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ColoVistaWith summer winding down, this can be a great time to start planning for your future. Take a little time to think about where you want to be in the next year and that includes where you want to live. If you are not happy with your current home, let us help you change that. Currently, we have several available lots in ColoVista Country Club that would allow you to build your dream home and enjoy the wonderful location and amenities found in ColoVista.

ColoVista is full of amenities that will enhance your lifestyle including a professionally managed golf course, The Mansion at ColoVista events venue for weddings and other events and a seasonal pool. The pool is open from May-September each year and overlooks the Colorado River for your pleasure.ColoVista


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Boogie Back to BastropBoogie Back to Bastrop is back! In its fourth year, the festival will bring music, dancing and lots of fun to the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center this weekend. Come and enjoy Texas Western swing music and dance on Friday and Saturday. People travel from across Texas and beyond for this two day festival.  

Jeff Woolsey and The Dancehall Kings, The Rocky King Band, Frank Cavitt & The Honky Tonk Doctors, Glen Collins & The Alibis, David Lewis with The Honky Tonk Doctors and the Nathan Colt Young Band will provide two days of musical entertainment for everyone. Get ready to boogie the weekend away at this fun event. Food and alcohol will be available for sell at the event and a large dance floor provides the perfect setting for you to dance the day

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HOAWhether you are buying your first home or your 10th home, if you have never lived in a community with an HOA or homeowner’s association, you need to make sure you understand how the HOA will impact you before you sign the contract. Before you jump in, take time to understand the fees, the rules and what is expected of you if you own property within an HOA.


Fees are what most people think of first when they hear HOA and they come in many different ranges. Fees may be monthly, quarterly or annual and come in all different sizes depending on what they cover. Some HOAs require you to make a one-time payment into the homeowner’s association when you purchase a property. This money is kept in a reserve for future expenses, such as adding amenities or

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115 LoonMake your home dreams come true with this great lot in ColoVista Country Club. This lot is located in The Meadows Section of ColoVista Country Club, offering wonderful amenities that you will love.

Optional pool and golf memberships are available. The luxurious pool overlooks the Colorado River and is open from May-September each year for you to enjoy. Take advantage of the Mansion at ColoVista, which is a popular venue for weddings, parties and meetings. Start building right away or take up to a year.

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Kanoe Klasika Smithville TXLooking for a fun race? Grab your canoe or kayak and a friend and get ready for a fun paddling adventure along the Colorado River. The Kanoe Klasika is a 17-mile race down the Colorado River from Smithville to West Point. The race will begin at Smithville’s Riverbend Park and travel to Plum Park in West Point. Whether you are paddling to win or just for fun, this course will provide a cool experience you will definitely enjoy.

The race will start at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at Riverbend Park in Smithville. You can begin signing in at 8:00 a.m. and there will be shuttle service available beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Date: Saturday, August 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Start Location: Riverbend Park, 107 Highway 71, Smithville, TX

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By Roselyn Jenkins

Outdoor Living Space

When it’s time to sell your home, you do everything to make it look good. Staging is a great way to do that. But don’t just focus on the inside. Today’s buyers realize the health benefits of being outdoors, so they’re looking for an outdoor space they can enjoy. Here are six ways to stage your outdoor living space, Texas-style!

1. Declutter and Clean

Want youroutdoor living space to shine? Less is more. Pick everything up! Store toys and pet accessories out of sight. Sprinklers, cutting tools, and other lawn equipment goes in the shed or garage. Leave the outdoor furniture, but pare it down. Too large or too much furniture makes the space look smaller. Consider an outdoor rug under the table and chairs (but

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285 ChisholmThis charming stone and brick home in The Colony sits on a 0.60 acre lot and includes four bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath with more than 2,700 square feet. The front of the home offers a welcoming entry with a nice porch and a striking front door. Numerous upgrades were added throughout the home and will help this property stand out from its competition.

The home offers an open floor plan allowing you to gather in small or large groups as you desire without being crowded in one room. Natural light is found throughout the home creating a nice environment everywhere. The kitchen includes a large island with bar seating, stainless appliances, granite countertops, a tile backsplash and a pantry. Spill over to the breakfast area or living room

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Bastrop TXThis weekend Bastrop will be host to many fun activities for people of all ages. Start with Doctor Dolittle Jr The Musical on Friday evening or Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Bastrop Opera House.

Saturday offers many opportunities for activities to enjoy. Start Saturday afternoon with an Ice Cream Social at the Bastrop Public Library. Enjoy free ice cream from 1-3 with lots of toppings to enjoy. If you are looking for something more active to do on Saturday, make plans to participate in the SUP El Camino Real. This is a 6-mile down river race on the Colorado River that concludes with food, music and awards. The race will begin at 6:00. Saturday night, enjoy a showing of Mary Poppins Returns at Bastrop’s Bob Bryant Park.

Beat the heat this

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EstateWhen someone passes away, it is necessary to file paperwork on behalf of their estate before you begin the process of disposing of the assets that are part of their estate. This can be a difficult process depending on what all is involved in the estate as well as what preparations the deceased individual made prior to their passing. Depending on how recent the individual passed away and what your relationship to them was, this can be a very emotional time as you try to handle their estate.  

There are multiple ways you may choose to handle the disposition of an estate if you are appointed executor. Perhaps the easiest way to handle an estate is by hiring an attorney that specializes in estate work to handle the paperwork for you. They will guide you

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191 ColovistaWelcome to ColoVista! This custom designed three bedroom, four bathroom home sits on a beautifully manicured 0.79 acre lot. With 2,882 square feet, you will find spacious rooms, stylish comfort with Southwestern flair and Californian influence and exquisite views. View the 11th fairway from the front porch and the 12th hole from the backyard.

From the front door, you are greeted by high ceilings and Saltillo floors. The floors carry through the open living spaces bringing Old World Charm into your home. The living spaces are filled with windows so natural light will surround you. The dining room is near the front door but adjacent to the kitchen for your convenience. This open floor plan is ideal for entertaining and continues into the sunken living

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