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Austin Area — then and now

I have posted two articles this morning about specific historical periods in Austin, but Austin and the surrounding area of Central Texas have a lot of history and historical sites so I took time to assemble a few more:

State Capitol

French Legation

Southwestern University

(oldest university in Texas, est. before statehood, in 1840)

Other historical colleges and universities:  University of Texas, Huston-Tillotson UniversitySt. Edwards University, and Texas State University (formerly Southwestern Texas State University) all feature prominently from the 19th century.

Driskill Hotel

Mount Bonnell

Of course, we’re also proud of what’s going on here now — South by Southwest starts this week, Austin City Limits Music Festival will be here again in the Fall, and the 6th Street entertainment district is always “on.”  Austin works hard to earn the right to call itself the Live Music Capital Of The World.

In town there are runs and bicycle events very frequently, hot air balloonists soaring over the area, sailing races and just “one foot on the tiller” boaters on Lake Travis, skiers on Lake Austin and Lake Travis.  The Highland Lakes and Texas Hill Country are always great.  (And they’re obviously a big part of why people settled here in the first place.)  We have a thriving Texas wine industry, and that’s a great reason to explore, too.

Last but not least:  it’s almost Spring — my favorite time in Central Texas.  We’ve had a pretty wet Winter, which usually means a beautiful bluebonnet season.  Check out The Bluebonnet Trail!

This just scratches the surface of what makes Austin Austin.  Come see for yourself.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.


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