" to swing the sale of a home toward more affluent neighborhoods. So in the end, you need to decide what schools are best for your children and base your choice on that information. And then of course your agent can help you find a home near the school you think is best.

There are at least 3 questions you should ask when finding the right school in the Austin and Lake Travis school districts.

What school will you child attend?

This may sound like an obvious question, but the problem is it's so obvious that you may not ask it. In Austin for example, there are 130 schools in the Austin Independent School District, so that means you have a lot of schools to choose from. So that does make it a bit easier, since one district covers most of the Austin area.

What are the numbers?

Test scores can say a lot about a school, even if they don't tell you everything about a school. The Austin Independent School District website actually has plenty of helpful information on individual schools and their test scores.  You can see an example with Akins High School.  They show recent performance ratings which can be helpful.  An even more impartial perspective can be found on a school rating website such as They use test scores, reviews, and other factors to rate the best schools in a given area.

What about reputation?

What are people saying about a school you're looking at?  Sure, everyone has opinions. If you know people in the area, you can ask them.  You might even meet with the principal of a school to get an even closer look, presuming you can make such an arrangement. See if they can give you a tour of the school with your child present.  Look at class sizes.  Is the library well stocked? What does your child think about the school? These are great indicators to look for.

Finding the right school and the right home for sale in Austin and Lake Travis TX can be a challenge, but one worth the effort.  Once you do find a great school for your child, let us help you find the right home near that school.  Our powerful search tool can help you find homes for sale near the schools of your choice in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, The Hills, and more. Also make sure to take advantage of our Home Buyer Listing Alert website to get automated alerts of homes as they hit the market.

Top Things to Do Around Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

The fun never stops at Lake Travis.  That's why people come from all over to buy their dream home or to visit.  There's so many great things to do and see around the lake, it's hard to keep track. Thats's not a problem, because we have great review sites like to rate the best things to do around Lake Travis. Here's the top 3 picks from the list.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

If you want an adrenaline rush while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Travis from above, this is the perfect solution. They offer a 2.5 hour zipline tour and all day passes on the 15 acre private beach, where you can swim, have a picnic, or just relax.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Amazing scenery, a beautiful pool with waterfall, and a great hike make Hamilton Pool Preserve an ideal getaway. Make sure to make a reservation, as they keep the crowds to a minimum, making this an ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle.

Sail Austin Charters

Of course the main attraction of Lake Travis is, well, Lake Travis! Why not go sailing on the lake in a private yacht? Sail Austin offers a variety of sailing packages, including private charters, sunset sails, destination charters, and even lessons.

Have fun on Lake Travis!

Find the Luxury Life in Costa Bella

by Rebecca Shahan

Your search for the ideal lakeside luxury community has just ended! Costa Bella has just about everything you could ask for in a lakeside luxury community.  The estates of Costa Bella offer extraordinary amenities, with negative edge pools, lavish landscaping, outdoor kitchens, all along beautiful Lake Travis. Need to park your yacht? Not an issue with the private yacht club slips.  The 9000 sq ft clubhouse and swimming pool will also keep you entertained and relaxed.

And don't worry about being too far away from all that Lake Travis has to offer.  You'll have easy access to fine shopping options such as The Hill Country Galleria and The Shops at The Galleria. Dine at great restaurants like the amazing Oasis on Lake Travis, along with other favorites such as Briarcliff Bistro & Bacon Bar, and Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza.

Want to learn more about this extraordinary community? Visit our Costa Bella Real Estate And Community Information page for more details and to search for your dream home.

Here are the top estates available now in Costa Bella.

Celebrate Memorial Day on Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

Memorial Day is when we honor all of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we live today.

There will be a number of events in the Lake Travis and Westlake area to celebrate Memorial Day.  The Lakeway Memorial Day ceremony will feature guest speaker retired Navy Rear Admiral Judson Scott, the Lakeway Police Department’s color guard and patriotic songs performed by Lakeway Sing Along.  The event will take place at 11am at Emmaus Catholic Parish, 1718 Lohmans Crossing, Lakeway.

The Hill Country Galleria will have property-wide sidewalk sale on Memorial Day from 10 a.m.-9, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 

Poodie’s Roadhouse will have a  Memorial Day jam with singer-songwriters W.C. Jameson, George Ensle and Tony Ramey from 4 - 7pm.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day on Lake Travis!

Golf Course Communites Offer the Ultimate in Luxury Living

by Rebecca Shahan

Whether or not you're an avid golfer, if you're looking for a luxury community that offers amazing homes and world-class amenities, you can't go wrong with the golf course communities in Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Lake Travis.

Spanish Oaks is one of these outstanding golf course communities. Located in the gorgeous Texas Hills in Bee Cave, it features the #3 golf course as rated by Golf Digest.  In addition to the amazingly designed homes, you can enjoy amenities such as  The Pool Pavilion, Fish Camp, 7 parks, trails and more!

Flintrock Falls is a community that benefits by being near the shores of Lake Travis.  Only select builders were allowed to build the homes of this stunning community.  Four Jack Nicklaus courses set the scene in Flintrock Falls, in addition to the World of Tennis Sports Complex featuring 16 outdoor tennis courts and a full-service spa.

If you want to learn more about the extraordinary golf communities of Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Lake Travis, then visit our Golf Course Communities page, where you can also search for the perfect luxury home.

Lake Travis Has Outstanding Schools

by Rebecca Shahan

Lake Travis has some of the best schools you can find in the area, according to! In fact, all the schools in the Lake Travis Independent School District scored a 9 out of 10 or higher! They rated the schools based on reviews and test scores and found that ALL of the schools in the district scored highly.  You can see the full list here.

No doubt if you’re planning on buying a home in Lake Travis and have children in school, this is outstanding news. So why not search for homes for sale in the Lake Travis Independent School District.

Here’s the top 4 schools on that list.

Lakeway Elementary School
3322 Ranch Road 620 South Austin, TX 78738

Lake Travis Middle School
4932 Bee Creek Road, Spicewood, TX 78669

Bee Cave Elementary School
14300 Hamilton Pool Rd Austin, TX 78738

Hudson Bend Middle School
3322 Ranch Road 620 South Austin, TX 78738

Find Your Lakeside Dream Home in Lake Travis

by Rebecca Shahan

Lake Travis stands out as one of the best places to buy a home in all of Texas, if not the entire south.  Lake Travis is a bustling community that is built around exciting outdoor recreational activities.  People come from far and wide to enjoy activities like boating, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, zip lining and camping. And Lake Travis is also stocked with a great variety of fish for the avid or casual fisher. 

If it’s shopping you enjoy, then you won’t be left out.  The Hill Country Galleria blends natural beauty with a mix of shopping, dining and entertainment, while The Shops at The Galleria features a variety of national brand stores and regional favorites set in open courtyards and fountains ponds.

But the dining is what really takes the cake on Lake Travis.  The magnificent Oasis on Lake Travis is perched on a cliff 450 ft above Lake Travis and is undoubtedly the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas.  Now that’s quite a claim! This famous restaurant offers extraordinary views of the lake from its dining decks and has been called the Sunset Capital of Texas.

There’s so much more to tell you about Lake Travis, so make sure you visit our Lake Travis Real Estate & Community Information page to learn more about this amazing lakeside community and to search for your dream home on the lake.

Top Restaurants in the Austin Area

by Rebecca Shahan

There are many great reasons to buy a home in Austin Texas and the surrounding communities, such as Lakeway, Costa Bella, Flint Rock, Spanish Oaks, Lake Pointe, Falconhead, The Hills, Arbolago, and Vineyard Bay.  Austin is one of the best cities in America to live.  And one of those reasons is the amazing food!  Every year, comes out with their list of top restaurants in Austin.  Out of over 3000 places to eat in Austin, here are the top 3.

#1. Truluck's Seafood - Austin Downtown

Truluck’s is certainly a fine dining experience, featuring fresh seafood and prime steak, along with wine by the bottle or glass. The prices may be higher than average, but so is the food, service, and atmosphere. The full service bar is noted for its happy hour and piano bar.

#2. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

According to Eddie, “Man cannot live by music, wine, and fine dining alone. But it’s worth exploring.”  And you’ll certainly explore some of the best food and drink in Austin at Eddies. Reviewers comment on the comfortable elegance and the amazing service, not to mention the delicious food and drinks, and of course happy hour.

#3. Uchi

Hands down the best Japanese cuisine in Austin.  Featuring a daily menu, Uchi serves up Japanese dishes such as kinkan kanpachi (amberjack, kumquat, negi), and wagyu no daikon (ribeye, daikon, curry). All of this comes complete with valet parking and a knowledgeable and attentive wait staff.

Want more great reasons to buy a home in the Austin area?  Check back on our blog every week for more great places to eat and things to do here!

The Top Reasons to Buy NOW in Central Texas - Reason #2

by Rebecca Shahan

Increase in prices on the Horizon - A healthy Real Estate market creates a seller's market. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 25% from now to 2018 and rates are expected to slowly increase. As 2014 progresses and home values appreciate, it's best for buyers to move now to secure a home that appreciates with the market.

Blood Drive here in Lakeway March 15th - this Saturday!

by Rebecca Shahan

The March 15 2014 Lakeway Blood Drive is the largest Community Blood Drive in the 10 County area. If you are interested in donating or to get additional information, please contact Searcy Willis at 261-9055. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are taken where space is available. The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1951 as the Travis County Medical Society Blood Bank, it initially provided whole blood to four Austin Hospitals and a couple of rural clinics. Its mission is to safeguard the community’s gifts of blood and tissue with uncompromising quality and excellence in customer service. The Blood and Tissue Center today is the exclusive provider and guardian of the community blood supply for more than 37 medical facilities in a ten-county service area of Central Texas.


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