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The 10 Best Things About Dripping Springs, Texas

Dripping Springs is known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country”. It’s no longer a sleepy little, wide spot in the road, town.  Drippin’ has budded and grown into a thriving Austin suburb. Featuring lots of hot foodie spots, great music venues, fun local shopping and such a varied calendar of events your head will spin.
Here are some of the Best Things About Dripping Springs according to our distinguished panel of judges.  They include a bribed local goat farmer, a hyper caffeinated hipster, an exhausted and incoherent new mom and a tech CEO from Austin.

  1. FOUNDERS DAY–  No other Dripping Springs event is as big and bold as FOUNDERS DAY! From the Friday parade where hundreds of pounds of candy are chucked at the thousands of people that line the streets, to the 100+ smokers cooking all weekend, you can’t forget you’ve been to Founders Day. The live music and food will have you tapping your toes and rubbing your belly all weekend. Held every Spring since 1986, Founders Day has grown into a huge festival drawing thousands of people from all over Texas.
  2. TIGER FOOTBALL–  Tiger Football is a spectacle.  In fact any High School football game in Texas is a spectacle but Tiger Football takes it to a whole new level.  Almost the entire town will turn out for a Friday night game.  The streets are deserted from about 6:30 to 10:30.  At half time you get to watch one of the best marching bands in Texas perform and when the team comes back on the field the sound from the stands is deafening!  You gotta love Tiger Football!football-week-3
  3. MAZAMA COFFEE CO.-  Up until about 2012 the best cup of coffee in Dripping Springs came from the Circle K at the main intersection in town.  On it’s best day it was adequate.  When Vicky and Bruce Lewis decided to open Mazama Coffee Co. that all changed.  All of a sudden the town was saying things like “robust flavor” and “nutty overtones” and “fresh roasted aroma”.  Mazama quickly became the best meeting spot in town.  It’s worth a trip just to see all the locals sitting around enjoying a fresh cup of joe and a muffin or breakfast taco.  And the coffee is AMAZING!  Look for an additional location in Caliterra coming in October 2017.roaster_and_bag_web
  4. DRIPPING SPRINGS RANCH PARK  DSRP has quickly become a hub for all kinds of activities in Dripping Springs.  On any given weekend you could visit DSRP and see a horse show, a wine and food event and a gala.  The facility covers 166,000 square feet.  It has a huge rodeo arena and stalls and a covered and air conditioned convention center.  The building is hard to miss as you drive south on Ranch Road 12.  It’s a massive structure located on the old Harrison Ranch.  Check out the calendar of events!
  5. SHRED DAY–   Shred Day has helped free up more space in storage units and attics than any garage sale ever could.  Shred Day was started by Michelle Lewis and Steve Mallett of The Mallett Integrity Team Real Estate Company.  Each year they hire a giant truck to come out to the Keller Williams office in downtown Drippin’.  For 4 hours a line curls around the parking lot with people dropping off boxes of tax returns, bank statements and other useless paperwork to be shredded while they watch.  Held every year in September, Shred Day is a local favorite.14358836_10154216020517935_7573384935508649210_n
  6. FLORES TACO SHACK–  If you were driving through Dripping and saw Flores you might just drive on by and think “I’ll pass on taking a chance on that place.”  But the locals know better!  Flores is tasty!  From staple breakfast tacos like sausage, egg and cheese to the popular chicken fajita, and the occasional fresh hot tamales, the food is fantastic.  You will not be disappointed and as you wait in line you’re sure to meet some of the locals.  Being friendly is a Drippin’ way of life.
  7. RUN BY THE CREEK–  Started in 2012 by a group of runners, the Run By The Creek is one of the prettiest running courses in the Hill Country.  The course winds along Onion Creek and crosses the water 6 times in the 10K race.  There is a 5K and a 10K race.   Runners of all abilities come out from Olympic hopefuls to weekend warriors.  Expect to run with about 500 of your running buddies in one of the most fun and exhilarating workouts you can find west of Austin.fullsizeoutput_dbd
  8. DRIPPING WITH TASTE– The 2016 DWT was huge with over 2000 people sampling local food, music and adult beverages.  Each entry ticket comes with a small sipping cup so you can taste local brews, spirits and wines.  Music is all local.  The atmosphere is fun and lively.  It can feel like the whole town turned out!
  9. THE BARBER SHOP– The Barber Shop Brewpub is located in downtown Dripping Springs in a historic building that began life in 1924. In its earliest life, the building served as a garage, then later a gas station, before becoming “The old Barber Shop”. Now the Barber Shop Brewpub is where the locals come to unwind after a long hard day at work.  In addition to a well-considered selection of popular local, national, and international beers and wines, they have a tap or two of their own special brews! Live music is always on tap, and if there isn’t, just bring your guitar or violin and start playing.img4
  10.  HUDSON’S ON MERCER– If you have been searching for the place to venture out to in Dripping Springs Hud’s is the place to go. Chad and Natasha Hudson have worked tirelessly to build the venue they have always wanted to perform in and visit. Chad and Natasha met in Nashville and dreamed of owning a place like Hudson’s on Mercer.  When Hud’s opened the whole feeling of Mercer Street changed.  What once was a dusty street with a feed store and a post office has become the center of Drippin’ nightlife.  Even though the feed store is still right next door…

Fireworks Safety Tips

Each county, city and neighborhoods can have different ordinances in regards to fireworks.  Their use, possession, and distribution depend on current burn bans, ETJ locations, Homeowner Association rules and general common sense. Please make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have an adult supervise all fireworks activities. Children can suffer injuries even from sparklers, which parents often assume are safe. Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.

Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

To prevent a trash fire, douse spent fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding.

 

 

New Development Plans for Dripping Springs

There’s no question that Dripping Springs and the Southwest Austin area are growing. Whether you’re excited about the new homes and growth, or concerned about changes that seem almost certain to come to our community, new developments seem to be popping up around every corner lately.

If you’re like most people, you may be wondering what these new development plans hold for the future of Dripping Springs. What’s coming in? Where are these developments located? How many homes are these new developments going to offer?

Although we don’t have a crystal ball to answer the question about how these changes will impact Dripping Springs as a whole, we can help answer some of your questions. The city has just released a Potential Development Map (June 2015) that we’re excited about sharing with you here. 

Dripping Springs Residential Development Plan

As you can see, the plan includes some familiar developments that are already under construction (Caliterra, Belterra, Highpointe, RimRock, etc..) several larger development agreements that have recently been approved (Headwaters @Barton Creek – 1000 homes, Anarene – 8,000 homes), and even several Senior living apartments.

In addition to the residential developments, a new mixed-use/retail development is also being planned for the area between Nutty Brown Road and Belterra Drive along Highway 290. The developers, Crescent Communities & Endeavor Real Estate said they envision shopping, restaurants, urban living and more, promising a destination for people in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs. Endeavor Real Estate was also responsible for the development of The Domain in Austin. 

While change and growth is not always easy, our team is excited about welcoming new residents to what we believe is one of the best places to live in the Texas Hill Country. Thinking about listing or buying a home in Dripping Springs? Thinking about buying in one of these new developments? Contact us! We’d love to partner with you to help make the home buying/selling process less stressful and more fun!

 

Important Tips to Prepare For and Prevent Flooding

With all the flooding going on recently here in Texas, our thoughts and prayers are with flood victims, emergency response teams, and individuals currently assisting with the clean up. Many homes that have never seen flooding before have had incredible damage to their homes and belongings due to the record rainfall we’ve received in our area this May. With more rain predicted for the coming days we wanted to share some tips from around the web that may help you avoid damage while we weather these storms. Of course, these suggestions are only meant with small scale flooding – please stay tuned to local weather and get to higher ground in the event of a flash flood warning in your area. 

Design your landscape to prevent flooding. Landscape Designs That Prevent Flood Damage

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Tips to Prevent Flood Damage in Your Home

Is your Home Ready? Water Damage Prevention Checklist

image credit: www.houselogic.com

image credit: www.houselogic.com

Be prepared by putting together a Home Emergency Tool Kit

Know a storm is on the way? What to do BEFORE a Major Storm

Keep Pets Safe in a Flood

Have animals you need to keep safe? Protect your Horses From Flooding and Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Flood.

Have any more tips? Feel free to leave them in the comments below. Again, please be sure to stay tuned to local weather and stay safe out there!

Tour Terra Scena this Weekend and Give Back to Your Community!

April 19 to April 26 is “Givin’ Where I’m Livin'” Fundraiser Week!

Givin Where I'm Livin - Dripping SpringsThis weekend *April 24th & 25th* from 12 noon-4pm Terra Scena will donate $5 to Hays Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) for every adult who comes for a tour of our community and, recently completed, all rainwater-sourced home!

TerraScena - Dripping Springs TX - A Resource Conscious Community

Terra Scena is one of Dripping Springs’ newest residential developments, and offers a unique community of 15 homesites for custom eco-friendly homes.

Click Here for Directions to Terra Scena

223 Terra Scena Trail Dripping Springs

HCWC – Hays Caldwell Woman’s Center

Last year, HCWC provided face-to-face services to 46 residents of Dripping Springs who were victims of family violence, child abuse or sexual assault at a cost of around $46,000. HCWC supplies temporary shelter, education and support services for those whose homes are not safe.

Go to “Givin’ Where I’m Livin’” at the dscommunityfoundation.org  to make direct donations to any of the qualifying organizations that deserve your consideration. The Dripping Springs Foundation will match donations this week up to $2500. See them at Founder’s Day on Mercer Street in Dripping Springs, TX this weekend.

For more Information about Terra Scena, please call

512-655-3024 or visit www.terrascena.com

2014 Austin Holiday Events

The 2014 Austin holiday season is upon us! Can you believe there are only two weeks left until Thanksgiving!? With December drawing closer and closer, holiday events are already starting to pop up around Austin and the surrounding areas. It’s not too early to start planning your Austin holiday event calendar! Below, we’ve included some of our favorite and most popular events in and around the Austin area – these are ones you definitely don’t want to miss and will get you into the holiday spirit in no time! Just click on the image below to see the full PDF version with clickable links to the websites and more information.

Have any other holiday events that you regularly attend in the Austin area? Let us know! We’d love to hear about how you’re spending the holidays in Austin. Just leave us a comment below!

2014 Holiday Events in Austin

 

Featured Subdivision – West Cave Estates

This week, we’re featuring a highly desirable neighborhood in Dripping Springs/SW Austin, West Cave Estates. Our team has consistently listed homes in this area and we love helping people buy and sell their homes in this great neighborhood!

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One of the Mallett Integrity Team’s most recent listings in West Cave Estates

West Cave Estates is located between Bee Cave and Dripping Springs on Hamilton Pool Road made up of 318 lots in three sections. Most lots in West Cave Estates are approximately 1-1.5 acres, but some are as 4 acres with homeowners owning multiple lots. As part of the HOA, the social committee of West Cave Estates provides the community with lots of community events throughout the year. Opportunities to experience the outdoors about in this area as well. There’s also a large, one acre park for residents to enjoy, and just a few miles down Hamilton Pool Rd you can experience one of the areas most well known natural beauties, Hamilton Pool, or visit West Cave Preserve for hiking & watching wildlife.

Hamilton Pool - Dripping Springs TX

Hamilton Pool, Dripping Springs TX

For those that are interested in shopping and city life, you’re only about 5 minutes to the Bee Cave Galleria and many other shops and restaurants, and just 20 minutes from Austin.

Hill Country Galleria Free Concerts - Bee Cave TX

Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave hosts several free concerts throughout the year

Since this community straddles the Hays & Travis County line, some students in West Cave Estates attend Lake Travis ISD schools, and others attend Dripping Springs ISD schools. Both schools are highly rated, making this area a popular option for home buyers.

Looking to buy or sell your home in West Cave Estates, or just want to know more about the area and what the market is doing in Dripping Springs/SW Austin? Contact one of our local area experts. We’d love to help you with any of your real estate needs.  Click here to see all homes listed in West Cave Estates. 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Treats for your Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor Day from the Mallett Integrity Team! This year, we’ve rounded up some tasty recipes to help you make the most of your Labor Day celebration. Whether you’re planning a relaxing day with family & friends, or hosting a large get together, here are a few great recipes that are sure please!

Tasty Treats for Your Labor Day Weekend!

From http://willowbirdbaking.com

If you’re like us, no Labor Day celebration is complete without a GREAT hamburger! We saw this recipe for Old-Fashioned Burger Stand Burgers and Fries over at willowbirdbaking.com and got hungry just looking at it – YUM!

Tasty Treats for Your Labor Day Weekend!

From http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com

Next, check out this tasty and patriotic side dish from www.twopeasandtheirpod.com! Who could resist this pretty (and tasty!) salsa with a stack of homemade tortilla chips!?

Tasty Treats for Your Labor Day Weekend

From www.iheartnaptime.net

Oh…and did we mention dessert? I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Whether you’re making your own homemade ice cream, or picking up your favorite brand at the store, we loved these dipped cones to make dessert a little extra special. 

Tasty treats for your Labor Day Weekend!

From Julia’s Room For Dessert

Or…if cones aren’t your thing, check out this great way to serve ice cream to your guests in individual mason jars. Oh…and did you notice they used a bird bath filled with ice to chill? No ice chest…no problem!

So…now that you have your party menu planned you can think about more important things…like taking your family to the pool, or that long nap on Monday afternoon! No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish you and yours a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

 

Dripping Springs Trail System Coming Soon!

The Dripping Springs Trails Plan Advisory Committee is working on a plan for a world-class trail system to connect Dripping Springs and surrounding areas. With the assistance of a National Park Service grant, the Dripping Springs Trails Plan Advisory Committee is envisioning trail system that will connect a network of routes across the city and the ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction) that will allow residents and visitors to run, bike, walk, and hike in and around Dripping Springs. The trails will potentially feature a variety of trails from paved, to multi-use, to hiking trails and will take advantage of opportunities to reach other local trails like the Violet Crown Trail in SW Austin.

The committee’s upmost priority is a Dripping Springs Trail system that will be welcoming and safe for users of all ages, abilities, and levels of mobility. To that end, the committee is currently looking for feedback about the system. If this is something that interests you, please take a few minutes to provide your input here and feel free to share the link with anyone you think may be interested. http://surveymonkey.com/s/DSTrails

More information on the Dripping Springs Trails System will be available soon at http://www.cityofdrippingsprings.com 

Steve Mallett, broker/owner of the Mallett Integrity Team, is very involved in this project and is currently serving on the Dripping Springs Trails committee. Our team is excited about and looking forward to seeing this great, community improvement come to the city of Dripping Springs!

Dripping Springs Trail System Coming Soon!