The median home sales price, in Austin Texas, is around $220,000*, so a Realtors
People often view the main benefit of a gated community to be the security it provides. While there are many other benefits, this is certainly a positive aspect of the community. Though there is no way to prevent all crime in any community, a gated community adds an extra level of security by helping to restrict uninvited visitors from entering. Whatever movies and television may imply, most home invasions are not well-planned and coordinated heists. In fact, the majority of home invasions, property theft or vandalism are crimes of opportunity. Generally, it is someone who simply walked into a neighborhood looking for the easiest target, like an unlocked door or window. By restricting such entrance, gated communities ultimately make living safer for the homeowner. And while not a criminal activity, though you may wish it were, a gated community means less door-to-door salesmen ringing your doorbell.
Another benefit to a gated community is less traffic. As neighborhoods and the areas around them grow, many find that their formerly peaceful community is transformed into high-traffic short-cuts between major roadways. What can begin as a neighborhood you feel safe letting your children skate and bike through, can suddenly feel unsafe for even adults to traverse. Additionally, by limiting non-residents on your neighborhood roadways, you can find that you worry less about speeders as residents have a vested interest in driving safely through their neighborhood. Also, less traffic means less noise, pollution and need for road repairs.
Gated communities are also able to invest more into neighborhood amenities like pools, clubhouses and walking trails. While a non-gated community is often limited to providing amenities that can be cheaply maintained and secured, since it is harder to limit access to residents, gated communities find that they can invest more into amenities without these concerns. You will often find state-of-the-art community centers with gorgeous poolscapes in gated communities. For residents who live on Hill Country property, they may even enjoy the benefits of a community fishing lake and maintained walking and biking trails through natural landscapes.
Finally, gated communities are often more close-knit in spirit. Even when these neighborhoods enjoy large acreage home sites, residents often find that it is easier to know who your neighbors are, and to enjoy a greater sense of community. And one will find, ultimately, that this end-result of knowing and caring about your neighbors often provides as many benefits as those provided by your community gates.
About the Author
Carolyn Boden is a marketing consultant at Belvedere, Texas hill country land for sale real estate community. They sell beautiful hill country acreage located west of Austin near Hamilton Pool. For more information please visit http://www.belvedereaustin.com
If it is history you are interested in, visit the State Capitol Building. Take a tour of Bremond Block, an area with 11 historic homes built in the late 1800’s. Pay your respects to a variety of Texas heroes, including Stephen F. Austin at the Texas State Cemetery. Make sure you see the historic Millett Opera House on a trip downtown.
Museums for Adults and Children
A must see is the Austin Children’s Museum with a variety of interactive exhibits that your whole family is sure to enjoy. If it is art you are interested in, pay a visit to the Austin Museum of Art. Your whole family will enjoy the Bob Bullock State History Museum featuring Austin’s only IMAX Theater. To finish your museum experience, a must see is the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.
A Wide Variety of Sports
If it is college sports you love, be sure to check out the University of Texas Longhorns. Their football teams as well as their basketball teams will not disappoint. If you’re interested in professional basketball, make sure to catch the Austin Toros, a NBA Developmental League team. Also check out the Austin Aztex, a relatively new pro soccer league team.
Music for all Tastes
Austin was given the name the Live Music Capital of the World in 1991 for a reason. Since Austin is said to have the most live music per capita, there is surely something for you to go out and listen to. In March, the SXSW Conference is held where presentations are given showcasing new things in music. There are a variety of music festivals like the ACL Music Fest and the Urban Music Fest to attend as well. Don’t miss checking out a variety of live music performances downtown or in the SoCo area.
Hotels in Austin
Austin, with all it has to offer is awaiting you. Come, visit and stay awhile in some of the fine hotels in the area. You can bring you pets along too because there are many pet friendly hotels in Austin Texas available.
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The end of government tax credits and subsidies is a new trend, the results of which are yet to be observed. Homeowners continue to lose equity on their houses and one in seven are delinquent or in foreclosure. The amount of foreclosures will remain elevated. It is increasingly difficult to obtain a home mortgage, which continues to affect the amount of home purchases possible. These factors have contributed to another trend: people view renting as a more practical option.
There is a low cost of living in central Texas and there are job openings. However, despite available labor, one in six people are unemployed or underemployed. Small business failures have increased by almost fifty percent. These uncertainties in the economy and the potential changes in laws, regulations and taxes, will continue to affect the real estate market into 2011.
Housing prices have continued to drop by about twenty-five percent and commercial real estate has seen a fifty percent dip. Although the plunge in the market is a negative trend, it has also helped to promote central Texas as a desirable place of residence. The combined factors of land prices, housing prices and cost of living, are making the state one of the most affordable and attractive option for prospective home buyers. The region is also becoming a popular retirement option.
So, there are some encouraging signs that things may be turning around and the fate of many industries hangs in the balance. It will become clearer further into 2011 whether the real estate market has bottomed out. Either way, there will be a long and slow recovery process. Predictions are that the housing market will return to a “normal” state between 2013 and 2014, but it will take 5 to 10 years for the market really pick up. A rise in the housing market would benefit many industries aside from real estate, from contracting to moving companies. Luckily, 2011 should see a rise in more positive real estate trends.