Spring is Here With April Cheer! Our Top 5 Austin Events 2014

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t be fooled this April, there is LOTS going on in Austin this month! The bluebonnets are out and Austinites are flocking outdoors for brunches, parties, festivals, races and more! Join us for some fun in the sun as we celebrate everything AWESOME going on in Austin this month!

We would also like to wish the founder, Broker, and fearless leader of West Austin Properties, Laura Duggan, a VERY special Happy Birthday this month! On April 30th, Laura will celebrate another year wiser, as well as, 35 years in the Austin Real Estate market. WOW! Happy Birthday, Laura! Eeyore (48) and Willie Nelson (81) are lucky to share a Birthday with you!

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1. 37th Annual Statesman Capitol 10,000
Sunday, April 6th, 8 a.m.
Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge: 919 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is Texas’ largest 10K and the seventy largest in the nation, with over 18,000 participants in 2013. The race starts at the Ann Richards Bridge, which crosses over Lady Bird Lake (part of the Colorado River) and runs up to and by the Texas State Capitol Building. Bands playing live music line the race course, energizing the runners with upbeat entertainment as they wind their way along this scenic and at times, hilly, race route finishing back at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, come see why the Cap10K is a rite of spring in Austin. Run it, jog it or walk it, just don’t miss it! Get your feet on the street!

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2. Old Settler’s Music Festival
April 10th-13th
Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas (minutes from Austin)

In 1987, the first Old Settler’s Music Festival was held at Old Settler’s Park, in the Austin suburb of Round Rock. Since then, it’s grown into a nationally-known celebration of Americana and roots music in all its forms-with past headliners including Patty Griffin, Bela Fleck, Doc Watson, Joan Osborne, Bruce Hornsby, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, the Avett Brothers, and Robert Earl Keen.

It has grown a lot since the early days. But it still maintains the same down-home, Texas-friendly vibe. Located just outside of Austin, the festival takes place at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch, just minutes from Austin. It’s a landscape of shady trees and sunny meadows at the height of bluebonnet season. The music continues nonstop for four straight days, with concerts, workshops, and impromptu jam sessions all day and throughout the night. They have more craft beer than light beer. They would rather kick back than crowd-surf. And every year is full of surprises!

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3. 5th Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Sunday, April 13th, 1p – 5p
Rain Lily Farm: 914 Shady Lane, Austin, TX 78702

Presented by:
Boggy Creek Farm
HausBar Farms
Rain Lily Farm
Springdale Farm

Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling vibrant fields of local produce and visiting with chickens, donkeys, and goats on four neighboring urban farms. At each farm, chefs will provide tastes of their art using the freshest farm ingredients while local brewers, wine merchants, and mixologists will offer sips.

In the fields, farmers will talk about their growing crops, share their experiences, and answer gardening questions. This beloved farm tour will change the way you look at food and the people you buy from as well as offer the perfect opportunity to solve your own growing challenges!

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4. Art City Austin
Saturday, April 12th, 10a – 8p
Sunday, April 13th, 11a – 6p
Downtown Austin – Cesar Chavez Street between Guadalupe and Lamar. Entrances at Guadalupe and Lamar.

Get ready for Austin’s iconic arts festival that transforms the streets of downtown. The celebration of art, culture and creativity will take place April 12 & 13, 2014 along Austin’s Cesar Chavez Street and 2ND Street District with art of all kinds.

Art City Austin features an outdoor art fair of nationally recognized artists, the People’s Gallery at City Hall with more than 150 works of art by Austin artists, local food trailers, beer and cocktails, live music on the main stage and interactive projects for kids of all ages. Downtown’s art festival brings the community together to celebrate Austin’s vibrant creative culture.

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5. Austin Food and Wine Festival
Friday – Sunday, April 25th – 27th

Get prepped for tastings, libations, hands-on grilling demos, and more from the world’s rising cultural and culinary city. The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine returns with top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin’s own acclaimed gourmet scene for an experience unlike any other.

THE AUSTIN FOOD & WINE ALLIANCE
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary-and-community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to promote Texas food, wine, spirits and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas’ culinary impact. As the beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, the Alliance will give back to the Central Texas culinary community through a vibrant grant program to fund projects focused on culinary innovation. Alliance events are structured to provide an artisan, interactive and educational experience while offering the best in food, wine, spirits and craft brews.

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Austin is experiencing the “strongest” real estate market in 8 years

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Austin is experiencing the “strongest” real estate market in 8 years. Two factors dominate this market.  First, the number of homes for sale are at eight year lows and 9% below March of a year ago. Second, demand for homes equals our highest levels in eight years.  This strong demand is due to 100+ people a day moving to Austin and Austin renters seeing rents increasing, homes prices increasing and rates at historically low levels.  Price ranges and zip codes within Austin have unique values.  See  the entire West Austin Properties 14 page March Market Report at:

http://westaustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/March-2014-Market-Report.pdf

Our Top 5 Things to do in Austin: March 2014

March 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

March is a busy month in Austin, Texas! Don’t miss our Top 5!

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1. Rodeo Austin
March 1st-16th
Rated one of America’s top 10 ProRodeos, the event includes a carnival, Wild West show, barbecue cook off, live music and rodeo events such as bareback bronc riding and bull riding. Musical acts at the fair include Loretta Lynn, the Eli Young Band, Willie Nelson and Kevin Fowler. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is a nonprofit organization and donates annually to Texas youth. Various times. $20-35 (reserved seats), $40-45 (box seats), $175 (extreme seats).
Travis Country Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane. 512-919-3000

 

 

 

 

2. 86th Annual ABC Zilker Kite Festival
March 9th
Presented by ABC Home and Commercial Services and the Exchange Club of Austin, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, the event sends hundreds of kites into the sky. The event first started in 1929. Categories include steadiest kite, smallest kite and most unusual kite. Pets are welcome. The event is free.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, 512-448-5483.

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3. Anne Frank Exhibit
March 3-4th
The Georgetown Public Library hosts the “Anne Frank: A History for Today” traveling exhibit presented by Congregation Havurah Shalom. Displays are presented in English and Spanish, and docent-led tours may be scheduled online. School tours are available from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Individuals may visit at any time. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.) The exhibit is free.
Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. 512-930-3551.

4. South by Southwest Music and Media Conference
March 7-16th
The annual event is again taking over downtown Austin and attracting both locals and tourists to its activities. The festival is split into multiple categories including Film, Interactive and Music. Various times. $650-$1695 (badges).
Various locations. 512-467-7979.

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5. Austin Urban Music Festival
March 28-29th
More than 15,000 music revelers annually converge on Auditorium Shores to partake in Austin’s only music festival focused on Afro-centric music. The festival has consistently provided a venue for local performers as well as international artists. All are welcome to the event. Times vary. Prices vary.
Auditorium Shores, 800 W. Riverside Drive.

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Our Top 10 Things to do in Austin: February 2014

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Modern Home Tour Austin
February 1, 2014
Saturday
Tour some of the city’s modern marvels, designed by local architects.
modernhometouraustin.com

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Livestrong Austin Marathon and Half Marathon
February 16, 2014
Sunday
This is Austin’s annual full marathon. Run, volunteer or cheer at this nationally recognized charitable event.
youraustinmarathon.com

Carnaval Brasileiro
February 1, 2014
Saturday
Live samba music, conga lines, consumes and wild abandon fill the Palmer Events Center at one of the biggest Carnaval celebrations outside of Brazil.
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Austin Jugglefest
February 21-23, 2014
Friday-Sunday
Three days of circus art, juggling, unicycling, demonstrations, workshops and plenty of games. Now in its 21st year!
juggling.place.org/jugglefest

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Cowboy Breakfast
February 21, 2014
Friday
It’s the official kickoff to Rodeo Austin. Enjoy a Texas-sized buffet and live entertainment. Free!
rodeoaustin.com

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
February 19-22, 2014
Wednesday-Saturday
Experience one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs, which showcases the work of nearly 3.000 students in 3rd through 12th grades.
sciencefest.org

That Takes the Cake!
February 22-23, 2014
Saturday-Sunday
Celebrating its 10th year, this sugar art show and cake competition features celebrity demonstrations as well as on-site decorating competitions and classes. This year’s theme is “The Cake of the Ages.”
thattakesthecake.org

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Kosher Chili Cook-Off
February 23, 2014
Sunday
Join Congregation Agudas Achim for a kosher bowl of red. Enjoy family-friendly fun and music. Enter your own chili to the competition or just eat some.
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Parade of Homes
February 15, 2014 – March 2, 2014
The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin has selected Willie Nelson’s Tierra Vista in Spicewood as the site of its 59th annual tour.
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Sherwood Forest Faire
Open Every Weekend in February and March
Joustin, falconry, sword-fighting, glass-blowing and blacksmithing demonstrations, wizards, feasts and more. It’s a medieval good time for the whole family. Open every weekend February through March.
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It's the 'Year of the Horse' Austin, TX

January 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 is off to a gallop!

2014 is off to a gallop!

Happy year of the horse!

Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the start of celebrations. 2014 is off to a gallop! It looks like Austin will enjoy another robust year in real estate. Inventory continues to be tight, so if you know of anyone who is considering selling their home, please let me know. We have more buyers than homes!

According to Chinese tradition, the Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, travel, and surprising romance. Energy is high and production is rewarded. Decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. You have to act fast in a Horse year. But if you’re not 100% sure about a decision, don’t do it. Events move quickly in a Horse year, and you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction.

Celebrate big or small. Go to Din Ho or TC Noodle House for some dumplings, or bring your family to Austin’s fantastic Chinatown Center on North Lamar. The upcoming Chinese New Year festivities will include family friendly fun, from face-painting to firecracker displays. The most anticipated entertainers, the Dragon and Lion Dance Teams will perform throughout the day!

Chinatown Center”s Year of the Horse Celebration
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Event url: www.chinatownaustin.com/current-upcoming-events/

Gung Hay Fat Choy!
(Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.)

Gail

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