During the real estate crash of the mid 1980’s when financing dried up in Texas, and you couldn’t give a condo away, that’s when the developers of Whitecliff Condo’s hired Donna Garrison as an onsite sales agent. The project like the economy was in deep financial trouble, until Donna came up with the idea of the units being rented out for vacation rentals to off-set the developers expenses, and Austin Lakeside Properties was born.
The vacation rental business began with a single “Texas Monthly” ad in 1987, shortly thereafter Donna discovered the vacation rentals was a great way to meet wonderful people. Many of her rental guests fell in love with Lake Travis & the “Laid Back Willie Lifestyle”, and decided to purchase property here.
As Donna sold the condos, the new owners asked her to rent out their second homes in the vacation rental program. Many of her lifetime clients today started out as a vacation rental guest, hence our saying “For a Weekend" or "For a Lifetime”!
Donna has been a licensed real estate agent since 1981, but in May 2012 she sold the vacation rental business to focus full time on Real Estate brokerage. Donna's true passion is working with buyers to help them find the Lake Travis Waterfront or Hill Country home of their dreams.
Austin Lakeside Properties is dedicated to building lifetime relationships with our clients and building on personal quality service, one client at a time!