DIY : Terrarium

A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
A Bewitching “Terrorium”

When the days grow short and temperatures begin to dip we find special ways to bring nature’s influence indoors.

Making your own terrarium is surprisingly simple and you can create to your heart’s content! For this project I decided to create a Halloween-themed terrarium which was going to be a gift to my special friend Heather who loves the thrill of Halloween as much as we do. Let the terrific terror begin! 🎃

Tips:

  • The material quantities below are approximations; you’ll want to adjust them to meet the needs of your own project and the size of your terrarium.
  • I decided to purchase a terrarium that included a removable lid; with or without the lid the terrarium looked great and will provide flexibility to give the succulents a little air in between their steam baths.
  • I found my green moss matt (a thin sheet of green moss) and bunches of colorful red and green mosses at Michael’s. I found the terrarium at Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. I was rather selective about finding just the proper size and creep-factor of my Halloween miniatures so I turned to Etsy and scored a trio of accents from The Little Hedgerow. You can see more of the minis I hand selected below. If you order from Kim at The Little Hedgerow, tell her the folks at Home Style Austin say howdy!
  • While we created the spooky terrarium shown in this post, you can transition the miniature decorations and plants throughout the year to coordinate with the seasons.
  • A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
    Materials:

    1  |  Glass Terrarium
    Assorted  |  Mosses, Unmoistened
    2-4  |  Succulents
    1-2 Cups  |  Succulent Soil
    To Decorate  |  Garden Accessories (Miniature Accessories, Stones From The Garden, etc.)
    Things To Have Handy  |  A Craft Table, Scissors, Magic Tape, A Spray Bottle Filled With Water
    How To Make Your Own Terrarium


    What To Do:

    1. Line The Terrarium.
    My moss matt was perfect for creating a green edge at the bottom of the terrarium. I trimmed it about 3 inches tall and formed it in a circle around the bottom of the terrarium. I used a couple pieces of Magic Tape to help keep the moss in place while I planted the succulents. I lined the bottom of the terrarium with more of the matt just to keep the soil well contained in my handmade moss bowl. Hint: You may think 4 hands are better than 2 here, but 4 hands likely won’t fit inside the terrarium! 🎃

    How To Make Your Own Terrarium

    2. Plant The Succulents.

    Place about a cup of soil in the bottom of the terrarium. If needed, gently separate your succulents to the desired size, placing them with some room to grow. Fill in any holes left by the plants with more soil until things are well planted.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
    3. Trick Your Treat.

    Place your mosses and chosen miniatures around your succulents. My miniatures came with small metal picks which helped keep them in place. I even decorated the terrarium lid, since this was a special gift.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    How to make your very own terrarium
    4. Care & Feed.
    Succulents thrive best in well-drained soil. So since your terrarium likely won’t have a drainage hole, don’t overwater the plants. I used a spray bottle and spritzed every few days, making sure to let the soil dry between waterings. You can wipe the inside and outside of your glass terrarium with a moist paper towel to remove any water spots or dirt. When your plants get too big for their tiny home you can transfer them into another pot or outside to enjoy the Texas sun.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    Stand back and marvel at your work of art! With a little care and feeding your terrarium will be a prized creation that will last you for years to come.

    Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!

    ~ Joe Paul Reider

    Home Style Austin Founder
    Austin Realtor®
    Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
    JoePaul@KW.com
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style AustinA DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

Leander Home For Sale

2000 August Jake Dr, Leander, TX 78641

2000 August Jake Dr, Leander, TX 78641
Open House Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1-4 PM

I’ll be hosting an Open House this Sunday at this home in Leander and you’re invited! A few of this home’s features:

  • This home was built in 2015 on a corner lot about 1 mile east of 183 in Leander. It has a light and bright open floor plan with tile and and hardwoods in the main areas and carpet in the bedrooms and living area, which has a fireplace. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1,842 square feet.
  • In the kitchen you’ll find upgraded kitchen cabinets with pull-out shelves, granite counter tops, and a spacious island.
  • In the master there’s a Texas-sized walk-in shower, and the closet has a special entry that connect you directly to the laundry room which is complete with a sink.
  • This home is located in the “destination district” of Leander ISD.
  • View the home’s official listing on my Keller Williams website for more pictures and details.
  • Check our Facebook page for our upcoming Open Houses. Hope to see you there!

Please call or email me with any questions! I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful home if you can’t join us for Sunday’s Open House. Hope to see you there come rain or shine (Gosh, we need the rain). :)

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

The New Keller Williams Real Estate Mobile App

Free Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting, download my free and powerful Keller Williams real estate app – it’s chock-full of features!

  • Text “KWCP11X” to 87778 to download (this is the easiest method)
  • Or visit this link with more details and to download http://bit.ly/kw-mobile-app

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Very Berry Delicious

This cake has become a family favorite. It usually graces our table during the hot summer months and it’s loaded with the bright taste of strawberry – both inside the cake as well as the strawberry buttercream frosting. This cake has debuted at several family birthday parties and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Foodie Tips:

  After 2-3 attempts at making the icing I’ve mastered a non-runny frosting! You’ll want to drain the strawberries used in the frosting (not the cake) very well. I placed them in a small strainer to drain the initial juice by pressing with a spoon. Then I transfer the mashed berries to a coffee filter where I continue to blot until dry. If you find that your icing is still on the runny side you can add small batches of confectioner’s sugar until you reach your desired thickness.

  I store my cake in a covered glass cake stand until the unveiling; it keeps the cake moist and leftovers will last for a few days in the fridge.

  Decorating a cake can be as much fun as eating it (well kinda close). One way to make a surprising embellishment for your cake is to cut strawberry-shaped hearts using a small cookie cutter. Watch their eyes grow wide with your culinary skills!
A Strawberry Heart Recipe From Home Style Austin

Ingredients: 

The Cake
1 Package  |  Plain White Cake Mix
1 Package  |  JELL-O Brand Strawberry Gelatin Mix
1 Cup  |  Mashed Strawberries With Juice
1 Cup  |  Vegetable Oil
½ Cup  | Whole Milk
4  |  Cage Free Eggs

The Frosting (can be doubled)
8 Ounce Package  |  Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature
1  |  Stick Of Unsalted Butter (I suggest Texas born Falfurrias Brand)
3 ½ Cups  |  Confectioner’s Sugar
¾ Cup  |  Mashed Strawberries, Well Drained
To Garnish  |  Sliced Strawberries or Fresh Mint Leaves (optional)

Directions: 

1. To Prep: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Then lightly grease three 9-inch round cake pans and set them aside.

2. Make Cakes: In a large mixing bowl beat on low speed the six cake mix ingredients shown above. Divide the batter among the three pans and place them into the oven. Bake the cakes until they’re lightly brown (about 28-30 minutes). An inserted knife should come out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on a rack (about 45 minutes).

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake Frosting3. Make Frosting: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl and mix on low speed for about a minute. Add sugar then the strawberries and blend on low until everything marries well.

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake Frosting

4. To Assemble: Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread the top with frosting. Add the second cake layer and frost the top. Top with the third cake layer and frost the top and sides of the entire layered cake.

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake

5. Chill (optional): Your cake can be placed in the fridge to get it nice and cool. Serve chilled with a side of strawberry or vanilla ice cream. There’s nothing better!

How to make Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Enjoy this berry fresh cake!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Recipe : How To Make The Best Ice Cream Sandwich

How To Make The Best Ice Cream SandwichWe All Scream!

After eating one of the best cookies my neighbor Helen introduced me to I knew what was next – I had to turn the cookies into something extra special. A homemade ice cream sandwich.

What’s even sweeter is that after thinking about the best way to form my ice cream (aside from just smashing it between two cookies), I stumbled across a common kitchen item that did the trick exceptionally well – a Mason Jar lid. Check out the recipe details below!

Foodie Tips:Dads Cookie Company

  The awesome cookies I’m referring to are Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies. After I ate my first bag, I knew what I had to do – order a 3 pound box! That’s how I roll.

  While I was tempted to use a flavored ice cream (butter pecan, strawberry, chocolate, etc…) your cookie will likely set the table (so to speak) for what flavor to choose. I used good ol’ fashioned vanilla as my cookie’s taste was the hero of this show.

Ingredients: 

2 Handfuls  |  Your Favorite Cookie (homemade or otherwise)
1 Carton  |  Your Favorite Ice Cream
To Dip  |  Chocolate, Melted (optional)
To Decorate  |  Sprinkles (optional)

How To Make The Best Ice Cream Sandwich
Directions: 

1. Turn your Mason Jar lid (the outer ring and removable insert) upside down. Using a spoon press ice cream into the lid; you can thicken it up a bit for an extra tasty treat. Note: I didn’t let my ice cream thaw in advance; I used it straight from the freezer and it worked just fine.

2. Once filled, push the mason jar insert out from the outer ring to remove the round-shaped ice cream. Using a blunt knife you can easily saw and pry the mason lid off from the ice cream. Presto! Place the ice cream on the bottom side of one of your cookies. Top with another cookie and place your sandwich on a plate or storage container then into the freezer. Repeat this process until you are all out of cookies or ice cream or resistance! Freeze cookies good and chilly (about 30 minutes).

3. Decorate your cookies to your liking. I dipped mine in some fresh melted chocolate. I returned my sweets to the freezer for a few minutes more then served them. They were delicious! And a perfect menu item for your next gathering.

I hope you enjoy these awesome bites!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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DIY : Rainbow Butterfly Gift Box

Learn how to make a Rainbow Butterfly Box

Outside The Box …

To celebrate my friends’ tie-dye themed wedding, I crafted this rainbow-butterfly gift box inspired by the Texas Hill Country for under $10 (including the box). It was a snap to put together and made a high-impact presentation that the bride said she really liked. She may have been more impressed that this guy’s got some crafting talent! :)

Tips:

  • All of the crafting supplies came from my trusted crafting friend, Michael’s. It must have been raining money yesterday because the floral stem was 60% off and while I was standing in line to pay I checked out their website and found a 30% off coupon. #Score!
  • I used a glue gun for this project. In a pinch you could likely make do by using some double stick tape to help fuse the ribbon to the box.
  • The time it took for me to complete this project was about 25 minutes, excluding a couple of rest breaks to chill a bit with my Dogs.

How To Make A Rainbow Butterfly Gift Box
Materials: 

1  |  Box With Removable Lid
A Few Yards  |  Wire Edged Ribbon (I used about 6 yards)
Assorted  |  Faux Floral Stems (I found one assorted cluster, shown above)
To Tie  |  Some Green Garden Wire (optional)

Tools: 

To Cut  |  Scissors
To Adhere  |  A “Loaded” Glue Gun
To Snip Floral Stem  |  Wire Cutters or Scissors (optional)

What To Do:

Step 1: Wrap Bottom Of Box.
I decided to decorate the box separate from the lid so that it would be easy to open and close and so it could be regiftable or kept as a keepsake. To get started, line the ribbon from the inside bottom of the box up over the top edge, down the side, under the bottom and around until it mirrors itself on the other side (like forming a big “U”). You can test-fit the ribbon to make sure you like where it rests on the box; the wire edge ribbon can be folded and smoothed on the edges to give a clean fold and help hold the ribbon in place.

Once you’re happy with the length, cut the ribbon. Line a small bead of glue along the edge of just the end of the ribbon and press the ribbon into place. Turn the box 180 degrees and repeat this process on the other side to create a criss-cross shaped ribbon design.

Step 2: Wrap Lid.

Using the same technique as the box bottom, repeat the process for the box lid. It’ll take a little finessing to align the ribbon from the lid to the bottom but in the end it was easy to do. You can also wiggle the ribbon along the top edges of the box if you’re off a bit, since the edges are not glued to the box. Once you’re happy with how the ribbon is decorated on the box you’re ready to prepare the top decoration.

Step 3: Form Your Flower Stem

I found a faux flower stem with assorted flowers and a butterfly already in a bunch. I wouldn’t need it entirely so I deconstructed it by cutting off some stems to my desired length. [Optional Step: I held the stems together by wrapping them near the base of the clustered stems a few times with the garden wire. You could use a small wire twist tie or just use some ribbon to tie a bow around the bunch to hold it together. I decided to go for durability so I used garden wire.]

With the remaining ribbon I tied a small bow to the base of the bunch. Congrats, this step is complete!

DIY Project : How to make your own rainbow butterfly gift box

Step 4: The Final Step
To adhere the flower bunch to the top of the box I made a couple of pea-sized globs of hot glue using the glue gun and pressed the flower bunch to the glue for a few seconds until it “set.” Your box is all done and ready to be filled with your surprise!

BONUS IDEA BELOW

How To Update Your Front Door Wreath

Rather than toss the remaining flower stems I found a way to add some new life to a weathered wreath by tucking in the stems into the existing wreath. This is a great way to transition your wreath from season to season. I wound up using all the materials for this project – no waste!

How To Give New Life To Your Front Door Wreath

Enjoy and please email me with any questions or suggestions about this project!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Whisky BBQ Sauce Recipe

Crown Royal Whisky BBQ SauceCheers To This Royal Broil

This time of year the grill is on more than the television.

The folks at Crown Royal absolutely nailed it with this recipe! From day 1 this has been a family favorite that’s so easy to make and even easier to drink, err, eat! Brighten up your next summer BBQ with this delicious sauce. Enjoy!

Foodie Tips:

  This whisky sauce tastes great on summertime classics like chicken, beef, sausage, pork – even green beans. Taste it once and you’ll see. :)

  I have a handful of favorite mustards. Trusted favorite Grey Poupon, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 (also a fan of tasty Whisky), and Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce top the list. 

Ingredients: 

½ Cup  |  Crown Royal Whisky
4 Cloves  |  Garlic, Minced
2 Cups  |  Brown Sugar, Packed
½ Cup  |  Cider Vinegar
2 Cups  |  Chicken Stock
½ Cup  |  Tomato Paste
3 Tablespoons  |  Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons  |  Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon  |  Hot Sauce (we used Pickapeppa Hot Red Pepper Sauce)

Directions: 

1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

2. Simmer for 20 minutes, until thick.

3. Generously baste on your chosen grilled meat about 15 minutes until everything is done.

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Avery Ranch Home For Sale

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11616 Harpster Bend, Austin, Texas 78717
3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / 1 office / 2nd family room / 2,234 square feet

I’m proud to be representing this home which is conveniently located in Austin’s desirable Avery Ranch neighborhood. Here’s a preview of this home’s features:

  • Well maintained single owner Austin stone home (on 3 sides) with 2 living areas – the second family room is on the 2nd level and has an ajoining full bath; this family space can be easily converted into a 4th bedroom with bonus space, if desired
  • Light and bright open floor plan with high ceilings, tile and hardwoods in the living areas and carpet in the bedrooms/2nd living
  • Upgrades include kitchen cabinetry, granite and tile backsplash, a professionally installed screened back porch with a transferrable warranty and a large custom back patio extension complete with a stone fire pit overlooking a large back yard. View the full list of upgrades
  • Enjoy the benefits of cooking with natural gas in the kitchen and on the patio (no more propane tank refills)
  • Located in the “destination district” of Leander ISD
  • Close to multiple neighborhood amenity centers, the Avery Ranch Golf Course and Brushy Creek Regional Trail which spans 6 parks and almost 7 miles of scenic nature trails
  • Neighborhood eateries include Z’Tejas, Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria, The League and The Rotten Bunch
  • Full sprinkler system
  • View the home’s official listing on the MLS website
  • Check our Facebook page for our upcoming Open Houses. Hope to see you there!
11616 Harpster Bend Austin

Avery Ranch  |  11616 Harpster Bend  |  Austin, TX 78717

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Kitchen View  |  11616 Harpster Bend  |  Austin, TX 78717

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Dining Room View  |  11616 Harpster Bend  |  Austin, TX 78717

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Family Room View  |  11616 Harpster Bend  |  Austin, TX 78717

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Backyard Patio and Fire Pit  |  11616 Harpster Bend  |  Austin, TX 78717

Please call or email me with any questions and be one of the first to preview this property! I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful Austin home before it officially lists in May!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

The New Keller Williams Real Estate Mobile App

Free Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting, download my free and powerful Keller Williams real estate app – it’s chock-full of features!

  • Text “KWCP11X” to 87778 to download (this is the easiest method)
  • Or visit this link with more details and to download http://bit.ly/kw-mobile-app

Why Buy In Austin?

Why Buy In Austin?

[ Sidenote from Joe: The fine folks at Trulia reached out to the Home Style Austin team to collaborate on a post that addressed the home buying climate in Austin. I provided them with three Austin neighborhoods most envied and sought-after by my clients. Enjoy the findings! ]

Post by Jennifer Riner, Trulia

After years of renting, you might be inclined to allocate your savings toward a home purchase. Current high rental prices across the U.S. combined with boosting homeownership aspirations amongst many Americans create a conversation hard to ignore.

In a Trulia survey conducted by Harris Poll last December, 75 percent of Americans said they dream of owning a home one day, with 80 percent of millennials sharing the same sentiment. Nonetheless, 22 percent of Americans are concerned of potential rising mortgage rates.

Austin: A market to watch for 2016

Along with the stats, Trulia provided predictions on the 2016 housing market to assist upcoming buyers. In that, economists pointed out Austin as the third hottest housing market to watch this year, based on five factors:

  • Employment growth last year
  • Low vacancy rates
  • Affordability
  • High inbound home searches and
  • A large share of millennials molded the top ten list.

Austin stole the third spot primarily due to two elements: a high number of young residents and job expansion.

With 80 percent of millennial Americans dreaming of owning a home – a third of whom plan to buy by 2018 – and Austin being an increasingly important city for young professionals, buying a home in Austin is a hot topic. Especially as the average home price in Austin is sitting in the affordable $250,000 to $300,000 range. In addition mortgages in Austin are 3.54 on a 30-year fixed rate, slightly lower than the national 3.56 rate. But, some economists forecast a rise in the near future, as Trulia’s survey respondents anticipated, so locking down a prime rate now is key.

Choosing Austin isn’t necessarily a difficult decision, but Austin is a diverse city and neighborhood prices reflect its variety. Consider the following enviable Austin areas and their median price points, demographics, crime rankings and schools to help scope the market.

803 Kinney Avenue, Austin, TX 78704  |  List Price: $824,900

803 Kinney Avenue, Austin, TX 78704  |  List Price: $824,900

ZILKER

Zilker is a neighborhood in south central Austin best known for the Zilker Metropolitan Park, a 351-acre haven with a spring-fed pool, Botanical Gardens, Nature and Science Center, Zilker Hillside Theatre and Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. The average list price on homes for sale in Zilker is $862,671, a 9 percent week-over-week drop as of March 2016. Compared to the rest of Travis County, crime rates in Zilker are low. In Zilker, 59 percent of residents are single, with 55 percent homeowners and a median age of 35 years old. The median household income across all age groups is $78,403, and 73 percent of residents are college educated.

1516 Wildcat Hollow Austin Texas 78746 | List Price: $2,088,000

1516 Wildcat Hollow Austin Texas 78746 | List Price: $2,088,000

WEST LAKE HILLS

Also in Travis County, West Lake Hills homes are some of the most expensive in the greater Austin region. The average list price is $2,553,927 based on 25 homes for sale, and the median household income is $155,441 per year. Just 17 percent of residents are single and 89 percent are homeowners. The median age of residents in West Lake Hills is 45 years old. Schools in West Lake Hills are top-rated, with Eanes Elementary and Forest Trail Elementary scoring a 10 out of 10 on Trulia’s ranks. Valley View Elementary scored a 9 out of 10. There were 14 counts of theft, 13 counts of assault and 11 counts of burglary in West Lake Hills over the past year.

107 Laura Lane Austin TX 78746 | List Price: $1,980,000

107 Laura Lane Austin TX 78746 | List Price: $1,980,000

ROLLINGWOOD

Rollingwood is an affluent area just 15 minutes west of Downtown Austin. Home prices on real estate in Rollingwood are high with an average list price of $1,907,500 and a correspondingly elevated median household income of $155,441 per year. Just 17 percent of residents are single and 99 percent are homeowners, with a median age of 45 years old. Crime in Rollingwood is extremely low, with just two counts of arrest and one count of vandalism in the past year. Both Rollingwood and West Lake Hills overlook Red Bud Isle Park, a 13 acre recreational park flanked by the Colorado River that is popular with nature lovers who enjoy hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Red Bud Isle is also one of Austin’s 12 prized off-leash dog parks.

Red Bud Isle Park, Austin Texas

Choosing a neighborhood in Austin or the surrounding suburbs will largely depend on your budget and lifestyle, and contacting an established agent to help you in your search is part of being a smart buyer. To help find a home in Zilker, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood and beyond, contact Joe Paul Reider of Keller Williams Realty.

 

The New Keller Williams Real Estate Mobile AppFree Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting, download my free and powerful Keller Williams real estate app – it’s chock-full of features!

  • Text “KWCP11X” to 87778 to download (this is the easiest method)
  • Or visit this link with more details and to download http://bit.ly/kw-mobile-app

 

Please Note: All listing information for homes currently for sale in these neighborhoods is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Data and availability is accurate as of March 28, 2016 and subject to change.

For Sale In Canyon Creek

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9100 Dona Villa Place, Austin, Texas 78726
3 bedrooms / 2.5 bathrooms / 1 Study / 2,660 Square Feet

I’m proud to be representing this home which just listed!

Nestled in northwest Austin’s desirable Canyon Creek neighborhood here’s a preview of this home’s many features (click the links in green to fully enjoy what this home has to offer):

  • Beautiful stone exterior with a spacious front verandah
  • Open floor plan with high ceilings, tile and berber throughout
  • Extras you’ll find include two large bow windows, a 3 car garage, and a one-of-a-kind wine storage crafted by a local artisan of oak and iron. Get the full list of this home’s upgrades here.
  • Kitchen extras include granite counter tops, a custom tile backsplash, a double oven, and fluted kitchen cabinetry with glass door accents
  • Enjoy the benefits of gas in the cook’s kitchen and family room fireplace
  • A spacious yard with mature trees and a full sprinkler system
  • Located in the acclaimed Leander ISD
  • Mere steps to a peaceful greenbelt that connects to Trailhead Park with over 4 miles of nature trails – read our blog post for the full story and some sample pics are below
  • Well positioned between two HEBs, Four Points’ Trails at 620 shopping, dining and entertainment district and just 10 minutes to The Oasis on Lake Travis
  • Offered at $454,900
  • More pictures at my MLS Listing
  • Check our Facebook page for upcoming Open Houses. Hope to see you there!

Please call or email me with any questions and be one of the first to preview this property. I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful Austin home while it’s available!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

The New Keller Williams Real Estate Mobile AppFree Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting, download my free and powerful Keller Williams real estate app – it’s chock-full of features!

  • Text “KWCP11X” to 87778 to download (this is the easiest method)
  • Or visit this link with more details and to download http://bit.ly/kw-mobile-app

Please Note:
All property information in this post is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. I can help you validate any concerns or discrepancies.

Here are some pictures taken at this neighborhood’s greenbelt:

A Fallen Tree In Canyon Creek

The Great Old Oak Tree Of Canyon CreekA Split Tree In Canyon CreekA Wild Mushroom Grows in Canyon Creek

 

Who Rescued Who?

Harley. A yellow Lab living in Austin, Texas.Meet Harley.

Given the chance, he will play fetch with you long after the setting sun.

He will lick you silly and steal your heart in the blink of a smile.

He loves handing out sucker punches for free and swims just for the heck of it. But don’t let this active boy fool you … he’s pondering his first release, a book on the joys of bedtime snuggling.

For Harley, life is a bountiful one; complete with fabulous food, a well-filled toy box, wrestling matches with his brother “Boomer,” tummy rubs and mastering new ways to continuously impress his 2-legged guardians for tasty treats.

Life for Harley wasn’t always an easy one. He had to fight incredible odds early in life, being under a year old. He lived in a home protected by a 3 foot tall fence which proved no fence at all, for a Lab that enjoys adventure.

Harley had been collected by animal control more times than we know until one day, when his former family decided they couldn’t bail him out of puppy prison anymore. So off he went to the pound. He was there a few days until he was slated to be euthanized.

Harley Sherwin Kiker ReiderAcross town, a family was mourning the loss of their 14 year old doggie “Springs” who died the week of Thanksgiving, leaving his brother “Boomer” – a 6 month old chocolate Lab – the sole dog of the pack.

Boomer’s life was shaken up hard. He showed signs of depression – being uninterested in food or play… and spending much of the day searching the house and yard for his brother. Boomer never found Springs and after 2 solid weeks of sadness his family knew they had to take action to mend the pack’s broken hearts.

Initially, they thought they were searching for a yellow lab puppy, but after kennel cough prevented a litter of puppies from near-term adoption, they stumbled upon this picture (above) of a strapping young lad with a nose of pink who went by the name of “Sherwin.”

On the finest of days, the family of 3 piled into the car and drove to meet the little guy. After being greeted by an immediate sucker punch at the front door and an hour of effortless lab-tag later, the family knew this pup was the one.

Harley’s foster family shed tears when it came time for him to leave.

Harley had only been with them 2 short weeks after being plucked within hours of the end of his days, yet he still touched their hearts with his sweet, sweet soul.

Two Smiling Labs by Home Style AustinSurmounting extreme odds, Harley has brought immeasurable joy and unforgettably funny stories to those who know him. He brightens his family’s days beyond expectation and Boomer and Harley remain the best of brothers. Two peas, they say.

To those who have experienced and propel the joys of animal rescue, a million thanks!

And for those who are considering a rescue pup, please save these souls who are fighting for their lives. Give them a second chance to live and share life.

You may just find, as did we, that the lucky soul saved wasn’t the one at the end of their lifeline … it was the one who created a new lifeline, by picking up where others left off.

Oh, what a great feeling that is!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

PS ~ “Why did you name him Harley,” you ask? His foster Dad rode one. And we could think of no better way to honor this guy.

Flying Dogs To ItalyWant to read more about Harley? Learn about his amazing adventure to Italy with his brother Boomer!