Crystal Falls: Leander’s Most Coveted Community

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We know how important it is to find a home that not only fits the location requirements but also the lifestyle that surrounds it. And sometimes checking all the boxes can be quite the challenge: Open layout, updated features, large yard, neighborhood pool, nearby parks, good school district; you catch my drift. So when Gray received a new listing in the Leander neighborhood of Crystal Falls, it was hard not to do a double take. Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely LOVE where we live and have no plans of moving anytime soon, but this new listing really does check all the boxes when it comes to family-friendly living. 

Crystal Falls is a master-planned community located in Leander. Nestled between sweeping landscapes, spring-fed creeks, natural rock formations, and breath-taking hill country views; it is the perfect oasis for families looking for a home to fit virtually any budget. Build your dream home on three acres or buy a move-in ready home close to neighborhood amenities. Speaking of amenities, the ones in Crystal Falls are AMAZING. We’re talking an on-site 18-hole golf course with a restaurant and shop, 2 swimming complexes, picnic and playground areas, a fishing lake, sand volleyball and tennis courts, a disc golf course, walking trails and canyon land reserves. 

With miles and miles of natural settings to explore, Crystal Falls attracts active families looking to meet other active families. Residents can join the neighborhood bunko group, wine club, golf group, or book club; or simply enjoy the neighborhood events that happen periodically throughout the year. Nothing sounds better to us than moving into a new neighborhood and instantly meeting people that share the same interests as our family. 

Not to mention that Crystal Falls is located in the highly-rated, award-winning Leander school district. There are three on-site elementary schools and one middle school, all within walking distance!

Check out Gray’s newest listing CLICK HERE, located in Crystal Falls and visit mycrystalfalls.com to learn more about this beautiful, active community nestled in the Texas hill country.

Listing Agent- Gray Adkins, REALTOR, GRI // Powered by Waterloo Realty

5 Family-Friendly Places We Love Visiting in South Austin

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Summer is here and we have to admit we cannot wait. Last summer Ivy was just a couple months old so most of the season was spent indoors, at home. We’re so excited to be able to spend this summer out and about, with friends and family, doing the things we love. And we already have a list of places we definitely plan on visiting. Here are five of our tried and true local Austin hot spots we love to visit as a family in South Austin.

`1. El Alma - We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: El Alma is our favorite restaurant, like ever. It’s where we’ve had so many great conversations, fun times, and delicious meals. We love sitting out on their rooftop patio, enjoying a drink and planning our next big project. You can find us at El Alma often, so if you ever see us we’d love for you to come say hi!


2. Cosmic Coffee - Cosmic Coffee is so much more than just a coffee shop. They offer live music, an assortment of food trucks, beer, wine, cocktails, and yes, amazing coffee. We love hanging out at Cosmic with friends and listening to awesome tunes while Ivy claps along. If you’re a South Austin resident, then chances are this place is at the top of your list. 

3.  Kerbey Lane - Our favorite breakfast in town is to be had at Kerbey Lane Cafe South Austin location. The food is always on point and the kid-friendly atmosphere makes for a stress-free family outing. 

4.  Garrison Park - We love visiting Garrison Park for walking, picnics, and enjoying time outdoors. This sprawling park has sports fields, a swimming pool, and playgrounds that we know Ivy will fully take advantage of when she’s a little bit older. For now, we like watching the big kids play.

5. Wildflower Center - The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is an Austin gem. It is Texas’ state botanical garden and arboretum and boasts over 900 species of native Texas plants. Spanning over 280 acres, the center has easy-to-follow walking trails, making it easy to take Ivy in the stroller to explore.



Listing + Property Tour on Alonso | Just Listed

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Just Listed- 5213 Alonso

Stunning home located on large corner lot with second-story hill country views. Spacious 4 bedroom/ 3 bath home has an open concept floor plan with ample natural light, perfect for family living and entertaining. This home is just minutes from downtown Austin and is located in a Sweetwater community. Enjoy Sweetwater’s many amenities including a fitness center, hike and bike trails, and a 10-acre club complete with swimming pools, athletic fields, and more. Host pool parties with neighbors, relax in your own backyard, and enjoy Hill Country beauty with an Austin address.

Listing Agent- Gray Adkins, Realtor, GRI // Gray & Air Real Estate Group // Powered By Waterloo Realty

Tough as a Mother.

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It’s crazy to believe that this is my second Mother’s Day as an official member of the “Mother’s Club”. I mean please someone explain to me how time flies so quickly?? But man oh man I could do the typical blog post about how I have been changed, and how I love being a mother more than anything in the entire planet ( which is all VERY true) this year I have decided to switch things up and get on a real level with you. So here are 5 things I’ve learned about being a Mom (while also being a full-time marketer, home rehabber and wife) and how I try to balance and attempt to be the best Mom I can.

  1. Don’t get too comfortable- I think back on my pre-momhood stage and laugh now because I thought all my years of working with children would prepare me for motherhood. While I definitely learned a few things that have made the transition easier, I quickly realized that little babies are CONSTANTLY growing, changing and becoming little people. Once you have a few days in a row of consistent sleep and a solid routine starting to build…. WHAM.. BAM. They change and they are on to a new stage. For my type A personality this has been a humbling challenge to say the least. But I’m soaking it all in because I look back at how FAST a year flew and dang. The days are long and the years are lighting fast.

  2. One day you will feel like a human again- I am proud to say that I survived a year of nursing and pumping. I know that it is not for everyone and I 100% believe it’s every mother’s decision on how they nourish their children, but this ended up being the thing that worked best for our family. BUT. OH. MY. GOSH. I had no idea what pumping was going to mean for me. Over the last year, I have pumped in my car, in a storage closet at work with a non locking door, at the job site (several times),  a LOFT dressing room, several bathrooms and the list goes on. Not going to lie, for the majority of this year I felt like a human feeding machine who solely existed to make sure my baby never went hungry. And while I will definitely check this off as one of my greatest accomplishments, it does not take away from the dedication and discipline it required of me as mom and person. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and the day I stopped pumping I felt like a BRAND NEW WOMAN! Score.

  3. Prepare to be HUNGRY all the time- As noted above I pumped and nursed constantly so inherently I was also hungry ALL the time. I read a quote the other day that said something to the effect of, “it takes 30% of your energy to breastfeed your baby, which is more than your heart requires to beat.” So phew. Hungry all the time, yes, because my energy supply was depleting. But as soon as Ivy started eating solids she also became very curious of the food I was eating. So the cutest girl in the whole world essentially was eating all my food. Becoming a parent is a real selfless act, ha.

  4. Copy cats walk among us- This is a lesson I’m still very much learning, but babies are like little sponges. They look to you for everything and they are always watching and learning. It has been equal parts fun and terrifying as you then realize you want to be the BEST version of yourself so that your child only picks up on the good parts. It just reminds me on a daily basis to slow the heck down, smell (or in Ivy’s case eat) the dandelions and be kind to everyone you meet because those little ones are watching.

  5. You can always justify a purchase- I’ll start this one off by saying- Gray if you are reading this stop reading now. Okay- I always wanted a little girl especially since I am one of 3 girls and having Ivy has been NOTHING short of incredible. But man, I can literally justify buying her something almost everywhere I go. Whether it’s a snack, a toy, a shirt, some socks, pajamas or a stuffed animal it does not really matter because I find some real joy in picking her up little thing. In full disclosure, she just hit the stage where she can really comfortably sit in the cart at Target and it has all gone down hill. Just the other day I bought glittery gold Pumas because she saw them and kept saying “shoes”. SO yeah, the shopaholic within me might be taking over as Ivy’s interest in shopping continues to grow but I’m trying to wrangle her back in and remember she’s just a baby and she doesn’t need it all. Can any other moms or dads out there relate? Well I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress though, oops.

So in conclusion, I am very much still figuring out this Mom thing but really enjoying the process a long the way and hope you enjoyed reading this post!

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing, hardworking, hustling moms out there. xoxo- Air

 
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House Huntings Success Stories: Taylor + Ryan

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When Ryan and Taylor decided it was time to buy their first home, the two knew exactly what they were looking for - a single family home, with a yard fit for their furry friend, in South Austin.

“I had my heart was set on a traditional, family-style home with a big enough yard for our dog, Kayda. We wanted a house that needed just enough TLC to make it our own, located in South Austin. We spend a ton of time exploring the city and South Austin has the best vibe, activities and most importantly... the best food. We’re still trying to figure out why anyone would want to live North of the river,” says Taylor. Ryan and Taylor were more familiar with the market than your average first-time homebuyers. Ryan spent years watching the housing market and Taylor worked in marketing in Real Estate, where she met Gray and Air.  And although she worked with and knew tons of real estate agents, she chose to work with Gray.

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“We knew it was meant for us. Sure enough, we finally landed it. There was something magical about the turn of events that led us to this home.”

“There are 13,000+ real estate agents to choose from in Austin, Texas… that is a ton of options. There is only one Gray Adkins.” Working with Gray was pretty much the perfect client experience. We learned the importance of having an informed, dedicated real estate agent that is willing and experienced enough to guide you in the right direction each step of the process. Not to mention, he and Air are simply fun people to be around so there was never a dull moment. And we made lifelong friends with them in the end,” says Taylor.
For Ryan and Taylor, the home they fell in love with took them on an emotional rollercoaster, but in the end it was meant to be.  

“When we walked into the first “home of our dreams,” we knew it was the one. We made an offer and lost out. The buyers backed out so we made another offer and lost again. Just when we decided to stop spinning our wheels, it came back on the market for the third time. We knew it was meant for us. Sure enough, we finally landed it. There was something magical about the turn of events that led us to this home.” Ryan and Taylor’s home buying experience is a perfect example of what Gray always tells his clients – it will all work out for the best. If you lose out on an offer, then something better will come along. Or in this case, the same house will come along again.

Taylor’s advice to first-time homebuyers, “Do you homework and follow your instincts. Neither will ever lead you astray.”

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Represented by Gray Adkins, REALTOR - Powered by Waterloo Realty