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Monday, April 12, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Development Spotlight: The Grotto of Dripping Springs

What could be better than combining the beauty of the Hill Country of Dripping Springs with brand new, affordable, modern farmhouse townhomes? It sounds unattainable, right? Ruben Contreras, Co-Owner of Hidden Oaks at Dripping, LLC. together with Stanberry Realtors® is excited to bring to you a development in the heart of Dripping Springs that offers just that. 
Now that they've broken ground and the infrastructure is underway, you can come see for yourself what The Grotto has to offer. Contact your favorite Stanberry agent today for more information. Starting in the low $300's.

The Grotto, a sustainably built development currently under construction off 290, just west of Highway 12, is nestled on ±25 acres and sits minutes from DSISD’s highly rated schools and Dripping Springs city retail and service centers. The community will eventually consist of 100 modern farmhouse styled condo townhomes to be built in several phases over this coming year.

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  family, home, new, dripping springs, grotto

Monday, April 12, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Barton Hills Farms 2021 Spring Festival

Contributed by Jami Carroll
With warm weather and bright blooms all around, Central Texans enjoy spending time with family and friends outdoors. The annual Spring Festival at Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop invites families to celebrate the season on its picturesque family-owned farm.
    
Owned by Andrew Taft & Craig Swanson, Verde Park includes 15 acres of Native Texas pecan, Eastern cottonwood, & Bald cypress gently leading to the banks of the Colorado River. Part of Stephen F. Austin’s colony, the land was originally settled in 1833 by Josiah Pugh Wilbarger. Barton Hill Farms includes replicas of the old Wilbarger Fort and The Lively--Stephen F. Austin’s “pirate ship” that was lost at sea en route to his Bastrop Colony. The educational aspect of the farm also includes five historic signs around the courtyard that reveal the history of the land and its structures; “each sign has a QR code & webpage where visitors can find more. ...

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  family, fun, exercise, warm, gifts, festival, spring

Thursday, March 11, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

COVID Vaccines: How I Got An Appointment

An Austinite's Experience Getting An Appointment For The COVID-19 Vaccine
Monday morning I found myself with an open web browser and what felt like a thousand tabs along the top of my screen. Walgreens, HEB, CVS, Austin Public Health (APH), Walmart, Sam’s Club, and others. Every hour on the hour I refreshed each screen to see if notification of COVID-19 vaccination doses had appeared on any site. As you may have guessed, none did. 
Sure, I could have driven six hours to Odessa, TX for the off chance of receiving it from one of the cities listed on HEB’s site with doses but there are simply too many issues with that endeavor. No, we’re sticking close to home for this. We’d registered weeks ago on the Austin Public Health site but hadn’t heard anything from them on when to expect the eagerly awaited email saying it was time to schedule our appointments. If you’ve spent any time looking online for available vaccines then this all sounds familiar ...

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  family, covid, social distance, freedom, virtual party, mask

Wednesday, March 10, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, & Bees, Oh My!

Contributed By: Jami Carroll
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to provide for our seasonal native pollinators!  Following the polar freeze that hit Central Texas last month, biologists and horticulturists have begun sounding the alarm over the storms’ negative impacts on our migratory species--including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. As we begin the hard work of cleaning, reclaiming, and replacing our landscapes and gardens, it’s important to provide for the smallest members of our natural environment: the pollinators. Native species, wildflowers, annuals, and herbs make welcome additions to any garden while providing healthy food  and habitats for our favorite pollinators. 
     
Many homeowners look forward to the annual arrival of hummingbirds from mid-March to April. Returning from their South American holidays, Ruby-throated, Black-chinned, & Rufous hummingbirds seek the tender, Spring blooms of flowering plants, bushes, . ...

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  family, fun, home, summer, warm, water

Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Statewide Snowdown

Texans have shown their mettle once again in the face of Nature’s fury. As polar weather patterns shifted to dump historic amounts of snow on ill prepared Southerners, temperatures not only dropped but uncharacteristically remained stuck in below freezing conditions. A dusting of snow is nothing new to us. We can make ludicrously small snowmen with the best of ‘em. A prolonged icy scenario however, despite the beauty of it, is not something we are remotely prepared for.
As demand for heat spiked, the un-weatherized power plants across the state began to fail catastrophically, leaving millions of Texans in the frigidly cold darkness. Some of our Stanberry agents were left without power or a heat source for over 100 hours. Subfreezing temperature inside your home, especially for the elderly or those with compromised health, is a potentially deadly situation for any of us.
As we’ve done so many times before with hurricanes, floods, tornados and more, Texans came out in; ...

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  family, home, electricity, freeze, snow, warm, water