Archives for January 2011

Plus Four Dining in Georgetown, Texas

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Plus Four Dining

I’m not sure if the number 4 means how many courses you get with the main meal, or how many tables will be filled on a Tuesday night, but it was eerily empty when my wife and I visited for the first time.  The waitress that served us did an average job and didn’t seem to talk about the menu too much, not what you would typically expect from a “fancy” restaurant.  At our experience at Hudson’s on the Bend (I’m still procrastinating on that review), the waiter would tell us the menu and describe almost any dish in painstaking detail if you needed him to.  We were a little reluctant to try this place because it’s been the third restaurant in that same location in probably the past 4-5 years.  If we liked it, would it still be around a year from now?

The Review

The first two dishes we got were a bread starter with 3 types of compound butter and a nice mixed salad.  The bread and butter was good, although I was really hoping for more butter.  As you can see from the pictures above, we really had to spread the butter thin to make it last and I almost licked the plate just so I wouldn’t have to stick a piece of unbuttered bread in my mouth, but reminded myself that I was in public.

I ordered the Pork Tenderloin with Cider Sauce, Bacon-Wrapped Apple, Acorn Squash Risotto and Brussels Sprouts.  Autumn got the NY Strip with Mashed Potato, Spinach and Messy Grilled Corn.

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As you can tell by all of the pictures, the restaurant was very dark!  The pork dish (on the left) was good:   The Brussels sprouts had a nice smokey flavor and the Risotto was cooked nicely.  The steak was ordered medium-rare and was cooked perfectly.  Autumn liked my sides better, and we both preferred the steak over the pork.  If it weren’t for the large portions of these main courses, I think we both would have left very hungry.  The dessert was nothing too impressive and ofcourse the portions were pretty small too, but by then we were pretty full.

Conclusion:  This is a nice restaurant in Georgetown, Texas that is convenient to the square and not as pricey as Silver and Stone (Total bill was under $60).  It’s a novel idea to throw in a few courses with your main meal “for free” and prolong the enjoyment of a good meal.  If you’re in a rush to go somewhere, avoid dinner here and skip to the Monument Cafe instead.  If you want a nice meaningful conversation with somebody and nibble like a rabbit before you get stuffed with the main dish, then this is your place.  We would be open to visiting it again, maybe when the menu changes to try something new.  Check our the Plus Four Dining website and let me know what you think!

Williamson County Real Estate – 2010 Review

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One of the trends that I’ve been following this year is the level of activity for sold homes in Williamson County, Texas.  This graph (courtesy of the Williamson County Association of Realtors) shows some interesting trends that I thought I would share with you.

At first, you’ll notice that the amount of homes that sold from January through May was actually higher than 2009 numbers.  That’s good.  However, keep in mind this was when a majority of Americans were buying homes and taking advantage of the $8000 tax credit.  This tax credit probably caused a lot of people to buy in the first half of the year who wouldn’t have otherwise…or would have waited to buy in the second half of 2010.

After the tax credit expired, the level of activity dropped significantly lower then the amount of homes sold in any of the years from 2006 and 2009.  However, in November that number surpassed the 2008 levels.  432 homes were sold in the month of December , continuing the trend upwards, surpassing both 2008 and 2009 levels.

I see this as a positive sign for 2011 and I am optimistic that the level of real estate activity will continue to improve through the Summer of 2011 before slowing back down again.  Traditionally, there are 400+ homes that sell in Williamson County in the month of January but the last 2 years that level has been closer to 250-300 homes.  It will be intersesting to see how many homes actually sell in January and whether or not we’ll continue to see the upward trend.

If you’re a buyer or seller in this market, there are ways to leverage your position in any market.  Just ask me how and I’d be happy to share with you the systems I use to help you save the most money and time.

~ Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward

Golf, Cul-de-sac, Great Floor Plan in Villages of Berry Creek for just $215,000

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Say hello to the best value in a home for sale in Georgetown, Texas.  30003 Bumble Bee is located in the Villages of Berry Creek where you can have the benefits of a golf course community at Berry Creek Country Club without paying the high HOA fees.  The Berry Creek Golf course is just down the street from the Villages and it’s easy to rub some shoulders to get sponsored by a current member to play golf there.  Avoid the high monthly fees and make some new friends!  What better way to get welcomed into your new neighborhood!

If that’s not enough, your house will be one of a few on the end of a cul-de-sac.  While your neighbors have cars commuting back and forth in front of their homes, you’ll have little kids riding bikes in front of yours.  Be careful – they’re friendly and just might ring your doorbell to ask if you and your kids want to play with them!

Lastly, and certainly not least, open the front door to your new home and experience one of the most open floor plans you’ve ever been in.  The entrance hallway leads you right into the middle of all the action in the living room.  Entertain your exclusive cul-de-sac neighbors and have the freedom of not wishing your house was just a bit bigger.  The living room is open to the kitchen with plenty of space for a large informal dining table.  Don’t forget about the seamless transition from the living room to the covered back patio with a huge back yard for the kids and dogs to run around in.

The feeling of freedom does not end there.  This large 2500-plus square foot home has 4 large bedrooms and a large community game room in the center for all the late night games and movies you’ll experience with your family.  And if you’re worn out from the games, don’t worry about cleaning up the same night.  It’s all on the second floor and none of your distinguished cul-de-sac neighbors will ever see the mess!

~ Edwin

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