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ColoVistaIf you are ready to make your dream home a reality, one of these building lots will be the start. Located in The Meadows section of ColoVista Country Club, these lots are ready to build on today. Get started picking the plans for your home so you can start building right away or take up to a year to really finalize the details of your dream home.  lots are just waiting for the right person to start building. The size of the lots range from 0.21-0.22 acres.

ColoVista is full of amenities that will enhance the life you are living. A professionally managed golf course, The Mansion at ColoVista events venue for weddings and other events and the seasonal pool are just some of the things you will enjoy. With a listing price offer, the seller will include a

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Lost Pines Plant and Book saleThe Lost Pines Garden Club will hold their annual plant and book sale event this weekend on March 29 and 30. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday. This event will be held at the Bastrop Public Library on Church Street.

A silent auction and quilt raffle will be part of the event as well. At the plant sale, you can expect to find Bastrop hardy perennials, shrubs, succulents and vegetable starts. The book sale will include books of all kinds.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Bastrop Public Library’s summer children’s program. Make plans to come out to support this fun event and invite a friend or two to make it even more successful.

When: Friday, March 20 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Selling your homeNow that your home is under contract and the closing of it is getting closer, are you considering leaving a gift for the buyer of your home? By no means is this a requirement or even expected but it certainly is a kind gesture if you choose to do so. Since your property will be closed by the time the buyer receives your gift, there is no ulterior motive to this but just a chance to show your love of your home and welcome its new owner. 

Whether you have lived in your home for five years or 25 years, you may be feeling nostalgic as you spend your last days there. What better way to say good bye to your home then by leaving a gift to welcome its new owner. This doesn’t need to be an extravagant gift or anything in particular. If you want to do something

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489 Kaanapali LaneThis is what you have been waiting for. This extra-large Pine Forest lot has 6+ acres and sits between Bastrop and Smithville. Tuck your dream home among the loblolly pines for privacy.

Once you are settled for good, bring up to four horses with you. The property was involved in the 2011 fire but the Texas Forest Service planted Loblolly pine seedlings that are maturing nicely. A partial driveway is in place but it is very steep. The septic system from the previous home is still in place but seller has not knowledge of the condition of the system. Aqua water and electric service are available for the property.4489 Kaanapali

For more information about this property, please click here.

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and

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Bastrop State ParkThis weekend Bastrop State Park will host two fun activities that will let you better get to know the park and have lots of fun while you are visiting.

Start on Friday, March 22 with the Lost Pines Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the park Headquarters between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up the scavenger hunt list. You have until 3:30 on Saturday, March 23 to find everything on the list and snap a picture of it. Meet at the playground at 3:30 on Saturday to turn share your discoveries. You will win a prize if you find everything on the scavenger hunt.

Hang around the playground until 4:00 then head to the picnic tables to learn more about who lives in the park and all the things you might see when you are visiting. Both activities are free with admission to

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Buyer's AgentIf you are planning to buy a Bastrop, Smithville or Cedar Creek home soon and have just started looking, you are likely to find many options online with just the click of your mouse.  Once you begin to browse online, it is easy to wonder if you need a buyer’s agent at all. Because you will find so much information instantly available to you, it is tempting to think you don’t need help to buy a house. The reality is that finding a house is the easy part. Making sure you have selected the right house and preparing yourself to purchase that house and then getting that house closed is where you may be faced with challenges. Here are a few ways your agent can help.

 The first thing an agent can do for you is to educate you on the process and what to expect.

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1001 Colorado StreetThis Colorado River Gem is located in the heart of Smithville and has been lovingly updated for your pleasure. Four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath plus 3,500+ square feet of living space make up this ranch style home sitting on 3.36 acres.

The updated kitchen includes stainless appliances, glass front cabinets, ample storage and a decorative backsplash. The spacious dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and overlooks the large backyard. Also, along the back of the house, you will find the breakfast area with a corner fireplace and the large family room, with gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, lots of built-ins and a wall of windows. A cozy den with built-in shelves and hardwood floors provides another space for gathering or quiet time.1001 Colorado Street

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Lost Pines Art Center Art GetawayThe Lost Pines Art Center hosts Art Getaway every other month on the third Saturday of the month. The event is packed with a wide variety of art sessions you can register for plus live music, activities for kids and regularly changing events for you to enjoy.

This Saturday, you will have several fun sessions to choose from including Intro to Tape Painting, Glass Blowing and iPhone Photography. A Coloring Zentagles table as well as a kids crafting area will be available for free with St. Patrick’s Day themed crafts for participants. Ragtime Willie will perform from 4:00-5:00. The Bastrop Chick Line Dancers will perform from 1:00-1:30. There will also be artist demonstrations taking place during the afternoon as well treats and snacks available at the

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KonMari OrganizationWith the popularity of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show Tidying Up, you would have to be in hiding to not have heard of the art she teaches in an effort to help people create organization in their homes. Whether you are looking to sell your house sometime soon or just want a more organized home for your family, there are many benefits to the KonMari method that are likely to work for you. 

If you want to give it a try, start small by picking one room and work through that with intention and by following Marie’s advice. She advises you to start by making a pile of all like items together so you are looking at it all at once. If you are starting in your bedroom where clothes are frequently a problem, take all of your clothes and put them on your bed. This

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228 Ann PowellThis property provides a private house setting and surrounds you with panoramic views that you will fall in love with. Perched high on a hill and bordering State park land, this 3 story home offers beautiful views from the many decks and five bedrooms, three full baths and 3,700+ square feet of living space for your needs.

The main level of living space is the second floor and contains the kitchen and dining area, family room with gas log fireplace and two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The spacious kitchen offers plentiful cabinets and lots of counter space, a breakfast bar and tile backsplash. Windows are plentiful offering lots of natural light.228 Ann Powell

 Head upstairs to the private master with a trey ceiling, which includes an ensuite bath with

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