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Critical Blood Drive January 18 2014

by Rebecca Shahan

The January 18 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.

Are you aware of the changes in FEMA coverage?

by Rebecca Shahan

Many of us may not be aware of the drastic policy changes that have been enforced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), effective October 1st. You might be asking yourself, “How does this affect me?”. If you own a home, or know someone who owns a waterfront home or property in lower lying areas, these policy changes could have a direct impact on your current policy or home buying process. If you would like a more detailed explanation of these changes that have already taken effect, please email me at rebecca@rebeccashahan.com for the article on the NFIP premium rate and rule changes. Additional information can also be found by visiting the FEMA website, http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program. If you have any questions regarding how these changes can affect you or someone you know, please to contact your insurance agent.

Here are a few highlights of the policy changes that could affect you:

  • Premiums will increase an average of 10 percent for policies written or renewed on or after October 1, 2013.
  • The Federal Policy Fee will increase from $40 to $44 for Non-Preferred Risk policies and from $20 to $22 for Preferred risk policies.
  • Preferred Risk policies issued under the Eligibility Extension Program will see annual increases averaging 20% beginning with new business and renewals effective on or after October 1, 2013. The Extended Eligibility issued policies will be rated with a separate rating table than those properties that are currently mapped in B, C or X zones.
  • Pre-Firm increases (including the Reserve Fund Assessment) include a 25% increase above the rates in effect when WB12 was enacted for policies issued on certain properties.
  • No extension of subsidy to new policies or lapsed policies for Pre-Firm properties in special flood hazard areas and Zone D.

128 Top O the Lake

by Nathan Brown

 

This home on Top O the Lake is nice and spacious.    It is located on the 12th fairway of the Yaupon Golf Course in Lakeway.  You can see onto the golf course from the back of the home and a little bit of the hill country from the front of the home and from the master balcony.  It has a nice pool and a decently sized .33 acre lot.  There are 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3,362 square feet.  The home was built in 1994 but the inside looks  a lot newer with granite counters and nice finish outs.  With this home you get golf course frontage, great schools, fairly close in location and Lakeway areas amenities all for $549,000

 

Serene Hills

by Nathan Brown

 

Serene Hills is a brand new community in the heart of Lakeway.  It is close to the hospital, school and main shopping areas of Lakeway.  Since the community is so new, their model homes have just opened and only a few residents have already moved in.  So far all the homes built in the community have been built by Brohn, Sitterle and Bellaheim homes.  The homes in the community start in the $500s and are built with quality and comfort in mind, providing the most luxurious and top of the line amenities and finish outs.  The community is just a short drive from downtown Austin and an even shorter drive out into the remote Hill Country with many parks such as Hamilton's Pool and Pedernales Falls State Park.  This community would be another great place to live in LTISD.  Check out their website: serene-hills.com

 

Sweetwater

by Nathan Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hill Country community, Sweetwater is located off 71 just outside of Bee Caves near Hamilton's Pool.  The neighborhood truly exemplifies the Hill Country experience.  It is in an up and coming area but still out in the countryside, tucked between many rolling hills and ranches.  Despite its remote feel, it is only a short drive out to the city.  Sweetwater is in the Lake Travis school district, one of the best around.  The community has a large pool (coming soon), community center (coming soon) and miles of hike and bike trails (so much more to come).  Since it is so new, there is still much to be built in the community and the area, there is much to come.  Most of the houses being built are meant to be luxury family homes.  Their prices start from the $250s and go well into the $600s and the homes range anywhere from 1,700 square feet well into the 4,000s.  The area is very close to lake Travis and its many fun lake related attractions such as numerous Marinas, lake clubs, golf courses and lakeside eateries. It is the best of both worlds, rural Hill Country and urban amenities.   Check out the community's website: Sweetwaterliving.com

Rough Hollow

by Nathan Brown

Rough Hollow is a community that would be a perfect fit for just about anyone.  There are many different neighborhoods with homes ranging anywhere from the $300s to over $3 million dollars.  There are lake view neighborhoods, waterfront neighborhoods, hill country view neighborhoods and settings ranging from total privacy to the most full on community feel.  Currently, there are 13 new neighborhoods to choose from with many more subdivisions coming in the near future (Rough Hollow is truly doubling in size).  The community's amenities include a Yacht Club, Marina, the Highlands Village (a brand new community center with its own amphitheater, water park, etc.) and much more.  In this community you also get the perks of living in Lakeway such as exemplary Lake Travis schools, excellent and close by medical care, plenty of shopping and dining, and the fact that you are not far from downtown Austin.  Rough Hollow has always been on the front line for setting the standard for top of the line and luxury homes.  Check out the community's extremely well put together website: Roughhollowlakeway.com

The Lake Travis School Dristrict is a big place!

by Nathan Brown

When moving into the Lake Travis School district, one is faced with an almost overwhelming choice of communities and neighborhoods.  One can pick from life on the golf course to life on the lake (Travis or Austin) to even living in the remote hill country. Even if you are not right in or on one of these amenities, you are never far away.  This page of the blog will highlight different neighborhoods in and around Lakeway, showing the best standard of living that the area has to offer.

Blood Drive in Lakeway September 21st!

by Rebecca Shahan

The September 21, 2013 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.

 

Congratulations, Dee Prewit!!!

by Rebecca Shahan

Dee Prewitt of Lakeway is the winner of our Kindle Fire giveaway!. Congratulations, Dee, and thanks for reading our newsletter.

Recycle That Paint ~ Dont' Throw It Away!

by Rebecca Shahan

Just in case you are not aware, we have a wonderful resource for you today. Residents of Austin and Travis County can take their recyclables to the Household Waste Facility at 2514 Business Center Drive in Austin ... 974-4343. They are open Tues - Wed from 10 am till 6 pm and on Saturday from 7 am till noon. Check out their website for the items that are accepted and the items that are not.

http://www.co.travis.tx.us/tnr/household_hazardous_waste.asp

Also, give them a call and ask about the limits for your drop off. Generally it is free unless you have an unusually large disposal. Now you don't have to wait for the once a year hazardous waste drop off in our area. In addition to keeping it weird, let's keep it green!

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