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July 2013

There are 15 blog entries for July 2013.

Luxury Real Estate Statistics for Austin, Texas: July 2013 Report

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 5:14pm. 1,882 Views

lake austin waterfront homeAustin is well-known for being home to some of Texas’ most prominent citizens – and some of Texas’ most prominent luxury homes. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring waterfront homes on and along Lake Austin, golf course homes like those in master-planned resort communities such as Barton Creek, or central Austin high-rise condos, Austin can bring “high dollar” and “real estate” together like no other city in the state. And, whether you’re a politician, a tech boom baby, a media mogul, a business tycoon, or a lottery winner, Austin luxury homes likely offer just your style!

Ready to jump in? Test your luxury home know-how on Regent’s luxury home lingo page, and see if you understand the difference between a mansion and a luxury home. (It’s not as simple as you

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Affordable Austin Homes with Pools: under 500K

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 1:48pm. 6,661 Views

Austin houses for sale with poolsAustin historically hits its hottest period of the summer during the first two weeks of August, when temps almost always soar above a 100 degree reading. With an average of 18 days a year of reaching at least the century mark, Austin is known for its summer heat – and its plethora of outdoor activities to keep cool and swim on!

Barton Springs Pool, Deep Eddy Pool, Lake Austin, and Lake Travis: we love them all! But, sometimes it’s even better to step into the backyard and dive into the crisp, cool waters of our own swimming pool!

Here at Regent, we appreciate what it’s like on those dog days of summer. After all, we show houses in the heat all day! And, many of our clients specifically request to view homes with pools, especially those familiar with

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Austin-Area Schools Make the Grade

Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 4:24pm. 1,459 Views

Austin ISD homes for saleA recently released report by children's advocacy and research group Children at Risk shows 25 Austin-area public and charter high schools scored an “A” or “B” based on a wide range of criteria, including state testing scores, graduation rates, attendance rates, and course work. Even more middle schools and elementary schools made the grade, also with many charter schools achieving high rankings.

The top high schools were Harmony Science Academy North Austin, Nyos Charter School, Westlake, Westwood, Star Charter School, Dripping Springs, McNeil, Anderson, Lake Travis, and Bowie.

The top middle schools were Canyon Vista, KIPP Austin College Prep, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leadership, Harmony School Of Science – Austin, West Ridge, Four

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Austin Flavor Festivals, Part Two

Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 12:38pm. 2,040 Views

Austin ROT rally bikers“Let’s go fly a kite” is not just a song in Austin, it’s a party! So are motorcycles, hot sauce in all of its creative and delicious incarnations, and an entire festival dedicated to having fun, I mean pun, in honor of one of many literary heroes in Austin’s history. 

Zilker Kite Festival

Zilker Kite Festival sends thousands of colorful kites to adorn the sky over Zilker Park every spring, and can be visible from any vantage point miles away. The event is held on the first Sunday of March in Zilker Park, a short drive from the West Lake Hills neighborhood. Admission is to the kite festival is free, and visitors can come to fly a kite or watch a bright aerial display. Originally known as the ‘Kite Tournament,” the Kite Festival was created by The

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Austin Flavor Festivals, Part One

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 3:50pm. 2,284 Views

Austin Pecan Street FestivalAustinites like to celebrate, whether the reason is urban ecology or a favorite childhood story character! Peppered between numerous music and film festivals, a diligent eye can find myriad events, celebrations, and festivals in town that don’t happen anywhere else in the world.

Austin Bat Fest

Austin’s favorite mammal and insect eradicator gets its own festival every summer at the famous Congress Avenue Bridge, in walking distance from the homes in Barton Hills. If weather conditions are right, visitors can witness over one million Mexican Free Tail bats, the largest urban bat colony in the United States, take to the sky to help keep the balance of nighttime insects in check. The bridge is adorned with two stages for live music, more than 75 arts and

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Austin Foot Races

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 5:47pm. 2,003 Views

Austin running racesZombie movies aren’t the only venue one can see thousands of people running in one direction. The Austin streets are home to numerous races that draw a wealth of locals and visitors to the city for health and sportsmanship. Many of the races benefit local charities, and each one allows foot traffic to take in the scenic beauty of the city’s skyline and surrounding hills.

Statesman Cap 10k

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 foot race is the largest 10K in Texas and the fifth largest in the nation. Held annually for almost 40 years, the Cap 10k race attracts a wide range of runners, from the silly to the serious, and has become an annual celebration of spring’s arrival every year in Austin. First run in 1987, the race has never strayed far from its staggering

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Austin Outdoor Adventures

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 11:37am. 1,987 Views

austin cavernsIt’s easy to picture beautiful jogging trails and golf courses when thinking of outdoor activities in Austin, but the city is also home to unconventional outdoor activities that range from secret caverns to shooting paint at friends. Below are a few outdoor activities that appeal to a range of interests: from the inquiring mind to the laidback sportsman to the desire to ambush your best friend!

Disc Golf

Disc golfers in Austin can take advantage of several courses around the city, with the newest course located at the Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park, a short drive from the Eanes ISD neighborhood. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department works with the Austin Park Foundation, local disc golf clubs, and businesses like Waterloo Disc Golf Club, the

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Austin Water Adventures

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 12:04pm. 2,249 Views

stand up paddle board rentals austinDriving over the Mo-Pac bridge, or any other structure that traverses Lady Bird Lake, may compel newcomers to look down and wonder what all the people standing on surf boards or peddling furiously down the lake are doing! Austin offers unique opportunities to get out – and up - on the water, from conventional canoe or inner tube to stand up paddle boards. Below are a few of the different ways to enjoy the water features of Central Texas:

Kayaking & Canoes

Lady Bird Lake in the middle of downtown Austin, in jogging distance of Barton Creek homes, is a favorite place for paddlers of kayaks or canoes. Boats can be put into the water at one of several points along the lake or rented by the hour. Rentable kayaks come in singles, doubles, and triples, and

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Austin’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates Big Accomplishments & Prepares for Annual Ice Ball

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 1:21pm. 2,237 Views

Big Brothers Big Sisters AustinFor over 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been matching caring adult volunteer mentors with Central Texas children to create long-lasting, impactful mentoring relationships. Its volunteers meet up with kids from Lakeway to East Austin to do homework, talk, play sports, or just plain have fun.

“Our children come from all over the city and surrounding counties, and encompass almost every zip code and school in our area,” explains Alida Tallman, Vice President of Development. “The BBBS program is a key part of our community fabric,” she says. “Almost everyone knows someone who is or has been a mentor in our program, and chances are, most people have run across one of our matches out in the community participating in an awesome activity like kayaking

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19 Hottest Austin Tech Start-Ups Named to 2013 Summer A-List by SXSW Interactive

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 12:03pm. 2,842 Views

top Austin startupsUsing input from private equity, angel, and venture capital investors around the nation, South by Southwest Interactive and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce joined forces once again to compile the 2013 Summer A-List: a list of 19 of the hottest Austin-based Tech Start-ups representing key sectors of innovation.

“Austin is rich with innovative startups which are primed for growth,” said Greater Austin Technology Partnership Co-Chair Bryan Jones. “Austin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has never been stronger, and the A-List spotlights 19 great Central Texas companies which are poised to make their mark.”

Now in its third year, the A-list was revealed at a prestigious event at Fogo de Chao. Each A-List nominee received a table at the event, which

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