Saturday, December 8, 2012

Circle C Ranch Home With Pool - Open House Sunday 12/9


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CIRCLE C RANCH OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 12/9 FROM 2-4

11412 Lafitte Lane – from MoPac take the Slaughter exit and follow our signs through Circle C Ranch

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Recent Price Reduction in the HOT HOT HOT neighborhood of Circle C West.  This 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home was built in 1999.  The home features a stunning backyard pool and spa. 

Walk to exemplary schools like Clayton Elementary, the new Circle C Ranch community center with waterslide and swimming pool, the new Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, shops and restaurants and all that Circle C Ranch has to offer.

A recent price reduction makes this is the most inexpensive home in Circle C that has a pool – it’s certain not to last long!

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Keep Austin Weird Homes Sells a Home Previously On the Market for 100 Days in Just 13 Days…For More Money!!!

We were contacted by a homeowner in a popular Southwest Austin neighborhood who was frustrated that her home had not sold after 100 days on the market with the previous agent. The home was an expired listing from the MLS and she didn’t know what to do next. She had almost given up hope that she could sell at the price she needed to make the sale worthwhile. Furthermore, her family was drained from the disruption of having the home on the market so long. We met, reviewed our professional analysis of the Austin real estate market statistics, and worked in collaboration with the homeowner to create a pricing strategy that made sense.
In this case, we listed the home for MORE than the previous agent had. We found solutions to ease the pressure on the family. Most importantly, we devised a customized, marketing proposal specifically for this home. It takes someone with a lot of experience in properties that didn’t sell the first time they were on the market to figure out how to get the job done – without dropping the price relentlessly. This is something we at Keep Austin Weird Homes specialize in. With over 15 years of real estate experience, we know what to do to sell an expired listing. Within 13 days we successfully negotiated an offer for the property for a Cash Buyer. No repairs were needed. The home sold at 97% of the asking price, which was more than she had expected from the previous agent! This listing faced a great deal of competition from new homes still being built in the community and 3 other homes for sale on the same street. However, our experience with pricing and negotiation strategies combined with our fresh marketing ideas got the job done for our client. Now her expired listing is SOLD and she and her family have moved one happily. If you know someone that could use assistance with buying or selling Austin real estate, we’d appreciate you connecting us with them. We do what we say we will, we get the job done, and we even have fun, too.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shady Hollow Community in Southwest Austin, TX


SHADY HOLLOW – SOUTHWEST AUSTIN REAL ESTATE

Shady Hollow is a popular community in Southwest Austin.  Mainly constructed in the late 1980s, this neighborhood has many amenities.  Here is the Shady Hollow Homeowners’ Association website which has photos of the pool at Capistrano Park, the David Ellis Community Center, the Shady Hollow West Nature Preserve and Park, Gatling Gun Park, Doe Run Park, and the tennis courts and picnic areas - all located inside the Shady Hollow neighborhood.

One reason Shady Hollow is so desirable is that the neighborhood feeds to sought after schools - Baranoff Elementary School, Bailey Middle School, and Bowie High School.   If you want to research the detailed school data, here is the Texas Education Agency website but I can summarize it for you that Baranoff is Exemplary (the highest possible rating) and Bailey is Recognized (the second highest rating).  Bowie is also Recognized (2nd from the top).  

The real estate market in Shady Hollow is strong.  So far in 2012, average market time is 39 days on market.  The average sales price is $117.83 per square foot.  Currently there are only 4 homes available, while 70 have already gone under contract or sold so far this year.

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It is very important for you to know the ins and outs of the area (Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow) you will be moving to. When you're making a decision to move, you want to work with the Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow real estate agent who has extensive knowledge of the area and can help you and your family prepare for life in Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow. Who better to answer your important questions like, "Where is the good dry cleaner?" and "How far away is the vet?" Find out about what matters to you, such as the quality of the local school system, access to mass transit, and overall quality of life in Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow. Now you can take advantage of Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow expertise, get answers to your questions, and relax while your upcoming move to Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow is taken care of!

To find out more about Southwest Austin and Shady Hollow, or to get in touch, please visit us online or call Theresa at 512-297-3442.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Austin, TX Realtors Featured in Texas Realtor Magazine

We received special recognition in the November, 2012 issue of Texas Realtor Magazine published by the Texas Association of Realtors. Theresa Bastian and Rodney Campbell of Keep Austin Weird Homes were selected for the following profile:  "How Far Would You Go to Help Your Clients?”  
 
The partners were interviewed after Texas Realtor Magazine learned of a recent pre-foreclosure transaction they had successfully closed in Manor, TX.  The article focused on our commitment to client service, even under such difficult circumstances such as police surveillance of the property and a seller in jail. 

The full article can be found here: http://www.keepaustinweirdhomes.com/press/

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Will Formula One Rev Austin Real Estate Up?


Will Formula One Rev Austin Real Estate Up?

Over the past year I have received many calls from people who want to know how the Circuit of the Americas Race Track now completed in Southeast Austin will impact their property values.  Some are planning to put their Austin homes on the market, and they are hoping that the Formula One Track will be just one more contributor to Austin’s rising property values.  Others have no desire to sell.  Instead, they are considering doing short term single family rentals (SFR), anticipating that some of the expected 250,000 Formula One visitors will pay top dollar to stay in their Austin homes while they’re visiting for the big races. 

Still others are convinced that their real estate near the Circuit of the Americas Race Track in Del Valle will now be worth substantially more than before the track was built.  While the first two scenarios may indeed play out to be true, it is the last group of people that I feel for.  Because the truth is that the Formula One Race Track will have a huge impact on the community directly surrounding it, but increasing the values of those homes is not one of those things. 

Even a cursory look at the statistics from the Multiple Listing Service for the community of Del Valle shows this:

Year                 # of Homes Sold          Median Price of Homes

2009                140                              $104,550
2010                121                              $104,000
2011                150                              $91,422
2012                108 (so far)                  $85,000

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Size Does Matter in Austin Real Estate


The House is HOW Big??!!???   ---Size Does Matter in Austin Real Estate

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As Realtors, Rodney Campbell and I have lots of experience in meeting the housing needs of growing families in Austin, TX. 
As parents/step-parents of 5 kids, a mastiff and a yellow lab, we personally have always sought out the largest house possible within our price range and school boundaries. 
In fact, we often giggle that we don’t understand why someone would shy away from extra square footage.  A separate bedroom for each child?  A game room for the incessant video game playing? A bathroom set aside just for company?  Oh, we know the benefits of extra space for a family with 5 kids!
Well…as becomes evident when showing large homes to people with small families or very young children, large homes can have a multitude of drawbacks in the eyes of a potential buyer.  Among them: high heating and air conditioning bills, constant stair climbing, cleaning and furnishing all that space, and maintaining the large yards that generally accompany the large houses.
Here is some advice for sellers of houses with a lot of square footage in order to make them more appealing to a larger audience:
1.      Make sure the home is impeccably clean, including the light fixtures and windows.   If your home has interesting features like vaulted ceilings or art niches, make sure these are dust free.  You don’t want the home to seem overwhelming for a potential buyer.
2.      Ditto for the yard.  Trim the trees and hedges and make sure the grass is maintained.  Make it seem easy to care for, even if it isn’t.
3.      Decorate with a warm color palette.  Many large homes, like mine, have been inhabited by large families with many children and pets.  Often, a seller’s first instinct is to put a fresh (cheap) coat of paint on the walls and new (cheap) carpet on the floors.  This usually ends up being a combination of beige on beige, and just adds to the cavernous feel.
4.      Don’t sell the house vacant!  Hire a professional stager and rent furniture if you must.  Large houses seem insurmountable huge to ‘average’ size families when they are vacant. 
5.      Post signs on each thermostat mentioning that there is a separate A/C unit for each story, and that each thermostat can be programmed separately (assuming this is true).  You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t realize this is standard for large homes.
6.      Place past copies of your electricity/yard care/cleaning service/pool cleaner bills in a binder for potential buyers to review.  They almost certainly are anticipating these expenses will be more than they really are.
If you are thinking about selling a house in Austin that is larger than the average in your neighborhood, contact us for a complimentary consultation.  We would love to share these and several other strategies we have used successfully in the past to find buyers for extremely large homes.


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

I Love The Home! Now About That Loan...



At Keep Austin Weird Homes, we receive many calls from people who are interested in buying a home, but who have no idea whether they qualify for a loan.  In fact, we have fielded calls from 5 different people just this last week on one of our homes for sale in Austin, and out of the 5 people, none of them could qualify for a mortgage loan right now. 

The lesson is not to give up on your dreams of homeownership, it’s to start thinking about your credit score and you credit worthiness long before you fall in love with any one particular property.
According to a recent article in Inman News, the average FICO score for mortgages approved in September was 750.  Borrowers’ down payments on loans that were approved averaged 22%.  People whose applications for mortgages were denied had an average FICO score of 704, with borrowers willing to make down payments averaging 12 percent.

Currently, payment history has the biggest impact on how FICO score is calculated. So if you want to improve your FICO score, it’s important to show you can handle credit responsibly. This includes paying at least the minimum amount on all credit cards every month and not using all the credit that is available to you.


If you are curious about whether you are qualified for a mortgage to buy a home in Austin, we can connect you to one of the lenders that we work with.  After a brief phone consultation, you’ll have an idea of where you stand.  If you’re not quite ready for that mortgage yet, you’ll learn what steps you can take to increase your credit score.  The website myFICO.com also offers tools to help you learn about your credit.

Circle C Ranch - Outdoor Lifestyle Options

Monday, October 15, 2012

Theresa Bastian Named an Ambassador for Inman News



AUSTIN, TX October 15, 2012 -- Inman News, the real estate industry's most authoritative source of market conditions, business trends, technology, real estate and financial news, has named Theresa Bastian, Broker / Owner of Keep Austin Weird Homes to its Ambassador Program.

Ambassadors are chosen for their enthusiasm, online presence, and willingness to share their knowledge and expertise with others. These are the people who are big fans of Inman and understand the value of education in real estate.

“When selecting ambassadors, we look for professionals with a commitment to raising the bar in the industry, as well as those engaged in social technologies”, states Laura Monroe, director of the Ambassador Program at Inman News.

Socially savvy Ambassadors help Inman News get the word out about Inman events in their local market areas such as Agent Reboot, which will be held October 17th at Austin’s Palmer Events Center. 

“I am excited to be part of the Inman Ambassador Program.  Inman News has been a part of my real estate career since 1998 and it’s nice to be recognized as someone who shares the same values that Inman News does.  I enjoy staying current on the intersection of real estate and technology, and Agent Reboot will definitely cover the latest in that topic for Austin Realtors ®,” Bastian explained.


About Theresa Bastian

Theresa Bastian is the broker and founding partner of Keep Austin Weird Homes. Bastian’s real estate career dates back to 1998 and reaches from a real estate technology startup to owning 2 large franchises with over 200 agents. She formed Keep Austin Weird Homes to help people buy, sell and invest in real estate skillfully while keeping it local and fun.

 Theresa Bastian
Keep Austin Weird Homes
512-297-3442
keepaustinweirdhomes@gmail.com


Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Role of Religious Art in Home Selling


The Role of Religious Art in Home Selling

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As full time Austin Realtors, Rodney Campbell and I have the privilege of previewing many homes for our clients.  Every so often, a home’s d├ęcor really presents us with a stumbling block in bringing our clients to see the property. 

You may be thinking that I’m talking about homes that have ugly or outdated furniture.  While those things certainly don’t add value to a showing, they can be overlooked.  After all, clients know the furniture doesn’t stay with the home.

What I am referring to is religious art.  Yes, that’s right.  I said it.  Your prominent displays of religious art make it uncomfortable for me to show your home to people of other religions. 

For example, one Austin area home for sale featured an immense church pew in the living room instead of a sofa.  The family room windows were hung with stained glass window panels from a church and it featured several displays of multiple crosses.  There was a statue of Mother Teresa in the backyard.  Even the cookie jar displayed in the kitchen was in the shape of a friar or monk. 

My clients were Muslim.  While of course they understood that these items would be removed before a sale, they said it was difficult for them to picture themselves living in this home.   

Sellers often are advised to remove family pictures and overtly personal belongings so as to allow potential buyers to feel more at home when touring the property.  If you follow this advice, why not take it one step farther and pack up religious art as well?  It will ensure your treasures are safely stowed until they are ready for display in your new home, and it will make your house more welcoming to ALL potential buyers.



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Thursday, August 30, 2012

CIRCLE C RANCH OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 9/1 FROM 1 - 3

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CIRCLE C RANCH OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 9/1 FROM 1 - 3

9432 Hopeland Drive – from MoPac take the Slaughter exit and follow our signs through Circle C Ranch.

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Recent Price Reduction in the HOT HOT HOT neighborhood of Vintage Place in Circle C Ranch.  This 4 bedroom 4 bath home was built in 2001 as the builder’s model and as a result, it has extensive upgrades! 

Priced BELOW the average in Circle C, this is an incredible value!

Walk to exemplary schools like Kiker Elementary, an Olympic sized swimming pool, the new Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, shops and restaurants and all that Circle C Ranch has to offer.





IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Privacy, Yet Close to All Austin Offers


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Features & Amenities of 12016 Black Angus Drive
Well established central neighborhood? Check! Exemplary elementary? Check! Meticulously maintained inside and out? Check! Soaring vaulted ceilings and modern maple floors throughout first floor. Gas fireplace & wet bar in family room. Gas stove, too! Upstairs you'll find 4 bedrooms, even a remodeled master bath. Mature oaks shade the front - the private backyard & patio is perfect for grilling out. The A/C unit & insulation are less than 2 yrs old, keeping utility bills low. Extremely desirable location - just 5 min from Mopac, 183, the Arboretum, the Domain, Balcones park and pool, and the recently announced new Austin Apple campus.

If you haven't visited this community in North Central Austin yet, you owe it to yourself to schedule a tour of 12016 Black Angus Drive today.
Video tours allow you to preview Austin homes for sale, including this video tour of 12016 Black Angus Drive.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.


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12016 Black Angus - North Central Austin Home for Sale

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Thursday, June 7, 2012


WESTERN OAKS Western Oaks is a community of about 360 homes. Much smaller then, say, Circle C. Most homes were built from 1976-1979 by the builder J.W. Smith with one section built in the 1980s and a small section constructed between 1992-2002. The hallmark of Western Oaks is that many homes back to green belts or protected spaces. The pool and amenity center (tennis, playscape, etc) are on Wood Creek Drive. Here's a photo of the Western Oaks Junior Olympic size pool. Click to visit the website for the Western Oaks Homeowners' Association. Schools for this neighborhood are Patton Elementary, Small Middle, and Austin HS. If you want to get all geeked out over school data, here is the Texas Education Agency website: but I can bottom line it for you that Patton is Exemplary (the highest possible rating) and Small and Austin are Academically Acceptable (the middle of 5 rankings). As far as the Western Oaks real estate market goes: as of June 2012, there is very low inventory in Western Oaks (in fact there are zero actives today) and the homes go under contract in less than 1 week. To get a home in this Southwest Austin neighborhood in this competitive market, we will need to be prepared with financing in hand, check for new listings daily, and be ready to write the contract same day as you see the house, possibly above asking price, unless there's something significantly wrong with it. Learn About Southwest Austin and Western Oaks Real Estate Right Here! It is very important for you to know the ins and outs of the area (Southwest Austin and Western Oaks) you will be moving to. When you're making a decision to move, you want to work with the Southwest Austin and Western Oaks real estate agent who has extensive knowledge of the area and can help you and your family prepare for life in Southwest Austin and Western Oaks. Who better to answer your important questions like, "Where is the good day care?" and "How far away is the movie theater?" Find out about what matters to you, such as the quality of the local school system, access to mass transit, and overall quality of life in Southwest Austin and Western Oaks. Now you can take advantage of Southwest Austin and Western Oaks expertise, get answers to your questions, and relax while your needs for your upcoming move to Southwest Austin and Western Oaks are taken care of! To find out more about Southwest Austin and Western Oaks, or to get in touch, please visit us online or call Theresa at 512-297-3442.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Your life is one of a kind, why wouldn't your home be? Private gated estate.


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Your life is one of a kind, why wouldn't your home be? Private gated estate. Over 5 acres of hill country views, over 6,000 square feet.  Just 20 minutes from downtownAustin. Main floor features 3 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen w/ butler's pantry, large office, sun room & European master suite w/spacious bath. Upstairs you'll find 3 more bedrooms, 2nd kitchen & screened area that runs the length of the home.  You’ll enjoy the large pool & hot tub with cabana & stocked pond. Desirable Dripping Springs Schools. Priced below market value, you’ll have to see this property to believe the value. 

View FULL DETAILS and PHOTOS here: See Property Details

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability and schedule a tour.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

14524 Harris Ridge Blvd - Large Pflugerville Condo for Sale

Keep Austin Weird Homes with Keller Williams proudly presents this affordable condo for sale in Pflugerville.  This unit features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, with a very functional floorplan including a dining area, pantry, utility room, bonus alcove off the large master, fenced backyard and 2 car garage with lots of storage.  Close to Mo-Pac and I-35, and walking distance to a large park with playground, soccer field, and dog park. 

Contact Rodney at Keep Austin Weird Homes 512-740-6486 for more information or to schedule a showing for this or any other condo in the Austin area.

 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Eclectic Country - Classic Farmhouse on 4 acres in Manor TX

Keep Austin Weird Homes is proud to present our newest listing at 17221 Steger Lane in Manor, TX.  This 2,600 sf home blends the classic charm of a Texas farmhouse with the eclectic addition of a spacious great room, master, unfinished loft space, and modern kitchen. Just 20 minutes from downtown Austin, situated on 4 acres of undeveloped land, you'll cherish the time spent here. 

Do not miss this opportunity!  Classic Farmhouse Charmer on acreage - Updated Gourmet Kitchen & Great Room. Original Hardwoods & Woodwork - Covered Porches front & back. Unfinished Loft not counted in square footage.  Sellers' painstaking renovation/addition isn't quite complete -- but they must sell NOW!! ***ANY OFFER WILL BE CONSIDERED!!!*** 1 of the 4 acres is fenced for animals, dog kennel, garden, shed/garage and 28 x 35 ft slab.

Offered at $199,900.  To schedule your private showing, or for questions, contact Rodney Campbell at 512-740-6486 or Theresa Bastian at 512-297-3442.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Circle C Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt

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Circle C Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt

There are many community celebrations in Circle C Ranch, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Parade, and Christmas Party. This year, the Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Child Development Center on Saturday April 7, 2012.

This year there will be a nominal fee of $1 per child. The Circle C Ranch Homeowner’s Association does ask that parents help make sure each child is limited to 12 eggs total, so that everyone can enjoy the day. The hunt will offer separate sections for children ages 1-3, 4-6, and 7-10 years.

If this year is anything like last year, the morning will be filled with children in their Sunday best, parents toting cameras, and full parking lots. You’ll definitely want to plan ahead so you get there early. Here are some shots of our kids enjoying the Circle C Ranch Easter Egg Hunt in 2011.





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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring in Texas - bluebonnet visit in Circle C Ranch

Spring in Texas - bluebonnet visit in Circle C Ranch

For those of you new to Texas, or who are not familiar with the tradition, bluebonnets are the Texas state flower.  Bluebonnets spring to life every March, along with dozens of other wildflowers that line the freeways and public lands in and around Austin, TX.  Not content to simply enjoy the breathtaking beauty as we drive by, however, we must make arrangements to thoroughly document this annual event.
Every spring, people all across Central Texas make plans to do an outdoor photo shoot with their children, pets, and/or families in the bluebonnets.

Yes, as spring comes to Austin so does the annual charging of the camera battery, purchasing of the adorable outfits (that coordinate well with blue) and selection of the perfect time of day (my personal favorite is just before dusk).  The unusual thing about these photo shoots is that most of them take place right on the side of the highway.  That's right, it is common to see minivans pulled over onto the freeway shoulder with otherwise safety conscious parents turning their children loose in the field not even 20 feet from the rush hour traffic on Mo-Pac or Highway 360.

At Keep Austin Weird Homes we say, "Stop the Madness!"  There is a perfect spot to take bluebonnet pictures right here in Circle C, with no traffic dangers to speak of.  Just cross through intersection of Escarpment and Slaughter Lane and go approximately 1 block South on Escarpment.  Park the car, and walk down the hill into the wildflower field.  This is part of Circle C Ranch Park, so it is very safe for kids, dogs, and whoever else you might want to bring.

Here are the pictures we took there this year - what do you think about our spot?  If you have a better one to share, leave it in the comment section below.  That way we'll have lots to choose from next year.



Saturday, March 31, 2012

New Development in Circle C Ranch


New Development in Circle C Ranch

                Many people I have spoken with lately at open houses or in the community have asked about the new development in Circle C Ranch.  Most noticeable is the new retail center of Parkside Village at MoPac and Slaughter.  The initial phase includes Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, Austin Diagnostic Clinic and two retail buildings. The Austin Diagnostic Clinic includes an urgent care center, general practice, allergies, and pediatric divisions. Tenants for the retail buildings include Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, ATX Bikes, zPizza, and Koko Fit Center. Other tenants currently negotiating leases include a Mexican restaurant, a yoga center, children's retail, a salon, dry cleaners and ice cream shop.

                At LaCrosse/MoPac a new graduate school of physical therapy, which will be for approximately 500 graduate physical therapy students, is under construction. The University of St. Augustine will be constructing Phase I of the school over the next several months. This includes the primary building and parking lot. The building is set back from LaCrosse, and the entry will be across from Eclipse.




                There are also several places where new homes are being constructed in Circle C Ranch.  There are two land parcels at the on the east and west sides of Barstow at the entry of Circle C North that will be developed as single-family homes.  On the east side, six homes will be built and there will be one private drive with an entry near the existing mail center. The exterior of the residential development will be surrounded by a masonry wall to match the existing wall around Vintage Place.  On the west side, there will be 22 homes, with one street and an entry off Barstow.  

                The largest new home community by far in Circle C Ranch is Avana, which has 163 lots now and plans to expand to 300 more lots.  Avana is part of Circle C Ranch, and the homeowner’s association does intend to work with the builders to add a pool and community center South of Escarpment in part to serve this growing community.  The development of Grey Rock Ridge, a 386 home community, has been approved at the intersection of MoPac and 45, near Avana, Circle C and Meridian

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

CIRCLE C RANCH OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 3/31 AND SUNDAY 4/1 FROM 1 - 4


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CIRCLE C RANCH OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 3/31 AND SUNDAY 4/1 FROM 1 - 4

9301 Manipari Lane – from MoPac take the Slaughter exit and follow our signs through Circle C Ranch.

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Extremely rare opportunity for a BANK OWNED bargain in the HOT HOT HOT neighborhood of Circle C Ranch.  This 4 bedroom 3 bath home was built in 2005 and just received new carpet, paint, and appliances!  Pay as little as 3% down and no mortgage insurance with HomePath financing.

Walk to exemplary schools, Olympic sized swimming pool, and new Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, shops and restaurants and all that Circle C Ranch has to offer.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: Although this property was available at the time of this ad creation, it is very possible that an offer has been submitted or even accepted since that time. This ad was created with the intent to sell THIS property. If you are interested in this property, Please call 512-740-6486 to check on its current availability.

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