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Steiner Ranch Market Update 7/1/2021

I'm going to start things differently this month by talking about what is happening in the overall Austin market because there have definitely been changes in the last 30 days.  Experts have officially changed our market from an "ultra strong seller's market" to a...

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Independence Day Celebrations

Friday, July 2 University of Texas Golf Club - The UT Golf Club will have it's firework show, Friday night, July 2nd with the show starting when it gets dark.  Members can get tickets through the club to sit front and center , but the fireworks can be seen from many...

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Earnest Money – When Can the Seller Keep it?

As a self-professed “contract-nerd,” I am frequently frustrated by how loosely written our promulgated forms are here in Texas.  This is in sharp contrast with California where I was previously a broker.  California’s overly litigious business climate has lead to...

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Steiner Ranch Market Update 6/3/2021

So much for that increased inventory I mentioned last month.  We only had 34 new listings in May vs. 54 in May of 2020, 58 in 2019 and 65 in May of 2018! You may remember me mentioning last month that the $500,000 price point might be unattainable in Steiner Ranch...

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Vandegrift High School Rankings 2021

According to US News & World Reports who publishes an annual ranking of schools across the US, Vandegrift High School is #895 of 17,857 high schools that were ranked nationally.  Of the 1997 high schools in Texas, Vandegrift came in at #111.  We came in #10 of...

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Steiner Ranch Market Update 5/3/2021

As I continued to track the original list price to sale price ratio broken down into 2 week increments by price range, I saw some interesting data.  In April, there was only one listing under $500,000 and that house was under 1700 SF.  Given that there are only a...

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Dog Park Approved for Steiner Ranch

The HOA Board of Directors just announced that they approved and committed money to build a two acre dog park at Towne Square and it's expected to be completed in the next two months! The park will be subdivided into sections for small and large breed dogs. The plan...

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Steiner Ranch Market Update 3/15/2021

Steiner Ranch Market Update 3/15/2021

We continue to see multiple offer situations in Steiner Ranch which are driving up prices.  This month, I decided to start tracking a new metric, breaking down the sale price to original list price ration by price range.  Since the market is changing rapidly, I also...

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Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption

What is a Homestead Exemption? Homestead exemptions are granted by the county appraisal district where the property is located.  The exemption reduces a homeowner's property tax bill by removing part of the home's value from taxation.  All Texas homeowners may receive...

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Steiner Ranch Market Update 2/15/2021

Steiner Ranch Market Update 2/15/2021

Steiner Ranch Market Update 2/15/2021 Since I last reported a month ago, we have seen LOTS of multiple offer situations driving prices up well over list price.  This data can be hard to interpret though because surprisingly, homes are still being underpriced!  This is...

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UT Golf Club Exclusive Listing

University Club Drive, Austin TX  78732 $2,800,000 4bds | 5.5 ba | 5422 sq. ft. | 1.17 AcresAn iconic custom estate, there’s nothing quite like this one-of-a-kind home. This spectacular mostly one-story home sits right between holes 8 and 9 on the...

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Steiner Ranch Market Update 1/15/2021

Steiner Ranch Market Update 1/15/2021

This week,  on 1/12/2021, for the first time ever, there were ZERO listings for sale in Steiner Ranch & River Dance.   I keep hearing people say that inventory was low throughout 2020 and is just getting worse, but is this true?  Not according to the data.  The...

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Professional Movers Will Not Move Everything

It's important to note in advance items that most professional movers will not move.  You must leave your home completely empty at closing and personal property left in the home can cause major issues at closing.  Never assume it's ok to leave...

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Sales Agent vs. Broker – Why You Should Use a Broker!

I just recently became a Texas Broker and was reminded of what happened when I got my California broker's license 16 years ago – most people think all Realtors are Brokers.  The term “broker” is used by many to indicate anyone who sells homes.  This could...

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2019 Steiner Ranch Market Recap

SUPPLY & DEMAND It was another great year for Steiner Ranch Real Estate values, but extremely low inventory made it frustrating for buyers, including those wanting to move up within the neighborhood.  To put it into perspective, in 2019, 78732 had 403...

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Refinancing? Dispelling Common Myths

“Refinancing” is a scary word for many people, but that shouldn’t be the case for you. For many homeowners, refinancing can not only lower your monthly payments and help with your monthly budget, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. YOU’RE NOT TOO...

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Investment Property Stats

Investment Property Stats

As someone who lists rental properties for lease and owns investment property in Steiner Ranch, I like to keep an eye on some key metrics in the rental market. I will keep them current here on this page on a monthly basis. If you own a rental property in Steiner...

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2019 Property Tax Rates & Values

2019 Property Tax Rates & Values are out. If you haven't received yours yet, you will soon or you can visit the TCAD website here and look up your address. ****If you bought/moved into your home in 2018, you have until April 30 (not end of May) to file for your...

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How to Choose a Buyer’s Agent

Last time I checked, there were over 11,000 real estate agents in just the Austin area.  Most people know dozens of agents and it can be hard to know who to choose.  Social media helps new and non-producing agents look like mega agents, creative language can...

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Steiner Ranch HOA Transfer Fees

The Steiner Ranch HOA recently went under new management and they changed the structure of fees associated with selling a home in Steiner Ranch.  These are all addressed in  the HOA addendum of the purchase contract.  Please note that these fees are accurate today...

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Earnest Money & Option Money

If you know me, you know that I am frequently frustrated with the lack of understanding of the real estate contract by other real estate agents.  Since it is literally THE FOUNDATION of what we do, it's important to understand every paragraph yet most...

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Vandegrift Band Mulch Fundraiser

It's that time again!  The easiest possible way to get mulch - order it from the Vandegrift Band and have it delivered to your door!  Click here to order.  Deliveries will be made the weekend of 4/5.  Orders due by March 8. 

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Common Misconception about the Seller Lease Back

When a seller needs to stay in the home their selling beyond the close date, a "Seller's Residential Temporary Lease" form is used (more commonly referred to as a "Lease Back" allowing them to lease the property from the new owners for a period of time.  A...

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The Risks of a Contingent Contract to Buyer & Seller

A contingency contract is when a buyer needs to sell their home in order to buy a new one.  This contingency allows them to cancel the purchase without a loss of earnest money if their current home doesn’t sell or doesn’t close.  There are a lot of risks to...

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Elicia Gower Michaud Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor

Elicia Gower Michaud with eXp Realty has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the PSA certification to REALTORS® as determining property values depends more than ever on...

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Upsizing Your Home

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof....

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Steiner Ranch Garage Sale & Goodwill Pick Up

With the garage sale being tomorrow (9/15/2018), I thought I'd share a few tips that I have been successful with the last few years:   Put prices on things. Things get hectic and it's easier for people to make decisions when the price is clearly labeled. Post...

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Rain, Rain and More Rain!

I was out running this morning and was surprised to see a lot of sprinklers on. According to LCRA, the Steiner area has gotten 6-8 inches of rain in the last 2 weeks with more to come so turn those sprinklers off to save some money (just set a reminder to turn them...

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USPS Informed Delivery

If you're like me and most people I know in Steiner Ranch, you only go to the mailbox when you are expecting something. Well I just discovered a cool new feature by the US Postal Service called Informed Delivery that sends you an email every morning with a picture of...

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Viper Baseball Honey Baked Ham Dinner Fundraiser

The Vandegrift High School Baseball Booster Club is already doing their Holiday Fund-Raiser.  Rather than do their usual Christmas Tree/Wreath Event, the baseball team is selling Honey Baked Hams & Turkeys for the Holidays.  We will...

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Town Square Pool Closed

The Towne Square pool facility is closed today, Friday, July 28th and will remain closed until 10am on Saturday, July 29th.

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Lake Austin Spa Upcoming Events

We are so lucky to have the Lake Austin Spa in the neighborhood and it looks like they have some really cool events coming up! Chefs Dinner at Lake Austin Spa Resort Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 7 pm at the Aster Cafe at the LakeHouse Spa. Enjoy a fun culinary evening...

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Beware the Bradford Pear

Two weeks ago, I got a call from my tenants in Hancock Hill saying that part of our tree in the front yard had fallen in the middle of the night.  I couldn't believe it when I went to look at it.  It was a huge tree and fell for seemingly no reason at all....

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Fireworks All Over Austin

Lots of great fireworks displays all over Austin.  Also, don't forget about the UT Club fireworks which will be on July 2nd this year around 9:00 PM.  Click the graphic below to enlarge it.  Have a safe and happy 4th!        

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One Year Anniversary of Hail Storm Approaching.

April 18, 2015 was the day of the big hail storm here in Steiner Ranch.  Many residents have already gotten new roofs.  What surprises me he how many people I talk to who haven't even had their roof looked at.  Most insurance companies expect the claim...

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2 Upcoming Halloween Events

It's hard to believe Halloween is next month.  Hopefully that means we continue to enjoy these cooler temperatures (fingers crossed!!).  Mark your calendars for the following fun events! 6th Annual Steiner Ranch Pumpkin Patch Benefiting Dell Children's...

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Barre 3 Coming to Four Points!!!!!!!!

I could not be more excited to share this news!  A new barre studio, Barre 3 is opening in Four Points at the Trails at 620 (near the Moviehouse).  They are planning to open early 2016 and will have child care.  No more driving to the Hill Country...

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Steiner Schools Rank High in Newsweek and other Rankings

Just a few more reasons living in Steiner is awesome! Newsweek has ranked Steiner Ranch's Vandergrift High School in the Top 20 in Texas and 256 in the US - 2015   36 School For The Talented And Gifted TX 76 Cedar Hill Collegiate HS TX 91 DeBakey HS For Health...

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Fundraiser Tonight for Steiner Mom, Alana Weston

There is a fundraiser tonight for Steiner Mom, Alana Weston, who is battling cancer, at the Town Square Community Center from 7 pm to 9:30 p.m.  There will be painting, photo booths, raffles and a silent auction with over 80 items! Each ticket is $10 and you have an...

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Trunk or Treat This Sunday 10/26

The annual Steiner Ranch TRUNK OR TREAT IS THIS SUNDAY!!! 4-6pm, Towne Square. Grab your costumed-kiddos (10 and younger, please) and join us for an early evening of trunk or treating, games, activities, fun and prizes. Bring some money and enjoy dinner on site! 

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Card My Yard

I was driving down my street the other day and saw this being installed on a neighbor's lawn How cool is that??  Card My Yard is a new Steiner resident owned business that installs custom, personalized yard greetings.  They can help you celebrate a birthday, announce...

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What’s Going in The Market Space?

As I was leaving Hecho En Mexico the other night, I noticed there was a crew in the old spot where "The Market" was doing build-out.  Anyone know what is going in that space?

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Steiner Ranch ASK After School Bible Study

ASK is a group based experience to explore God for kids in Kindergarten to 5th grade.  Click on the graphic to watch an informational video on ASK to understand more about this ministry. The Steiner Ranch ASK program will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm...

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CPR & Defibrillator Training at Town Square

Every second counts ….Be prepared! HOPE4JD & VerdTek are hosting a CPR & Defibrillator training on Sunday, October 19th at The Town Square Community Center from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. The training is free. The cost to become certified thru the American Safety Health...

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Club Mojo Sports Club Event for Steiner Dads

Club Mojo will be holding their inaugural  event on Saturday August 9th at Towne Square Community Center field. It is a morning of sports and fun games, just for dads. Breakfast and prizes will be included, and he will be one of 48 dads who are placed on teams of 4...

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Steiner Ranch SUP Now Offering SUP Pilates

Steiner Ranch SUP (Stand Up Paddle) is now offering Elite Core - Austin's Only SUP Pilates Classes. Enjoy the challenge of mat based Pilates movements on a stand up paddle board in a dynamic setting. Control your CORE. Power your CORE. Challenge your CORE. Lake Austin...

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Know What’s on your Insurance “Credit Report”

My homeowner's insurance just doubled for some reason so I started calling around for quotes.  Insurance companies pull a C.L.U.E. report that shows all claims related to you or your property.  I was surprised to learn that I had 2 open claims on a property I haven't...

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A Steiner Wedding

I love the Steiner Ranch community, and I love to support local. When I heard about our very own Elicia Gower  having an "All Steiner" wedding, I thought it was a wonderful celebration of our Steiner small businesses. If you know Elicia, you probably weren’t...

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Free Moms & Tots Event 12/15

Bring your kids and get into the Christmas spirit join us for holiday carols at cups & cones and help us reach our charity goal on Dec 15th @ 5pm. A FREE SR mom and tots event. Fun activities include - cookie decorating, letters to Santa and Xmas greeting cards...

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Uncorked Painting December Events

UnCorked Painting invites you to join us for the holidays! We have some fabulous events coming up in December - something for everyone in your family! For more information visit us on the web at www.uncorkedpainting.com. Here is our schedule of events for December:...

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Steiner Ranch Elementary Students Rally Around Kindness

Steiner Ranch Elementary recently participated in Kindness Week.  Fourth- and fifth-grade students in C-Squared encouraged others to spread kindness and make new friends. Pictured here, students cheered for and greeted  other students as they entered the school.  Way...

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Last Day to Register for Camping on the Ranch

The Steiner Ranch Social Committee is hosting Camping on the Ranch so you can spend the night with your kids for some great “Ranch Style” camping fun. When:  Saturday November 2nd 6:00pm Where:  Towne Square Community Fields Mark your calendars for Camping on the...

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Ladies Night Out This Saturday

Ladies Night Out for Safe Place a Domestic Violence Shelter, is a fundraiser held by the Steiner Ranch Social Committee in which the sole purpose is to raise awareness of domestic violence and to help provided funding for the shelter.  This event is a fun filled...

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Unique Home for Sale w/ Boat Garage!

I don't usually post Real Estate stuff here in the blog (You can find that here, here, or here) but this is SUCH a unique home, I want to be absolutely sure it's reaching the widest audience.  I've actually never seen a home with a custom 2 story boat garage, an in...

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Kids Night Camp 9/28

Kids Night Camp! on Saturday September 28 from 6pm-10pm at Bella Mar Community Center This camp is designed to allow Parents to go to a movie or out to dinner. While you are out, your child or children will be in good hands with Concordia students, playing, doing arts...

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Girl Scout Sign-Up Tonight

Tonight (9/12) is the 2013-2014 Recruitment Rally for Girl Scouts who attend Steiner Ranch Elem., River Ridge Elem., Laura Bush Elem., or Canyon Ridge Middle.  It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Towne Square Community Center.  For more information, email...

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Tequila Festival 9/14 at Hecho En Mexico

Hecho En Mexico is celebrating Mexico's Independence Day with Tequila week all week at their Steiner Location.  The Tequila Festival is this Saturday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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Leander ISD Introduces Text Message Notifications

Leander ISD is excited to announce the launch of a new service that will enhance communication by allowing us to deliver important information to you via SMS text messaging. This service is not intended to replace our existing means of communication - rather it will...

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Camp Gladiator Boot Camp – Win $10,000!

Camp Gladiator, my favorite Steiner Boot Camp (with other locations too) is celebrating their 5th birthday and 50th camp with an amazing offer - discounted camp prices AND the chance to win one of five $10,000 prizes!  See below for more info: $50 SEPTEMBER CAMP:...

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Steiner Sells is Moving!

From Tasha Thompson, creator if the wildly popular (and addicting) Facebook group, Steiner Sells: Dear Neighbors, Over the course of the last 9 months, managing Steiner Sells has been exciting, rewarding and sometimes, exhausting.  I am often asked “Why do you do...

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Movies in the Park This Saturday, The Incredibles

The Steiner Ranch Movies in the Park last movie of the 2013 season "The Incredibles" is this Saturday at Bella Mar. The Movie starts at 8:30 so come out early to get the best seat in the park, make sure to register for the FREE iPad give away, and stop by the...

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Papa Murphy’s Opening at Four Points!

  Papa Murphy’s Newest Location in Four Points Centre Can “CREATE” More Than Just Pizza Papa Murphy’s supports Viper Band in 2-day kickoff event AUSTIN, TX – August 27th, 2013: Papa Murphy’s, the country’s largest and fastest growing take-and-bake pizza chain, is...

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Pool Safety – Fence, Net, etc…

We recently bought a home in Steiner Ranch with a pool and we're trying to figure out the best solution for pool safety.  The fence doesn't look very nice and the net seems like a pain to put on and off, and they both seem very pricey for something we think we'll need...

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5/15/13 Meeting for New Road to Vandegrift

Show your support for the proposed additional access road from Vandegrift High School, Four Points Middle School and Monroe Stadium to River Place Boulevard. Make Your Voice Heard. On Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 am, Leander ISD staff will present the proposed plan for...

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LT United Methodist Garage Sale

United Methodist Women of Lake Travis United Methodist Church 1502 RR 620 North,  Austin Texas,  78734    512-266-9834 is having a GARAGE SALE in our Ministry Activities Center Friday, May 3 ,2013  7:30 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday  May 4, 2013  7:30 AM-12:00 noon Great...

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New Urgent Care at River Place – Grand Opening Event

I think it's awesome that we now have so many options for great medical care so close to Steiner Ranch.  In addition to the new hospital in Lakeway, Lakeway Regional Medical Center, the new Austin Diagnostic Clinic going in at Quinlan Crossings, we now have VIK...

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We are praying for Boston

Folks, take a minute to pray for Boston today. If you are looking for ways to support those affected by this terrible tragedy, please be careful of what charity you lend your support. Lots of scams are already popping up from this (which is also quite sick), so it...

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Steiner Ranch Referrals Visitors Day 4/23

Steiner Ranch Referrals, the ORIGINAL Four Points networking group, is having a visitor's day on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at The Oasis from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. BNI is a business and professional networking organization whose primary purposes it to exchange...

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Shedstreet – Steiner Ranch Rentals and Services

This is a really cool concept and Steiner Ranch is the only test market.  Buy, Sell, Lend and Borrow from your Steiner Ranch neighbors.  Here is some info from their site: ShedStreet is a place where neighbors can lend, borrow, buy and sell items with each other. You...

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The View at Steiner Ranch

With Taylor Morrison almost done building here in Steiner Ranch, and resale inventory at an all time low, buyers don't have a lot of options.  You may remember me posting a while back about The View at Steiner Ranch, 20 new units that were to be built on Steiner Ranch...

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Randalls Gas Station Coming to Steiner Ranch

Just learned today that we're getting a Randalls gas station soon.  They're already clearing the space over behind Chase bank.  You can actually save a lot on gas with their points system.   Here's a trick I use - You always get 2 points for every dollar spent on gift...

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Menchies is Open

Menchies is Open - and with that I'd like to say that I hope we all don't forget about Cups and Cones.  I know they are different concepts, but they were our original ice cream shop. As much as I LOVE the black forrest ice blended at the Coffee Bean, I cringe when I...

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Summer Child Care – CCOA Camp: Amazing Race

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my kids went to the Children’s Center of Austin until they started Kindergarten at Laura Bush this year, and I LOVE the school! Looking around for what to do with them over the summer, I was SO EXCITED to...

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Happy Steiner Valentine!

Guys - Your ladies would love to get one of these blissful arrangements. Blissful Blooms is a floral studio owned and operated by local Steiner Rancher, Cindy Jordan. Her work is not only delightful, but also brilliantly creative. Excuse the pun, but these are not...

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Community Blood Drive

The Hill Country Bible Church Community Impact group will be holding a blood drive this Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Laura Bush Elementary School.   Buses will be on campus from 9:30am - 12:30pm.  Walk-ins are welcome, but register in advance to avoid waiting at...

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$5 Kids Movies at Galaxy over Winter Break

The Galaxy at the Trails movie theater will be showing the best of 2013 kids movies over Winter Break.  Next Monday through Wednesday (Feb. 4-6) , they will be showing: Brave Ice Age Continental Drift Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted The Lorax Journey 2: The...

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New Spanish Immersion School in Lakeway

A new Spanish Immersion School has just opened its third location in Lakeway. They would like to invite Steiner Ranch families to visit.  They care for children age 3 months to elementary and are open Monday - Friday from 7am to 6pm. They have open houses scheduled on...

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Steiner Entrepreneur opens IQuest

From the Four Points News: Steiner Ranch entrepreneur Iris Wong is opening the IQuest Global Enrichment Center at Quinlan Crossing to help better prepared young people for the future. “Many parents realize that in order to succeed ...in today’s knowledge-based global...

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Run the Ranch 5k & Kids Run – March 2

RUN THE RANCH 5K & KIDS FUN RUN March 2 | 9 am - Noon About This Event Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to join the 2013 Run the Ranch 5K and Kids Fun Run. The race takes place in the Steiner Ranch community. Participants will enjoy a fun-filled morning...

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New Steiner Dentist – Quinlan Park Dental

I feel that a lot of businesses look at our demographic here in Steiner Ranch and open up shop expecting us to come spend our money just because we have it.  I believe this is why so many businesses have failed here (that and the astronomical commercial lease rates,...

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Pigtails and Crewcuts Has Closed

This breaks my heart - not just because I know the owners, but because I've been taking my kids there since their very first haircut. It is just a neat place and the haircuts were always great. See below from Pigtails and Crewcuts: To our loyal customers &...

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