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1558 SH 304Build your Smithville, TX dream home on this park-like acreage. Twenty-five acres of gorgeous land awaits you. On this spacious parcel, you will find beautiful and stately oaks, meandering trails, open pasture and a pond stocked with black bass and perch. Creek frontage is another plus for this perfect slice of heaven.

For Sale! 1558 SH 304, Smithville – Offered at $399,500The land currently has an AG exemption in place for cattle. Water and electric meters are already on site with buried lines to make your custom home reality easier than ever. The property is fully fenced and cross-fenced and includes an automatic gate entrance.

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The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville

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Bastrop County Food Truck FestivalThe second annual Bastrop County Food Truck Festival will take place on Saturday, July 25th at the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event will include a Kona Ice and a variety of other food trucks and food vendors. Other vendors will be available offering homemade candles, handmade jewelry, wooden items, goat’s milk products, home décor and clothing. In addition to vendors, DJ Ice will be on site providing great music.

Admission to the event is included with the purchase of a wristband, which costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. Your wristband admission entitles you to face painting, a train, rock wall, balloon art, a petting zoo and more. Parking will be available at the

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FirepitWhen summer arrives, we all start thinking of outdoor activities as the days get longer and we want to spend more time outside. One of the most popular warm weather activities is grilling. Nothing beats the taste of foods cooked on the grill, and it also affords the opportunity to enjoy relaxing family time. Another popular activity is sitting around the fire pit with family and friends. Anytime you are participating in activities that include fire, it is important to take appropriate safety precautions.  Before you light up your next fire, let’s consider a few things.         

If you are using a gas grill, like any gas appliance, there are components that deteriorate over time, even when infrequently used. Whether your gas grill is brand new or not,

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539 ColoVistaEnjoy resort style living everyday in this ColoVista Country Club townhome. With views of the #3 and #4 holes of the ColoVista Golf Course as well as views of the Colorado River from your back porch/patio, this property offers something for everyone.539 ColoVista

The property includes two bedrooms and two full baths and 1,486 square feet of living space. The open floor plan living space flows from the front door to the back door allowing ample natural light into the home and a great flow for entertaining. A fireplace stages the area and provides comfort and ambience on chilly nights at home. The kitchen is beautifully finished with granite countertops, tile backsplash and stainless appliances. A butler’s pantry provides extra storage and the utility room has was

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Buying a HomeWhen you buy your first home and move out of that apartment, dorm or your parent’s home, you will need many things that you have probably never thought about to make your home comfortable and provide proper care for your home. If you have never lived on your own, there will probably be many items that you don’t own because you have never had to. Consider adding these items to your shopping list so you will have more of what you need as you settle into life as a homeowner.

1. Spare keys

No matter how hard you try, you will inevitably lock yourself out of your house at some point. Instead of having to call a locksmith to get in, wouldn’t it be nice to have a spare key you could use to get in. It may be a key you leave with a neighbor or a hidden key

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159 WranglerThis impeccable stucco home offers a sought after location in Smithville’s La Reata Ranch. Situated on five acres, this two bedroom two bath home is made up of 1,827 square feet of space plus an oversized barn with space to park your RV.

Coming in the front door brings you to the heart of the home. The front is bathed in natural lights and the open floor plan offers the perfect place to entertain. Warm Saltillo tile is found throughout the home for a continuous style that blends well with any décor. The kitchen overlooks the living area and is the perfect place to gather. A large island accents the kitchen that is completed by abundant cabinets and plenty of space. If dinner parties are your thing, the spacious sunroom is currently being used as a

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Real Estate Review 2020

There are lots of words we can use to describe 2020 and they seem to be changing by the day. We are certainly living in a new time where it has become very challenging to know what to expect today and in the future. Real estate is no different as it is a constantly changing industry and this year has presented even more variables than normal. What can we expect as we begin the second half of the year?

It's no secret that home sales took a plunge in March and April. With everyone staying home and some jobs slashed temporarily, some buyers cancelled contracts while others just put their real estate plans on hold. This caused a sharp decline in sales as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in their most recent statistics released.

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447 Red Rock RanchThis private retreat is waiting for you! A modern steel frame home plus a tiny home are nestled in 53+ acres of pine and oak forest overlooking a scenic pond.

The first home is a modern steel barndominium. Inside the open floor plan space is a kitchen, living area, one bedroom and full bath. The living room includes a Murphy bed and the bedroom offers queen bunks. The kitchen is modern with stainless appliances, granite countertops and an island. There is also garage space for parking and ample storage space. An expansive porch on the front of the home offers great views and lots of space for relaxing and entertaining.447 Red Rock Ranch

The tiny home has Airbnb history and is tucked in the trees overlooking the pond. Large picture windows offer great views of your

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Selling your homeIn this day and time, as we limit our in person contact, selling your home may present some unique challenges. For your home to sell, different people will need access to your home at different times but there are ways to provide access safely and with limited risk to your family. Technology has made it easier than ever for buyers to view your home without setting foot in the door. Here is what you can expect if you are selling your home during this virtual time.  

Start with the agent accessing your home. For first meetings, consider handling them over the phone. When it comes time for the agent to view the home, you could use Facetime or Skype to show them your home or have them come in person while wearing a mask and gloves to do their walk through.

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304 BurlesonHistoric charm awaits you in this gorgeous Greek Revival style home. Four bedrooms and three bathrooms makes up this home that has been beautifully restored. Comfortable updates have been added throughout the home so you will enjoy relaxing and entertaining in style.304 Burleson

A beautiful wood and glass door welcomes you to the home where you are greeted by longleaf pine floors and a wooden staircase that leads you upstairs from the foyer. Eight foot pocket doors separate rooms on the main level allowing open or closed spaces for your enjoyment. Large rooms with soaring ceilings are perfect for entertaining. The dining room and living room offer coal fireplaces. The gourmet kitchen is a pleasure to cook in with gleaming marble countertops, an abundance of

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