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April 2012

There are 29 blog entries for April 2012.

Lick It Bite It or Both has Austinites Going Both Ways

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 5:29pm. 3,088 Views

austin cupcakesLick It Bite It Or Both is as unique as Austin itself, serving customers cupcake & ice cream combos that merit the cupcakery its cheeky name. The popular store, not far from northern neighborhoods like River Place and Senna Hills, also serves cookies, cakes, CupShakes, cake-burgers, and whatever other goodies the owner, Jace Robinson, and his team can think of. All of their desserts, including the ice cream, are homemade from scratch on site with quality, rich ingredients.

The bakery was established in Austin in early 2010, offering premium ice cream and gourmet cupcakes separately, or together -- a new twist on the old favorite, "cake and ice cream." The baby blue and chocolate brown color of the décor and cupcake packaging further enhance the

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At Block 21, Cosmopolitan Elegance meets Environmental Stewardship

Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 2:08pm. 1,822 Views

w hotel austinIt turns out the hippest area of Downtown Austin also is one of the most environmentally friendly. Block 21 in the 2nd Street District is the first mixed-occupancy project of this type and size in the world to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The recent certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, makes this Central Austin hotspot both the largest Austin Energy four-star rated project and the highest LEED certified mixed-use building in the state of Texas.

The block is home to many new businesses that Austinites have come to love and frequent in recent years, including the posh W Austin Hotel and The Residences at W Austin, Austin

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SOLD ON 6/27/2012! 5901 Painted Valley Dr, Austin TX 78759 in the Great Hills subdivision in Northwest Austin

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 3:04pm. 1,666 Views

SOLD ON 6/27/2012! 5901 Painted Valley Dr, Austin TX 78759 in the Great Hills subdivision in Northwest Austin.

Offered at $475,000

Clean lines, simple elegance, and a stately entrance complement this stunning 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in Great Hills. Built in 1990, this testament to “Austin lifestyle” is located in Northwest Austin, just 11 miles from downtown Austin, and feeds into exemplary-rated Davis Elementary. Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies create a visual delight, with natural lighting and gorgeous panoramic views of the hill country. At 3,457 square feet, this home boasts ample room inside, along with outdoor living at its finest: multi-level decks, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and a spacious pool area that punctuates the…

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Austin's BoConcept Invites Creativity with Custom Furniture Design

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 1:56pm. 3,216 Views

austin upscale home design, austin luxury home decorBuyers often like what they see at BoConcept, a custom furniture design store in Austin’s popular 2nd Street District that helps customers achieve their decorating visions. The minimalist pieces at BoConcept have a subtle European allure and have become wildly popular with Austin luxury home owners and renters alike.

“We sell all over, from the east side to Westlake and San Antonio,” said store manager Dillar Schwartz, who has been with Bo since its not-so-humble beginning. Schwartz says BoConcept’s style fits Austin because it’s all about affordable quality and customizable pieces. Here, buyers can select any piece, and then it can be ordered in another color, texture, or configuration. The company also offers an in-home design consultation service,

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National Housing Market Gets Back in the Saddle

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 10:23am. 2,017 Views

home inventory austin real estateBrowsing the Austin housing market now means shuffling through numerous listings labeled “pending,” especially in moderate priced neighborhoods like Milwood and Travis Country, a positive sign for our local market that things are continuing to improve as more people shop for real estate. The national market seems to be following Austin’s lead. According to Chief Economist for Stewart Title, Ted C. Jones, “The housing market finally is signaling improvement in the increased number of sales, declining months’ inventory and static prices. And this is all good news.”

The national rate of existing home sales in March saw a significant decline in the inventory of homes available for sale, which is a huge gain for the price of homes and the luck of home

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New Business Tower is an emblem of Austin’s Prosperity

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 12:23pm. 2,820 Views

downtown austin real estate, downtown austin high risesThings have been looking up for Downtown Austin for a while. It’s about to start looking way up, though: Cousins Properties, Inc. recently announced it will be building a 30-story high-rise business, residence, and retail space on the lot behind Whole Foods Market on 6th. Rhonda Toming, senior vice president of capital markets with Oxford Commercial, said there is "tremendous momentum" in downtown's top-flight (Class A) office market. Many business owners, especially the up-and-coming tech companies flourishing in Austin, are looking to relocate to a more central base.

Of course, the addition will be a welcome area for new restaurants and retailers to open their doors to the influx of Austin residents. More and more of these residents are relocating to

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Dunvegan Keep Allows Austinites to Live a Fairy Tale

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 3:27pm. 2,977 Views

austin wedding, dunvegan keepAustin has no shortage of beautiful wedding, event, and photo shoot venues, and some of the best are tucked away, literally, in the backyards of creative Austin residents. Dunvegan Keep, located in South Austin, not far from the Travis Country neighborhood, is an homage to the beauty of architecture, Texas landscapes, and limitless imagination. Craig Turner is the vision and manpower behind Dunvegan Keep, which he runs with his wife, Cierra. When not used as the setting for weddings and photo shoots, Dunvegan Keep is also their home, where the couple lives with their three children.

A fascination with the open plains of Africa and its wildlife inspired Turner’s early artwork, and eventually led him to Africa with a camera in hand. Back in the US, he

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Lakeway Regional Medical Center Opens

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 12:59pm. 2,530 Views

Lakeway Regional Medical Center OpensLakeway Regional Medical Center finally has opened. Doors to the 274,500 square foot building officially opened to the public on April 16th, and a few lucky folks took a peak at the medical marvel at a recent open house that featured short tours, kids’ activities, and staff Q&A’s.

Services at the hospital are both cutting edge and varied, and for Lakeway residents, it means they now have access to services they otherwise would have to drive more than 20 miles to receive. This new proximity makes Lake Travis living even more appealing for those involved in an Austin home search.

Just a few of the features of LRMC:

- 106 beds

- a medical staff of over 100 physicians

- Emergency and General Medicine departments and Primary Care physicians


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How to Paint Wall Stencils

Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 5:38pm. 11,124 Views

austin home decorMany prospective homebuyers, when conducting an Austin home search, balk when dated wall paper appears in a house. Home décor has been a fickle friend to wallpaper, showcasing it throughout homes in the 70’s, ripping it down again in the 90’s, and now lauding modern and elegant interpretations of prints, including wallpaper’s popular cousin: stenciling. Wall stencils look like large scale paper prints, but are actually carefully applied paint patterns that can be applied in large patterns or single elements. Stencils are ideal for a popping accent wall in a Barton Creek dining room or a tranquil master suite design in Legend Oaks.

While patterned walls can be time consuming to apply, the process for any stencil is fairly simple, and can be undertaken

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Natural Pools are a Clear Choice for Chlorine Free Swimming

Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 4:58pm. 3,860 Views

chlorine free pools, natural poolsSwimming pools can be the glistening focal point of an Austin luxury home’s backyard, but the upkeep of a traditional turquoise pool can wreak havoc on homeowners' patience and possibly their health after prolonged exposure to chlorine and chemicals. Popular in Austria for the past 20 years, natural swimming pools are starting to make a splash in the US as eco-friendly living gains more footing. Natural pools use no chemicals as water is purified the same way that nature does it, with plants, movement, and beneficial bacteria. Natural biological filtration makes an Earth-friendly pool, has a low carbon footprint, is environmentally sustainable, and consumes very little energy, both from a power grid and a homeowner. A natural pool would blend seamlessly

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