There has been a lot of talk about bucket lists. Items people add to their bucket lists can take them all over the world. But here in Texas there is so much to do people are making their bucket lists of things to do and places to go right inside our Texas Borders, and there is plenty to keep you busy. My husband and I love to explore Texas. Most weekends we will take a day and hop in our vehicle and head out in a direction we have never been, on a road we have never been to locations unknown. We just let it happen but for many people that is a little too unstructured so for those of you who need a destination you might find this TV Series The Texas Bucket List helpful. We try to catch the show each week but if we miss it there is a Facebook Page and other social medial sites to catch up with. Warning, with so many cool things to see and do in Texas deciding which direction to go first might be a little daunting! For those of you who are moving to this Great State….look what great things you have to look forward to! I
Recently I received my First and Second Level Reiki of the Usui Method of Natural Healing with some amazing women and our Instructor Karina Ruttar -of Divine Messages Each day I practice my new healing technique through meditation and prayer on some of my close friends and family members. I have learned how to heal long distance without having to be hands on. I am also applying these techniques to my horses, dogs and cats. I will be posting more as I progress in my studies.
I love Fayette County for all the wonderful things it has to offer residents and visitors like the beautiful countryside, it’s historic cities and towns. One historic city – La Grange – has a crowning jewel in it’s Square – The County Courthouse.
The Courthouse was built and completed towards the end of 1891 for an approximate cost of 99k. The style is Romanesque Revival with a clock tower with a Seth Thomas clock and old bell, and a central courtyard that was later enclosed.
The stonework is amazing and utilizes blue sandstone from Muldoon, white limestone from Belton, and red limestone from Pecos. The roof is Spanish tile with copper valleys.
Built in a flood plain ( no one is sure why…) the Courthous has survived a major flood back in 1913 and in the corridor you can see a mark identifying the height the flood waters reached.
If you are traveling to or through Fayette County or La Grange, the Courthouse should be on your list of things to do! If you are looking for a Realtor to help you with Fayette County Real Estate please give me a call, I would love to help you Buy or Sell!
Buying Clients do not have to attend inspections.
They may if they choose. If so they should not “tag along” while the Inspector does his or her thing, that slows down the Inspector’s process. Inspectors like the rest of us have schedules to keep.
If the Buyers do attend.
The Inspector will be providing a detailed report.
Who knew? Cream of Tartar has lots of uses! So does Baking Soda and Vinegar. And they all came to our rescue yesterday!
I listed a lovely 7 acre tract of land with a newer mfg. home ( double wide ) on it. We got multiple offers and went under contract with a closing date of the 4th of January.
All was good, Inspections done, Buyer Conditional Loan Approval out of the way, Appraisal done, and then all of a sudden – yesterday – the 29th of December – the Buyer’s Agent informed me by text that the Lender needed “new” pictures of the number plates on the mfg. home sides in order to fund. ( this fact could lead me to a soap box but I will refrain! )
But as the Seller’s Agent I needed to do something to facilitate so I switch up my schedule and went over, only to find that in the Texas humidity and moisture the aluminium plates had developed a layer of build up – hence the bad appraiser pictures
The dilemma is how to get the build up off the plates without destroying the numbers, and how to do it quickly so as to avoid a delay in closing while waiting for Label Verification from HUD which takes days and is expensive to expedite.
This is where the Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda and Vinegar all come in to play! Using those products and following instructions on How to Clean the Seller was able to clean the plates enough to see the numbers! The only thing she didn’t use was the steel wool she something a little less abrasive.
A couple of morals to this story 1)Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda and Vinegar are good things to have in your pantry. 2) Something always comes up in real estate 3) If you have a mfg. hone you are going to list to sell make sure that the Labels are legible!
Useful information and links for future residents of Bastrop County! Links to information on Parks, County Stats,Hospitals and Clinics, Vets, Shopping & Grocers, Hardward stores, Construction companies, Restaurants, Government offices, School System, and Wells for the Bastrop/Smithville area.
Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park
Hospitals and Clinics
Smithville Regional Hospital (11 miles, 13 minutes)
800 East Highway 71
Smithville, Texas 78957
St. David’s Emergency Care – Bastrop (8 miles, 11 minutes)
3201 Hwy 71
East Bastrop, TX 78602
Telephone: (512) 308-5900
Lost Pines Family Health Clinic
102 Commercial Drive Bastrop, TX 78602
Doctor Batlle MD Bastrop Medical Clinic
195 South Hasler Boulevard B-1Bastrop, TX 78602
Texan Urgent Care (11 miles, 13 minutes)
717 Highway 71 West #500
Bastrop, TX 78602
Bastrop Veterinary Hospital
2900 Hwy 95 North
Bastrop, TX 78602
Riverside Veterinary Hospital
531 Hwy 71 E Smithville, TX 78957
Crossroads Animal Hospital
651 Texas 71Bastrop, TX 78602
Shopping and Groceries/General/Specialty Shopping
Walmart Supercenter (10 miles, 13 minutes)
488 Highway 71 W
Academy Sports and Outdoors (11 miles, 13 minutes)
749 Texas 71
Best Buy (11 miles, 13 minutes)
761 Highway 71 West, Bastrop, TX 78602
HEB Superstore and Pharmacy (10 miles, 13 minutes)
104 North Hasler Boulevard, Bastrop, TX 78602
Brooks Brothers Grocery and Pharmacy (7 miles, 10 minutes)
401 Royston St,
Smithville, TX 78957
Bastrop Producers Market (closed Mondays) (13 miles, 16 minutes)
977 Texas 71 Service Road, Bastrop, TX 78602
Bastrop Farmers Market (Tuesday, Saturday) (9 miles, 13 minutes)
1302 Chestnut St., Bastrop, TX
Walgreens Pharmacy (7 miles, 10 minutes)
4201 Hwy 71 East Bastrop, TX 78602
CVS Pharmacy (10 miles, 14 minutes)
1671 Highway 71 East, Bastrop, TX 78602
Home Depot (11 miles, 13 minutes)
525 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop, TX
Lowes Home Improvement (11 miles, 13 minutes)
719 Highway 71 West, Bastrop, TX 78602
Animal Feed/Country Stores
Smith Supply (6 miles, 9 minutes)
764 W Loop 230, Texas 95, Smithville, TX 78957
Tractor Supply (10 miles, 13 minutes)
441B Texas 71, Bastrop, TX
Bastrop Feed & Supply (12 miles, 15 minutes)
777 Texas 95
Billy’s Pit BBQ
110 Texas 71, Bastrop, TX 78602
1376 Texas 71, Bastrop, TX 78602
Southside Market and BBQ
534 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop, TX 78602
719 Texas 71, Smithville, TX 78957
El Corral Lozano (breakfast and lunch only)
902 College Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
La Hacienda Restaurant & Bar
1800 Walnut St., Bastrop, TX
Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill
904 College Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8
1600 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
205 Fawcett Street, Smithville, TX 78957
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd, Bastrop TX
Several nice eating places within 2 blocks of Main and Chestnut streets in Bastrop
Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist
Robert Trudeau Natural Resources Specialist
901 Pecan, Bastrop, TX 78602
Natural Resources Conservation
507 Old Austin Highway
Bastrop, TX 78602
Bastrop Central Appraisal District
209 Jackson Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
Bastrop County Clerk
803 Pine Street #112, Bastrop, TX
Bastrop County Sheriff Office
200 Jackson Street, Bastrop, TX
Texas A&M Forest Service
125 Keller Road, Unit C-4
Bastrop, TX 78957
Jimmy’s Well Service
129 Lisa Lane, Bastrop, TX 78602
Water softener system
Texas Water Savers Co.
Scott O. Shaffer
La Grange, Texas
Septic Tank/Road Work
641 Oak Hill Cemetery Road, Bastrop, TX 78602
These are just a few of the many providers of services in Bastrop County Texas. If you are looking for an experienced Realtor to help you with real estate purchase or real estate sale please consider contacting me.
Deb Dahlberg-Rowland/Realtor direct 512-743-0516
The rain started on Friday the 24th. Here is the Weather Bug map that I pulled up. Fayetteville was right in the thick of things! We got a total of 10 plus inches from Friday to this morning…which by the way is a beautiful sunny day. Large rains like this are not uncommon and with the El Nino weather pattern we may see more this fall and winter which is fine with me as I want us to crawl out of our drought status!
The ponds were overflowing on Saturday as you can see in these pictures I took driving Sunday from Fayetteville on FM 159 to a showing I had at one of my ranch listings in Red Rock Texas! It was a wet weekend for sure. Loved every second of it. But glad to see the sun today. And all of these pastures went to brilliant green in those three days! Gotta love Texas!
Approximately 60 homes were lost in the Hidden Pines fire in Bastrop County last week. One of those homes was Rick Moninger’s. Rick’s home was lost the first day. Rick had enough time to load his three dogs in to his truck and leave. Everything he had was lost. Rick was building his home little by little as he could afford it. His plan was to have a home without a mortgage when he retired in a few years. The home was about 60 percent complete but it didn’t have a standard roof yet, just a yurt like canvas roof. This made his home uninsurable. We have started a gofundme to help raise funds to buy Rick a “container” home from Campco Texas. Here is the link to the the page. If you would like to help Rick any amount will be helpful. Thank you in advance
Here is an update on the Hidden Pines fire in Bastrop County Texas. So far the firefighters have saved over 90 homes and 15 commercial structures. Unfortunately there have been over 40 homes lost as well as 7 commercial properties. There will be an update today and every day that the fire is still active at the Smithville at Kellar Road and Hwy 71 at the command post. If you want to make donations you can do so by going to www.BCLTRT.org the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery website.
Did you know that originally Fayetteville was called Lickskillet? Truth! This weekend Fayetteville is celebrating it’s 39th Annual Lickskillet Days. This is a big deal in this quaint little City. Good food, shopping, history, entertainment it’s all here around the historic square. There is even a parade tomorrow! After the parade on the Square Mayor Ronnie Pflughaupt will honor Jerry and Shirley Chovanec by proclaiming “Jerry and Shirley Chovanec Heritage Day.” Located just a few miles off of Hwy 71 between Columbus and La Grange. Centrally located in between Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Come on out and help us celebrate!