15521 Gustine Cove – Nice Updates in Brushy Creek

01 Front

A perfect combination of curb appeal and privacy.

15521 Gustine Cove is a stately home in Brushy Creek with the character you hope for in an established neighborhood and the modern conveniences in today’s home.  It stands tall at 3,061 sf, 4 bedrooms, 3 separate living rooms, and 2 dining areas.  It’s location is one of the most convenient in Round Rock.  You are approximately 5 minutes away from the 45 Toll, which is key to traveling to Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, Pflugerville, or Hutto in under 20 minutes.

The interior of the home has been freshened up with dark hand-scraped hickory wood floors, crown molding, new light fixtures, fresh paint, new tile floors, and recent carpet that still looks new.  You will walk through the home and wonder how you could have lived in something less than 3,000 sf.  The living areas are smartly placed – one for a relaxing game room upstairs, one open to the kitchen that leads to the back yard for large parties, and one for the quieter and more intimate setting by the formal dining.  Bedrooms are all up to facilitate easy night time routines.

06 Living

One of three large living areas, this one filled with hickory wood floors.

13 Master

Extra large master bedroom to enjoy “me” time.

Exterior upgrades are just as extensive as the interior.  Although it is not surrounded by brick, all of the original exterior siding was replaced with durable, long-lasting hardiplank in 2013.  The pergola stands on large Texas cedars.  Lights are included to set the mood.  The rock wall serves as your personal flower, vegetable, or herb garden with minimal effort to planting, pruning, or plucking.  A shaded back yard is larger than others as all the trees and associated maintenance is on the other side of the fence.

02 Rear

This baby got back – custom pergola, new hardiplank, fresh exterior paint, custom rock wall garden.

03 Rear

Extra large patio has two sitting areas, one for dining and one for marshmallows.

Wonderful neighbors, cul de sac street, large corner lot, and great Round Rock schools are included in the low-for-the-neighborhood price of $290,000 ($95/sf).  If you’d like a private showing or are in the market for a similar home, feel free to contact me here.

15521 Gustine – Survey
15521 Gustine – Upgrades

9101 Castle Pines – When Details Matter

More and more often the phrase “Custom Built Home” is thrown around by Realtors and builders attempting to describe a home that is built just like another, whether it’s down the street, in another neighborhood, or in a different city.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell that a home truly is built and designed solely for that particular customer.  When it comes to 9101 Castle Pines, make no mistake about it – this is as custom built a home as you can get.  At 4,057 sf, this home is one of the larger and nicer homes in this part of Avery Ranch with the added luxury of Elsa England Elementary School and McNeil High School, something money can’t buy.

01 Front

9101 Castle Pines is why they tell you not to judge a book by its cover.

I could continue to bore you with a list of custom finishes to this home, but that would involve scrolling through several pages.  However, one few key feature is the complete in-home theater on the second floor.  This is not just a game room or movie room.  If you are serious about entertaining, or just love watching movies in its intended format, this is the place for you.  A Panasonic PT-AE2000U 1080p projector is used to show BluRay movies on an in-your-face 144″ media screen that works in conjunction with 5.1 surround sound in-wall Paradigm speakers.  Watch comfortably with your friends and family in 10 theater chairs all with electric recline.  As a bonus, the front four chairs are equipped with “butt boosters” so you can literally feel the on-screen action. Dimmable sconces and blacked out windows set the mood for any genre of movie.  Oh, and all the walls are insulated for sound so the rest of the home is not bothered.

02 Home Theater

Say bye bye to lame “media rooms” and hello to a real “in-home theater.”

03 Home Theater

Share the wealth with nine of your loved ones.

Offered at $650,000, this represents the same price you would pay for many of the cookie cutter homes in Avery Ranch that do not go to Elsa England ES or McNeil HS nor have the exclusive custom finishes like this one.  Contact me for a showing as words and pictures cannot do this home justice.

9101 Castle Pines – Upgrades
701 Algerita – Elevation
9101 Castle Pines – Floor Plan
9101 Castle Pines – Standard Features
9101 Castle Pines – Survey

114 Summers Green – Amazing Custom Patio

David Weekley built this int he perfect location.

David Weekley built this in the perfect location.

If you like spending time outside, this is the home for you. Sitting directly in front of Summers Park, this 1,598 sf home has a park view from the front and a view of trees from the back.  The patio is custom built with a beautiful gable overlooking the stone patio that is larger than the size of most living rooms.  The stones were hand picked and laid in a curvaceous form with a nice stone wall exterior for safety or sitting.  Two large outdoor ceiling fans and large mature trees keep the back cool even in the dead heat of summer and the two custom water features will make you feel like vacation is just one step away from the kitchen. The privacy is unmatched as your neighbors are hidden in the trees. There is plenty of space to host all your friends and family as you enjoy the sunsets and moonlight together.

Custom stone work below and marvelous roof above.

Custom stone work below and marvelous roof covering above.

Amazing view in Georgetown Village.

Amazing view in Georgetown Village.

Large enough for all of your guests.

Large enough for all of your guests.

The quality of the rear is matched by the quality and attention to detail on the interior given by the highly reputable custom home builder David Weekley.  A logical and open layout is clothed in upgrades such as crown molding, wood floors, wainscoting in the dining room, tile back splash in the kitchen, and a large jetted tub in the master bathroom.  You’ll find personal touches from the owner like a computer desk and bright lights in one of the bedroom closets – perfect for homework, home office use, or crafting – and a huge closet organization unit in the master walk-in closet.

07 Living

Wood floors in the living room provide comfort and elegance.

A formal dining room done right.

A formal dining room done right.

Gorgeous views out back from living room, kitchen, and breakfast area.

Gorgeous view out back from living room, kitchen, and breakfast area.

This home is offered at $199,750 and is ready for your furniture and boxes.  It leads to exemplary-rated schools in highly touted Georgetown ISD.  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.

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

Immaculate Wood Floors and Low Outdoor Maintenance – 14833 Irondale in Davis Spring

Davis Spring may be the best kept secret in N. Austin.

Set in the highly desirable neighborhood of Davis Spring, 14833 Irondale puts you closer to Austin than Avery Ranch! While everyone else is fighting over Avery Ranch real estate, the smart home buyer chooses Davis Spring over Avery Ranch for its affordability. At $241,000 for 2,366 sf (a shade under $102/sf), it has the same great access to shopping, highways, and exemplary schools (Sommer ES, Cedar Valley MS, McNeil HS) in Round Rock ISD, is priced lower, and has lower HOA fees per year. Compare this to the average sold price of $107/sf in Avery Ranch over the last 6 months and this is a deal!

This home has wood floors. When most sellers claim they have wood floors, only the study or living room has wood floors. When we say wood floors, we mean it! Over 80% of this home is laid in real plank wood floors – living room, dining room, bedrooms, hallways, office, you name it. The other 20% is covered in hard tile to easily repel water in the kitchen, breakfast area, and bathrooms. Now that’s smart upgrading.

Who needs a yard with a deck like this?

Tired of lawn maintenance cutting into your weekends? So was the seller, and that’s why he installed a 26′ x 9′ composite rear deck and covered patio in the back. There’s still enough room for a nice dog run on the side and small garden in the back, but nothing says peace and relaxation more than lounging on your deck chair in a t-shirt and shorts, enjoying the breeze and rustling tree leaves, and NOT doing yard work in the hot sun.

Not only is this home in a very exclusive market (10 sold in the last 6 months with 5 more currently under contract vs. 5 available), it’s one of the lowest priced. And with over $50,000 in upgrades in recent years (wood floors, rear patio and deck, 17 SEER air conditioning unit, 30-year roof), this is one of the best bargains available.  Ask your Realtor to show you this home today and if you don’t have one, call me!

More information, pictures, and videos:

14833 Irondale – Upgrades

14833 Irondale – Sellers Disclosure

14833 – Floor Plan

14833 Irondale – Survey

 

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Austin, Texas #2 – In your face Mr. Down Housing Market

Georgetown, Texas is part of the larger Greater Austin area and has been well protected from this recent real estate fiasco. I ran across some encouraging news from Builder Magazine in an article written by Boyce Thompson entitled The Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009. In it, Austin is ranked #2:

austin2. Austin, Texas
2008 Total Building Permits: 14,250

Nine years ago, during the tech bust, some builders felt that Austin was too crowded and left. The bloom is back on Austin’s yellow rose now; it moved up the leader board to become the sixth largest home building market last year. Job creation explains the move. While other markets lost employment, Austin added 17,400 jobs last year, 2.31 percent growth rate. It helps that Austin is home to both a major university, The University of Texas, and the state capital. Existing homes cost a little bit more in Austin than other Texas markets, roughly $190,900, but that’s still below the national average. Also, Austin is one of the few metro areas in the country where median prices actually rose in 2008–1.4 percent through the first three quarters of the year. Amazingly, Austin now generates more home building activity than Chicago, which has six times more people.

Busiest builders: D.R. Horton, Lennar, KB Home, Centex Homes, Meritage Homes. Courtesy: Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

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