Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Dry Foundation is a Happy Foundation – 4 Tips

4 Tips to Keep Your Foundation Dry & Happy

With how the recent droughts & how dry it typically is in Texas, one of the last things you may be thinking about is how to keep your foundation dry to protect it during the Fall/Winter months. However, keeping water away from your home’s foundation is an important part of maintaining your home’s structural integrity. Water can cause soils to expand and contract as well as do damage to the interior of the home should it flood. With all the wonderful rain we’ve been getting lately (and typically get during the Fall/Winter) we thought we’d share a few tips with you to be sure your home & foundation stays dry and happy. 4 Tips to Keep Your Foundation Dry and Happy

  1. Keep your gutters clean and make sure downspouts will divert water to a place where it can drain away.
  2. If your home is equipped with a sump pit you may want to install a pump, or if you have a pump make sure it is operating properly.
  3. If you have a basement and it has a drain, be sure it is clear in the event that you have an interior water leak, such as a broken pipe.
  4. Try to determine how rainwater from landscaping will drain. If you have landscape borders next to the concrete, they will act as dams holding the runoff water in the soil. There should be openings in the borders to allow any accumulated water to drain.

These are just a few places to start getting your home ready for the cooler/rainier months ahead. For more suggestions for your specific situation be sure to contact a licensed, local professional. 

 

 

Belterra 22 Home Open House Tour this Weekend!

Looking for a home with lots of community amenities, outside of the city, with a quick commute in to Austin? Considering Dripping Springs ISD? Want to see some great homes in one of the most desirable subdivisions in Southwest Austin? We have a great opportunity for you to tour not one, but 22 beautiful homes at this community-wide open house event in Belterra on Sunday 9/28 from 1-4pm! 

Belterra is a master planned community located in South West Austin just past the Y in Oakhill (Hwy 71 and Hwy 290 intersection) between Nutty Brown Road and Sawyer Ranch Road. Belterra is still within Austin city limits and consists of 2,000 home sites on over 1600 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Community amenities include walking/jogging trails, playground, community pool, exercise facilities, and welcome center. Belterra is also only about 10 minutes from downtown Dripping Springs, a short commute to downtown Austin, and served by the highly rated Dripping Springs school district – what more do you need!?

The Mallett Integrity Team will have two great listings open this weekend:

Belterra Beauty! 511 Manchester Ln

 

511 Manchester Ln – 4 bedroom/2.5 bath + office with custom details throughout. Open living/kitchen/dining areas. Granite counters in kitchen. Stone FP with custom mesquite mantle. Breakfast area & formal dining room. Upgraded flooring in main living areas & master bedroom, carpet & tile in rest of home. Garden tub, separate shower & walk-in closet in master bath. Back patio deck and good-sized backyard. Well-kept landscaping.380 Harris Dr - Belterra

380 Harris Dr – Exceptional, single story rock home sits on an over-sized cul-de-sac lot and is ready for move-in. You will enjoy beautiful sunrises in the peaceful back yard that backs up to a large greenbelt with only one neighboring home. Easy walk to school, sport courts or community pool. Have the neighbors over and entertain in the open floor plan with lots of windows and beautiful granite counters in the kitchen. Spacious 3 car garage with space for a workshop that includes a sink and additional door to back yard.

See below for an additional list of all the homes available to see this weekend and a map to plan your route. See you there!

Belterra Community Open House This Weekend 9/28/14 Belterra Community Open House This Weekend 9/28/14

 

Two Belterra Open Houses This Weekend!

Don’t let the rainy weather keep you from seeing these two, great Belterra Homes this weekend! We have TWO opportunities for you to see these fantastic homes in one of the most desirable areas in Dripping Springs! Great schools, short commute to Austin, wonderful community amenities, what more could you want!? Here’s a little more information on these open houses and homes.Beautiful in Belterra! 220 Harris Dr.

220 Harris Dr, Dripping Springs TX – Open House Sat. 9/20, 1-4pm

MLS#9054272 –  3,239 sqft

Offered at $359,900 this 4 bdrm, 3.5 bath home sits on a greenbelt lot for great backyard views, features 3 living areas & two dining areas, a spacious master suite on main level, & open kitchen/living room layout with fireplace in living area. Granite counters in kitchen, stainless steel appliances. Tile/carpeted floors. Dripping Springs ISD.Belterra Beauty! 511 Manchester Ln

 511 Manchester Ln – Open House Sun. 9/21 1-4pm

MLS#4833155 – 2,602 sqft

4 bedroom/2.5 bath + office on a corner lot with custom details throughout. Open living/kitchen/dining areas. Granite counters in kitchen. Stone FP with custom mesquite mantle. Breakfast area & formal dining room. Upgraded flooring in main living areas & master bedroom, carpet & tile in rest of home. Garden tub, separate shower & walk-in closet in master bath. Back patio deck and good-sized backyard. Well-kept landscaping and exterior. Dripping Springs ISD and wonderful Belterra amenities!

Fall is Here! College Football Schedule, Latest Real Estate Stats, and more!

 

 

Are You Ready for Some

Football!?

It’s Fall! If you’ve been looking forward to football season as much as we have, be sure you don’t miss a single game by downloading our free college football game day schedule here!

 

 

This Month in 

Real Estate

Curious to know what the real estate market is doing this month? Want to see the latest MLS statistics from Hays County & All MLS areas? Check out the latest market stats here.

 

 

 

 

Dripping Springs first Resource Conscious Community

TerraScena

The Mallett Integrity Team is SO excited to be working with TerraScena, Dripping Springs’ first Resource Concsious Community! This innovative, new development features 15 1+ acre homesites with rainwater harvesting as the primary water source. Find out more here!

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun On a Budget – 5 Ideas

Looking for some big weekend fun on a little budget?! Sure, who isn’t!?

In today’s modern society it can be easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have to spend a lot of money to find good entertainment. Here are some ideas for fun things you can do without breaking the bank.

The Staycation

When you get the travel bug but don’t have the room in your budget, consider a staycation. What are some things you have access to right in your own area you wouldn’t normally do? Spend the money you saved on the flight and hotel at a nice restaurant, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, or a night of performing arts. If you live the Austin area there are plenty of fun, unique, and even free things to do that won’t blow your budget – here are a few of our favorites! 

S Congress St Bridge Austin

Congress Street Bridge – great city views! While you’re here, walk right down to Lady Bird lake and rent a kayak, stand up paddle board, or just take a walk on the trails around this great lake right in the middle of downtown.

Big Top Candy Shop Austin S Congress

Big top Candy Shop on South Congress Street features every kind of candy imaginable! A candy lovers dream with a wide selection of chocolate, pixi-stix, taffy, hard candy, and fun creations like chocolate covered bacon! Yum!

Austin Food Trailers

Visit the MANY food trailers located throughout Austin. One of the most well known food trucks, “Hey Cupcake!” on South Congress St serves up some of the best sweet treats around!

S Congress St Bridge Bats Austin

The iconic Austin bats are a “must see” for anyone who lives here or visits. There are several ways to see the bats – standing on or under the Congress Street bridge, renting a kayak and watching from the water, or purchasing a ticket for one of the larger boats that takes nightly “bat cruises”.

Backyard Camping

Can’t get away for the whole weekend? Pitch a tent in the backyard, make S’mores, and grab some flashlights and a good book. If you’ve got kids they will love the experience regardless of the location.Budget Friendly Weekend Fun - Backyard Camping!

Here are a few more ideas to make your backyard camping trip a blast!

14 Ideas for Camping Out in Your Backyard

Visit the library

Weekend Fun On a Budget - Visit the Library!

Thumbing through interesting books for an hour or two can be a great escape from the house, and it doesn’t cost a dime to just browse.

The Dripping Springs Library, Bee Cave Library, and Austin Libraries often have free story times and events just for kids. Book stores like Book People & Barnes and Noble also have story times throughout the year.  

Ingredient party

Weekend Fun On a Budget - Ingredient Party

from www.nichedatafactory.com

Making a meal for a large group can be costly, but if each group brings one or two essential ingredients it’s much more reasonable, and now everyone can pitch in on the cooking.

 

 

 

Board games

Instead of spending $40 at the movie theater consider a new board game, which you can enjoy for hours, and then when you’ve had enough you can trade games with a neighbor.

No matter what you decide to do this weekend, Austin, Dripping Springs, and the Texas Hill Country have a lot to offer! If you’re thinking about moving to the area, listing your home, or know someone who is, contact us! One of our property specialists would love to work with you!