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November New Home Tour in Lakeway and Spicewood

Lakeway Realtor Group

Thank you to the incredible group of Lake Travis Real Estate Professionals who joined us this week on the New Home Tour!

We were proud to feature two top-notch builders in the Lake Travis Area.

We toured Grand Haven Homes in Rough Hollow and Highland Homes in West Cypress Hills.

The talented John Bishop from ForeFront Foto joined us as well and took some fabulous shots! We will share more information about the tour and all the photos, so stay tuned!

Mark your calendars for the next New Home Tour on Wednesday December 17th.

THANK YOU to the following Real Estate Professionals:

Jogee Comegys from Sotheby’s International Realty

Bill Dippo from Austin West Properties

Michelle Star from Magnolia Homes

Stephen Pivach from Builder Boost

David Treto from Keller Williams Lake Travis

Keith Falcone from RE/MAX Lake Travis

Kim Guley from Builder Boost

Lisa Altamirano from Gracy Title

Kierstin McBride from Gracy Title

Shannon Ensor from Ensor REALTORS

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Learn More About Heritage- Austin’s newest 55+ Community By Taylor Morrison

Did you know? The first 55+ community in Austin from Taylor Morrison will debut this winter with the opening of Heritage at Vizcaya, the homebuilder’s new master-planned community in Round Rock.

The community will open for sales beginning in January 2015.

There is an information night this Thursday, November 20th at 4PM. This will be a GREAT event for Austin Realtors to learn more! The event is open to the public too!

Heritage Information Night. 4PM-7PM. Thursday, November 20th, 2014.

Click here for details and to RSVP directly to Taylor Morrison. 

There is a Facebook page to stay informed!

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Mary Lynne Gibbs tells us why autumn is a great time to sell your home

Mary Lynne Gibbs is a true gem in the Austin Real Estate Industry! We often call on her for market stats, to ask her opinion, or to seek guidance on a Real Estate topic. Not only does Mary Lynne really know the market but she is always happy to help and share her wisdom.

Today she shares some great insights on how selling in the holiday months can be a huge advantage!


Who says autumn isn’t a great time to sell a home? Certainly, not I.

Spring and summer may seem the most logical times to sell real estate due to the weather, school schedule and travel ease, but those seasons are far from being the only and best time to sell real estate…especially in our fabulous Austin market!

Having successfully worked in the real estate industry since 2002 – several years as a top-selling agent and seven years as the Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center Team Leader –I’ve seen time after time that the fall and holiday months are many agents’ most profitable!

As I have jumped back into selling real estate, I appreciate my long-standing relationships in the Lakeway and Bee Cave communities and my extensive experience in the real estate industry that give me insight to why this season is a perfect time sell properties.

The top three reasons I have found that makes autumn a spectacular time to sell are (1) more motivation behind the reason to sell, (2) less competition in the market because of significantly fewer listings usually at this time of year, and (3) the need and benefits of tax deductions before year end.

It is important to note that a competitively priced home will always peak a buyer’s interest in any season and in any market! If buyers see value…a home will sell.

For example, my listing at 111 Bisset Court in the Bluffs at Rough Hollow built by Wes Peoples did not sell during the summer months, but is currently set to close on or before December 10, 2014.

It is a perfect illustration of how effective the autumn season can be in the sellers’ favor when they have an agent that takes professional photos, has a great marketing system and they implement staging ideas.

This luxurious home in the Bluffs at Rough Hollow was built on spec and has caught the eye of some lucky buyers who will enjoy this custom designed home that blends into the Texas Hill Country. 111 Bisset Court offers state-of-the-art amenities, allows for resort-like living and provides residents exclusive amenities.

Although I did not procure the buyer for this property, I am thrilled that these buyers will get to enjoy such an extraordinary neighborhood with Yacht Club & Marina, an outdoor amphitheater, a restaurant, a water center with lazy river, an adult pool with swim-up bar, a fitness center with two gyms and much, much more!

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Mary Lynne Gibbs with Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center at 512.431.2403 or austinluxurybroker@gmail.com. It would be an honor to earn your business!

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Looking for a new home in the Lake Travis ISD?


Highland Home in West Cypress Hills- Available Now!!

If you are looking for a brand new home in the Lake Travis ISD, there are some incredible options to consider right now!

Last week we toured new homes in West Cypress Hills, Rough Hollow, and Rocky Creek.

Each of these communities offers a big wow factor for their residents! They are all very unique from one another but each one has the beauty of the surrounding hill country and amenities that make you feel like you are on vacation!

In fact, we spoke to a couple of people who live and love their community who were willing to share their experiences. We talked with them about the homebuilding process, their positive experience with their chosen builder, their Realtor, and their overall happiness as a resident. Stay tuned for future posts!

Also, if you are looking to move in before the holidays, you should certainly take a closer look at Highland Homes in West Cypress Hills– or Rocky Creek– or Rough Hollow.

Grand Haven also has gorgeous new homes in Rough Hollow in Lakeway with a wide range of price points and offerings. (Lakeway communities are 10 and 11 on the link above)

Click here to view all the new home communities in Lake Travis and their corresponding schools.

ALSO- we have a complete list of new homes in Lake Travis- so if you are a Realtor or a potential buyer looking in Lake Travis- simply reach out and we will send you our spreadsheet of new home inventory! 

Contact us and we will simply email you the list! 


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Sarah Taylor Knows Austin!


Sarah Taylor is one of those very rare individuals….are you ready for it?

She is a true native Austinite!

Not only does Sarah make a great tour guide for the capital city and the surrounding hill country, but she truly knows the Austin market.

Sarah’s insider status helps her buyers understand what the best neighborhoods are now, and what places will emerge as hotspots. She is knowledgeable of current and future development and how it will affect everything from traffic to schools.

Sarah specializes in upscale areas of the city including Westlake, Riverplace, Lakeway, Northwest Hills, Tarrytown, Spicewood and Bee Cave. She is also familiar with the different neighborhoods that comprise central Austin and has a good grasp on housing trends and current events happening within the city.

Sarah can also recommend builders who specialize in luxury, green building and specific areas.

Sarah Taylor

Keller Williams Realty

Contact her today at (512) 689-1177 or SarahSellsAustin@gmail.com

1. Who inspires you right now?

My grandmother

2. What is the best thing you’ve read this year?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

3. Best thing you have done this year?

Family vacation in Tahoe for my cousins wedding. And closed a bunch of deals.

4. What do you like most about Real Estate?

Helping people to change their lives and achieve their dreams.

5. If you were headed to the beach for a week and could only take 3 things in your backpack what would they be?

Sunscreen, bathing suit, sunglasses. Does that go without saying?

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“Try to be nice and friendly, because that is the kind of person that people want to be around”

7. What lights you up?

Good friends and family.

8. What habit have you developed that has changed your life?

Healthy eating

9. What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say. Think more than I speak and notice more than you realize”

10. Who has influenced you most in life?

My mom

11. If you were going out to dinner tonight- where would you go and why?

Hudson’s on the Bend. Cozy and classic with great food and service.

12. If you had a family coming in from Austin to check it out, what would you advice them to see and do?

Stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on town lake.

Thanks Sarah! We enjoyed getting to know you better! 

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Meet Dori Conway- New Home Sales Consultant for Grand Haven Homes!


Last week we toured new homes in Rough Hollow with a group of fabulous Austin Realtors. One of the highlights of the tour was getting to meet Dori Conway, onsite New Home Sales Consultant for Grand Haven Homes. Dori greeted us at her stunning model home with a huge smile and a wealth of information about Grand Haven Homes and the Rough Hollow Community of West Rim. Her enthusiasm for what she does truly shines through! She loves helping people find the perfect new home and meeting Austin Realtors.


If you are in the Lakeway area looking for new homes or you are an Austin Realtor looking to increase your knowledge- stop in and say hello!  (Be sure to also visit the other Grand Haven Homes Communities in Rough Hollow while you are there: The Summit, Highland Terrace, Cypress Ridge, and The Woodlands)

Here are a few questions we asked to get to know Dori better:

1. Where are you from originally and what brought you to Austin?

Originally from Minnesota – grew up in northern Minnesota – Grand Rapids, MN and moved to the Mpls/St. Paul area in High School. My children (2 boys) are grown and moved away so I decided to move to Austin to be close to my Mother and Sister.

2. What is the best thing about working with Grand Haven Homes?

Grand Haven Homes is a first class organization and builds one of the best, quality homes in the Austin area.

3. Who inspires you most?

My sister, Amy. She is a very successful business owner, wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls. She is a hard-working, caring person that always finds time to give of herself selflessly to her family, friends, church and community.

4. What is your favorite lunch spot in Lakeway?

The Grille at Rough Hollow – amazing food, comfortable ambiance and great views of Lake Travis.

5. What is your favorite Grand Haven floor plan in your community and why?

We have so many great floor plans to choose from but I really like the model floor plan (7810). This plan has a large open kitchen, dining room and living room – great for entertaining. It also includes a private casita for guest and the second floor includes a media room and bonus room.

Whether you’re looking to move into a new home in 90 days or nine months, Grand Haven Homes has something for you. Browse their community map to see available homes under construction, and contact a New Homes Sales Counselor for that community if you would like more information about a particular home.

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Lake Travis Real Estate Group

If you are considering purchasing a new home in the Lakeway area, or you are a Realtor that specializes in Lakeway, Bee Cave, Spicewood – please considering joining the conversation @

Lake Travis Real Estate Facebook Group Page

This is a place to post listings in the Lake Travis area, open house, lots, new home builds, or even ask general real estate questions.

Join Us!!

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New Home Communities Zoned to Lake Travis Independent School District

First Day at West Cypress Elementary

First Day of School at the brand new Lake Travis ISD Campus: West Cypress Hills Elementary! An excited Kindergartener and 2nd grader are greeted with huge smiles from the Lake Travis Cavalettes. This is just one example of how Lake Travis ISD works to build community among all campuses.

It is one of the main reason that the Lake Travis Real Estate market has been growing and expanding each year: Lake Travis Independent School district is one of the most coveted school districts in the Austin area. In fact, the latest news (as of September 2014) is that ALL Lake Travis ISD campuses exceeded state accountability standards! Every single campus significantly surpassed the minimum target scores in all categories. Not only have these campuses achieved academic success but they have one of the most well know athletic programs in the state of Texas. Lake Travis ISD also has a very active and supportive school board that consistently strives to continue the tradition of excellence.

The Lake Travis Independent School district is comprised of 9 campuses.There are 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school.

If you are looking to purchase a brand new home in the Lake Travis School district, below are the new home communities that are zoned for LTISD.

Bella Colinas

Rough Hollow

West Cypress Hills


Serene Hills


Rocky Creek


Sola Vista


If you are interested in learning more about any of these brand new home communities in the Lake Travis area, please feel free to contact us! We can give you a detailed spreadsheet on tax rates, builders, price points, and a current inventory list if you are ready to move in now! If you are a Realtor that would benefit from this information, we would be glad to send it your way too!

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Rocky Creek- Bee Cave

Since I just posted an article about the growth in Bee Cave and Lakeway, I thought I would highlight some of the newer communities in the area- starting today with Rocky Creek. If you have never been on a drive out hwy 71, towards Hamilton Pool Road, get in your car and go today! It is peaceful and the landscape is stunning. It makes for a great lazy Sunday drive. Rocky Creek is located in this gorgeous hill country setting- it’s on Hamilton Pool Rd just past Crumley Ranch Road.

For those of us who have lived in Austin for awhile, Rocky Creek certainly seems “far out there” but really with all the new development in Lakeway,  it is not far at all. The Hill Country Galleria is only about six minutes away. And, all you really need is a great mall, right? But seriously, there are grocery stores, great restaurants,  Bee Cave Central Park, and  Lakeway Regional Medical Center will be open in April which is located only about ten minutes from Rocky Creek.

Another appealing aspect of Rocky Creek is that the students will go to the Lake Travis School District. Bee Cave Elementary-Lake Travis Middle School- Lake Travis High School. All fabulous, highly rated schools!

There are huge surrounding easements on both sides of Rocky Creek that have been dedicated to Nature Conservancy of Texas, meaning there are lots of open green spaces…although talk to the builders for more about the facts about that. What I do know for sure is that there are many nature trails in and around the community. I’ve never been hiking on them but judging from the breath-taking surrounding scenery, I bet they are incredible. The community also has a pool and kids play area.

There are plans to build about 400 homes. Highland Homes and Drees are the builders. The prices range from the high $300s to the high $500s.

There is more information and some great photos on the developers site- Hillwood Communities.

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Austin-area home sales last month up 10.4 percent from January 2011

The Realtors I have been talking to are busy, busy, busy and the numbers even prove it!

Austin-area home sales last month up 10.4 percent from January 2011.

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