Endless City Views in Helotes Park Estates

Lazy J Exterior

Treasure in captivating views from every room in this unique split level home. Meticulously maintained and updated by the current owners, this gem is perfect for any buyer. Opportunities for entertaining are truly endless on the upper and lower decks, gazebo, zen garden, sparkling pool, hottub, or in the spacious gameroom with a bar.

Notice $80,000 in Pella windows and doors, an exercise room, and maid’s quarters on the lower level. Enjoy a private patio off the master suite or the spa-like bath. This magnificent home has native and manicured landscaping with extensive rock walls and steps.

Lazy J Interior

Contact Cindy Baughn for more information at 210.445.1230 or cindy.baughn@sothebyrealty.com or click here

Stunning Condo at The Ricchi Luxury Condominiums

 

La Cantera

 

This absolutely stunning condo is a professionally-decorated, fully-furnished Ricchi condo unit with gorgeous upgrades and a pool view. This dual master, 2 bedroom condo includes a 1/2 bath., full laundry room, and balcony with view. Tiger Cherry wood floors, solid counter tops, top-of-the-line appliances including fabulous wine fridge are some of the other features. Condo amenities include everything from gated entry to a gorgeous pool.

Contact Julie Alexander at 210.872.0109 for more information.

Experience a Resort Lifestyle

 

Experience unparalleled living within this true resort just inside 1604 in the prestigious Huntington Estates area.

206 Winding Lane

Built by Burdick in 2008, this magnificent home sits on 2± acres (a double lot for this area) and offers spectacular grounds with a tennis court and volleyball area, plus a charming gazebo to rest and watch the athletes.

Basketball and Volleyball

8,175± square feet of elegance and charm awaits you inside. A stunning master suite looks out to the large pool area and has massive dressing areas plus a coffee bar and hideaway exercise room.

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Kitchen

The kitchen was designed for entertaining, and opens to a beautiful patio. The upstairs bedrooms are all ensuite with large closets and stunning views. A secondary bedroom is down near the kitchen area. Several other rooms include a library/media room down, gameroom up, and a flex room great for someone with a hobby. All is beautifully landscaped and ready for you to move in.

Listed by Mary Carter of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information call Mary at 210.387.4663­

THE DUCKS ARE COMING, THE DUCKS ARE COMING!

The Austin Boys and Girls Clubs Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be conducting its first Rubber Duck Derby on November 15, 2014 from 10:00 until Noon. Festivities will begin at the Austin American Statesman’s parking lot adjacent to Lady Bird Lake and the Ducks will be launched from the Ann Richards Bridge
All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club Foundation whose purpose is to create an endowment that will ensure the long term sustainability of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Proceeds from the endowment are used to award college scholarships to worthy Club members.
YOU CAN ADOPT A DUCK BY GOING TO www.austinduckderby.com. For five dollars you might win the Grand Prize of a car donated by Onion Creek Volkswagen or a one week vacation at the Fairmont Heritage Place Lodge in Telluride, Colorado. There will be lots of kids activities including photo ops with “Derby Duck”.
So please participate November 15th and support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin who touch the lives of 12,000 kids each year in Travis County via 24 clubs.

For more information, contact Susan R. Brown at 512.426.8866 or susan.brown@sothebysrealty.com.

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Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty Merges with Amelia Bullock Realtors

We are incredibly excited to announce the acquisition of Austin-based Amelia Bullock Realtors. Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty, owned by Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty for two years, has merged with Amelia Bullock Realtors and, along with the current Kuper Sotheby’s offices in San Antonio, will now collectively be known as Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.

“We could not be more excited and proud to acquire and merge with one of Austin’s premiere real estate agencies,” J Kuper, broker of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, said. “We know that when combined, the power of our agents, internal teams and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will cement our status as one of Central Texas’ top real estate companies by any measurement.”

The newly combined agency will have 139 sales associates in Austin, as well as 107 sales associates in San Antonio. With the acquisition, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty will rank fourth in Austin for total sales volume, according to the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) multiple listing service (MLS) and BrokerMetrics

“Amelia Bullock Realtors and Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty share the same culture and values, and are both family-owned businesses,” Amelia Bullock, founder and co-owner of Amelia Bullock Realtors, said. “Both companies are known for fairness, integrity and dependability, which is why we know this is the best opportunity to provide an even brighter future for our associates.”

The combined companies have executed more than 1,000 transactions in the past 12 months with a total value of approximately $600 million and an average of $511,000 per transaction in Austin. The new agency will have an average transaction price that is approximately 80 percent higher than the MLS average. Sales associates with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty are projected to have an average production that is 54 percent higher than the average sales associate in the MLS.

In 2012, J Kuper purchased Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty, an eight-year-old Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate with two offices—one in the Barton Creek area and one in the Bee Caves area. With the acquisition, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty now has four offices in Austin in addition to four offices in San Antonio.

Amelia Bullock Realtors was founded in 1969 by Amelia Bullock in her home and grew from three friends working together to more than 80 agents 45 years later. The brand quickly became known in Austin as a preeminent residential real estate company.

“We chose Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty because they provide the right environment and opportunities for all of our associates in our real estate family,” Barbara Wallace, co-owner of Amelia Bullock Realtors, said. “I look at this as a continuance of our legacy, and I hope our agents are just as proud as I am to join the No. 1 name in international real estate.”

Austin is Texas’ fourth-largest city and has been named numerous times as the “Best City for Jobs” by Forbes Magazine, as well as “Best Big City to Live In” by CNN. More than 110 people move to the city every day according to the City of Austin, making it the fastest-growing large metro area in the country.

“The Austin and Central Texas market is one of the most active in the world, and we are seeing an increase in international interest in the area,” Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, said. “The addition of such a distinguished agency to our already successful network of affiliates will generate additional referral opportunities for all.”

 

 

Dog Days of Summer: Fat Burning or Just Water Loss?

outdoor-exercise-sweat-heatIt doesn’t take much to break a sweat these days.  Heck, just step out of the car, stand there, and voila!  Add a workout, and the sweats gates flow.

So, here’s the question: Am I burning more fat by sweating so much? Do I lose more weight during these super sweaty workouts?  Or, do the LB’s drop just because of so much sweating? We should give ourselves credit where credit is due, right?

Coming from a fitness background, I suspected I already knew the answer.  What I blissfully forgot is how complicated it is to figure out a simple answer to the body’s complex energy systems. I did not see a super straight forward chart, formula or explanation (for the bullet point junkies like myself), but here are a few of the highlights.

Short workouts in higher temperatures have little effect on our metabolic rate.  Translation- exercising in the heat does not increase our metabolism.  Bummer.  (Trent Jones & The American Dietetic Association have way more scientific information on LiveStrong.com if you are interested.)hydration_fluid_recovery_training_exercise_sports_chiropractic_chiropractor_running_rehabilitation

2) Prolonged workouts in the heat will increase our core body temperature which will raise our metabolism.  The body is working twofold here.  It is trying to cool itself (expending energy) AND it is trying to complete the workout (expending more energy).  Translation- prolonged exercise in the heat does increase our metabolism.  Yeah!  BUT, increasing our core temperature is harmful to our organs, etc, Darn.Increasing the internal temperature by 3 degrees Fahrenheit increases our base metabolic rate by more than 20%…like having a fever. (Trent Jones Article on LiveStrong.com)

Exercising in the heat is more taxing to the body because of the added effort to cool itself.  Exercising in the heat increases the use of carbohydrates and stored muscle fuel and decreases the fat burning (because of the higher intensity).  (Sweat Science from Runnersworld.com/weight-loss) Double darn.

So, where does this leave us?  Slower, Fatter and Sweatier?  Maybe not. Here are some tips to deal with the heat.

5 FIXES TO AVOID FAKE FAT BURNING
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1. Drink water before, during & after you workout.  Mitigate dehydration so your weigh-ins are accurate.

2. Acclimate & take breaks.  Your body can get used to the heat but, give it time.  Start with short workouts. Take breaks.

3. Let Mother Nature help out.  Exercise in  the morning.  Find shade.

4. Take a page from the gardeners and campers handbooks.  Wear protective clothing. Use sunscreen.  Hats do help and, so do cooling bandannas.

5. Take a page from the triathletes handbook.  Try a water workout.

Beat the heat & Burn the fat! and, HAVE FUN.

Joan holds a Masters Degree in Biomechanics and Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science.  Prior to her career in Real Estate, Joan spent many years as a fitness professional.

 

Shop like a local

consuelaWonder where Austinites go to shop for unique one of a kind gifts?  Keep reading!

I recently discovered Consuela at 910 Congress for very unique purses, and bags of all sorts. All designed locally and made in Mexico.  When I am looking for something made by local artists and I don’t know what I want, it’s Parts and Labour on South Congress.  Their ever changing inventory is wonderful.  Need something for a quirky antique lover? Uncommon Objects on South Congress has repurposed antiques, jewelry, and art.  Then there is Toy Joy on Second Street with toys for both children and adults. Relive your childhood, buy a fun party favor, go to just laugh.

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When you want one of those Mexican Saint candles, City General Store, located on East 7th has the best selection I have seen.  You can also shop for piñatas on East Cesar Chavez at either Raquel’s Party Land or Pinata Party Palace.

Need tunes or books?  Waterloo Records at 6th and Lamar has music you won’t find at a big box store. The same can be said of Book People (same corner) with a wonderful selection of books by local authors as well as books not readily found at the national chain stores.

And finally, although not for gifts per se, when you need a costume there is no place like Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds on South Congress.  Really, take a field trip there, you won’t be disappointed.  The last time we went for fun my husband decided he had to have an American flag bandana with long locks hanging from it. Guess he misses the “old” days!

Have a ball shopping.

Lori

Confessions of a Consignment Store Junkie

Blain Slattery – Home Consignment Center’s “Sales Superstar”

Blain Slattery – Home Consignment Center’s “Sales Superstar”

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with consignment stores. I love the thrill of the hunt for the perfect accessories for my home. My heart skips a beat when I find an eclectic piece that with a story of far-away places and hidden secrets.  And, most of all, I love getting a great deal!

Clients always ask me, where they should go and what should they shop for at consignment stores. Today, I went to one of my favorite consignment shops, Home Consignment Centers in the Arbor Walk. Blain Slattery, “Sales Superstar,” is one of the great salespeople with an incredible eye for design who showed me some of the best pieces in the store that day.

My first tip is to go with an open mind. If you are looking for something in particular, like a hounds tooth ottoman, you probably won’t find it, but if you’re just looking for an ottoman, you have a pretty good chance. Another rule of thumb with consignment stores is you have to go back often. The store is constantly changing its inventory. Also, if you find something you like, put it on hold! If you don’t, it will probably be gone tomorrow. I always take photos of the spaces I want to decorate and let the sales people help me out. Just like Blain, they know where the best stuff is and most of them have great taste.

One final tip, always ask if they can come down on the price. Depending on how long the item has been there, the prices may be negotiable.

Here are some of the incredible pieces Blain helped me find today:

 

Lions, tigers and bears – oh my!

AustinZoo1 A little known attraction in Austin, but worthy of greater attention, is the Austin Zoo. Although not greatly advertised around town, the Austin Zoo is home to many of the same animals found in traditional zoos. What makes the Austin Zoo even more special is its intimate environment and the fact that all animals are rescues. The Austin Zoo houses big animals such as lions, tigers, bears, and wolves, while also housing smaller animals such as monkeys and a variety of birds. Peacocks and other fowl roam freely around the zoo to the delight of all. There is even a feeding corral to actively participate in caring for the animals by feeding them for a small additional fee. Children of all ages will love this quaint zoo which offers a train ride around the zoo and into the hill country, free strollers for use while exploring the grounds, and educational centers focusing on animal welfare and awareness.

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Recently, I was able to visit the Austin Zoo on a beautiful Saturday morning with a special little man in my life. The animals were easily visible for all ages and sizes and the zoo is easy to navigate. The train ride was a big hit, as was the petting corral.  Also, you can take your own food. There are picnic tables under the trees. This is a wonderful way to keep your kids entertained, at least for 1 day this  summer.

We had a great time and will be back soon!

Austin Water Fun

All photos: Texas River School

Photo courtesy: Texas River School

Ok, it’s getting hot, but there are so many activities which include getting wet here you can still stay cool.

  • Rent a canoe, kayak, swan paddle boat, sail boat, or stand up paddle board on Lady Bird Lake. Make sure you check out their payment policies and hours of operations.

    • Zilker Park Boat Rentals for canoes or kayaks

    • Capital Cruises for swan boats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards

    • Texas Rowing  for Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards

    • Austin Sailboat for sailboats

  • Go for a swim in one of our natural ponds and pools

    Barton Springs Pool

    Barton Springs Pool

    • Hamilton Pool is a natural blue hole

    • Barton Springs Pool at Zilker Park is spring fed and stays around 70 degrees

    • Near by Wimberly has a lovely park and spring fed swimming hole called Blue Hole

    • New Braunfels has wonderful Landa Park on the Comal River with a spring fed pool, a regular pool and lots of activities such as miniature golf.

  • Swim at one of Austin’s public pools.  Find one near you at www.austintexas.gov/pools

  • Go for a hike on the Barton Creek Greenbelt.  If you begin at the Loop 360 South & MoPac entrance you are close to both Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls, both with enough water to cool off after a short hike. Find a map of the greenbelt at www.texasoutside.com/bartoncreekgreenbelt

Stay cool!

Lori Galloway