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129 Mountain LaurelWelcome home! Spectacular sunset and golf course views will be yours everyday in this beautiful multi-level home. You will also love coming home to two levels of decks where you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Colorado River Valley.

This home features four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath and more than 6,000 square feet of living space. You are certain to have room for everything you wish.

There is so much space in this home you will have room for everything you could possibly need. The living areas include family/great room with fireplace, two offices, a game room, media room with wet bar and a bonus room for crafts, exercise or a play room. These aren’t average rooms either but are spacious with room for you to fulfill all of

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Art after DarkHead out to the Lost Pines Art Center on Saturday evening for Art after Dark. Make it a fun evening out with friends or your whole family.

This month’s event will feature artist Sandi Hardi and live music by Musikatz. Sandi’s exhibit titled “Joy of Colors” will be showcased at the event.  Light refreshments and wine will be served during the event. Plan an evening out with dinner after the event for your group at a local restaurant. Add this to your weekend plans and get acquainted with the local art scene at Lost Pines Art Center.

When: Saturday, September 1, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: Lost Pines Art Center, 1204 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX

For more information about Art after Dark, visit here.

Image courtesy of ractapopulous/pixabay.com

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PaperworkWhen you buy your Bastrop home, you will sign LOTS of paperwork at closing. Your closing agent should explain it all to you during the closing appointment but there will likely be quite a stack by the time you are finished. Do you need to keep it all or can you get rid of some things? Here are the things you should definitely keep.

  •          Keep a copy of the contract and any addendums or amendments you signed regarding the property. These don’t have to be originals but should be the final copies with the signature of all parties. If you signed anything electronically, you were likely emailed an executed copy once it was finalized making this easier to keep on hand.
  •          Keep a copy of your mortgage documents on hand as well. You may want to
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106 Hawthorne CircleGolf Course Living at its Finest! Build your dream home in ColoVista. This lot backs up to #9 at The Village at ColoVista.

This lot only requires a minimum square footage of 1,400 for your custom home. Lawn maintenance is required in this section and includes mowing, trimming and blowing for just $100 per month. Think of all the free time you will have when someone else is taking care of your yard. Optional golf and swimming memberships are available for ColoVista.

The property owner has building plans that were designed to perfectly accommodate this lot, which they will sell for $2,500 so you can get started building right away.

106 HawthorneFor more information or to see additional photos of this home, visit here.

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop

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Boogie Back to BastropBoogie Back to Bastrop is back this weekend for lots of fun! Come celebrate Texas Western swing music and dance. This music is a genre all its own and draws visitors from across the state for this fun two day event at the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center.

Two days of music from Jeff Woolsey and The Dancehall Kings and The Rocky King Band will highlight the festival’s third year. Get ready to boogie the weekend away at this fun event. Food and alcohol will be available for sell at the event from Roadhouse Bastrop. A large new dance floor will make a perfect spot for you to swing the weekend away at this fun event.

When: Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, 1:00-11:00 p.m.

Where: Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut Street,

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summer landscapingWhen the extremely warm weather hits this time of year, you may feel like you want to give up on your landscaping as it gets harder and harder to keep it alive and looking healthy. If keeping the yard and landscaping of your Bastrop home growing strong this time of year is important to you, you will likely need to put some extra effort into making it beautiful.

One of the worst things you can do to cause damage to your lawn is to cut it too short. This causes stress to your grass and makes it harder for it to withstand the hot temperatures and dry climate. So raise the blades on your lawn mower and give your grass a better chance to resist the impacts of the heat.

If you are watering your lawn and landscaping, make sure you aren’t breaking any

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KauaiWe all have a favorite vacation destination and mine is most definitely the island of Kauai in Hawaii. This string of islands in the Pacific offers paradise around every palm tree. If you have never vacationed in Hawaii, you are sure to fall in love the moment you step off the airplane and receive your first lei. The hospitality is second to none and the locals will welcome you to their home and leave you planning your next trip as soon as you depart. 

 Possibly the greatest part of Hawaii is the beauty that surrounds you. Beautiful beaches, plush landscapes and sunsets in a million colors will leave you wanting more. Don’t stop there though. Another reason we love to visit Hawaii is the great opportunities we have to spend time together doing lots of

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The ColonyMake it yours! Build your dream home with your own builder on this nicely wooded lot in The Colony. This ¾ acre lot offers many nice trees on a quiet cul-de-sac with a greenbelt behind it.

This lot is located in one of Central Texas’ Premier Master Planned Communities. The Colony offers gated entries and great amenities including a junior Olympic sized swimming pool, clubhouse with fitness center, playground, walking trails, ponds, tennis and basketball courts and soccer fields.

Living in The Colony entitles you to a  discounted membership to the Hyatt Lost Pines Wolfdancer golf course. With the Colorado River bordering The Colony, you will have plenty of recreational opportunities in this convenient location. Only 20 minutes to the airport and 10

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Kanoe KlasikaGrab your canoe or kayak and get ready to paddle. The Kanoe Klasika will take you on an 18-mile adventure down the Colorado River. Start at Smithville’s Riverbend Park and paddle to Plum Park for a trip that will leave you both exhausted and exhilarated.

The race will start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18 at Riverbend Park. You can begin signing in at 8:00 a.m. and there will be shuttle service available beginning at 7:00 a.m. Registration also includes a party before the paddle on Friday night and food after the race as well.

Registration is taking place online through 8/16/18 so make sure you register before the deadline.

Date: Saturday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Riverbend Park, Smithville, TX

For more information, visit

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Multiple Offers

With the current inventory of homes for sale below average in the Bastrop area, it has become increasingly common for sellers to receive multiple offers on their property. As a seller, multiple offers can drive the sales price of your home up above the list price, which can be a great thing but if you aren’t prepared to evaluate multiple offers so you can determine which one is the most beneficial to you, you might have trouble selecting the offer with the best terms.

The hardest part of evaluating multiple offers stems from the fact that some variables can’t be measured with a dollar value. Factors like closing dates, personal property and the kind of financing can be hard to put a weight on so that will make it harder to determine the offer with

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