Caliterra Master-Planned Community in Dripping Springs, Texas Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:47:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Caliterra 32 32 Local Artists in Southwest Austin Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:46:36 +0000 It’s a difficult time to be sure. But we want to tell you about this cool place to add to your list of places to visit. When things settle down, drive to 12919 Nutty Brown Road, Austin and you know you’ve arrived when you encounter a hammer-shaped mailbox. You read that right. Hammer as in hammer and nails. It’s the home of Tres Reynas, a 4.8-acre property that hosts three art studios, a barn with an equine trainer, and a craft lounge.

According to Community Impact Southwest Austin, someone jokingly calls the place the “U.N. of Dripping Springs” for its cultural diversity and talent. Here’s what you can find at Tres Reynas and one bonus stop.




Austin Craft Lounge

You might think this is a beer place, but it’s a different kind of craft lounge. After walking around Tres Reynas looking at art, you may be inspired to create your own. And that’s exactly what you can do at Austin Crafts Lounge. You can sign up for a group class, drop-in during studio hours to make a craft, or request a project made.



Two sisters from France started Authenticaa (2 A’s for the sisters Alexia and Ariane) to create French and European art using metal and reclaimed wood. They also buy local to help with their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint. The sisters get their inspiration from nature including flowers, animals, leaves, and organic shapes.


Laura Hermanson

Laura Hermanson is an equine trainer who caught the eye of many at the U.S. Dressage Finals as she did a warm-up with a mule. She tells The Chronicle of a Horse that her horse Behold the Dessert can do everything: reining, showmanship, and jumping. Hermanson works at the barn at Tres Reynas where she offers lessons. The barn also includes chickens, rabbits, and ducks.


EKiss Art

Elisa Kissinger, owner, and artist behind EKiss Art, creates sculptures and pottery that uses animals as the subject. You can explore some of her works on her Facebook page.


Bottles and Birds

With years of woodworking experience, Wylie Fraze makes art out of wood and glass bottles. He’s known for his wooden bird feeders in which he makes with a wine bottle to dispense food. You can learn to make your own as he teaches a master class at Austin Craft Lounge.


Nutty Brown Amphitheatre

Within one mile from Tres Reynas is Nutty Brown Amphitheatre (12225 Hwy. 290 West), a music venue where you can dance under the stars to your favorite performers. Open since the ’50s, the amphitheater has been a car dealership, barbershop, and western clothing store. Check the website for upcoming performers, which includes the likes of Joan Jett, Styx, and Parker McCollum.


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Ready for the Inaugural Season of Austin FC? Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:36:09 +0000 Soccer — football to everyone else except in the U.S. — fans will be excited to know that Austin FC‘s stadium is making progress. You can watch the construction of the stadium in North Austin (10414 McKalla Place off Burnet Road) to see what’s happening. The 20,500-seat stadium is expected to be complete in spring 2021, in time for the team’s inaugural season.

About Austin FC’s Badge

If you visit the club’s website, you’ll see their badge. The team’s color is bright verde, a green that reflects Austin’s vibrancy and creative energy. It consists of two live oak trees intertwining to show the bond between the club and the city. Four roots of the tree join forces to show all parts of Austin uniting to create a strong foundation for the FC.

Performance Facility

FC Austin’s ownership group plans to build St. David’s Performance Center 15 minutes from the soccer stadium in Northeast Austin (13011-D McCallen Pass). The team and Academy for youth players will train at the facility, which will also provide health and wellness services for the community. The facility is in Parmer Innovation Center, a mixed-use property with soccer fields, a brewpub, a restaurant, and a pond.

The team’s jerseys will be sponsored by Yeti, a company founded in nearby Driftwood with its flagship store in Austin. The first designs will be revealed later this year.

Austin FC Academy

The football club, hence the FC, also runs  Austin FC Academy for boys U14. The academy is a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. It’s a highly competitive and fully-funded professional academy. The Academy recruits talented players. Boys interested should let their coach know they’d like to be considered for Austin FC Academy.

If you’d like season ticket memberships, you can save a spot in line. Here are the details about placing membership deposits.

Many Dripping Springs residents are excited about Austin FC’s inaugural season. It’ll only be a 45-minute drive from the Caliterra community in Dripping Springs.

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Things to do for St. Patrick’s Day Near Dripping Springs Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:25:41 +0000 Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17 is the day to remember St. Patrick who was Ireland’s patron saints in Ireland during the 5th century. It’s morphed into a fun holiday where everyone feels Irish for the day regardless of their heritage. Here are ways to celebrate the day and make a toast to everyone’s good health. Sláinte, y’all!

All Irish Set with Megan Berson on Fiddle
Twisted X Brewing Company
23455 Ranch to Market Rd 150
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
March 17 at 6 pm

Come to Twisted X Brewing Company to hear Megan Berson and Anthony Garcia play Irish music ranging from jigs to folk songs by the likes of Christy Moore and the Dubliners. The evening will also include songs you know from listening to Sinead, the Cranberries, and U2. Buy All Irish Set tickets.

Cactus and Calligraphy
Fine Flowers
1306 E. Main St.
Round Rock, Texas 78664
March 17 at 6:30 pm

Looking for a different kind of bar that doesn’t involve beer? How about a succulent bar? At Cactus and Calligraphy, you’ll learn how to draw pretty letters and create your own succulent at Fine Flowers’ succulent bar. The class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and demonstration, a beginner’s calligraphy kit, succulent, and complimentary snacks and drinks. Round Rock is just an hour from Dripping Springs. Buy Cactus and Calligraphy tickets.

St. Patrick’s Day Parents Night Out
Hutto Infinity Athletics
2121 Innovation Blvd.
Hutto, Texas 78634
March 13 from 7 to 11:30 pm

Here’s a chance for everyone in the family to have fun. Parents can drop off their kids at Infinity Athletics where kids can enjoy a full night of games, pizza, crafts, and movies. Parents can go out and enjoy date night. Monster Mini Golf and Laser Tag is 10 minutes from Infinity Athletics. Texas Café and Pie Shop, Hippo Café, and Anthony’s Pizza are all nearby. Contact Infinity Athletics to save your spot.

Brunch at Smythwick Castle and Lodge
Smythwick Castle and Lodge
12615 E FM 1431
Marble Falls, TX 78654
March 15 at 11:30 am

Less than an hour away from Dripping Springs, Smythwick Castle and Lodge is a historic castle where you can partake in a delicious meal. They’ll serve shepherd’s pie, French toast, chicken and waffles, and Irish soda bread with a variety of jams. An Irish coffee bar and green beer tasting will also be available. Reserve your seat at Smythwick.

Kiss Me, I’m Irish: Austin St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
510 Rio Grande St.
Austin, TX 78701
March 14: 4 pm to 11:59 pm
March 17: 5 pm to 2 am

Occurring on two different days, this is one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls Austin will ever see. Various hotspots will host celebrations all day long and a ticket grants you cover-free access to all of them. Every location will have drink specials. Stereotype, only a 35-minute drive from Dripping Springs, is the designated registration site where you’ll pick up your wristband. You can get a one-day or a two-day pass. Register for Austin’s Bar Crawl.

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Ideas for Spring Break in the Texas Hill Country Thu, 05 Mar 2020 23:09:26 +0000 Does it feel like 2020 has barely begun? It sure does. Nonetheless, spring break is fast approaching. Dripping Springs ISD spring break runs from March 16 through 20. Here are a variety of ideas for relaxation and renewal for families, couples, and singletons.


When you travel an hour from Dripping Springs to Fredericksburg, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Fredericksburg immerses you in German culture and history. It’s the home of Texas German, a dialect that the first generations of German settlers used. Visitors love to head to a bed and breakfast, explore the town and its wildflowers, and tour charming wineries with lots of great photo opportunities.

Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF)

Every year, people of all ages head to the banks of the Llano River, one block from Llano’s historic downtown for the interactive Llano Earth Art Fest. The drive from Dripping Springs takes about an hour and 15 minutes. It’s worth it as you can watch international artists create balanced rock sculptures and try your hand at it. The park will be filled with music by many talented musicians.

Kids can climb a wall and get their face painted. Adults can enjoy a cold brew, admire art, and participate in workshops. One important thing to know is that pets and ice chests need to stay home. While parking is available, they appreciate visitors not blocking driveways. And bring a lawn chair or blankets. If you plan to stay at night, pack a flashlight or lantern as lighting is limited. Be sure to review the Know Before You Go page before coming.

Science Mill

Enter the world of science, technology, engineering, and math at The Science Mill in Johnson City (101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX, 78636). This interactive learning environment has technology-based exhibits, programs, and games for everyone. During Spring Break, they’ll have Robot Mania where kids can race, build, and code robots. All this fun is just a 30-minute drive from Dripping Springs.

Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera

Looking to experience the wild west? You can’t beat Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas. While it’s not a resort ranch, it’s an old-time working stock ranch that has supported five generations since 1901.

It offers horseback riding, lodging, dining, and Texas hospitality. You can go swimming, fishing (they provide the gear), hiking, hayrides, and relish all the fixin’s of western fun. The dude ranch is a little under a two-hour drive from Dripping Springs.

Jet Ski Across Lake Buchanan

For folks who love thrills, jet skiing on Lake Buchanan is a must-do. There are a few jet ski rental places around the lake. You can also make a day of it by going fishing for bass and catfish. The lake is less than 90 minutes from Dripping Springs.

Natural Bridge Caverns and Bracken Cave

Visit two natural wonders a few miles apart in San Antonio. One is Natural Bridge Caverns (26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266) and the other is Bracken Cave, home to millions of bats where you can watch a bat flight.

Natural Bridge Caverns is one of Texas’ largest show caves. You can take a guided tour through its underground chambers. It offers do gem and fossil mining, a 60-foot high ropes course on the Twisted Trails, and more. These destinations are about 90 minutes from Dripping Springs.

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Dripping Springs Is Growing Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:02:27 +0000 The secret is out. Dripping Springs is the place to live for those who want small-town charm in a place close enough to Austin and all it has to offer. The Southwest Austin / Dripping Springs edition of the Community Impact Newspaper reports the city’s population has reached 3,277 in 2018. This is an 82 percent increase since 2013.
Even with the population jump, the City of Dripping Springs works to maintain its serene setting for years to come. City Council shares its comprehensive plan and long-term vision for the city. The goal of the plan is to reflect the residents’ priorities and expectations. They want Dripping Springs to be a place to live, work, and play.

What the Comprehensive Plan Covers
The leaders know the city is growing rapidly. And that leads to challenges and opportunities.  That’s why the plan is a living document. It’s meant to be revised on a regular basis. Despite the growth, the City puts a lot of effort in retaining its community value and quality of life.
In creating the plan, the City engaged the community through a survey with more than 1,600 residents participating. They also held focus groups and a Town Hall. A steering committee reviewed all the input in drafting goals and recommendations. They presented the results at an Open House. Here, residents voted to prioritize the items.
The plan is organized into four topics with goals for each one. The topics are as follows:

  • Development / Growth Management
  • Livability / Quality of Life
  • Infrastructure
  • Goals from Previous Plans

You’ll also find short, medium, and long-term goals in the plan. It also delves into the demographics.
Dripping Springs ISD Prepares for Growth
The Dripping Springs ISD board of trustees is also preparing for the city’s growth. It has recently approved a 64-acre land purchase. The Community Impact Newspaper quotes the Superintendent who says it’ll allow the district to plan for future schools and facilities.
Plans are also progressing on Dripping Springs ISD bond projects. Dripping Springs High School will be done in time for the 2020-2021 school year. Walnut Springs Elementary will move to the same property as Dripping Springs Middle School. And elementary school No. 5 is in the works to open in time for the 2021-2022 school year.
Since 2010, Dripping Springs has turned Mercer St. into a unique destination. Residents and visitors love its shopping and restaurant options. Dripping Springs Ranch Park thrives and attracts local, state, and national events.
Clearly, exciting things are happening in Dripping Springs. If you’re ready to move here, check out these new homes in Dripping Springs. Stay on top of Dripping Springs by connect with Caliterra on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Dripping Springs Getaway: Camp Lucy Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:22:30 +0000 The wonderful thing about living in Dripping Springs — besides its small-town charm — is that they have wonderful options within an hour or two for a Texas Hill Country getaway. And sometimes you just want a staycation that gets you out of the house. Or you’re searching for an idyllic place to hold a major family event. Camp Lucy fits the bill.
Camp Lucy isn’t a place for kids to take a break from their parents in the summer or over spring break. It’s a ranch on a bluff above Dripping Springs’s Onion Creek. Named for owner Whit Hank’s mother, the luxurious and serene place is one getaway every Dripping Springs resident will want to experience.
As you drive toward the property, a gate opens welcoming you. Many families spend the weekend here celebrating a wedding. Its four venues with picture-perfect settings include Ian’s Chapel, Sacred Oaks, Whit’s Inn, and the Vineyard.

Ian’s Chapel
The 19th century French Colonial chapel features a majestic events hall, and an open reception pavilion filled with ironwood timbers. A bride’s cottage and groom’s quarters give them a tranquil place to prepare for their big day.
An old-world brick-paved courtyard provides a breathtaking background for wedding photos. The roof of downtown San Antonio’s Bexar County courthouse is now the Ludowici tile roof on the chapel. The framework of the events hall comes from a repurposed 1800s Ohio Amish barn. An on-site catering kitchen allows the chef to prepare a feast to remember.
Sacred Oaks
Sacred Oaks is another wedding or large event venue named for its beautiful setting. Guests can enjoy the Hill Country sunset and cocktails on the spacious porch. Like Ian’s chapel, Sacred Oaks offers a bride and groom retreat and chef-inspired catering kitchen.
The stars of this venue are the ancient oaks with their twisting branches that transform the place when string lights wrap around them. This venue can easily support more than 300 guests as well as parking.
Whit’s Inn
You won’t want to leave Camp Lucy with Whit’s Inn right there serving thoughtfully crafted meals. This post could not do it justice. But the Whit’s Inn virtual tour comes close! If you’re planning a meeting or other event for up to 100 people, the tour includes a measuring tool to ensure your layout works.
The inn contains separate suites for the bride and groom. It has a rustic bar and plenty of parking for guests. A covered patio serves as a spot for a ceremony, live music, a cocktail party, or a keynote speech. They welcome companies looking for a place for a team-building event.
The Vineyard
Occupying seven acres of the property, the vineyard produces Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Mourvèdre red wines. William Chris Winery in Hye, Texas produces the wines from the grapes on Camp Lucy.
Named for the grandmother of Camp Lucy’s founder, a big draw for Dripping Springs is Tillie’s. Many love to dine in this restaurant they describe as American Nouveau. Diners relish its innovative international flavors that reflect the melting pot of America. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Visit Tillie’s website for more information.
Camp Lucy offers guest rooms filled with the comforts of home with a plush pillow top mattress and fine cotton linens. Guests are sure to wake up feeling refreshed. You have a choice of three types of guest rooms, one of which is the property’s sole luxury suite.
The property also has two cottages. The Creekside Cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms that sleeps 10 people. Its deck overlooks Onion Creek. Lucy’s Cottage features three bedrooms and three bathrooms with room for 10 people. The cottage has a full outdoor kitchen, sunroom, and shuffleboard.
Whether you come to Camp Lucy for a weekend getaway, wedding, or other special events, you’ll experience the best of the Texas Hill Country and return home filled with memories.
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Dripping Springs ISD Partners with Squishy Banana Studios Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:41:22 +0000 Who doesn’t dream of making movie magic at some point in their lives? Serving kids ages 5 to 18, Squishy Banana Studios gives them the opportunity to express themselves and celebrate their inner superstars. Participants get the opportunity to make movies.
Many Dripping Springs ISD students are probably already familiar with Squishy Banana Studios. They most likely have attended a party there, taken classes, or heard about it.

What Is Squishy Banana Studios?
Lizzy Montana, the founder of Squishy Banana Studios, wanted to provide a creative outlet for children. With help from her experience in working on commercials and feature-length films, Montana found a perfect creative outlet in Squishy Banana Studios.
Based in South Austin, the mobile business goes wherever the party is happening. It unleashes kids’ creativity through karaoke and filmmaking. The company offers filmmaking workshops and camps. Kids learn about the filmmaking process from producing to starring in the show.
What Does the Squishy Banana Studio Partnership Mean for Dripping Springs ISD?
Squishy Banana Studios is expanding its services to DSISD elementary schools. Dripping Springs, Rooster Springs, and Walnut Springs Elementary Schools will hold filmmaking classes. Students will learn about writing, storyboarding, acting, directing, filming, and editing.
It makes it convenient for students and their parents. Students enrolled in the filmmaking classes meet after school on their campus once a week for nine weeks. It’s open for grades 2 through 5 with each class having up to 10 students. Families sign up directly with the preferred campus.
What a fun way to expand educational opportunities for DSISD students. To learn more about the district, visit the Dripping Springs ISD website.
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Things to do for Valentine’s Day Near Dripping Springs Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:31:46 +0000 Plumb out of ideas on things to do for Valentine’s Day near Dripping Springs? You’ve come to the right place as there are lots of great possibilities!

Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Mazama Coffee Co. and Roastery
301-B Mercer St.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Celebrate with your lady friends at Mazama Coffee Co.’s second annual Galentine’s Day on February 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Plenty of cheers will be had with Sangria and wine. The night of fun includefs appetizers, heart cookie decorating, photos, party favors, and other activities. Limited tickets available, so buy your ticket. They will not sell tickets the door.

Kurant Mixology Galentine’s Day
3403 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
Want to venture to Austin? Just 30 minutes from Dripping Springs, Kurant Mixology invites the ladies to join them for a night of mixology, food, and trivia. It all happens on February 13 from 6:15 to 8:30 pm. Buy tickets here.

Take a Valentine’s Cookie Class

Asante Lodging and Events
16580 Fitzhugh Rd.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Looking for a unique way to say, “I love you” that you can make yourself? Asante Lodging is offering a cookie class for up to 16 people. A professional cookie artist will show attendees how to bake delicious cookies and make them look good with decorating techniques. Walk out with cookies and recipe guides. Sign up here.


Pick up Flowers

Dantay’s Flowers and Gifts
222 Hwy 290 West
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Whether you want flowers for someone special or add a splash of color in your home, Dantay’s Flowers and Gifts has you covered. If you live in Caliterra in Dripping Springs, you’re just 5 minutes away from the flower shop. Want something other than flowers? They can do candy, fruit, and gourmet baskets.

Tour Wineries

Dripping Springs and the Texas Hill Country has many delightful wineries. You can tour them and try out the wines in the tasting room. Here are your options.

Bell Springs Winery
3700 Bell Springs Rd.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Hawk’s Shadow Winery
7500 McGregor Lane
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Solaro Estate
13111 Silver Creek Rd.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Sidecar Tasting Room
501 Old Fitzhugh Rd.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

Slowpokes Texas Wine Tour Company
509 W. Mercer St.
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Slowpokes is a little different. It provides wine, beer, and distilled spirits tasting tours. They limit the tours to 14 people unless requested for private parties. They offer a Dripping Springs Trail that includes Bell Springs, Texas Hill Country Olive Company, Solaro Estate, Salt Lick Cellars, Duchman, and Driftwood. They also have Wineries / Tasting Rooms and many other options.

If beer is more your speed, here’s a list of Dripping Springs craft breweries.

Stroll Down Historic Mercer Street

Mercer Street
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Historic Mercer Street takes you back in time as many of its structures were built between 1870 and 1940. Eclectic stores fill the street. On the west end, you can find the actual dripping springs landmark that responsible for the town’s name. You can’t miss it with its lush, fern-covered limestone. Take a tour of Mercer Street with help from the map in the Historic Dripping Springs brochure.

Stay at Southern Rose Ranch
8580 Dairy Farm Rd.
Chappell Hill, Texas 77426
This popular bed and breakfast spot has a guesthouse on a storybook ranch with two separate suites. You’ll feel like you’re at a pioneer in the Texas cabin with horses and cows grazing nearby. The ranch features a stone outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and spa.

Dance to Merle Haggard Music

Eventbrite Tickets
Wimberley Community Center
14068 Ranch Rd 12
Wimberley, TX 78676
Marty Haggard, the oldest son of country music legend Merle Haggard, pays tribute to his dad through country music songs and stories. Marty began the tribute in Branson, Missouri in 2010 and is taking the show on the road with a stop in Wimberley. He’ll stay after the show for a meet-and-greet to sign autographs.

Go Roller Skating at RollerDisco

Eventbrite Tickets
11600 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78748
February 15, 2020
10 pm to 4 am
Head to the 10th annual Austin RollerDisco, a BYOB late-night after hours Disco getdown with live bands and DJs. Ticket price includes skate rental on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event always sells out, so don’t wait long! Artists include Henry + The Invisibles, Left, and Happy Happy James.
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Kick Off 2020 in a New Home in Dripping Springs Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:08:54 +0000 Our master-planned community in Dripping Springs offers new homes across 600 acres of serenity that’s just a short drive away from Austin. Here are the highlights of Caliterra’s new homes in Dripping Springs available from highly-respected builders.
Scott Felder Homes
Homebuyers love Scott Felder Homes for their reliability in crafting high-quality homes. The company is one of the most esteemed new home builders in the Austin area for its innovative designs, energy efficiency, and custom features.
186 White Rock Court

  • Available now
  • Sweetwater floorplan
  • 3,368 sq. ft.
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 3 car garage
  • $557,990

Drees Custom Homes
For almost a century, Drees Custom Homes has provided homebuyers the best, everything from the floor plans and building materials to design elements and customer service. You can customize your dream home or browse their quick move-in homes for possibilities.
532 Peakside Circle

  • Available now
  • Colton II A floorplan
  • 3,561 sq. ft.
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 3 car garage
  • $619,900

Brookfield Residential
North American homebuilder Brookfield Residential aims to foster exceptional life experiences for families. They believe in developing sustainable communities that make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why they chose to build in Caliterra.
275 Wynnpage Dr

  • Available now
  • Elon floorplan
  • 2,732 sq. ft.
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • 2 car garage
  • $428,481

Alkire Construction
A custom homebuilder, Alkire Construction crafts new homes using green energy-efficient building and high-quality design principles. Building beautiful homes run in the family as three generations have worked for the family business with more to come.
387 Waters Edge Cove

  • Available now
  • 3,935 sq. ft.
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 3 car garage
  • $1,150,000

Custom Homes
If you’d like to design your dream house from the inside out, Crosswinds has available lots for building your custom home. You can work our hand-picked Dripping Springs Custom home builders Sterling Homes, Arbogast Custom Homes, Lake Travis Builders, Sommerfeld Construction Inc. and Alkire Construction.
Living in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country can become a reality when you find your new home in the Caliterra’s Dripping Springs community. Contact us today to learn more or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Affordable Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:23:36 +0000
Whether you’re planning to put your house on the market or want to upgrade the home you just bought, the outside is the first thing anyone looks at. Real estate experts say improving curb appeal draws interest to your property. No matter where you live, rejuvenating the outside can be affordable, and cost-effective, since it increases the value of your home.

Yard Care

Nothing makes a first impression like a well-manicured yard. High grass, weeds, shaggy bedding, and dead flowers could make others think caring for this property is too much of a hassle. If you don’t want to — or cannot — do the yard work yourself, hire a lawn service. Vegetable and flower gardens are a nice touch, but they can draw insects to the greenery. Organic pest control keeps the bugs from destroying the lawn and garden, and it doesn’t damage the environment.
Keep flower beds and shrubbery neat and trimmed. You can add bright, colorful blooming annuals, perennials or potted plants for visual appeal. You’ll find that native Texas flowers such as Texas lantana and black-eyed Susans will give your garden bright color with low maintenance. Make it more visually appealing by adding colorful mulch on top of the soil.

Bright Lights!

New light fixtures don’t cost much, but they do a lot to brighten up the home’s exterior. Check out your favorite hardware or home improvement store for the latest fixtures that conserve energy. LED lights don’t get as hot as standard incandescent bulbs, and they’re available in many colors — perfect for the perimeter of your home. If you don’t want to install new lights, apply metallic paint to older fixtures.

Paint and Primp

A good paint job goes a long way when it comes to sprucing up the house. The front entry is a simple place to start. Black doors are trending right now and can increase the price of your home by as much as $6,000. Faded, chipped paint is another turn-off to buyers, giving them the impression your home is a fixer-upper. Along with the front door, splash some paint, stain or varnish on railings, trim, decks, shutters, fences and the garage door.

Mailbox and House Numbers

Chipped, dented mailboxes are immediately noticeable, especially when someone’s looking for the house address. A new coat of paint may be OK, but it’s a good idea to replace damaged mailboxes. Large, modern house numbers on the front door also don’t cost much, but they do bring eyes to the building.

Window Boxes and Hanging Baskets

Flowers are always a draw to the exterior of a house. Hang varied colored flowers in baskets on the front porch or walkway areas and place a few flower boxes outside front windows. Suncatchers and birdbaths are nice for the yard too. Buy a swing or rocker; front porch living is a definite draw!

Driveway and Walkways

Rocks, solar light sticks, and hanging wind chimes along the drive are welcoming. Replace old, moldy outdoor carpeting, and don’t forget to place a welcome mat by the front door! Dressing up the drive lets your friends and neighbors know you’re receiving company … and it makes people want to look inside.
Properties that look as if they belong in the neighborhood will be of interest to anyone searching for a house to buy. When your house looks nice from the outside, people assume the inside is also well kept. And that’s where it all begins when it comes to enticing the next owners.
Meredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer, and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house flipping projects, admitting that her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces.