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                                             By Jackie Potts

                            An active, involved neighborhood association is
                            the heart and soul behind the successful sense of
                               community spirit that inhabits the Allandale
  neighborhood. Phyllis Brinkley, the editor of the Allandale Neighborhood
      Association's newsletter, The Allandale Neighbor, lists numerous
improvements that the neighborhood has been instrumental in making a reality
       since she and her family moved to Allandale over 40 years ago.

  "We're the 28th largest neighborhood group," Brinkley says proudly. "Our
  annual Fourth of July Parade started in 1960, but it wasn't until October of
 1973 that we organized the neighborhood association. Since then, we've been
 very active in making our community a good place to live." In addition to the
   Fourth of July Parade, they also sponsor an annual "Candy Cane Lane" at
  holiday time, and a Shoal Creek Cleanup event. Allandale was just recently             Zone: Central
redistricted, and is bounded by Anderson Lane on the north, by Shoal Creek at            MLS Area: 2
   45th Street (from MoPac to the Shoal Creek waterway, and following the             Zip Code(s): 78757
   waterway to Hancock Drive) to the south, with Burnet Road as its eastern
                                boundary and MoPac as the western boundary.            Zip Code 78757
                                                                                     Demographic Profile
                                 The word "active" is almost an understatement
                                  when applied to the Allandale Neighborhood           Population:       21,197
                                 Association. The neighborhood association has      Median Housing
                                     been responsible for, among other things,            Value
                                 working with the city to have a retention pond      Avg HH Size:         2.13
                                  built in 1986 to prevent flooding, having new    Median HH Income: $48,818
                                 bridges built to for flood control, working with     Median Age          37.8
                                   the congressman's office to keep trains from        % Married:         47%
stopping over in the neighborhood and noisily idling their engines for days on       % of HHs with
end, and building sewer line improvements under Shoal Creek Boulevard that              Children:
               would prevent harming its namesake, Shoal Creek.                      % with College
 Other improvements brought about by the neighborhood association include % Owner Occupied 53%
  the opening of the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library in what             Housing
   was once the old Americana Theatre. "We also raised $20,000 of the total        Median Yr Dwelling
 $80,000 expense to improve (Beverly Sheffield Park). Improvements include              was Built
  new children's playground equipment, sidewalks, and restrooms." Brinkley
points to the library, the Northwest Recreation Center and its facilities, and the     Source: Claritas 2006
 neighborhood churches as sure signs that Allandale is a thriving community.
                                                                                     Beverly Sheffield Park
                                                                                      includes Olympic-size
                                                                                    swimming pool, children's
                                   "We're also in an excellent location, close to      wading pool, children's
                                  downtown, and close to all the shopping and        playground; picnic areas,
                                      retail in North Austin. We used to be          tennis courts, and a pond.
                                considered Northwest Austin. Now, with all the
                                growth, we're Central Austin," laughs Brinkley. Northwest Little League park
                                 "We have a pretty good section of middle class       includes several baseball
                                  folks living here in the Allandale–it's a pretty               fields.
                                    good mix of older people, young business
                                  professionals, and young families. Our house      Shoal Creek Boulevard and
      values (averaging $250,000-$300,000) have stayed pretty steady."               Great Northern offer lanes
                                                                                       designated for bicycles.
   But, as Brinkley points out, economics come and go. Neighborhoods are
 forever. "A lot of people who move here hate to ever have to move out. We A large off-the-leash dog park
have pretty good local schools–Gullett Elementary and Lamar Middle School surrounds a water runoff area
  are on the neighborhood association's "Adopt-A-School" program, and we                between Shoal Creek
 support them through the donation of money and school supplies. We have Boulevard and Great Northern.
 McCallum, the arts magnet school, as our high school. We have bike routes,          The sidewalk in this area
 swimming pools, parks, ball fields for little league–there are a lot of things     provides access to Far West
 here for the whole family. It's a well-rounded neighborhood. There's always                  Boulevard.
                   something going on in this neighborhood.
                                                                                   Two scenic pedestrian bridges
                                                                                         span Shoal Creek.
       Schools                                            Resources
                           Amenities                                                Austin Independent School
 Austin Independent                               Allandale's neighborhood
                           Northwest                                                    District's Professional
    School District                               Association Search articles
                       Recreation Center                                               Development Academy
 Gullett Elementary                                       mentioning
                       Beverly Sheffield                                           features a children's play area
Lamar Middle School                                 Allandale in the Austin
                               Park                                                      and a soccer field.
   McCallum High                               American-Statesman's archives.
                          Shoal Creek
        School                                Find area restaurants on Austin360
                            Bryker Woods
                               By Jackie Potts

  It was the physical beauty of Bryker Woods -- with its lovely old trees and
 charming old homes -- that attracted Jim Nelson to the neighborhood. It was
                  the family atmosphere that kept him there.

Nelson and his wife are raising three children in the home they bought in 1984.
                           And they are staying put.
                                                                                          Zone: Central
"I love being near downtown but still away from it," Nelson said. "I can be at           MLS Area: 1B
 work downtown in 10 minutes. But because of its well- defined geography,              Zip Code(s): 78703
          Bryker Woods is confined. There are advantages to that."
                                                                                        Zip Code 78703
   That confinement makes him feel safe since there is little through traffic.        Demographic Profile
   However, some parts of the neighborhood -- such as on 29th Street -- are
  seeing more traffic as motorists attempt to find shortcuts between MOPAC           Population:     16,109
                  Boulevard and Interstate 35 to downtown.                          Avg HH Size:      1.95
                                                                                  Median HH Income: $69,882
Bryker Woods is bordered by Westover on the south, 35th on the north, Shoal          Median Age       38.7
   Creek on the east and MOPAC Boulevard on the west. It was developed               % Married:       48%
between the 1930s and 1950s, mostly with bungalows and a few larger homes           % of HHs with
                       surrounded by large, shady trees.                              Children:
                                                                                   % with College
 "People who buy here are looking for a neighborhood like the one they grew            Degree:
up in," said George McGee of George Sears McGee, Realtors. "They want the         % Owner Occupied
charm of an older neighborhood. They tell me to exhaust looking here before            Housing
                              they'll consider                                    Median Yr Dwelling
                                  looking                                             was Built
                                                                                      Source: Claritas 2006

                                                                                       Shoal Creek Park has
                                                                                      distinguishable features
                                                                                  include a large covered picnic
                                                                                       pavilion, an "outdoor
                                                                                   classroom" under a giant live
                   Casis Elementary School on Exposition                           oak tree, Zeriscaped gardens
                                                                                     and a section of the Shoal
 McGee said the price is mainly for the land. He has started to see some tear-        Creek Hike & Bike trail.
                                                                               Bailey Park features include
 Buyers are mainly young professionals -- with and without children, McGee      outdoor tennis courts (with
  said. Many work in various medical facilities in and around Seton Medical lights), a sand volleyball court,
 Center which is nearby. The University of Texas and downtown offices are      a flagstone covered pavilion
  minutes away. Grocery stores and small retail establishments are close-by       built in the 1930's, park
               along 35th/38th streets and Lamar Boulevard.                   swings, childrens wading pool
                                                                                and an area for baseball or
      Because of the convenient location, many homeowners stay in the          softball. The park also has a
neighborhood for several years before deciding to move into larger quarters or wide open space for flying
                                      add.                                          kites and other large field
  Nelson said that's the issue he and his wife are grappling with now that their
three children are older. Nelson said he doesn't want to leave the neighborhood.   Seider's Springs Park has
                                                                                picnic tables and park benches.
                                "The emphasis has always been on family," he      This park begins the Shoal
                                said. "People are always walking, including at      Creek Hike & Bike trail
                                 night. A lot of people who move here stay a       leading to downtown and
                                 long time. It's stable. But there is always an   Town Lake. Actual springs
                                      influx of new families moving in."           continue to flow from the
                                                                                  limestone ledge on the east
                                   Because of the emphasis on families, the            side of the creek.
                                  neighborhood boasts a very active PTA at
                                Bryker Woods Elementary as well as an active
                           neighborhood association.

Part of the attraction for young families is the schools, McGee said. Half of the
elementary school-age children attend Bryker Woods Elementary and the other
   half attend Casis Elementary. Of the students taking the Texas Education
   Agency's Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test in 1995-96 at Bryker
Woods, 91 percent passed all portions. At Casis, 90 percent passed all portions.

Respective junior and high schools are Martin Junior High or O'Henry Middle
                          and Austin High School.

 When not studying, children play in the many nearby parks such as Seider's
             Springs Park, Bailey Park, and Shoal Creek Park.

      Schools                                        Resources
 Austin Independent                                 Brykerwood's
   School District          Amenities         Neighborhood Association
   Bryker Woods        Seider's Springs Park  Search articles mentioning
     Elementary            Bailey Park          Bryker Woods in the
  Casis Elementary       Shoal Creek Park               Austin
Martin Middle School      Bryker Woods          American-Statesman's
  O. Henry Middle    Neighborhood Association         archives.
       School                                  Find area restaurants on
 Austin High School                                   Austin360
                                By Donna Lin

 Once considered remote from the hubbub of downtown Austin, Crestview is
  today a centrally located neighborhood, featuring elegant, gracefully aged
                 homes built along shaded, tree-lined blocks.

  Longtime resident Chip Harris says he and his wife were attracted to the
Crestview area because of the mature trees, the quiet atmosphere and the nice
                   mix of ages of people who live there.

 "When you move into a new subdivision, a lot of the people there are of the
same age. Being an older neighborhood, the diversity of ages was nice. There
are people who live there now that could tell you about when Anderson Lane
                                                                                          Zone: Central
        was a gravel road, they've lived there for 50 years," he says.
                                                                                          MLS Area: 2
                                                                                       Zip Code(s): 78757
Though some residents of Crestview have lived there for decades, newcomers
  are attracted to the tranquil, serene environment this community offers.
                                                                                         Zip Code 78757
                                                                                       Demographic Profile
   Generally recognized as an ideal environment for families, Crestview is
bordered by Anderson Lane to the north, Justin Lane to the south, North Lamar
                                                                                    Population:       21,197
  Boulevard to the east and Burnet Road to the west. It is located north of the
                                                                                   Avg HH Size:        2.13
                              city's urban core.
                                                                                 Median HH Income: $48,818
                                                                                    Median Age         37.8
 A quiet, friendly neighborhood, Crestview's streets are speckled with locally
                                                                                    % Married:         47%
   owned businesses. "We probably have more barbershops per capita than
                                                                                   % of HHs with
anywhere else," Harris says, laughing. "If you throw a rock, you'll probably hit                       20%
                      one. It's the same for churches, too."
                                                                                  % with College
                                                                                 % Owner Occupied
                                                                                 Median Yr Dwelling
  Harris says a few places residents frequent include a small restaurant called                        1964
                                                                                     was Built
 The Little Deli, and the Crestview Mini-Max, a small grocery store located in
                         the center of the neighborhood.
                                                                                   Source: Claritas 2006
  Gary Knippa, of Knippa Properties, says Crestview's location is ideal for
                                                                                       Beverly S. Scheffield
homeowners wanting an older home without the high price of other established
                                                                                    Northwest Park features a
                                                                                     baseball field, basketball,
                                                                                   tennis and volleyball courts,
 "The young professional-type crowd typically buys homes in Crestview, the
                                                                                     playground, picnic table,
  type that doesn't mind rolling up their sleeves and making their homes suit
                                                                                  picnic pavilion, bar-b-que pits,
                       their individual tastes," he says.
                                                                                   wading and swimming pool,
                                                                                        and a fishing pier.

  Typical homes in the area range from 1,100 to 1,200 square feet, and most
homes are pier and beam construction, Knippa says most Crestview homes are
2 bedroom, 1 bath, or 3 bedroom, 1 bath. About three-quarters of homes in the
  neighborhood have been converted from standard air conditioning window
                        unites to CA/CH systems.

    Brentwood Elementary is just across Justin Lane from Crestview in the
   Brentwood neighborhood and features a small city pool, ball fields and a
   playground. Beverly Sheffield Park also is nearby. A much larger public
  facility, this park offers a public pool, playgrounds, tennis courts, barbecue
                             areas and basketball court.

  "People enjoy the neighborly quality of living in Crestview," Knippa says.
"My sister lived in Crestview for years, and always talked about how everyone
                    knew everyone, and helped each other."

 Residents of the neighborhood enjoy an active neighborhood association that
  hosts several different annual events. Harris says a several notable events
  include an ice cream social held in July, and National Night Out events in

    These nights are part of a program that
 encourage one person on each block to host a
   get-together on their front lawn the first
  Tuesday in August, for neighbors to get to
             know one another.

     Harris says the neighborhood is not as
ethnically diverse as he would prefer, but things
   are slowly changing. "There are different
 socioeconomic groups in the area, because there's a large amount of rentals in
          the neighborhood," he says.

Children in the neighborhood attend Brentwood
Elementary School, Lamar Middle School, and
McCallum High School. Utilities are provided
                   by the city.

                                                            Search articles
  Austin Independent              Amenities
    School District           Beverly S. Scheffield
                                                        Crestview in the Austin
 Brentwood Elementary           Northwest Park
        School                  The Arboretum
 Lamar Middle School            Northcross Mall
                                                        Find area restaurants on
 McCallum High School
                              Down Town
 Downtown Austin is home to many things, but for an increasing number of
                      residents, it is simply home.

A vibrant mecca of commerce and culture, the downtown cityscape has grown
 significantly in the past five years to include a variety of living quarters that
put residents within walking distance of dining, entertainment, recreation and
                                retail destinations.

"The residential population is approximately 5,300 people," says Charlie Betts,
  executive director of the Downtown Austin Alliance. "Presently, there are                  ZONE: Central
                1,500 announced units on the drawing boards."                                 MLS: 1B, 4
                                                                                              ZIP: 78701
 While residential quarters run the gamut from small efficiency apartments to
    posh lofts, Betts says a typical downtown residence is a condominium                    Zip Code 78701
measuring 1,200 to 1,400 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen,             Demographic Profile
living room and a great view. Sale price per square foot would be about $300,
                                     he said.                                         Population:        4,296
                                                                                    Avg HH Size:          1.44
   Kevin Burns, a real estate broker and owner of UrbanSpace Realtors says        Median HH Income: $46,431
           people are drawn to downtown living for a variety of reasons.             Median Age           39.0
                                                                                      % Married:         34%
 "Most (residents) are location-driven," he says. "They want to be close to the     % of HHs with
trail, restaurants and bars. Whole Foods is a major amenity. People who live in                           3%
 Austin City Lofts or the Nokonah can walk there. I actually live in the Austin     % with College
                                     City Lofts and I walk to Whole Foods."                              47%
                                                                                  % Owner Occupied
                                 Natalie Smith, a three-year resident at Railyard                        36%
                                 Condominiums and an active participant in the Median Yr Dwelling
                                 Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association,                               1976
                                                                                       was Built
                                   says her life and leisure have become more
                                 integrated since                                    Source: Claritas 2006
                                   downtown.                                       Zilker Park includes sand
                                                                                      volleyball courts, a nine-hole
                                 "Going out is                                         Disc Golf Course, 9 Soccer
 not as much of a production," she says. "I can                                      Fields, 1 Rugby Field, 2 Multi-
  step outside and catch a band any day of the                                       use Fields, miniature train ride,
 week. I can step outside and be on my way to                                         canoeing, natural spring pool,
 dinner. There are so many things to do down                                               dog park, and more.
here. You've got the arts, Town Lake, community events like symphony in the           Barton Hills Playground
                             park, art openings..."                                  features a basketball court,
                                                                                   multi-purpose field, trail miles,
     Another often cited reason for living downtown is ease of mobility.            playground, and picnic area.
"Generally, people can do away with two cars and get by with just one," Betts
says. "You can eliminate your commute time and the stress that goes with it."         Umlauf Sculpture Garden
                                                                                   features outdoor art and statues
                                 While living downtown may cost more per                     with a trail.
                                  square foot than living elsewhere, Burns
                               contends that the trade-off of stress, automotive     Austin Nature and Science
                               wear-and-tear, commute times and a simplified           Center is a non-profit
                                  lifestyle are well worth the extra dollars.          community center that
                                                                                    provides nature exhibits and
                               "A lot of people                                      natural science education
                               are sick of living                                      resources for all ages.
                                in the suburbs
 and dealing with long commutes," he says. "I                                        Zilker Botanical Gardens
   work downtown, live downtown and play                                              features many different
downtown. I'm a real estate broker and I haven't                                    gardens planted by different
            been in my car today.                                                         local designers.

   "People are more willing to give up their                                     Barton Springs Pool features
gameroom and walk to Alamo Drafthouse or give up their exercise room to go natural spring swimming area,
 run on the trail," he adds. "I see no end to the popularity of living downtown. sunbathing, concession, and
                        It's where the culture of Austin is."                         lifeguards on duty.

                                                              Down Town's
Elementary                   Amenities
                                                              Search articles
  School      Barton Greek Greenbelt Barton Springs
  Zavala         Pool Deep Eddy Pool Shoal Creek
                                                              Barton Hills in
Elementary Greenbelt Town Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail
                                                                the Austin
  School      Zilker Gardens Zilker Park Theater/Arts
 O'Henry      Bass Concert Hall Paramount Theatre &
  Middle          State Theatre Zach Scott Theatre
                                                                 Find area
Austin High
                                                              restaurants on
University of
                               Hyde Park
                                By Donna Lin

 A leisurely springtime stroll in Hyde Park might begin with a morning cup of
fresh-brewed coffee from Austin-bred Quack's Coffee House on 43rd Street. It
  might wind through several blocks, all the while shaded by tall, stately trees
   arching overhead and crossing the wide streets to say hello to neighbors.
   Eventually, it might come to an end with a purchase of breakfast tacos at
                      NeWorlDeli on Guadalupe Street.

That's one of Glen Coleman's favorite things to do in Hyde Park. A resident of            Zone: Central
 Hyde Park since 1996, Glen knows all the hot spots of the neighborhood. He               MLS Area: 2
     also serves as co-president of the Hyde Park Neighbors' Association.              Zip Code(s): 78751

A relatively small neighborhood, with tree-lined streets and historic houses left        Zip Code 78751
and right, Hyde Park is known for its hodgepodge of residences. It is bordered         Demographic Profile
by 48th Street to the north and 38th Street to the south, Guadalupe Street to the
                        west and Duval Street to the east.                             Population:     13,450
                                                                                      Avg HH Size:      1.84
 Glen says when he moved to the neighborhood, he chose it because it was a          Median HH Income: $33,786
 community where he could walk to the store or local coffee shop, and could            Median Age       39.9
     have neighbors of all different ages, ethnicities and income levels.              % Married:       29%
                                                                                      % of HHs with
 He chose the right place. Convenience stores, restaurants, FreshPlus Grocery           Children:
             Store and Laundromats are just a few blocks away.                       % with College
  "Although Hyde Park is Central Austin's densest neighborhood, it's a place        % Owner Occupied
  where you know your neighbors by name because you've seen them at the                  Housing
     store, at the Laundromat and outside watering their yards," he says.           Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                        was Built
  Hyde Park is not only one of the densest neighborhoods in the city's urban
 core, it is also one of the earliest established. According to the neighborhood      Source: Claritas 2006
 association's Web site, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Land and Town Co.
           founded Hyde Park in 1891.                                            Elizabet Ney Museum is a free
                                                                                     museum which includes
  Under the guiding hands of Monroe Martin                                           sculptures from the late
  Shipe, Hyde Park originally featured large                                     Elizabet Ney in her original art
    residences geared towards the affluent.                                                   studio.
 Sluggish land sales later pushed Hyde Park to
  become a neighborhood for the middle and                                        Shipe Park and Pool features
                  working classes.                                                basketball, multi-purpose and
                                                                                   tennis courts, a playground,
Gradually, majestic homes gave way to smaller,                                   picnic and bar-b-que areas, and
 more modest houses, resulting in the graceful                                   a swimming and wading pool.
 blend of apartment complexes, small bungalows, large residences and office
                              buildings you see today.                              Hancock Golf Course, the
                                                                                  oldest golf course in the state
 Glen attributes such contrasting landscapes to the unique combination of an of Texas, is a par 35 and 9 hole
    ideal location and a rare commitment to historical preservation. While                 golf course.
residents strive to maintain their ties to Monroe's 1891 community, Hyde Park
              is continually touched by the spread of urban life.

  "You can see some of Austin's most modern buildings, and look back 100
  years in time all at once within one square block in Hyde Park," he says. A
typical Hyde Park block includes everything from Craftsman houses to Tudor-
         style homes, new office buildings and apartment complexes.

                                  Shipe Park

 Jody Lockshin, broker for Austin real estate company Habitat Hunters, says
that homes sold last year ranged from the mid $200s to the mid $400s. Homes
             varied from 1,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet.

Due to the wide variety of dwellings available, apartments and homes are often
  leased. Apartments last year began at rents of $400 per month, and 3,000-
                   square-foot houses at $2800 per month.

 "Hyde Park caters to all needs, from those who want apartments, to condos,
 duplexes, houses. It accommodates everyone. That's why the prices range so
            drastically, because there's so much to offer," she says.

     Paige Flick, Habitat Hunters realtor, says the biggest attraction to the
  neighborhood is its family and owner-oriented environment. "It's quiet, the
   neighbors are friendly, you're within walking distance of restaurants and
       grocery stores and just two blocks away from the bus," she says.

                       Elisabet Ney Museum on 44th St.

Hyde Park offers more than just a convenient location to its residents; it offers
 a lively community lifestyle. The neighbors are friendly, the neighborhood
      association is active and involved and there is plenty to see and do.

 Each year, the neighborhood association hosts its annual Hyde Park Homes
Tour. The tour highlights several notable homes within the neighborhood, and
             at the same time raises money for the organization.
The association offers free consulting services for builders and homeowners, to
 ensure they will develop property within the guidelines of community zoning
     codes. Advice is given concerning elements such as building height,
                  impervious cover and parking requirements.

  Children in Hyde Park attend Lee Elementary School, Kealing Junior High
School, and McCallum High School in the Austin Independent School District.
 While electricity, water and trash are provided by the City of Austin Electric
                 Company, cable is provided by Time Warner.

                             Amenities            Hyde Park Neighborhood
                            Elizabet Ney                 Association
Austin Independent School
                              Museum              Search articles mentioning
                           Shipe Park and          Hyde Park in the Austin
 Lee Elementary School
                                Pool                American-Statesman's
Kealing Junior High School
                           Hancock Golf                   archives.
 McCallum High School
                               Course              Find area restaurants on
                               Old Enfield
                                By Matt Griffin

       It had been over 25 years since she first resided in the Old Enfield
  neighborhood as a student at the University of Texas, but when Nona Kean
 returned to Austin to raise her two children in 1991, she said it was the same
nostalgic charm of the neighborhood that made her want to come back. "Other
 neighborhoods are more concerned with size and acreage," Kean said, "here
it's the charm of the houses and the history involved in our neighborhood. It's
                          quality rather than quantity."
                                                                                           Zone: Central
The neighborhood, also known as Old West Austin, is bordered by West 24th                 MLS Area: 1B
Street on the north and Enfield Road on the south. Lamar Boulevard serves as            Zip Code(s): 78703
the east border and MoPac Boulevard is the west border. The neighborhood is
 conveniently located five minutes from downtown and is accessible to major              Zip Code 78703
          thoroughfares MoPac, Lamar Boulevard, and Enfield Road.                      Demographic Profile

   Old Enfield is home to many of the oldest colonial style homes in Austin,             Population:         16,109
  including the historic Pease Mansion, built by Governors Mansion architect            Avg HH Size:          1.95
  Abner Cook. The landmark now privately owned and undergoing restoration           Median HH Income: $69,882
serves as a neighborhood centerpiece, and it is one of the few properties left in        Median Age           38.7
      the city built before the Civil War. For Nona Kean, the history of the             % Married:           48%
   neighborhood is what makes Old Enfield so special, but what she is most             % of HHs with
 proud of is how well that history has been preserved. "Many of the houses are             Children:
      very old," Kean said, "but they are built so well and preserved by our           % with College
                                  neighbors that it                                         Degree:
                                       really is                                     % Owner Occupied
                                      amazing."                                             Housing
                                                                                    Median Yr Dwelling
                                      All of Old                                           was Built
                                  Enfield was part
                                    of a 320-acre                                       Source: Claritas 2006
                                  land grant given
                                  to C.S. Parish in                                The Old Enfield Homeowners
                                     1841 by the                                   Association throws an annual
                                     Republic of                                    picnic for you to mingle and
   Texas during the presidency of Mirabeau Lamar. The land went through a                meet new neighbors.
 series of owners and was subdivided in 1910 by the Enfield Realty and Home
                                    Building Co.                                  The Caswell Tennis Center has
                                                                                     facilities which offer public
  Kean returned to Old Enfield to raise her children not only for the chance to       play, lessons, leagues and
live in a beautiful neighborhood, but also because of the outstanding schools in  tournaments. Reservations may
    Old Enfield. "The schools are very parent-oriented and offer higher level          be made two days prior.
   classes, which was very important for me," she said. Casis Elementary, O.
 Henry Middle School, and Austin High School provided her children both an Pease District Park provides
            excellent education and a unique multicultural experience.               Old Enfield Residents with
                                                                                    softball fields, volleyball and
                                                                                        multi-purpose courts,
                                                                                    playground and picnic areas,
                                                                                   disc golf holes, a wading pool,
                               While many of the residents have lived in the         trails, and a dog park.
                                   neighborhood more than 25 years, the
                                 neighborhood is currently attracting young          West Enfield Park, an
                               families as well as a few students and singles.    additional park just west of
                               Ninety percent of the homes in Old Enfield are    MoPac, features softball and
                                 owner-occupied. "I've never felt unsafe or          multi-purpose fields,
                               unwelcome," Nona Kean said of Old Enfield.         basketball, tennis and multi-
                                                                                 purpose courts, neighborhood
                                 The neighborhood's charms have attracted         swimming pool, and picnic
 University of Texas students as well as local celebrities. Former Mayor Kirk                 areas.
 Watson, former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, and actor Luke Wilson have all called
Old Enfield home. The neighborhood is a favorite at Christmas time, when the      Visit the Old West Austin
   columned porches and majestic balconies are decorated magnificently.              Historic District at

                           Historic Pease Mansion

Old Enfield easily blends its smaller two bedroom, one bathroom cottages with
 the larger, six to eight bedroom mansions, which are architecturally diverse.
 Giant trees and Pease Park assist the soothing aesthetic of the neighborhood.
Many of the houses were built between 1910 and 1950, and homes start in the
                $200,000s and have sold for more than $500,000.

What are the best things about living in Old Enfield? For Nona Kean it's been
  the same reasons since the 1960s. "I'd say the charm, the schools, and the
 convenience of being in Central Austin," Kean said, "plus I get to keep my
                   friends I've made throughout the years."

                               Amenities       Search articles mentioning
 Austin Independent School
                            Caswell Tennis      Old Enfield in the Austin
                                 Center          American-Statesman's
     Casis Elementary
                           Pease District Park         archives.
  O.Henry Middle School
                           West Enfield Park Find area restaurants on
    Austin High School
                                By Jackie Potts

 Charming and old-fashioned while embracing and adapting to the inevitable
 changes that the times bring, Rosedale is a stand-out neighborhood symbolic
  of the "old Austin" meeting the "new Austin" as it finds itself incorporating
                  new elements to its neighborhood mélange.

 "Rosedale certainly is a strange combination of old and traditional and new
 and funky," says Mark Brucks, co-president of the Rosedale Neighborhood
 Association. Brucks says the neighborhood's rise in popularity has attracted
new residents emblematic of the "new Austin," but the neighborhood still has             Zone: Central
    many homeowners that have stayed in the neighborhood for decades.                    MLS Area: 2
                                                                                      Zip Code(s): 78756
The starting price for a home in Rosedale is in the high $200,000's, says realtor
 Socar Chatmon-Thomas of REMAX Austin Skyline, and can be described as                 Zip Code 78756
  "charming cottages" or "quaint bungalows." Homes average about $200 per            Demographic Profile
   square foot, with the median price in the mid $300,000 range. Many of the
 new residents moving into Rosedale are typically of the upwardly mobile set.        Population:      7,473
      "With Rosedale's north central location, it's perfect for many young          Avg HH Size:       1.77
    professionals who want to be close in to Austin, but still want that cozy,    Median HH Income: $40,663
    homey feeling. Rosedale has quite a few homes that are 2-1, which is the         Median Age        37.3
           perfect 'starter home' size for a single person or a couple."             % Married:        35%
                                                                                    % of HHs with
                                                                                   % with College
                                                                                  % Owner Occupied
                                                                                  Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                      was Built

                    26 Doors Shopping Center on W. 38 St.                            Source: Claritas 2006

 Older homes were just built smaller then, agrees Karen McLinden, secretary-      Rosedale, perfectly located in
    treasurer of the Rosedale Neighborhood Association, and Rosedale is no           North Central Austin, has
exception. Some residents have made additions and adjustments to their homes      amenities you and your family
     over the years to accommodate growing family needs. "If you just walk          will love. Ramsey Park, the
 through the neighborhood, you'll see the typical Rosedale bungalow from the         "heart of Rosedale" has a
front, and you'll see this two story addition at the rear of the house." McLinden  swimming pool, playground
says that when many Rosedale residents decide to expand their homes, they do      and new landscaping to offer.
 so in the back of the home because many home lots have the room to do so in       Rosedale's residents can also
                  the backyard but not enough to go side to side.                   enjoy lovely neighborhood
                                                                                    walks, since the community
 Rosedale is located in north central Austin, and its 1,200 homes are bounded works to keep traffic out of the
 by 38th Street to the south, Shoal Creek to the west, North Loop / Hancock        neighborhood. Rosedale with
Drive to the north, and Lamar Boulevard to the east. The area receives City of its "charming cottages" and
Austin utilities, and is part of the Austin Independent School District. Students    "quaint bungalows" is an
 in south Rosedale attend Austin High School, O. Henry Middle School and enjoyable community for your
      Bryker Woods Elementary School. Students in the north Rosedale                         new home.
   neighborhood attend McCallum High School, Lamar Middle School and
                     Highland Park Elementary School.

                                 Ramsey Park

 If there were a heart of Rosedale, it would have to be Ramsey Park. With its
swimming pool, playground and now its new landscaping provided as part of a
 project by a neighborhood Eagle Scout, Ramsey Park has been literally at the
             center of the neighborhood and its activities for years.

 Brucks credits Rosedale's older citizens as giving the neighborhood a sense of
 place in Austin's history. "There's an added sense of uniqueness that we really
like. We have so many long-time residents here in this neighborhood, and they
possess so much neighborhood lore. Florence and Forrest Preece, for example,
 might be our longest-lived residents. They know who built many of these old
  homes and who lived in them. They provided invaluable information when
     Michael and Karen Collins decided to renovate and restore the Moore-
                 Hancock Farmstead at 4811 Sinclair Avenue."

Moving away from the historic restoration of the Moore-Hancock Farmstead,
  other residents have been doing their best to maintain the spirit of "Keep
Austin Weird" - or at least unique. From the "castle home" at 44th Street and
Ramsey to celebrated author-gardener-cook Lucinda Hutson's delectably and
eclectically styled home, a drive around Rosedale confirms that Rosedale is
      indeed a mix of traditional styling meets free-thinking bohemia.

                                 Ramsey Park

   Another charming aspect of Rosedale is that like many other older Austin
 communities, it is considered a "walking neighborhood." New developments
  along Burnet Road are carefully monitored, as the Rosedale Neighborhood
        Association tries to maintain the integrity of their community.

"One of the things the neighborhood likes is to have businesses and places to
 walk to - that's one of the things we try to preserve," says Brucks. "When
  there's a new business being developed, there's the question of 'cut-through'
traffic in the neighborhood, and we try to keep traffic moving along the major
                    arteries and off the neighborhood streets."

     McLinden agrees with Brucks that vigilance is necessary to maintain
  Rosedale's integrity. "One of the struggles for any close-in neighborhood is
 protecting your edges, and when you have a neighborhood like we do there's
    always a risk that people will buy a home property and then try to get a
variance to tear it down and put up an office or a parking lot," says McLinden.
   We have neighbors who for years have fought anything that will ruin the
 integrity of this neighborhood. One of our themes is to make a nice place to
   come home to stay that way, and we intend to make sure that it stays that

        Schools              Ramsey Park
   Austin Independent    Shoal creek greenbelt
     School District        Mayfield Park
                                               Search articles mentioning
Bryker Woods Elementary       Mt. Bonnel
                                                 Rosedale in the Austin
Highland Park Elementary   The Elisabet Ney
 O. Henry Middle School        Museum
 Martin Jr. High School   26 Doors Shopping
                                                Find area restaurants on
  Lamar Middle School           Center
 McCallum High School Central Park Shopping
   Austin High School           Center
                            Lamar Village
                               By Matt Griffin

For Austin Realtor Debbie Gainer, who has lived and worked in Tarrytown for
      the past 20 years, the answer never changed to the question, "Why
Tarrytown?" "You just can't beat it," Gainer said, describing her neighborhood
        as a quaint little town centrally located in the middle of Austin.

     Gainer said she returned to the area where her husband had spent his
  childhood, and the two have enjoyed the convenience of living in Central
   Austin, with easy access to North Austin, South Austin, and downtown.                    Zone: Central
 Tarrytown, considered by many to be Old West Austin, is bordered by West                  MLS Area: 1B
 35th Street on the north and Enfield Road on the south. MoPac Boulevard is              Zip Code(s): 78703
considered the east border, and Tarrytown is bordered on the west by beautiful
                                 Lake Austin.                                             Zip Code 78703
                                                                                        Demographic Profile
       Gainer describes the makeup of the
  neighborhood as mostly families of all ages                                          Population:     16,109
with some college students renting in the area.                                       Avg HH Size:      1.95
    Many of the homes are cottages from the                                         Median HH Income: $69,882
  1920s, and Tarrytown blends Southern style                                           Median Age       38.7
 homes along with more modern designs. The                                             % Married:       48%
homes vary in size in the neighborhood with its                                       % of HHs with
    smaller cottages and many larger homes,                                                             18%
although many of the smaller homes are being                                         % with College
     torn down for new larger houses. Nearly all are owner-occupied. "It's a                            73%
 friendly neighborhood, where people run into each other all the time and are       % Owner Occupied
                                        always friendly," Gainer said.                                  54%
                                                                                    Median Yr Dwelling
                              Among the many amenities of Tarrytown are                                 1954
                                                                                        was Built
                             Deep Eddy Pool, Laguna Gloria Art Museum,
                              Mayfield Park, Reed Park, Triangle Park, and     Source: Claritas 2006
                             Lions Municipal Golf Course, where pro golfer
                              Ben Crenshaw plays when he's in town. After       Deep Eddy Pool has
                             your 18 holes, you can head down to the Hula     recreational swimming,
                                 Hut, a local favorite restaurant, and sip swimming lessons, life guards,
                              margaritas on Lake Austin. Other celebrities   and lap swimming and is
                                 such as Lance Armstrong and Matthew       usually open from February to
McConaughey, as well as Governor Rick Perry and President George W. Bush            September.
                    have all called Tarrytown home.
                                                                                       At the Laguna Gloria Art
"The schools and churches are very important to all of us," Gainer said, citing     Museum, visitors can tour the
Tarrytown's outstanding schools and churches. Casis Elementary is a four-star,       restored 1916 Italianate-style
 parent-oriented school that gives its kids a great start before they go on to O.   villa, view art exhibitions, and
 Henry Middle School and Austin High School. "All of the schools are every          stroll the grounds overlooking
 parent-oriented," Gainer said. Tarrytown United Methodist Church is where                    Lake Austin
   President George W. Bush worships with his family when he is in town.
                                                                                    Reed Park features a softball
                                                                                      field, picnic areas, and a
                                                                                   swimming and wading pool

                                                                                  Lions Municipal Golf Course
                                                                                   is one of the oldest and most
                                                                                  historic public golf courses in
                                                                                    Texas. This 6,000 yard, 18-
                                                                                  hole course is open 364 days a
                                                                                  year. There is a driving range,
                  Casis Elementary School on Exposition                              personal golf lessons, and
                                                                                    restaurant on the premises.
 A favorite of Tarrytown residents, the West Austin Youth Association is a
 privately funded organization that provides athletic activities for kids and         See for yourself at
  places for active kids to go and play. "It's like a "Y" in the middle of our
   neighborhood," Gainer said, "We have really enjoyed it." Recreational
 activities for boys and girls include soccer, baseball, basketball, football,    Visit the West Austin Youth
                volleyball, and gymnastics, just to name a few.                   Association at

                                 Tarrytown is considered the most expensive         Visit the Old West Austin
                                real estate in Austin, with houses ranging from        Historic District at
                                  $300,000 to $3,000,000, but the amenities,   
                               location, schools, and charm make Tarrytown a
                                      strong candidate for any homebuyer.

                              What makes Tarrytown the best place to live?
                              Debbie Gainer answered, "The convenience of
                                 where we are, the fact that we are a little
 community within the city, and all of the things to do here. You really just
                               can't beat it."

         Schools           Deep Eddy Pool
                                              Search articles mentioning
Austin Independent School Laguna Gloria Art
                                               Tarrytown in the Austin
         District              Museum
    Casis Elementary        Mayfield Park
 O. Henry Middle School       Reed Park
                                               Find area restaurants on
   Austin High School    Lions Municipal Golf
                                  UT Area
                                By Olga Angelo

  Mike McHone has lived in the UT area for 35 years, but he says it only feels
like one. "You can never grow old here because there are always 50,000 young
  faces around you." But this area, which centers around one of Austin's oldest
      and most prestigious institutions, the University of Texas, in not just a
 stomping ground for multitudes of college students. With homes ranging from
      quaint one-bedroom bungalows to large estate mansions hiding behind                      Zone: C
 imposing gates, tons of activities and amenities, and a rich heritage which can             MLS Area: 4
     still be seen in some home's architecture, the UT area has something for             Zip Code(s): 78705
                                                                                              Zip Code 78705
   The UT area is made up of a number of small neighborhoods, just minutes                 Demographic Profile
north of another one of Austin's prestigious institutions, the State Capitol. This
  community is defined by IH-35 to the east, Lamar Blvd. and Shoal Creek to                 Population:       24,913
  the west, Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to the south and 38th St. moving up             Avg HH Size:          1.76
                    toward Duval St. and 45th St. to the north.                       Median HH Income: $15,500
                                                                                           Median Age           21.5
   "Within a five mile radius, you have anything you could ever want," said                 % Married:          12%
 McHone, realtor and Vice President of the University Area Partners. The UT               % of HHs with
 area is close to major shopping with large shopping amenities such as Central               Children:
   Market and the Hancock Center, as well as smaller, funky, independently               % with College
  owned businesses located primarily along Guadalupe Street. Cultural events                  Degree:
are also at residents' fingertips with university facilities open to the public such % Owner Occupied
                                      as Bass Concert Hall, the Harry Ransom                 Housing
                                            Center, and the LBJ Library.              Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                             was Built
                                   As for outdoors activities, the possibilities are
                                     endless. The UT area is home to numerous             Source: Claritas 2006
                                     parks including Pease Park, Wooten Park,
                                  Adams Park, Hemphill Park, Hancock Park and Pease Park includes a softball
                                  the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike. There is even a          field, volleyball court,
                                  nine-hole golf course located near the Hancock playground, wading pool, disc
                                    Center. Additionally, most neighborhoods in golf, picnic tables, and trails.
                                  the area offer community pools. Along with the
    dizzying number of activities and amenities located in the area, a equally       Wooten Park includes softball
   dizzying number of housing possibilities exist. Scattered throughout with            field, multi-purpose field,
    student apartments, this area is home to efficient condominiums, modest           basketball court, volleyball
 1950's ranch style homes, elegant estate homes, tiny cottages, and anything in court, playground, and picnic
between. Many of the homes in this area are older, which according to Evelyn                       tables.
  Herczeg, realtor at Prudential Owen Realty, gives them even more appeal to
   buyers. "Many buyers would rather have a                                          Adams-Hemphill Park includes
 vintage house with one-of-a-kind features that                                       softball field, multi-purpose
              were crafted by hand."                                                   field, basketball court, and
                                                                                               picnic tables.
  However, houses in this area are limited and
   expensive. "Proximity of the few available                                         Shoal Creek Hike and Bike
 houses to downtown and the university makes                                         Trail includes a 4.62 mile trail.
them very appealing to those who can afford to
 buy a house in this area," said Herczeg. "On average, single family houses in    Bass Concert Hall features
 this area have about 2,271 square feet of living space, and so far in 2004, the venues for film, music, ballet,
'average' house here will sell in about 60 days for $478,000, or about $210 per            and more.
     square foot of living space," said Herczeg. Condominiums (which are
  numerous in the area) are a popular alternative for those who want to live in   The Harry Ransom Center
 the UT area, but are looking for something more modestly priced. According features an historical collection
  to Herczeg, the average UT area condominium sold in 2004 has about 1,557 of books, photographs, art and
              square feet of living space and cost about $139,985.                 the very first photograph.

                                Children living in the area attend Bryker Wood
                                or Lee Elementary, O'Henry or Kealing Middle
                                 School and Austin or McCallum High. All of
                                    the above schools are within the Austin
                                     Independent School District, and some
                                particularly stand out; Lee Elementary is a Blue
                                 Ribbon winning elementary school, Kealing is
                                a magnet middle school, and Austin High is the
                                school that President Bush's daughters attended.

 The UT area has been a popular place for quite
 some time. "Some of the oldest neighborhoods
in Austin exist here," said McHone. Veterans of
  the Texas Revolution were granted land in the
 area as a reward for battles fought. These tracts
       of land were then turned in sprawling
 plantations with large mansions and estates. In
 fact, remnants of that past still exist in the area
 today such as the Wooten Mansion (which has
   been transformed into a hotel) on MLK and the Neill Cochran House (now a
   museum) on San Gabriel. "This is a great place to observe older homes that
still reflect architectural trends and tastes from the 20th century," said Herczeg.
    "Many of the homes built in the early 1900's have been well-preserved and
                          some have historic significance."

 So whether you're looking for a historic home near one of the area's verdant
parks or a newer condominium just a short bike ride away from an art exhibit,
 the UT area probably has something for you. But hurry, they don't last long.
            This area is attractive to homebuyers as it's ever been.

         Schools                Bass Concert Hall
Austin Independent School        Harry Ransom                Resources
         District                    Center           Search articles mentioning
Bryker Woods Elementary           LBJ Library           UT Area in the Austin
     Lee Elementary                Pease Park           American-Statesman's
 O. Henry Middle School           Wooten Park                 archives.
 Kealing Middle School          Adams-Hemphill         Find area restaurants on
   Austin High School                 Park                    Austin360
 McCallum High School           Shoal Creek Hike
                                    and Bike
                            Cat Mountain
                               By Ann Guidry

 One of Austin's most prestigious residential developments, Cat Mountain, is
  bordered by Cat Mountain Drive on the north, FM 2222 on the south, Mesa
    Drive on the east, and Westslope Drive / Twin Valley Drive on the west.
     Developed primarily in the late 1970s and early 80s, Cat Mountain has
 experienced a recent surge of interest and undergone something of a boom in
new home starts. As a result, empty lots are few and far between. Many homes
      along Westslope / Twin Valley Drive provide homeowners stunning
    panoramic views of the Colorado River and the iconic 360 bridge. Other
unique characteristics of the area include many zero lot line homes - typically
   the lowest priced homes in the neighborhood - and several multi-acre lots.         Zone: Central
                                                                                     MLS Area: 1A
      Cat Mountain's location allows homeowners close proximity to many            Zip Code(s): 78731
   professional and recreational destinations. For example, a quick 10-minute
  drive will get you into downtown Austin, or, going in another direction, The         Zip Code 78731
     Arboretum for shopping, restaurants and an independent movie theater.           Demographic Profile
Boating enthusiasts can launch their vessels a mere 5-minute drive away at the
boat ramp along the river, and techies are a hop, skip and a jump from the high      Population:      26,231
tech corridor. Further, thrill-seeking mountain bikers will find themselves right   Avg HH Size:       2.00
                                      at home in the neighborhood as there are    Median HH Income: $69,656
                                    plentiful trails to explore. The Cat Mountain    Median Age        41.2
                                    Home Owners Association serves the entire        % Married:        53%
                                   community and charges $42/month. The dues        % of HHs with
                                      allow members access to the clubhouse,          Children:
                                    community pool, tennis courts, a basketball    % with College
                                  court, playground and picnic area, all of which      Degree:
                                    are within walking distance of most homes.    % Owner Occupied
                                      Residents also enjoy the heavily wooded          Housing
natural beauty that defines the Texas hill country, including cohabitation with a Median Yr Dwelling 1979
             large population of deer.                                                was Built

   Homes range from the mid $200s to over                                          Source: Claritas 2006
  $1,000,000 with the median price hovering
around $450,000. The houses themselves vary                                   For $42/month members of the
 in size from under 1,500 square feet to well                                  Cat Mountain Home Owners
 over 5,000 square feet. Most homes are built                                   Association members have
   with an average of two living areas, four                                     access to the clubhouse,
                               bedrooms, and                                  community pool, tennis courts,
                                2-car garages.                                a basketball court, playground
                                 Twenty-six                                    and picnic area, all of which
                                percent of the homes come with a swimming are within walking distance of
                                   pool. According to Kevin Scanlan, Cat                most homes.
                                 Mountain homeowner and real estate agent,
                               "Homeowners saw huge leaps in market value        Residents also enjoy the
                                during Austin's tech boom in 1999-2000, but   heavily wooded natural beauty
                              unlike many areas in the city, this neighborhood that defines the Texas hill
                                  did not see a significant decrease in home  country, including cohabitation
  valuations with the subsequent recession. In most cases, increases in value with a large population of deer.
  have been more common." Texas Gas Service is the main provider of gas,
    while the City of Austin takes care of electricity, water, and wastewater    Just North is North North Cat
   services. Austin Energy, a department of the City of Austin, provides the     Mountain Greenbelt if you just
electricity and manages the customer service center for City of Austin utilities   need to get back to nature.
          that includes billing as well as starting and stopping service.

  The homes in Cat Mountain are served by the Austin Independent School
District. Students attend Highland Park or Doss Elementary Schools, Lamar or
 Murchison Middle Schools, and Anderson or McCallum High Schools. St.
    Theresa's Catholic School, a private religious and academic institution,
provides education to pre-kindergarten through middle school students and is
                          located in the neighborhood.

  Austin Independent                                   Cat Mountain's
    School District                               Neighborhood Association
    Highland Park                                        Resources
      Elementary                                  Search articles mentioning
                       North Cat Mountain
Doss Elementary School                            Cat Mountain in the Austin
 Lamar Middle School                                American-Statesman's
                        The Arboretum
  Murchison Middle                                        archives.
        School                                     Find area restaurants on
Anderson High School                                      Austin360
McCallum High School

                                           NORTH CENTRAL
                          Barrington Oaks
                           & Laurel Oaks
     Longtime Barrington Oaks resident Elizabeth Smith was drawn to the
  neighborhood back in 1992. "My husband and I moved here when we were
newly married because it was affordable. We knew that Laurel Mountain was a
    great school and that was important to us. We were sure there would be
                            children in our future."
                                                                                          Zone: W
     Twelve years later, affordability and good schools are still the primary          MLS Area: 1N
attributes that attract prospective homebuyers to this north Austin subdivision.     Zip Code(s): 78759
   Located in both the City of Austin and the highly acclaimed Round Rock
Independent School Districts, homes sold in the last six months have ranged in           ZONE: NC
  price from $105,000 to $210,000 and average $97.01 per square foot. Mary
 Battaglia of Coldwell Banker United is a real estate agent specializing in the       Zip Code 78759
  area. She says, "All the schools, North Oaks Elementary, Laurel Mountain          Demographic Profile
  Elementary, Canyon Vista Middle School and Westwood High School, are
Presidential Blue Ribbon Schools. Westwood High is ranked in the top 20 high        Population:       39,251
 schools in the nation academically. North Oaks elementary is rated in the top     Avg HH Size:        2.03
                                   three elementary schools in the Round Rock Median HH Income: $66,451
                                  Independent School District and Canyon Vista        Median Age           36.5
                                  is the highest ranked middle school. You can't       % Married:         52%
                                                     go wrong."                      % of HHs with
                                       With easy access to Highway 183 and          % with College
                                 Spicewood Springs Road, Barrington Oaks is in          Degree:
                                    close proximity to shops, major employers,    % Owner Occupied
                                      recreational areas and medical facilities.        Housing
 Demographics of the subdivision reveal there are an equal number of married        Median Housing
   couples with children, married couples without children and single people        Value of Owner $234,906
   without children living in the neighborhood. Furthermore, the majority of      Occupied Housing
 homeowners are college graduates with professional occupations. The area's
      very active homeowners association, the Laurel Oaks Neighborhood                Source: Claritas 2006
 Association (LONA), keeps residents informed about local events and issues
 and is currently raising money for a new subdivision entrance sign. There's a      Barrington Oaks is within
     YMCA a little over a mile away, and Oak View Park, the heart of the            close proximity to shops,
neighborhood, has tennis courts, a playground, a hike and bike trail and picnic major employers, recreational
areas. In the summertime, residents of Barrington Oaks head to the swimming areas and medical facilities. It
             pool at nearby Canyon Vista Middle School to cool off.              is also connected to its natural
                                                                                   surroundings by a hike and
Most of the homes on the large lots of Barrington Oaks were built in the 1970s              bike trail.
through the mid '80s so the vegetation has matured into the lush landscape you
see now. Battaglia says, "Barrington Oaks' cable and electrical lines have been
 laid underground, creating a clean look. Its streets are comfortably wide with
  curbs, gutters and sidewalks and there is a refreshing variety of home styles,
  from contemporary to traditional." Predominantly a single-family residence
 neighborhood, the homes received their water and electrical utilities from the
   City of Austin, have three to four bedrooms, two-car garages and generous
yards with stands of trees. The aforementioned hike and bike trail is not only a
  big draw to those seeking outdoor recreation, but it also serves to define the
            neighborhood's connection with its natural surroundings.

  But outstanding schools, affordable, attractive homes and easy access to
shopping centers and employers are not all that Barrington Oaks has to offer.

    "We've pondered the thought of moving to our ranch out in San Saba,"
Elizabeth Smith says, "but our son loves his school. He's got lots of friends in
the neighborhood and he plays on the baseball team, so we'll probably be here
a while." Her son isn't the only one tied to the area. "There are some originals
 on the block, people who've lived here since the beginning. We all get along
really well. We look out for each other." Now isn't that what home ownership
                                  is all about?

      Schools                                              Resources
  Round Rock ISD                Amenities                 Search articles
    North Oaks          Laurel Oaks Neighborhood           mentioning
    Elementary                 Association             Bryker Woods in the
  Laurel Mountain            Oak View Park                   Austin
    Elementary                                         American-Statesman's
Canyon Vista Middle                                           archives.
      School                                           Find area restaurants on
  Westwood High                                               Austin360

Do you dream of buying an affordable home that's close to Dell and Samsung,
  hundreds of restaurants and shops and a greenbelt? Think it's one of those
 impossible dreams? Well, fear not. The Copperfield neighborhood in north
 Austin boasts all of these amenities and more. Bound by Yager Lane to the
  north, IH35 to the west, Dessau Road to the east and Walnut Creek to the
     south, Copperfield allows for easy access to IH35, 183 and Mopac

  These connections allow for more than just access to shopping - though the
  shopping and entertainment options in the area are vast and growing. Once
you've entered one of these major thoroughfares, you're literally minutes from             Zone: NC
 downtown, Georgetown and Cedar Park. Groundbreaking on the subdivision                  MLS Area: NE
began in 1982 when the area was sparsely populated and there were few shops            Zip Code(s): 78753
or businesses. Since that time, the region has grown into a hotbed of commerce
 and industry that's recast the once sleepy outpost into a highly desired central        Zip Code 78753
location. Residents now love being mere minutes from downtown, but still far           Demographic Profile
   enough from the hustle and bustle of big city life. You just can't beat this
                              winning combination.                                     Population:     42,542
                                                                                      Avg HH Size:      2.68
                                                                                    Median HH Income: $44,534
                                    Its prime location is arguably Copperfield's         Median Age         30.9
                                 biggest draw, but the affordability of the homes        % Married:         51%
                                 ranks a close second. Craig Allen of The Allen-        % of HHs with
                                 Lancaster Company says, "The major attraction            Children:
                                 is that you can get a lot of home for the money.      % with College
                                     The subdivision is composed of different              Degree:
                                 sections that are distinguished by the years they    % Owner Occupied
                                 were built. Many of the older homes have been             Housing
                                  updated, which is appealing to many first time      Median Yr Dwelling
       homebuyers." Though most of the homes were built in the '80s, new                  was Built
   construction continued up through 2003 to keep up with demand, thus the
  distinct locations and home styles. Because the area has been established for          Source: Claritas 2006
 some time, the trees, foliage and landscaping have matured into lush fullness.
 Besides the obvious aesthetic benefit, the full-blown greenery provides shade   The Copperfield neighborhood
 that becomes critically important during Austin's sweltering summer months.        is close both to high-tech
 The houses themselves average 1,388 square feet with a mean price of $86.44      companies and a greenbelt. It
per square foot that brings current home prices in the area to roughly $120,000.  also allows for easy access to
Electric utilities, water and wastewater are provided by the City of Austin, and      IH35, 183 and Mopac
                        gas service comes from TXU Gas.                            Expressway, making it easy
                                                                                 access to shopping, parks and
An important consideration for people looking to buy a home and start a family              downtown.
 is the quality of schools serving the neighborhood. Though located in Austin
proper, Copperfield lies in the Pflugerville Independent School District. To the
uninitiated, Pflugerville ISD has earned a "Recognized" rating from the Texas
Education Agency for the third consecutive year. Outstanding achievement in
2001 TAAS testing earned four campuses in Pflugerville ISD an "Exemplary"
           and nine campuses a "Recognized" rating for 2001-2002.

    The highly acclaimed schools that Copperfield students attend include
 Pflugerville Elementary, Dessau Middle School and Connally High School.

   So, there's Dell and Samsung, shopping and restaurants, great schools and
  affordable homes, quiet streets and easy access to downtown. Could you ask
for anything more? What about a greenbelt and a sprawling metropolitan park?
    Would you like that? Well, Copperfield boasts those things, too. The Big
Walnut Creek Greenbelt and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park are central to the
      neighborhood and one of the highlights of living there. Walnut Creek
  Metropolitan Park, with a swimming pool, three softball fields, six miles of
  hike and bike trails, a basketball court, a volleyball court, 41 picnic tables, a
  barbeque grill, a picnic pavilion and an outdoor facility that may be reserved
for family and neighborhood gatherings allows Copperfield residents to stay in
 the neighborhood when most others have to make the trek to far-flung Zilker.

     Schools                 Copperfield                   Resources
 Pflugerville ISD         websiteAmenities          Copperfield Neighborhood
   Pflugerville           Big Walnut Creek                 Association
   Elementary                 Greenbelt             Search articles mentioning
  Dessau Middle            Walnut Creek              Allandale in the Austin
     School               Metropolitan Park           American-Statesman's
  Connally High                                             archives.
     School                                          Find area restaurants on

                             Gracy Woods
     The Gracy Woods neighborhood in north Austin is a great place to begin
searching for a home if both value and location are high on your list. Bound by
 Bittern Hollow and Lincolnshire Drive to the north, Braker Lane to the south,
  Metric Boulevard to the west and Lamar Boulevard to the east, Gracy Woods
is situated close to many high tech employers, shopping centers, the Northridge
      Austin Community College campus, a number of parks and a treasured
        greenbelt. Joe Williams of Keller Williams Realty recommends the
 neighborhood to first-time homebuyers especially. "If you don't mind buying a
little older house, you can afford to live close in. I think Gracy Woods is one of          Zone: SW
 the best neighborhoods in Austin to buy a conveniently located starter home."            MLS Area: 2N
                                                                                        Zip Code(s): 78758

                                                                                          Zip Code 78758
                                                                                        Demographic Profile

                                                                                        Population:     45,662
                                                                                       Avg HH Size:      2.32
                                                                                     Median HH Income: $44,985
                                                                                        Median Age       30.6
                                                                                        % Married:       42%
                                                                                       % of HHs with
                                 Williams was just getting his feet wet in the real     % with College
                                 estate game back when Gracy Woods was being                Degree:
                                 developed. "It was built in the 1970s," Joe says.     % Owner Occupied
                                  "It fed off the early success of Quail Creek but          Housing
                                 with larger homes and more varied home styles.        Median Yr Dwelling
                                 They built lots of condominiums, single-family            was Built
                                     houses and town homes. Its development
                                    matched that of the Metric corridor." Craig           Source: Claritas 2006
                                 Allen, also of Keller Williams Realty, speaks to
 the Gracy Woods/Gracy Farms area of today. "The addition of Gracy Farms              Gracy Woods is ideally located
    Plaza Retail Center that's gone up right down the street from the Austin              close to many high tech
Community College campus has really enhanced the environment of the area."             employers, shopping centers
Other amenities include a major hospital and lots of shopping, from businesses            and parks which include
  along IH35 to those in and around The Arboretum - both areas being easily              swimming pools, softball
  accessible from the heart of Gracy Woods. But don't let all the commercial           fields, nature trails and more.
 amenities fool you. One of the best things about living in Gracy Woods is its
access to the Gracy Woods Park and the Big Walnut Creek Greenbelt system.
 Having a greenbelt that boasts a mile and half of natural trails is a real treat,
  but the neighborhood's biggest outdoor recreational draw has to be Walnut
   Creek Metropolitan Park. With a swimming pool, three softball fields, six
 miles of hike and bike trails, a basketball court, a volleyball court, 41 picnic
 tables, a barbeque grill, a picnic pavilion and an outdoor facility that may be
   reserved for family and neighborhood gatherings, residents need look no
                        further for recreational facilities.

  Though located in Austin proper, the schools of Gracy Woods are served by
the Pflugerville Independent School District, a plus for homeowners concerned
about the quality of education their children receive.The kids and young adults
   of Gracy Woods attend River Oaks Elementary School, Westview Middle
School and Connally High School. Residents are also lucky to have a relatively
   new community college campus in the neighborhood, the aforementioned
              Northridge location of Austin Community College.

 The majority of homes range from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet (perfect for first-
time homebuyers), and range in price from $137,000 to $155,000 or $81.47 per
     square foot. The streets are quiet and the yards are generous. Due to the
 development's longevity, this established area is blessed with mature trees that
 enhance the landscape and provide much needed shade during Austin's trying
  summer months. Residents are proud of their active homeowners association,
  the North Gracy Woods Neighborhood Association, which sponsors a dinner
 club, a garden club, and a babysitting co-op. Neighbors are encouraged to take
part in community-spirit-building activities like Gracy Woods' annual summer-
    time ice cream social, a neighborhood-wide garage sale in the fall, and a
                holiday lighting competition during the holidays.

   Prospective homebuyers interested in value, location, great schools, easy
  access and natural resources in the neighborhood need look no further than
                                 Gracy Woods.

        Schools                   Amenities                       Parks
  Pflugerville ISD        The Arbortetum                Gracy Woods Park
     River Oaks      Gracy Woods Neighborhood           Big Walnut Creek
 Elementary School          Association                     Greenbelt
 Westview Middle                                          Walnut Creek
       School                                           Metropolitan Park
Connally High School

                        Lamplight Village
                          By Karima Ashinhurst

Nearly 30 years have passed since Lamplight Village was first established, and
    the neighborhood's Parmer Lane location, above, continues to make it
 desirable. The community is made up of single-family homes that were built
        between 1976 and 1983 and have from two to four bedrooms.
                                                                                       Zone: North
Though Lamplight Village's Parmer Lane location puts it in the heart of North          MLS Area: N
  Austin, when the neighborhood was founded nearly 30 years ago, it was          Zip Code(s): 78753, 78727
    outside of the Austin city limits. Ten-year resident and President of the        Zip Code 78753 (primary)
 Lamplight Village Area Neighborhood Association (LVANA), Kim Johnson,                 Demographic Profile
recalls her first impressions of the neighborhood: "It was not part of the City of
      Austin then and had a 'country' feel. It felt safe and was affordable."        Population:        42,542
                                                                                    Avg HH Size:         2.68
Though Lamplight Village is no longer in the 'country' - it was annexed by the Median HH Income: $44,534
      city in 1996 - it has maintained its legacy of reasonably priced homes.        Median Age          30.9
   According to Shelley Sundermann, a Realtor with JB Goodwin, Lamplight             % Married:          51%
   Village consists of single-family homes built between 1976 and 1983 that         % of HHs with
    feature two to four bedrooms, one or two bathrooms and one- or two-car            Children:
garages. The homes measure from 1,100 to 1,700 square feet and prices range        % with College
                              from $90,000 to $130,000.                                Degree:
                                                                                 % Owner Occupied
     "Whether you're buying your first home or investing in rental property,           Housing
     Lamplight Village should prove to be a good value," says Sundermann.        Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                      was Built
 Bordered on the north and east by the newer developments of Scofield Ridge
and Scofield Farms, and on the west by Tomanet Trail, Lamplight Village also        Source: Claritas 2006
  counts Parmer Lane as one of its boundries. The many restaurants and retail
     stores on Parmer Lane make shopping and dining out a breeze for area       Demographic profiles for other
        residents. "There has been substantial recent growth nearby," adds                 zip codes:
  Sundermann, "including the MoPac and Highway 45 extensions, new homes                      78727
 and many new stores and services." The community's close proximity to both
 MoPac and Interstate 35 puts it in the middle of a popular and vibrant area of Walnut Creek Metropolitan
                       the city.                                                  Park includes softball and
                                                                                 soccer fields, basketball and
Though Lamplight Village has seen an increase                                   volleyball courts, playground,
 in commercial and residential development on                                    picnic tables, bar-b-que pits,
  its borders, and a concurrent rise in property                                swimming and wading pools,
   values, Johnson says the neighborhood still                                             and trails.
 maintains "its integrity as a good place to live
   and raise a family." She cites demographic
       diversity and an active neighborhood
association as a few of the neighborhood's high
       points. "(LVANA) works on building
community togetherness by hosting different events throughout the year, such
           as garage sales, Night Out parties and socials," says Johnson.

Lamplight Village is in the Pflugerville school district and is served by Parmer
  Lane Elementary and Westview Middle schools, both of which are within
walking distance of the community. Connally High school is accessible by bus.
  Parmer Lane and Connally are rated "recognized" and Westview features a
 quarter-mile paved track and other amenities that are available for public use.
                         The property tax rate is 2.83%

     Lamplight Village is an established neighborhood with wide streets,
    impressive yards and large trees. This well-maintained, working-class
 community offers a convenient location and reasonable pricing that makes it
  ideal for single buyers and young families. If this sounds like what you are
                 looking for, shine a light on Lamplight Village.
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 Westview Middle School
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                               By Donna Lin

   It's a typical Austin summer day. The fluffy white clouds meander slowly
 across the bright blue sky, vivid green trees wave gently in the breeze. Men
  and women leave the coolness of their air-conditioned home to stroll down
 symmetric sidewalks, bordered by perfectly manicured lawns, to check their

 Very few homes display "For Sale" signs on their front lawns. An occasional
"For Lease" sign sprouts up here and there, but it seems Milwood residents are       Zone: NC
                         happy right where they are.                                MLS Area: N
                                                                                 Zip Code(s): 78727
  Why wouldn't they be? With easy access to the rest of Austin, a gorgeous
                                                                                  Zip Code 78727
                                  neighborhood and amenities of all sorts just         Demographic Profile
                                   within reach, Milwood seems to be a good
                                   choice to purchase a house in. Milwood is      Population:     26,021
                                 bordered to the North by Parmer Lane, to the    Avg HH Size:      2.28
                                 South Duval, East Amherst and the Railroad    Median HH Income: $66,645
                                               tracks to the West.                Median Age       33.8
                                                                                  % Married:       53%
                                  The houses are generally modern one-story      % of HHs with
                                  homes placed on small, grassy plots of land.     Children:
 Neighbors are just a stone's throw away, watering their lawns and taking care  % with College
                      of small shrubs in their front yards.                         Degree:
                                                                               % Owner Occupied
  Harvey Pikoff, a Realtor with Re/Max, says a lot of first-time homebuyers         Housing
  choose Milwood. "These are people who have lived in Austin for a year or     Median Yr Dwelling
two, and have been renting. They choose to buy a house in Milwood," he says.       was Built

  It makes sense. Homes range from the $145s to the $160s, with an average             Source: Claritas 2006
 range of 1,600 square feet of space. While they are modestly sized, they are
        well-maintained and boast an extremely reasonable price tag.                Balcones District Park offers
                                                                                   Milwood residents a basketball
"One of the appeals is there's a lot of mature trees in the neighborhood, and it's and volleyball court, a softball
 a neighborhood where you can get a modestly priced house without having to field, playground, picnic area,
 really travel into Williamson County," he says. "With the prices these homes       swimming and wading pool
         have, they're more affordable than buying brand-new houses."                      and trail miles.

If price alone isn't enough to lure potential homebuyers, Milwood's location isThe Milwood Home Owners
 sure to reel them in. The neighborhood is bordered by Parmer Lane, Amherst       Assocaiation plans many
              Drive, the county line and northwest toward RM 620.                events for the community.
                                                                                  Each Fourth of July, the
Convenient access to Interstate 35 and Loop 1 make Milwood an ideal location neighborhood association hosts
      for those looking to ease their commute to and from work each day.      a picnic and parade. The group
                                                                              also organizes a neighborhood-
  Several shopping centers and convenience stores are available for Milwood        wide garage sale, and
residents. A few highlights include the Cool River Café, the Balcones Park and publishes a newsletter for
 Pool for residents of all ages and the Milwood Branch Austin Public Library.      community members.

   Pikoff, having specialized in the Milwood area for 20 years, says another
 appeal of the area is the neighborhood's image. The picturesque landscape of
             Milwood makes it an ideal location to raise a family.

In addition to a nicely laid-out community, Milwood offers a strong and active
  neighborhood association. Membership is offered to all residents who pay
                                   annual dues.

The Milwood Neighborhood Association organizes several committees aimed
   to improve the community, including beautification, crime and safety,
    membership and social, newsletter, Web site and zoning information

 Each Fourth of July, the neighborhood association hosts a picnic and parade
  for the entire community. The group also organizes a neighborhood-wide
      garage sale, and publishes a newsletter for community members.

 In addition to neighborhood-wide activities of this sort, the association also
            offers scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Children in the area attend Summit Elementary, a school Pikoff says is highly
  rated, Murchison Middle School and Anderson High School. Utilities are
                             provided by the city.

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                                Association                   archives.
                                                       Find area restaurants on
 Anderson High School

                              Great Hills
For people who like beautiful views, winding roads and living on a cul de sac,
Great Hills is a great neighborhood. The 18-hole golf course, along with areas
 of rugged terrain, dictated that the neighborhood streets follow an irregular
pattern. The resulting home sites offer panoramas highlighted by creeks, trees,
                   fairways and other homes in the distance.

  Realtor Lakki Brown, an agent with Amelia Bullock Realtors, bought her
   house in Great Hills in 1992. "I wouldn't live anywhere else," she says.

 Brown had just started in the real estate business when construction in Great     Zone: nc
                                  Hills began.                                    MLS Area: 1n
                                                                      "I remember          Zip Code(s): 78759
                                                                       when they
                                                                      opened Great          Zip Code 78759
                                                                   Hills in the late      Demographic Profile
                                                                    '70s," she says.
                                                                     "They brought         Population:       39,251
                                                                   us over here in a      Avg HH Size:        2.03
                                                                  Jeep because the Median HH Income: $66,451
                                                                    roads were not        Median Age          36.5
                                  in. I remember thinking 'this is going to be neat        % Married:         52%
                                                       place.'"                          % of HHs with
                                  Today there are many things Brown appreciates          % with College
                                   about the neighborhood. "It's so convenient to            Degree:
                                    everything," she says. "If I need a gallon of      % Owner Occupied
                                    milk, the Randall's and H-E-B are right here            Housing
                                 along with great shopping centers and theaters." Median Yr Dwelling
Other nearby businesses include Home Depot, Container Store, all the stores in              was Built
 The Arboretum, Sam's Club, Costco and many restaurants. "There must be at
 least 20 restaurants in the area," Brown says. There are two movie theaters in           Source: Claritas 2006
 the area, Arbor Theatre shows art films and Gateway 16 plays major releases.
                                                                                     The Great Hills neighborhood
Homes in the neighborhood are typically two stories with lots of brick or stone has many amenities that your
    on the exterior. The style is traditional though some homes feature more              family will love. The
contemporary designs. "Most of the homes were built in the '80s," Brown says.           Arboretum offers shops,
   She says the price range for homes in Great Hills is $320,000 to $450,000          restaurants and services. Hill
 though she sometimes finds homes priced at more than $500,000. Sizes range            and Bull Creek parks have
            from around 2,000 square feet to about 3,400 square feet.                basketball courts, playgrounds,
                                                                                      swimming, fishing and nature
   For recreation, there's Austin Hills Park off Floral Park Drive. It features a                 trails.
 rugged nature trail for hiking. Bull Creek Park and its greenbelt are 5 minutes
away. Much of the recreational facilities actually in Great Hills are found at the
                                    country club.

"You don't have to play golf to belong to the country club," Brown says. "They
have social memberships." There are three levels of membership - stockholder,
tennis and social. The stockholder level requires an equity purchase in the club
  and includes all the facilities including unlimited use of the golf course and
driving range. A social membership provides access to the swimming pool and
  clubhouse. The tennis membership includes swimming pool, clubhouse and
                                    tennis courts.

The country club is at the heart of the original Great Hills neighborhood. That
original neighborhood roughly has U.S. 183 as an east boundary, Loop 360 to
    the south, Bluegrass to the west and Rain Creek Parkway to the north.

  Determining the boundaries of Great Hills is a difficult proposition. As the
area bounded by Spicewood Springs Road, U.S. 183 and Loop 360 has filled in
 with houses (new homes continue to be built in the area) new neighborhoods
  have grown up contiguous to Great Hills. Consequently there are numerous
 neighborhood associations in the area in addition to Great Hills Homeowner's

                              Children living in Great Hills may attend school
                               in either the Round Rock Independent School
                               District or Austin Independent School District
                                        depending on where they live.

                               Residents in AISD attend Hill Elementary,
                              Murchison Middle School and Anderson Hill
School. Those in RRISD attend North Oaks Elementary, Canyon Vista Middle
                   School and Westwood High School.

 "It's very confusing," Brown says. "I remember one guy who bought a house
   and thought the kids were going to go to Anderson and it was Westwood.
            Anybody buying up here should check it out thoroughly."

 City of Austin provides electricity, wastewater and trash pickup. Texas Gas
    Service provides gas to most homes though some have propane tanks.

Austin Independent School
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     Hill Elementary
                              The Arboretum            mentioning
Murchison Middle School
                          Great Hills Country Club   Great Hills in the
 Anderson High School
                          Great Hills Homeowner's         Austin
Round Rock Independent
                                Association        American-Statesman's
      School District
                             Austin Hills Park           archives.
 North Oaks Elementary
                              Bull Creek Park      Find area restaurants
  Canyon Vista Middle
                                                      on Austin360
 Westwood High School

                             Block House Creek
                                By Karima Ashinhurst

    As a Realtor with Coldwell Banker United, Cecilia Roberts not only sells homes in
  Block House Creek - she lives in one. In fact, she and her family were one of the first
 residents to move into the community when it opened for homeowners in 1983. Though
the community was in its infancy ("there was a hole in the ground for the pool"), Roberts
   was impressed by the potential of Block House Creek, a potential that is now almost
                                      fully realized.
                                 Block House Creek, named after the waterway that runs
                                through the community, is within 20 houses of being fully           Zone: NW
                                 built out, Roberts says. At build out, Block House Creek         MLS Area: LN
                                    will be home to approximately 2,200 residences. In          Zip Code(s): 78641
                                 addition to the namesake creek, and attendant greenbelt,
                                   Roberts says that Block House Creek features "every           Zip Code 78641
                                amenity that you could possibly want." The community is        Demographic Profile
                                     home to five parks (for residents' useonly) that are
                                maintained by the Block House Municipal Utility District       Population: 33,775
                                 (MUD), of which Roberts is vice president. The jewel of        Avg HH
                                 Block House Creek is the 21-acre Tumlinson Park, home            Size:
                                to a beach-entry pool with water slide, and Walker House.      Median HH
                               Walker House, which is available for residents to reserve,        Median
                               is located on the site of the former Walker Ranch. Apache          Age
 Park features a year-round heated pool, home base of the community swim team, the             % Married: 69%
  Tidal Waves. Between them, the parks at Block House Creek feature lighted tennis,             % of HHs
 basketball and skate courts, hike-and-bike trails, ball fields and even a dirt-bike jump.        with      49%
 Homes in Block House Creek range in size from approximately 1,100 to 2,800 square               % with
  feet, Roberts says, and are priced from about $100,000 to upward of $180,000. The              College    26%
 houses were built over a nearly 20-year time period, from 1983 to the present, which           Degree:
                       gives the community a varied look and feel.                              % Owner
                                                                                                Occupied 89%
Block House Creek, which counts U.S. 183, a major Austin-area thoroughfare, as one of           Housing
 its borders, is far from remote. The neighborhood is becoming more centrally located            Median
 everyday. Roberts remembers when residents had to go six miles to get to the nearest            House $131,015
convenience store. These days, shopping of all kinds is only a stone's throw away from            Value
                                the community's entrance.
                                                                                                  Source: Claritas
  Block House Creek Elementary, part of the exemplary Leander Independent School                       2006
  District, is on-site. The remaining schools that serve the community are Artie Henry
                           Middle and Vista Ridge High schools.                                     Tumlinson Park
                                                                                                   offers residents a
So what else attracts newcomers to this pioneering master-planned community? Roberts range of activities,
 has no trouble making a list: "reasonable, affordable housing with awesome amenities,             from community
  heavily treed parks, the greenbelt, the creeks, and the schools." Roberts predicts that,          events to private
   with the opening of a planned extension to U.S. 183, even the traffic will improve.            parties. It includes
Roberts says Block House Creek has something a little more intangible to offer, as well. playscapes, skate
   "When I drive in, I feel safe," she says. "I feel home. I feel like it's a community."           areas, courts for
                                                                                                 tennis or basketball,
                                                                                                    a baseball field,
                                                                                                  nature and jogging
                                                                                                 trails and a bike MX
                                                                                                   track. Tumlinson
                                                                                                 Pool features a slide
                                                                                                      and a splash
                                                                                                 structure. Comanche
       Schools                      Amenities                                          Resources  Park has four acres
  Block House Creek Block House Municple Utility                                                   at the entrance to
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      Elementary                District Web Site                                                 Block House Creek
                                                                                Barton Hills in the Austin
 Artie Henry Middle       General Park and Recreational                                      with trails
                                                                      American-Statesman's archives. and a
  Vista Ridge High                 Information                                                scenic view.
                                                                     Find area restaurants on Austin360
                                Tumlinson Park                                             Tonkawa Park is a
                                 Walker House                                              14-acre park under
                                                                                          planning for baseball

                               Cat Hollow
                            By Karima Ashinhurst

 On a warm afternoon, it's not unusual to see a new mother walking down one
 of Cat Hollow's tree-lined sidewalks with her infant in a stroller. Or you may
catch a glimpse of a grandfather and grandson crossing one of the community's
 wide streets. As Round Rock and Austin grow to meet it, the well-kept secret
                      that is Cat Hollow is out of the bag.

 The star of this community has been rising for about a decade. Once a fairly
 secluded bedroom community on the outskirts of Round Rock, Cat Hollow
    counts RM 620, now a major Austin-area thoroughfare, as one of its
                                                                                            Zone: NW
 boundaries. Great Oaks Drive and Liberty Walk complete the community's
                                                                                          MLS Area: RR
                              triangular shape.
                                                                                        Zip Code(s): 78681
  Jenny Santiano has been a Cat Hollow resident since 2000. Cat Hollow's
                                                                                         Zip Code 78681
  proximity to Santiano and husband's tech jobs was definitely a draw, she
                                                                                       Demographic Profile
   recalls. The closeness of the Round Rock Medical Center and an H-E-B
 supermarket put necessities near by without detracting from the "suburban"
                                                                                      Population:     40,189
              and secluded feel the Santiano family appreciated.
                                                                                     Avg HH Size:      3.06
                                                                                   Median HH Income: $81,000
    In the short time she has been a resident, Santiano has seen Cat Hollow
                                                                                      Median Age       33.2
 become more and more centrally located. In addition to the grocery store and
                                                                                      % Married:       70%
 hospital, the area around Cat Hollow now features banks, restaurants, varied
                                                                                     % of HHs with
                       services and shops and much more.                                               52%
                                                                                    % with College
 "When we got here, it was mostly cows," she recalls. "Already it's gone from                          44%
          cows to construction."
                                                                                   % Owner Occupied
  Santiano has grown to love Cat Hollow, she
                                                                                   Median Yr Dwelling
says, and the friendliness of the residents is top                                                     1993
                                                                                       was Built
on the list of things she adores. Making note of
active neighborhood watch groups, play groups
                                                                                      Source: Claritas 2006
   and block parties, Santiano describes Cat
 Hollow as a "very connected community. All
                                                                                      Amenities include two
the neighbors have really been very supportive
                                                                                   community pools, three large
                  of one another."
                                                                                  parks, lit tennis and basketball
                                                                                   courts, and easy access to IH-
 Another Cat Hollow attraction is also what Ron Mason, a Realtor with JB
                                                                                  35, Hwy 183 and Parmer Lane.
Goodwin, considers the neighborhood's top draw - numerous recreation areas.
"(Cat Hollow) has all the neighborhood amenities," Mason says. "Parks, pools,
              playgrounds, jogging trails - everything is there."

                               Brushy Creek MUD, which provides water and
                               waste water services to Cat Hollow, maintains
                                 eight parks, four greenbelts and several hike-
                                    and-bike trails within a few miles of the
                                 neighborhood. Mason notes that three parks,
                                 Cat Hollow Park and Pool, Community Park
                                and Pepper Rock Park, and two greenbelts are
                                within Cat Hollow boundaries. There also are
                                several city- and county-maintained parks and
                         outdoor activity areas nearby.

    There are around 1,200 homes in Cat Hollow, according to Mason. That
  number is bound to grow as Capital Pacific and Wilshire Homes continue to
   build in the development. Mason says the majority of the homes were built
   from 1994 to the present and range from 1,200 to 4,500 square feet. While
there are homes in the $300,000-plus price range, Mason notes that the average
           home price falls somewhere between $150,000 to $250,000.

"The price range has been a good middle range
- not too low, not too high," he says. "It appeals
               to a lot of people."

      Cat Hollow is served by Round Rock
 Independent School District. Most elementary
schoolers attend the award-winning Great Oaks
  Elementary School, but a sizeable percentage
   attends Brushy Creek Elementary, as well.
  Cedar Valley Middle and McNeil High schools round out the public schools
                            that serve Cat Hollow.

  Gay Puckett, another Realtor at JB Goodwin, easily sums up Cat Hollows'
 appeal. "In a transient environment, it's awfully hard to put down roots," she
                       says. "Cat Hollow makes it easy."

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     Round Rock                                           Search articles
                            Homeowner's Association
  Independent School                                        mentioning
                              Round Rock Parks and
        District                                        Cat Hollow in the
     Brushy Creek                                             Austin
                             Cat Hollow Park & Pool
      Elementary                                            American-
                           La Frontera Shopping Center
  Cedar Valley Middle                                  Statesman's archives.
                           Dell Diamond, Home of the
        School                                         Find area restaurants
                               Round Rock Express
  McNeil High School                                       on Austin360
                             Forest Creek
                           By Karima Ashinhurst

 When Chris Couture, the current president of the Forest Creek Homeowner's
    Association, decided to move with his family to Forest Creek in 1997, he
   recalls that one of the things that attracted him to the neighborhood was its
relative isolation. "There was only one Dell building at the time. The Wal-Mart
had just been built," says Couture. "You used to be able to exit the freeway and
   go all the way to Forest Creek in seven minutes - only three stop signs, no

   These days, Forest Creek isn't quite as remote as it used to be. Situated in
 Round Rock, west of County Road 122 and a few miles east of Interstate 35,
 Forest Creek is bounded by Gattis School Road to the south. U.S. 79 is north
  of the community by only a few minutes. The upscale community is close                    Zone: North
 enough to Round Rock to be convenient, yet far enough away to maintain its                MLS Area: RR
                                 own identity.                                           Zip Code(s): 78664

 A large part of Forest Creek's identity can be found in the Forest Creek Golf             Zip Code 78664
Club. The par 72, 7,147-yard golf course is the centerpiece of the community.            Demographic Profile
Debbie Kelsey, a Realtor with Re/Max Round Rock, notes that the course has
been "nationally recognized as one of the finest public golf courses in Texas."         Population:     67,908
For the avid golfer, there are a total of three public courses within seven miles      Avg HH Size:      2.89
               of the community.                                                     Median HH Income: $66,668
                                                                                        Median Age       30.8
      Another feature that helps define the                                             % Married:       67%
community is the on-site school, Forest Creek                                          % of HHs with
  Elementary, which maintains an exemplary                                                               48%
  rating. Along with the golf course, Couture                                         % with College
  believes that the elementary school is a big                                                           31%
draw for newcomers. The school undoubtedly                                           % Owner Occupied
plays a major role in the abundance of families                                                          70%
   with young children. As a parent, Couture                                         Median Yr Dwelling
 recalls that Forest Creek Elementary, and the                                                           1997
                                                                                         was Built
  favorable reputation of the Round Rock school district, were considerable
   factors in his decision. Ridgeview Middle School and Stoney Point High               Source: Claritas 2006
          School are the other nearby schools that serve Forest Creek.
                                                                                    Forest Creek Golf Course is a
As a growing community, Forest Creek is home to new construction as well as         par 72, 7,147 yard golf course
resale homes with a variety of price points. A number of builders are active in        which has been nationally
   Forest Creek, including Toll Brothers, Clark Wilson and Ryland Homes.            recognized as one of the finest
 According to Kelsey, prices of closed sales in 2003 ranged from $143,500 to         public golf courses in Central
                                  $575,000. Homes sold ranged from a two-           Texas. Other amenities include
                                 bedroom townhouse measuring 1,265 square           a snack bar/cafe, a three-tiered
                                feet to a sprawling six-bedroom, single-family       practice range, putting green,
                               home measuring 5,000 square feet. The tax rate           and a short game area.
                                         for the area is 2.7233 percent.

                                 As Round Rock has grown, it has brought a
                                 wealth of recreation and shopping options to
the residents of Forest Creek. Kelsey calls the area surrounding Forest Creek a
    "shopper's paradise." The La Frontera shopping center is within shouting
   distance and offers numerous places to have a meal, spend a few dollars or
 spend some time. In addition to shopping and dining, Round Rock is home to
  the minor-league baseball team, the Round Rock Express, at the nearby Dell
    Diamond. Dell Computer and a host of high-tech employers are close by.

  As an established resident, Couture laments the traffic snarls that the rapid
 growth has caused, but he realizes that Forest Creek's location is a big part of
its allure. "The fact that the neighborhood is away from the city center gives it
a unique sense of togetherness," says Couture. "We are our own community."

 With its mature trees, numerous amenities and idyllic setting, Forest Creek
makes a great place to call home. "Forest Creek is a great community to raise
 your family," says Kelsey. "It's quiet, friendly and, most of all, inviting."

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                                             Wells Branch
                                           By Karima Ashinhurst

                                             Special sections staff

                                A large part of the appeal of the Wells Branch
                               neighborhood is its excellent location. Situated
in north Austin, halfway between MoPac and Interstate 35, Wells Branch is a
                       vibrant community in its prime.

 Mike Baker, a residential real estate agent with the Allen-Lancaster team of               Zone: N
 Keller Williams, notes that in addition to its central location, a substantial           MLS Area: N
  component of the allure of Wells Branch is the "broad price range" of the            Zip Code(s): 78728
                                                                                         Zip Code 78728
Baker notes that Wells Branch buyers can find a home in the "$90,000 range" -          Demographic Profile
                no mean feat in Austin's hot real estate market.
                                                                                       Population:     19,813
Starting in the $90s, homes in Wells Branch are priced up into the $250s. The         Avg HH Size:      2.22
varied prices reflect the age of homes in the community - from 1982, the year       Median HH Income: $58,640
  Wells Branch opened, until 2003 - and a size range of about 800 to 3,000             Median Age       31.1
                                   square feet.                                        % Married:       50%
                                                                                      % of HHs with     28%
                                 In addition to I-                                    Children:
                                   35 to the west                                  % with College
                                   and MoPac to                                        Degree:
                                  the east, Wells                                 % Owner Occupied
                                    Branch also                                        Housing
                                   counts Grand                                   Median Yr Dwelling
                                      Avenue                                          was Built
                                  Parkway to the
                                 north and Wells                                     Source: Claritas 2006
   Branch Parkway to the south as its boundaries. This puts this established
   community an easy distance from the shopping, dining and recreational        Wells Branch has much to
   facilities of the La Frontera, Gateway and Arboretum shopping centers.      offer its residents. In addition
                                                                                   to be 10 minutes from
Major north Austin employers, including many in the high-tech arena, are also downtown, this neighborhood
                         within a comfortable distance.                         is close to the La Frontera,
                                                                                 Gateway and Arboretum
  As Baker points out, depending on traffic, Wells Branch residents are "only   shopping areas. The Wells
   about 10 minutes from downtown." The area in and around the sprawling,      Branch Recreation center also
3,000-plus-home community has its own share of amusements, however, many offers a basketball court and
of which are provided by the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District (MUD).      exercise equipment. Two
                                                                              parks, Katherine Fleischer Park
  "One of the reasons for (Wells Branch's) success is the MUD," Baker says.      and North Mills Park are
                                                                              located within the community.
  In addition to providing water and wastewater services, the MUD provides
    residents with numerous recreation opportunities, including a rec center,
                    community center, parks pool and more.

  The Wells Branch Recreation Center features a full-size basketball court, a
  workout room with exercise machines and free weights, and multi-purpose
     rooms for fitness classes and meetings. Wells Branch is home to two
    swimming pools, the junior-Olympic sized Willow Bend pool and the
   Katherine Fleischer pool at the park of the same name. Also at Katherine
  Fleischer Park is the Homestead, an 1850s-era cabin complex available for
 tours and festivals in the community. North Mills Park is the second park in
                                the community.

In addition to the Wells Branch Community Garden, which gives residents a
 chance to exercise their green thumbs and enjoy the great outdoors, Baker
mentions another opportunity to enjoy nature, the hike-and-bike trails. Several
  miles of trails, complete with Frisbee golf, wind through the community.

   Most of the kids in Wells Branch attend the schools of the Round Rock
 Independent School District, but a few attend Pflugerville ISD schools. The
 majority of children attend Wells Branch or Northwest elementary schools,
  Deerpark Middle and McNeil High schools. In addition to the utilities the
MUD is responsible for, TXU Gas provides gas. TXU Energy and The City of
     Austin share in providing electricity. The tax rate is 2.956 percent.

Wells Branch is a community with much to offer anyone looking for a warm,
                      inviting place to call home.
  "When you drive through the neighborhood, it has appeal," says Baker. "It
                 looks like someplace you'd want to live."

        Schools                      Amenities                     Parks
Wells Branch Elementary       Wells Branch Municipal         Katherine Fleischer
        School                      Utility Distict                 Park
 Northwest Elementary         Wells Branch Recreational       North Mills Park
        School                          Center
Deerpark Middle School               La Frontera
 McNeil High School                The Arboretum

                           By Michele Chan Santos

 Pflugerville's housing market, which has risen and fallen with the fortunes of
     Dell Inc., is slowly recovering from the effects of the 2001 tech bust.

More than 400 existing homes are on the market in the area, and more than 30
 percent are vacant -- 10 percent is normal -- according to local real estate
agents. The high inventory, plus competition from new home developments,
                     has made it harder to sell a house.
                                                                                          Zone: N
"Three years ago, the average number of days on the market for our team was            MLS Area: PF
  27. Now, it's 100," said Larry English, who owns ReMax Greater Austin,             Zip Code(s): 78660
        which gets 90 percent of its sales from the Pflugerville area.
                                                                                       Zip Code 78660
English said home construction in the area, which remains above 1,000 houses         Demographic Profile
a year, is affecting existing home sales. He said builders are offering incentives
                  that put existing home sellers at a disadvantage.                 Population:       53,723
                                                                                   Avg HH Size:        3.17
"I would not say we have fully recovered until all the vacant houses have been Median HH Income: $71,723
                    sold," English said. "The key here is jobs."                    Median Age         32.8
                                                                                    % Married:         65%
            Still, there is hope that the market is past its worst days.           % of HHs with
 Low mortgage rates helped bring a new wave of home buyers into the Central       % with College
Texas market, and more than 900 existing homes in the Pflugerville area were          Degree:
                  sold in 2003, reaching levels last seen in 2000.               % Owner Occupied
 And city leaders and real estate developers are hoping that Texas 130, the toll Median Yr Dwelling 1998
   highway under construction along the east sides of Travis and Williamson          was Built
counties, will open new opportunities to attract new residents and, importantly,
                                  new employers.                                   Source: Claritas 2006
 The city's largest employer is the 16,500-student Pflugerville school district,     As a member of the
but many of those 1,500 jobs are outside the city limits. The city is 25 square Pflugerville Recreation Center
miles; the school district covers 100, including parts of North Austin, Round       you have access to the
                         Rock, Manor, Taylor and Hutto.                            gymnasium, fitness room
                                                                                    (Circuit Training, Free
 In grocery stores, at the sidelines of soccer and baseball games, and at City   Weights, Cardio Equipment),
 Council meetings, people are talking about Texas 130 and Texas 45 North,        game room (Ping Pong, Pool,
 which will connect Pflugerville and Cedar Park -- and the opportunities they Foosball, Air Hockey), and a
will bring for retail and commercial development. Both roads are scheduled to                track.
                                  open in 2007.

"What has held Pflugerville back all these years is that we didn't have the big
roads that Round Rock and Georgetown had," said John Pfluger, a broker and
                     descendant of the city's founder.

                                Boom and bust

No town is a better example of the type of bedroom communities that sprouted
          up around Austin and Round Rock during the tech boom.

Pflugerville's population more than tripled during the 1990s as builders quickly
   put up houses for the burgeoning number of employees of Dell and other
        nearby companies. In 1999 alone, work began on 1,695 houses.

But when the tech boom lost steam, thousands of Dell employees were laid off,
                and many had to put their houses up for sale.

 Like other areas of Central Texas also hit by layoffs, the number of existing
    homes added to the listings in the Pflugerville area saw double-digit
                percentage point increases after the tech bust.

 In 2001, nearly 1,500 existing homes were put on the market. In 2002, 1,700
             new listings were added. Last year, it rose to 1,987.

But the number of sales slid from 930 in 2000 to 800 in 2002; they rebounded
                                to 926 in 2003.

                    In the region overall, sales did not slip.

Low mortgage interest rates helped the Pflugerville market recover last year, in
    part by drawing first-time buyers such as Mark and Shannon Willy.

 The Willys and their children Callie, 5, and Mason, 1, moved to Pflugerville
             last September from an apartment in South Austin.

Mark Willy is the store director of the Pflugerville Albertsons grocery. He said
he loves the fact that he lives 10 minutes away from his job and no longer has
         to commute on Interstate 35 or MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1).

   Shannon Willy is a manager for Bank of America in Cedar Park. But the
 family chose to live in Pflugerville, citing the award-winning school system
                             and family amenities.

"When I took the store over, I just loved the community," Mark Willy said. "I
           thought this would be a great place to raise a family."

  The city offers "a sense of safety and security," he said. "There are lots of
                  soccer fields and lots of activities for kids."

The Willys bought a 2,000-square-foot house in the The Park at Blackhawk, a
             new subdivision on the north side of Pflugerville.

 Much of the new home construction over the past year has been around the
 area near the intersection of Pecan Street, Pflugerville's main drive, and FM

Work was started on more than 1,000 houses in the Pflugerville area in 2003,
                        and more are on the way.

   The city has approved 14,000 lots as future home sites, and hundreds are
            already in various stages of planning and construction.

And even farther east on Pecan Street, a new master-planned community is in
                                 the works.

                             More change coming

 Last month, Tejas Viejo Land Co. announced that it had 1,600 acres near the
         intersection of Pecan Street and Texas 130 under contract.

Wayne "Sandy" Rea, Tejas Viejo's president, said that Texas 130, which will
stretch from Georgetown to Seguin, south of Austin, and companion toll-road
 project Texas 45 North, which will connect Pflugerville and Cedar Park, are
 the reasons why he and other developers are looking at Pflugerville in a new

   "In every city that I've been in, everything goes out to the freeways. The
    restaurants, the shopping, everything," Rea said. "This will totally and
                        completely change Pflugerville."

Pfluger, the broker, helped bring together 15 landowners to sell their properties
          to Tejas Viejo. The project could grow by another 400 acres.

 The mixed-use development also will bring commercial and retail space to a
 city that hasn't seen the same retail growth that has occurred in other parts of
           Central Texas, including in North Austin at the city's edge.

  At a recent City Council work session, city planners made a list of their top
priorities for economic development. They include industrial and business park
 development and improving roads leading to Texas 130 and Texas 45 North.
  As the transportation and infrastructure gets better, retail opportunities will
                          improve, city planners hope.
 Commercial development along the Texas 45 North and Texas 130 corridors
"will give us the opportunity to have a well-balanced city instead of just living
on rooftop taxes, property taxes," said David Buesing, Pflugerville's acting city
   manager and police chief. "We will, hopefully, have businesses out there
 generating sales taxes to give us a well-rounded and well-balanced budget."

That prospect, plus the recovering economy, gives Buesing hope that his city is
            finally working its way out from under the recession.

"It's been felt by a lot of people out here," he said. "Most of these people work
 in Round Rock or Dell or somewhere; they don't really work in Pflugerville.
  With (Texas) 130 coming, we will have the opportunity to have jobs here."

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                                            SOUTH CENTRAL

                            Travis Heights
                              By Evelyn Valdez

Quaint houses with a lot of charm are what you will find in the community of
Travis Heights. Although this neighborhood is rather aged, almost anyone can
  feel very much at home. The houses are well taken care of and many have
     been renovated to accommodate modern day needs. This established
 neighborhood is one of Austin's first dating back to the early 1890's when it               Zone: 1B
                was officially annexed by the city of Austin.                              MLS Area: C
                                                                                        Zip Code(s): 78704
    If you are searching through Travis Heights for "For Sale" signs in the
neighborhood, look very carefully and don't be fooled by the large "American         Zip Code 78704 (primary)
  for Peace" signs that look very similar and demonstrate the liberality of the        Demographic Profile
 residents. Travis Heights is known around Austin as having an eccentric and
unconventional vibe. According to Carrie Bills, owner of Green Mango Real              Population:     41,241
Estate and resident of Travis Heights, "the make-up of the community is very          Avg HH Size:      2.00
                              mixed and diverse".                                   Median HH Income: $40,887
                                                                                       Median Age       33.0
                                                                                       % Married:       35%
                                                                                      % of HHs with
                                  This is not a cookie-cutter neighborhood by any      % with College
                                    means; the houses are very unlike each other           Degree:
                                   and most have large backyards. Bills has been % Owner Occupied
                                     in the real estate business for 25 years and          Housing
                                  explains that the neighborhood is "mostly made Median Yr Dwelling
                                    up of two-bedroom and one-bath bungalows              was Built
                                      being expanded but there are also a few
                                   mansions in the area as well". Extensive front       Source: Claritas 2006
                                   porches with different sounding wind chimes
   and swings hanging from huge trees are common descriptions of homes in South Congress provides great
                                   Travis Heights.                                     shopping, night life and
                                                                                   restaurants all within proximity
 This area is great for people who love the outdoors also; Big Stacy and Little to Travis Heights. Every first
  Stacy Park have a great hike-and-bike trail with a low level of difficulty that Thursday of the month shops
 residents can be seen jogging at in the early morning or walking their pets in      open their doors until 10pm
 the afternoon. There is also Stacy Pool that stays open year-round and jungle        which includes events and
    gym for the kids to play. "The residents here are really active and are not               activities.
hesitant to take initiative," says Bills. She describes an instance where families
in the neighborhood organized a summer concert to help raise money for Stacy

   Families are not the only make up of Travis Heights; people with diverse
backgrounds and interesting occupations such as artists, film makers, teachers,
 and business professionals reside here as well. When asked of what attracts
  people to buy a home in Travis Heights, Carrie Bills said, "the topography
 with hilly streets and an interesting layout brings people to this community".
As you drive through the winding streets you will see many cobalt blue boxes
  for recycling on the curbs of a lot of homes. Speed bumps throughout the
   neighborhood can ensure that drivers with lead feet or noisy cars will not
                     bother your slumber in Travis Heights.

 Close proximity to South Congress's great shopping, restaurants, downtown,
and Interstate 35 make Travis Heights a very popular place to live. The actual
 borders of Travis Heights are Riverside Dr. on the north, Interstate 35 on the
east, Oltorf on the South, and South Congress Ave. on the west. Be aware that
 a great location also comes with a price; homes in Travis Heights range from
$200,000 to $1,000,000 with the average being at $275,000. Carrie Bills says
  that while other neighborhoods in Austin experienced a downfall in the real
        estate business last year, Travis Heights held its own quite well.

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                                               Barton Hills
                              The character of old Austin is alive and well in
                               Barton Hills where creative architecture, lush
                                greenery and Hobbit-inspired rock gardens
                                 stand in sharp contrast to much of today's
                                 cookie-cutter housing. Located in Central
                              Austin south of the colorful Restaurant Row on
Barton Springs Road, the area known as Barton Hills is a charming collective
of bordering neighborhoods where winding roads lead through majestic, tree-
                       covered hills and home sites.
                                                                                              Zone: SC
 "It's an interesting terrain," says Ali Carter, an agent with Green Mango Real             MLS Area: 7
 Estate. "There are a lot of mature trees and each street feels different because        Zip Code(s): 78704
  the area is so hilly." Homes come in all shapes and sizes (and eye-catching
  colors), and nearby Zilker Park, Barton Springs Pool and Town Lake offer                Zip Code 78704
                        plenty of Austin's laid-back respite.                           Demographic Profile

Its natural beauty, enchanting charm and proximity to downtown, make Barton              Population:        41,241
   Hills a great place to call home. "The proximity to the greenbelts is a huge        Avg HH Size:          2.00
      draw," adds Carter. "I show quite a few homes to people drawn to the          Median HH Income: $40,887
   elementary school there. Barton Hills Elementary is an exemplary school."            Median Age           33.0
                                                                                         % Married:          35%
  Established in the 1940s and 1950s with construction continuing through the          % of HHs with
 1970s to the late 1990s, Barton Hills is dotted with all kinds of homes. "There          Children:
 are quite a few homes built in the late '70s and early '80s," Carter says. "There     % with College
 are lots of ranch-style homes. The homes built in the '70s or '80s are typically          Degree:
three bedrooms, two baths although there are some that are four bedrooms, two % Owner Occupied
     baths. I would say they are in the range of 1,700 square feet, generally."            Housing
                                                                                    Median Yr Dwelling
  George Butler of Butler Properties says in most cases, homes cost anywhere              was Built
  from $200,000 to $500,000, although some can be found closer to $100,000.
Home size ranges from 1,600 to about 3,000 square feet. "In the last year, there        Source: Claritas 2006
were 22 sales and the homes sold from $110 per square foot to $219 per square
foot," Carter says. "The turnover of homes isn't that great because families tend Zilker Park includes sand
                           to stay here for a long time."                           volleyball courts, a nine-hole
                                                                                     Disc Golf Course, 9 Soccer
    The children of those families attend Barton Hills Elementary, O. Henry        Fields, 1 Rugby Field, 2 Multi-
    Middle School and Austin High School. Zilker Elementary School also is         use Fields, miniature train ride,
                                      nearby.                                       canoeing, natural spring pool,
                                                                                         dog park, and more.
    Easy access to Lamar Boulevard, MoPac and Barton Springs Road offers
 residents a wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment options. If character       Barton Hills Playground
   and old-Austin charm make you feel at home, visit the quiet and quirky           features a basketball court,
                       community of Barton Hills.                                 multi-purpose field, trail miles,
                                                                                   playground, and picnic area.

       Schools                  Amenities               Resources             Umlauf Sculpture Garden
     Barton Hills               Zilker Park           Search articles      features outdoor art and statues
  Elementary school     Barton Hills Neighborhood       mentioning                   with a trail.
   Kealing Magnet               Association          Barton Hills in the
       School           Austin Nature and Science         Austin             Austin Nature and Science
  Stephen F. Austin               Center           American-Statesman's         Center is a non-profit
     High School           Barton Springs Pool           archives.              community center that
   O. Henry Middle        Barton Hills Greenbelt  Find area restaurants on provides nature exhibits and
       School            Zilker Botanical Gardens        Austin360            natural science education
                                                                                resources for all ages.

                                                                                    Zilker Botanical Gardens
                                                                                     features many different
                                                                                   gardens planted by different
                                                                                         local designers.

                                                                                   Barton Springs Pool features
                                                                                  natural spring swimming area,
                                                                                   sunbathing, concession, and
                                                                                        lifeguards on duty.

                       Battle Bend Springs
                             By David Glessner

    Proximity to downtown is often billed as a selling point for Austin area
   neighborhoods, but only a drive in rush-hour traffic can measure the true
    accuracy of such a claim. Battle Bend Springs, a close-knit south Austin
  community established in the 1970s, is that rare slice of neighborhood quiet
 just minutes from Austin's vibrant downtown. Located on a tree-covered plot
of land bordered by Interstate 35, South Congress Ave., Stassney Lane and St.
Elmo, Battle Bend Springs is a secluded oasis of tranquility located just a few
         traffic lights from the sights and sounds of downtown Austin.
                                                                                           Zone: South
                                                                                          MLS Area: 10
"It's close-in and conveniently located," says Gerry Vanover, GRI, ABR with             Zip Code(s): 78745
      Coldwell Banker United Realtors. "It's got easy access to employers,
    downtown and area grocery stores. It's an older neighborhood so it's got
                                                                                         Zip Code 78745
                  mature trees."
                                                                                       Demographic Profile
   Joan Costello, CRS with Keller Williams                                            Population:     53,096
 Realty and a longtime resident of Battle Bend                                       Avg HH Size:      2.51
 Springs said school teachers, retired military                                    Median HH Income: $46,772
personnel and working class families with kids                                        Median Age       34.0
comprise a large portion of the community. "A                                         % Married:       49%
  lot of our buyers are the children and some
                                                                                     % of HHs with
  grandchildren of the original owners," says                                                          30%
               Costello. "It's like a small-town neighborhood."                   % with College
                                  Many homes in Battle Bend Springs feature      % Owner Occupied
                                large back yards - some even back to stretches        Housing
                                 of greenbelt and Williamson Creek. Average      Median Yr Dwelling
                                  square footage is 1,300. The neighborhood,         was Built
                                 which was once on the edge of the city limits
                               and surrounded by cow pastures, is tended to by       Source: Claritas 2006
                                    a 30-year-old neighborhood association.
                                                                                   Battle Bend Park includes
                                     Neighborhood activities include holiday         multi-purpose fields, a
 decoration awards, holiday basket delivery, greenbelt Easter egg hunt, semi-     basketball court, playground,
    annual neighborhood garage sales, newsletter distribution and various        and picnic and bar-b-que area.
gatherings for special activities. "The neighbors
   here care for one another," Costello says.                                    Williamson Creek Greenbelt
  "They're friendly, caring people." As for it's
location, Costello says, "it's especially good for                                  Neighborhood activities
  people who work in San Marcos. It's a good                                      include holiday decoration
      location for anyone traveling south."                                          awards, holiday basket
                                                                                 delivery, greenbelt Easter egg
The southern boundary of Battle Bend is Battle                                         hunt, semi-annual
Bend Blvd, western boundary is Suburban Dr,                                       neighborhood garage sales,
northern boundary is Fort Mason, and east to IH35. The neighborhood, which        newsletter distribution and
offers two nearby parks and stretches of greenbelt, was established in the early various gatherings for special
1970s. Today, Battle Bend Springs is occupied by working class families and                 activities.
                      is considered close to downtown.

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                            Cherry Creek
                              By David Glessner

 In a city that's plowing ahead in the name of progress, one southwest Austin
 community retains much of the colorful character and laid-back lifestyle that
                       shapes the South Austin mystique.

Cherry Creek features an expansive collection of well-kept one- and two-story
homes, peaceful winding roads and a wealth of beautiful oak trees. Like a quiet
   contradiction, Cherry Creek sounds and feels removed from the busy and
 vibrant city, but is actually within close proximity of shopping, employment,            Zone: South
                        entertainment and highway access.                                MLS Area: 10
                                                                                       Zip Code(s): 78745
"It's close to everything," says Tonya Nieto of
Coldwell Banker Realty. "For price per square                                           Zip Code 78745
           footage, you can't beat it."                                               Demographic Profile

  Nieto says Cherry Creek homes range from                                              Population:        53,096
approximately 1,300 to more than 2,500 square                                          Avg HH Size:         2.51
feet. Many were built in the 1970s while others                                    Median HH Income: $46,772
           are less than 3-years-old.                                                   Median Age          34.0
                                                                                        % Married:          49%
                                   "They were primarily built through the '70s to     % of HHs with
                                   the late '90s," says Marcella Keller, a Realtor       Children:
                                    with ERA Broker Network, "but it's been an        % with College
                                    ongoing development of residential houses.            Degree:
                                   They're still doing some homebuilding in that % Owner Occupied
                                                        area."                            Housing
                                                                                   Median Yr Dwelling
                                  Prices range from about $130,000 to more than          was Built
                                    $200,000, according to Nieto. That pricing
coupled with location, character and nearby schools have made Cherry Creek a           Source: Claritas 2006
  desirable community for more than 30 years.
                                                                                      Silk Oak Park and Ellen
    An expansive community with numerous                                            Higgins Park include picnic
subdivisions, Cherry Creek is accessed by such                                         areas, playground, and
major roadways as William Cannon, Manchaca,                                                  volleyball.
 Stassney, and Brodie Lane, West Gate, MoPac
 and Interstate 35. The community also features                                    Cunningham Playground, Silk
                several bus routes.                                                 Oak Park and Cherry Creek
                                                                                    Park are all playgrounds for
 Nearby Garrison Park offers a peaceful family                                                children.
   retreat and features picnic tables, barbecue
     grills, basketball court and children's playscape set among shade trees.         Garrison Park includes
                                                                                    baseball, softball and multi-
"The trees are also an attraction," Nieto says. "In most new neighborhoods they purpose fields, a basketball
                    tear them down, but here they're mature."                      court, swimming pool, picnic
                                                                                     and bar-b-que areas, and a
                                                                              Dick Nichols District Park
                               Amenities                                     includes softball and multi-
                           Cherry Creek Park                                  purpose fields, basketball,
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                            Shady Hollow
                               By Jackie Potts

   On a summer afternoon in Shady Hollow you can find children playing
 basketball in their nicely landscaped front yard or an elderly man taking his
 dogs for a walk. Debbie Peterson and her family have lived in South Austin
since 1981. They decided to move into a neighborhood close to good schools,
  with large trees and a "small-town feel to it." They found all this in Shady

 "I love Shady Hollow," said Peterson, treasurer of the long established Shady      Zone: South/Southwest
  Hollow Homeowners Association board. "We've got great neighbors, a good              MLS Area: SW
   swim team and lots of opportunities for people to get involved in activities   Zip Code(s): 78749,78739,
  throughout the year." Residents can stay involved in their neighborhood by                78748
reading their monthly issue of the Shady Hollow Highlights. The June 2004 six
 page newsletter includes short articles of volunteer projects preformed by Boy   Zip Code 78748 (primary)
  and Girl Scouts in the neighborhood, services that area residents provide the     Demographic Profile
    community, advertisements of nearby businesses, and upcoming events.
                                                                                    Population:       28,826
   Shady Hollow is in Southern Travis County and straddles Brodie Lane. El         Avg HH Size:         2.74
Dorado Trail marks the southern border, Squirrel Hollow is the northern border Median HH Income: $64,911
    and Doe Run marks the eastern border. The west side of the subdivision          Median Age          34.2
                         borders on Lost Oasis Hollow.                              % Married:         63%
                                                                                   % of HHs with
  Alice Niven with JB Goodwin Realtors said                                          Children:
 Shady Hollow is an established neighborhood                                      % with College
  built in the early 1980s that remains popular                                       Degree:
because of its large front and back yards, huge                                  % Owner Occupied
shady trees and proximity to good schools and                                         Housing
            Austin's metropolitan area.                                          Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                     was Built
"It's a good, family neighborhood," said Niven,
who has sold homes in the neighborhood since                                       Source: Claritas 2006
1986. "It sells well because of the schools - especially Bowie, which is a Blue
       Ribbon School." Students in Shady Hollow attend the new Baranoff         Demographic profiles for other
       Elementary School, Bailey Middle School and Bowie High School.                    zip codes:
                                  Some of the older homes are on larger lots                 78739
                               ranging from 125 feet by 175 feet to 205 feet by
                                   202 feet. The rest of the homes are on lots    The community center and
                                 about 60 feet by 125 feet. Prices on homes in pool are the focal point of the
                                  Shady Hollow can range from $170,000 to            neighborhood. Many
                                                   $370,000.                         youngsters are on the
                                                                                neighborhood swim team. The
                                   Most homes have three or four bedrooms,       community center is also the
                                although some have five bedrooms. Most have gathering point for events such
   two or three bathrooms. They mainly have his and hers walk-in closets,        as the 4th of July parade, the
skylights and baths with cultured marble. Kitchens have Formica or tile. Most Memorial Day celebration,
homes have two living areas, although a few have as many as four living areas. Easter egg hunt, scouting and
  Shady Hollow is only expanding with new homes being built in the quiet                Fall Fajita Fest.
                        family neighborhood as well.

  Peterson said the community center and pool
 are the focal point of the neighborhood. Many
youngsters are on the neighborhood swim team.
   The community center is also the gathering
 point for events such as the 4th of July parade,
the Memorial Day celebration, Easter egg hunt,
          scouting and Fall Fajita Fest.

"Neighbors are great," Peterson said. "They are
    willing to get involved in events and help you out. It really feels like a
community." Peterson, who has children in Bowie and Bailey, said the nearby
schools also help foster that sense of community. "When you go to open house
    at school, you see people you know who are your neighbors," she said.

     Peterson said neighbors are also good about attending neighborhood
 association meetings and learning about issues affecting Shady Hollow. The
 issues of rodent and vector control in the neighborhood are current issues of
 concern. Brodie Lane is the only major artery into Shady Hollow. Motorists
 can get to MoPac Boulevard or Interstate 35 via Slaughter Lane. Or they can
     drive farther north on Brodie to reach William Cannon Drive or U.S.
                                290/Texas 71.

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                                          Southeast Austin
                                    The wide swath of land that entails the 78744
                                       ZIP code is characterized by a unique and
                                      diverse grouping of commercial real estate,
                                   residential neighborhoods, and stunning natural
                                     resources. Boundaries of the area commonly
                                   referred to as "Southeast Austin" are Ben White
 Boulevard to the north, IH 35 to the west, Colton Boulevard to the south, and
U.S. Highway 183 to the east. Largely undeveloped, this area is home to Dove
       Springs, Wagon Crossing, Silverstone, Franklin Park, Yarrabee Bend,
Williamson Creek, Peppertree Park, Onion Creek Plantation, Kensington Park                    Zone: SC
 and Indian Hills. Though decidedly urban, this part of the city also contains a           MLS Area: 11
    generous amount of open space, picturesque Onion Creek, and McKinney                 Zip Code(s): 78744
   Falls State Park. The 744.4-acre park, just 13 miles from the capital, allows
visitors the opportunity to camp, hike, mountain bike, picnic, fish, and observe          Zip Code 78744
      the preserved ruins of founder Thomas F. McKinney's homestead. On a               Demographic Profile
smaller scale, those living in the Kensington Park neighborhood enjoy spring-
 fed natural ponds that flow into Williamson Creek before reaching McKinney              Population:       36,668
    Falls. The area is also home to the Jimmy Clay & Roy Kizer Golf Courses            Avg HH Size:          3.41
    which are located adjacent to the state park and are part of the Williamson     Median HH Income: $39,648
 Creek community. Most shopping needs can be met in the western portion of              Median Age           27.9
     the area, along William Cannon and IH-35, very near the local multiplex             % Married:          53%
                           cinema, Cinemark Tinseltown 17.                             % of HHs with
Like 78741, its neighbor to the north, 78744 was developed relatively late and         % with College
    is just now shedding its "fringe" status. Following the trend found in other           Degree:
     parts of the city, single-family housing has been overlooked as a building     % Owner Occupied
  alternative. Instead, apartment homes and low-income housing projects have              Housing
    been on the rise, especially since the City of Austin began offering intense    Median Yr Dwelling
 subsidies on those types of structures. Historically, the Dove Springs area has          was Built
  been characterized by its predominance of duplexes, 4-plexes, and apartment
     homes resulting in a landscape that is slow in changing. That's not to say         Source: Claritas 2006
   single-family homes can't be found. The average sale price of a home in the
  78744 ZIP code is roughly $100,000, the highest being $145,000, the lowest        Southeast Austin is home to
$25,555. Half of the homes in the area were built in the 1970s, 30% in the '80s,      stunning parks including
17% in the '90s, and only 1% in the 2000s. Homes are generally characterized Onion Creek and McKinney
  as 3-bedroom, 2-car garage units with 1 living area. Texas Gas Service is the      Falls State Park. This park
       main provider of gas in the area, while the City of Austin takes care of     includes the ruins of a cabin
electricity, water, and wastewater services. Austin Energy, a department of the       and homestead, camping,
     City of Austin, provides the electricity and manages the customer service        hiking, mountain biking,
  center for City of Austin utilities that includes billing as well as starting and    picnicking and fishing.
                                   stopping service.                                Swimming is also allowed in
                                                                                    Onion Creek. This area also
  Both Austin and Del Valle School Districts serve the community by offering offers is residents multiple golf
 elementary education at Houston, Pleasant Hill, Widen, Langford, Rodriguez, courses as well as shopping
     Palm, Baty, Hillcrest, and Smith elementary schools. The middle schools         and services along I-35 and
include Mendez, Paredes, John P. Ojeda and Del Valle middle schools, while   William Cannon.
    high school students attend Travis, Akins, and Del Valle high schools.

 Active neighborhood associations in the area include the Kensington Park
Homeowners Association, the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association, the
    Dove Springs Neighborhood Association, the Peppertree Parkway
Neighborhood Association, and the Silverstone Neighborhood Association.

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                                                 NORTHEAST AUSTIN

                               Harris Branch
                                   By Walter Brewer

 Harris Branch used to be a best-kept-secret sort of neighborhood, but Austin's growth
 has made it hard to miss. A prime location between U.S. 290 to the south and Parmer
Lane to the north makes Harris Branch accessible to many fast-growing areas including
                                Manor and Pflugerville.

"All the big box stores at Parmer and I-35 are just 10 minutes away," says Larry Geller,
 a Realtor with JB Goodwin who lived in the neighborhood for 10 years before a recent
move. "Dell, Samsung and Parmer Lane are right there. When I lived there in '92 there
                         was nothing. Now it's at your fingertips."

  With all the growth, including a housing boom in nearby Manor, Geller says Harris
                         Branch retains its neighborhood charm.                                             Zone: NE
                                                                                                         MLS Area: NE
 "I lived on a cul-de-sac and I knew all my neighbors," Geller says. "I find it a very safe            Zip Code(s): 78754
part of Austin. There are a number of people working for the Austin Police Department,
 the fire department and sheriff's office who own homes there. It's secluded and quiet.                 Zip Code 78754
                                                                                                       Demographic Profile
 "Very few homes are leased out," he says. "Most homes are owner occupied. There's
    also a huge on-site day care. Many parents are double-income parents. Applied                 Population:              8,643
   Materials is within Harris Branch and Samsung is in the Manor school district; with           Avg HH Size:              2.32
                      those two taxables, the schools really benefit."                            Median HH
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade attend                                               Median Age                35.3
 Bluebonnet Trail elementary in the community.                                                    % Married:                62%
 Older children attend Manor Middle School and                                                   % of HHs with
Manor High School. The high school is fairly new                                                   Children:
    and Geller says it has a great theater arts                                                  % with College
                   department.                                                                      Degree:
                                                                                                   % Owner
                                                                                                   Occupied                 63%
 Community facilities include a Junior Olympic-size
 swimming pool; fitness center; tennis and one-on-
                                                                                                   Median Yr
    one basketball courts. There are walking and
                                                                                                 Dwelling was               1999
jogging paths through the community and it's dotted
   with small lakes and large ponds. One of the ponds is at the entrance on U.S. 290.
                 Many homes are built around the ponds or small lakes.
                                                                                                      Source: Claritas 2006
 Homeowners pay annual dues of $316 annually. That covers fees for the recreational
                                                     facilities.                                   Harris Branch offers a junior
                                                                                                  Olympic swimming pool, hiking
                                                                                                 and jogging trail, fitness center,
                                       Geller says Harris Branch is a master-planned
                                                                                                    lighted tennis courts and a
                                      community or a planned-unit development. That
                                                                                                 regulation-size basketball court.
                                     means it is designed to accommodate retail sites,
                                    single-family homes, apartments, schools, churches
                                     and libraries. "It's a city within a city," Geller says. Surrounding Harris Branch are
                                    Applied Materials' high-tech manufacturing facility is a number of lakes including:
                                                     within Harris Branch.                    Town Center Lake, Bluebonnet
                                                                                                Lake, and Lake Primrose.
                                     It consists of six different residential sections at this
                                     time. The first two sections are Lakewood north and
south. The other four sections are Meadowview, Thistle Hill, Bellhaven and Speyside.

 Prices for existing homes range from the low $120s to the low $200s. Geller says it is
very affordable. Sizes range from 1,530 square feet
         up to more than 4,000 square feet.

Bluebonnet Electric Co-op provides electricity; The
  City of Austin provides water and sewerage for
  Harris Branch. Gas is provided by Texas Gas
Service. An architecturally appealing City of Austin
  fire station is in the neighborhood. Emergency
   Medical Services has a station there as well.

 Tax rates per $100 valuation are: City of Austin -
   $.4928; Travis County - $.4918; Manor ISD -
$1.7291; and Austin Community College - $.0771.

  "Harris Branch is great for families and empty nesters," Geller says. "It's a very nice
      place to live. Everyone leaves you alone, but they're all together in terms of

Harris Branch is located north of HWY 290, south of Parmer Lane, east of Giles Lane,
                              and west of Parmer Lane.

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                                         EAST CENTRAL AUSTIN

                                East Austin
                               By David Glessner

Austin's downtown skyline may garner a glut of glamorous postcard publicity,
but the area east of Interstate 35 is quickly becoming a hotbed of revitalization
                                    and growth.

From cosmopolitan chic to longstanding mom-and-pop corner shops, Austin's
    East Side is a melting pot of urban cultures, historical significance and
economic development. It also is home to Huston-Tillotson College, the Texas
   State Cemetery and such landmark destination restaurants as Juan-in-a-                     Zone: EC
            Million, Joe's Bakery, Gene's, Hoover's and El Azteca.                           MLS Area: 5
                                                                                       Zip Code(s): 78702, 78721
  Not surprisingly, the 78702 and 78721 ZIP
 codes have seen an influx of development and                                           Zip Code 78702, 78721
revitalization as local singles, musicians, artists                                      Demographic Profile
and young professionals turn their eyes toward
  East Austin's affordable housing and prime                                             Population:     33,200
   proximity to the downtown entertainment                                              Avg HH Size:      3.22
     district, Towne Lake and Interstate 35.                                          Median HH Income: $29,112
                                                                                         Median Age       30.8
                                   "Once I get a                                         % Married:       44%
                                   home listed, it will sell within a week," says       % of HHs with
                                  Jesse Torres, a Realtor since 1964 and a native         Children:
                                     Austinite who grew up in the area before          % with College
                                  founding Torres Home Quest. "It's a hot area."           Degree:
                                                                                      % Owner Occupied
                                    And it's only getting hotter. While slick, new         Housing
                                     condos such as the Pedernales Lofts (priced      Median Yr Dwelling
                                   from $96,000 to $200,000) have attracted a lot         was Built
of attention, it is the decades-old homes that comprise the majority of the area's
housing. Torres says many of the homes in the 78702 area are small in size and            Source: Claritas 2006
     are in need of repair. However, these are precisely the qualities that are
 attracting the area's growing new population.                                            East Austin is seeing a
                                                                                      revitalization in the area. Not
 "Most houses are two bedrooms and average                                             only are the housing prices
 800 square feet," Torres says. "They sell for                                          attractive but this area also
about $121 per square foot. A lot of the homes                                       offers an abundance of parks as
  are 80-years-old. Most of them don't have                                            well as the French Legation,
garages or air-conditioning, and they may need                                       which hosts community events
               foundation work."                                                         throughout the year. The
                                                                                       George Washington Carver
 Homes in the 78721 ZIP code are newer and                                            Museum is also located in the
                                                                                      area and has the distinction of
                    average about $80,000, Torres says.                         the being the first African
                                                                                 American neighborhood
 "They were built about 15 to 20 years ago," he says, noting that he predicts       museum in Texas.
   "tremendous growth and renovation" throughout the East Austin area.

The 78702/78721 ZIP codes in East Austin are roughly bordered by Interstate
35 on the West; Martin Luther King Blvd. on the North; Ed Bluestein Blvd. on
                   the East and Town Lake to the South.

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                             French Place
                                By Donna Lin

 Best described as a mixture of the past, present and future, French Place is a
  hodgepodge of greenery, homes, businesses and people. Small, one-story
houses intersperse larger, multiple-story dwellings along wide streets, shaded
       by a wide variety of trees, bushes and in some places, bamboo.

 Children play in their front yards under the morning sun, as parents stand by.
 Residents are outside watering their lawns, walking from place to place and
                           greeting nearby neighbors.                                 Zone: East Central
                                                                                         MLS Area: 3
  French Place is often mentioned in conjunction with the neighborhood                Zip Code(s): 78722
Cherrywood. It is in actuality a subdivision of the neighborhood Cherrywood
    located in zip code 78722, and includes the pricier Wilshire Woods.                Zip Code 78722
                                                                                     Demographic Profile
 Cherrywood is defined by Wilshire Boulevard on the north, Manor Road on
 the south, Airport Boulevard to the east and Interstate 35 to the west, and is      Population:     5,484
   located a few miles from the University of Texas and downtown Austin.            Avg HH Size:      2.10
                                                                                  Median HH Income: $42,536
French Place was originally owned by the Giles                                       Median Age       34.4
family in the 1940s. Once known as Giles Two,                                        % Married:      31%
  the area expanded slowly until the 1980s, a                                       % of HHs with
  period of change and extreme growth in the                                          Children:
                 neighborhood.                                                     % with College
Today, French Place houses a diverse group of                                     % Owner Occupied
    residents, ranging in all ages and all                                             Housing
                backgrounds.                                                      Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                      was Built
  Its central and convenient location, coupled with the environment residents
 have cultivated, make French Place one of the most attractive neighborhoods         Source: Claritas 2006
                                 in central Austin for homebuyers of all types.
                                                                                     French place provides
                                Residents have quick access to neighborhood        residents with downtown
                                  restaurants, grocery stores and other retail  convenience and shopping, like
                              services. Among a few neighborhood highlights the Hancock Center which
                               are the supermarket Fiesta, and the local eatery    features HEB, Old Navy,
                                                   Hoover's.                      Freebirds, Sears, Wendy's,
                                                                                 Jason's Deli and much more.
                                 French Place is generally known as one of
                                 Austin's older neighborhoods, containing a      Alamo Park features softball
                                  great deal of "starter homes," mostly two-       and multi-purpose fields,
bedroom, one-bathroom homes with 900 to 1,200 square feet of living space.         basketball, volleyball and
Prices for the homes range from $150,000 to $250,000. Realtor Tom Polk, of        multi-purpose courts, and a
     Stanberry & Associates, says he doesn't think there is any one type of        picnic and playground area.
purchaser. "It has to do with what French Place does for the purchaser. It has a
          really neat name, it's kind of a cool area to be in," he says.         Patterson Park also serves the
                                                                                 French Place area with softball
      Children in the neighborhood attend                                           and multi-purpose fields,
 Maplewood Elementary, Kealing Junior High                                          basketball and volleyball
School and McCallum High School. Area parks                                       courts, and a playground and
include Alamo Parkland Recreation Center and                                            picnic table area.
                 Patterson Park.

  Utilities are provided by the City of Austin.

  Polk says the high demand of French Place
     residences is shown through the low availability of homes for sale.

"It's not a big area. These homes are older and have character, and over the last
  years people have placed their own personal value in them," he says. "They
   remodeled them, kept them up, and when you put that together with a nice
   looking, vintage neighborhood, the extreme convenience of it, you have a

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                           Canyon Creek
                             By Walter Brewer

 Gene and Dorie Dillard sell a lot of homes in Canyon Creek. Their interest in
the neighborhood goes beyond their business as a husband-and-wife team with
      Coldwell Banker United Realtors -they also live in Canyon Creek.

     "We've been here 10 years," says Gene Dillard. "We've watched the
        community grow from 350 homes to almost 1,200 homes."

  Canyon Creek is in Northwest Travis County off RM 620 and Boulder Lane                 Zone: NW
  David Weekley Homes and Standard Pacific are still building new homes in             MLS Area: CL
the neighborhood. The Dillards say all phases of the Canyon Creek community          Zip Code(s): 78726
                      will be complete in about a year.
                                                                                      Zip Code 78726
About four years ago Beshara Shaleesh bought a new Standard Pacific home in         Demographic Profile
Canyon Creek. His is a four-bedroom home with a game room in about 3,500
                                square feet.                                          Population:       10,336
                                                                                     Avg HH Size:         2.97
 There are a lot of things he enjoys about the neighborhood. "It has very quiet Median HH Income: $102,794
 streets and the streets are wide," he says. "The lots in the section where I am     Median Age           37.7
                        are big and there are a lot of trees."                        % Married:          77%
                                                                                    % of HHs with
The natural setting is enhanced by the community's proximity to the Balcones           Children:
Canyonland Preserve. The preserve serves as the eastern boundary wrapping it        % with College
  from southwest side up to the northeast side. The neighborhood is accessed            Degree:
from RM 620, which is its primary boundary on the west side. Anderson Mill % Owner Occupied 78%
    Road is to the north of the neighborhood.                                           Housing
                                                                                 Median Yr Dwelling
  "It's a gorgeous neighborhood," Dillard says.                                        was Built
 "It's got great topography. It's not flat and the
 trees are preserved. The focus is on quality of                                      Source: Claritas 2006
                                                                                    Canyon Creeks has great
   Shaleesh has a 7-year-old daughter and he                                     amenities such as two parks, a
  appreciates the family-friendly nature of the                                   huge swimming pool, a new
                    community.                                                       elementary school, US
                                                                                 Exemplary schools. It is close
      "The people are awesome," he says. "Most homeowners are families."           to shopping, lakes, rivers,
                                                                                   beaches, and Austin high
  Canyon Creek's location makes it ideal for employees of companies such as         technology employment
       3M, which is right around the corner on RM 2222 and Dell, which is                   centers.
                           accessible from RM 620.                                  Trailhead Park amenities
                                                                                             include a
                                 "We have a lot of people from Motorola and soccer/football/baseball field, a
                                Dell," Dillard says. "We have state employees, large children's playscape, a
                                sheriff's deputies, school teachers and doctors.    covered pavillion with a
                                These are nuclear families with two adults with bathroom, numerous barbeques
                                  two to two and half children. More than 50         with grills, a half-court
                                   percent of them are college educated. It's a    basketball court, two sand
                                     young community with an average age            volleyball courts, and the
                                        somewhere between 35 and 50."             nature trail leading down to a
                                                                                   wilderness area alongside a
  Canyon Creek sits in the 78726 zip code. According to 2003 research by           year-round flowing creek.
 Claritas, the population for that zip code is 6,806 people, the median age is
35.7, median household income is $107,815 and children live in 47 percent of Canyon Creek Park, owned by
                                the households.                                  the Homeowner's Association,
                                                                                      has a junior Olympic
 Dillard says prices for homes in the neighborhood range from $215,000 to swimming pool with a separate
                                more than $500.                                  baby splash pool and waterfall,
                                                                                    a covered pavillion with
                                                                                   showers and bathrooms, a
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                               Liberty Hill
                               By Walter Brewer

  Driving from the Congress Avenue Bridge to the edge of Liberty Hill takes
    about 40 minutes on a holiday. That's 33 miles and a world away from
                             downtown Austin.

 Sitting a few miles from the western edge of Williamson County, Liberty Hill
  has gained plenty of attention from Central Texas residents seeking a small-
 town atmosphere in the increasingly urban Austin area. Liberty Hill is a small
town with a long history. People have been living in the town for well over 100               Zone: NW
years. However, the town was only incorporated a few years ago. Today there is              MLS Area: LH
                            a mayor and city council.                                     Zip Code(s): 78642

  "Most of the people we sell homes to today like the fact that this is a small            Zip Code 78642
  town," says Shane White, broker/owner of Re/Max Town & Country. "The                   Demographic Profile
school district is a huge selling point. The test scores are consistently good and
                       the class sizes are relatively small."                            Population:     6,071
                                                                                        Avg HH Size:      3.04
Numerous small businesses are clustered along the Liberty Hill stretch of Texas       Median HH Income: $62,860
 29. This is some of the town's more valuable real estate. "We've seen prices of         Median Age       35.1
  property on anything with 29 frontage go up in last couple of years," White            % Married:      69%
says. While there are plenty of businesses on the highway, there aren't many big        % of HHs with
 name retailers. White attributes this to the fact that Liberty Hill's sewer system       Children:
  is still a few years away from creation. He says many franchises won't open          % with College
    stores unless a septic system is available.                                            Degree:
                                                                                      % Owner Occupied
 Despite a busy presence on the four-lane Texas                                            Housing
29, the town's quiet-side lies just off the shoulder                                  Median Yr Dwelling
  of the highway. The center of the old town of                                           was Built
 Liberty Hill features quaint buildings made of
    native stone some of which are probably a                                            Source: Claritas 2006
hundred years old. A railroad track runs through
Liberty Hill. These tracks carry the Austin Steam                                 Foundation Park is near the
 Train Association's sightseeing train. There's a                                   Liberty Hill Junior High
 trackside restaurant near downtown that had a                                    School and features baseball
                   good breakfast crowd on a recent morning.                        fields, walking, jogging
                                                                                 tracks and a playscape. There
White says many of the people moving to Liberty Hill today want a home that         are basketball courts and
     sits on an acre or more. The Sundance Estates and Sundance Ranch             soccer fields near Sundance
  neighborhoods feature homes with brick or stone exteriors and traditional                  Ranch.
 designs on large lots. Reytex Homes, Mercedes Homes and several custom           For outdoor enthusiasts, the
builders build new homes in the neighborhoods. The Sundance neighborhoods Highland Lakes are nearby.
are on the north side of Texas 29 while the older part of Liberty Hill is on the    Marble Falls is 25 to 30
  south side of Texas 29. This part of town is surrounded by small homes of       minutes away and Burnet is
                          varying ages and designs.                                10 to 20 miles away. Lake
                                                                                   Georgetown is less than 15
                                Because homes in Liberty Hill can range from        minutes away.
                                small and manufactured to spacious and site-
                                          built, the range is great.

                               "Some of the smaller houses and manufactured
                               houses start at $50,000 or $60,000 and go up to
                               $100,000," White says. "If it's site-built, prices
                                start around $100,000 and go up to $500,000.
                                   The majority of homes sold are between
                           $150,000 and $250,000."

White says the majority of homes that are sold in Liberty Hill range from 1,700
                       square feet to 2,700 square feet.

   Foundation Park is near the Liberty Hill Junior High School and features
 baseball fields, walking, jogging tracks and a playscape. There are basketball
 courts and soccer fields near Sundance Ranch. None of the subdivisions have
               community pools. Liberty Hill has a public library.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Highland Lakes are nearby. Marble Falls is 25 to 30
minutes away and Burnet is 10 to 20 miles away. Lake Georgetown is less than
                               15 minutes away.

 Area students attend Liberty Hill Elementary,
 Liberty Hill Intermediate, Liberty Hill Middle
     School and Liberty Hill High School.

 Garbage collection is handled by independent
    contractors. Information is available at A volunteer fire
 department assists with emergency services in
Liberty Hill. It is part of the Williamson County
 Emergency Service District #4. Electricity is provided by Pedernales Electric
 Cooperative. Water service for residents inside the city is handled by Liberty
  Hill Water Supply and outside the city limits it is handled by Chisolm Trail
                                   Water Supply.

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                               Marble Falls
                                   Ann Guidry

The very name evokes iconographic images of the
 Texas Hill Country. Founded in 1887 by General
   Adam R. Johnson, Marble Falls is named for a
  twenty-foot fall over marble ledges high above
the Colorado River. Of its many assets, the town's
 location stands out as its biggest draw. Residents
  enjoy the serenity of the Hill Country in a small
   town setting (the current population stands at
6,480), and the advantages inherent to having two                                         Zone: NW
 large cities nearby. (Austin is a short forty-seven                                    MLS Area: LN
miles to the east, San Antonio lies 85 miles to the                                   Zip Code(s): 78654
south.) Further, Marble Falls is rooted in the heart
 of the Highland Lakes, the largest chain of lakes                                     Zip Code 78642
     in Texas. Miles of waterways and area rock                                      Demographic Profile
    formations didn't just suggest the name, they
            continue to define the very nature and character of the place.             Population:       20,957
                                                                                      Avg HH Size:        2.49
     According to the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce, "it was here that the      Median HH Income: $44,711
  famed pink granite of the State Capitol Building was quarried, a donation from       Median Age         42.2
 progressive area citizens in exchange for a rail connection with Austin." Today,      % Married:         67%
 the rock of the region continues to fascinate. Enchanted Rock State Park (where     % of HHs with
       you can climb the second-largest granite dome in the United States), and          Children:
      Longhorn Cavern State Park, as rich in geological formations as the Texas      % with College
    folklore associated with them, are both just a short drive away, while Granite       Degree:
  Mountain looms over the western edge of town.                                    % Owner Occupied
      Lake-lover? You'll feel right at home here.                                  Median Yr Dwelling
Centrally located amongst the Highland Lakes of                                          was Built
   Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis and
 Austin, just about every conceivable water sport                                     Source: Claritas 2006
    can be enjoyed without having to head out of
   town. Golfer? There are seven all-year courses                                  Foundation Park is near the
within a twenty-mile radius, including "fifty-four                                   Liberty Hill Junior High
      holes of Robert Trent Jones' finest work at                                  School and features baseball
    Horseshoe Bay." Tennis facilities, swimming                                      fields, walking, jogging
pools and horseback trails only begin to round out the picture. There's the Marble   tracks and a playscape.
     Falls Rodeo Association, the Hill Country Community Theater, several area      There are basketball courts
  vineyards, including Fall Creek, Flat Creek and Lost Creek, a first-run theater,    and soccer fields near
    restaurants that include the "world-famous" Bluebonnet Café, and an historic         Sundance Ranch.
      downtown shopping district along Main Street featuring more restaurants,     For outdoor enthusiasts, the
                                 antique and gift shops.                           Highland Lakes are nearby.
                                                                                     Marble Falls is 25 to 30
Marble Falls students are educated within the family of public schools run by the minutes away and Burnet is
    Marble Falls Independent School District. Easy to remember, the schools are     10 to 20 miles away. Lake
    Marble Falls Primary School, Marble Falls Elementary, Marble Falls Middle       Georgetown is less than 15
School, and Marble Falls High School. Private schools include Faith Academy of            minutes away.
Marble Falls and St. Peter's Lutheran School. Higher education is taught at Texas
                 Tech University Hill Country, Highland Lakes.

                                   The City of Marble Falls provides water and
                                      wastewater services to the Marble Falls
                                     community. Residential and commercial
                                 customers also receive curbside garbage pickup
                                  services that the City of Marble Falls contracts
                                 out to BFI Waste. Utility accounts cover all City
                                  services and are presented to customers in one
                                                   convenient bill.

  Home prices range from the $70s to the $100s,
unless you're looking for lakeside living for which
 you'll have to pay extra. For example, residences
in the gated community of Meadowlakes on Lake
Marble Falls begin at $110,000 but can go as high
   as $700,000 for waterfront sites, while luxury
 homes in Horseshoe Bay along Lake LBJ start at
  $200,000. Home styles range from 1920s-built
    cottages and ranch houses to contemporary
   dwellings built from the '70s up to present day. According to Suann Adkins,
longtime Marble Falls real estate agent, "New areas are popping up everywhere."
    No wonder, considering that the rapidly growing metropolitan areas of San
      Antonio and Austin continue to expand in the direction of Marble Falls.
  According to recent economic and growth reports, within a 10-mile radius, the
 area's population is expected to jump from its current 24,426 residents to 29,454
in 2010. "We've got a Home Depot, a Hampton Inn, a Chili's. For a small town in
the Hill Country, we have a lot of amenities associated with larger cities, but in a
                      more relaxed atmosphere," Adkins says.

     Marble Falls
                          Enchanted Rock
  Independent School                                Resources
                            State Park
        District                            Search articles mentioning
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     Marble Falls                            Crestview in the Austin
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      Elementary                           American-Statesman's archives.
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  Marble Falls Middle                        Find area restaurants on
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        School                                      Austin360
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   Marble Falls High
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                        The Hills of Lakeway
 Set only a short mile from the shores of Lake Travis under the bluest of Texas
  skies, The Hills of Lakeway offers its residents the best that life has to offer.
 With amenities that include a country club, golf, tennis, hiking trails, a fitness
 center and more, it's no wonder that this community is considered a real value
           for those who appreciate living in the Texas Hill Country.

  "This particular community is a great choice for anyone who enjoys an active
lifestyle, and likes to get out in the great outdoors," says Doug Land, broker and
 owner of Capital City Sotheby's International Realty. "The area is astoundingly
beautiful, so much so that it actually encourages people to get out and have fun.
Life here is very much focused on the outdoors, and so many people play golf or
                tennis, because it's literally right in their back yard."

 Land says residents here have their choice of shooting a game of hoops at the
basketball courts, or packing a picnic lunch and taking the family to the pavilion
     area, where there are picnic tables and a playground for the kids. Tennis
  enthusiasts will love the 18 outdoor courts and the two indoor courts that let
   them play all year round. They may also opt to enjoy the fitness center and
               swimming pool located just outside the gated area.
                                                                                        Zip Code(s): 78738
 Friendly, laid-back and easy are some of the words that describe the residents
   here in this close-knit, gated community where families mix with "empty-              Zip Code 78738
nesters." Children in the community attend schools in Lake Travis ISD, with its        Demographic Profile
 many recognized and exemplary schools as designated by the Texas Education
Agency. The recent boom in development in Lakeway has resulted in 95 percent           Population:       7,233
of the subdivision being built out, with a handful of lots still available. Bounded   Avg HH Size:        2.85
 on the north by Lakeway Blvd., on the east by Lohmann's Crossing, and to the Median HH Income:$127,496
 west by Serene Hills Drive, the southern border of The Hills of Lakeway leads         Median Age         41.6
                     into its sister subdivision, Flintrock Falls.                     % Married:         78%
                                                                                     % of HHs with
 Home prices for this 25-year-old community run about $275,000 to more than                               42%
$1 million for a single family home, while Land says there is a small section of     % with College
 condominiums that range from $150,000 to $300,000. Pedernales Electric and                               64%
   City of Austin Electric are the electrical utility companies for the area, and   % Owner Occupied
                 residents pay a property tax rate of 2.76 percent.                                       93%
                                                                                        Median Yr
Perhaps the biggest draw to living in The Hills of Lakeway is The Hills Country Dwelling was Built 1999
Club and Lakeway Golf Club. The Lakeway course offers an 18-hole course, in
addition to a golf shop, driving range and practice putting green, as well as golf     Source: Claritas 2006
              instruction and clinics headed by PGA professionals.

 But golf isn't all that life in The Hills of Lakeway has to offer. In many ways,
         The Hills Country Club serves as the heart of the community.

 "There are several neighborhood functions that everyone comes out to," Land
  explains. "Many of them are centered around The Hills Country Club. They
   have regular activities such as a Friday Night Barbecue, a Beer and Bingo
Night, and all sorts of kids functions, in addition to big celebrations, like Fourth
   of July. There are kids' movies in the dining room of the clubhouse, bridge
groups, exercise groups and all kinds of ways for people to plug in, get involved
                                 and get active."

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                             Flintrock Falls
  Located in the tranquil beauty of the Texas Hill Country, Flintrock Falls is a
gated Lakeway community offering a fantastic lifestyle. Quiet and peaceful, and
  away from the hustle and bustle of urban living, the Flintrock Falls lifestyle
lends itself well to its outdoor-loving residents, with its own golf course, tennis
      courts, country club and close proximity to a marina on Lake Travis.

"The living here is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts," says Doug Land, broker and
  owner of Capital City Sotheby's International Realty. "In addition to the golf
     course, there are 16 tennis courts available at the World of Tennis Sports
  Complex, as well as easy access to Lake Travis for boating. Many move here
 from Houston or Dallas for the comfort, ease and beauty of the area. They love
   the laidback lifestyle here, and the low crime rate. And it's a nice balance of
                          retirees and families living here."

 As a a part of the City of Lakeway, residents of Flintrock Falls enjoy access to
    the public parks, lake access, community skatepark and swimming pool.
 Bounded on the east by Flintrock Trace, to the west by Serene Hills and to the
   south by Flintrock Road, Flintrock Falls shares its northern border with its
   neighboring community, The Hills of Lakeway, and can be found just off
Highway 620 and Lohman's Spur. Children attend Lake Travis ISD schools, and            Zip Code(s): 78738
residents pay a property tax rate of 2.9 percent. Utility services are provided by
                    City of Austin Electric and Sharp Propane.                          Zip Code 78738
                                                                                      Demographic Profile
 "This is a newer subdivision that just opened in 2000," says Land, "and it's only
   about half-way built out at this point. There are approximately 330 lots in the      Population:      7,233
     subdivision, and these homes are very upscale, with garden homes in the           Avg HH Size:       2.85
 $400,000 to $500,000 range, and single family homes going for anywhere from Median HH Income:$127,496
  $500,000 to $1.5 million. More than half of the homes in Flintrock Falls front        Median Age        41.6
the golf course, and all of the homes offer incredible hill country and golf course     % Married:       78%
                                       views."                                         % of HHs with
There is more to life than just golf in Flintrock Falls, but it does seem that life in % with College
    this Lakeway community revolves around the fabulous Flintrock Falls golf                             64%
course designed by Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II. The course takes % Owner Occupied
  advantage of the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, with its mature live                        93%
oak and cedar trees, curling around Hurst Creek (which provides a natural water          Median Yr
          hazard), and offers a spectacular waterfall at the number 2 hole.                              1999
                                                                                      Dwelling was Built

 To really get the family golf enthusiast's heart to beat faster, just mention that   Source: Claritas 2006
 the Flintrock Falls course is located next to The Hills of Lakeway golf course,
  also designed by Nicklaus in 1980. Both courses together have a total of 36
 holes, and in turn provide one of the best training and practice facilities in the
 country. The quality and close proximity of the two courses were two reasons
they were selected as the home of The Academy of Golf Dynamics, a nationally
      known school dedicated to helping golfers improve their golf game.

  Land says club membership allows residents of Flintrock Falls full access to
    both courses. They also have the option to have their membership status
   upgraded to include the Live Oak Golf Course and the Yaupon course at
Lakeway Resort. "It's a great deal," says Land. "Residents have the option to
            quadruple the number of courses they can play."

                                                  Flintrock Falls community
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Lake Travis                                       Search articles mentioning
   ISD                                           Flintrock Falls in the Austin
                 The Hills Country Club

                                                                 By Ann Guidry

                                                                  River Place on
                                                                   Lake Austin,
                                                                  one of the few
 areas left in the city in which homebuyers can purchase lots with direct access
   to Lake Austin, is one of the city's most naturally beautiful master-planned
communities. The rough boundaries of this waterfront/country club community
                                                                                              Zone: N
include FM 2222 to the north, the Balcones Canyon Lands Preserve to the west
                                                                                           MLS Area: RN
  and Westminster/Glen Lake to the east. In other words, the development can
                                                                                         Zip Code(s): 78730
  be reached by heading west on FM 2222 and taking a left (before you reach
        Highway 620), into the main entrance on River Place Boulevard.
                                                                                          Zip Code 78730
                                                                                        Demographic Profile
Just a twenty-minute drive from downtown Austin, River Place appeals to both
     urban dwellers and nature lovers alike. Of the 1,440 acres owned by the
                                                                                           Population:         6,617
     homeowners association, half is dedicated to preserved land never to be
                                                                                         Avg HH Size:           2.51
  developed. The natural beauty of the unspoiled land, bass fishing, swimming
                                                                                      Median HH Income: $143,044
    and boating, a marina with private slips for non-waterfront residents, rare
                                                                                          Median Age            38.1
  preserve home sites situated along the hills overlooking Lake Austin, a park
                                                                                           % Married:          72%
 with youth soccer fields, tennis courts, fifty acres of nature trails and a fishing
                                                                                         % of HHs with
   pond, century-old pecan trees, close proximity to River Place Country Club                                  32%
   featuring Tom Kite Golf Course, nearby shopping, and a supportive, active
                                                                                        % with College
neighborhood association make River Place an estate community that seems to                                    71%
                                     have it all.
                                                                                      % Owner Occupied
   Construction began in 1990 when a Houston development team bought the
                                                                                      Median Yr Dwelling
acreage from the government. Fourteen years later, River Place is comprised of                                 1997
                                                                                            was Built
  1,200 to 1,250 single-family homes including 100 to120 lots that have yet to
      be developed. Prices run from $330,000 to well over $1,000,000 with
                                                                                          Source: Claritas 2006
       mandatory membership to the homeowners association, River Place
 Residential Community Association, Inc. Resa Watson, association manager,
                                                                                       Woodlands Park includes 3
  noted that the population of the area runs the gamut from "newly-marrieds to
                                                                                       youth soccer fields, 2 tennis
 empty-nesters. The community includes a diverse group of active people who
                                                                                       courts, hike and bike trails,
 are drawn to the wide spread of price ranges and home and lot sizes that River
                                                                                        picnic areas, and a fishing
     Place offers." Illustrating Watson's description of River Place as a "nice
     community made up of concerned people who eagerly participate in the
schools and the neighborhood", events hosted by the association and the River
                                                                                       World-class golf, shopping,
  Place Municipal Utility District include an annual Easter egg hunt ("about a
                                                                                       entertainment and dining all
   thousand people showed up this year," she says), Fourth of July parade and
                                                                                     located just minutes away from
                            barbeque, and a fall hoedown.
                                                                                              each home site

                                                                                    On-premise boating, fishing
                                                                                           and skiing
                                  In addition to the residential aspect of the  Just nearly 2 miles away from
                                 community, River Place includes an office        River Place Country Club
                               park. River Place Pointe, a business/technology    featuring (Tom Kite Golf
                               office campus, takes up 47.9 of the 1,440 acres Course, swimming, tennis,
                                and houses seven buildings right next door to fitness and dining facilities).
                                River Place Country Club. Further, an upscale
                               shopping center is scheduled for construction at
                                the River Place entrance sometime next year.

  Utilities are partly served by the City of Austin, partly by the River Place
   MUD. The Municipal Utility District handles the water and wastewater
services for newer homes as well as two expansive parks and the nature trail,
while the City of Austin takes care of the rest. Austin Energy supplies River
Place with its electricity. The development is under the Leander Independent
    School District so children attend either Laura Bush or Steiner Ranch
Elementary Schools, Cedar Park Middle School or Cedar Park High School.

 Leander Independent
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                              Amenities               mentioning
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                                               Bee Cave
                              Out of the mouths of babes can come the most
                               creative and life-changing ideas - just ask the
                                Gifford family. The Giffords were traveling
                             back to Dallas through Austin after a family trip
                              to the Gulf coast when their then eleven-year-
                                old daughter made the comment that if the
          family were to move anywhere, why not move to Austin?

"My wife and I were both Dallas born and bred, and had gone to school at the
University of Texas here and had loved living here at that time. Our daughter           Zone: SW
  made that comment, and we just looked at each other. We had just put our            MLS Area: 8W
 house up for sale in Dallas. A month later after that, we were here and we've      Zip Code(s): 78738
           never looked back," says family patriarch Jeff Gifford.
                                                                                     Zip Code 78738
 Gifford, now a real estate agent with the Keller Williams Southwest Market        Demographic Profile
Center realty office, settled his family in the Bee Cave's Camelot subdivision,
                    where they've lived happily ever since.                        Population:        7,233
                                                                                  Avg HH Size:         2.85
                                   "The main reason we moved to Bee Cave was Median HH Income: $127,496
                                  because of the excellent reputation of the Eanes     Median Age           41.6
                                      Independent School District, and then we          % Married:          78%
                                   lucked into this funky old neighborhood that's     % of HHs with
                                    very affordable," said Gifford. "Here in Bee         Children:
                                    Cave you can find homes that start at around      % with College
                                   $200,000 and up. Many of the homeowners in             Degree:
                                    our area are the original owners, and as time  % Owner Occupied
                                     goes on younger people are moving in and            Housing
                            fixing up the homes here."                             Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                         was Built
  Gifford finds living in Bee Cave offers the best of country living with city
 amenities. "It's like living in the country. Our home sits on two acres and we        Source: Claritas 2006
have wonderful hill country views - yet we're close in and only minutes away
from shopping and downtown Austin. We're only five minutes away from the Bee Cave, positioned close to
  boat launch by the 360 Bridge, and only 25 minutes away from Pace Bend             the boat launch at the 360
                             Park or Mansfield Dam."                                Bridge and only 25 minutes
                                                                                    away from Pace Bend Park,
 Bee Cave is bound on the north by Lake Austin, on the east by Loop 360, on also provides its residents the
 the west by the Village of Bee Caves, and on the south by the Barton Creek           proximity to all the Lake
Tributary, Barton Creek Blvd. and Lost Creek Blvd. Utilities are provided by Austin has to offer from water-
            the City of Austin and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.                     skiing and boating to
 In addition to Camelot, the Bee Cave community includes a wide variety of
older neighborhoods such as Rob Roy, Lost Creek, Cuernavaca, Austin Lake
 Hills, Barton Creek West and newer ones such as The Uplands, Lake Pointe
and The Homestead. In addition to the Eanes Independent School District, the
  area is served by the Lake Travis Independent School District, which also
     boasts an excellent scholastic reputation with outstanding academic
                        accomplishments and fine facilities.

  Gifford says the mix of old and new neighborhoods makes for an equally
 interesting mix of people in Bee Cave, and his family has a wide variety of
         friends and acquaintances from many different backgrounds.

 "The perception of other Austinites is that a lot of people who live here are
snobs, but that's not true," says Gifford. "Our feeling is that one of the things
 we love about Bee Cave is that it really does cross so many different social
boundaries - like other places, there are people here who have a lot of money
                        and people here who have none.

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                                              Lake Pointe
                                              By Walter Brewer

                                  Almost overnight, Lake Pointe went from a
                                 fledgling neighborhood with a few houses in
                                 the hills between Austin and Bee Cave to an
                                established community complete with schools,
 parks and pools. Established in 1995, there are no new lots available in Lake
                         Pointe, only existing homes.

A great Hill Country location has made Lake Pointe popular with home buyers
and successful for home builders. The terrain is rolling and beautiful. It's near          Zone: W
Lake Austin and Lake Travis, yet it's not too far from Austin (about a 20 to 25         MLS Area: LS
 minute drive to downtown.). With the growing availability of shopping and            Zip Code(s): 78733
  entertainment in the area, including a planned Galleria mall complex, that
                       proximity will be less important.                               Zip Code 78733
                                                                                     Demographic Profile
      "The Galleria will be right up close to there and that will have a lot of
  shopping and entertainment," says Bill Sill, a Realtor who works in the area.       Population:         8,486
"That will add to the value of Lake Pointe as well as the other subdivisions that    Avg HH Size:          3.13
                    are growing around the Lake Pointe area."                     Median HH Income: $117,195
                                                                                      Median Age           37.6
  Sill adds that those subdivisions have a "higher price point than Lake Pointe       % Married:           69%
             and that helps raise the value of Lake Pointe properties."             % of HHs with
    The three sections of Lake Pointe are Lake Pointe, Vista Pointe and The         % with College
    Pointe. The homes in Lake Pointe range from $215,000 to $425,000; the               Degree:
 homes in Vista Pointe range from $650,000 to $850,000; homes in The Pointe % Owner Occupied
  are priced at $1 million or more. The Pointe is closest to Lake Austin, Vista         Housing
    Pointe is on a hillside with excellent views of the Hill Country and lake.    Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                       was Built
               There are approximately 750 homes in Lake Pointe.
                                                                                      Source: Claritas 2006
Lake Pointe offers the appeal of an established neighborhood coupled with the
contemporary home styles that blend traditional, contemporary and classic Hill Selma Huges Park offers shady
                                      Country.                                     picnic areas with views of
                                                                                    Lake Austin and includes
The typical home offers between 1,700 and 4,000 square feet of living space in fishing, sunbathing, swimming
    a two-story design with four bedrooms, two or three baths and a two-car               and picnicking.
garage. Cul de sac streets are common. This makes the area particularly suited
                         for families with young children.                        Mary Quinlan Park includes
                                                                                  boating, fishing, nature study
 Chip Gist, director of golf at Circle C, likes the family-friendly atmosphere in  and picnicking. This small
                                    Lake Pointe.                                   park offers miles of rolling
                                                                                  hills and hundreds of feet of
Lake Pointe is all about family to me," Gist says. "We've got two young kids -           shoreline access.
  8 years old and 6 years old. We live there because it's like a throwback. Our
 kids can go to great schools in the community. They can play outside without
us having to watch them. The people that we've met through the kids and while
  we've been there make us feel at home. We wouldn't trade it for the world."

Children attend Lake Travis Independent School District schools. Sill says the
  school district is one of the best in Central Texas and is rated exemplary.

 The boundaries of the neighborhood are Resaca Blvd. on the east, Bee Caves
Road on the South, Bayton/Sonoma on the West, and Lake Austin/open land to
                                 the North.

  Water and wastewater is provided by the Lower Colorado River Authority.
                    Austin Energy provides electricity.

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                                            Steiner Ranch
                                 Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, Steiner
                               Ranch is distinctive among Austin luxury home
                                 communities for its striking natural beauty.
                                  Known as the "Land Between the Lakes,"
                               Steiner Ranch offers a wide range of amenities
                                  guaranteed to keep its residents busy and

"You can look at other neighborhoods in Austin," says Stovall, "but you won't
 find anything like Steiner that offers as much as we do. The rolling hills, the       Zone: NW
               lakes, the water-this is what Austin is all about."                   MLS Area: CL
                                                                                   Zip Code(s): 78726
Situated between two of the most popular recreational lakes in the area, Steiner
  Ranch attracts active people who appreciate a natural environment. Nature           Zip Code 78726
 enthusiasts will love the more than 12 miles of nature trails, and 819 acres of    Demographic Profile
    nature preserve and pocket parks within the community itself. It is this
dedication to nature that helped Steiner Ranch cinch a Commercial Real Estate       Population:     10,336
 Award as "Best Master-Planned Community" in the greater Austin area from          Avg HH Size:      2.97
                      the Austin Business Journal in 2004.                       Median HH Income: $102,794
                                                                                    Median Age       37.7
"When you buy a home at Steiner Ranch, you're getting much more than just a         % Married:       77%
 house-you're getting a lifestyle," says Charles Stovall of Newmark Homes, a       % of HHs with
Steiner Ranch homebuilder. "You have a natural setting with over 12 miles of         Children:
                                hike and bike trails, and six neighborhood parks     % with College
                                   with playscapes, picnic areas, and outdoor            Degree:
                                grills, and we're surrounded by the 27,000 acres % Owner Occupied
                                   of the Balcones Canyonland Conservation              Housing
                                                                                       Source: Claritas 2006
                                  Amenities include two community centers, a
                                    private Lake Club on Lake Austin, three           Steiner Ranch, situated
                                  basketball courts, six tennis courts, and full-    between two of the most
      time on-site activities. Several of the newest neighborhoods under          popular lakes in the area and
   development are located within the gates of The University of Texas Golf        surrounded by nature trails,
 Club, the official home of The University of Texas Golf Teams. Roy Bechtol         parks and preserves is the
   designed the 7,154-yard, 18-hole golf course, which provides a beautiful         perfect neighborhood for
                 backdrop and exquisite views for these homes.                      nature enthusiasts. Steiner
                                                                                  Ranch amenities also include
Steiner Ranch is in the acclaimed Leander school district, with two elementary two community centers and the
 schools, Steiner Ranch Elementary and Laura Welch Bush Elementary, and a University of Texas Golf Club.
   new middle school, Canyon Ridge Middle School, within the community
           itself. High school students attend Leander High School.

   Steiner Ranch is accessible from RR 620, and new homes start from the
   $190,000's and go to over $2 million, with the median price in the mid-
    $350,000's. Besides Newmark, other homebuilders include Morrison,
Plantation, David Weekley, Toll Brothers, Drees, Partners in Building, Taylor
                          Woodrow and Mercedes.

 Pedernales Electric Co-Operative provides electrical service to the area, and
  water and wastewater services are by the City of Austin. Southwestern Bell
services Steiner Ranch with state-of-the-art fiber optics to handle the high-tech
                             demands of the area.

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                           West Lake Hills
 "The reason why we moved here was that it felt like we were living in the
 country, but we were only five minutes from downtown," says realtor and
Westlake resident Cheri Price of Choban & Associates, Realtors. "West Lake
 Hills has such a nice quiet feeling that it's almost like living in the country,
             even though it's pretty much in the middle of town."

  Living close in to Austin has many advantages, especially when looking at
  increasing drive time as Austin's population continues to increase. But for
those who want the joys of rural living, buying a home close to downtown and
        the university area means buying a home in West Lake Hills.                      Zone: W
                                                                                      MLS Area: 8E
 "I think people here appreciate the natural beauty, the native landscaping, and    Zip Code(s): 78746
the very well maintained traditional landscaping in the area," says Price. "With
 all of the deer in the area, the native landscaping works best, because it makes     Zip Code 78746
             use of the kinds of plants that the deer don't want to eat."           Demographic Profile

 The city of West Lake Hills is comprised of four square miles, and is located    Population:     28,032
west of Austin approximately between 3300 Bee Cave Road and east of Loop         Avg HH Size:      2.60
   360 on Bee Cave, with a population of more than 3,000 and approximately Median HH Income: $100,267
 1,000 homes and 200 businesses. Utilities are provided by the city of Austin.    Median Age       39.2
                                                                                  % Married:       65%
   In addition to its close proximity to Austin,                                 % of HHs with
  another reason many families are attracted to                                    Children:
living in West Lake Hills is that it is part of the                             % with College
outstanding Eanes Independent School System,                                        Degree:
  which has received the rating of "exemplary"                                 % Owner Occupied
   by the Texas Education Agency. Currently,                                        Housing
 there are six elementary schools, Hill Country                                Median Yr Dwelling
Middle School and West Ridge Middle School,                                        was Built
                          and Westlake High School.
                                                                                     Source: Claritas 2006
  "There's a very strong feeling of community here, and support is particularly
 strong for the schools and its students. There are annual arts functions hosted     West Lake Hills offers the
by Eanes ISD that we turn out for, and we've been to some of the plays that are benefit of living in the country
                  put on by Westlake High School," Price says.                         but also being close to
                                                                                        downtown and many
                                  But a more compelling reason to live in West amenities. The school district
                                 Lake Hills than the school district is the people, is another reason to live in
                                 according to Price. "The thing I like best is that   West Lake Hills since the
                                  there's a great cross-section of age groups and    Eanes Independent School
                                  nationalities," says Price. "It's never been a lot System received a rating of
                                  of people living here, and while some feel that    "exemplary" by the Texas
                                   this area appeals only to a certain economic          Education Agency.
                                   group, and it is an expensive place to live, I
                                 don't think that's true. The cultural diversity and
 the different age groups are one of the strongest things about this community.
   You can take a walk in the evening and see your neighbors - there's always
                     people walking and jogging in the area."

Price says that homebuyers can find bigger lots in West Lake Hills compared
     with other similar neighborhoods, and that $350,000 is the average
             homebuyers can expect to spend to purchase a home.

   "Most of the homes that were built in the
 Seventies have gone through some updating,
 and it's a really nice neighborhood to live in.
 There are homes that are less expensive, and
 certainly there are homes that are much more
   expensive, but for an entry level into this
neighborhood, it's $350,000," says Price. "The
market has been softer lately, and there is more
  property on the market now than in recent
  years, so this is a very good time to consider buying a home in West Lake

    Another advantage to purchasing a home in West Lake Hill's is the city's
restriction on new home subdivision development, which specifies a minimum
     lot size for any new home construction of one acre. "There are no such
 restrictions for older, developed lots," says Price. "But this is the requirement
  for new home development, so it provides a lot of land area per home on the
            average, and keeps the area looking natural and beautiful."

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 Forest Trail Elementary
 Valley View Elementary
Hill Country Middle School
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                             Onion Creek
                              By Evelyn Valdez

    Tall pecan, cypress, and live oak trees welcome you to the Onion Creek
   community which was built in 1974. If you can imagine swinging from a
 hammock, sipping tea, and overlooking a beautifully landscaped golf course
 from your backyard, this may be the neighborhood for you! On a typical day
     people can be seen walking or jogging on the sidewalks through the
    neighborhood while the wind rustles through the well developed trees.

Before moving to Onion Creek in 1999, John McNabb who is President of the              Zone: South
   Homeowner's Association, searched for 6 months with his wife for a new             MLS Area: SC
 neighborhood to retire in. John says that he was attracted to the country club     Zip Code(s): 78747
atmosphere and the intrinsic value of the properties. The residents are engaged,
                      active, and social at Onion Creek.                             Zip Code 78747
                                                                                   Demographic Profile
   Onion Creek Club is nestled in the Onion Creek neighborhood and is the
 center of activity for many residents. Membership to the club provides access       Population:     7,643
to a junior Olympic sized pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, and 27-hole golf   Avg HH Size:      2.63
course. The club also boasts of its myriad of activities for members of all ages. Median HH Income: $65,121
                                                                                     Median Age       41.4
                                                                                     % Married:      68%
                                                                                    % of HHs with
                                                                                   % with College
                                                                                  % Owner Occupied
                                                                                  Median Yr Dwelling
                         Onion Creek Club Golf Course                                 was Built

     Shiela Mustin, with Mustin and Porter Co., specializes in Golf Course         Source: Claritas 2006
 Communities and says that 65% of residents are retirees which Onion Creek
  greatly caters to. "There are bridge games going on all day at the Club andMcKinney Falls State Park has
                                                                             many amenities to offer. It has
buses come in to provide tours to the symphony or ballet in Austin". Although,
  it is apparent that families with growing children reside here as well. On ascreened shelters with bunk
 sunny summer day, the pool is filled with kids splashing in the water. When beds, 84 campsites with water
not on summer vacation, Onion Creek's children attend Menchaca Elementary,   and electricity, walk-in water
                    Paredes Middle, and Akins High School.                    sites, picnic site, hiking and
                                                                             mountain biking, youth group
  Sheila describes homes in Onion Creek as having common characteristics     camping area, a group camp,
                                 while not being duplicated in style. For       dining hall (capacity 80),
                              example, all homes are over 2,000 square feet,   amphitheater that seats 50
                              have 2 car garages, 25 foot setbacks, and 75%-    people, and much more.
                             100% are brick homes but all have very distinct
                                               floor plans.                    Springfield Park includes
                                                                                fishing and picnic areas.
                              According to Sheila, homes in Onion Creek on
                              average cost $225,000 up to $700,000. Streets Onion Creek Club, a member
                               surrounding this area are Wild Dunes on the    only club, has a golf course,
north side, Pinehurst on the south end, IH-35 and River Plantation make up the fitness center, tennis courts,
                              west and eastern sides.                          swimming pool, fine dinning,
                                                                                         and more.
  Homeowners receive gas utilities from Southern Union Gas, electricity and
  water from the City of Austin, although waste water is handled through the
Onion Creek Waste Water Corporation. Amenities for cable are available with
 Time Warner and telephone services are offered with Southwestern Bell. The
    Onion Creek Home Owners Association also provides 24-hour private
      security, street lighting, trash pick-up, and landscape maintenance.

  Area churches are St. Albans Episcopal, Manchaca United Methodist, and
   Manchaca Southern Baptist. Running errands and grocery shopping is
conveniently located in several shopping centers at William Cannon traveling
                      just a few minutes north of Onion

     If you would like to see this wonderful
 community, simply drive south on IH -35 and
exit number 225 toward Onion Creek Parkway,
 make a left after exiting the freeway and you
  will arrive at Onion Creek's main entrance.

 This is a perfect place to live for retired folks
and expanding families who enjoy peace, quiet,
 and a good round of golf. If you wish to live
    "like being in a resort", as Sheila adds, you can do so at Onion Creek.

   Onion Creek is bound by River Dunes on its north side, Pinehurst on its
   Southside, and with I-35 and River Plantation as the western and eastern
                           boundaries respectively.

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                           Onion Creek Club
                               San Marcos
                                By Jackie Potts

 Halfway between San Antonio and Austin is a place where youthful energy
  and the charm of yesteryear coexist in a scenic snapshot of the Texas Hill
Country. Welcome to San Marcos, the Gateway to the Texas Hill Country and
home to Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University)
 and the magnificent San Marcos River. Here, visitors and residents enjoy a
    wealth of recreational opportunities, academic pursuits and historical
architecture and landmarks. Even with its urban growth, the city remains rich
                            with downtown allure.

 "Downtown has shopping, eating, medical facilities and, with its proximity to
  the university, it has an active nightlife," says Kelly Franks, manager of the
 Main Street revitalization program. "It's very popular for its loft apartments. I       MLS Area: HS
think there are 71 residences in the downtown area. People can walk to campus          Zip Code(s): 78666
                           or walk to the grocery store."
                                                                                            Zip Code 78666
   While downtown continues to thrive, so does new-home construction in the               Demographic Profile
 surrounding areas. Ted Berg, a regional sales manager for KB Home says San
Marcos' lack of big-city congestion is a major draw. "It's not too big, but it has        Population:      63,286
 everything a big town can offer" he says, noting that its appeal will likely lead     Median Housing
to continued growth. Berg also says three- and four-bedroom homes ranging in                Value
   price from the $100s to the $140s will continue being built by his company           Avg HH Size:        2.48
 and others. "It's a sweet little town with a neat university, lots of cultural stuff Median HH Income: $36,104
  and two great rivers," says Henry Skinner-Larsen, sales counselor with Pulte           Median Age         25.8
Homes, which is building in the Mockingbird Hill community. "This place is a              % Married:        40%
     gem waiting to be discovered," he says.                                            % of HHs with
A gem that was long ago discovered and to this                                         % with College
    day remains treasured is the beautiful San                                             Degree:
Marcos River. Besides its evident splendor, the                                       % Owner Occupied
  river also is home to a handful of endangered                                            Housing
  species and historical lore. "The San Marcos
     River is an historical river," Franks says.                                         Source: Claritas 2006
    "Different tribes of Indians considered it a
 sacred place. Our river has always been part of                                      Halfway between Austin and
                                                     our folklore."                    San Antonio, San Marcos
                                                                                        offers a rich downtown
                                     As are the historical buildings and cemeteries experience, the beautiful San
                                    that are being revitalized for the so they can be Marcos River and an array of
                                     appreciated by current and future generations. shopping opportunities with
                                     "People want to see a building from the 1800s the outlet mall located nearby.
                                   and what it looks like," Franks says. "We've got Housing opportunities vary
                                     buildings with iron fronts, pressed tin, square from downtown lofts to new
                                        nails and other things you just don't see            communities.
                                      anymore. Maintaining the integrity of these
                                    buildings is important to us. We like to say that
   the great accomplishments from our past are the inspiration for our future."
Holly Mullins, senior planner for the City of San Marcos, says the city has four
 locally designated historical districts and is in the process of designating two
 more. "(The designation) ensures that any changes to the buildings would not
 destroy their historical character," she says. "One developer in particular has
rehabilitated two (downtown) buildings. There are a surprisingly large number
of residences in the downtown area. In the last couple of years, they've brought
              an increase in the number of downtown businesses."

There also is an increase in new housing being
   offered in the outlying areas, says Skinner-
    Larsen. "Normally, to find these kinds of
  homes at these prices ($100, 000-$150,000),
 you have to go out to the middle of nowhere,"
     he says. "Here, we've got nice houses,
shopping, a 14-screen movie theater, the outlet
mall .... once this places catches on, it's going to
  take off. A person can find an 1,800-square-
  foot, three-to-four-bedroom home with all kinds of upgrades in the $130s."

    Dr. Gwen K. Smith, a native of San Marcos and longtime member of
 numerous civic groups, says the city's wide range of opportunities will feed
 continued population growth. Change is inevitable, she says, noting that the
increase in population is the biggest change she's see in more than 50 years as
a San Marcos resident. "Population growth happens everywhere, but we try to
                  keep a small-town atmosphere," she says.

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    Accessibility and affordability are the two major qualities that make Kyle
    attractive to those new to the Central Texas area. Easy access to I-35 and
employers and businesses in Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio, as well as the
 lower housing costs has helped provide a "one-two punch" to make Kyle one of
                 the fastest growing communities in Hays County.

   Kyle's small town charm has tremendous appeal for those who long for small
town life, but desire close proximity to shopping, businesses and schools found in
 larger cities says Jerry Hendrix, the director of communications with the City of

"Our main appeal is for young families. Parents are excited about living within the
  Hays Consolidated School District and having the opportunity to secure quality
  education for their children," says Hendrix. "We're a little friendlier here, so if
 you're worried about getting lost in the big city, Kyle is the place to be. Although
  we are experiencing tremendous growth and development, there's still a small
                 town feeling to our community that people love."
                                                                                              ZONE: South
                                                                                               ZIP: 78640

                                                                                             Zip Code 78640
                                                                                           Demographic Profile

                                                                                           Population:      29,265
                                                                                          Avg HH Size:       3.31
                                                                                           Median HH
                                                                                           Median Age        30.6
                             Courtesy of City of Kyle.                                     % Married:        65%
                                                                                         % of HHs with
 Hendrix says that Kyle's appeal doesn't stop with young families. "We see a lot of         Children:
  retirees moving here," he says. "We're more affordable than the larger cities for      % with College
  older folks on fixed incomes, and our laidback atmosphere is very appealing to             Degree:
them as well as people who are just starting a family or buying a home for the first    % Owner Occupied
 time. We have something for just about every demographic here. Our location is             Housing
   ideal - we're close to San Marcos and San Antonio, and only a half hour away            Median Yr
                                   from Austin."                                        Dwelling was Built

  The numbers bear out Hendrix's assertion that Kyle is growing by leaps and              Source: Claritas 2006
 bounds. Hendrix says the estimated population is 27,500 for 2007, compared to
  only 5,000 in 2001. "We're adding about 80 to 100 new utility accounts each
 month," he says. Kyle's electricity provider is Pedernales Electric Cooperative,
 while solid waste collection is supplied by Texas Disposal Systems. The City of
       Kyle provides water to its residents through a number of resources.
                             Courtesy of City of Kyle.

      In addition to its population explosion, Kyle has also been experiencing
  significant commercial and retail growth. "We have a booming population, and
 the infrastructure in place to serve them," says Hendrix. "We are also working to
bring in more retail and commercial businesses and move away from the 'bedroom
          community' reputation we have as we become a full-service city.

"We also have an H-E-B Plus store that opened in June, and we have announced
that the Seton Family of Hospitals and SCC Development will construct a major
mixed use project featuring a hospital, professional office buildings and retail. We
  have been driving specific efforts to develop Kyle's infrastructures, such as our
    roads and city water system, and we're now starting to step into large-scale
 commercial-type development. Our goal is not to be a bedroom community. We
  want to be a thriving, independent community where people can live, play and
                      work within our city," Hendrix explains.

                             Courtesy of City of Kyle.

Kyle recently struck a unique deal with Response-Service-Initiative (RSI), Inc. to
     bring two of the manufacturing company's divisions to Kyle. Under the
agreement, RSI will bring as many as 200 jobs into Kyle over the next five years.
 In turn, the Kyle will reimburse RSI, Inc. for their land purchase based on the
number of jobs created and retained. The reimbursement is doubled if the person
  holding the job lives in Kyle. RSI's products support military, aerospace, oil,
                     homeland security, and medical markets.

 No matter how large Kyle becomes over the years, Hendrix believes Kyle will
 always maintain a close connection to its small town roots. Hendrix points to
Kyle's many celebrations and community-wide activities throughout the year that
         are enjoyed by both long-time residents and newcomers alike.

                           Courtesy of City of Kyle.

  "In April we have the Kyle Easter Egg-stravaganza every April with free games,
train rides and music, as well as the Kyle Volksmarch, when we encourage people
 to come walk along our scenic trails," says Hendrix. "Every summer we have our
  'Movies In The Park' series that runs from May through August, and in October
   we have our Fair On The Square and Kyle Birthday Celebration as well as our
    Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. And, of course, we have our annual
Santa Visit, City Tree Lighting and School Choir Concerts on the first Wednesday
                                after Thanksgiving."
Surrounded by beautiful pine trees and scenic vistas, Bastrop is best known as Central Texas'
own emerald jewel, and rightfully earning it the name "Home of the Lost Pines." Located just 30
    miles east of Austin in Bastrop County and nestled along the banks of the Colorado River,
Bastrop offers a variety of choices for those looking to make a home in a small-town setting. In
  fact, going by the numbers and looking at the current growth trends, it doesn't look as though
 Bastrop's newfound popularity will end anytime soon. With a current population of a little more
 than 7,000 inside the city limits and nearly 70,000 within the county, Bastrop is second only to
Williamson County in percentage growth and positioned for even more as people find its natural
       beauty, good schools and affordability offer a cost-effective option to living in Austin.

   "Business-wise, many people think we are where Round Rock was 15 years ago," says Joe
   Newman, President and CEO of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation. "We're a
 good-sized community now, and we think we're poised for quite a bit more growth. We have a
lot of big shopping centers looking at us, and we don't mind having more of the Big Box retailers
    locate here - we'll roll out the red carpet for them. We're just waiting for a Dell Computer to
                        show up and put their headquarters here," he laughs.

"We've got a lot of good things going for us," Newman continues. "When the Austin Bergstrom
International Airport opened, it fueled a lot of our growth. We're only 22 miles from the airport,
   and with four 18-hole golf courses, we have a lot of pilots and airport personnel who have
figured out they can live a laidback lifestyle in the piney woods, enjoy a game out on the links,
                         and then get to the airport quickly and easily."

Pilots aren't the only ones who have figured out that the living is good in Bastrop. "We've got a
 mix of everything and everyone," says Newman. "We've got artists and musicians, good ol'
 boys, hippies and professionals, LCRA workers and UT professors - we even have a former                  ZONE: South
                         Texas Chief Supreme Court Justice living here."                                   ZIP: 78602

       Housing options in Bastrop are just as diverse as its population. Those who prefer old              Zip Code 78602
  fashioned country living with a home on some acreage for a "get away from it all" feeling will         Demographic Profile
  find Bastrop's historic charm irresistible, while whose who prefer convenience and affordable
        housing choices are drawn in by Bastrop's housing development boom and its easy                  Population:       23,863
  accessibility to Austin. Retail stores ranging from the cute little boutiques in Bastrop's historic   Avg HH Size:        2.62
downtown to the Super Wal-Mart and H-E-B provide convenient shopping for residents. School- Median HH Income: $54,818
   age children attend classes in academically recognized schools in the Bastrop Independent             Median Age         35.5
 School District, one of the largest school districts in Texas. A recent $23.4 million school bond       % Married:         61%
 issue passed in 2005 that will allow for the renovation and expansion of Bastrop High School.          % of HHs with
     With all of the new construction there is an underlying pride in the settlement founded by        % with College
      Stephen F. Austin and named in honor of his friend, the Baron de Bastrop. The historic               Degree:
     downtown area boasts of 135 historic homes on the national registry, and is home to the          % Owner Occupied
 Bastrop Opera House, originally built in 1889 and now home to theatre productions, children's             Housing
              theater shows and Bastrop's annual Yesterfest Pioneer Heritage Festival.                Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                                          was Built
   Newman says that one of Bastrop's goals is to attract new businesses to the area. "About a
   third of the people in Bastrop go to Austin for work. Our goal is to attract more companies to       Source: Claritas 2006
  move here so that people don't have to make the drive," he says. "We find that communities
    really thrive and that people are just generally better citizens when they have more time to
      spend with their children and families, to get involved with schools and P.T.A and local
             activities, and to do that well that means having more jobs closer to home."

  Bastrop was successful in persuading Hyatt Regency to build the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
  Resort and Spa near its city limits. Newman says it took six years to negotiate, plan and build
the $135 million luxury resort that now offers visitors three swimming pools, canoeing, kayaking,
    horseback riding, championship golf, meeting facilities and, of course, a world-class spa.

   "We have several ideas on how to entice companies here, such as offering free land as an
incentive, and we have a zero percent loan deal. We are very interested in bio-tech or high-tech
  companies - we already have four bio-tech companies here and we would like to expand on
            that. And, of course, we'd love to have a Dell here too," he chuckles.


                                                      Circle C
                                                By Karima Ashinhurst

                                When asked what continues to attract buyers to
                                  the master-planned community of Circle C
                               Ranch after nearly 20 years of existence, Keller
                                 Williams Realtor Kevin Scanlan narrows it
         down to three things: location, affordability and community.

  With an idyllic southwest Austin location, between the Ladybird Johnson
  Wildflower Center and the Circle C Golf Course, Circle C Ranch offers its                   Zone: SW
         residents Hill Country beauty and commuter convenience.                            MLS Area: SW
                                                                                          Zip Code(s): 78739
 "It's about 20 minutes from downtown," says Scanlan. "It's fairly convenient
                           for folks who work there."                                      Zip Code 78739
                                                                                         Demographic Profile
Circle C also counts Davis Lane to the north and FM 1826 to the west among
                              its boundaries.                                           Population:     11,823
                                                                                       Avg HH Size:      3.29
Prices in Circle C, which Scanlan says range from the $180s to the low $500s,        Median HH Income: $117,584
entice a diverse group of buyers to this established community and encourage            Median Age       36.9
them to stay. Many buyers have moved up and moved down in home style as                 % Married:       75%
                          their needs have changed.                                    % of HHs with
 "Because of the wide price range, you see everything from first-time home            % with College
buyers to larger families," Scanlan says, noting that Circle C is home to many            Degree:
              empty nesters, retirees and single buyers, as well.                    % Owner Occupied
The median price for homes in Circle C hovers in the $250s, with a price-per-        Median Yr Dwelling
 square-foot range of about $75 to $145 feet, Scanlan adds. Homes measure                was Built
anywhere from 1,500 to 4,500 square feet and four bedrooms with 2.5 baths is
  the norm. In addition, new homes are being built by a number of builders,              Source: Claritas 2006
          including Newmark, D.R. Horton, Streetman and more.
                                                                                         A safe, family-friendly
   In addition to the wildflower center and the golf course, Circle C fosters a        neighborhood, Circle C has
sense of community with its numerous amenities. The Circle C Swim Center is           many amenities including the
  home to the only heated, outdoor, Olympic-sized pool in Central Texas, says        Lady Bird Wildflower Center,
   Scanlan. With its park-like grounds and well-equipped facilities, the swim         the Circle C Golf Course and
 center is the site of a number of major swim meets and offers residents a great     Swim Center and the Veloway.
place to relax. The Veloway, a three-mile track for bicycling and rollerblading,     There are also a wide range of
                              will be extended an additional three miles in the homes in this one community
                              near future. The Circle C Child Care Center and and is home to many empty
                              Slaughter Creek Park are additional community nesters, retirees and single
                                 amenities that help make Circle C a well-                 buyers.
                                            regarded community.

                              "Circle C has never really been about a country-
                               club atmosphere, but it does have all the same
                                         amenities," Scanlan adds.

Children in Circle C attend the on-site elementary school Kiker Elementary, as
well as Bailey Middle and Bowie High schools. The tax rate is approximately
                                 2.675 percent.

    So what does the future hold for Circle C Ranch? Scanlan believes the
community trend is moving toward higher-end homes. He notes that one of the
  newest neighborhoods, The Hielscher, features home prices that start in the
  $400s. A new section of golf course homes is scheduled to open in the near
    future, and Scanlan believes they will be priced in the $600s to $700s.

"You'll really have a nice, wide range of homes in one community," he notes of
            the addition of homes in the upper-end of the price scale.

  Though Circle C has grown in scale and popularity since it was founded in
      1988, fortunately for home buyers, some things haven't changed.

  "The concept of Circle C has remained a constant: a well-maintained, safe,
                family-friendly neighborhood," Scanlan says.

                         Circle C Ranch
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                      Slaughter Creek Park
                             Shady Hollow
                                By Jackie Potts

   On a summer afternoon in Shady Hollow you can find children playing
 basketball in their nicely landscaped front yard or an elderly man taking his
 dogs for a walk. Debbie Peterson and her family have lived in South Austin
since 1981. They decided to move into a neighborhood close to good schools,
  with large trees and a "small-town feel to it." They found all this in Shady

 "I love Shady Hollow," said Peterson, treasurer of the long established Shady        Zone: South/Southwest
  Hollow Homeowners Association board. "We've got great neighbors, a good                MLS Area: SW
   swim team and lots of opportunities for people to get involved in activities     Zip Code(s): 78749,78739,
   throughout the year." Residents can stay involved in their neighborhood by                 78748
reading their monthly issue of the Shady Hollow Highlights. The June 2004 six
 page newsletter includes short articles of volunteer projects preformed by Boy     Zip Code 78748 (primary)
  and Girl Scouts in the neighborhood, services that area residents provide the       Demographic Profile
     community, advertisements of nearby businesses, and upcoming events.
                                                                                         Population:       28,826
   Shady Hollow is in Southern Travis County and straddles Brodie Lane. El              Avg HH Size:        2.74
Dorado Trail marks the southern border, Squirrel Hollow is the northern border Median HH Income: $64,911
    and Doe Run marks the eastern border. The west side of the subdivision               Median Age         34.2
                          borders on Lost Oasis Hollow.                                  % Married:         63%
                                                                                       % of HHs with
  Alice Niven with JB Goodwin Realtors said                                               Children:
 Shady Hollow is an established neighborhood                                           % with College
  built in the early 1980s that remains popular                                            Degree:
 because of its large front and back yards, huge                                    % Owner Occupied
 shady trees and proximity to good schools and                                            Housing
            Austin's metropolitan area.                                             Median Yr Dwelling
                                                                                          was Built
"It's a good, family neighborhood," said Niven,
who has sold homes in the neighborhood since                                            Source: Claritas 2006
 1986. "It sells well because of the schools - especially Bowie, which is a Blue
       Ribbon School." Students in Shady Hollow attend the new Baranoff            Demographic profiles for other
                                  Elementary School, Bailey Middle School and                 zip codes:
                                               Bowie High School.                               78749
                                    Some of the older homes are on larger lots
                                 ranging from 125 feet by 175 feet to 205 feet by The community center and
                                 202 feet. The rest of the homes are on lots about pool are the focal point of the
                                  60 feet by 125 feet. Prices on homes in Shady         neighborhood. Many
                                  Hollow can range from $170,000 to $370,000.           youngsters are on the
                                                                                   neighborhood swim team. The
                                     Most homes have three or four bedrooms,        community center is also the
                                  although some have five bedrooms. Most have gathering point for events such
     two or three bathrooms. They mainly have his and hers walk-in closets,         as the 4th of July parade, the
skylights and baths with cultured marble. Kitchens have Formica or tile. Most        Memorial Day celebration,
homes have two living areas, although a few have as many as four living areas. Easter egg hunt, scouting and
   Shady Hollow is only expanding with new homes being built in the quiet        Fall Fajita Fest.
                       family neighborhood as well.

  Peterson said the community center and pool
 are the focal point of the neighborhood. Many
youngsters are on the neighborhood swim team.
   The community center is also the gathering
 point for events such as the 4th of July parade,
the Memorial Day celebration, Easter egg hunt,
          scouting and Fall Fajita Fest.

"Neighbors are great," Peterson said. "They are
    willing to get involved in events and help you out. It really feels like a
community." Peterson, who has children in Bowie and Bailey, said the nearby
schools also help foster that sense of community. "When you go to open house
    at school, you see people you know who are your neighbors," she said.

     Peterson said neighbors are also good about attending neighborhood
 association meetings and learning about issues affecting Shady Hollow. The
 issues of rodent and vector control in the neighborhood are current issues of
 concern. Brodie Lane is the only major artery into Shady Hollow. Motorists
 can get to MoPac Boulevard or Interstate 35 via Slaughter Lane. Or they can
     drive farther north on Brodie to reach William Cannon Drive or U.S.
                                290/Texas 71.

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                                                                        With its location in the
                                                                          heart of the fabled
                                                                          Texas Hill Country,
                                                                       Wimberley is an obvious
                                                                         choice for those who
                                                                       want to make paradise
                                   their home. Designated by Travel Holiday Magazine as one
                                     of "America's Ten Best Small Towns," Wimberley's deep
roots hearken back to a time when life moved at a slower pace and neighbors knew neighbors -
                 a place where old-fashioned "Texas Friendly" is a lifestyle.

 "Wimberley is an oasis," says Jim Henderson of Jim Henderson Real Estate. "We manage to
                         maintain a quaintness that everyone loves."

 Located in Hays County just off RM 12, Wimberley is within easy access of San Marcos and is
only a short 50-minute commute from downtown Austin. With a population that tops out at more
than 4,000, the beauty and peaceful lifestyle here is viewed by all as the area's main attraction.
"Here we still have small town living," says Henderson. "People in other places forget what it is
  to have clean air and clean water. Our sky at night is filled with stars, and some people don't
                       have that anymore in the big cities where they live.

"A lot of people choose Wimberley as their home, and they feel safe here," explains Henderson.
  "People from all over Texas hear about us, come here, and fall in love. They may decide to
                    purchase a second home or buy a retirement home here."

 But while Wimberley is popular with the empty-nester set, don't forget its appeal with families               Zone: SW
  says Henderson's wife, Jean, who has lived in Wimberley since 1971. "We have excellent                    MLS Area: 8W
schools here, and Wimberley is a great place to raise a family. Wimberley ISD is a AAA school             Zip Code(s): 78676
district and we have won multiple state championships in football and volleyball competitions."
                                                                                                          Zip Code 78676
 The Hendersons say that just because life here might be slower, there's no reason to assume            Demographic Profile
   the living here is dull. During the summer, residents can take advantage of the many local
swimming holes such as Blue Hole. "Wimberley is situated at the confluence of the Blanco River          Population:     11,261
  and Cypress Creek, so there's a lot of water to enjoy, and the most valuable property here is        Avg HH Size:       2.45
   waterfront property," says Henderson. "Outdoor enthusiasts find the place lively with native      Median HH Income: $64,737
  Texas wildlife such as white-tailed deer, songbirds and the more than occasional armadillo."          Median Age        47.5
                                                                                                        % Married:        67%
  Wimberley is home to a thriving arts community, from musicians and visual artists to artisans        % of HHs with
    working in pottery, metal arts and more who find Wimberley's beautiful setting the perfect           Children:
 inspiration to fire their creativity. The Wimberley Valley Art League is a collection of nationally   % with College
            and internationally known artists representing a number of artistic genres.                   Degree:
                                                                                                     % Owner Occupied
 Wimberley hosts several music festivals throughout the year, including the Annual Wimberley
                                                                                                     Median Yr Dwelling
     Gospel Music Festival in the fall and the Annual Wimberley Winter Jazz Festival every                                1987
                                                                                                         was Built
February. And residents know to look forward to the last Saturday of April, when the town's own
                     Cypress Creek Café sponsors its annual Crawfish Festival.
                                                                                                             Source: Cl
 Those who love the performing arts will love the EmilyAnn Theatre, an outdoor venue hosting
events year round, and known for its annual summer event, Shakespeare Under the Stars. The
    EmilyAnn Theatre also hosts the Spring Fling Butterfly Festival which includes butterfly
                         releases, butterfly art, live music and more.

 Another fun summer pastime celebrating Wimberley's unique take on life is the Corral Theatre,
 an "outdoor walk-in" theatre at Rocky River Ranch, where moviegoers can see first-run movies
 from Memorial Day to Labor Day while sitting in the comfort of lawn chairs under the stars. "It's
totally open like the old drive-in theaters," says Henderson, "and it's really a lot of fun. We like to
  say that you can see the stars under the stars. It's just one of the many things we do here that
          creates a special, magical atmosphere that you just can't find anywhere else."

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