Yesterday I drove through Tahitian Village to get to the Lost Pine Nature Trails that is along the Colorado River below Tahitian Village. This is a public park area down on Riverside Drive that offers access to the Colorado River for canoeing and kayaking and hiking, biking, and ADA trails. It is a beautiful 30 acre tract of land that adjoins the 60 acre wetland and riparian habitat. Both are beautiful to enjoy all year long. Personally I like them in the winter months the best! I had not been down their since the recent Bastrop Complex Fire and had my fingers crossed that they had not been destroyed. I was overjoyed to find that they were untouched. See pictures of both the Nature Trails and the Land Trust below.
Tahitian Village was one of the areas that was hard hit in the recent Bastrop Complex Fire with many homes lost, but there is a lot of activity and healing going on and it looked like most all of the homes that were lost have been leveled to the slab. Some have even had slabs removed and are starting to reconstruct.
Today I met some Buyers out at the home they have under contract in Cedar Hills a great little subdivision of site built homes just outside f Elgin and north of Bastrop on Hwy 95.
The subdivision has a nice pool area that is shut down now for the winter and another really lovely park with pond which is especially pretty right now in it’s fall colors! Cedar Hills is the only subdivision that I know that has a tree or two right in the middle of the roads ( which by the way all have speed bumps to keep traffic speeds very low in the area! ).
My Clients are really happy with their soon to be new home. There are some other really nice properties that are on the market in Cedar Hills. If you would like Buyer Representation to help you find just the right home in that subdivision or any other area of Bastrop County give me – Deb – a call at 512-743-0516. I would love to help!
Bastrop is growing and has so much to offer. Within a few block radius you can find the new Bastrop Convention Center, an old time feed store, a great movie theatre, bowling alley, and arcade ( currently for sale ). If you like history there is a Historical district, Historical Museum, and wonderful Bed and Breakfast venues in some of the old historic homes. Just outside of Bastrop you can find some great subdivisions that offer lots for site built homes in the pines. I love living in Bastrop and love working with Buyers and Sellers to help them reach their real estate goals. If you are looking for an agent to work with in Bastrop please contact me! 512-743-0516.
The Barton Springs pool is located in the 300 + acre Zilker park in Austin and it is a very popular spot during the hot and humid Central Texas summers for locals and visitors with it cold ( approx. 68 degrees average! ) temp year round.
One of a series of threes springs that seep upwards from the fissure in the Balcones Fault line. Barton Springs has been used by Native Americans, settlers, and became a private pool for it’s namesake Andrew Jackson Zilker and family. Zilker ultimately donated his land which ran along the Colorado River to the City of Austin. Some time around 1930 the City expanded the swimming hole to create a “pool atmosphere” along with sidewalks .
In the summer heat you can find lots of people enjoying the park setting and the cool water every day. There is a minimal charge for entry and there are showers as well. People bring towels and set up camp along the grassy banks on either side of the pool. There are shallow and deep ends to the pool, as well as swimming lanes, and there is one area specifically for diving on the one diving board. Every time I have been there a line forms of people ready to demonstrate their diving skills which is great entertainment while sun bathing in between dips in the pool. Down towards the deeper part of the 1000 foot pool there is an area where you are allowed to used your floatation devices. Another great way to get a few rays and enjoy the cool waters. But it is not just a summer spot, even when the temperatures drop in the Austin area in fall, winter, and early spring there are still dedicated swimmers who come to do laps every day.
During the summer months we make weekly pilgrimages from Bastrop to the Barton Springs Pool to relax and cool down and we are joined by a wide mixture of people. In my estimation the Barton Springs Pool is part of the Austin Lifestyle!
Here are a couple of photos I took while I was out working in the Smithville area. Smithville is a great little town located Southeast of Austin about 38 miles, just a few minutes past Bastrop on Hwy 71. It is a quaint town and has lots to offer from a historic downtown and residential district, parks for dogs and kids with skateboards, shopping on Main Street for Antiques and Art ( Smithville is becoming an Artists haven!), the Colorado River, and so much more!
If you are looking for a Realtor who appreciates Smithville and all it has to offer, to either buy real estate or sell a property in the Smithville area please contact me, I would love to help you!
I was out making my rounds putting flyers into my info boxes on my listings the other day and it was so beautiful out! I took a few pictures of the Bastrop area to share. If you are looking for a dedicated Realtor who lives and works in Bastrop and the surrounding areas please contact me, I would love to help you!
Since we have a deaf puppy we can’t let him play at some of the dog friendly parks in Austin as he needs to be confined by a fence, at least until he is trained sufficiently. So we are big fans of fenced dogs parks! There is one inBastrop and now one in Smithville, but for a change we like to drive in to Austin to the Dog Park on Riverside.
Located on Riverside Drive in Central Austin right next to I-35, the park is fenced and cross fenced, with water and poop stations, varying terrain, bushes, trees, it is a popular spot for Austonians to bring their dogs for some R & R. I am always amazed at how well all the dogs get along. I guess it is because it isn’t anyones “yard” to protect.
There are two sections one for small dogs and one for large dogs although we see some pretty “big” small dogs running around in the larger area.
Make sure to have your dog current on shots and in a collar. Dog Park etiquette says if your dog is bothering other dogs or dog owners it is time for you to head home. One day our pup was just fascinated with an older dog and just kept wanting to play so we packed it up and ended his play day when we couldn’t divert his attention.
All in all the Riverside Dog Park is an awesome place to take your dogs! Here are some pictures of the park I took when we were there. If you or anyone you know is looking for a Realtor who owns dogs and understands the needs of dog owners please contact me!
Bob Bryant park is nestled behind the Riverside Grove subdivision in Bastrop. It is a city maintained park that offers a playground, tennis court, basket ball court, baseball diamond, and a picnic area and restrooms. This is just one of the perks of living in Riverside Grove or The Enclave at Riverside Grove.
Smithville has a recycling center on Hwy 95 just past the bridge over the Colorado River, across from Brookshire’s. Run by the City the center handles news paper and magazines, cardboard and paper feed bags, plastics # 1 and #2, auto batteries, aluminum and steel cans, waste oil. Visit the City of Smithville website for more specific information.