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HOA Communities Offer Big Advantages

Buying a Home, New Construction - glory - May 17, 2018

When searching for a new home finding a community with a Homeowner’s Association or HOA can be a big plus. An HOA is an organization within a subdivision or master planned community. They are usually Property Management companies hired by the community’s developer to manage their property. By that definition, they cover a lot of ground. However, their primary responsibility is to create and enforce rules and guidelines to maintain the property and its common areas. When you purchase a home in a development with an HOA you are obligated to conform to its rules and pay dues. So, here’s two quick tips. You need to ask how much the fees are and for a copy of the HOA requirements.

Now, that you know what an HOA is and does. Here’s some very good reasons why to buy your next home in an HOA community. Below is a list of nine ways they can enrich your life and increase your property values.

Major Pluses of Living in a HOA

Rules and guidelines provide community conformity. The #1 reason why an HOA has rules is to protect the property values and appearance of the neighborhood. For example rules and guidelines relating to architectural design and home color, landscaping, fences, signs, pools, and outside accessory buildings exist.

You can score big with lots of amenities. A major advantage of living in an HOA is its amenities. Swimming pools, hiking and biking trails, and neighborhood parks are just a few of the many perks. In the master-planned community of Travisso, The Palazzo, a world-class on-site amenity center is the community’s core. Voted the #1 Clubhouse in Texas, The Palazzo provides residents with over 9,200 square feet of indoor and outdoor recreational space. There’s also a full-time lifestyle director that oversees the 2,000 square-foot fitness center and organizes and plans resident events. Community Association Management (CCMC) manages Travisso’s HOA.

Attractive neighborhoods show well. Think resale value here. If you have to sell your home chances are you will have an easier time doing it in an attractive meticulously kept up community. Services such as trimming trees, cutting grass, planting shrubs and flowers, street cleaning and painting retaining walls to common areas are the responsibility of the HOA.

They increase and enhance the value of your home. HOA’s hold their residents to high standards. So, if you by a home in a HOA community expect to keep your home’s exterior and property tidy. That means cutting your lawn, painting and mending your fence, and making frequent repairs. And, because of the rules they create homeowners that sell their homes can reap the benefits. Homes that reside in an HOA tend to sell at a higher price than homes that are not in an HOA community.

Additional Advantages 

Amenities are well-maintained. There’s no need to worry about things looking shabby. And, best of all you don’t have to do the work. HOA’s typically do a great job ensuring things are clean and working properly. A few of their many responsibilities include ensuring the swimming pool and decks are clean, the maintenance and lighting of tennis courts, and that fitness equipment is operational.

Resolution to neighbor disputes. Does your neighbor’s dog bark uncontrollably every night at 1 a.m.? Are trash cans left in the street for a week? These types of disputes and more can be handled more delicately by going through the HOA then a face-to-face discussion with your neighbor.

They can be great for your social life. Community events, block parties, clubs, and organizations flourish. Because of all the activity living in an HOA community is great way to make new friends. From wine and book clubs to bunco, running groups and more, there’s plenty to do.

HOA’s create and foster a sense of community. Because everyone pays their fair share people tend to be more responsible. There is also a greater sense of ownership and community pride.

Greater flow of communication. These days it is easy to keep up with what’s going on the neighborhood with social media and online communication tools. Travisso’s HOA sends it monthly newsletter via email and provides information on the pool, fitness programs, community events and children’s activities. HOA’s are the perfect avenue for getting a community together for a common cause such as implementing a Neighborhood Watch Program.

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Just outside Austin, Travisso is a master-planned community in Leander, surrounded by natural scenery and hill country views. Consider Leander for your next home and live at Travisso. We can’t wait to meet you. 

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Visit Leander Parks for Great Summertime Fun

Family Fun - glory - May 16, 2018

With summer vacation just around the corner keeping kids and little ones busy this summer doesn’t have to be a challenge. After all, summer is about sunshine, carefree days, playing outside, and relaxing with friends. And, there’s no better place than the city of Leander’s park system. Leander Parks offer a wide range of outdoor physical activities and countless hours of inexpensive fun.

In addition, there are many health-related perks of “parking it.” Parks are a great outlet and encourage physical activity. For those that attend regularly the physical exercise can help battle chronic diseases and foster mental and spiritual health. Parks also add to the charm of our communities, provide open spaces, and are aesthetically pleasing to look at.

So, in lieu of spending large amounts of cash on movies, theme parks, and outdoor water parks, set a goal to visit all of Leander’s parks this summer. Pack a picnic lunch, plan a scavenger hunt for your kids, swim, or grab a pair of roller blades. Leander parks are filled with large open green spaces, picnic tables, skate parks, ball fields, and swimming pools. There’s also a whole lot more. So, explore, discover, and have a ball. Most of all enjoy and relax. Here’s a run-down of Leander’s parks, their locations, and primary features.

Exploring Leander Parks

Benbrook Ranch Park and Disc Golf Course. This park encompasses 46.5 acres of outdoor recreational bliss. For baseball enthusiasts the park features three baseball fields—two little league fields, one adult field, and batting cages. Additional amenities include a pavilion, hiking and biking trails, a skate park, a disc golf course and a playscape. Both the pavilion and the 18-hole disc golf course are available for rent. For facility rental information click here.

Devine Lake Park. Fishing takes center stage at this 45.5 acre regional park. The park features lake fishing, non-motorized boating, large open recreational spaces, and wildlife viewing. Plan ahead and pack a picnic lunch then hit the park’s trail. In spring the park hosts the Devine Lake Kite Festival. Mark your calendar for next year. The event usually takes place in the month of March.

Northcreek Ranch Park. Small in size, this park features a playscape and pavilion. It’s the perfect size for an early morning breakfast get-together or lunch date with family or friends. Picnic tables are available.

Robin Bledsoe Park. Known as the park that has it all you can literally spend the day here doing multiple activities. However, the new lighted multi-purpose synthetic athletic fields are the draw here. The fields opened in February and are top-notch. The park also features a swimming pool and splash pad. The season begins Memorial Day weekend. The daily fees are minimal. Splash pad admission is free. Check the park’s website for hours of operation, season pass information, and swimming lessons. Other features include a lighted basketball court, an amphitheater, a pavilion, a walking trail, BBQ grills, and picnic areas. The park’s popular Dive-In Movie Night is also back this year. Stay-tuned for a list of dates and movies.

Veterans Park. This 3.3 acre park site houses a Veterans Wall of Honor and an amphitheater. The park was built to honor all members of the U.S. military. Veterans Park is located adjacent to the Leander Public Library and the Mason Homestead. For more information on how you can honor a veteran on the Wall of Honor click here.

Leander Parks Coming in 2019

Because of the city’s rapid population growth in the last few years, Leander is planning for the future. Therefore the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is currently developing a Comprehensive Plan. As a roadmap for future park development the plan is projected to be completed by the end of 2018. In this case the plan is specifically for additional parks, recreational facilities and fields, park improvements, and green space.

This year, Leander began construction on Lakewood Park located at the intersection of Toll 183A and East Crystal Falls Parkway. Construction will be completed in phases. Phase one of the construction is projected to be completed at the beginning of 2019. The park’s primary features include a kayak launch, fishing pier and trails. Another park in the works for Leander is San Gabriel River Park. It will be located at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 183 and San Gabriel Parkway. The park’s construction begins in 2019 and will feature recreational fields for adult sports and girls’ softball.

Discovering Williamson County’s Regional Park in Leander

Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. Though located in Leander this park is managed by Williamson County. Recreational opportunities abound here. There’s soccer and softball fields, a football field, a track, tennis courts, basketball courts, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, BBQ grills, and pavilions. You can also make a big splash at the park’s Quarry Splash Pad Park. The $2 daily entrance fee is easy on the budget. Picnic lunches encouraged. Then, finish your day off with a ride on the Cedar Rock Railroad miniature train. It leaves the station daily beginning at 10 a.m. except on Mondays when it is closed. For $2.75 you can take a leisurely ride through the park’s many nature areas.

Just outside Austin, Travisso is a master-planned community in Leander, surrounded by natural scenery and hill country views. Consider Leander for your next home and live at Travisso.

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5 Reasons to Buy a Home in Leander

Buying a Home - Kathy Mayer - Feb 13, 2018

If you’re looking for a home in the Austin-area, but avoiding the traffic and chaos of the city itself, then look no further than Leander. This city is the fastest growing community in the area, is considered the 8th safest city in Texas, and is only 20 minutes from Austin. Never heard of Leander? Trust us. It’s more than just a dot on the map; it’s gaining traction, and right now is the best time to buy a home there.

Still not convinced? Here are five reasons you need to buy a home in Leander:

  1. Small town, but not too small

When you think about a small town, you may think there’s only one grocery store, drug store, a town square, and you have to commute to the closest city for some excitement. Leander is not the case; in fact, it’s a progressive suburb that has exploded in the last five years in both residential and commercial development. It’s also close to some of the biggest attractions in Texas Hill Country such as Lake Travis and Inner Space Caverns. You can also travel down the road to the Cedar Park Center and see local sports teams, Cirque de Soleil and major musical acts. Leander continues to see expansion; read Community Impact to see what’s headed there next.

  1. Affordable compared to Austin

The 2017 end of year housing statistics noted Leander as having a median price of $275,000 compared to the City of Austin at $362,000. Housing inventory rose from 1.8 to 2.1, which is not surprising considering there are over 20 builders developing new homes in the area. This means you can find and buy a new home in Leander easier than in Austin! But most importantly, you have more opportunity to get more land for your money in Leander. Currently, a five-bedroom home is roughly the same as a small condo in Downtown Austin.

  1. A heartbeat away from the State Capitol

New roads built around the area help lighten the commute from Leander into Austin, and with the new toll roads in and out of town, a commute to North Austin’s major tech employers and The Domain shopping center takes as few as 20 minutes. Leander is also the last stop on Capital Metro’s light rail service. Leave your car behind and hop on for a ride straight to Downtown Austin.

  1. Great education

Finding a good school is one of the top criteria for families looking for a new home. Leander Independent School District (LISD) has become the largest school district in Williamson County and the fastest growing school district in Texas. LISD has also earned recognized honors from multiple outlets for academic excellence. U.S. News and World Report ranked three Leander high schools with gold and silver medals in education. Niche.com also ranked LISD as #3 of 22 best school district in the Austin Area and #17 of 285 best school district in Texas

  1. Enjoy the outdoors

Austin is known for its rich outdoor activities in a wonderful hill country setting, and the good news is you don’t have to live in the city to experience them. Leander has its fair share of scenery and welcoming outdoor activities with seven area parks. Residents can choose from a disc golf course, skate park, running in the greenbelt, swimming in a Junior-Olympic sized pool, or boating on Devine Lake. Moving during the summer with the family? Take a 15min drive to the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park and ride the miniature train or play around on the Quarry Splash Pad

Buy a Home in Leander: The place to call home

If you’re looking for a place with small town charm and big city thinking, consider Leander your next place to call home. This thriving city has something for everyone; it’s a good place to start a new life, raise a family, and retire. And if you ever forget (or miss) the hustle and bustle, remember it’s a short commute away from Austin.

When you’re ready to explore Leander further, take your first home tour at Travisso, a premier community of new homes, surrounded by 350 acres of open Hill Country. It’s tucked away from it all, yet offers easy accessibility to retail and restaurants in the area, and major highways leading in and out of town for the short commute to work or weekend shopping trips.

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