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10 New Year's Resolutions for Every Austinite

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 12:42pm. 4,292 Views, 1 Comments.

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Living in Austin, you gain certain experiences similar to others living in the same town.

For instance, you might think that every Austinite has been to Barton Springs, but you'd be surprised at how many Austinites have managed to avoid the Springs over the years.

Well, this post is for such an Austinite - the ones who have been here for a while but may have missed out on the particularly "Austin-y" things that make up the collective experiences of tried and true Austin townies. 

 

 

1. Take at Dip at Deep Eddy

Deep Eddy Pool

Image by organicclimber.com

This one is rudimentary. While it's no Barton Springs (Deep Eddy's bigger brother), Deep Eddy Pool is for those Austinites who like get a little fitness with their recreation. In fact,

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Don't Be a Clark Griswold - Realty Austin Infographic

Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 10:43am. 3,976 Views, 1 Comments.

As any experienced homeowner knows your Christmas lights display is an extension of your character, a public statement to those who live near you and the lucky few who pass by. So when that time of year rolls around, you've got a decision to make: do you want to be neighbor of year, or just another Clark Griswold? You decide.

Infographic for Realty Austin's Don't Be a Clark Griswold

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Green Building in Austin & Beyond

Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 11:28am. 1,892 Views, 0 Comments.

Photo of Green Building Austin, Solar Panels Photo by BoulderHomeSource.com

Amid some of the blowback from green living enthusiasts over the projected environmental impact of last weekend's F1 race, we thought it would be a good idea to touch upon green practices within the Austin real estate community. As our population continues to grow, so does the need for progressive residential and commercial building options.  It is important to understand our global environmental impact when building new homes and offices, especially in an era of new growth.  Green building is a practice that aims to be environmentally conscious and resource efficient while also keeping up with population and economic growth.  This overall philosophy is followed throughout the entire building process,

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Realty Austin's F1 Survival Kit

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 11:44pm. 2,636 Views, 0 Comments.

Formula 1 - Circuit of the Americas

Formula 1 is finally here! For the last year we’ve been hearing about F1 construction, Circuit of the Americas, and all the ups and downs that the commission has dealt with in getting COTA up and running. Well, now it’s here and Austin will go down on the map as the only city in the U.S. with a purpose-built Formula 1 Racing track. With nearly 100,000 out-of-towners descending upon Austin for race day, we’re here to give you a cut and dry guide on what belongs in your F1 Survival Kit to help get you through Austin’s inaugural F1 weekend.

November 16 – 18 is going to be packed with race activities. Friday through Saturday will feature several races and practice sessions before the United States Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. For those

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Storage Prices in Austin

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 12:08pm. 1,639 Views, 0 Comments.

Austin Storage Sheds

You’re probably here reading Realty Austin's blog because you’re considering either moving to Austin or moving to another neighborhood from within Austin. Either way, there’s a good chance you’re going to need to rent a self-storage unit at some point during your move—after all, one in ten people moving do. While the internet has blessed us with new tools that make finding the best storage deals in Austin a snap, it’s best to know some specifics before you begin your search. So what do you need to know about the storage industry in Austin?

To begin with, prices on storage in Austin are on average higher than any other city in Texas (though a few of Dallas’s suburbs are even more expensive), including Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

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Things to Do in Austin in November 2012

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 4:36pm. 2,019 Views, 0 Comments.

Things to Do In Austin In November GraphicLooking for cool, Austin-y things to do this month? We have compiled a list of activities for you to transition into Fall! The weather is cooling down, but that doesn't stop us outdoor lovers and event seekers this November. Annual events such as East Austin Studio Tour, Turkey Trot and A Christmas Affair are some favorite events to attend before the holidays. There are plenty of things to do, like attending Wurstfest or catching the Formula Oneraces, to make this November in Austin one to remember!


First Thursday November 1
Every First Thursday of the Month on South Congress there is plenty to see, buy and eat for all ages. Many stores have special sales and snacks for their customers, and it's a great event for

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Climate Controlled Storage: Do you need it in Austin?

Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 9:15am. 2,561 Views, 0 Comments.

Climate Controlled Storage in Austin

Whether you’re in the process of a move, remodeling, staging your home, or cutting down on clutter, when you’re looking for a storage unit there are two primary concerns: how to best keep your belongings safe, and how to do that while making the most efficient use of your money. One of the most common amenities in demand at storage facilities is climate control—indeed; many facilities even include it in their name. There’s really no question whether or not climate control will keep your belongings safer—the question is whether or not climate control is necessary or important enough to justify the extra cost in comparison to normal storage units.

The answer depends on two things: what you intend to store and the climate where you plan

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Things to Do in Austin in October 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 9:59pm. 2,646 Views, 0 Comments.

Things to Do In Austin In October GraphicLooking for cool, Austin-y things to do this month? We have compiled a list of activities for you to transition into Fall! Spend some money to help benefit musicians, get some peace and exercise at a yoga festival, and check out the rest of our fun, family-friendly events in Austin this October. Austin offers plenty of kayaking, hike and bike trails, and disc golf for you to enjoy before the weather gets cooler. There are plenty of things to do, like attending ACL Festival or shopping in the 2nd Street District, to make this fall in Austin one to remember!


HAAM Benefit Day

October 2

Today businesses will donate at least 5% of their proceeds to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Performances at select

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Tips for Hiring Movers

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 11:46am. 4,065 Views, 2 Comments.

Tips for Hiring Movers

Getting the prices and rates right when moving is crucial to a financially bearable relocation. Moving expenses vary depending on whether your move is local or out of state, what kinds of furniture you’re moving and the speed at which you want it done. Each move has specific details that are important to consider when relocating. They influence the quality and cost of your move.

What is the Cost of Moving?

Before getting down to establishing the expenses you need to consider if you are going to do a self-move or if you will hire a professional moving company for a full move. If you decide for a do-it-yourself move, you will most likely hire two men and a truck. The going rates on average are about $90 to $120 per hour. Hiring the moving

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Upcoming Austin Festivals 2012-2013

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 8:27pm. 7,976 Views, 0 Comments.

ACL Fest in Austin, TXDo you love activities, local food, and kid-friendly fun? Austin has numerous fun festivals for all three! With so much to do, it can be overwhelming sorting through the best things to do in town. Luckily, Realty Austin, your top source for Austin activities and real estate, has the scoop on Austin’s top festivals.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

June 7–10

Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K

June 23

Bastille Day Festival

July 14

Ice Cream Festival

August 4

Austin Fashion Week

August 10–18

Bat Fest

August 25

Austin Chronicle's Hot Sauce Fest

August26

Italian Festival

August 26

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

August 28 – September 3

Fantastic Fest

September

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