1022 Janae – Great Starter Home

Great curb appeal and very affordable home.

1022 Janae is a great starter home or downsize opportunity.  It has three good bedrooms, two full baths, an open floor plan, and a sliding glass door that walks you right out to the huge back yard.  It also includes a washer, dryer, and refrigerator to the next owner.  This is a no frills, move-in ready home for someone looking for a quiet street on a cul-de-sac, privacy in the back yard, and the option to make this home your own.

High ceilings and open floor plan in spacious living room.

The floor plan is perfect for wanting a bit of separation between the master and secondary bedrooms.  The master has its own walk-in bathroom and is situated away from the other bedrooms for more privacy.  The living room, dining area, and kitchen are the focal points of this home.  There are no walls or beams in the middle of the rooms so it is completely open.  Although the 1,144 sf seems low, the floor plan design feels much bigger and entertaining guests is a breeze.  Enjoy it the way it is, or add a couple upgrades to really make this shine.

Make this your very own retreat.

The back yard has a small concrete slab being used as a patio, but it sure does have room for more.  An extended covered patio, wood deck, and in-ground pool are all within reach.  Of course, you can leave it as it is if you enjoy the feel of thick St. Augustine grass underneath your toes.  It’s hard to find this type of yard in any home in Georgetown, let alone one that is priced so well at $125,000.

More info and photos:

1022 Janae – Upgrades
1022 Janae – Sellers Disclosure
1022 Janae – Survey

1018 Janae – Cute, Affordable 2/2

Are you trying to downsize?  Nothing says downsize quite like a 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom home, complete with kitchen, living, utility room, and dining area.  Do you like saving money?  Reduce your mortgage, utility bills, and taxes by purchasing a home that fits your lifestyle’s needs. Do you like to spend just as much time, if not more, outside than you do inside?  The huge back yard will allow you endless possibilities.  Are you tired of cars zooming by your front door and windows late at night? Say hello to your fellow cul-de-sac neighbors walking their dogs.

Beautiful wood laminate and ceramic tile are newly installed.

1018 Janae can be just the right town home for you.  It has been well-maintained for several years by the original owner.  Wood laminate and ceramic tile floors have been recently installed to replace carpet.  The walls have been freshly painted in every room.  The kitchen has added very recent and high-end stainless steel appliances, including upgraded kitchen sink hardware.  The storm door to the back yard is also very recent and does a great job letting in fresh light and air without the bugs.  The home was never a rental home and it shows by the condition of the exterior and interior.

Imagine the possibilities with a yard like this.

The backyard is enormous and can be used for anything.  Leave it alone and you have a park-like setting, except with healthier grass.  This prime location is seated near the end of a cul-de-sac and offers zero through traffic and plenty of privacy.  Priced at $118,000, it’s one of the lowest priced homes (if not the lowest) in all of Georgetown that needs nothing upon move-in.  This is completely ready to go for the next owner.

More info and pics below:

1018 Janae – Upgrades
1018 Janae – Sellers Disclosure
1018 Janae – Survey

144 Hickory – Space to Entertain, Inside and Out

Beautifully maintained home in excellent Georgetown Village neighborhood.

The charming home at 144 Hickory is located on a quiet street with a cute front porch and a huge yet inviting back yard. You never want to judge a book by its cover, but in this case the immaculate landscaping and condition of the exterior is exactly the type of pride and joy you will see on the interior. For you college die hards, the only thing that may turn you away is the Aggie symbols, but those can be easily replaced.

Hardwood floors - the most expensive upgrade has already been done for you.

Bamboo hardwood and tile floors greet you on the first floor. They have been professionally installed and well-maintained – meaning no scratches, cracks, or dents – and ready to be enjoyed by its next owner. The kitchen does not have stainless steel appliances or granite counter tops – two things most owners love to hand-pick themselves – but it as clean as a whistle.  It does have a nice free-flowing and open floor plan that will work for almost everyone.  Check out the video below to get a better idea of the floor plan.

For those who don't like to squeeze into their master bedrooms.

At 1,972 sf, this home gives you a large master bedroom with private walk-in bathroom, a formal dining room (or easily turn it into an at-home office), two large bedrooms on the second floor, and a nice loft area to read, watch tv, or work on kids’ projects. The home is a stone’s throw from the second largest park in the neighborhood and a 5-minute walk to the city pool and largest park in the neighborhood. It’s also conveniently located near Village Elementary School, one of the highest rated schools in Georgetown.  Priced at $194,000, this home is ready to be sold.

Pictures, info, and video below:

144 Hickory – Upgrades
144 Hickory – Floor plan
144 Hickory – Sellers Disclosure
144 Hickory – Survey

 

113 Silverstone – For Those Who Enjoy the Finer Things in Life

Custom home built by your imagination.

Imagine a home that has everything you ever wanted – the right floor plan, the right ceiling height, the right floor options, the right kitchen upgrades, the right curb appeal, the right colors, the right size. Everything is exactly the way you want it, where you want it, and how you want it. What do you call a home you move into and never want to move out of because the grass is greener on your side of the fence? Some refer to this as a dream home. Among real estate agents, we call this a custom home. 113 Silverstone is one such home.

How many upgrades do you see here? You'd be right if you said over 15.

113 Silverstone is a custom-built dream home located in the fantastic neighborhood of Westlake of the Woods in Georgetown, Texas. Its 3,600+ square feet leave plenty of space in each of the 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 living spaces, 2 dining areas, kitchen, and study. The single story floor plan feels like your favorite vacation retreat. The master suite is hidden in the rear of the home with a picturesque 8-ft wide x 6-ft high view of the gorgeous back yard. Beautiful, warm wood floors guide you to the master bathroom with a walk-in shower with dual shower heads, jetted tub, his and hers vanities and walk-in closets. Three secondary bedrooms share a large living space perfect for a game room, study area, or media/entertainment center. Guest accommodations include a 5th bedroom and full bathroom on the eastern wing of the home with a fully upgraded kitchen (stainless steel appliances, double oven, granite counters, tumbled travertine tiles, cherry wood cabinets, rock grotto, prep sink, etc.) serving as the central glue to the home.

Centralized flex room has lots of storage with two closets and built-in shelf.

Does a gourmet kitchen make food taste better?

Outdoor living space is well-accounted for with a large covered patio lined with tumbled travertine beneath and wood ceilings above. Relax next to the aurally soothing waterfall or allow the radiant heat from the bonfire-worthy fire pit surrounded by stone seating caress your face. Raised garden beds, 42″ rock wall, and additional outdoor entertaining area complete this spa-meets-nature environment. Masseuse not included.

A 3rd dining area in a peaceful outdoor setting.

Fire lovers and safety chiefs unite.

With an asking price of $565,000 ($155/sf), this is one of the best values in the neighborhood. Its direct competitors are either inventory (or “spec”) homes, or priced over $165/sf. Why? Most sellers are trying to capitalize on the buying frenzy and low inventory. The reasonable owners of 113 Silverstone have taken brilliant care of the home, feel it’s time to move on and believe this could be an amazing opportunity for the next owners to enjoy a wonderful home full of exquisite, luxury touches.

Pictures, video, and more information:

113 Silverstone – Floor Plan
113 Silverstone – Upgrades
113 Silverstone – Sellers Disclosure
113 Silverstone – On Site Septic

 

1181 Live Oak Trail – Tree Lovers Rejoice

Cute exterior is only the beginning to this gorgeous property.

Twenty minutes from Leander, 25 minutes from Georgetown, five beautiful acres, and hundreds of oak trees.  You would think those were the most important numbers on a private property like this one, but $189,900 is probably even more eye-popping.  This recently renovated ~1,500 sf home sits on 5+ acres guarded with fantastic privacy from the road and neighbors, a huge garden great for preppers, a newly installed septic system, and enough outdoor storage for a hoarders contest – one workshop and two metal storage units.

Ideally renovated.

The view is something to be seen, not discussed.

 

Other information that could prove helpful when submitting an offer:

1181 Live Oak Trail – Sellers Disclosure
1181 Live Oak Trail – Survey


Always have a plan “B”

Buying a home is tricky business.  You want to buy a home you love, but you don’t want the other party to know it, otherwise you give up negotiation leverage.  On the other hand, sometimes if a seller knows you really love it and appreciate the property, they may feel a “connection” with you and want to sell it to you even if it’s not the highest offer.  Recently, I chose the second option and here’s my story:

My family and I decided to move back to Northern Virginia and we finally saw a home we liked.  We liked it enough to put an offer on it without even seeing it.  It had the land we were looking for, it was “off the grid” for water, and was fairly close to the school that our kids will be attending in Centreville, VA.  Check out the home by clicking here.

After my wife and I talked about it, we decided it was probably a 7 out of 10 on the scale of how much we liked it.  In order to get to a 10, it would have needed a pre-existing fruit orchard, be about 5 minutes closer to the school, and have a more updated and “normal” floorplan.  The home was over 100 years old and it wasn’t the “perfect” home, but we loved the property, the pond, the creek…..ok, I better stop now before I get sad again.

There were two other offers besides ours and I knew I didn’t want to offer full price.  My offer was probably the lowest, but I explained to the listing agent our reasons for moving back to Northern Virginia and our dream for owning a farm and raising our kids in that type of lifestyle.  At the end of the day, it didn’t work out, and they probably ended up going for the highest offer in financial terms. But boy did they miss out on a chance to get free fruit from Lui Fruit Farms!

Autumn and I decided that rather then blame our real estate agent (me) for not getting the property we really wanted, that maybe God has a plan “B” for us.  So now we’re looking at buying a townhome that is closer to the school in Centreville and then turning it into a rental property after a year, and taking our time to identify some raw land to build our farm on.  So, if you know of an investor looking to buy a property under $300,000 within 10 miles of Centerville, Virginia, I know how every neighborhood stacks up!

So if you’re going to be making an offer with me in Virginia, or with Edwin in Texas, we’ll fight our hardest to help you with plan A…..but make sure you come ready with a plan B.

~ Your Favorite HOMEboy, Edward

 

2311 Paradise Ridge – The Name Says it All

What's more appealing - this street view or the price?

Welcome to Paradise…Ridge.  Located in the wonderful Sonoma neighborhood, 2311 Paradise Ridge is a great home with many bedrooms, a fantastic game room, and a huge back yard that extends the outdoor living of the covered patio.  Well-cared for and well-maintained, this 2,831 sf home is move-in ready and comes in at just under $230,000, making it a steal for someone willing to live without top-notch upgrades.  If you like picking out your own appliances, granite counters, and wood floors, you will still end up spending less money than the competition.

Solid home can be easily upgraded with less cost.

The first floor is open and laid out great with the formal dining room connected to the kitchen and the kitchen overlooking the breakfast area and living room.  Hard tile makes clean up simple and you’ll never have to worry about replacing it.

Sink placement is usually an afterthought. Not here.

This home contains a true bedroom for masters.  It could fit a king-size bed, two night stands, two dressers, a tv unit,  and still have more than enough space by the bay window for a super cozy reading nook.  Although technically a four bedroom house, the bottom floor is best served as an office due to the absence of a full bathroom downstairs.  The second and third bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom and have their own walk-in closets.  The game room can be used for anything from a pool hall, exercise room, home theater, or its current purpose, a driving range!  There’s even a separate flex area that could be perfect for a craft area, homework station, or video games.

This can fit all your master bedroom furniture comfortably.

For more information or to schedule a showing, email me.


1411 Choquette – An Oldie but a Goodie

1411 Choquette is as classic as they come.  Built in 1955, this home has had only one owner in its 58 years of existence.  As a testament to the quality of its build and integrity in the ’50s, the home still looks like it was intended by the original builder.  There may not be many upgrades and it may not be a big home, but it does have 1950’s charm with enormous potential and it’s also located in one of the most sought-after areas in Austin – Bellaire.

Like wine, this home has perfected with age.

Location, location, location.  1411 Choquette is centrally located in North Austin.  It’s close to a great elementary school, the Crestview Cap Metro station, and any highway you want to commute on.  Hop in the car for less than 10 minutes and you can be shopping and dining at the Domain or the Arboretum.  In 15 minutes, you can be downtown for a concert, at Town Lake enjoying the view, or at Barton Springs basking in the sun.

Original wood floors will keep you smiling.  Not only have they been restored to its original beauty, but it’s one less thing you need to worry about when renovating this home.  And if it’s already lasted for 50+ years, there’s no need to worry about its durability.  The home is 1,060 sf with one full bathroom and modest kitchen, but it does boast three large bedrooms, two very mature pecan trees out front, and an extra wide driveway.  This is a perfect example when size does not matter!

Original hardwood shows off beauty and character.

1411 Choquette – Sellers Disclosure

125 Village Park Drive – The Toyota Prius of Homes

Updated:  3/3/2013

I purchased a Toyota Prius last year when my beloved Bimmer was rear-ended.  The thing I love about my Prius is that the operating costs of the car would cut our monthly gasoline bill almost in half!  It was probably one of the most gas-efficient vehicles on the market at the time.

Well, around five years ago I bought my current home for pretty much the same reasons.  I figured that if I could save $100 – $150/month on utility bills, that could translate to $30,000 more that I could spend on a home!  For example, if you got a loan today for $30,000 at 3.75% over 30 years, your payments would be around $139/mo.  I even did a comparison on my previous home that was single-story and 40% smaller.  You can read about it here.

125 Village Park Drive - 2843 SF of Energy-saving, park-facing, Craftsman-style construction

 

For 2012, our average monthly utilities cost us $185.36. This includes gas, electricity, water and sewer/trash.  Not bad for a family of 5 and approximately 2843 sf of living space.  Especially considering I’m always telling my three kids to stop leaving the lights on upstairs!

Ofcourse, like the car guys say…..”your mileage may vary.”  You can view 2012 utility bills here:

Atmos 2012

City of Georgetown 2012

Wake up in the morning to a panoramic view of the heavily-treed Village Park

THE LOCATION: The other reason I bought this home was because of it’s location.  Village Park drive is a horseshoe-shaped street that wraps around Village Park, a city pool and a nicely shaded playscape.  It is the largest park in the neighborhood and has nice shady mature oaks and natural landscaping.  It is used primarily for residents since it really leads to nowhere except to the homes that face it.  This home’s location also allows the next owner to enjoy convenient walking proximity to the Village Elementary School without being too close, and having to deal with the view and noise of the school.  We’ve spent many summers walking to the swimming pool just a stone’s throw away, or hanging out at the playscape as a family.  The park is also a natural choice for community gatherings and there is a large enough field to play football, kickball, or just ride your bike around….and when it’s time for dinner, yes…all within earshot of a yelling parent.

 

Bonus Space - 5th Bedroom, Private Office, or Home Theatre!

THE BONUS ROOM: Another unique feature of this home is the bonus room above the garage with a separate entrance.  This type of set-up is found in less than 5% of the homes in Georgetown Village and is ideal for the family who needs a separate temperature controlled living space complete with a full bathroom, walk-in closet, and beautiful Hickory wood floors.  If you need to meet clients outside of the home, or just need to get away from the noisy kids to get work done, this space has your name written all over it.  Or if you just need to splurge on a Home Theatre, this is the perfect spot to turn up the bass!  In keeping with the rest of the home’s “green” character, the entire space, including the walls and ceiling of the garage below uses spray foam insulation and the water is supplied by a separate water heater found in the garage.

 

In the main home, there is virtually no wasted space.  I challenge you to find a home with 2843 sf  that has FIVE generously-sized bedrooms, a gameroom, study and 3 1/2 baths!  Like the energy consumption, this home’s floorplan is very efficient.  The master bedroom and kitchen with eat-in dining are all located on the first level.  If you’re like most families,  you’ll appreciate the lack of a rarely used formal dining room in lieu of a home office.  On the second level, you have a gameroom with a large storage closet and three additional bedrooms.  The fifth bedroom would be the bonus room mentioned earlier that is approximately 412 sf and brings the home’s total to 2843 sf.

The home is priced at $300,000 and has not officially hit the market.  If this is within your price range, please call Edward at 512-761-6476 for a private showing.  The home has been pre-inspected and professionally cleaned and carpet-cleaned.

Your Favorite HOMEboy,

Edward

 

See below for a timeline of updates to this post and additional pictures:

Feb 25 – Inspection Report (available upon request)

Feb 29 – HVAC Serviced

125 VP Roof Repair Invoice – All shingles professionally checked and secured; all pipes and seals painted to protect from UV exposure.  Two year warranty.

125 Village Park Survey

125 Village Park Sellers Disclosure

125 VP Addendum A

125 Village Park Floorplan

125 Village Park Flex Space

 

Disclosure:  Owner of home is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas

2725 County Road 248 – A Little Piece of Hill Country

Welcome to your own 2-acre piece of Texas Hill Country! You’ll need more space and foliage than this to fire off your guns, but at least you’ve got room for your horses, chickens, and other animals you want to keep. Best of all, the price is under six figures and you’re 15 minutes from the newest HEB in town.

Welcome home to the hill country!

2725 County Road 248 is priced at $90,000. Sitting near the middle of this flat land is a manufactured home built in the late ’90s that has been very well-maintained by a loving (and growing) family. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a kitchen that opens to the living room are laid out nicely in 1,120 sf. Walls have been re-painted, carpets have been steam cleaned, and all the major components (HVAC, septic, roof) are doing great! Consider this a move-in ready home that even comes with refrigerator, washer, and dryer each under 5 years old and zero signs of problems.

Big, country kitchen.

However, the exterior is where I think this home shines. The covered front porch is laid with concrete and is as wide as the home itself. It’s perfectly suited for enjoying your book or beverage while watching your children play near the trees or playscape in the fenced-in front yard. The front yard also wraps around to the enormous side deck. The side deck is partially covered making it an ideal spot for romantic “under the night sky filled with bright stars and moonlight” meals and desserts.

Huge covered porch is a great place to spend your day or night.

Lastly, the property is income-producing. There is a commercial sign that sits on the far corner of the property earning $35/month. It may not sound like much, but for a home like this, that’s like getting free electricity every month. Not many properties can claim that without the use of expensive and headache-filled solar panels.

Two acres allows for privacy even without many large trees.

Detailed Information:

2725 CR 248 – Upgrades and Repairs
2725 CR 248 – Survey
2725 CR 248 – Sellers Disclosure


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