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Luxury Homes in Dripping Springs

I was looking at the website for a real estate agent I know in Beverly Hills.  He sells homes from $5M to $50M all year long.  As you can imagine there are quite a few homes to choose from in that price range in LA.  But what about Dripping Springs?




Luxury Real Estate sales in Dripping Springs are much different than what you would find in California.  You are more likely to find a well built home on acreage with a barn than you are to find a contemporary architects dream plan built with a helipad and a 2000 bottle wine cellar.  A quality luxury home in Dripping Springs might be $1.5M.  That same home in L.A. would be $5M.  It’s no wonder people are moving to Austin at the rate of 150 people added per day.

Selling Luxury Real Estate in Austin needs to take a different approach.  Texans tend to not be as concerned about how a property looks, as you drive up to it, as they are about the lifestyle of the property they live on.  An agent in the Hill Country needs to focus on selling the way a property will enhance your life and improve your lifestyle.

When we show our listings we don’t focus on the listing details (square footage, bedrooms, baths etc) we focus on how a property lives.  Instead of saying “This is a 600 square foot covered porch.”, I’ll say “Imagine sitting out here on a peaceful morning with a cup of coffee and the paper.”.  Or Instead of “This barn has 4 stalls.” I would say “You can keep your horses right here on the property and watch them in the pasture.”

Selling real estate in California is different and the same in many ways.  At the end of the day we all sell dreams to people.  It’s what makes this job so fun and so rewarding.


Steve Mallett

Steve has been selling real estate in Austin since 2003.  He has over 1000 transactions and can sell your home quickly.  He believes that his clients deserve top notch service and care and will go the extra mile for them.  (512) 627-7018


Austin Economy Ranked No. 1 in the Country

Austin Economy Ranked No 1The Austin economy is the number one economy out of 102 cities measured by The Business Journals’ On Numbers monthly report.
·        Austin has been the strongest market of all the cities, occupying first place nine times in 15 months and never finishing lower than third.
·        Austin has added 67,800 private-sector jobs during the past five years, an increase of 11.0 percent. No other market has grown faster than 8 percent.
·        Austin scored an 83.9 out of 100 based on 18 economic factors
·        With an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent and five-year wages growth from October 2008 through October 2013 of nearly 15 percent, Austin had held first place for eight of the first 10 months in 2013. The city’s average weekly earnings per worker are now $919.12.
·        Austin is the only city in the nation with double-digit percentage job growth over the last five-year period, at just under 11 percent. By comparison, no other U.S. city has seen five-year job growth higher than 8 percent.
·        Dallas-Fort Worth is No. 2 in the country and Houston No. 4.

With all these encouraging numbers about the Austin economy, you may be thinking about moving to the Austin area. Or maybe you already love living here, but it’s time to move up, or downsize. Whatever your situation, our team of local real estate experts are here to help you in all your real estate decisions. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

2013 Formula 1 Racing Schedule – Circuit of the Americas Nov 15th, 16th

2013 Formula 1 Schedule
The 2013 Formula 1 Racing Schedule is here!
Tentative 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ Racing Schedule
Friday, November 15th
•Formula One™ Practice Session One 9:00 am
•Formula One™ Practice Session Two 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 16th
•Formula One™ Practice Session Three 9:00 am
•Formula One™ Qualifying 12:00 pm
Sunday, November 17th
•2013 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix, 1:00 pm
Following the race, there will be a live performance by a worldwide music sensation: Pitbull
This concert is included with the price of admission and will be hosted onsite.
* Weekend passes are valid for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The listed start times are a guide only; the exact timetable is subject to change. Visit http://circuitoftheamericas.com/visit/race-day-schedule for updates
Track / Race Location:
Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd, Austin, TX
The circuit, which is called Circuit of The Americas, is located about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of the Austin city center. The closest international airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, located about 9 miles (15 km) away.
Visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/transportation to view a printable map to the COTA.
Helpful Resource Links:
The Official F-1TM Website
Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas Experiences
Hotel Accommodations
Vehicle Parking Options
All motorcycles, as well as any other motorized or electric
vehicle, will require a parking permit to park on-site at
the facility. Parking passes can be purchased here:
Private Transport Options
Taxi Cabs / Limousines / Charter Buses
Any chauffeured vehicle will be required to have proper
licensing in order to operate in greater Austin. Please contact
Marcy Cardona (administrative specialist) or call
(512) 974-1551 for the City’s requirements.

Transportation Options:

To access a parking lot map, visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/visit/parking-maps

Race Course Printable Map
City of Austin Website:
ATX Grand Prix (Includes news about race weekend traffic and road closures)
Tickets and Event Packages:
Circuit of the Americas Official Website (Site includes an interactive seat map)


So what exactly is the MLS?

The acronym “M.L.S.” is an everyday term in the real estate industry and one that’s important to know if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home. Real estate professionals may take for granted that the general population knows & understands this important term, but that may not be the case.

So what exactly is the MLS? On a basic level, the MLS is database of all of the properties available for sale and represented by a real estate agent in a given area. The MLS also creates the framework by which agents agree to cooperate and compensate one another. So what is the MLS? There is also a high level of supervision by the system administrators, which provides accuracy and professionalism, reducing fraud.

With the emergence of search sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, the consumer has been empowered with valuable information, which is important. The key thing for home buyers and sellers to know is that these sites don’t always have the most up-to-date or accurate information. If you are thinking of selling you will get the most exposure possible by being represented by an agent, who will place your home on the MLS.So what is the MLS?

As a member of the Austin Board of Realtors and the Austin area MLS, the Mallett Integrity Team has access to all the most recent and up to date information and listings you need when buying or selling a home in the Austin area.

Want to learn more about how we can help you sell your home or find the home of your dreams? Contact us today! 512-829-2062.

Dripping with Taste this Weekend! Your Guide to Vendors/Entertainment

DrippingWithTasteBreweries You don’t want to miss this weekend’s “Dripping with Taste” food and wine festival in Dripping Springs, TX. This year, Dripping With Taste will be held in the brand new Ranch Park Event Center. Foodies, wine aficionados, art enthusiasts, and live music lovers from all over Central Texas, Dallas, and Houston will gather here on Sat. Sept 14th from 12-7pm to enjoy some of the best the Texas Hill Country has to offer!

Tickets are $40 if you order online, or $50 at the door and include:

  • Entry into All Events of the Day
  • Access to Specialty Vendors, Juried Art Show, Food and Wine Demonstrations
  • 6 Wine Tasting Tickets*
  • 10 Food Tasting Tickets*
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Souvenir wine glass
*Ticketed patrons may purchase additional wine and food tastings on-site and buy wine by the glass or bottle for an additional price.
**Under 21 Tickets for $10
***Children Under 6 Free Admission

Take a peek at some of the vendors here, and buy your tickets to attend one of the best food and wine festivals in Dripping Springs & the Texas Hill Country!

For a Full List of Vendors and More information, Click Here to Visit the Dripping With Taste Website



  • Grape Creek
  • Texas Sake Company
  • Dionisio Winery
  • Texas Hills Vineyard
  • Lewis Wines
  • HaaK Vineyards & Winery
  • Piney Woods Country
  • Pleasant Hill Winery
  • McReynolds Winery
  • Alamosa Wine Cellars
  • Messina Hof Winery and Resort
  • Flat Creek Estate
  • Bell Springs Winery
  • Texas Legato Winery
  • Bending Branch Winery
  • Argus Cidery
  • Driftwood Estate Winery
  • Westcave Cellars Winery
  • Duchman Family Winery
  • Dry Comal Creek
  • Wines of Dotson Cervantes
  • Hilmy Cellars
  • Hawk’s Shadow Estate Winery
  • Kerrville Hills Winery
  • Pilot Knob Vineyard


  • Independence Brewing Co
  • Jester King Brewery
  • Real Ale Brewing Company
  • Thirsty Planet Brewing Co
  • Twisted X Brewing Company


  • Hill Country Ranch Pizzeria
  • Kate’s Place
  • Sugar Shack Bakery
  • Creek Road Cafe
  • Crepe Crazy
  • Celtic Seafare
  • Rolling in Thyme & Dough
  • John Soules Food
  • Duncan Team Catering
  • Juicy Jay’s Meatballs
  • Trish Martindale, Private Chef
  • Flores Mexican Restaurant
  • Linda’s Fine Foods/Linda Allen Catering
  • Pure Luck Farms Goat Cheese
  • Verdes Mexican Parilla
  • HEB
  • Smoke’n Hops

Free Fun! Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concerts

Hill Country Galleria Free ConcertsJoin Hill Country Galleria for the upcoming Saturday Night Concert Series. From September 7 – October 26, you can enjoy free, live music in the outdoor amphitheater, from 7 – 9 p.m. Pick up some food to go from one of the many restaurants surrounding the amphitheater, and pick out a spot on the lawn to enjoy some great live music!

The schedule:

Independent Hill Country Radio Station, KDRP, will broadcast the concerts live on 100.1 FM, 103.1 FM, 107.1 FM, and 99.1 FM, and will also stream a live video on www.KDRPlive.org.

Hill Country Galleria

12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Bee Cave, TX 78738

Austin: First place in national economic rankings

Austin is on top again! After a brief slip to #3, Austin is back up to #1 in the On Numbers Economic Index. The Index measures the relative vitality of 102 major metropolitan areas with populations of more than 500,000. Its 18-part formula assesses private-sector job growth, unemployment, personal earnings, housing-price appreciation, and construction and retail activity. The top 5 cities on the list include: Provo, Utah (2); San Jose, CA (3); Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (4); and Oklahoma City, OK (5).

Check out the graphic below to see how Austin measures up!

Austin Ranked #1 in Economic Index Report