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Interior design for your new homeWhen you are moving into your new Bastrop home, you may want an entirely new look to go along with that. Even if you are happy with most of your current furnishings and don’t need to change everything, a move may mean more space or different space that you need to furnish. If interior design isn’t one of your hobbies, where do you find ideas that will help you turn your house into a home? Start with these five sites to find lots of great ideas.

HGTV.com
HGTV is full of great ideas for everything house related. Ideas of all kinds can be found in whatever style you are looking for. From the front porch to the backyard and everything in between, HGTV is full of stunning ideas. Browse ideas by room or style until you find just the look for you.

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4790 FM 535Turkey Track Ranch is your dream home with a gorgeous 4,200+ square foot home surrounded by 102 +/- acres with a pond, equestrian facilities and a swimming pool. The home has four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath with exquisite features in every room.   

A stone path winds its way to the front door that is surrounded by a graceful front porch. The beautiful front door is surrounded by glass allowing natural light to come into the home. Ceramic tile starts inside the front door and continues into the living room and kitchen. The dining room is just inside the front door but equally accessible to the kitchen with hardwood floors, crown molding and a chandelier. Step through French doors to the left of the entry to find the music room complete

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Oliver at Bastrop Opera HouseOliver is a true classic in the theater world and Bastrop Opera House is bringing it to you this season with a cast of witty characters you will enjoy from the opening scene. Derived from the classic Charles Dickens novel, the sweet show shares the story of orphan Oliver Twist as he searches for a home, family and love in the underworld of London. This show is sure to entertain and delight all ages in its upcoming run.

The Bastrop Opera House is a local entertainment venue presenting a wide variety of shows throughout the year. They have implemented additional routine cleaning practices and will be distancing guests who purchase tickets to ensure the safety of the theater attenders and cast members.

When: August 21-September 6 at various times  

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Virtual StagingVirtual home staging has greatly increased in popularity in recent years. The benefits of home staging are significant and can help homes sell faster and for more money. With traditional staging, a home staging expert or interior designer will make design updates to a home to help buyers visualize the greatest potential. Home staging can be costly in some cases depending on if furniture needs to be rented if the home is empty, how long staging is needed for and the location you live in. With virtual home staging, a photographer can add the same staging elements to a photo that a stager would add to the home so the photos are more appealing. With virtual home staging, what are the benefits?

A picture is worth a thousand words is a very popular saying

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109 LoysoyaEnjoy garden home living in The Colony! This former model home is gorgeous and offers the extra benefit of having never been lived in. This gorgeous home offers two bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath, a two-car garage and 1,857 square feet of living space on a 0.20 acre lot.

This home has many great touches you won’t find elsewhere with a charming blend of comfort and style 109 Loysoyathat you will love. Inside the front door, you will find a technology nook with a built-in desk and storage for working from home or just to handle household bills. The living room is open and light-filled with a brick fireplace. Large windows overlook the back patio and yard. The space opens to the kitchen for easy entertaining. A large island with overhead pendant lighting

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Home MaintenanceAs summer winds down and fall approaches, you will hopefully get some relief from the hot weather of recent weeks. As the temperatures cool, this makes a great time to take care of home maintenance tasks outside and prepare your Bastrop home for the winter months. What should you do around your home in the fall to make sure you are ready for the next season? Here are five things you should definitely not skip.

1. Lawn maintenance is common in the fall. If you choose to aerate in the fall then you may want to fertilize your lawn after that. The summer is harsh on your grass. Giving it some attention after the weather starts to cool can help it recover before its dormant winter season. If you do fertilize your lawn, you will need to water it as well if

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1005 FM 2571This gorgeous sprawling ranch offers more than 293 acres for your enjoyment and recreation. Spectacular views from the home and elsewhere on the property provide breathtaking moments each and every day. Beyond the acreage, you will find a custom log home with three bedrooms, two baths and 3,000+ square feet with guest quarters. A perfectly positioned porch maximizes the views from this property. This ranch is located at one of the highest elevations in Bastrop County and is surrounded by 293 acres to provide ample privacy and space for you to explore and engage with the land around you. Panoramic views of the Colorado River and valley are just outside your door. The property also provides heavily wooded forests, native pastures, two ponds, rock

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Buying a homeMortgage rates are at all-time lows and cute houses keep catching your eye online and on your daily run. Before you call the real estate agent on the next sign you see, ask yourself these five questions to determine if you are ready to be a homeowner.

1. Do you plan to stay in the same place for at the least a few years? Homes don’t have to be forever but they don’t expire like a lease on a certain date and no longer are your responsibility. Once you own a home, you are responsible for that home indefinitely unless you choose to sell it. Historically, homes appreciate but it will take a little time for that to happen and make it likely for you to sell your home for more than you paid. If you only plan to stay where you are for a year or two, you may be

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156 RiverwalkThis Bastrop property has so much to offer to build your dream home in ColoVista Country Club. More than one acre of space with outstanding views of the Colorado River, there is ample space for your custom-built home.

From your yard, you can enjoy long views of the Colorado River, the river valley beautiful pastureland and the #17 fairway. The property is terraced with stone steps and paths leading down the sloped hill with a nice level area for a firepit.156 Riverwalk

ColoVista Country Club offers wonderful amenities close by with an 18-hole golf course and optional pool membership. For more information about this property, please click here.

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville
janis@janispenick.com

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Real Estate marketAhhhhh, summer! Like so many people, you probably established a lifelong love of the summer season, which offered the promise of warm days, late nights and lots of fun, when you began elementary school. Across the country, many people are counting on summer to have a similar feel this year with a slower pace, an improved economy and hopefully a little more fun than spring. This year, more than ever before, we hope summer will offer a boost to the real estate market as the current momentum hints that we may see activity levels we are used to seeing in the Spring. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring market real estate agents have come to love was almost non-existent. As travel was halted, everyone stayed home and the country was on hold in so many

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