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

818 Cactus – Prime Location under $160,000

818 Cactus is located in a prime spot in Round Rock.  It’s just minutes from downtown, toll roads, and I-35.  You can get to Austin in 20 minutes, Georgetown in 15 minutes, and Cedar Park in 10 minutes.  There isn’t another home on the market that can claim that in this price range.  Built in the late ’70s, this 1,475-sf home also boasts a large back yard, mature oak trees, and no HOA restrictions.

01 Front

Gorgeous curb appeal and mature oak tree.

Possibly the most overlooked feature of this home is the amount of upgrades and renovations done very recently.  The main updates include two fully remodeled bathrooms, granite counter in the kitchen, fresh paint, and recent carpet. An original wood-burning fire place, large rear covered deck, and a large tool shed complete this home.  You must see this to believe.

02 Kitchen

Upgraded kitchen includes granite counters and detailed back splash.

04 Living

Nice modern setting incorporates classic fireplace and mantle.

08 Master Bath

Fully renovated bathroom ready for your enjoyment.

If you’d like a private showing or are in the market for a similar home, feel free to contact me here.

818 Cactus – Upgrades

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.

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Classic Contemporary with Picturesque Setting – 4307 Adagio Place

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac is a home so picturesque inside and out that you’d swear you were at a Pottery Barn photo shoot. 4307 Adagio is a 3-bedroom home with a very nice classic contemporary style ready for move-in. The floor plan maximizes the 2,780 sf to include a private front office, formal dining, and game room or second living. Every room is the right size and big where it counts – master bedroom and bathroom suite, kitchen, living room, and breakfast area are noticeably big and open. High ceilings throughout, built-in bookshelves and niches, limestone fireplace, and elegant stairway banisters complete the look.

With curb appeal like this, you should be jealous of your neighbor's view.

The front porch is framed in wood beams and covered with an environment-friendly metal roof. Consider it your front row seats on a clear, starry night, or during a heavy lightning storm. Vaulted ceilings and ceramic tiles greet you in the foyer and give you a nice tour of the first floor.  The kitchen upgrades are designed to make any owner happy with knotty alder wood cabinets (also found in the bathrooms), granite counters, and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.  There is a convenient opening to the formal dining room, and it overlooks the breakfast area and living room so the chef is always part of the conversation.

The alder wood cabinets insist you can be both knotty and nice.

The living room is a natural gathering spot in this house making it perfect for movie nights and other types of get-togethers.  The vaulted ceilings and wide hallways make you feel small, yet the built-in bookshelf and stone fireplace give the living room the coziness of a log cabin.  The beautiful banisters lead your eyes to the second floor where there is a game room, two bedrooms, and a full bathroom.  There are no shared walls between bedrooms and both are big enough to be guest rooms.  One of them even has a nice nook for reading or studying.  The game room can be used ideally as a media room, kids’ play room, or hobby/craft area.

This picture was not stolen from a magazine or website.

The only thing that hasn’t been completed is the back yard.  Big enough for an in-ground heated swimming pool and hot tub, fire pit with stone seats, outdoor kitchen under a gazebo or covered patio, and vegetable and herb garden, this is where you can imagine and implement your dream of a back yard retreat.  The canvas has been left blank for your very own style, placement, colors, and design.

If you’d like to schedule a showing, email me.

 

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4307 Adagio – Sellers Disclosure
4307 Adagio – Upgrades
4307 Adagio – Survey
4307 Adagio – Inspection Report

Rare Privacy in Newer Subdivision – 4309 Angelico in Sendero Springs

A home with privacy located in a newer subdivision is hard to find. Sure, you can get privacy on bigger lots in older neighborhoods. Sure, you can purchase a newer home in a newer neighborhood with neighbors to your left, right, and rear. Of course you can build a brand new home on a nice private lot, but that will cost you big money. 4309 Angelico has that rare combination of affordable privacy in a highly desirable and newer subdivision, Sendero Springs. In fact it is the only home in Sendero Springs that backs to a forest preserve and has a side yard big enough to feel like no one’s there. 4309 Angelico gives you privacy in a newer subdivision at an affordable price of $275,000.

This home sits on one of the most private lots in Sendero Springs.

With 3,099 sf, this house has plenty of space for 4 bedrooms, a media room, a dedicated office, a formal dining room, and two living rooms.   The media room is isolated on the west wing of the second floor so you can watch movies or play the drums as loud as you want.  It’s also great for a common game room or pool table with two big closets to store all the toys, games, and billiard equipment.  The dedicated office and french doors are perfect for working from home and keeping your work life separate from your home life.  The kitchen has been updated with silestone counters, stainless steel appliances, and wood laminate floors that spread to a breakfast area large enough to seat 6 comfortably.  The kitchen opens up to the living room, guaranteeing that you don’t miss any of the action.  The best feature, however, may be the main living room with vaulted ceilings, 6 large windows that provide natural light and unobstructed views to the greenbelt, and a warm fireplace  to get you through the winter months.  This type of living room with a view like this is normally found in homes priced well over $300,000.

Look straight out those windows and enter into your personal arboretum.

The back patio setting is a great place to star gaze in the cool night or watch the wind blow across the tree tops of the forest preserve.  The huge wood deck expands the width of the home and every seat is front row to the greenbelt.  Full irrigation of the yard and flower beds mean you can spend more time enjoying the view.  The big side yard gives you additional privacy and is easily accessible from the back yard.  It’s a very flexible space that can be used for throwing the football, baseball, or frisbee, playing soccer, hosting Easter egg hunts, a fantastic dog run, growing herbs and vegetables, placing a tool shed, etc.  It’s certainly a nice extra to have in a home where nothing else is needed.

Some things you don't get tired of - like a view full of trees and blue sky.

If you want to see this rare and beautiful home, give me a call or email to set an appointment.

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4309 Angelico – Upgrades
4309 Angelico Ln – Seller’s Disclosure
4309 Angelico Ln – WDI Report
4309 Angelico Ln – Survey

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Luxury Home in Round Rock – 3551 Alexandrite in Walsh Ranch

It’s not often you find a true luxury home in Round Rock for under $100/sf that also feeds into exemplary-rated Cactus Ranch ES and James Garland Walsh MS (schools independently rated by Texas Education Agency). It’s not often you find a home with a game room, home theater, formal dining, living room, and second living room for $365,000. It’s not often you find a floor plan with three secondary bedrooms on the second floor, and master bedroom with dedicated home office or study on the first floor. This is a rare find in the highly desired subdivision of Walsh Ranch and 3551 Alexandrite has all the updates and upgrades you’d expect in this neighborhood.

Picture perfect setting in Walsh Ranch.

A feeling of grandeur consumes you when you enter through the wood door with its custom glass and wrought iron work. Your eyes immediately look up to the soaring vaulted ceilings, just barely after getting a glimpse of the wood floors beneath you. The foyer insists you take a moment to appreciate the size of the front entry way. The second living room and formal dining room flank you and watch closely as you make your next move.

Foyer serves as an appetizer to the main house.

The impeccable kitchen is fit for a chef or a home maker.  Long stretches of granite, tiled back splash, and stainless steel appliances are pleasing to the eye and easy to clean.  The over-sized center island is more like The Big Island (instead of the standard Oahu-sized islands).  The big island provides for more counter space (to cook or to eat on) and more storage space underneath.  You’ll also notice a wood built-in bookcase for all your cook books and recipes.

With a kitchen this nice you'll want to eat in it, too.

After your gourmet meal, bring a bag of popcorn upstairs to enjoy a movie in your home theater.  Surround sound and plenty of room for theater-style seating, this is just like going to the movies on a Friday night except you don’t have to wait in line and no one will look at you funny if you’re in your pj’s.  Actually, as owner of the theater, you can do, wear, and watch whatever you want!

Be the boss of your own theater.

The one thing someone might have a problem with is the back yard.  It has a beautiful wood-stained deck, mature trees, plenty of green grass to run around in, and a rock wall for ultimate privacy.  However, it backs to a two-lane section of Sam Bass Road. This particular section is not heavily traveled and has a slow speed limit of 35 mph.  You don’t get fast moving vehicles or heavy-duty 18-wheelers and it’s impossible to hear any road noise from the interior of the home.  You’ll still be able to enjoy the occasional back yard barbecue  and clear starry nights with your friends and family.

Most people would love a back yard like this. Wouldn't you?

See below for more information, photos, and video:

 


 

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3551 Alexandrite – Sellers Disclosure

3551 Alexandrite – Upgrades

3551 Alexandrite – Survey & T-47

Large Home at Exceptional Value – 1801 Chino Valley in Round Rock Ranch

If you’re looking for a big home with four bedrooms, game room, separate dining room, living room, and second living room, 1801 Chino Valley is the house for you.  Priced at $162,900 with 3,312 sf ($49/sf), this is the lowest priced home in the entire neighborhood of Round Rock Ranch.  In fact, in the past 12 months, only one home sold for less and it was a foreclosure in bad condition.  Needless to say, this home is an exceptional value.

The size of this 4 BR home is not reflected in the low price.

This home is not just a big box with lots of square feet.  The first floor is upgraded with wood floors and unique architectural features.  There is an extended patio in the back with a separate pergola for starry nights.  The back yard is lined with mature, shady trees to protect from hot summer days and give natural privacy.  You would not expect to see these upgrades in this price range, but they’re here and ready for you to enjoy right when you move in. The second floor can use a flooring update as the carpet is worn.  This is the only update I would suggest, but what a great excuse to choose whatever flooring you want!

Extensive wood flooring throughout the first floor.

1801 Chino Valley Trail – Sellers Disclosure

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Sendero Springs 2012 1st Quarter Newsletter

Sendero Springs in Round Rock, Texas

It’s tax season.  For some of us it means filing tax returns.  For us in Sendero Springs, it means paying our property taxes!

Looking to save money on your property taxes? It’s no secret that homeowners in Sendero Springs pay one of the highest property tax rates in all of Williamson County – close to 3%! Here’s a New Year’s resolution that should be on every homeowner’s list because it’s fast, easy, and pays you back – file for a homestead exemption. Your tax break will depend on your eligibility, but even the most modest exemptions could net you several hundred dollars annually.

You can download the form here: http://www.wcad.org/Appraisal/PublicAccess/Forms/PublicServices/HomesteadExemptionApplication.pdf

And read more about it here: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/exmptns.html.

Home prices in 2011 were at a 4-year low, but an improving 4th quarter can be an indicator that Sendero Springs prices are on the rise. The average home price increased to $90.50/sf, which is above the 2010 4th quarter price. (Remember, a $5/sf increase can mean $15,000 on a home that is 3,000 sf.) Despite the small sample size (only three homes sold from October to December), we are headed in the right direction (up!) for 2012.

Homes Sold Last 12 Mos 38
Absorption Rate (# sold/mo) 3.17
Current Active Listings 9
Months of Inventory 2.84

The absorption rate has not changed significantly. There are more homes for sale than before, which means an increase in inventory. (Absorption rate is the number of homes sold per month in the past 12 months.) Our previous inventory was two months and currently it is approaching three. Anything under 6 months is considered a seller’s market!

Last 12 Months Homes Sold Sq Ft List Price List $/SF Sold Price Sold $/SF SP/LP Ratio Days on Market
1st Qtr, ’11 13 2,966 $ 266,362 $ 89.81 $ 253,498 $ 85.47 95.17% 110
2nd Qtr, ’11 12 3,031 $ 265,842 $ 87.72 $ 258,403 $ 85.27 97.20% 41
3rd Qtr, ’11 10 2,981 $ 265,140 $ 88.93 $ 251,718 $ 84.43 94.94% 75
4th Qtr, ’11 3 3,009 $ 279,966 $ 93.04 $ 272,300 $ 90.50 97.26% 53

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Sendero Springs 2011 4th Quarter Newsletter

SENDERO SPRINGS IN ROUND ROCK TEXAS –

Check out a recent article I wrote for the official Sendero Springs Newsletter – in honor of the upcoming elections, I’ll call it the State of Real Estate.  Enjoy!

How much is my home worth?  Is my home appreciating or depreciating in value?  What did the house down the street sell for?  Is our neighborhood a desirable place to live? As a real estate agent, these are some of the most common questions I get asked and naturally I’ve wondered these same things for my home so I did a little research.  Below you will find market data specific to Sendero Springs that I believe gives us a snapshot of the value and desirability of our homes.

Home values in Sendero Springs show a declining trend over the past 4 years.  The average sold price per square foot in 2011 is the lowest it has ever been.  In the most recent 3rd quarter, the average price is about $10 less than the previous 3 years.  On an average 3,000 sf home, that is a loss of $30,000!  The most common advice is to wait for the economy to improve before selling, but who knows when that will be.  In addition, some of us don’t have that luxury.  However, there is data that suggests home values should be rising.

Homes Sold Last 12 Mos 41
Absorption Rate 3.42
Current Active Listings 7
Months of Inventory 2.05

 

 

 

Buyers still perceive Sendero Springs to be a highly desirable neighborhood to live in.  We know this by using the absorption rate to determine the neighborhood inventory.  Absorption rate is the number of homes sold per month in the past 12 months. With 7 homes currently for sale in Sendero Springs, it should take approximately 2 months to sell our entire inventory.  Anything under 6 months is considered a seller’s market!

Last 12 Months Homes Sold Sq Ft List Price List $/SF Sold Price Sold $/SF SP/LP Ratio Days on Market
4th Qtr, ’10 7 2,923 $ 272,829 $ 93.35 $ 261,521 $ 89.48 95.86% 79
1st Qtr, ’11 13 2,966 $ 266,362 $ 89.81 $ 253,498 $ 85.47 95.17% 110
2nd Qtr, ’11 12 3,031 $ 265,842 $ 87.72 $ 258,403 $ 85.27 97.20% 41
3rd Qtr, ’11 9 2,946 $ 263,500 $ 89.46 $ 249,686 $ 84.77 94.76% 61

SENDERO SPRINGS HOME SELLING STRATEGY

This is positive news for all of us at Sendero Springs whether we plan on selling or not.  Having walked through all the current homes for sale and all the homes that sold in the past several months, I’ve made a short list of practical suggestions (easy to do and not too expensive) for homeowners wanting to increase the value in their homes when selling.  If we all do our small part, the home values should see an increase in value immediately.

  1. Maintain your lawn (i.e., cut grass, pull weeds, trim hedges) – this is enforced by the HOA so you can kill two birds with one stone
  2. De-clutter your home (i.e., pack your knick knacks, rent temporary storage [garage if you must], minimalize your home décor)
  3. Keep your home at a comfortable temperature for all showings
  4. If it’s vacant, get it professionally cleaned – focus on kitchen, carpets, windows, blinds, and ceiling fans
  5. Paint your walls to a neutral color and patch all holes

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November Update for Sendero Springs

Want to know what’s happening with all the real estate in Sendero Springs?  Here is a complete update for all the previously viewed homes (Gold, Silver, and Bronze).

There are currently seven homes for sale in Sendero Springs.

Gold – 0
Silver – 3
Bronze – 2
New homes (not yet reviewed) – 2

Gold Index

Gold is extinct!  The two available Gold homes have been withdrawn from the market so that leaves buyers with absolutely no opportunity to snatch up a Gold home.  See my review here for the latest Gold homes on the market – 3203 Lazada and 4307 Pasada.

Silver Index

With Gold homes being non-existent, that leaves plenty of opportunity for the Silver homes to get snatched up.  And buyers are not wasting any time.  Two homes (50% of available Silver) are currently under contract.  4004 Arbol reduced the price by $5,000 and is now pending.  3011 Luminoso also reduced the price by $5,000 and is pending.  Both of these homes were slightly overpriced so the price reduction helped them out.  However, price doesn’t solve everything.

4335 Angelico is still selling at a premium $98/sf after a $10,000 reduction.  3008 Asombra is selling at $70/sf after a $15,000 reduction!  You can see my reviews on each of those homes here and here.  Lastly, 4421 Angelico reduced the price by $5,000, didn’t sell, and has now expired.  You may remember this home as the “bed home.” (See my latest review here for the other Silver home.)

Bronze Index

Bronze homes are disappearing fast, but for all the wrong reasons!  Three homes have been withdrawn – 3002 Asombra, 3600 Luminoso, and 4400 Pasada.  That leaves 4106 Pasada as 1 of 2 Bronze homes left (See my latest review here for the other Bronze home.)  Those homes can be found here.

It’s not all bad news for Bronze homes though.  Two of them are actually pending!  You might be asking, how can Bronze homes be under contract if there are still Silver home available?  You can attribute a $15,000 price reduction for the sale of 4419 Pasada.  That puts this home at a reasonable $85/sf.  We still do not know how much they actually settled at either.  A similar $15,000 reduction helped 4303 Angelico also.

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