Back in January 2011 my husband and I purchased a residential lot located at 835 Sunfish in Lakeway, Texas. We had been dreaming and designing our own personal masterpiece for 6 years now and this purchase was one step closer to making that dream come true. Today is August 30, 2011 and last Friday we received the second draft to our architectural plans. I have been amazed at what goes into this entire process so I decided to begin this blog to share our experience with others. I also wanted some sort of documentation to remind myself of the many little components it takes to construct a home. I invite you to join me on this amazing journey and would like to begin by describing the search and purchase of our home-site.
Our Lot Search and Purchase:
My husband and I are Real Estate Brokers. He handles the commercial side and I the residential. Our office is located on Ranch Road 620 in Bee Cave, Texas-just past the Lakeway city limits. Once we decided to pull the trigger and build our home we began the search for our lot. Our criteria were derived from several factors. The first was based off of our sphere-of-influence/office location-where we have the most contacts for our referral-based business. Second was the elementary school in which the school age residents would attend. The third factor was the lot topography. I wanted trees, at least a third of an acre and because we are building on a tight budget a reasonably flat home-site.
Throughout our search we made several offers but none worked out. Being in the business you find out when offers don’t work out it is because there is something bigger and better around the corner. That statement could not have been made more true for us. Finally after almost a year of searching I found our lot! It had all of our criteria plus some. It is reasonably flat, .34 acres, priced within reach, our kids would stay at Serene Hills elementary, large trees and for the icing on the cake it backed to the Live Oak Golf Course. After I walked this lot I called my hubby on the way home and shared “I found our lot! I am headed home now to write up the offer. I will email it to you. Bring it home so we can sign and submit”. And we did just that, wrote it up, signed and submitted the next day. Our offer was countered, but within reach of our price so we accepted and closed within a few weeks. It took every penny we had saved, but it was done! We owned the lot and we were one step closer to building our home!
Below I have included a few pictures of our lot for your review. I have also included a few links just in case you were interested in searching for your perfect home-site.
Be sure to check back soon, there is more to come! If you are interested in purchasing a lot give us a call we will take good care of you.