All Blog Entries by Janis Penick

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Gallery WallTrends come and go all the time and unless you want to update your Bastrop home every couple of years, it is best to stick with classic styles and colors that have stood the test of time. If you don’t know where to start, it might be easier to eliminate some items you definitely don’t want to show up in your house now. Here are some trends to avoid next time you make updates.

  • Wallpaper borders. In different times, these have shown up at the top of the wall and even in the middle. Chair rail or crown molding will both make a classic statement that will not disappoint even in a few years’ time.
  • Wicker furniture on the inside of your home. While whicker on the patio or front porch will never go out of style, keep it out of your house.
  • Vertical
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High CrossingEscape to your private getaway when you make this property yours. This is the perfect escape for recreational activities or just to unwind from the day to day hassles of life. Explore 284.432 acres of heavily wooded land with oaks, cedars and loblolly pines.  

This property provides wonderful potential for hunting of all kinds including deer, turkey, hogs and dove. Two ponds plus three intermittent wet weather creeks are found on the property. With so much land, the possibilities are endless when it comes to your recreational choices. Escape for privacy, star gazing, hunting, exploring, fishing or 4 wheeling. If this property is more than you are looking for, seller would consider selling 100 acres on the Southern part of the land.High Crossing

The only limit to

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The Legend of Sleepy HollowClassic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been captivating readers and audiences for many years and this is your chance to visit the village of Sleepy Hollow with Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel and the Headless Horseman.

Step inside the Bastrop Opera House this weekend and next for a blend of gothic terror and humor in Washington Irving’s classic story. Whether you read this years ago or never have before, you will delight as the story unwinds throughout the show.

If you would like to grab dinner before the show, you may preorder from The 602 on Main and arrive for dinner by 6:00 and you will be guaranteed to enjoy dinner and not miss the show.

When: Various dates and times through October 27.

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring

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Selling Your homeIf you are thinking about listing your Bastrop home, your agent will have you sign a listing agreement when you are ready to put your home on the market. The listing agreement is a contract between you and the company you list your home with. It will provide you with the details of your listing such as price, dates, commission you agree to pay and outline the obligations of your agent during the listing term. The listing agreement will also authorize the agent to perform certain functions such as put a sign up in your yard, put a lockbox on the house that will provide access to other agents, enter the listing in MLS and allow syndication to other websites.

Here are the parts of the listing agreement you want to make sure you understand.

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119 BreakwaterWelcome to your new home at 119 Breakwater in Bastrop. This new construction David Weekley Home is located in the newest section of Pecan Park and should be completed before the end of the year so you can start the new year with a brand new house.

Three bedrooms and two full baths will make up the popular Wedgeway plan that includes 2,404 square feet and sits on a 0.19 acre lot. Upgraded hardwood floors and 10’ ceilings will be found in the common areas. Enjoy the large kitchen with plenty of cabinets that opens to the family room and eating area. The open floor plan makes this an easy place to enjoy family time and entertain with ease. A spacious study or flex room adds additional space and would make a great playroom or media room.  119 Breakwater

Step outside

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Texas Photo FestivalTen years ago, Smithville was named the first Film Friendly Town in Texas by the Texas Film Commission. That is just one thing that will be celebrated at this weekend’s Texas Photo Festival.

The festival will take place primarily on Saturday, October 12th with a special showing of Hope Floats on Friday night at Railroad Park in downtown Smithville. The showing of the film, which was filmed in Smithville, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.   

Photography and classes will take place on Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will also be film tours taking place that will allow you to visit many locations where films have been shot in Smithville. You can also enjoy the historic tour that will include a train ride through

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Home RepairsYou just closed on your new Bastrop home and are still getting settled when you jump in the shower and there is no hot water or the garage door screeches to a halt when it is half way open. Whatever the problem is, you likely weren’t counting on it before you even make your first mortgage payment. While it is extremely frustrating when something goes wrong in your home, when you just bought your house you may feel completely overwhelmed by what to do. The key is getting things fixed quickly without spending too much money but where should you start?

The first question to ask yourself is did you purchase a home warranty and if so is whatever is broken a covered item under your home warranty plan? If you have a home warranty, your first call should be to

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140 Swift Water LoopWelcome to your new home at 140 Swift Water Loop in Bastrop. This David Weekley new construction home was built with the sought after Wedgeway plan and features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 2,404 square feet on a 0.18 acre lot. 

The home includes upgraded hard wood floors and 10' ceilings in the common areas. A large kitchen with loads of cabinets opens to the family room and eating area. The kitchen includes granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a pantry. The owner's retreat offers a nice walk-in closet plus an over-sized tile shower and dual vanities in the bathroom. A spacious study or flex room that can also be used as a playroom or media room offers another option so you can make this home fit your lifestyle. The laundry room

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Bull ridingOn Saturday, October 6, the Cody Hopkins Invitational Bull Riding and Freestyle Bullfights will take place at Mayfest Park. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. 

The event will include bull-riding, a freestyle bullfight competition and junior bull riding. There will also be vendors and food and drinks for sale. Live music by the Caden Gillard Band will take place at the American Legion Post 533 after the event.

The event will raise money and promote awareness of West Nile Virus, which took Cody's life in 2016.

When: Saturday, October 6th, 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Where: Mayfest Park, 25 American Legion Drive, Bastrop
For more information, visit here.

The Janis Penick Team

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Home UpgradesWhen you own a home, there are many things that will cost you money and it can be really hard to know what upgrades will be beneficial to your home both while you own it as well as down the road when you are ready to sell. We don’t have a crystal ball so it’s impossible for us to give you an exact answer that will tell you what to do and when. If you want to determine which home upgrades will be best for you, think about prioritizing them by the amount of money they will save you in the long run. Consider making these five investments in your Bastrop  home if you are taking a long term approach. 


1. New fixtures in your kitchen and bathrooms. Low flow faucets and shower heads can drastically reduce the amount of water you are using. Less water usage

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