26th Annual Bluebonnet Festival – April 10th – 12th in Burnet, TX (and market update)

April 3, 2009

It’s that time of year around here, Spring has arrived in the Texas Hill Country!  Beauty abounds this time of year, the skies are high blue, the temperature is in the 70’s during the day and 40’s at night, the birds are singing their hearts out, and the wildflowers are in bloom.  I’d give you some insight into what types, but to me there are: Red ones, Yellow ones, Purple ones, and BLUEBONNETS!


Burnet is THE Bluebonnet Capitol of Texas, a title that was bestowed by the Great State of Texas many years ago.  A typical small Texas town; people are very friendly, the food is great, and the town square comes alive when it’s time for the annual Bluebonnet Festival.   This event brings the  entire community out to have fun with their neighbors and visitors alike.  There is so much to do, parades, air show, non-stop live music, street dances, a bike ride, a run, and lots more.  A complete schedule of events can be found by clicking HERE

While in town, take some time and explore the area.  Burnet County offers much more than most people realize.  Explore Longhorn Caverns, go sit by, or play on one of the many lakes,  take a trip to the Canyon of the Eagles and see the Bald Eagles, Inks Lake State Park is another idea, and that’s just a start!


Spring Break is typically the kick off to our market shift from winter time strolling to summer time chaos.  We’re off and running, people are putting their homes on the market for that summertime move, while others are looking for  those much desired weekend lake houses.  It’s a perfect time to start looking while prices are still lower than normal.  If you’re interested in possibly moving this way, or finding that lake house, or maybe just have a questions about the area or market, please feel free to give me a call or email me.

As always, thanks for reading.  IF you like these posts, you can always subscribe via email or RSS. – Jem


Marble Falls – Bluebonnets, Bike Rides, and Real Estate

March 6, 2009

The word came out today that this years Bluebonnet Music and Fine Arts Festival will be headlined by Pure Prairie League on March 28th.  Marble Falls’ own John Martinez will open for them on Main Street.  The evening will wind up with a street dance with Cornell Hurd’s Big Ol’ Band closing things out.  The festival starts on March 27th and runs through the 29th.  Another one of our great family oriented gatherings that takes place annually here in Marble Falls.

It’s time to get the bikes out and start riding the hills again.  April 4th is the kickoff of my season.  The Pedal Power Wild Flower Ride is that day, leaving from LBJ State Park in Stonewall.  Several routes are available to ride, ranging from 12 to 63 miles.  The longer ride includes a lap around the Willow City Loop and is absolutely gorgeous this time of year.  ALL proceeds from this ride go the the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center, it’s a great cause!  I don’t know what the entry fee is, but it’s inexpensive and well worth every penny.  Register online at www.hccac.org and click on “10th Annual Pedal Power Wildflower Ride”.

Staying loose is the key now, because the Hill Country Ride for Aids is the next ride on April 25th.  With rides from 10 to 100 miles (and a couple in between), this ride has gotten rave reviews from previous participants.  All the information you’d ever want can be found HERE.  If you’ve never taken your bike on one of these rides, do yourself a favor and give it a try.  Combine the thrill of completing one of these rides with the knowledge that you’re helping people in need, and the result is often times overwhelming.  And you sleep good that night too!

Real estate in the Highland Lakes area of Texas is still alive and well.  We’ve seen a slowdown over the past several months, BUT  the phone is ringing and properties are selling.  Prices have had some minor adjustments, but all in all it hasn’t been that unpleasant.  Our market normally cycles with the year (no pun intended), as much of the Texas Hill Country has become a prime vacation destination for people from throughout the country.  With interest rates down and property values holding steady, it’s a prime time to purchase the vacation or retirement property you’ve been looking for.  If you’d like to take a look at the properties that we have available, you can Search the Highland Lakes MLS LIVE here.  I’m always available for questions about the area or real estate, just give me a call at 830.385.3760 or Email Me.  Current mortgage rates are available if you just Click Here.

Thanks for reading. . . Jem