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

South Austin Guide: Eat Your Heart Out in 78745

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Craving a croissant? Hankering for a hamburger? Pining for some pizza? Itching for enchiladas? All jokes aside, we’re not kidding when we say that the 78745 neighborhood has some of Austin’s best cuisine. And that’s one of our favorite parts about living in Austin! With so many good options right in our neighborhood we wanted to share some of our FAVE places to go on a date, as a family, or to hang out with friends.

Austin Java – Start your day with a Honey Nut Latte and end with a glass of Pinot Noir at Austin’s favorite cafe and coffee shop. Austin Java started in 1995 and has grown to include six locations, but the one on Manchaca is our favorite. Offering everything from benedicts and omelettes to dinner classics like pasta and burgers; Austin Java is a beloved neighborhood establishment that values “people over products.” Bring your laptop and work the day away, grab a quick lunch, or unwind after a long day. // Address: 5404 Manchaca Rd.

We love the Trio Dip + Chopped Brisket Sandwich

Aviator Pizza and Drafthouse – Name a more iconic pair than pizza and beer. We’ll wait. Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse offers speciality pizzas like Bacon Double Cheeseburger (tastes like it sounds) or the South Austin pizza complete with goat cheese, prosciutto, and arugula. Build-your-own pizzas, sandwiches, calzones, and salads are also on the menu. We tend to frequent their happy hour from three to six for a dollar off select pints and wines. // Address: 6501 S Congress Ave #1-105

We LOVE the Sriacha brussel sprouts + goat cheese pie + Zilker Salad with Proscuito

Evangeline Cafe – You know it’s going to be good cajun food when the chef and owner is from Louisiana. Evangeline Cafe is the spot for authentic Cajun food in Austin. Hands down. Frequently appearing on “best of Austin” lists, Evangeline serves up Cajun classics like gumbo, crawfish, and even chicken fried gator! Enjoy one of these stick-to-your-ribs kinds of meals to the tune of live music, almost every evening. // Address: 8106 Brodie Ln

We love the stuffed black drum- wild caught and Gray loves the alligator bites

Casa Linda Taqueria – Nestled inside a convenience store is the beloved Casa Linda Taqueria. Open daily from early morning to evening (Sundays open until 2 pm) Casa Linda provides quick, delicious, and inexpensive tacos. One Yelp reviewer put it best, “The prices are affordable, the staff is friendly, and the tacos are scrumptious!” Enough said. // Address: 623 W Dittmar Rd

We love the breakfast tacos, the torta and the SPICY green sauce ;)

The Little Darlin – The Little Darlin is the spot to be if you want to play a game of pool with some friends, enjoy a delicious meal al fresco, or spend the day listening to live music with a drink in hand. And although it’s technically a bar, the menu is a far cry from “bar food.” We love the kale caesar salad, chicken and dumplings, and pimento cheese croquettes! // Address: 6507 Circle S Rd

We love their brunch and pimento cheese croquettes, yum!

Taco Ranch – Whether you celebrate margarita Monday, taco Tuesday, or queso everyday, Taco Ranch is here for you. Although, not technically in 45 it has become a staple in our weekly eating, so we included it anyway. So go ahead, eat in or drive through for a quick meal made from scratch and with only the freshest ingredients. Their menu of classic Tex-Mex fare includes tacos, quesadillas, burritos, tostadas, taco salads, nachos, and more! Don’t forget to try the famous Ranch Dip – queso complete with beef, guac, and sour cream. You can thank us later! // Address: 5033 W US Hwy 290 Service Rd

We love their breakfast tacos and their salsa is killer!

Thicket – This food truck park holds a special place in our hearts. The Thicket is 78745’s neighborhood spot for local food, live music, and fun with friends and family. It is also where we hold our block parties! Vendors at the Thicket include Artipasta, Atia’s Kitchen, Blue Corn Shack, Grace Tamale House, Liberty Press Kitchen, Revolution Vegan Kitchen, and The Perfect Bite – so there is truly something for everybody. Gather your neighbors and head to the Thicket for some serious fun for the whole entire family.

Too many good options we recommend trying them all! <3

 
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Gray & Air Wedding Video

Possibly my favorite take away from the wedding is this video. It truly captures the fun, the nerves and the excitement of our big day. Crazy to think how fast time is flying and what next year will bring. Thank you all for reliving these moments with us, it has been fun to share these with you! 

Gray & Air Wedding Pt. 1 - Getting Ready + First Look

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Happy November friends. It is so hard to believe that it's already almost been two years since the most magical week of my life. Even crazier is next year when we celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary we will have our sweet baby girl with us, cue the sappy tears. For those of you who don't know Gray and I got married two years ago on November 28th, 2015. Now that we have an online space I wanted to share some of our favorite photos and memories from that day!

When I was planning our wedding, I was unsure if I wanted to do a first look with Gray before the ceremony, and I am SO incredibly glad we did. It honestly took the edge off the day a bit and it was so fun to see him looking all suited up and ready for the big hour not to mention we scored several great photos with just us two!  I hope that you enjoy looking through them, look out for parts 2 + 3 and our wedding recap video. :)

Venue: Hummingbird House | Austin, Texas // Photographer: Jenna McElroy Photography

Life Update + Adding a Member to Our Team

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Hey guys the last few months certainly have been busy and we are excited to announce come March 201  we will be adding a new little member to our team and the pups will be getting a baby sister ! 🎀💕 We are really excited and can't wait to meet our sweet little girl.