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Pemberton Heights Open House - 2424-B Hartford Drive

Pemberton Heights Open House - 2424-B Hartford Drive

Open this Sunday April 25th 2:00 - 4:00PM

2424-B Hartford Road is one of two units in this beautifully built complex. Utilizing quality finish outs and superior construction techniques, the home offers the discriminating buyer many features. If you would like to expand the already open, brightly lit, well designed floor plan, the builder is offering the option to add an additional 550 +/- square feet to the current layout. This is a rare opportunity to live in newer construction in Pemberton Heights for under $1 Million and is an excellent value for one of Austin's finest neighborhoods!

Pemberton Height is arguably the crown jewel of West Austin Neighborhoods. Centrally located to downtown, the neighborhood boasts some of Austin's finest homes and there is always a demand for property in the area. To learn more about the interesting history of the area regarding development, background, building restrictions, historical designations and many other details please access the  Pemberton Heights website which is one of the best maintained and well developed neighborhood websites in the City of Austin.

2424-B Hartford Road

Don't miss your chance to see this wonderful home and learn more about the incredible Pemberton Heights  neighborhood! I will be on-site between 2pm and 4pm Sunday afternoon so please drop by for a tour of this beautiful home in a relaxed, no pressure environment.

AGENTS, this is an excellent time to preview!

If you have questions or are unable to attend and would like to schedule a private showing, contact me directly at my number or email listed below and learn more about living the good life in Austin Texas. I look forward to visiting with you at your convenience!

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27 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 25 2010 04:01AM

Celebrating Earth Day with 101 Quadrillion Colors on Texas (and our Nations) Roads-Thanks to The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Texas Bluebonnets

Celebrating Earth Day with 101 Quadrillion Colors on Texas (and our Nations) Roads-Thanks to The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

I was going to try and do something with 101 in the title because after 20 months of blogging, I finally managed to break 100 posts but something a lot better came along with Earth Day and the advent of Texas Wildflower Season. Every year about this time, if we get enough rain, the roadsides all over Texas explode with a variety of colorful wildflowers! Few people probably realize that the reason for the  multicolored carpet of flora is none other than Lady Bird Johnson and her creation of the  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! Back in 1965, Lady Bird began a number of efforts towards "Beautification" of our country that was a "combination of rural and urban environmentalism, national parks conservation, anti-pollution measures, water and air reclamation, landscaping and urban renewal." Lady Bird was "GREEN" and celebrating Earth Day long before many of the current environmentalists were even born and was a true pioneer!

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I remember cracking up as a kid listening to Lady Bird on TV and radio reminding us, in that southern drawl to, "Plant a shruuub, a Tuhree or a Booosh", to help keep America beautiful. (I don't know why I thought it was so funny  as I have a pronounced Texas drawl myself) Using donations by wealthy philanthropists she planted thousands of flowers all over Washington to bring beauty and "masses of flowers where the masses pass." On my birthday, May 24th, 1965, Lady Bird Johnson addressed the two-day White House Conference on Natural Beauty, and began actively pursuing environmental and conservation legislation that Lyndon Johnson's administration would work on during his tenure as President. She encouraged the Job Corps to expand skills it taught to include landscaping and Lady Bird also created the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden and the Children's Garden on the White House South Lawn. Mrs. Johnson took her crusade to low-income areas, "largely populated by African-Americans, in preparation for the work they would conduct there: the cleaning, refurbishment and maintenance of city schools, the installation of recreation areas, massive housing project trash cleanups, and the implementation of a summer "Projects Pride" program employing college and high school students in neighborhood tree plantings and conservation, pest control, sanitation and renovation of decaying public buildings." As noted in Lady Bird Johnson's biography.

Texas Wildflowers 2010

 Texas Wildflowers 2010

Something most people do not know is that Lady Birds efforts spread all across the country. She took on negligence within the National Government and brought about the cleaning of Military "eyesores", focused efforts toward local and state air-pollution, convincing power companies to run power lines underground, stopping strip mining(actually supported by The National Coal Association) and more efforts at local beautification projects. Her most controversial effort was the Highway Beautification Act which was dubbed "Lady Bird's Bill". One of the ideas was to limit the enormous amount of billboards cluttering up the landscape an use access to Federal Highway funds to bring about compliance. Lady Bird received sharp criticism and resistance from the powerful "Outdoor Advertising Association of America" fought every aspect of the project from the beginning. She was lampooned in numerous cartoons as a "typical woman driver" running down several billboards and denigrated in ways unthinkable today, or maybe not...After a very hard struggle that brought a number of unlikely supporters together, the bill finally passed. Though Congress continued to resist by releasing few funds and the lack of authority to enforce the regulations in many states kept the bill from having as much of an initial impact, Lady Bird persisted through the private sector to have locally indigenous plants throughout the countries roadways. Many of her original efforts were the spark to bring about environmental changes in many areas that had been neglected for years. So, when you are driving along and see a few less billboards, junkyards, toxic gas stations, strip mine sites and less of a lot of the crap and more of natures beauty, Thank Lady Bird!

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Texas Wildflowers 2010

To learn more about Lady Bird's Legacy and numerous programs to beautify the world and nurture our environment, visit Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  The facility is located here in South Austin and is an amazing place. By the way, all of these pictures were taken over the last two weeks here in the Austin area in Westlake, Rob Roy and Lost Creek. We have had just the right amount of rain and sunshine to keep the roads covered so it's a good time to "join the masses" and stop by the roadway to take a few pictures for posterity. You see folks doing it at all hours of the day and NIGHT! SO...JUST BE CAREFUL, PULL OFF TO THE SIDE AWAY FROM TRAFFIC. Use common sense and you will have some great pictures.  We are certainly living The Good Life in Austin Texas Y'all!

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68 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 22 2010 02:00PM

Westview on Lake Austin - Austin, Texas

Westview on Lake Austin - Austin, Texas

Westview on Lake AustinThe Original Westview on Lake Austin is one of my favorite neighborhoods in West Lake Hills. The neighborhood is located in a beautiful tree covered valley in an area known as the West Lake Peninsula. Westview on Lake Austin was developed back during the mid-eighties. Along came the S&L Crisis and as a result a bank intervened with the developer and took over the remaining un-sold lots. Then...another bank took over the first one and consequently the remaining lots were tied up until the mid-nineties. At that point the final holding bank released the remaining lots, allowing homeowners in the neighborhood to have first right to buy lots that adjoined their property. Many people in the area took the opportunity to purchase with the result that a number of homes have double lots. The remainder of the lots were purchased by builders and individuals who began to build in the neighborhood again. Homes in the area are built in a diverse number building styles and materials from stone to brick to stucco, incorporating lavish elements including upscale finish outs, Gourmet Kitchens, Multi-Car Garages, Home Theaters, Pools, Waterfalls-Spas, Outdoor Kitchens, private offices, wine cellars and just about any amenity a luxury buyer could imagine.

Westview on Lake Austin - Street ViewDriving through Westview you realize that the area is one of the flattest locations in Westlake within a gently rolling terrain in a beautiful tree covered basin. Developed slowly over time there variety of homes on large scenic lots built in a wide variety of custom designs and architectural elements including Traditional, Contemporary, Mediterranean and Classic approaches reflecting different tastes and lifestyles. Access to the area is by way of Elohi Drive off Westlake Drive and because there are no through streets, there is very little traffic in the neighborhood. This is yet another reason Westview is one of the quietest neighborhoods you will find in Westlake Hills. Home values in the area have ranged from $675,000's to over $3,000,000. During the last the 12 months (Ending April 6, 2010) there have only been four (3) sales ranging from $1,249,000-$1,345,000. Keep in mind this is only data from MLS and does not include any private or pocket listing sales.

Westview on Lake Austin HomesWestview on Lake Austin is located in the award winning Eanes School District To learn more information about all of the activities connected with our wonderful schools please click on the following link to the Eanes School District. Eanes School District Main Page

Westview on Lake Austin students attend:

Bridge Point Elementary School

Hill Country Middle School

Westlake High School

Westview on Lake Austin HomesNearby Shopping includes the many services, shops, restaurants and stores at:

Davenport Village, located at the intersection of Westlake Drive and Capital of Texas Highway.

The Village of Westlake, located at the intersection between Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway

Westwood Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Bee Cave Road and Walsh Tarleton and at various locations along Bee Cave Road

Barton Creek Mall located between Mopac, Capital of Texas Highway and Walsh Tarleton Drive.  

Westview on Lake Austin HomesThere are three country clubs near Westview on Lake Austin that cater to just about any need and budget.

Austin Country Club

Barton Creek Country Club

Lost Creek Country Club

I hope this has given you a good start on learning more about Westview on Lake Austin and the surrounding region. I have represented both buyers and sellers in Westview on Lake Austin and if you are thinking of moving to the Westlake area and the Eanes School District, Westview on Lake Austin or any one of our great neighborhoods and want to find out more about our locale and enjoying   The Good Life in Austin Texas! Email me or call my mobile number listed below, I would be happy to be of assistance. Let me put my twenty years of proven success helping upscale buyers and sellers in Austin's finest neighborhoods to work for you!

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31 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 07 2010 10:20PM

Lindsey Majors; Help with that Crucial First Impression and a Great Haircut!

Lindsey Majors; Help with that Crucial First Impression and a Great Haircut!

Lindsey Majors - Before Haircut"Can I get a witness?" the voice exhorts from the receiver of my phone and I know immediately it's my friend and hair stylist at Eileene Kelley Salon, Lindsey Majors! She calls me every 3-4 months to remind me that I "might" need a haircut. The reason for her church on fire exclamation is that (she claims) when my hair begins to bush out like a tumbleweed shaped helmet, I begin to look disturbingly like Jimmy Swaggart. It's true, I don't get my hair cut all that often and Lindsey also says that if all of her clients were like me, she would probably be forced to take a second job ;-) Besides being an accomplished stylist, Lindsey has a marvelous sense of humor and an opinion that she gladly shares with her clients!

It's true, I come from a generation where many of us did not cut our hair. In the early 70's up through the mid 80's, my hair hung below my shoulders at varying lengths and was always L O N G! Thankfully most of the pictorial evidence from those years is long gone! These days I TRY and get a haircut before Lindsey calls and usually about the time my fellow associates begin referring to me as Papa Hemingway. We've been doing this dance for the last eight years and I have to say I am a completely satisfied customer! As a matter of fact, my entire family now has their hair done by Lindsey along with several very good friends! Lindsey Majors is truly an accomplished artist and craftsman when it comes to anything that has to do with hair! And as just about everyone knows a hairstylist is also a something of  a "shade tree" psychologist, confidant and gossip columnist all rolled in to one. Lindsey is all of these but in such a wonderfully genuine way that when you are in her chair, you feel relaxed and comfortable! Whenever I am there I see all kinds of clients from little blue haired ladies to housewives, kids, teenagers, Rock Stars, Famous Chefs and both men and women professionals covering the gamut of personalities in Austin, Texas.

Lindsey Majors - After Haircut

It's obvious that I am a fan of Lindsey Majors along with many people I know but don't just take my word for it! When she was at another Salon in Lakeway, she was consistently chosen the top hair stylist several years in a row. The best evidence I can offer is the BEFORE and AFTER pictures on this page showing my transformation from "Wild Man of Borneo" to respectable member of society. It's true that you only have one chance to make a good first impression and if you are thinking of trying out a new hair stylist, I would recommend calling Lindsey at: 512-789-0559. She does not have a web site, Facebook page or Twitter handle but stays incredibly busy through word of mouth and referrals and she is helping us all live The Good Life in Austin Texas! When you visit, know that she is probably going to be working on several clients at the same time but Lindsey Majors is a great multi-tasker and I guarantee you will enjoy the experience as well as the way you look when you leave the Salon. And so will those around you;-)

Check out Lindsey Majors and give her a call:

Lindsey Majors - 512-789-0559

 

 

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51 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 06 2010 11:43PM

Rob Roy on the Lake - Austin, Texas

Rob Roy on the Lake - Austin, Texas

Rob Roy on the LakeRob Roy on the Lake Neighborhood is located just west of the original Rob Roy Neighborhood in Austin, Texas. Rob Roy on the Lake's boundaries are; to the east, Original Rob Roy, Bee Cave Road to the south, Riverhills Road to the west and Lake Austin to the North. Developed a short time after original Rob Roy in the early 1980's and continuing today. There are only a few lots left in the area and most homes purchased these days are updated or remodeled in some manner. There is also a section along Lake Austin that offers waterfront lots with easy access to the water directly across from Travis County's City Park. Many homes have Lake Austin views from different streets in the area. Homes in the area have sold from the high $400,000's to over $5,500,000.

 

Rob Roy on the Lake Views

Homes and lots in the area are similar to original Rob Roy but are spread out over more acreage and  offers large estate-sized lots and building amenities to fit the most discriminating tastes of the luxury buyer. The neighborhood has three access points. A gated entrance on Weston Lane, an entrance on Lowell Lane and two entrances off River Hills Road at Sumner Court and Barrett Lane. Because the Rob Roy neighborhoods were developed over time, homes in the area come in a wide variety of custom designs and architectural elements. Traditional, Contemporary, Mediterranean and Classic styles reflecting different tastes and lifestyles. Utilizing diverse building materials from stone to brick to stucco and incorporating lavish elements including upscale finish outs, Gourmet Kitchens, Multi-Car Garages, Home Theaters, Pools/Waterfalls Spas, Outdoor Kitchens, private offices, wine cellars and just about any amenity you could imagine.

To learn more about Rob Roy on the Lake you can access the Homeowners Rules and Regulations here: Rob Roy on the Lake Rules & Regulations

Rob Roy on the Lake is located in the award winning Eanes School District

Rob Roy on the Lake Homes

To learn more information about all of the activities connected with our wonderful schools please click on the following link to the Eanes School District.

Eanes School District Main Page

Rob Roy students attend:

Barton Creek Elementary School

West Ridge Middle School

Westlake High School

 

Rob Roy on the Lake Homes

Nearby Shopping includes the many services, shops, restaurants and stores along Bee Cave Road and at:

Davenport Village, located at the intersection of Westlake Drive and Capital of Texas Highway.

The Village of Westlake, located at the intersection between Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway

Westwood Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Bee Cave Road and Walsh Tarleton.

Barton Creek Mall located between Mopac, Capital of Texas Highway and Walsh Tarleton Drive.

Rob Roy on the Lake HomesThere are three country clubs near Rob Roy on the Lake that cater to just about any requirement and budget.

 

Austin Country Club

Barton Creek Country Club

Lost Creek Country Club

 

OKAY, that should give you a good start on learning more about Rob Roy on the Lake and the surrounding region. If you are thinking of moving to the Westlake area and the Eanes School District, Rob Roy on the Lake or any one of our great neighborhoods and want to learn more about our locale and enjoying   The Good Life in Austin Texas! Email me or call my mobile number listed below, I would be happy to be of assistance. Let me put my twenty years of proven success helping upscale buyers and sellers in Austin's finest neighborhoods to work for you!

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17 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 05 2010 05:13PM

Rob Roy on the Creek - Austin, Texas

Rob Roy on the Creek - Austin, Texas

Rob Roy on the Creek EntranceRob Roy on the Creek Neighborhood is located south west of the original Rob Roy Neighborhood in Austin, Texas and across Bee Cave Road from Rob Roy on the Lake. Rob Roy on the Creek's boundaries are; Barton Creek Blvd. to the east, Bee Cave Road to the north, Riverhills Road to the west and the winding Barton Creek to the South. Developed a short time after original Rob Roy in the early 1980's and continuing today. There are only a few lots left in the area and most homes purchased these days are updated or remodeled in some manner. Many homes have hill country views throughout the area. Home sales in in the area have ranged from the high $400,000's to over $3,000,000.

Homes and lots in the area are similar to original Rob Roy but like Rob Roy on the Lake are spread out over more acreage and the area offers large estate-sized lots and building amenities to fit the most discriminating tastes of the luxury buyer. The neighborhood has three access points. An entrance to Furlong Lane off Barton Creek Blvd., an two entrances on Bee Cave Road at Newhall Lane and Beardsley Lane.Because the Rob Roy neighborhoods were developed over time, homes in the area come in a wide variety of custom designs and architectural elements. Traditional, Contemporary, Mediterranean and Classic styles reflecting different tastes and lifestyles. Utilizing diverse building materials from stone to brick to stucco and incorporating lavish elements including upscale finish outs, Gourmet Kitchens, Multi-Car Garages, Home Theaters, Pools/Waterfalls Spas, Outdoor Kitchens, private offices, wine cellars and just about any amenity you could imagine.

To learn more about Rob Roy on the Creek you can access the Home Owner Association website here: Rob Roy on the Creek Homeowners Association

Rob Roy on the Creek HomesRob Roy on the Creek is located in the award winning Eanes School District To learn more information about all of the activities connected with our wonderful schools please click on the following link to the Eanes School District. Eanes School District Main Page

Rob Roy on the Creek students attend:

Barton Creek Elementary School

West Ridge Middle School

Westlake High School

Nearby Shopping includes the many services, shops, restaurants and stores along Bee Cave Road and at:

Rob Roy on the Creek HomesDavenport Village, located at the intersection of Westlake Drive and Capital of Texas Highway.

The Village of Westlake, located at the intersection between Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway

Westwood Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Bee Cave Road and Walsh Tarleton.

Barton Creek Mall located between Mopac, Capital of Texas Highway and Walsh Tarleton Drive.

 

 

Rob Roy on the Creek HomesThere are three country clubs near Rob Roy on the Lake that cater to just about any need and budget.

Austin Country Club

Barton Creek Country Club

Lost Creek Country Club

OKAY, that should give you a good start on learning more about Rob Roy on the Creek and the surrounding region. If you are thinking of moving to the Westlake area and the Eanes School District, Rob Roy on the Lake or any one of our great neighborhoods and want to learn more about our locale and enjoying   The Good Life in Austin Texas!Email me or call my mobile number listed below, I would be happy to be of assistance. Let me put my twenty years of proven success helping upscale buyers and sellers in Austin's finest neighborhoods to work for you!

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9 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 05 2010 05:09PM

Rob Roy Neighborhood - Austin, Texas

Rob Roy Neighborhood - Austin, Texas

Rob Roy Austin TexasI know the Rob Roy Neighborhood and have worked here for twenty years! By coincidence, my first listing appointment back in 1989 (yes that was the last century) was for a home located in the Rob Roy Neighborhood. That home eventually  sold for $368,000 and though the sellers owed the bank more than that, they gladly paid the balance and thanked me. You have to remember that during this period Texas and other parts of the nation were going through the S&L Crisis with 1000-2000 foreclosures every month in Travis County alone! Every neighborhood was affected and we were still far from the bottom. Two years later, in 1991 the same home sold for $291,000! These days the  property would sell for around $750,000.

Original Rob Roy is bounded by Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway), Bee Caves Road, Lake Austin and the property occupied by St Stephens School. First developed in the early 1980's and continuing today with many homes bought by newcomers who choose to update or remodel. Homes in the area have sold from the high $600,000's to over $5,000,000. During the last the 12 months (Ending April 1, 2010) there have been nine (9) sales ranging from $575,000-$2,195,000. Keep in mind this is only data from MLS and does not include any private or pocket listing sales.

Rob Roy Lake ViewAs one of Austin's finest neighborhoods, the area offers large estate-sized lots and building amenities to fit the most discriminating tastes of the luxury buyer.Because Rob Roy was developed over time homes in the neighborhood come in a wide variety of custom designs and architectural elements. Traditional, Contemporary, Mediterranean and Classic styles reflecting different tastes and lifestyles. Utilizing diverse building materials from stone to brick to stucco and incorporating lavish elements including upscale finish outs, Gourmet Kitchens, Multi-Car Garages, Home Theaters, Pools, Waterfalls, Spas, Outdoor Kitchens, private offices, wine cellars and just about any amenity you could imagine. Views range from Hill Country to Lake Austin Waterfront along Pascal lane. There are also lake views from Pascal Lane and some parts of Cicero, Cousteau, Humboldt Lane and others.

To learn more about Rob Roy Neighborhood you can access the Homeowners Association here: Rob Roy Homeowners Association

Rob Roy HomesRob Roy is located in the award winning Eanes School District

To learn more information about all of the activities connected with our wonderful schools please click on the following link to the Eanes School District Main Page

Rob Roy students attend:

Bridge Point Elementary School

Hill Country Middle School

Westlake High School

Rob Roy HomesNearby Shopping includes the many services, shops, restaurants and stores along Bee Cave Road and at:

Davenport Village, located at the intersection of Westlake Drive and Capital of Texas Highway.

The Village of Westlake, located at the intersection between Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway

Westwood Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Bee Cave Road and Walsh Tarleton.

Barton Creek Mall located between Mopac (Loop 1), Capital of Texas Highway and Walsh Tarleton Drive.

Rob Roy HomesThere are three country clubs near Rob Roy that cater to just about any requirement and budget. Complete with golf courses, swimmimg, tennis and dining options!

Austin Country Club

Barton Creek Country Club

Lost Creek Country Club

OKAY, that should give you a good start on learning more about Rob Roy and the surrounding region. If you are thinking of moving to the Westlake area and the Eanes School District, Rob Roy or any one of a number of great neighborhoods and want to learn more about our locale and enjoying   the Good Life in Austin Texas!Email me or call my mobile number listed below, I would be happy to be of assistance. Let me put my twenty years of proven success helping upscale buyers and sellers in Austin's finest neighborhoods to work for you!

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44 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • April 02 2010 07:56AM

Architecture at the Umlauf Series - Thursday, April 1st, (No Fooling) 7:00PM

Umlauf Sculpture GardenThe second program of the Fourth Season of the Architecture at the Umlauf Series takes place Thursday, April 1st (No Fooling)

Doors open at  at 7:00 pm.

The event marks the second program of the fourth of this incredibly popular program featuring local Austin Architects in a beautifully intimate setting. As a result of the strong ties between AvenueOne and the Art and Architectural communities, the monthly series was founded and produced by two of my associates at AvenueOne Properties; Scott Harvey and Carla Umlauf (granddaughter of the esteemed sculptor). In cooperation with the Umlauf Sculpture Garden the lecture series is sponsored by our firm, AvenueOne Properties and hosted by The Umlauf Torchbearers.

The series is a creative venue allowing local architects to share with the public and professionals their work and its meaning within Austin's contextual landscape. The lectures take place at the beautiful Umlauf Sculpture Garden Pavilion and this month's feature speaker is Travis Young AIA. There is a minimal charge of $5.00 for the event but is free to museum members. Come out and enjoy an excellent talk in this beautiful venue and enjoy a selection of light snacks and wine during the program.

Travis Young AIA

 

You might want to show up early because the weather is perfect for a stroll in the garden prior to the start of the talk! The pictures below were taken two weeks ago before the recent rains and the garden is bursting with color and new growth. The peaceful sanctuary provides a pleasant escape in the middle of our bustling city. The Umlauf Sculpture garden is another reason we are truly living  the Good Life in Austin Texas!

 

Umlauf Pavilion  Umlauf Sculpture

Umlauf Sculpture Umlauf Sculpture

I hope you have the opportunity to attend this uniquely Austin event and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

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27 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • March 31 2010 06:38PM

Open House in Rob Roy - 8208 Talbot Lane - Sunday, March 28th 2:00-4:00 PM

Open House in Rob Roy - 8208 Talbot Lane - Sunday, March 28th 2:00-4:00 PM

I list and sell homes in all parts of the Eanes School District because I live here and work here and frankly I love it!  Rob Roy on the Creek is situated south west of the intersection of Bee Caves Road and is an excellent neighborhood of homes ranging from $400K + to $1,950,000. The neighborhood lies within the acclaimed Eanes School District  which includes Forest Trail Elementary (the home of Healthy Bear), West Ridge Middle School and Westlake High School. Rob Roy on the Creek is situated comfortably near plentiful shopping, Lake Austin water sports, Wild Basin Preserve and three world class country clubs. Many of the homes sit on green belt with hill country view lots and the area is one of Austin's premier upscale neighborhoods.

This is an awesome home BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT! Come on out and take a look for yourself and visit with me about any questions you might have regarding this or any other home in the Eanes School District and learn more about the many benefits of living in one of the very best areas of Austin, Texas!

8208 Talbot Lane -Russell Lewis

AGENTS, this is an excellent time to preview!

I will be on-site between 2pm and 4pm Sunday afternoon so please drop by for a tour of this wonderful home in a no pressure environment. If you have questions or are unable to attend or if you would like to schedule a private showing, contact me and learn more about living the good life in Austin Texas. I can be reached at my mobile number listed below.

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26 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • March 26 2010 02:09PM

Austin's Annual Ziker Park Kite Festival- Still Keeping It Weird!

Zilker Kite FestivalSunday March 14, 2010 marked Austin's  Annual Zilker Kite Festival!

The annual contest held at Zilker Park  is one of a number of  Austin events that helps keep Austin Weird and fun at the same time. The festival was originally founded in 1928 by The Exchange Club, a volunteer organization that raises funds to support non-profits that work to stop child abuse. For many years the Austin Parks & Recreation Department has joined with Exchange Club to co-sponsor the event at Zilker Park! The festival is free and open to the public, and is very popular with kite aficionados from the serious to the silly ;-) Today I attended with my wife strictly as a spectator to enjoy a picnic and watch the sky over Zilker Park filled with assorted kites of all types. As a fan from both sides of the spectrum, I have attended the festival many times and always had a great time.

Zilker Kite FestivalThis year there were literally hundreds of kites in the air at the same time with numerous contests covering a range of classes from smallest to largest to my personal favorite, "Most Interesting" This years winner in that category was a 93 year old gentleman whose kite "Puff the Magic Dragon" was the clear favorite! It has been quite awhile since I have entered any of the competitions and it was great seeing a guy still at it at 93 years of age. Heck even after my last bizarre experience as a competitor I may give it another try one of these days! I have previously posted about a special entry of mine at the festival in my blog and the story about my involvement as a "serious" participant is worth repeating here and should give you an idea of how wonderfully weird this event can be and another reason we are truly enjoying The Good Life In Austin Texas!!

From my post in March, 2009:

Zilker Kite FestivalA number of years ago when I was building furniture, I had access to all sorts of tools, materials and a wonderful facility where I could build just about anything that I could possibly dream up. One year I got a wild hair (the day before the contest) and decided to assemble an entry in the LARGEST KITE category. I had a design in mind for a huge octagon shaped kite covered with heavy 12mil plastic. Pestering my friend and partner, Tom Wood (cool name for an architect/furniture builder) into helping me, together we set about designing and putting the monster from scratch. Most of the day was spent gathering materials and the evening was devoted to constructing the framework from wood and PVC pipe and covering the structure with the plastic skin that we had painstakingly melded together. Of course, like all last minute ideas and projects, there were many things that had to be "rigged" and adjusted so the work went on well into the early morning hours. The ENTIRE time, my friend kept telling me, "It will never fly". I just ignored him because after all, I still needed his help. Around 3:00am we finished the kite, my friend went home and I decided to paint my creation. Digging through a closet of spray cans, I began splashing and spraying the kite with all manner of colors, symbols and primitive designs that would have made a DADA-Anarchist proud! The longer I worked, the more bizarre it became and by 8:00am I had done all the damage I figured possible and crashed for a nap in my office!

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Knowing that it would take a major effort to get the kite airborne and with safety in mind, we called a number of other friends to help launch and control the kite during its flight.About a dozen of our friends showed up to help and fortified with a cooler full of beverages and party favors as an enticement we made our way to Zilker Park. I need to mention here that Tom told each and every person on the crew that, "It will never fly". We spent most of the afternoon hanging out and watching the different kites, talking and laughing and generally enjoying the festive atmosphere! I don't have to remind you of this but about every 15-20 minutes, Tom would proclaim to anyone who would listen, "It will never fly..."

Toward the end of the afternoon, our event was announced and we assembled our kite, got in position and awaited the start. There were only six entries and it looked like we might have a chance IF we could launch our kite and keep it airborne for the ONE MINUTE time minimum.  

Winner-Puff the Magic DragonWe had fourteen people ready, two to hold the kite and a dozen people placed along the woven nylon line to help pull the kite along for enough time to get the thing up in the air. As the whistle blew, four of the contestants could not get up, crashed on takeoff or flew apart while the teams vainly attempted to make them fly! Down to us and one other team, we began pulling in unison running and screaming at each other to keep going and slowly our strange looking kite began to lift off. The coordination up to this point was perfect. What is important to remember is that it is crucial for everyone to release the line simultaneously so the kite can catch the wind and propel into the sky! As we were running along the kite gained altitude and I shouted for everyone to LET GO OF THE LINE! Everyone complied with the exception of, you guessed it...Tom, "Mister IT won't Fly"!Unfortunately, his position on the line was closest to the kite so he neither saw nor heard (or maybe ignored) everyone as they released the line. As the wind caught the kite, it began to pull up and twist violently pulling Tom up and down. We were all screaming at him to let go as the kite began to wildly careen up and around but he still held on. At that point the kite shot straight up and then plummeted into the earth, shattering the frame and collapsing in a huge pile of broken wooden limbs, pvc pipe and plastic shreds! All of us began yelling at Tom but he was completely nonplussed and said, "See, I told you it would not fly!" I don't know who said it first but one of our friends shouted, "DOGPILE" and we all jumped on Tom as the crowd watched in amusement breaking into applause, jeers, laughter! And that, friends was my last "serious" attempt at one of the contests!

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If you were unable to make it today, make sure you don't miss it next year and if you have a chance just stop somewhere and pick up a kite! It's going to be breezy for the next few weeks and there is always room at Zilker Park for a few more! So get out and enjoy The Good Life In Austin Texas!

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61 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • March 15 2010 07:36AM