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By Alison Shuman | Agent in Austin, TX
  • Driftwood Texas: A Little Local Flavor

    Posted Under: General Area in Driftwood, Market Conditions in Driftwood  |  June 8, 2011 11:37 AM  |  919 views  |  No comments

    Driftwood, Texas – Other than the Salt Lick

    The Store in Driftwood, Texas
    For many Austinites, Driftwood means the Salt Lick - that fabulous barbecue joint with a gigantic dusty parking lot, a long line and some of the best finger-licking meat in Texas.

    We drive to the Salt Lick, eat, then drive home. Along the way, we see . . . a whole lotta nothing.

    That is, until you really start to LOOK. And then, you see a LOT.

    What IS in Driftwood, Texas?

    Driftwood is home to a lot of open land, farm animals and, surprisingly, wineries and mini-mansions.

    Huh? Yes wineries and mini-mansions.The entrance to the La Ventana subdivision in Driftwood, Texas

    Driftwood Real Estate For Sale, February 2011

    (note: all data from the Austin Board of Realtors and the REALIST Tax database.)

  • As of February 16th, 2011, we see 39 properties for sale in Driftwood, ranging from $274,000 to $1,300,000.
  • The median price of a home in the current listings is $450,000.
  • For that, you can have 1.33 acres and a home built in 2006 that has 3,080 square feet, granite counters, stained concrete floors and a pool and spa combination in the back yard in the Rim Rock Ranch subdivision, one of several subdivisions catering to folks that want a taste of wide open country spaces with the conveniences of modern living.
  • The smallest lot in the current listings is .847 acres and has a 4,227 square foot home on it that was built in 2006 and is listed for sale for $534,500.
  • Driftwood Real Estate Sales, 2009

  • 55 homes sold in Driftwood, Texas in 2009.
  • 10 of these were foreclosures.
  • Selling prices ranged from $90,000 to $785,000 with a median price of $375,000.
  • The median size of the homes that sold was 3,189 square feet for a home that spent 111 days on the market.
  • Driftwood Real Estate Sales, 2010

    How did 2010 compare to 2009 for real estate activity in Driftwood? Activity was decidedly stronger on a comparable number of sales.

  • 53 homes sold in Driftwood, Texas in 2010.
  • 6 of these were foreclosures, a drop from 10 in 2009.
  • Selling prices ranged from $104,900 to $1,137,500 with a median price of $389,900.
  • The median size of the homes that sold was 3,155 square feet for a home that spent 66 days on the market.

  • A scenic view of the Hill Country in Driftwood, Texas

    The Heatherwood Conservation Development

    One thing worth noting – the smallest and least expensive homes that have sold in the last few years were mostly in the Heatherwood subdivision. The website for this subdivision indicates that these homes are in Dripping Springs, but the MLS showed some in Driftwood and some in Dripping Springs. The Realist tax database shows that these homes are in Driftwood.

    Now that we have THAT cleared up, let’s talk about this subdivision, intended to be an ecologically focused small grouping of houses. We haven’t appraised something there, and haven’t visited, but would really like to hear from folks who DO know something about the area: the history of the land, the developer (Papalote Homes), the quality of life.

    Looks like we need a road trip to see how this place turned out in the 5 to 6 years since they started building.

    A Little Driftwood History

    A young cow in Driftwood, TexasAccording to the Texas State historical association, Driftwood was settled in the 1880s and served as a supply center for the ranches and farms in the area. The population in this area was only 10 in 1925, grew to about 100 in the mid-1900s, then dropped back to 21 in 1990.

    In the 20 years since, and more aptly, in just the last few years, it has become the home to the several higher-end subdivisions you see represented in the real estate stats listed above for 2009 and 2010 – La Ventana, Howard Ranch, Sierra Ridge, Rightwater Preserve, Rim Rock Ranch, Enchanted Oak and Vineyard Ridge.



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  • The Ranch at Deer Creek in Cedar Park is Selling Fast in 2011

    Posted Under: General Area in Cedar Park, Market Conditions in Cedar Park  |  June 6, 2011 5:11 PM  |  553 views  |  No comments
    Homes in the Ranch at Deer Creek in Cedar Park Texas are selling quickly for the first 5 months of 2011.ranch-deer-creek-front-porch-cedar-park-tx

    2011 Sales Data Through June 6th, 2011

    • Of 28 listings, 15 have sold.
    • This is an absorption rate of 3 homes per month, which means 3 homes per month have sold in the last 5 months.
    • 5 more homes are under contract.
    • 8 listings in the Ranch at Deer Creek are active. This means we have less than 3 months of inventory for buyers who want to buy in this area. This is good news for sellers.
    • The median days on the market for the sold homes was 52, for the pending homes it was 27.
    • This means the typical homes that most recently sold in this area went under contract less than a month after they were listed.
    • The median price of the homes that sold was $300,000.
    • The least expensive home that sold was $212,000 for a 2,214 square foot, 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home built in 2004.
    • The most expensive home that sold was $383,500 for a 4,332 square foot home built in 2003 with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
    • Of the 8 active listings, the prices range from $215,000 to $379,000.

    (Wouldn't you like to sip a nice tall glass of tea on a front porch like this one?)


    What Are the Monthly Payments on a House in The Ranch At Deer Creek in Cedar Park, Texas?

    Here are some numbers for purchasing a home in the Ranch at Deer Creek in 2011.

    For a $300,000 home (the median price):

    • If a buyer can put 20% down ($60,000)
    • $240,000 would need to be financed
    • Taxes at just under 2.8% per year would run about $8400
    • Insurance might be about $1,100 per year
    • A 30 year mortgage at 4.75%, including taxes and insurance would be just under $2,045 per month.

    What are the Homes like at The Ranch at Deer Creek?

    Most of the 635 homes at The ranch at Deer Creek at the western edge of Cedar Park in Travis County, Texas, were built between 2001 and 2007.

    Homes range from just over 2,000 square feet to about 5,000 square feet. The developers of this subdivision left many of the Texas Live Oak trees in place, which means the area has a lot of mature trees as well as smaller ones planted when the houses were built.

    Many homes have limestone and brick on the exterior.

    Open Space at the Ranch at Deer Creek in Cedar Park, Texas
  • Maps and Zoning Information for Austin and Central Texas

    Posted Under: General Area in Texas  |  May 20, 2011 10:23 AM  |  206 views  |  No comments
    Maps and Zoning Information for Austin and Central Texas

    Austin has 40 Zoning Districts

    The city’s zoning districts are detailed on the city’s Development Process Zoning Districts webpage.

    Flood Maps

    FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) maintains a Map Service Center with updated Flood Maps.

    US Topographic Maps

    Trails.com provides access to USGS Topographic Maps with advanced controls covering the entire United States.

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  • Texas Historical Markers: Read Them and Share Them

    Posted Under: General Area in Texas  |  May 15, 2011 7:30 PM  |  209 views  |  No comments

    If you've visited small towns in Texas, you've probably seen quite a few Texas Historical Markers, those plaques that are often found in front of old libraries, courthouses, town squares or even trees.

    If you're writing blog articles about some of these towns, snap a few pix of the markers, too, and share them with your readers.

    There is even a Texas Historical Markers Group on Flickr where you can post your photos to share with other Texas history buffs.

    Texas Historical Marker



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