Aug 15

Texas’ Best Suburbs

Recently, Thrillest Media Group did a great article on the “Best Suburbs in America.” This month, I thought I would share with you Thrillest’s top Texas picks for best suburbs. It is no secret that as Americans flock to Texas, our cities will get crowded. We have already seen a trend in city dwellers moving out to the suburbs or even all the way out to the country. Known as experts in food, drink, travel, and even fashion – Thrillest based their search for best suburbs on 3 main things:

  1. a decent food and drink scene
  2. a reasonable commute
  3. a local uniqueness or history

First up, just outside of Austin with a population of just over 100,000 is Round Rock, Texas. Not only can you buy more home for less outside of the city, but you get some seriously delicious eats too! According to Thrillest the must try spots are Hopdaddy, Greenhouse Craft Food, Round Rock Donuts, and Flix Brewhouse – a movie theater + microbrewery! Cheers!

Next up, just outside of Dallas-Fort Worth with a population of just over 160,000 is McKinney, Texas. Talk about local flare, McKinney boasts a scenic downtown and good eats at Square Burger, Cadillac Pizza Pub, Harvest, and don’t forget to try the Zin Zen Wine Bar!

Next up, just outside of Houston with a population just over 100,000 is Pearland, Texas. With the recent addition of Killen’s Barbecue and Killen’s Steakhouse, Pearland is quickly becoming a foodie’s dream!

Finally, our personal favorite Texas suburb, just outside of San Antonio with a population of just over 66,000 is New Braunfels. Are you looking for outdoor recreation? They have two rivers and the nation’s largest waterpark. Is it culture you’re looking for? Their German heritage is celebrated every year at Wurstfest and boast Texas’ oldest dance hall (Gruene Hall). Is the way to your heart through delicious food? You must try the Gristmill. New Braunfels has it all!

Are you looking to buy or sell commercial property near one of these hot markets? I am happy to invest in you and your real estate dreams. Email me today at!

Jul 21

Report from the Front Lines: The Housing Boom

Downtown Austin

Central Texas’s booming housing market shows no signs of slowing.  2015, itself a record-breaking year for Austin market sales, will soon be outstripped by this year’s rapid activity, according to the Midyear Central Texas Housing Market Report facilitated by the Austin Board of Realtors.  Both sales and listings are increasing by the month, with a 6.1% increase in home sales and a whopping 20.1% growth in active listings!  Even though this listing increase brings the housing market closer to a balanced supply, ABoR President Aaron Farmer still says, “The demand far outweighs the supply right now.”  As such, with the Austin housing demand showing no signs of slowing, the fiery market is beginning to spread to the surrounding towns, like Round Rock and New Braunfels.


Reports from earlier this year already indicated that New Braunfels is the second most rapidly growing city in the country.  While this means that demand – and prices – will continue to rise, it also bodes well for the economic future of Central Texas.  Ray Perryman, a Texan economist, notes that the Austin-Round Rock area is, “widely recognized as one of the strongest economies in the nation.”  Perryman forecasts that the average amount of employment opportunities, as well as the average salary, will steadily increase over the next set of years.  New Braunfels in particular has over 50 primary, product-oriented employers – but the average home prices in the region are still significantly lower than those of other metropolitan areas.  As such, there never has been a better time to buy a home in New Braunfels or Austin.
To jump in the market while it’s hot, contact me today at!

Jun 18

Calling All Summer Sellers!


Did you know that New Braunfels was just named the second fastest growing city in the country? That means even more real estate opportunities will soon be available in the Hill Country. But what good are investment opportunities without trust? Being in the real estate industry for over 35 years, I am well versed in the challenges and happy to help! Kastleman & Associates is currently seeking properties in all cities throughout Texas. If you have an apartment complex, mobile home or RV park that you’re looking to sell, here are the guidelines…

  • Average Deal Size: $2-15 Million.
  • Property Age: any.
  • Number of Units: Ideally, 90 plus units. Note: we are open to purchasing two or more properties owned by the same seller or smaller properties in markets that we are already in.
  • Financing: Unless it is a special situation or a really good deal, the existing debt of the property being sold will need to be paid off.
  • Average Property Type: multi-family properties, mobile home and RV parks, vacation rentas.
  • Metering: Individual or Master.
  • Fees: we generally wish to avoid fees, but we are open to negotiating.

Kastleman & Associates is highly motivated and isn’t afraid of a little hard work. Take a look at some testimonials:

  • “Bryan Kastleman is one of the most creative, hardest working, and honorable people I have ever met in business.”
  • “I successfully closed 2 multi-family transactions with Kastleman & Associates; they not only performed within the guidelines of the contract, but were very easy to deal with.”
  • “We have worked with Bryan Kastleman and Kastleman & Associates, Inc. on a number of projects. Bryan is extremely diligent and delivers as promised. We would not hesitate to buy, sell, or otherwise participate with him on future projects”

Don’t let the Summer sun go down on your real estate sale, contact me today to discuss!

May 16

Austin Real Estate News: What’s Trending – May 2016


Rentals. Is now the time to look for rentals in Austin? The first quarter of 2016 showed us a steep price increase in rentals. From on-campus rentals, which rose 13% to an average of $990/month, to Windsor Park, which increased 12% to an average of $900/month. This increase was only from last winter’s prices and is also the fastest increase ever seen in the capital city. Considering the average Austin rental price is $1,150/month, it’s still a decent time to rent. Aspiring Old West Austin and Zilker Park renters will be pleased to hear their prices have dropped to an average of  $1,600 and $1,460 per month.

Residential Price Tag. Other United States cities are dropping their housing prices, but Austin is not letting up. Due to the lack of supply in Austin real estate, prices are skyrocketing – making it a good time to be a seller! There’s been an 8.7% increase in the cost of average owner-occupied homes – that comes out to $271,875. An even bigger increase was made in the year-over-year average cost of investment properties. Through its 12% increase, that average is now at $228,937. Note: researchers and real estate agents alike say that more inventory can help balance the extremely seller-sided Austin real estate.

Live Comfortably. Ever hear of the budget rule: 50-30-20? Recently, a study has shown that this simple formula is all an Austin resident needs to live comfortably. For those not familiar, let me break down this rule for you: 50% for essentials, 30% for discretionary spending, and 20% for savings. The median household income for Austin stands at just over $55,000 per year. Using the 50-30-20 formula, you could have a little over $1,000 saved by the end of the year. Happy budgeting Austinites!

Apr 15

Coming Soon: CrawfestNB!

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Two weeks away from today, the wait will be over. The 3rd Annual Crawfish Festival of New Braunfels is back in town! This year, CrawfestNB starts a day earlier – on Friday April 29th the gates will be open at 6pm for “College Night.” Vendors will be open and activities will be happening until 10pm. At 8pm  New Braunfels’ own Midnight River Choir will be performing followed by William Clark Green at 10 pm. Join William Clark Green for his official CD Release Party for his live album recorded in the Gruene Hall.

The big schedule for Saturday April 30th starts with:


  • 5K Crawdaddy Dash. Run for a good cause. Participants will want to be at the Comal County Fairgrounds promptly at 8am. Early registration is currently priced at $30 until 4/29. Packet pick up will be at Buffalo Wings & Rings. Race Day registration will cost participants $35.
  • Live Music All Day & Night. CrawfestNB features the main Bud Light stage, a Zydeco stage, and the ValMark Hall. There will be performances from various artists all leading up to country star, Pat Green at 10pm. Other artists include Kurt Reece, Wade Bowen, Kaylee Rutland, Jason Allen, and more!
  • Activities. Competing in the Washer Tournament? Arrive precisely at 1pm and you can have the chance to receive $500 cash prize. See who can shell and eat the fastest with the return of the Crawfish Eating Contest at 3pm. Running all day will be the Kid Zone, Splash Dogs, Crawfish Races, and the Gumbo Competition.

Get your tickets now at the Shirts, koozies, and other Crawfest swag are also available on their website. Do you want updates on concerts and other happenings during CrawfestNB? The CrawfestNB app is available for free on both Google and Apple app stores. Also, follow CrawfestNB on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Mar 11

Happening Now: Austin’s SXSW Festival!


Entrepreneurs, movie buffs, and music lovers alike will all soon head to downtown Austin for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. In addition to fans, keynote speakers and bands come from all across the nation to be a part of this now legendary event. This year’s keynotes include filmmaker J.J. Abrams as well as an unprecendented appearance by the POTUS himself, Barack Obama. While the festival is primarily known for it’s music + film events – there is more than meets the eye!

History. This uniquely Austin event was started back in 1987. It was a conference that would give guests a glimpse into the future of media. Nearly 30 years later, the event has grown significantly. While music has always been a huge draw, the heart of SXSW is to help creative people develop their careers by meeting others who also share a creative drive. Whether you are a start up looking for an investor, or a screenwriter looking for your big break – the possibilites are endless at SXSW.

Badges. If you are lucky enough to be able to purchase badges, you will want to check out and create your own rough schedule. Also go online to SX Social to see where your friends (or possible networking opportunities might be). There are alot of sessions and events, so the best way to make sure you don’t miss any would be to prioritize + plan!

Free Events. Remember  that not all of the events require badges to get in – free events during SXSW Interactive include SX Gaming, SX Create, The Dewey Awards, and The Job Market. Also, keep your eyes peeled on social media for other free events throughout the entire festival.

Dates. SXSW Interactive March 11-15, SXSW Film March 11-19, SXSW Music March 15-20, Register at:

Feb 18

Spring Break in New Braunfels

Spring is just around the corner, and some of the great New Braunfels attractions are coming to life once again! Here in New Braunfels, we’re known for our tubing sites, such as the lavish Guadalupe and Comal rivers. Whether it’s simply enjoying a staycation or going out on the town, we want you to spend your Spring Break close to all of the action!

The great thing about New Braunfels is that there’s always something fun happening around town. Take a stroll through the beautiful Landa Park or even paddleboat on “Landa Lake.” You can also take advantage of the Spring Break opening of Schlitterbahn, March 12-20th! The rivers won’t be super packed yet so enjoy a float, a fish, or simply enjoy the view!

If you’re looking for a truly unique experience, stay with us at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort this Spring Break! We have tons of fun opportunities for a family staycation. Wiith daily activities planned for our guests including movie nights, live music, and – of course – our popular happy hour(s) for the parents to enjoy. Give us a call at 830-625-1919 to make a reservation, or visit us online at

RV Resort Expansion

Kastleman & Associates, Inc. is looking to expand, specifically into more RV resorts. While we of course prefer the beautiful Texas Hill Country, as long as you’re in the United States we’re very interested in looking into newer locations. Do you own an RV resort or know of one that’s up for sale? Email me at!

Feb 12

Willie and Merle Take New Braunfels

Whitewater Amphitheater is gearing up for an incredible spring lineup, and you don’t want to miss these thrilling performances. Head out to New Braunfels to enjoy live music and exciting attractions. Stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort for close access to it all.

willieTwo legends are coming to Whitewater Amphitheater in April, and they are performing on the same night! The concert of the season takes place April 15 – 17, when Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard join together to put on the show of a lifetime under the brilliant Texas stars. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Texas Hill Country as you listen to these country icons.

Willie Nelson has transcended genres of art by becoming a singer, songwriter, poet, actor and activist. Musically, he was first known for the success of his album “Shotgun Willie,” and subsequent sales of “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.”

Merle Haggard is an American country and Western songwriter who is known for his talent with vocals, guitar, fiddle and various instruments. Along with his band, he expanded genre lines and established the Bakersfield sound.

Tickets for this concert are just $64.67, which you can purchase online. If you’ve been a lifelong fan of these country superstars, you simply can’t miss this show. Order your tickets soon, before it sells out! Check out the full calendar at the Whitewater Amphitheater website.

Stay With Us This Spring

Thaw out this April and spring into the new season at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Stay in one of our cozy cottages or spacious RV sites as a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Feb 05

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Delicious Wine and Breathtaking Art

Wine, dine, and explore the art of the Texas Hill Country this month in New Braunfels. Give your sweetie the gift of vacation! Stay at Hill Country Cottage RV Resort and take the break you deserve.

wine“Hope at the Heart” takes place on February 13, 2016, at Blue Lotus Winery from 6 – 9 p.m. The event features art by Kolleen Kallus, and you can browse through her collection and find a unique treasure to purchase. Her work aims to spread hope through art and offer viewers compassion and inspiration. She works with professional acrylics and various brushes to produce breathtaking textures and depth.

Enjoy dinner paired with excellent wine. You’ll enjoy treats like cold-smoked salmon with cream cheese and crackers to start off the dinner. Prime rib is the main course, with creamy scalloped potatoes and green beans. Don’t forget dessert! A creamy peanut butter cup parfait and chocolate-covered strawberries will end the night on a sweet note. The meal includes three glasses of wine selected by an expert.

The event is just $48.50 per person, and you can purchase tickets at Blue Lotus Winery’s website. Come home to Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort and enjoy the tranquility of our park!

Have a Sweet February With Us

Cherish your loved ones with a vacation at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Stay in one of our cozy cottages or spacious RV sites as a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Feb 01

Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Braunfels

Mardi Gras is one of the most festive times of the year, but you don’t have to go to New Orleans to celebrate the holiday. Head out to New Braunfels for live music and great food, and kick up your feet at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort.

Alex Alex Meixner will be playing at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. Alex Meixner and his band showcase a mix of jazz, rock, country, zydeco and more. You’ve truly never heard a performance like this! Make sure to get your tickets in advance by calling 830-627-0808 or visit the website.

The Brauntex Theatre is also featuring David Church on February 26 with guest Terri Lisa. Church is well-known for his impact on country music by kicking things back to retro. He’s pulled inspiration from Hank Williams, and he’s reached an audience of young adults to grandparents. His wife, Terri, will accompany him, and it’s going to be a sensational performance.

While you’re in Downtown New Braunfels, shop to your heart’s content at local stores like Ludwig and Marglin Leather, River Rose Boutique, Uptown Chic Boutique and more. If you work up an appetite, there’s something for every palate at Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, McAdoo’s Seafood Co., Blue Moose Italian Pizza Kitchen and more.

Call us today to book your February getaway!

Celebrate With Us

With nearby attractions, live music, restaurants and boutiques, Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort has a lot to offer. Stay in one of our cozy cottages or spacious RV sites as a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.