condoSometimes we find great properties, and sometimes they are dropped in our laps — and this standalone condo in the planned community of Mueller is a latter instance.

Never heard of Mueller? Located about 11 miles from the Austin city center, the community is the best of both worlds — city services without the city taxes or the city ordinances (more on why that is key in a minute). It is located on the 700-acre site that was vacated by the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport when it relocated to Austin in 1999.

“The award-winning Mueller master plan and the innovative Master Development Agreement with Catellus Development Group and the City of Austin are the culmination of decades of community planning efforts from visionary neighbors and active citizens,” the community’s website explains, adding that the location has grown to house about 14,300 people, and has provided 10,500 construction jobs, 4 million square feet of office and retail space, more than 6,200 homes and 140 acres of public open space.

It’s also won a ton of awards.

Given its proximity to downtown Austin and the University of Texas campus, 4511 Graceful Lane #474 is the perfect spot for season-ticket holding Longhorn football (or basketball, or both, for that matter) fans who want a place they can relax on game weekends. (more…)

Throw out the old rule book of Lake Austin’s past. A new generation of buyers is on the loose and looking for the modern waterfront of their dreams. This one fits the bill.

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Manor

This home in Manor, Texas, was a wedding present when it was built in 1897, and has been lovingly restored.

If you want 20 acres of woods to roam, but also like the idea of being close to Austin and civilization, this 1897 lovingly updated home in Manor, Texas, just might be the ticket.

Listing agent Jill Leberknight calls this home located at 19704 Hog Eye Road “The Grand Lady,” and it’s easy to see why this historical shelter has earned that moniker. (more…)

3148 Above Stratford Place is listed for $11.5 million by Cord Shiflet of Moreland Properties. (Photo Credit: Moreland Properties)

Live large on Lady Bird Lake in this elegant cliffside retreat overlooking Red Bud Island. These are the most enviable views in all of Austin!

Nestled on a prominent cliff with lake views that go on for miles, stands this dramatic Mediterranean-style retreat, boasting 9,990 square feet, six bedrooms, seven full and two partial bathrooms, incredible infinity edge pool, and sprawling mature acreage – rare for the area — with close proximity to  the bustling capital’s city center.

“This is a one of a kind property for Austin,” says listing agent, Cord Shiflet, of Moreland Properties. “More than half of the value is in the land. Five-acres hanging above Lady Bird Lake with eye-level views of downtown and miles of water.”

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Time and again, studies say Millennials value experiences above things. If your business involves youthful employees, is it time to rethink the place for a corporate retreat?

Many a mountain, beach, or lake house has been marketed to business folk as a place for brainstorming, team-building, and entertaining clients. But the Millennial generation’s concept of a gathering spot is more likely to be a coffeehouse or music club in a buzzy urban area than a boring hotel, staid golf resort, or remote house. Taking a cue from co-op work spaces, an Austin-based group has opened a stylish “experiential” luxury hostel and event space that just might assist you to”go native,” and adopt the customs of of the newest generation for your next company summit or bash.

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What happens when you don’t bulldoze a vibrant urban core for an urban office park?  Austin. What happens 60 years later when you finally realize the huge mistake you made? Houston and Dallas. What happens when you want the very best pied-à-terre in Austin? You head to the Austonian at 200 Congress Avenue. And putting the “high” in highfalutin is unit 50T.

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504 Spiller Front

If we were to stare into Maleficent’s mirror and ask it to tell us “What home in Austin is the coolest of all?” it would make up some weird rhyme to tell us all about this absolutely rad structure in Westlake Hills. Designed by architect John Watson, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, the “Grotto Dome” house might be the coolest house in all of Central Texas. And you can quote me on that.

504 Spiller Pond

504 Spiller Deck

It’s an escape in the city, a home tucked into a ravine with a narrow little creek that runs beneath it. Jump to see more photos of what could be either an amazing second home, a vacation home, or a primary residence that’s cool enough to feel like a vacation. We don’t care what you call it, really, as long as you invite us over to sip cocktails and play pool by the pool in the grotto.

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Boot Ranch 24

Congratulations to Boot Ranch, one of the most beautiful vacation home communities in the nation, for having one of the nation’s best golf ranges as ranked by the Golf Range Association of America. So exciting!

Truly, Boot Ranch is becoming a top golf destination in Texas and the U.S., with immaculate PGA-level courses as well as an executive Par 3 course. Read on for more details!

The Golf Range Association of America has again honored Boot Ranch as one of the nation’s top 50 private ranges and the only award winner in Texas. Boot Ranch, Estancia Club, Hazeltine National, The Bridges of Rancho Santa Fe and Valhalla Golf Club are quickly becoming regulars within the Top 50. The award was announced in the January issue of Golf Range Magazine.

In addition to the 34-acre practice park, which includes a short game range and an executive Par 3 course, there’s the championship 18-hole golf course designed by PGA legend Hal Sutton. The 18-hole golf course rises and falls along the natural ridges and valleys and makes full use of natural water features, one being the twin 40-foot waterfalls in front of the 10th green. The course measures 7,250 yards from the longest tee for a Par 71.

“As the primary location for young players’ entry into golf and for players wanting to improve their overall game, a greater value is being put on practice facilities across the nation. Boot Ranch is at the forefront in meeting this demand,” says Boot Ranch PGA Director of Golf Emil Hale. “A lot of qualities go in making a golf course great,” he added. “In the case of Boot Ranch, players generally praise the uniqueness of holes, conditioning, challenge, length and history.”

A limited number of Non-Resident Memberships are available for those who want to enjoy golf; access to the property’s Club House Village, spa and fitness facilities; and the new Ranch Club featuring four separate pools, outdoor pavilion for events and parties and soon-to-be-completed sports and tennis courts. A complete list of award winners can be found in Golf Range Magazine.