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When you think about beaches, Texas isn’t the first state to come to mind for the best place to find a warm, sandy beach. But don’t count this southern state out just yet. You can find some pretty awesome beaches right here in my backyard in Austin, TX!

Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point

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Located on Lake Travis, this park is part of the Travis County park system with a boat ramp, a pavilion, picnic facilities, a beach and swimming area, showers, and sand volleyball court. This park is so popular that it can be closed when it reaches capacity, so plan to go early to avoid disappointment. The location on the basin of the lake makes it a favorite for windsurfers and sailboat enthusiasts. Admission costs $10 per vehicle per day.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

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Part of the Austin Park System and located on Lake Austin, Emma Long has a nice sandy beach and swimming area. Kids can also jump in the waves made by the wake of passing boats. Day passes are $5 per car Monday through Thursday, $10 weekends and holidays. You can also camp at Emma Long, with fees ranging from $10 to $25 per night. Online reservations for camping are highly recommended.

Pace Bend Park

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Another of the Travis County parks, Pace Bend Park is in Spicewood on the far western side of the lake and has more than 9 miles of shoreline. It is one of the best places for sunsets in Austin and has several designated swimming coves where no boats are allowed. The park has many campsites, two boat docks, picnic areas, barbecue grills, restrooms, and numerous hiking trails. The rocky beach areas in the coves are shallow, perfect for dogs and kids alike. Day use is $10 per car.

Volente Beach Waterpark

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If it is a sandy beach you are craving, Volente is the place. Volente is a water park on Lake Travis that offers not only a nice beach, but rides and amusements, picnic areas, two restaurants, volleyball, and plenty of other options to keep the entire family amused. Kids will love the pirate ship area. Admission is $21 for adults and kids over 42 inches; $16 for kids under 42 inches; and free for kids under the age of 2.

West Lake Beach

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In business since 1954, going to West Lake Beach is like stepping back in time. Family-owned and -run, it’s located in West Lake Hills on the western side of Lake Austin. There are tons of things for families to do, like picnic, boat, and play sand volleyball. The admission is reasonable — $8 for adults and $5 for children — and there are daily specials where children get in free with an adult. The entire place can be, and often is, rented out for parties and events, so call ahead to make certain the beach is open to the public.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and dive in!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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From my family to yours, wishing everyone a happy Easter weekend! May it be filled with love, life, and family.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Happy Tuesday and Happy Birthday to anyone who shares the same birthday as me today! Like me, I hope you all are taking some much needed rest time. You deserve to celebrate YOU today. To help you do that, I’ve included one of my favorite cake recipes of all time. My mom used to make this cake all the time when I was growing up and it was always the first to go at any special event or function. You’ll see why once you make it!

Buttermilk Pound Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add alternately with buttermilk and beat well.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Try not to eat it all at once!

Enjoy today! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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116 Kype Cove, Kyle, TX 78640 $194,900

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INCREDIBLE 3 BED/2.5 BATH HOME LOCATED IN OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY!! UPGRADES INCLUDE STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ~ BREAKFAST BAR ~ GRANITE COUNTERTOPS ~ SEPARATE KITCHEN AND DINING SPACES ~ OPEN FLOOR PLAN ~ LARGE MASTER SUITE~ GARDEN TUB & SEPARATE SHOWER ~ PRIVATE BACKYARD PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR OWN PIECE OF PARADISE JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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Stop by and say hello! Let’s chat while I take you on a tour of this BEAUTIFUL home!

Hope to see you there! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Taking a break from your regularly scheduled food posts to wish all of those who serve and continue to serve a Happy Veteran’s Day! Because of them, we are able to live peacefully in this great country we call America. I am forever grateful for their service and sacrifice. Today, I salute YOU!

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Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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2801 Rio Grande St #102, Austin, TX 78705 $1,850/mo

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Contact me if you or someone you know may be interested in this AMAZING condo!

AMAZING Well Maintained 2 Bedroom 2 Full Bath Condo Just Two Blocks to UT Campus ~ Engineered Wood Floors Throughout ~ Great Appliances, Fixtures, Custom Fresh Paint, and More… ~ Location, Location, Location ~ 2 Reserved Parking Spaces ~ Water and Trash Paid ~ All You Pay is Electric ~ Washer/Dryer Included ~ Outstanding Roommate Plan ~ Equal Size Bedrooms ~

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1605 New York Ave #A, Austin, TX 78702 $575,000

Amazing Modern Design ~ 3 Bedroom & 2 1/2 Bath Two-Story Condo with Stained Concrete Downstairs and Custom Wood Floors ~ Amazing Designer Finish Outs ~ Chef’s Stainless Appliances ~ Spacious Floor Plan with Lots of Natural Light ~ Open Concept Great for Entertaining ~ High Vaulted Ceilings ~ Large Kitchen Island w/ Breakfast Bar ~ EnSuite Master w/Private Balcony ~ Walk-in Closet, and Dual Vanity ~ Covered Patio with Private Backyard & Low Maintenance Lawncare ~ Home is Just Minutes From Downtown!!

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~Kathy De La Cruz, Realtor

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