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By Phillip Baird | Agent in Austin, TX
  • Run For The Water, October 27th in Austin, Texas.

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Austin, Parks & Recreation in Austin, In My Neighborhood in Austin  |  October 2, 2013 12:48 PM  |  303 views  |  No comments

    Run for the Water

      Rhonda, Isabelle and I are preparing for Run for the Water. It's a run in which the proceeds benefit the Gazelle Foundation. For every entry, the Gazelle Foundation is able to provide water to an additional person in Burundi for life. I've personally experienced Gilbert Tuhabonye tell his story and I promise you there wasn't a dry eye in the room once he finished. He's a very humble person and truly wants to give back to his home and the people living there. You can learn more about the Gazelle Foundation and the projects they support. The race is Sunday, October 27. You can register here to run a 10 mile or 5K race and there is also a kid's K. If you can't participate in the race, please consider volunteering or donating to the cause. We hope to see you there!
  • I Love Austin!

    Posted Under: General Area in Hyde Park, Quality of Life in Hyde Park, In My Neighborhood in Hyde Park  |  March 22, 2013 10:45 AM  |  452 views  |  No comments

    I Love Austin

    I admit I am tempted to cheat. When we show homes in Pflugerville, Round Rock and Cedar Park, I feel the need to have 2500+ square feet and a bathroom for each member of my family. The seduction of all that space and a kitchen that is 4 times the size of the one I have plus HUGE closets in every room, I could cheat. Dreams of the entertaining I could do and the meals I could make carry me away.

    In my haze of huge home land, I realize we are in the car with heavy traffic sounding us. A wave washes over me, I can't see Austin. Panic sets in and I'm gripping the arm rest. The feeling I get once we come over the hill and I see Downtown has no words. My body starts to relax once we take the 45th street exit. Once we cross Lamar a strange sense of calm overtakes me, once across Guadalupe, there's no place like home, there's no place like home.

    People like big homes and big yards. The seclusion of the burbs is their dream. There is nothing wrong with desiring a sense of calm and peacefulness after a long day at work. Free of noise, hundreds of people and crazy traffic is very alluring, especially sitting in front of your fireplace, over looking your very own backyard pool, built-in.

    Not everyone enjoys the sounds of screaming sirens all times of the day and night, the chop, chop chop of helicopters overhead rushing a person to the hospital or searching for some criminal, much less the random live wailing of the punk band practicing next door. I personally can't imagine my life without it.

    I have lived in Central Austin most of my adult life, I've seen the expansion of Mopac so far North that I didn't know that far North existed, the warehouse district become the high-rise district, the corner indie movie theater on Guadalupe turn to a $ theater, Tower Records, Intellectual Property, to a noodle house. Austin has grown, changed and expanded in ways I would have never envisioned. 

    Ultimately what keeps me here are the things you can't get anywhere else. A swim in Shipe Park pool, a long run around Town Lake, snow cones at Casey's, super cheap tacos from the Tamale House, businesses that are owned by a person, not a corporation, and most importantly, the overwhelming sense of belonging.

    Austin has seen me through the best of times and the worst of times, it's not just the town I live in, it's a true love affair with a beautiful city.
  • Lockhart, a small town with a lot to offer

    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Home Buying  |  June 18, 2012 11:28 AM  |  364 views  |  No comments
    Did you know that there is a Barbecue Capital of Texas? In the Fall of 2003, the Texas Senate passed a resolution proclaiming Lockhart to be The Barbecue Capital of Texas. Lockhart features 4 barbecue restaurants in a population of about 13,000. Barbecue is serious business and everyone has their favorite. Black's and Kreuz Markert  being the oldest with Smitty's Market and Chisholm Trail following.  Another interesting fact about  Lockhart is that it has the oldest operating Library in Texas, Dr. Eugene Clark Library.

    Lockhart is situated just South of Austin, approximately 30 miles. It's mainly a farming community but this little town has a lot to offer if you want to live in a small town where everyone knows your name. There are historic homes and new subdivisions as well as homes built-in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Most of the properties offer large lots with mature trees and landscaping. Lockhart ISD consists of  4 elementary schools, one junior high, a freshman campus and one main high school, Lockhart High School. All of the schools are located central with easy access.

    One of the newest subdivisions is the Meadows at Clearfork located on the  edge of downtown (maybe 2 miles at most) and close to the Junior High and Tollway 30. This offers easy access to all the surrounding cities like San Antonio, Austin, San Marcus and New Braunfels. This subdivision offers 4 side brick or stone homes a minimum of 3 bedrooms and an attached 2 car garage.

    Weather you want to live in a nice new subdivision, a sprawling estate with acreage, or a historic style home, Lockhart has a lot to offer. You can learn more about Lockhart, Texas here and I highly recommend taking the time to visit and try some awesome Texas Barbecue. One note, go on a Saturday when all 4 will be open.

    Here's a listing we currently have in Lockhart located in the Meadows at Clearfork. MLS# 6576602
  • Cafe Hornitos. The Best Tex-Mex Restaurant You've Never Visited!

    Posted Under: General Area in Austin, Quality of Life in Austin, In My Neighborhood in Austin  |  March 26, 2012 9:27 AM  |  583 views  |  No comments
    One of the great things about living in Austin is the food. From food carts and trailers to fine dining establishments, and everything in between, Austin has great food. But folks, Cafe Hornitos is the best Tex-Mex restaurant most of you have never visited, and you should!

    Cafe Hornitos is a family owned and operated. It was started by two brothers who decided to take their chef hats from a well know Tex-Mex restaurant and open their own place. The waiters are their sons, and other members of the family help out as well. The food is made with love and the staff are always friendly and eager to make sure you have the best dining experience

    The menu is very reasonably priced and the food is awesome. My personal favorite, Pollo Tres Salsas is almost a religious experience. One reason I love Cafe Hornitos is that you can substitute at will from the menu. We tend to get black beans and Tampico rice instead of refried beans and Spanish rice, but that's just us. You can get whatever you like. Not to mention their happy hour 3-7 weekdays offers very reasonably priced drinks and happy hour menu. 

    Now don't get me wrong. From time to time I still visit the more well known Tex-Mex restaurants around town, but for my family, Cafe Hornitos is home. Except of course we don't have to do the dishes after dinner.

    So do yourself a favor a visit Cafe Hornitos the next time you've got a hankering for Tex-Mex. You won't be disappointed. Sit back, have some great food, sip a Margarita and enjoy life. Tell them Phillip sent you.
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