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 bkastle@kastleman.com!

Jul 21

Report from the Front Lines: The Housing Boom

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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 bkastle@kastleman.com!

Jun 18

Calling All Summer Sellers!

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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 atbkastle@kastleman.com to discuss!

May 16

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

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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!

Mar 11

Happening Now: Austin’s SXSW Festival!

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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 http://schedule.sxsw.com/ 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:  http://www.sxsw.com/.

Sep 21

Kick-Start October with a Sweet Lineup at Gruene Hall

Fall in love with live music in New Braunfels, and kick up your feet on vacation. Take a break from your busy schedule and stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort.

marshall tuckerGruene Hall has a thrilling lineup for the end of September and beginning of October. Make the transition seamless with some sweet musical performances. It starts off on Thursday, September 24 at 8 p.m. with Cooder-White-Skaggs. Ry Cooder specializes in blues, Tex-Mex and Cuban bolero, and he’s the winner of six Grammy awards. This concert is limited seating, so buy tickets in advance.

Aaron Watson takes the stage on October 2 at 8 p.m. Watson started out singing classic country hits in church, and now he is famous for mixing songs in an unforgettable way. Come back for the Marshall Tucker Band on October 8 at 8 p.m. This band is famous for hits like “Take the Highway,” “Heard it in a Love Song” and more. They have developed a long-standing reputation since they began in the 70s, and bring in new, young fans today.

Many of the Gruene Music and Wine Fest concerts will be hosted at Gruene Hall, so stop by their websiteto get the details. Call Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort today to plan your stay, and celebrate fall!

Stay With Us

Relax at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort this fall. We offer beautiful cottages and RV sites – a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Enjoy close access to New Braunfels’ entertainment, live music and excellent restaurants. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your vacation.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President

Mar 13

Ultimate Guide to Austin’s Best Food Trucks!

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Across the nation food trucks are playing a role in multi-million dollar commercial real estate investments. Austin has over 1,000 food trucks operating daily and space is becoming harder and harder to find. Rent can range from $500 to $1,500 a month per truck and many lots have waiting lists. This presents a great opportunity for commercial property owners to open up some of their vacant land or lots to food truck owners.

Austin is a foodies dream and it’s world famous food trucks are not to be missed.  When you find yourself on the hunt for some amazing food, track down one of these local food trucks and you can thank me later:

  • Micklethwait Craft Meats
    1309 Rosewood Avenue Austin, TX 78702
    You’re in Texas, so you need some great BBQ and this is hands down some of the best barbecue you could have and yes, it’s out of a food truck.
  • Biscuits and Groovy
    5015 Duval Street Austin, TX 78751
    If it’s breakfast you are searching for you’ll find it  this disco-themed truck serving biscuits and gravy. The Gloria Gaynor is an indulgent dish of fluffy biscuits smothered in white gravy, sausage, bacon, melted cheese, and scallions. There are several options for vegans and vegetarians, too!
  • Garbo’s Lobster Truck
    Check the website for daily location of their trucks.
    This is the best lobster roll outside of Maine.  If you want your lobster chilled, go with the classic “Maine Style,”  lobster + mayo + roll.  Want it warm? Choose “CT style,” replacing the mayo with drawn butter.
  • Way South Philly
    East 6th & Waller St, Austin TX
    Dishing out authentic philly cheesesteaks, italian sausage & tots served fresh from “The Little Red Trailer.” You will be hard pressed to find a better sandwich around town!
  • Turf N Surf Po’ Boy
    4th and Congress, Austin, TX
    Cravin’ some Cajun? This is the place for you.  They serve local fresh food and specialize in seafood, beef, pork, and veggies.

 Now that you’re hooked on the best food trucks in town, how about investing in some commercial real estate in Austin? If you’re interested please e-mail me at bkastle@kastleman.com!

Feb 01

Book Now For Spring Break

Book Now For Spring Break

If you’ve got the midwinter blues, just remind yourself that Spring Break is right around the corner. Start planning now for the vacation of the season. Stay at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort in New Braunfels for easy access to live music, tubing and waterpark fun.

Live Music

New Braunfels is a hotspot for live music with performances every week at the historic Gruene Hall. Come out on March 17, 2015 for the Two Tons of Steel Spring Break Show. Two Tons of Steel offers audiences a unique blend of Texas Country and punk music. You won’t be able to keep from dancing. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., but come early for swing dance lessons at 6 p.m. – only $8 a person.

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It’s not Spring Break without floating the river. The Comal and Guadalupe Rivers bring in thousands of visitors each year. Check out tube rental shops likeTexas Tubes, situated on the peaceful Comal River. Let your trouble melt away under the Texas sun. The float lasts about three hours, so bring refreshments to keep hydrated. From March 8 – May 1, Texas Tubes’ hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the last tube leaving at 5 p.m. Grab your friends and have a good time!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark

Splash into spring with the chilling, thrilling world-renowned Schlitterbahn Waterpark. From March 7 – 22, the park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Bring the whole family and prepare to have loads of fun. There’s hardly a dry spot in the park!

The Best Place to Stay

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is the perfect destination for Spring Break 2015. Our beautiful cottages and RV sites are a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. Enjoy close access to New Braunfels’ entertainment, live music and excellent restaurants. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your visit.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President.

Jan 23

Splash into Spring and Summer Fun

Splash into Spring and Summer Fun

Missing the warmer weather? It’s not too early to plan your spring and summer vacations. New Braunfels is home to the world-renowned Schlitterbahn Water Park. Nearby Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is the perfect place to rest your legs after walking through the park. Our beautiful cottages and spacious RV sites are packed with amenities to keep you cozy.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 8.48.07 AMSchlitterbahn Water Park spans over 70 acres and is filled with family fun. Come out for a thrilling adventure or a relaxing day. There are attractions for every personality – for those who love adrenaline rushes and those who want to let their troubles float away.

Come see if you’re bold enough to take a ride on the Black Knight – an enclosed water slide that’s full of eerie darkness. Or take a float on the Kristal River – an endless float around the Surfenburg area. With Kiddie Coast, Kinderhaven, Polywog Pond Kiddie Park and several activity pools, Schlitterbahn is the perfect destination for the whole family.

The fun starts on March 7 – 22, 2015 when the park will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Blast and Save Days. To view a complete calendar, visit the Schlitterbahn website. Once you’ve had all the splish-splashing you can handle, come relax at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort!

Stay With Us

Stay cool this spring and summer at Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Our beautiful cottages and RV sites are a cost-efficient alternative to staying in a hotel. New Braunfels is a hot spot for entertainment, live music and excellent restaurants. Call 830-625-1919 or visit our website to book your visit.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort is managed by Kastleman & Associates Inc., Austin, Texas, Bryan Kastleman, President.

Oct 16

Get In Gear: Formula 1 Races Come to Austin

The 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix is just around the corner on October 31st – November 2nd. The Formula 1 Grand Prix is the only stop in the United States and last year had an attendance of over 250,000 guests. With so many guests coming from all around the country, all hotels within a 2 hour radius are already full to capacity. Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort sits right off Interstate 35 and is only about 45 minutes from Austin. We offer cozy cottages and RV sites, which are a great alternative to a hotel room. Our location makes day trips to Austin a breeze and we are still taking reservations for race weekend.

Formula 1 is one of the most watched motorsports in the world with 19 races in 19 countries. This race is held at the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas track. Situated on a 1,000 acre site in southeast Austin, this prestigious 3.4 mile circuit track has a fan capacity of 120,000 and scenic views of downtown. Other events at the Grand Prix include a Ferrari Challenge, Ferrari Racing Cup, Mobil 1 Supercup and a pre-race parade.

Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort’s modern cabins sleep up to 8 people and come fully furnished. We also have over 250 RV sites on 320 acres which include WiFi, Cable TV, and water hook ups. After the race come take a dip in our brand new pool, check out the new Great Lodge and game room, or stay a couple extra nights and see what New Braunfels has to offer. For example; shop for antiques in Historic Gruene, take a float on the Comal or Guadalupe River, catch some live music in our charming down town or visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Visit hillcountryrvresortnb.com/ or call 830-625-1919 today to make your reservation!

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