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Beautiful repurposed timbers from 1800's barns

1000 River Trace Road, Columbus TX | WOW!

Today I toured 1000 River Trace Road in Columbus Texas and all I can say is WOW!

Beautiful repurposed timbers from 1800's barns
Beautiful repurposed timbers from 1800’s barns

This 6614 square foot custom home will blow your socks off!  The first thing you see as you enter the front door are the timbers….hand hewn Hemlock from two early 1800’s barns from upstate New York reassembled using mortise and tenon with oak peg construction.

Then you notice that the great room is three stories tall!  First thing that came to my mind was OMG can you imagine cooling all of this now when we are hitting record high temps? But the house was amazingly cool and that was due to it’s construction which used SIPs panels.  Sips are expanded polystyrene panels that yield an exceptionally high R factor.  Over the years I have sold numerous home built with SIPS in both hot climates ( AZ) and cold climates (CO)  and in every case their energy savings are amazing.

One thing you don’t see a lot of in Texas is rain water harvesting.  Very popular in other drier states but here with all the rain no one thinks of it.  This home has a 20,000 gallon cistern with water softener, plus a two stage filtration and UV sanatizing system.  The property also has a well.  (The  Earthship my husband and I built in Colorado back in 1999   had water catchment also as well as  a conventional well as “back up”.  If you build and use third party financing and build alternative style housing and utilities,  you generally need to have conventional utilities in place to get your COE.  Been there, done that! )

The great room is spacious but you don’t feel lost in it with only a few people here and there.  The kids wing is wonderful!  First floor has the mudroom off the garage with a bath and the kids TV lounge, second floor has beds and bath area, massive storage wall, and a ladder to a special kids room on the third floor.

There is a catwalk from the second floor over to the master wing so if things go bump in the night a little one can always get over to Mom and Dad for some comfort without having to down and up stairs.

The master wing is over the top.  Massive bathroom with sunken tub ( the only think I couldn’t appreciate as it would be near impossible to get in and out of for me!)  The his and hers closets are also two levels and the master bedroom will not disappoint.

The house looks over grassy acreage that leads down to the sandy beach of the Colorado River front.

There are so many other features such as programmable devices, wine cellar, amazing basement crawl space, heated and cooled playhouse, three car garage, equipment and storage facility, and more!

If you are interested in seeing this amazing country home please contact me to set up your private showing.  Deb 512-743-0516.

Here is a link to the virtual tour and some pictures of things that caught my eye that I posted on my Real Estate page on Facebook.  

Love to kayak!

This last Saturday morning my husband and I joined friends at the North Shore of Lake Bastrop  for some leisurely kayaking!  It was a perfect morning for it, the sky was partially overcast and there was a light breeze.  We got there pretty early and paid our 5.00 per person day use fee.  There were other early birds out there, mostly fishermen and women.  Normally we launch our kayaks off the beach but since the boat ramp wasn’t being heavily used we launched there this time.  We paddled for about 2 hours following the shore line.  Saw lots of wildlife!  It was totally relaxing.20160710_084605 20160710_084525 20160710_084333

If you are looking for a home and you enjoy kayaking you might consider looking in Bastrop. You can kayak Lake Bastrop and the the Colorado River right here!  And Bastrop is only about 34 miles from Austin!  Bastrop is a growing community with lots of amenities and a wide variety of housing for sale from 3/2 in local subdivisions to ranch land in the surrounding county.  If you would like to learn more about real estate for sale in Bastrop please give me a call!  Five One Two – Seven Four Three – Zero Five One Six.

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Columbus!!! (Not Ohio)

Located on the Colorado River, Columbus is the county seat of Colorado County. With a population of about 3,700 it is known as the “City of Live Oaks and Live Folks.” Being along Interstate 10 allows easy access to the surrounding areas such as Houston and San Antonio. It was originally called Beason’s Crossing due to the Ferry service located on the river at in the 1800’s. Unfortunately, during the wars the town was ordered to be burned down. After Texas achieved independence from Mexico, Columbus was then established. Some say Columbus gets it’s name from people who migrated from Columbus, Ohio while others believe it was named after Christopher Columbus. In the 19th century cattle ranching was the town’s major business. It is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and offers multiple things to do such as view the historic Alley Log Cabin and Tool Museum and tour the courthouse! If you are planning to stay a while, Columbus offers a variety of lodging from hotels to RV parks. And don’t fret, there are several sit down restaurants to choose from! Events and festivals take place throughout the year so be sure to check the city website for schedules. They can be found at http://www.columbustexas.org/visitors.

Kayaking the Colorado River in Bastrop County Texas

This last weekend we kayaked on the Colorado River from the new private access we have cleared at our ranch located just outside of  Bastrop about half way to Smithville. We dropped in about 9:30 in the morning. It was not a very windy morning so the waters just off our ranch were calm. We are located in one of the deepest areas of the river so the waters were not challenging to kayak. We paddled upstream about an hour and then “floated” back home. The water levels are still fairly high so we did not encounter any rapids upstream. We know there are rapids just below us on the Smithville side. It was a nice paddle on a beautiful day. We are thinking about offering parking and access to the river to kayak enthusiasts from our ranch. If you are looking for property on a river, stream please give me a call at 512-743-0516 I would love to help you find it.

Bastrop Riverwalk

Bastrop has a beautiful river walk along the Colorado River between the Old Iron Bridge ( Chestnut/150 Loop and the current Hwy 71 bridge. It is about a one mile walk between the Ferry Park located on Water Street and Fishermans Park which is located at the end of Farm Street. This riverwalk was constructed around 1998 and dedicated to J. Pape. There is ample parking at Fisherman’s Park but limited parking along Water Street. During the Christmas Holiday the river walk is decorated and very pretty to walk at night but is always a great walk any time of the year!

Kayak on Lady Bird Lake in Austin

One of our favorite things to do is kayak, especially on a hot summer day. Being Bastrop County residents we kayak on Lake Bastrop and there is also kayaking on the Colorado River which is super fun. For a change of pace we like to head in to Austin where you can also kayak on the river in a number of spots, one of our favorites is Lady Bird Lake.

We like to put our kayaks in down by the park right near Zilker Park under the Loop bridge. Before we bought our kayaks we would rent there or at Zilker Park Boat Rental which is just outside Barton Springs on Barton Creek. The single kayak rates are quite reasonable per hour and last time I checked it was about $10/hr. There are a number of places to rent including the Rowing Dock and the Texas Rowing Center.

There are a few rules to enjoying the Lake which include having floatation devices, and keeping out of the way of the rowing training classes. You can go for an hour or for a day. We like to kayak all the way up to the dam and then back. Going against the current first is always smart so you can have a more relaxing trip back.