A Forever Home In Hill Country Village

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In the heart of San Antonio, just seven minutes from the international airport, is a community filled with open pastures, glamorous estates, wildlife, farm life and luxury. The residents of Hill Country Village have either been here for a very long time, or were blessed enough to finally find their spot. It’s coveted, yet unconventional, steeped with history yet full of modern architecture.

For Deb Ford, Hill Country Village has been a part of her life for nearly 30 years. Ford’s two-plus acre plot on the southern end of the Village boasts a gorgeous home surrounded by mature trees and a sprawling green lawn that makes it hard to imagine the bustling world just seconds away. “The convenience is extraordinary,” says Ford. “This is the walking neighborhood. I can, and have, walked to the post office and the grocery store.”

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The original home was built on the property in 1960. As Ford moved her family in she made two major expansions to fit her growing children, who now often visit with children of their own. The master suite is located on the original, ranch style side of the home and a separate two story children’s or entertaining wing offers a generous great room with a fireplace, three bedrooms with bathrooms and bonus room with a separate entrance.

A huge kitchen adjoins the two spaces nicely and Ford reminisces about the many memories she has had around the kitchen table. “So many kids have grown up in this house, we always had my children’s friends here, they still come back to visit and will be sad when I go.”

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Professed as the “cool house” Ford affectionately calls the home the ultimate entertaining space. Local and National dignitaries have been guests in the home, where Ford is well known for her parties. The canopy of the trees and layout of the home create an ideal setting for speaking engagements with large audiences. “We even had my daughter’s wedding here. Imagine 700 guests, lights everywhere and a dance floor all right on this lawn.” And after flipping through an album of the event it is obvious the setting was not only perfect, it was magical.

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The serenity of the outdoors is carried into the home, through the large windows and French doors creating the perfect flow to one of the many gathering spots. “The front porch is my sanctuary, just heavenly.” The porch leads down to the pool, which rests nicely amongst the canopy of trees and is surrounded by a large patio with a fire pit. “It creates a natural amphitheater which was not intentional, but is as if God planned it.”

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“One of the greatest features of the property is this beautiful barn,” say Ford of the expansive space with fully protected interior. Ford uses it for a gardening center and workshop, but it is suitable for much more. “You can own one big animal per acre and it would be ideal for horses.” Whether interested in raising animals or just looking at them, the home offers abundant natural entertainment. “The wildlife is just incredible here,” says Ford. “I love watching the routines of the deer and there are just so many beautiful birds.”

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Before World War II, Hill Country Village was a hog farm. Then, in 1946 developers began construction of Village Estates, the first subdivision located north of San Antonio. Tracts were a minimum of nine acres and offered residents suburban country living. The Hill Country Village Association was created in 1954.

The citizens incorporated the community in 1956 and established a mayor and council form of government. Given the limitations of selling nine-acre parcels, residents voted to allow the sale of smaller tracts down to two acres, however many lots are still much larger than that evoking a sense of privacy that residents have come to cherish.

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Ford will indeed miss many things about the home as she moves to be closer to her grandchildren, but knows the home will now find its new family to raise. “Hill Country Village is not cookie cutter by any means. It’s an investment in living life beyond the extraordinary, a place to start a life. People come and stay.”

This extraordinary property, located at 211 Hillcountry Ln, is currently available to purchase and is listed with J.P. Martin of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here for more information! 

Article written by Jennifer Pucci Starr.

A Texas Retreat In Terrell Hills

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Introducing a classic, yet atypical home design into an area filled with tradition can be a challenging task. Yet, for a couple with an eye for style and a love for natural beauty, that is just what they did, and the result is a luxurious retreat in the heart of San Antonio.
David Barnett and his wife Kelley, an interior designer, were excited to find the large lot in the Terrell Hills neighborhood of San Antonio. “It had a forest of trees, I felt like I was in the country but yet I am only minutes from downtown,” says David.
The Terrell Hills community is amongst a few iconic neighborhoods that are the central focus of San Antonio and the most appealing to many area home hunters. The urban setting, minutes from the best restaurants, schools and attractions; the down-home, intimate feeling of knowing your mailman or local police chief by name; or simply just the feeling of history that resonates through the streets gives the area its draw.
The City of Terrell Hills is a residential community located between Alamo Heights and Fort Sam Houston along Austin Highway inside Loop 410. It is named for Dr. Frederick Terrell, the President of City National Bank who served as San Antonio’s Mayor in 1901. In 1919, Dr. Terrell sold approximately 22.5 acres of property to William Church, the trustee for a group that would become the Terrell Hills Community. The group included some of San Antonio’s most prominent businessmen.
Many homes were passed on from generation to generation, yet others still have been taken under the wing of a lucky new homeowner who seems to understand the treasure they have just been put in charge of. The style of many of the homes in these communities are indicative of the history of the area with strong Spanish features, however many homes have been transformed to reflect more modern advancements in design.

0002The original home on the Barnett’s lot left much to be desired. In disrepair and vacant for several years, the couple saw it as an open canvas of possibilities. Kelley was in the midst of a project for a Jackson Hole, Wyoming home and the natural elements of this new lot, combined with the beauty of the home she was designing provided inspiration for their own home. “The thought was that we would feel like we were on vacation all the time.”

The movement towards a greener building process found its place too in the building of the home. Although not immediately evident when looking at the façade of the home, the couple chose to renovate around the existing structure in an effort to retain some of the homes historical significance while also repurposing and salvaging existing materials.
The home was originally said to be a model home in the 1950s, and designed with a military community in mind due to its close proximity to Fort Sam Houston. Several of the homes on the beginning of the street still have a very similar design to the original Barnett property. “It was a very meticulous build around,” says Kelley. David designed the exterior, taking the home down to its studs and working with just the raw framework to begin his plan, which is based on an Arts and Crafts style.

0003During the 1880s the Arts and Crafts movement came to America after being first introduced in England. Commonly called Craftsman style, the first homes of this sort gave the sense of a bungalow style home with simple forms and natural materials. However, in this particular home, the Craftsman style is evident at every turn, but simple would not be a word commonly used to describe the unique surprises throughout the house.

0004The home has a spacious grand living space with large windows inviting the outside in, and with so many reflections of the outdoors inside it truly does hold on tight to that feeling of a mountain lodge. Inside the home large tree trunks from the lot have been used to create the mantel and frame windows, and walls with some of the 20 to 25 feet cedar trunks spanning the entire height of the room. Lampasas moss rock and Sisterdale cut limestone are also quality local products used throughout the home and the original wood floors were incorporated into the existing flooring.
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The unique third floor tower holds the family’s music room. “You can see for miles and miles above the trees of Terrell Hills, it is a great place to relax after a long day. The couple’s 1,000 plus square foot master suite is also meant for relaxation with a double sided fireplace and expansive master bath and private balcony.
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As you explore the house, the attention to detail is evident at every turn, continuing outside through the 20-foot wide French doors that open to a stone patio surrounded by boulders and mature landscaping. On the street the original gas lantern still stands, welcoming new guests. “The home is not generic in any way,” says Kelley.
The home may possess a feeling unlike any other in the area, however with new construction popping up all around, the neighborhood is far from average or ordinary. A refreshing addition and a celebration of a classic American style the Barnett home nestles itself nicely into its surroundings and is a true Texas retreat.
This wonderfully unique home, located at 829 Terrell Rd, is currently available to purchase and is listed with J.P. Martin of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here for more information!

 

Article written by Jennifer Pucci Starr.

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.

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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.

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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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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: