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October 2012

There are 18 blog entries for October 2012.

SOLD ON 1/10/2013! Just Listed in Lakeway! 100 Lido Circle #D4 offered at $150,000

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 10:06am. 1,858 Views

SOLD ON 1/10/2013!

Offered at $150,000

Virtual Tour: www.tourfactory.com/926463

MLS #8204418

More Info: http://www.regentpg.com/lakeway-homes-for-sale/100-lido-cir-lakeway-tx-78734-mls-8204418/


Come home to this beautifully updated two-story condo with 3+ bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in desirable Lakeway. Located only 22 miles from downtown Austin, this condominium complex is the first built in Texas, and this unit is perched in a quiet back corner across from a spacious community pool area. It is being sold by its original owners and has been gently used exclusively as a vacation home since its construction.


A guest bedroom and bathroom are located on the main level, and the master bedroom plus an additional bedroom and a bonus room are

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Yoga Studios in Austin

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 3:00pm. 2,998 Views

black swan yoga austinYoga is practiced for reasons that may include fitness, stress relief, flexibility, and meditation. Whatever the reason for a practice, Austin offers yoga studios in almost every neighborhood, from the hills of Lake Travis to the vibrant streets of East Austin. Trained teachers, open and inviting spaces, and a chance to catch a breath from the busyness of life are a few of the accolades attracting Austinites to the local studios.

(New to yoga and all its benefits? Read this yoga article by Jen's Reviews touting 18 benefits of yoga. The article also provides practical tips you can use to implement your new practice.)

Ready to dive in? Below are a few of the yoga studios offering classes in Austin:

Black Swan Yoga

At Black Swan Yoga, all classes

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Austin Gyms and Fitness Centers

Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 2:09pm. 19,734 Views

Austin offers a bevy of outdoor fitness and recreation options, from rowing on Town Lake to jogging trails threaded throughout the city. When the weather is not hospitable for an outdoor workout or an elliptical or set of weights is a better option, Austin indoor gyms offer a high-quality fitness experience, with locations throughout the city. Below are a few Austin indoor gym options:

Pure Fitness

pure fitness austinPure Fitness is known as “the indoor gym for outdoor people.” The facility offers personalized training with Fitness Specialists, boot camps, a coffee bar, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming indoors and outdoors, indoor rock climbing, cardio machines and resistance equipment, as well as over 120 classes. Pure Fitness has two locations, at Town Lake next to

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Home Construction Figures Continue to Rise

Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 1:05pm. 1,808 Views

September saw the fastest rate of new, single-family home construction nationally since July 2008, and this spike indicates the housing recovery is strengthening across the country. The Commerce Department reported that builders broke ground at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units in September. That's an increase of 15% from August, and applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, jumped nearly 12% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 894,000, also the highest since July 2008.

Sales of new and previously owned homes have been steadily improving this year, and home prices are starting to show consistent gains in markets across the U.S. Record-low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy, and the Federal

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Strange Brew Serves it Hot 24/7

Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 10:23am. 2,841 Views

strange brew coffee austinSouth Austin’s eclectic pockets, located near neighborhoods like Circle C and Travis Country, are known for distinct Austin flavor, metaphorically and literally. Strange Brew, a coffee shop on Manchaca Road, achieves both. Locally owned and 70% locally sourced, the 24/7 coffee spot features Third Coast Coffee’s organic, fair trade espresso and coffee, Zhi Tea, and snacks from Rock Star Bagels, Quack's 43rd Street Bakery, and Torchy’s Tacos.

Seventy percent of Strange Brews’ menu comes straight from Austin vendors, including the coffee beans, croissants, wraps, pastries, herbal teas, hot chocolate, Italian sodas, and locally brewed craft beers. Paninis developed by Torchy’s Tacos owner Mike Rypka are a customer favorite, and Strange Brew soon will start

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Williamson County Ranks 3rd in the Country for Job Growth

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 11:02am. 2,330 Views

cedar park real estateTravis County tends to get most of the national spotlight for growth and desirability, but Williamson County, home to the Falcon Pointe and Avery Ranch neighborhoods, recently gained attention from CNN Money as the number three county in the country for high-job growth rates. CNN ranked 25 counties, and Texas earned five coveted spots, all in the top ten.

Williamson County’s job growth from 2000–11 was 73.8%, according to the listing. CNN Money’s listing attributed the success of Williamson County’s job growth to incentives for companies from cities throughout the county and to low property taxes. “Cities in Williamson County have done a good job of working with companies to identify specific needs and how those needs can be met in order to bring that

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Austin Economy Matures: Luxury Home Sales on Track to Increase 365%

Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 5:56pm. 2,463 Views

austin waterfront propertiesWhile Austin may be perceived as a hip, laidback city, this nature is what draws out the creativity and startup/business success that has pumped large amounts of money into our local economy. That foundation for dynamic possibilities, coupled with friendliness toward music, nature, and people in general, attracts individuals and companies from around the world. While many Austin residents love living in “a small town within a big city,” the truth is, we’ve grown up, and that is evident in the growing number of high-dollar real estate transactions. Austin luxury real estate now comprises a sizeable segment of Austin home sales, and, these days, that “Average Joe” or “Average Jane” we see at the coffee shop just might be a multi-millionaire startup mogul,

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October Gardening Tips from Southwest Austin’s Natural Gardener

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 4:41pm. 2,435 Views

Austin Fall GardenNow that cool weather has breezed into Austin, Texas, it’s time to start preparing your garden for fall! Enjoy these useful gardening tips for October, compliments of Southwest Austin’s Natural Gardener …

Gardening To-Do List for October

- Plant vegetable plants. Chinese Cabbage, Collards (and other Greens), Lettuce, Spinach, Turnip, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese Greens, Lettuce, and Spinach can be planted throughout the fall, if they are given frost protection.

- Plant herbs. Seeds: Borage, Caraway, Chamomile, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Summer Savory. Plants: All perennial herb plants; also Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Parsley.

- Plant annual flowers/ornamentals (can be seeds and/or plants). Sweet Alyssum, Calendula,

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As U.S. Demand for Midwives Increases, Austin ABC South voted "Best Birth Center"

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 1:31pm. 6,993 Views

Austin birthing centerThe use of midwives is growing steadily in the United States. According to a report in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health analyzing two decades of trends released by the Centers for Disease Control, the proportion of births attended by midwives reached an all-time high of 8.1 percent in 2009. CDC data shows that 1 in every 8 American women who gave birth vaginally that year was attended by a midwife!

Eager to meet the growing demand for midwifery in Central Texas, the Austin Area Birth Center is also one of the only birthing centers in the U.S. to have multiple clinics. The traditional midwifery care and professional medical experience offered by Austin ABC has become a popular alternative to hospital or home births for Austin moms-to-be, and, in

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics October 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 10:46am. 2,390 Views

Austin luxury homesThe fundamentals of the overall Austin housing market look great! Austin is currently marked by low inventory, increased home sales, increased prices, increased pending sales, decreased withdrawals, decreased days on market, and rising lease prices. When comparing September 2012 to September 2011, sold prices are up slightly by 1.76%, which shows a little cooling off from the last few months. However, sold prices per square foot are still on the rise with a 6.77% increase comparing the same time frame. Amazingly, interest rates have decreased to an average of 3.36% for a 30 year conventional loan today with 0.6 fees/points down per freddiemac.com. The Austin unemployment rate (Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos) reduced significantly from 6.4% in July 2012 to

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