Austin Real Estate and Community News

Aug. 30, 2011


Entrance gate to BelvedereBelvedere was named the “Best Overall Community” at the 2010 Max Award & 2010 Star Awards. It is located on Hamilton Pool Road minutes away from the Hill Country Galleria & new Lakeway Medical Center. The home sites range from 1-3 acres, with access to the private amenity center- residents may book for special events, 2 fishing ponds, children’s playground, lighted sports court, and an 80 acre nature preserve to keep the neighborhood views intact! With miles of private hiking, a center for rain water harvesting and active participants in the Texas Nature Conservatory Belvedere is a huge supporter of green building in the Hill Country.  Belvedere is designed not only to be environmentally sensitive but also a positive steward of land, dedicated to preserving the Texas Hill Country.

Posted in Belvedere, Communities
Aug. 30, 2011

The Reserve at Lake Travis

The Reserve At Lake TravisThe Reserve is located on the pristine south shore of Lake Travis, with 310 acres and 3.5 miles of beautiful shoreline, The Reserve is only minutes away from shopping, golfing, dining and is a part of the Lake Travis ISD.  Amenities include, The Lodge where neighbors can meet for a cocktail after a boat ride or enjoy the Grille’s seasonal menu. The Lazy River Pool located close to The Lodge  is an expansive resort style pool, with a lazy river, multiple pools, private pool side cabanas,  and a swim up bar. The state of the art Marina is on the deepest water out of any other marina on Lake Travis and offers full concierge service with convenient parking and golf cart access. One of the most unique features of The Reserve is the Equestrian center which has 16 over sized stalls, spacious pastures, covered arena, and full jump courses. Riders from English to Western can enjoy access to grooming, stabling, and personal to group training. From large acreage sites to waterfront villas The Reserve offers the best in lake side luxury!

Aug. 15, 2011

Two Decades of Real Estate Guidance

Our initial experience with Donna was renting vacation condos on Lake Travis at Whitecliff. After renting vacation property for over 6 years the opportunity to purchase a condo was presented by Donna. The next 11 years of owning a condo & placing the condo in Donna’s rental pool were positive.  We found on both sides of the fence, as a customer then client, Donna presented herself in a professional manner with a positive attitude and fair solutions to any challenge. Through out the years we discussed with Donna on several occasions about the purchase of a Lake Home or land to build on. As a result of Donna’s professional guidance we purchased a waterfront lot & now live in our dream home. It is not often in life one finds a person whom takes care of business in a manner that makes a relationship involving money last for over two decades.

Jerry & Denise Cooper

Posted in Testimonials
Aug. 2, 2011

Our realtor and friend for 12 years!

Dear Donna,

We appreciate the professionalism and guidance you have provided for us, as our realtor, over the past 12 years. We were referred to you by a friend who owned one of your rental properties. It did not take long for you to feel "our pulse" and needs and lead us to our first lake property in January 2000. From that original home, we have since purchased another home in the same area of the lake. You have had so much patience with us, showing us literally everything, until we finally made the decision to stay in a "lock and leave" situation. We love where we are on the lake and you were right on target that this fits our lifestyle. More than that, we appreciate that it was you who sold our other home in a timely fashion, even in a tough market. You have been our realtor and our friend for 12 years. We believe that because you live on Lake Travis, you understand Lake Travis.

Thank you,
Mark and Bonnie

Posted in Testimonials
July 26, 2011

"17 Years of Service"


As you know Becky and I started our Lake Travis experience in 1994 with rentals from you at Whitecliff. Now some 17 years later we have bought and sold many properties here in the Briarcliff area, all with some sort of assistance from you. It's been our good fortune to have your expertise  and knowledge to help us along this journey. Though not all of our transactions have been "normal" we have always felt that you handled each and every sale with professionalism and a genuine desire to be fair. I  have sent many friends to you over the years and some of them too have found their spot on Lake Travis. I will continue to use your services and also send any others your way because I know you will treat them as well as you have Becky and I.


Ron & Becky Kilby

Posted in Testimonials
July 26, 2011

Lakeway community

Entrance to LakewayDeveloped in the 1970’s Lakeway has grown into a master planned community with amenities to suit any lifestyle. Lakeway is located 30 minutes outside downtown Austin, in between Texas state route 620 and Lake Travis with an abundance of dining, shopping, entertainment and easy water access, most residents have no need to venture out of the community!  The pristine shore line is edged with beautiful water front homes, a first class resort & spa, and a  convenient marina,  while the rolling hill country is spotted with golf courses, a private airport and a variety of styles and price ranges of homes . Lakeway is a part of the nationally recognized school district of Lake Travis ISD, where young children can walk to school or several parks in a safe community. From golfing to water skiing Lakeway is diverse enough to accommodate any families needs.

Contact Will at 512-289-4079 to view these properties!

July 23, 2011

Todd Westbrook at the Lighthouse Bar-BQ & Grill!

The Lighhouse Bar-BQ & Grill not only serves up some of the best food in the area, but they also showcase some of our local talented musicians for their patrons! Friday night was another beautiful evening and The Lighhouse Bar-BQ & Grill featured Todd Westbrook entertaining the diners. Everyone enjoyed the amazing Lake Travis views, the fabulous food and great music from Todd Westbrook. Here is a video clip of Todd performing one of his original songs "Waiting on my love":

Posted in Entertainment
July 22, 2011

Rough Hollow on Lake Travis

Rough Hollow AmenitiesSituated on the shores of Lake Travis in the city of Lakeway is Rough Hollow – a 1787 acre master planned community of spectacular Lake Travis views, 22 miles of hiking trails, pristine shorelines and classically-constructed homes. There are numerous distinct neighborhoods within the community: The Enclave, Water's Edge, East Rim, The Overlook, The Villas, The Bluffs, Cypress Ridge and The Woodlands. Each neighborhood has unique features, such as the beautiful garden homes found at The Villas and the waterfront estates at Water's Edge.

The amenities at Rough Hollow are outstanding and this is one of the reasons buyers love it. The Yacht Club has a marina with a dual tram to The Ship's Store and boat slips, The Grill at Rough Hollow Restaurant,  an infinity edge resort pool, an open air amphitheater and a gym facility. There are award-winning golf courses, and hundreds of shops, restaurants and events located within minutes of Austin.

July 18, 2011

Great time at the Lighthouse Bar-BQ & Grill!

On Sunday we wanted some good food so we headed over to our local restaurant, the "Lighthouse Bar-BQ & Grill". It was such a nice afternoon and we just wanted to tell everyone what a great time and meal we had! The folks at the Lighthouse are so friendly and really make sure everyone is well taken care of. Outside on the lakeside deck, owner Rick Mensik and Neal Ford entertained local patrons with great music. The food was great and the service was outstanding.

We just have to tell you all about the great food we had! Donna ordered the Smoked Chicken plate. It's a 1/2 chicken smoked and glazed with their homemade BBQ sauce, it was so tender and tasty! For her sides, she chose the fried okra, and Justin's secret recipe collard greens that Donna raved about!
Curtis had the daily special which was the Fried Chicken plate. It came with 3 generous pieces of chicken fried to perfection with a golden crispy crust served with mashed potatoes and homemade country gravy, finished with a delicious vegetable succotash. It is a colorful blend of fresh veggies straight from the local farmers market, seasoned just right & topped with cheese & bread crumbs! Everything was delicious!

Everyone in the area needs to try the Lighthouse Bar-BQ & Grill, the food is awesome with generous portions!

  • Live Entertainment Friday - Sunday nights
  • 4-9 pm Happy Hour Wed - Sun
  • Great Lake views!
  • Friendly service
  • Wed-Thur 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Friday 4 pm to midnight
  • Saturday 11 am to midnight
  • Sunday 10 am to 9 pm (breakfast menu to 2 pm)
Posted in Entertainment
July 10, 2011

The Village of Briarcliff

Briarcliff, Texas, is located in the beautiful Hill Country on the South shore of Lake Travis, 30 miles west of Austin in Travis County and part of the highly acclaimed Lake Travis Independent School District. Briarcliff covers approximately 900 acres with a variety of homes and home sites ranging from elaborate waterfront estates to affordable family housing. The waterfront properties have main Lake Travis views  and lake views in the Cat Hollow Cove. The surrounding hills provide beautiful Lake Travis and Hill Country views for the interior  home sites and over 1200 residents.

The community offers many amenities, with nature trails, a disc golf course, a shaded park with kids play scape as well as an events oriented community center. Whether you enjoy the many outdoor activities, launch your boat at the Marina or hit golf balls at Willie's 9-hole course, Briarcliff has something for everyone.  It is conveniently located approximately 30 minutes from Austin and only 15 minutes from the Hill Country Galleria and the new Lakeway Hospital.

Posted in Briarcliff, Communities