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Carrie Farghaly tells us about a Highland Home Ready Now in Rough Hollow

Our guest blogger- Carrie Farghaly from Keller Williams Lake Travis– tells us about a special home we previewed last week in Rough Hollow on the Builder Boost New Home Tour.  We enjoyed meeting her in person and loved hearing her perspective on new home features! If you are looking for a new home in the Lakeway area and you want a Realtor with a keen eye for detail and a warm personality, Carrie is a wonderful choice!

Carrie Farghaly

Highland Homes 406 Tempranillo Way: 4271 sqft -2 story, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms

This beautiful Highland Home was one of my favorites on the tour. The ambience of the neighborhood in Rough Hollow is inviting and feels like one is really in the Hill Country as you look out towards the backyard featuring greenbelt views.

The facade of 406 Tempranillo is accented by stucco and with limestone masonry with accented arches that comprise the gracious front porch seating area.

406 Tempernillo

Gorgeous light features and fixtures highlight the home’s warm wood floors!

 Carrie- Highland Homes

Another aspect of 406 Tempranillo Way by Highland Homes in Rough Hollow is the curved staircase with wooden star treads – perfect for those high traffic areas of the home!

Carrie- 406 Rough Hollow Highland Homes

The dreamy kitchen of 406 Tempranillo Way has wonderful light features and fixtures that combine with the wood floors to give future Homeowners a great family home!

Kitchen- Carrie- Highland Homes

Plenty of cabinet space with some glass fronted cabinets for displaying colorful glassware or ceramics.

Wolf gas range and built in refrigerator.

Large functional center island with sink / electrical outlets / breakfast bar for bar stools.

Homework/ Computer work station right by the kitchen and there is also another study nook upstairs!

To view more about Highland Homes in Rough Hollow- visit their website by clicking here.

Carrie Farghaly
Realtor Keller Williams Lake Travis
Instagram: @cfarghalyrealty

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New Homes in Bee Cave in the $300K Range

The home inventory in Austin sure is getting low! If you do not see what you are looking for right now on MLS, why not consider building a new home? This is a sure way to get exactly what you are looking for without having to compromise.

There are so many incredible opportunities in the Austin area to choose a homesite, pick out your designer touches, and watch your art come to life.  The community and builder we’d like to feature today is Meritage Homes in Bella Colinas, located in Bee Cave, Texas.


With homes starting in the low $300s, Bella Colinas has 18 unique floor plans that range from 1,882 – 4,532 sq. ft.

Not only does Meritage Homes have a reputation for quality building, the community is just a short distance from Hill Country Galleria and students attend Lake Travis schools. You get a great home in a great location!

Another benefit worth mentioning is that homes built by Meritage are on average twice as energy-efficient as a typical U.S. home of the same size. That is a lot of money saved…. and I know this to be true first hand. My dear friend who owns a Meritage Home loves to tell me the cost of her energy bills. I love hearing it too! The cut in heating and cooling cost here in Austin Texas is a HUGE plus!! The Meritage Homes website says that their energy efficient building practices can cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 50%,  ENERGY STAR® appliances use up to 50% less energy and water, and all Meritage Homes are EPA certified and provide energy-cost savings of up to 50%. That’s an average of $50,000 spanning a 30-year mortgage. WOW. If you have never visited one of their model homes, it is worth the trip to learn how they build. They have a space that visually shows you the differences in their building practices.


Another thing worth mentioning about Bella Colinas is the future amenity center that is underway! It will feature a sparkling pool and cabana area perfect for neighborhood gatherings.


Make your appointment today to see how Meritage Homes builds and to view the homes and beautiful Bee Cave community of Bella Colinas.

16033 Cinca Terra Drive
Bee Cave, TX 78738

From Austin, travel west on HWY 71. Pass the Hill Country Galleria on your right. In approximately 4 miles, turn left onto Vail Divide Road


If you are a Realtor, you can join us on Wednesday, February 11th to tour the community together! Click here for details and to RSVP. 

Would you like more information on homes in Bee Cave or a new home inventory list of all new homes in the Lake Travis area?  Just let us know below!

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New Homes Available Now in the mid-$300K Range in Bee Cave, Texas

Looking for a brand new move in ready home in the Bee Cave area?

Are you looking to find a new home in the mid $300 price range?

Perhaps you are looking for the perfect home to downsize and enjoy a simpler, luxurious lifestyle?

If you (or your clients) are looking for a new home in Bee Cave, then you will not want to miss these Ash Creek Homes!

The first home we are featuring is Ash Creek’s Carina floorplan on Homesite 27. This home features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2 car garage. There are soaring ceilings, windows and doorways which gives this home an immediate feel of luxury. There is a generous and open living space, plus separate utility room and office nook.  This is also an Energy Efficient Home rated by the Austin Energy Green Building Program. You will appreciate the high end finishes throughout this home!

3607 Royal Sage Drive, # 27

 The second available home is Ash Creek’s Mariposa floorplan. This is a charming Tuscan Villa with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2 car garage. There are inviting covered patios which draw you out to the beautiful hill country surroundings.  The homesite backs to a wonderful wooded dry creek bed. Yard maintenance is included too; this is a true “lock and leave” community.

13809 Yellow Bell Bend- #12

  • Wildwood Community Features:
    • Texas Hill Country Views
    • Private Pool & Covered Cabana
    • Full Lawn Maintenance
    • Lake Travis ISD
    • Minutes to Hill Country Galleria and Lake Travis
    • Low Utility Bills
    • Lowest Property Taxes in Travis

FOR MORE INFO STOP BY THE ASH CREEK WELCOME CENTER TODAY! Tell them the folks at Builder Boost said hello! Their team is outstanding….you’ll see what we mean!

Address and hours:

13907 Yellow Bell Bend Austin, TX 78738

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Sunday- noon-6pm


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February New Home Tour for Lake Travis Real Estate Market

Hello Austin Real Estate Professionals! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 11th, 2015.


Our New Home Tour in Lake Travis will start at the beautiful Sweetwater Welcome Center at 9am where we will enjoy breakfast tacos and coffee. We will have a brief presentation on all the amenities at Sweetwater and then the bus will take us to view homes from Drees Custom Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Our next stop will be the beautiful Bee Cave community of Bella Colinas to view homes by Meritage and Monterey Homes.

Your feedback on all the featured homes is held in high regard to these Austin area builders as they want YOUR thoughts and expert opinions.

It will be a morning full of networking, fun, and education on New Home Builders, the New Home Industry in Austin, and the Lake Travis Market in general.

John Bishop from ForeFront Foto will take casual headshots.

If you are willing, we would love to feature you on our blog. We will post your headshot, your website and contact information, plus anything you would like to say about your new home expertise in the Austin Real Estate Market! We want to hear from you.

Please click here and RSVP today! We are looking forward to meeting you!


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Grand Haven Homes in Rough Hollow- Homes Ready Now!

Last week we had the pleasure of touring a home ready now by Grand Haven Homes at The Woodlands at Rough Hollow.  312 Duffy was our first stop and when we pulled up there was an immediate consensus that this home has real curb appeal.

312 Duffy Lane

The group of Realtors on the December New Home tour were truly impressed by the inside and outside of this home! One of the things we kept hearing was that this home has wonderful outdoor privacy which makes this an excellent choice for buyers looking for a home in Lakeway. “This will not only make it enjoyable for the owners, but it is a huge plus to consider for future resale.”

This home has plenty of backyard privacy + greenbelt views, and it also offers a full outdoor kitchen with built-in grill, sink and refrigerator! The home is a two-story- with 2 bedrooms downstairs (owner’s retreat and guest suite.) Plus, upstairs there is two additional bedrooms, a media room and game room which overlooks the family room below. “This is a great layout for a family- Grand Haven Homes has really thought out the use of space in this home.”

The Realtors on the tour all raved about the kitchen too! “Grand Haven Homes is always up on the latest design features and appeals to my buyers sense of style.”


Grand Haven Kitchen 312 Duffy

(Photo of kitchen by John Bishop at ForeFront Foto)

312 Duffy – Here is a Virtual Tour of the home.  The home is priced in the mid $500s.

Contact Matt or Dori at 512-608-9610 for a preview appointment.

Grand Haven Homes also has other homes available to move into NOW in Rough Hollow. There is a wonderful selection with a wide range of prices too! If you are looking for homes in the Lakeway area, you do not want to miss viewing the offers by Grand Haven Homes. Be sure to stop by the model homes so that you have the full scope and can pick up a list of all the homes that are ready now.

Grand Haven Homes has 4 communities in Rough Hollow. Check them out online.…but if you have not been out in person, we strongly encourage you to see for yourself!! These are stand out homes!

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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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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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Meet Anna Culina- The Apache Shores Expert!


We have been out and about meeting some of Lakeway’s finest Real Estate Experts. Today we talked with Anna Culina from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Texas Realty.

Anna is an Apache Shores expert; she not only lives in the neighborhood, but she has personally listed and sold several of her neighbors homes!  You will often find Anna hosting an open house in Apache Shores or hanging out enjoying the lakeside park along Lake Austin. Anna also specializes in the communities of Lakeway, Lake Travis, Lake Austin area, and Convict Hill. She goes above and beyond to provide top notch service and marketing to all her clients!

We asked her a few questions and here were her answers:

What is your favorite quote?

“We make time for what’s important and excuses for what’s not.”

When did you move to Austin and why?

The summer of 99.  Loved the people, weather and affordable housing.

Where is the best place you have spent a day in Austin?

Anywhere on Lake Austin or at the Apache Shores lakeside park.

If you were going to dinner in Lakeway tonight- where would you go?

Fore; it’s close to home and they’ve got great appetizers and food.

You need a gift for a friend. Where would you go in Lakeway to get it?

Somewhere at the Hill Country Galleria or the Shops at The Galleria.

Have a favorite new home model in Lakeway? What builder and why?

Dazzle me; I don’t have one yet.

“I am the Apache Shores Real Estate Expert!  I have personally previewed almost every single home that has been on the market in Apache Shores.  I work hard to get my clients the best prices for their homes and lots.  I have helped neighbors buy and sell homes and lots in Apache Shores.”  

Anna’s Website

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New Highland Homes Ready Now in West Cypress Hills


New Home at 22417 Rock Wren Rd- Highland Home in West Cypress Hills

Today was spent touring new Highland Homes in West Cypress Hills.

I actually find myself spending a lot of time in this particular community since my kids attend the brand new on-site West Cypress Hills Elementary School. Not only do I drive through West Cypress Hills daily, but I’ve spent many afternoons there at kid birthday parties in the covered pavilion or at the pool. I can say from personal experience that this is a really REALLY great neighborhood! And the people who live in West Cypress Hills love their community. It’s pretty easy to see why too. Not only are the homes beautiful- most back to greenbelt- and the residents all have use of the resort style pool- soccer field- basketball court- playground- hike and bike trails and of course there is the onsite LTISD West Cypress Hills Elementary School…which again, from personal experience, is an amazing school with top notch teachers and staff members.

Besides the new school, one of the best things about West Cypress Hills is the location. If you are leaving the community and you take a right you will reach Bee Cave and Lakeway within minutes. There you have the Hill Country Galleria with fabulous shopping, great restaurants, a movie theater, Whole Foods, Michaels, Cost Plus World Market, Salons…you get the idea. You pretty much have the convenience of everything you could want or need right down the road. But if you were to turn left upon exiting West Cypress Hills you would soon by surrounded by the beauty of the Texas Hill Country- wide open roads with breathtaking scenery all around. This makes for a truly peaceful and gorgeous Sunday drive out towards Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock, Marble Falls, the Texas Wineries, or so many other memorable day trip destinations. It’s like living with one foot in the country and one foot in the city!

If you are looking for a brand new home available now in West Cypress Hills, Highland Homes has ones that will truly impress!! And I am not just saying that! From the landscape, to the exteriors, to the floor plan layouts, to the tastefully chosen design features- Highland Homes really did an impeccable job!

View all homes available now from Highland Homes in West Cypress Hills. 

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New Homes Ready Now in Lakeway at Rough Hollow

Looking for a new home in Lakeway? Check out 301 Dolcetto Court from Highland Homes!


This home has it all with a game room/half bath, extended master suite, outdoor fireplace on patio, wet bar, extended outdoor living, planning desk, utility cabinets w/sink, bookcase shelves, butler’s pantry, faux beams in study/library, faux beams in family/great room options. It is approx. 3856 square feet. 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths. And to top it off, it is located in Rough Hollow in Lakeway!

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