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August 2011

There are 23 blog entries for August 2011.

Alamo Drafthouse Goes South to Slaughter Lane

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 1:49pm. 4,271 Views

South Austin has grown tremendously over the past five years, in both home developments and the amount and quality of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues. Now, thanks to a true Austin institution, that quality is taking a leap forward, as Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas makes its way to Southwest Austin as the pinnacle property in the developing Parkside Village center.

Near MoPac and Slaughter Lane, adjacent to the Circle C community, the new theater will be named Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane and will feature eight screens with around 800 seats, plus a 34-seat micro-cinema where they’ll screen niche films. The newly announced name and progressing construction heighten the excitement for this exciting project – even though the actual opening

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Out-of-state Client Testimonial for Central Austin Home

Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 1:12pm. 1,575 Views

Central Austin Property

From Cindy and Mike Schwartz:

My husband and I currently live in the Chicago area and our daughter has just completed her first year at UT in Austin. I first discovered Brian Talley and Regent Property Group by visiting their website. We wanted to purchase property in Texas to establish in-state residency for our daughter in order to save on UT tuition, as in-state tuition is significantly less than out-of-state tuition. Initially we considered purchasing lakefront property and spent a full weekend with Brian looking at several properties. Brian set us up with Regent's very helpful personalized property search website and he provided us with all the information available about any property that we were inquiring about.

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Austin Business Journal’s Top 25 Private Schools in Austin

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at 12:47pm. 7,703 Views

Austin’s penchant for academic excellence is well-known, with multiple universities, including the University of Texas and St. Edward’s University, rooted here. And with over 40 private schools in the greater Austin area, with a variety of denominational backgrounds and tuition costs, these private schools set Austin apart as an educationally refined city.

Austin Business Journal has updated its list of the best private schools for 2011, allowing parents to see which schools rank higher in terms of educational success. The list also includes tuition costs, location, religious affiliation, and school budget for each school so that parents have a basic overlay of each school.

Regents School of Austin, with its home in West Austin, has been placed at

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Austin-area Public School Ratings 2011

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at 12:12pm. 1,965 Views

The Texas Education Agency has announced rankings of public school districts in Travis County and surrounding counties. The rankings are based on a four-level system:
  • Exemplary
  • Recognized
  • Academically Acceptable
  • Academically Unacceptable
The rankings are created by reviewing test scores, drop-out rates, and assessments given to the students each year. The TEA gave each school a ranking based on these combined factors.

Travis County overall is rated Academically Acceptable, with two districts, Eanes ISD and Lake Travis ISD, rated Exemplary. Williamson County, Bastrop County, Burnet County, and Hays County are rated Academically Acceptable. 

Hays County and Williamson County both have an average of half…

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4 Steps to Saving on Energy Costs

Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 5:35pm. 3,061 Views

Guest Post:

Whether you are shopping for a new home or you have already moved into the home of your dreams, keeping down energy costs is likely one of your top concerns. After all, why pay extra toward your energy bill if a few simple preventative measures will help keep the costs down?

When selling Austin real estate or homes in other eco-conscious climates, a good energy efficiency is high amongst the list of factors in the mind of buyers. To that end, here are a few easy steps you can take to keep your energy costs under control.

Step #1: Install Energy-Efficient Insulation
One simple way to keep energy from being lost is to install energy-efficient insulation in your attic. If you are shopping for a home, you can save some money in the…

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Susan G Komen Austin Race for a Cure Moves Back Downtown

Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 1:52pm. 1,998 Views

Austinites love helping great charities, and the city certainly has no shortage of them - nor does it have a shortage of races to earn money for those charities. One of the most popular and beloved races in Austin is the Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure, coming up on November 13, 2011. The race originally was held in Downtown Austin, but, for the past two years, moved to the Domain in North Austin where it saw a dip in participation.

This year, the race is moving back to Downtown Austin, where the city streets will accommodate an estimated 21,000 runners, volunteers, and supporters. The race will start at Congress Avenue and 18th Street, circle around the Capitol, and finish at 18th and Brazos Streets.

“I am glad the Komen Austin Race for

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Austinites Plug in their Cars with 103 New Charging Stations

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 9:14pm. 2,157 Views

Austin is on the road to becoming one of the nation’s most eco-friendly cities, especially now that it’s one of only nine metropolitan areas in the country to be taking part in the ChargePoint America program. The program, funded by federal stimulus grant monies, helps communities build an electric charging infrastructure, with the objective to “accelerate the development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs.”

Austin Energy’s program, the Plug-In EVerywhere network, is well on its way to becoming a reality, with 103 charging locations throughout the Austin area recently announced. The stations can be found at a variety of spots, including hotels, restaurants,

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Austin’s Luxury Home Realtor Brian Talley Recommends The Reserve at Lake Travis

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 8:51pm. 7,957 Views

Austin’s best luxury realtor Brian Talley recommends: The Reserve at Lake Travis

Homes in The Reserve at Lake Travis:
  • Home sites, ranging from $200,000 to $3,900,000 and one to 6.5 acres with interior, water view, and water front lots
  • Villas from $765,000 to $1,395,000

Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, The Reserve at Lake Travis is a Lake Travis luxury resort community. Approximately 15 minutes from the Hill Country Galleria and other shopping options in the coveted Lake Travis School District, the Reserve features 310 acres and 3.5 miles of prime Lake Travis waterfront. Amenities include a huge, deep water marina (240 covered boat slips planned,) an upscale equestrian center, a pavilion-style lodge with a restaurant,…

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That Southwest Austin Habitat Could Have Fooled A Buffalo

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 2:34pm. 2,420 Views

Southwest Austin was all-abuzz about buffalo recently, when strange tracks were found at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, an expansive 279 acres close to the Circle C neighborhood with a habitat emulating natural Texas grasslands. Wildflower Center employees were thrilled the habitat seemed natural to the grass-eating buffalo (technically a bison but commonly known in the U.S. as a buffalo,) whom they named Liberty.

“We were happy to provide sanctuary for Liberty as she sought her freedom at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,” said Dr. Damon E. Waitt, Senior Director & Botanist at the Center. “Water, forage, cover and room to roam ... everything an America Bison could want or need!”

Several days were dedicated to the capture and safe

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Robert Rodriguez: What We Love about Austinites

Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 10:38am. 2,375 Views

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (that fourth “D” is for your nose!), the latest installment in a fun adventure series featuring a family of spies saving the world from a variety of oddballs, hit theaters August 19. Filmed at Troublemaker Studios near central Austin, the Spy Kids franchise and its creator Robert Rodriguez are shining examples of what makes Austin such a great place to live. Here’s what we love:

Creativity - Austin is a city that caters to the Creative Class, mostly because it meets our cultural, creative, and technological needs. With a renowned Radio-Television-Film program at the University of Texas, some of the country’s biggest technology and creativity firms, and residents who value creativity and expression, it’s no

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