Archives for June 2014

Central Texas Daytrips

I hope you are enjoying your summer! Last month I shared some fun things to do around the Georgetown area, but perhaps you want to try something new. Fortunately, Central Texans are just a short drive away from many amazing places. Here are some ideas for your next Day Trip.

 Enchanted Rock

Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock

2 hour drive from Georgetown

Fredericksburg is a small city with unique German flavor. You can walk down Main Street and visit boutiques and generations-old peach orchards or drive over to Enchanted Rock, where you can hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird watch, geocache, or stargaze. Climb the massive pink granite dome for amazing Hill Country views.

 

New Braunfels and Gruene

1.5 hour drive from Georgetown

New Braunfels is home to Schlitterbahn, voted the World’s Best Waterpark for 16 years in a row. Come explore this massive water park (over seventy acres!) nestled along the beautiful banks of the Comal River. It features world-famous attractions, epic river adventures, kid’s water playgrounds, and beautiful spots to relax and share a picnic – there is truly something for everyone!

Just down the street, in the historic district, you’ll find Gruene. There is so much to do in this tiny town including shopping and wine tasting. The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar is amazing. Your trip won’t be complete until you visit Gruene Hall. Built in 1878, it is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall. By design, not much has physically changed since the Hall was first built. The 6,000 square foot dance hall with a high pitched tin roof still has the original layout with side flaps for open air dancing, a bar in the front, a small lighted stage in the back and a huge outdoor garden.

 

 

Driftwood

1.5 hour drive from Georgetown

The Salt Lick in Driftwood has appeared on The Food Network, as well as The Travel Channel. The scenic drive to this legendary BBQ joint will take you through rolling hills and century-old oak trees to an open pit where they have been smoking meat since 1967. It’s BYOB and they have live music on the patio. Driftwood Estate Winery sits on a bluff from which visitors can enjoy a fine wine from a majestic perch overlooking the Driftwood Vineyards below.

I hope this gives you some good ideas and, as always, if there is anything I can do for you or someone you know please don’t hesitate to call or email me anytime.

Edwin Lui, Realtor

GRI, Certified Negotiation Expert

512-554-9594

121 Silverstone – A Tree-Filled Lot That Would Make Zilker Park Proud

Have you ever walked into a beautiful custom built home only to step out to the back and see nothing custom about it?  Maybe you’ll see green grass extending from the covered patio and you’ll see an uninspiring fence that tells you and your neighbor how close you can get to their house without trespassing.  It’s almost as if the builder spent 99% of his time and resources on the house and 1% to fill in the back, then turns to you and says, “Here’s your amazing home, the rest is up to you.”  Some people may like that kind of home, but if you enjoy any amount of fresh air, you’re going to want more out of the back than just grass and fence.  Luckily, there are custom built homes in Georgetown for sale that do not neglect the very reason it sits on one of the biggest lots in the neighborhood (over 1.75 acres).  Welcome to 121 Silverstone, located in the highly desirable Westlake of the Woods in Georgetown, where a professionally landscaped yard matches the details and quality of a custom built home.

07 Front

All this land up front still allows plenty of landscaping in the back of this custom home.

Despite the tremendous amount of time, effort, and money spent on the landscaping, there is a separate feature that acts as the primary focal point to everything and that is the swimming pool.  A custom pool designed and built by Optima Pools is where it all begins.  Complete with waterfalls, ambient lighting, and a radius wall formed of Texas limestone, this can be seen from the portrait windows in the living room, but more importantly  hidden from the road and curious neighbors.  The mesa pearl surface sparkles in the sun and flows from a depth of 3 feet to 7 feet making it appropriate for all ages.  There is even a seated area for those who like to just dip your feet in the pool.

01 Pool

Custom built swimming pool filled with 17,000 gallons of privacy.

02 Pool

Hard to believe this privacy exists on a corner lot, but it does thanks to the extra acreage.

03 Pool

Don’t feel like getting wait? There’s more than one way to enjoy a swimming pool here.

Surrounding the custom pool is the professional landscaping strategically placed to maximize beauty and privacy.  With most of the trees and plants being native to Texas, they are highly drought resistant and require very little watering apart from the natural rain fall.  So don’t worry about high water bills or constant maintenance, it’s been taken care of for you. River rocks and large stones have been brought in to direct water drainage around the home and also provide a nice dry creek in the summer.

33 Back

The dry creek wraps around the rear of the home complimenting the native plants.

05 Patio

Extra wide covered patio gives you more great ways to enjoy the park-like view.

Let’s not forget the 3,233 sf of premium living space. Three secondary bedrooms share two full bathrooms, perfect for most families’ needs.  One of these bedrooms can be easily used as a home office.  The flex or game room is smartly located near the bedrooms to keep noise away from the master bedroom late at night or early in the morning.  An upgraded kitchen has an island consisting of a large granite slab that is open to the living room and breakfast area.  The portrait windows not only provide great views, but enormous amounts of natural light.  The formal dining room is just a few steps away from the double ovens making it easy to entertain during the holidays and a spacious master suite sits on the other side of the home for maximum privacy.  A semi circle pass through for visitors, an extra long driveway, and a three car garage make great space of this over-sized corner lot.

09 Living

Custom touches from wood floors to built-ins to crown molding.

12 Kitchen

This kitchen will make you look forward to prepping, cooking, and cleaning.

21 Game Room

Large flex room for the entire family.

Offered at $549,000, this home exemplifies what a custom built home in Georgetown should be.  More importantly is the location, as it leads to exemplary-rated Georgetown ISD schools.  See below for more pictures and information.  If you’d like to schedule a private showing of this home, just fill in your contact info at the top right.

121 Silverstone – Survey

121 Silverstone – Upgrades

Virtual Tour

 

131 Green Grove – Private Pool in Your Backyard

08 Front

Just wait ’til you see the rest of it.

If you could go back in time when Georgetown Village was first developed and have the very first pick out of every lot available to build your perfect dream house, 131 Green Grove would get the nod.  The combination of the following lot features is almost impossible to find in any other home in this wonderful neighborhood:

  • Backs to greenbelt
  • On a cul-de-sac/circle street with no through traffic
  • Faces an amazing park
  • Wide lot size to accommodate swimming pool and large yard
  • Deep lot size to provide an extra long driveway and additional parking spaces
  • Privacy from side neighbors due to mature trees and lot angle
  • Near the back of the neighborhood and away from heavily trafficked roads leading to and within the neighborhood
01 Pool

This can be you all summer long.

02 Pool

The stone patio can accommodate a lot of pool-loving family and friends.

10 View

Green views surround the front and rear of this beautiful home.

 Fortunately for us, the house that sits on the lot is just as rare and desirable.  One of the largest homes in Georgetown Village at 3,574 sf, this home offers three nice bedrooms, large open living spaces, and a game room the size of a small gym.  The flexibility of this house means adding extra bedrooms for larger families is super easy and most of all affordable with a full bathroom already available on the second floor.  We already know that a custom swimming pool, expansive stone patio, and a large rear deck make entertaining a joy.  You also have wide open living spaces looking out to the pool, a formal dining room connected by a butler pantry, a formal living, and of course the flex room upstairs.  Planning large parties will no longer be a stressful chore.

22 Living

Enjoy the greenery or pool, even from the inside.

31 Game Room

Possibilities are endless as this puts other “flex” rooms to shame.

The best part of this property is not found in its quantity with large lot and large sf home.  In fact, it is quite the opposite.  This home is designed and built by the reputable David Weekley.  The custom touches throughout show the builder’s and owners’ pride in this home.  Here are just a few:

  • Brick alcove in the kitchen
  • High grade granite counter tops
  • Custom built-in desk and book case in office
  • Central vacuum in every room with bonus dust pan in kitchen
  • Crown molding in the living room and master bedroom
17 Kitchen

Enough counter space and storage to match the size of this home.

20 Kitchen

This kitchen and open floor plan make parties and large gatherings a breeze.

For those wanting just a bit more, this home has it.  Offered at $395,000, the combination of lot features, home size, flexibility, and quality upgrades make this a rare find indeed.  Many people move into Georgetown Village because they like the amazing neighbors and highly rated schools. In all honesty, many of the homes in Georgetown Village play second fiddle to the location and neighborhood.  That all stops here.  With 131 Green Grove, you move in for the home and the highly desirable neighborhood is the cherry on top.

03 Rear

You may never want to leave your home again.

For more information and additional pictures, see below.  If you’d like to schedule a private showing of this home, just fill in your contact info at the top right.

131 Green Grove – Upgrades

131 Green Grove – Floor Plan

Virtual Tour

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