Westlake Homes and Real Estate Specialist Blog

The holiday season is officially in full swing! While this season is "the most wonderful time of the year," it also a reputation of being the most stressful. Locating the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list can be a long, hard, and at times, aggravating, search. To help you out this year, I've compiled a list of Westlake shops to assist you with your search. Without further ado, here is the Westlake Holiday gift guide:

Barton Creek Square

  • The Barton Creek Square is the ideal location for those holiday shoppers looking for a little bit of everything! From kitchenware to electronics to clothing shops, the Barton Creek Square mall has something on everyone's Christmas list. Click here to see the mall directory!
  • Location: 2901 S
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Thanksgiving is nearly here – and, do you know what that means? It's time for the season of giving thanks for your loved ones, eating copious amounts of turkey and Thanksgiving Pie, watching professional football, and, for some, participating in this year's Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot! Thanksgiving is one of the best times of year! And, living in the Westlake area, with proximity to downtown Austin, we can take advantage of some of the best Austin has to offer this Thanksgiving! Take a look at some of the events happening around our area this Thanksgiving:

26th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 24, 2016

  • What better way to get in the spirit of the holiday than starting your Thanksgiving Day off with a 5-mile or
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When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? Do pumpkins, costumes, bobbing for apples and trick-or-treating come to mind? Of course they do! That’s what Halloween is all about…at least since the 1950s. But, Halloween has not always been considered this family-friendly kid-centric holiday. What are the true origins of Halloween? Take a look at this short video from the History Channel to discover the history of Halloween.

Since our version of Halloween consists of dressing up in a costume and trick-or-treating through your neighborhood, let’s take a look at some of the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods in Westlake. Not only are these the best in Westlake, but they are also some of the best in the Austin area! Take a look:

Now that you’ve

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It’s that time of year again! Time to grab the family, head out to one of the local Westlake pumpkin patches, and pick out that perfect pumpkin to make into a Jack-O-Lantern or grandma’s famous pumpkin pie. Whatever your purpose, going to a pumpkin patch is usually a favorite family tradition during the fall season. Nothing says fall more than pumpkin pie and Jack-O-Lanterns! So, if you’re new to Westlake, or if you’re looking for a new pumpkin patch to explore this year, here are a couple of the most charming pumpkin patches around our community:

 

Churches near Westlake with pumpkin patches:

Tarrytown United Methodist Church

Location: 2601 Exposition Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Hours: Monday to Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to

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Don’t you just love fall? I know I do - the leaves changing colors, cooling temperatures in the Austin area, and of course, football. What’s not to like? The fall season in Austin is filled with many fun festivals and activities. From Oktoberfest celebrations to Austin City Limits to Westlake Chaparral Football games – there is a little something for just about everyone!

Let’s take a look at some of the best fall festivals and events in the Westlake and Austin areas:

I hope everyone has a fantastic fall, and GO CHAPS GO!!

Do you have any questions about the Westlake area? Give me a call. I love the Westlake community and would love to share it with you!

 

Resources:

http://www.austintexas.org/visit/events/october-november/

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For those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, fresh air, and some gorgeous hill country views, you’ve come to the right place! Hiking and nature trails are located all throughout the Austin area, and we are lucky enough to enjoy some of the best close to our home base of Westlake!

Here are a couple of our best hiking and nature trails in and around the Westlake area! Grab your hiking shoes and let’s get started!

Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake

With the completion of the Boardwalk in the summer of 2014, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail makes a complete loop around Lady Bird Lake. Not only do you get a little exercise - whether you walk, bike, or run - you also get great views of the downtown

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With its close proximity to downtown, quaint neighborhoods, and great views, Westlake has yet another quality that draws residents in. Our neighborhood has claimed top education rankings in Texas and the Nation – making Eanes Independent School District one of Texas’ premier education systems.

For families with children, living in a neighborhood with a great school district is a top priority. And, lucky for us, our neighborhood has one of the greatest school districts in not only Texas, but also the United States. Eanes Independent School District, located in the heart of our Westlake community, has six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Each level of our education system - elementary, middle and high school - has claimed some

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With the end of summer upon us – it’s almost time to get the kiddos ready to head back to school. Could a little family fun be just the thing to conclude your summer season? I think so! Grab the kids, and head out for some good ole family fun!

Take a look at some of my favorite family friendly locations in and around the Westlake area:

Hoppin’ House

The Hoppin’ House is the perfect location to bring kiddos that are 11 and under for a day of hoppin’ fun. Admission is free to parents accompanying their children and socks are required in the hoppin’ houses.

Hours: M-Th (10am - 7pm), Fri. (10am - 7pm), Sat. (3pm - 8 pm) and Sun. (3pm - 6 pm)

Location: 4040 South Lamar Blvd, Suite B

Price: Under 3 yrs old ($6.00 + tax), 3 to 11 yrs

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Who doesn’t like to grab a cool cocktail on a hot summer day? In Westlake, and even more so, Austin, there are plenty of locations to grab a cocktail, and an appetizer – and even better, at a discount. Take a look at some of my favorite happy hour locations in and around the Westlake area:

Eleven Plates & Wine

3801 N Capital of Texas Hwy G-100  

Monday to Friday, from 3 - 6 p.m.

Select snacks from main menu are on happy hour pricing. Drink Specials include $3 off all glasses of wine, $5.50 off of all half bottles of wine, $11 off of all bottles of wine & $2 off all bottles of beer and craft cocktails

 

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

3600 N Capital of Texas Hwy  

Happy hour specials are served seven days a week.

There are several drink

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Living in Westlake has its advantages. Not only do we have great neighborhoods and schools, we are also closely situated just west of downtown Austin. This prime location allows Westlake residents to enjoy the fantastic entertainment options downtown has to offer while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Westlake.

Downtown entertainment is plenty in a city as lively as Austin. We enjoy live music, great restaurants, and an abundance of nightlife options - but, every big city has these things! So, what makes Austin stand out compared to that of other large U.S. cities? Recently, Austin ranked in the top 10 U.S. cities for urban-nature lovers. According to realtor.com, Austin has an abundance of outdoor activities and green space available to its

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