Austin Fall Events

September 23rd, 2016

Don’t you love fall? It’s my absolute favorite time of the year – with the leaves changing colors, the cooling temperatures in the Austin area, and of course, football. What’s not to love? The fall season in Austin is filled with many fun festivals and activities, from Oktoberfest celebrations to Austin City Limits to the annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot – there is a little something for just about everyone!

Below is a calendar of some of my favorite Austin fall events and festivals – take a look:

Austin Fall Events

Austin Fall Events

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic fall!

Do you have any questions about the Austin area? Give me a call. I love my community and would love to share it with you!

 

Buying or Renting?

September 7th, 2016

For many people, there is a constant struggle of whether buying a home or renting an apartment is a better deal financially. Of course, there are arguments for both buying or renting, but which one is the better option?

Over the years, it has been shown that more people are choosing to rent than buy – this is especially true with the millennial generation. Why is this? Well, many millennials saw what the 2008 housing crisis did to their parents and want to steer clear of similar financial problems.

It has also been shown that millennials love convenience. They love the luxuries that come with apartment living – fitness room, maintenance and repair service, etc. – and the convenience of being able to pick up and move whenever they want (Huffington Post). For convenience, travel, and job relocation renting can be the better option.

While this may be the case, an increase in apartment living is causing an inflation of apartment pricing…in just a years time, rental prices have increased by four percent, while housing prices only increased by three percent. In addition, rental prices have increased at a faster rate than home values in 20 of the 35 largest markets in the U.S. (CNN Money).

Is buying a home the answer? According to CNN Money, homebuyers spend approximately 15 percent of their income on mortgage payments each month while renters spend nearly 30 percent of their income on rent. That’s a huge difference! And, taking into account that mortgage rates are some of the lowest in history, maybe buying a house is the better option! As found by Trulia, buying a home is 23 percent cheaper than renting and homeownership is a cheaper option in 98 of the 100 largest U.S. markets!

Think about this way, would you rather pay a monthly bill on something you don’t own? Or, something you do own? I think most of us would pick the latter, and with good reason – with rental prices increasing at a faster rate than home prices, mortgage rates at some of the lowest in history, and the higher percentage of income dedicated to monthly rent than mortgage payments*, it’s a no brainer! Buying a home is the better option!

renting or buying

Are you looking for a home in the Austin area? Give me a call; I would love to help!

 

*Always check with your tax professional

 

Resources:

http://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/millennials-rent-or-buy/

http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/21/real_estate/rent-prices-rising/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shazir-mucklai/millennials-dont-want-to-buy-houses—-would-you-buy-or-rent_b_8401118.html

Where are Americans Moving?

August 19th, 2016

Throughout the years, it has been fascinating to study the migration habits of the American population. Even though there has been a long decline in the percentage of Americans moving each year, as found by the U.S. Census Bureau, some states are still seeing a heavy or moderate inbound of residents. And, lucky for us, Texas, and the South, happens to be one of those regions seeing a moderate to heavy influx of residents.

Americans Moving

 

According to the United Van Lines’ 2015 Movers Study, 2015 saw an inbound of residents to the South and Northwest and a high outbound of residents from the Northeast.

Mainly making up the South and Northwest, these are 2015’s inbound states:

  1. Oregon
  2. South Carolina
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. North Carolina
  6. Florida
  7. Nevada
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Texas
  10. Washington

Mainly making up the Northeast, these are 2015’s outbound states:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Illinois
  4. Connecticut
  5. Ohio
  6. Kansas
  7. Massachusetts
  8. West Virginia
  9. Mississippi
  10. Maryland

What could be the reason for these trends: inbound to the South and outbound of the Northeast? According to United Van Lines’ study, the top reason for Americans moving to the South included company transfer/new job, retirement and proximity to family. However, these may not be the only reasons this is happening. I have a few thoughts as to why the South continues to see an influx of residents:

  • Americans moving where it is warmer.
    • It’s no secret that the South is warmer than the North. With that in mind, the influx of residents to the South could be due to the Baby Boomer generation reaching the age of retirement and wanting to move somewhere warmer (i.e. no snow, and easier to get around).
  • Americans moving where there is more job opportunity.
    • According to Zippia, Texas is the No. 1 best state in America to get a job. These rankings were determined by: unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth, state income tax and median household income adjustment for the cost of living.
    • In addition, Texas was ranked No. 5 best state to make a living by money-rates.com. While the study found that the median wage in Texas is less than the average, it also found that there is a lower cost of living in Texas compared to other states in the U.S.
  • Americans moving to locations where real estate is less expensive.
    • What states are the most affordable in the United States? According to Movoto, Texas tied as the fourth most affordable state in the U.S. Other southern states that made the list include: Oklahoma (No. 2), Arkansas (No.8), and Louisiana (No. 10).

Based on the information above it appears that Texas, and the South, are seeing and will continue to see an influx of residents. The cost of living is good, the weather is warmer, and it looks like there is plenty of job opportunity!

Are you or someone you know interested in moving to our area? I am always here to help!

 

Resources:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2015-11-17/americans-still-move-for-work-just-not-enough

http://www.unitedvanlines.com/about-united/news/movers-study-2015?utm_source=dynamic&utm_medium=press&utm_content=orTopDest2015&utm_campaign=National-Movers-Study

Six Ways To Shiplap Your Home

August 8th, 2016

Shiplap has become one of the most talked about interior design styles in recent years. Adding shiplap to your home has the ability to transform spaces to fit many different design styles – from farmhouse, cottage, and coastal to modern and industrial, this design technique can do it all.

Whether you love this style because of HGTV’s show Fixer Upper, or because you want to add an historic or rustic charm to your home, here are six ways to add shiplap to just about any space of your home — Take a look!

 

Paneling

Paneling is the most common way to incorporate shiplap into your home. In older houses, the shiplap can occasionally be found beneath the current wall layer – this was the style in old homes. If so, simply add a fresh coat of paint. If shiplap is not under the current wall layer, you will have to install it. But, don’t worry! It’s easier than it looks. Here is a quick “How to shiplap your home” from Home Depot.

shiplap

Fireplace Mantel

Instead of paneling the entire room, consider emphasizing the fireplace by adding some shiplap paneling above the mantel. Adding shiplap here will make the fireplace the focal point of your living room.

shiplap

Ceiling

Adding shiplap to the ceiling of your bedroom or the vaulted ceiling in the living room or stairway can add a unique feature to your home. With ceiling shiplap, you can keep the shiplap as is – no paint needed. This is also a great idea if you want to remove or cover up popcorn ceilings.
Shiplap

 

Kitchen Island

Shiplap doesn’t just have to go on the walls of your home. Consider adding shiplap to your kitchen island. Adding shiplap here adds character to your kitchen.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 8.49.21 AM

Accent Wall

If you want to keep the natural shiplap color, an accent wall could be perfect for you. The accent wall will add a unique characteristic to any room of the home without overpowering the entire room with wood.

shiplap

Exterior of Home

The versatility of shiplap extends to the exterior of the home. Use shiplap to create a coastal, contemporary, or farmhouse touch to your home. By using shiplap as the exterior material, you have the ability to paint your home any color you want! However, I would recommend sticking to neutral colors – when selling your home, it is usually found that buyers prefer neutral colors (beige, brown, white, etc.).

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 8.47.57 AM

Multiple design styles and a plethora of different ways to add it to your home…shiplap really can do it all. Let me know which one you choose! I would love to see how you added this versatile design style to your home!

 

Resources:

http://www.hgtv.com/shows/fixer-upper/fixer-upper-style–shiplap-decorating-ideas-pictures

http://www.hgtv.com/shows/fixer-upper/fixer-upper-style–shiplap-decorating-ideas-pictures

Renovations To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

July 20th, 2016

When getting your home ready to sell, it is important to add sought-after, updated features. Buyers love turn-key homes! But, of course, you don’t want to renovate your entire home — where should you start? Here are my top recommendations on renovations to get your home ready to sell.

Let’s stick with three, high-impact areas of the home — kitchen, bathroom, and front entry.

 

Renovation

The kitchen has become one of the most social rooms of the modern home. With this in mind, it has become increasingly important to stay up-to-date with the current trends to make your kitchen stand out to buyers.

How can you make sure your kitchen appeals to buyers? Here are the renovations I recommend to make your kitchen the talk of the market!

  1. Counter Tops
    Many buyers nowadays will not look at a house unless it has updated counter tops in the kitchen. Popular kitchen counter tops include granite and quartz. While they might be expensive, they are worth it! Granite and quartz counter tops will last longer and will add value to your home.
  2. Lighting
    Lighting, while it may not seem important, can add a “wow” factor to any room in the home, and pendant lights are the best option for the kitchen. Make sure they don’t overpower the room, but instead complement the features already present in the kitchen.
  3. Sink
    If you have the opportunity and money, consider updating your kitchen sink. A popular option in newly remodeled kitchens is the farmhouse sink.
  4. Cabinets
    Cabinets, just like counter tops, are very visible in the kitchen. Before you put your home on the market, make sure there are no paint chips or scratches in your cabinets. A fresh coat of paint of stain often does the trick! Also, if you want to do a little more, you can add new hardware (knobs) to the cabinets.
  5. Appliances
    Replacing appliances can be costly to a renovation budget. But, replacing them can be worth every penny. Stainless steel appliances are a popular choice among buyers.
  6. Flooring
    While flooring doesn’t top the list, buyers prefer to have updated flooring in the home they are buying. Consider adding hardwood floors throughout the home (except for bathrooms).
  7. Backsplash
    The kitchen backsplash can add a luxurious touch to any kitchen, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Tile backsplashes tend to get pretty pricey. However, you don’t have to use tile. It turns out that tin ceiling tile makes for a great and inexpensive backsplash.

 

Renovation

Even though the bathroom is not the most important room in the house, it deserves attention when it comes to renovating before getting ready to sell. Stick to tile, and update fixtures. As it was important to stay up-to-date with the kitchen, it is equally as important to remember the bathroom.

  1. Faucets
    Replace old faucets in the bathrooms before placing your home on the market. Research and see what type of metal is in style at the time — it could be very important to your buyers.
  2. Counter Tops
    If you’re going to update the counter tops in your kitchen, then the cost won’t increase much to include the bathroom. To keep it uniform, order the same counter top color. Your buyers will love that you have updated both parts of the home.
  3. Lighting
    Lighting is important in every room of the house! When replacing the faucets, consider replacing the light fixtures to match the new hardware. As always, remember what is in style.
  4. Shower
    Big, separate showers have become very popular recently. When remodeling your bathroom, remove the tub/shower combo, and put in a standing shower with glass doors. Also, add tile to the entire shower (walls and floor).
  5. Flooring
    Always use tile in the bathroom – in the shower and when flooring the entire bathroom.
  6. Cabinets
    Just as in the kitchen, cabinets are a visible part of the bathroom and buyers do not like to see them falling apart or in need of major maintenance. To keep it simple and cheap, just add a fresh coat of paint or stain.

Renovation

First impressions really do matter! Make sure your homes exterior looks just as good as its interior — start with the front entry. My top four recommendations are below.

  1. Porch Flooring
    As a cheap way to improve your home’s curb appeal, look at the flooring on your porch. Is it cracked? Or does it have missing bricks or stones? If so, you may want to look into repairing it.
  2. Front Door
    Adding a new front door, or refinishing the paint is important to buyers. A buyer likes to know that you take care of the outside of your home just as much as the inside. Before placing it on the market, consider replacing the door. Or, if you don’t want to spend too much, add a fresh coat of paint or stain.
  3. Lighting
    Replace the cheap light fixtures that came with your home and add a nice, new light fixture to the front entry. Buyers will love the new touch.
  4. Welcoming Features
    When your home is on the market, it is nice to add welcoming features to the front entry. It will give buyers a great first impression of your home! Popular items include: wreaths, flowers, a welcoming mat, or new home numbers.

Renovating your home to get ready to sell can be a big and expensive project. But, it doesn’t have to be. Stick to the renovations above and your home will be one of the best on the market.

Let me know if you have any questions! I am always here to help you!

Free Fun Austin

July 12th, 2016

Free fun in Austin has no limits! Below are a couple of free fun activities that we recommend in the Austin area. Have fun!

Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park happen every weekend at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace. The Austin ensemble puts on a free concert with shows ranging from classic to jazz!

Free Fun Austin

Photo Credit

Tour the State Capitol
If you like history, then the Texas State Capitol is the place for you! The architecture of our Capitol building resembles the look of the U.S. Capitol building and the grounds surrounding the capitol are absolutely gorgeous — making for the perfect location to walk your dog or have a picnic in the park. Tours of the Capitol building are only free for groups of 10 or more with a reservation.

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.43.52 PMPhoto Credit

Baylor Street Art Wall
Spray paint art, also known as graffiti, is a great way to express yourself! However, it isn’t always legal — but thats not true of the Hope Outdoor Gallery. The Gallery is located on 11th Street and Baylor Street and boasts a tremendous view of downtown. The art here is always changing – so there is always something new for everyone to see!

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.43.44 PMPhoto Credit

Bull Creek Greenbelt
Bull Creek Greenbelt is a great location to explore the outdoors and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a drive, enjoy the creek, and if you’re really up for it, there is a 3.5-mile hiking trail that’s amazing!

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.43.36 PMPhoto Credit

Blues on the Green
Live music and Austin, Texas, basically go hand-in-hand, and it doesn’t get more Austin than the Blues on the Green concerts in Zilker Park. This concert series has been hosted every summer and is FREE to the public!

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.43.27 PMPhoto Credit

Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake runs directly through Austin, TX, and is an outdoor haven for Austin residents. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast then this Austin location is the place for you! Austinites love to use the 10-mile trail around the lake to get their daily exercise. Also, in the summer months, you can rent out kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards, and enjoy the outdoors on Lady Bird Lake.

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.43.18 PMPhoto Credit

Farmer’s Market
Look around for a local farmers market! This gives you the perfect opportunity to see local Austin fares and produce. Just because you go doesn’t mean you need to purchase anything, you can just go to people watch and see what local Austin farmers and small businesses have to offer!

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.43.07 PMPhoto Credit

South Congress
South Congress, known as SoCo to Austin locals, is the very definition of Keep Austin Weird. This Stretch of Austin, just south of downtown, is home to many weird shops, fun eateries, and great views of the Texas Capitol building! This is a stop you don’t want to miss.

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.42.56 PMPhoto Credit

Bridge Bats

Have you ever noticed that the mosquito level in Austin is low? Well, that’s because we have bats! Every night thousands of bats flock from the Congress Avenue Bridge to search for food (mosquitos). You have to see this at least once! Just beware that it may stink!

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.42.13 PMPhoto Credit

Austin Wall Murals
Austin is no stranger to weird art, and these wall murals all over the city describe that perfectly! The most photographed mural, “I love you so much,” is located just near South Congress. So, grab a friend and pose for pictures at this wall mural and explore the city! Have fun!

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.42.24 PMPhoto Credit

Resources:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/oct/17/austin-top-10-outdoor-activities

http://www.austintop50.com/p/top-50-things-to-do-in-austin-this.html

http://www.southernsavers.com/top-25-free-things-austin-tx/

A Guide To Austin’s Neighborhoods

June 20th, 2016

With Austin’s population booming and housing prices soaring, it can be hard to decide where to move in Austin. This isn’t true for just people moving into the area, but also for people looking to relocate to a new neighborhood, whether that be inside the city or in the suburbs. So, how do you go about choosing one of Austin’s neighborhoods that is the right fit for you financially or based on the lifestyle you love?

Austin Neighborhood Map

Below we have outlined Austin’s trendiest and popular neighborhoods, along with the Austin neighborhoods with the best food and drink options. As a quick and easy reference for you, we have included a map (above) so you can visualize where the neighborhoods are located while going through these lists.

With the influx of residents, commute times to downtown Austin have become increasingly more important when considering where to live. With that in mind, we have added a map to show what your commute time will be based on what neighborhood you decide is best for you. Lastly, if you like quizzes, we’ve also included a fun and useful link to determine where you should live.

 

Austin’s Neighborhoods: 10 Trendiest

Austin NeighborhoodsOld West Austin | Downtown Austin | Hyde Park

How are these the top 10? Well, it’s all based on numbers…and here’s how it’s scored!

  • WalkScore
  • Restaurants, bars and coffee shops per capita
  • Total restaurants in an area
  • Percent of population that is married (lower is better)
  • Desirability (the most desirable area for people ages 20 to 35, according to Austin real estate agents surveyed)
  • Median value of owner-occupied homes
  • Median rent (higher is better)

Austin NeighborhoodsTravis Heights | Zilker

Here it is, broken down into the top 10.

  1. Old West Austin
    • Forever trendy neighborhood encompassing Enfield, Pemberton Heights and Bryker Woods
    • WalkScore of 77 — making it a very walkable neighborhood
    • Lots of restaurants nearby: Olive & June, Oyster Bar, etc.
    • Ranked #2 for highest home prices – average home price $386,575
    • One of most sought-after neighborhoods
  2. Downtown Austin
    • Most walkable area in Austin – WalkScore of 86 – only place in Austin you won’t need a car
    • Most nearby restaurants in the city
    • Home values just over $230,000 (typically condos because they are in the heart of downtown)
    • Place to be if you love nightlife and plenty of restaurant choices
  3. Gateway (North Austin)
    • Tons and tons of restaurants
    • Lifestyle amenities nearby: Whole Foods, Arboretum and Domain shopping areas
  4. North Campus
    • Very trendy neighborhood
    • Located in the middle of UT and Hyde Park
    • WalkScore of 81 – third best neighborhood for those without cars
    • Great distance from downtown Austin – would make for a very easy commute
    • Great options for restaurants and coffee shops
  5. West Campus
    • High WalkScore 85 – very easy if you don’t have a car or like to use public transportation
    • One of the most desirable neighborhoods in Austin
    • Very popular area for UT undergrads
  6. Travis Heights
    • Located close to South Congress, with South Congress Cafe, Perla’s, Amy’s Ice Cream and Home Slice just a walk away!
    • Home value: average home price $323,545
    • Very interesting home architecture and a great local dog park off Riverside
  7. Zilker
    • Located south of Lady Bird Lake and within walking distance of Zilker Park, home to Austin City Limits music festival and other outdoor concerts in Austin. Zilker Park is also a great place to bring your dog or hangout with friends on a sunny day
    • Popular area for buyers
  8. North Loop
    • Considered to be the new East Side, North Loop is home to young professional and hipsters
    • Very trendy area – located just north of Austin and in close proximity to Hyde Park
    • Popular restaurants and bars include: Foreign & Domestic, and drink.well.
  9. Barton Hills
    • Located very close to Zilker Park this area is perfect for young families
    • Home value: very high home prices at an average of $380,000
    • Home to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
    • Popular area for buyers
  10. Upper Boggy Creek
    • Only neighborhood on the list to be located east of Austin
    • Tons of nearby restaurants

 

Even though the 10 above are the trendiest (based on the rating system outlined above), you’ll want to explore and find the fit that’s right for you.  Below, we have outlined the popular neighborhoods in two other categories: other popular neighborhoods (with good schools and amenities for families) and food/drink (which neighborhoods have the best restaurants and bars).

Popular Neighborhoods

  1. Olympic Heights
    • Just south of Austin
    • Popular with first-time homebuyers
    • Home price range: $140s to $170s
  2. Windsor Park
    • Just northeast of Austin
    • Older houses – usually fixer uppers
    • Lots of shops and restaurants nearby
  3. Brentwood
    • Just north of Austin – located by trendy-fun Hyde Park
    • Easy commute for those working downtown – Cap Metro Rail runs along this neighborhood
    • Could become one of the most popular neighborhoods in the coming years
  4. Avery Ranch
    • Far northwest Austin
    • Perfect for families with older children
    • Great schools, safety and suburban amenities (like the Avery Ranch Golf Club)
  5. Walnut Creek
    • Centrally located in north Austin
    • Located near the Domain (up-and-coming area)
    • Large yards in this neighborhood
  6. Brushy Creek
    • Located up near Round Rock, far northwest Austin
    • Close to the Round Rock Outlet Mall, Cedar Park Center (housing many concerts and sporting events and Dell Diamond (where the Round Rock Express play)
  7. Milwood/Rattan Creek
    • Located in northwest Austin area
    • Close to the Domain, Arboretum, and Gateway Whole Foods
    • Highly-rated schools, according to recent studies, in the area: Westwood and Anderson High Schools
  8. Crestview
    • Located between Burnet Rd and Lamar Blvd, just south of Hwy 183
    • Short drive to downtown with historic homes (1940s and 1950s)
  9. Falcon Point
    • Located just north of Austin, in the suburb of Pflugerville
    • Master-planned residential community
    • Short drive to Lake Pflugerville and Hawaiian Falls Water Park
  10. Crystal Falls
    • Located in far northwest Austin, in the suburb of Leander
    • Great location for views of the Texas Hill Country, and close proximity to Lake Travis
    • Home price range: $200,000s to over $1,000,000

 

Food And Drink

 

 

Austin Neighborhood Commute Times

With commute times becoming increasingly long, it’s nice to have an understanding of the commute from your neighborhood of choice. Below are two maps that indicate approximate commute times during rush hour and non-rush hour times. While these are helpful, they are not meant to represent exact commute times.

Austin Commute Times Austin Commute Times

Quiz On Where To Live?

Still not sure which neighborhood you should call “home” in Austin? Take the quiz! Check out the “Austin Neighborhood” quiz: http://move-to-austin.com/austin-tx-neighborhood-quiz.html

Your home in Austin awaits! So, let’s get started!

Do you need help looking for your new home in that new neighborhood you picked? Give us a call! We’re here to help you in any way we can!

 

Resources:

http://www.greatamericancountry.com/places/local-life/great-neighborhoods-in-austin

http://www.austinrelocationguide.com/Top-10-Popular-Austin-Neighborhoods/

http://move-to-austin.com/austin-tx-neighborhood-quiz.html

https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/austin-tx/best-austin-neighborhoods-young-families/

http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/10-trendiest-neighborhoods-in-austin/

http://move-to-austin.com/austin-tx-neighborhood-commute-times/

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/austin/best-austin-neighborhoods-for-bars-and-restaurants-downtown-hyde-park-rosewood

North Austin’s Downtown: Rock Rose the Domain

June 3rd, 2016

With no Uber or Lyft in the Austin City limits going out and hitting downtown from North Austin has become increasingly more difficult. Of course, you could always take the metro line, but if you are going down to hit up Rainey, Dirty or West 6th, it’s a little disappointing have to catch the train by 12 p.m. So, what’s the answer for those who don’t want to pick a friend to be the designated driver for the night? Well, we’ve got just the place for you!….if you’re located in the North Austin! ROCK ROSE Street in the Domain!!!

For those of you who know the Domain, Rock Rose is located near the Neiman Marcus and Whole Foods area (the northern portion of the domain). The Domain, for years, has been known as North Austin’s upscale shopping center. But, now, with the addition of this new, hip nightlife destination, the Domain has propelled to one of the top-5 Austin nightlife destinations. Also, unlike downtown Austin, Rock Rose has an abundance of parking. The Domain is loaded with parking structures — but for Rock Rose street we recommend using the “Red Garage.” Since its opening, in January 2016, Rock Rose has grown exponentially. Below, you can see just how quickly restaurants and bars have been added to the street!

Map of Rock Rose

So, you may ask, what will Rock Rose have? What hip bars and restaurants? Well, here they are, plus some restaurants we think everyone will enjoy!

Rock Rose Night Life

The Dogwood | Lavaca Street Bar | Jack & Gingers | Kung Fu Saloon | Saint Genevieve

Rock Rose Restaurants

Tarka Indian Kitchen | Thai – Kun | MAD Greens | Mia – Italian Tapas Bar | Two Hands Coffee

Rock Rose Restaurants

So, what are the downsides?

Of course while the Domain will offer rooftop bars, they will not compare to the views that the downtown Austin bars have to offer. In addition, Rock Rose is just one street while downtown Austin is multiple streets with a plethora of bar/nightclub selections.

However, if neither of these downsides apply to you and you live in the North Austin area, Rose Rock could be the night out you’ve been looking for!

 

More shops and restaurants keep making their way to Rock Rose! So, stay tuned for future openings!

Coming soon:

Sway – Popular Thai Restaurant

General Tso’Boy – Chinese Style Po’Boy, opening June 2016

Salvation Pizza – New Haven Style Pizza joint

What do you think? Is this a great addition to North Austin and the Domain? Check it out and let us know which location is your favorite, and why!

References:
http://austin.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/05-30-16-rock-rose-the-domain-best-new-bars-restuarants-shops/#slide=0

http://austin.eater.com/2016/3/8/11178960/st-genevieve-open-march-rock-rose-cocktail-lounge-photos-gallery

http://austin.eater.com/2015/10/7/9474235/sway-expands-two-restaurants-austin

http://austin.eater.com/2016/5/17/11691408/general-tso-boy-chinese-american-austin-domain-rock-rose

https://www.facebook.com/salvationpizzarockrose/info/?tab=overview

Adventurous Accent Walls Inside the Home

May 31st, 2016

Adventurous accent walls are a great way to add POP to a room. Today we’re sharing accent walls we’ve spotted in homes in the Austin area, and we hope you’ll find inspiration for your own home!

An adventurous accent wall can be accomplished with or without the use of paint. A stripe and herringbone design can give a painted accent wall a well-designed feel without going overboard. While this is fun, it is a little more conservative than the others you’ll see below. The other five below are just as fun, but they are also unique!

What types of materials or design can you accent your wall with? Check out the six we love below:

Reclaimed Wood

reclaimed wood accent wall

Stone

stone

Brick

Red:

brick red accent wall

Metallic/mirror brick:

metallic mirror brick accent wall

Painted brick:

painted brick accent wall

Tile

Bathroom:

tile in bathroom accent wall

Kitchen (backsplash):

tile in kitchen accent wall

Wallpaper

wallpaper accent wall

wallpaper 2 accent wall

Paint

Solid:

solid paint accent wall

Stripes (vertical and horizontal):

stripes vertical accent wall stripes horizontal accent wall

Herringbone:

stripes herringbone accent wall

Do you have your adventurous accent wall selected now? Location and material? We hope this post leaves you inspired!

If you’d like a free, no-obligation home market analysis to determine what it might sell for in our fast-moving market, reach out to us anytime: (512) 699-3425.

Painting 101: Picking the Perfect Color for Your Living Room

May 7th, 2016

While it may not seem like it, picking out the perfect color to complement the décor in any room can be a hard, time-consuming process. For some, it can be as simple as picking out your favorite shade of your favorite color, or simply sticking to the neutrals. But, others, without the help of a designer, want to find that perfect color that brings their room to life!

Each room of the house has its own purpose. The kitchen and living areas are social places, places where entertaining and conversation happen; the bedroom and bathroom are relaxing and soothing places, places where you want to be at peace and enjoy some time to yourself; and the home office is meant to be a productive space, a space where you want to concentrate on your work to make the most of your time.

Over the next few blog posts, we’ll cover designer recommended colors for each room of your home. Today, we’re focusing on the living room.

Living Room – You can go BOLD in this space!

Perfect color living room

Versatile & Calming – Blue will create a sense of calm and order in the living room. Plus, blues many different shades will compliment many different styles and colors.

Perfect color living room

Energetic & Powerful – Warmer colors, such as red, yellow, and orange, are thought to bring out a more energetic and active atmosphere to a room. Considered to be the most social space in the house, using a bold and powerful color such as red can add energy and life to the living room while also helping stimulate conversation and connection between people.

Perfect color living room

Formal & Calming – Utilize gray for a more formal and calming feeling to the living room. This neutral color is a great choice if there are too many colors already present in the room.

Perfect color living room

Warm and Inviting – Both yellow and white will give the living room a warm and inviting feeling. Yellow is more of a bright, cheerful, happy color while white leans more towards creating a clean and fresh atmosphere.

Perfect color living room

Basic and Neutral – Earth tones, like brown and beige, can make a living room feel more comfortable and “homey.” Using these colors in the living room allows for a more subtle pop of colors through out the room (i.e. curtains, pillows, wall décor, etc.).

Do you have the perfect color scheme for a home, but you’re still looking for the right home? Give us a call anytime! We’re here to help you: (512) 599-3425 or Michelle@CTXPG.com