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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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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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Lake Travis New Home Inventory List

We recently surveyed a large group of Austin area Realtors to ask the following questions:

1. What do you need in order to sell more NEW homes in the Austin area?

2. How are you getting your information for NEW homes currently?

3. When you have a new client, what other methods (besides a detailed MLS search) do you take?

We asked several more questions, but what stood out the most was the word SIMPLICITY.

Austin Realtors want to be able to quickly see what is available in a specific submarket. You all know (and most mentioned) that not every new home is listed in the Austin MLS, and it can be a lot of work to go to specific builders websites, or flip through anything that has homes listed by every individual builder.

A couple of you even admitted that if a home was not in MLS, it was not on your radar!

One of the most surprising findings was that many of you are deleting builders emails without looking at them.

“There are too many clogging up my inbox.”

“If I don’t have a client looking in that particular area at the moment, I have no need to look at it.”

We took all your feedback and suggestions and have created a simple + sortable list!!  So far we are getting great feedback.

We created a Lake Travis Submarket List of New Homes for Sale and made it sortable.

This feature allows you to quickly see what is available. For example if your client wants a new home and they want their kids to attend West Cypress Hills Elementary- you can quickly see what new homes are available now (or will be soon). Plus you can quickly see what home builder is building in each community. You can also quickly sort by price range of the new homes in the Lake Travis area. Not to mention it gives you a very easy way to see what community is zoned to what school, what the tax rate is, and can give you a quick market snapshot of what pricing is looking like in each Austin development.It’s a great comparable piece. Please email us for a sneak peak!!

If you are interested in viewing this list or getting on our email list to receive it biweekly in the future- please let us know.


We are trying to determine which submarket to focus on first. So far, we have the most votes for the Lake Travis Submarket.

We are so grateful for your time and feedback while we gathered this information and hope you find the tools we are creating helpful to finding your clients a new home in the Austin area!

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Ladera by Taylor Morrison in Bee Cave, Texas

If you have been to Target or Home Depot lately in Lakeway/Bee Cave, you may have noticed that they are starting to move some dirt around in the hills behind the stores. That will soon be the site of approximately 250 new single family homes built by Taylor Morrison. Roads to this new development should be complete in April and pre-sales will actually be starting next month. There are no plans for an amenity center; however, Bee Cave Central Park is very close by and there are a couple of public pools in the area as well. Of course, the new Lakeway Regional Medical Center will be minutes away and the Hill Country Galleria is practically walking distance. Being that the community is in Bee Cave, the tax rate will be one of the lowest in Austin. Home prices will start in the high $200s, although the views in the area are fabulous which means they may have some homesite “premiums” that could push prices realistically into the mid $300. Ladera should shape up to be a very nice, intimate, attractive community of homes. Taylor Morrison builds homes with great open floor plans and lots of curb appeal. Check out the Taylor Morrison homes online or in person at Fairways in Steiner Ranch and their  60′ section of Crystal Falls, to get an idea of the homes they will be building at Ladera, in Bee Cave, Texas.

If you are interested, you should get on their interest list!

UPDATE as of 7-3-2012

Ladera is NOW OPEN!  The roads are cut and you can drive into the community. The trailer is located on the corner of Ladera Drive and HWY 620 across from the Chic-fil-a. The actually community is located behind the Target and Home Depot in Lakeway.  It is looking good!!


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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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