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131 W Tanglebriar, BastropPerfect home for you and your guests. Do you need space for a live-in nanny, in-laws or frequent house guests? This property includes a two bedroom main house plus separate guest quarters with handicapped accessible features. The home sits on 2.345 acres so you will have plenty of space to relax and enjoy your land.131 W Tanglebriar, Bastrop

The main house offers an open floorplan with a large living area, dining area plus space for an office or study. The home includes two bedrooms and two full baths with handicapped accessibility. The kitchen is loaded with oak cabinets for storage and includes granite countertops. The exterior of the home is a mixture of stone and Hardiplank for a natural and appealing style.

131 W Tanglebriar, BastropThe guest house is setup efficiency-style and includes a

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Holiday Events in BastropWhat is your favorite event or activity to lift your holiday spirits? Whatever it is, you are likely to find it this weekend around town. Pick an activity or two or try to see how many you can participate in and enjoy the weekend with your family and friends at a wide variety of holiday activities.

Enjoy lights displays, cookie decorating, a Christmas play, a parade, shopping, a holiday concert and much more all over town. Here are some of the holiday activities that will be taking place this weekend.

Smithville Festival of Lights and Lighted Parade will take place on Saturday, December 7. The festival will take place all day at the Smithville Rec Center with the lighted parade in the evening.

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Calvary Baptist Church

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Real estate marketAs we finish 2019 and start 2020, there are always many questions about what the coming year will bring. The real estate market is no different. Will 2020 bring appreciation or deprecation of Bastrop home prices, fluctuation in mortgage interest rates, increase or decrease in building and what is expected regarding the amount of activity in the housing market? It’s impossible to know for sure but here are some predictions for 2020.

Freddie Mac’s latest forecast predicts that mortgage rates should remain at ultra-low levels in 2020 and even 2021, hovering around 3.8%. 2019 saw significant mortgage refinancing with rates so low and that will continue into 2020. The number of homes sold in 2019 is expected to reach around 6 million with slight increases

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1344 Park Road 1CThis gorgeous double lot sits in the state park and offers 10.25 acres of land for you to enjoy. The current property includes an existing garage slab, new electric meter, added spigots and a stall that was added to the barn. There is a septic tank currently on the property but the condition is unknown. The land sits in a quiet area and is traversed be a wet weather creek. Build your dream home and enjoy all this land has to offer and unlimited potential for you to enjoy.   1344 Park Road 1C

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Bastrop holiday eventsOnce Thanksgiving arrives, the holiday season is in full swing and this year is no exception with an abundance of holiday themed activities this weekend for you to enjoy. Start with a little shopping Saturday morning, November 30 at the Bastrop Farmer’s Market. This annual artisan market will feature a variety of unique artisans presenting handmade and original arts and crafts that are perfect for gift giving or decorating your home for the holidays.

After you shop ‘til you drop, visit Historic Downtown Bastrop for Wassail Fest where you will find shops open for the . From 1-5 p.m., stroll through the shops and taste everyone’s favorite hot mulled cider. After sampling them all, vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award contest and enjoy live

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Home Security and SafetyWhen it comes time to sell your Bastrop home, you are likely to think a lot about the price and making sure it’s clean and ready for buyers to look at. It’s easy to forget about the fact that strangers will be coming into your home most likely when you aren’t there and what you should do to protect yourself and your possessions. What are the best ways to keep your home safe when you aren’t home?

Your safety is one of many reasons you should use an agent to sell your home. If you sell your home on your own, how will you evaluate agents to determine who you should allow to show your home? Many agents use some kind of appointment service to schedule showings and these services will only allow licensed real estate agents to schedule appointments. Another

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103 ArborvitaBuild your dream home and enjoy this beautiful golf course view! The 0.25 acre lot overlooks the #8 fairway of ColoVista golf course with panoramic views in the distance. The golf course is owned by POA, under professional management and open to the public with optional memberships available. This lot includes lawn service for a fee of $100 per month leaving your weekends free for enjoyment. The Mansion provides a great place to host events, weddings, meetings and parties.

In addition to golfing, the community offers a seasonal pool with available memberships that is open May-September. Walking trails and tennis courts are part of the community too. If you are looking for something different, you will love the lifestyle ColoVista provides.  103 Arborvita


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Men Who CookThe annual Men Who Cook culinary event is back for more fun with an International flair. On Saturday, November 23rd at the Bastrop Convention Center, men from the Bastrop area including community leaders, area business owners, elected officials and celebrities will don aprons and black tie attire while serving their favorite dish to the event attendees.

Twenty-four teams of local chefs will prepare International cuisine for the evening. The event also includes music and dancing and an open bar. After enjoying some delicious food, don’t miss the opportunity to bid in the live and silent auctions. This event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Bastrop County but all are welcome to attend. Funds raised at the event will support the youth and homeless of

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SubdivisionIf you are looking for a new home, you will find many different homes to pick from when it comes time to find the perfect home. Depending on your price range and the size of the home you are looking for, you may be inundated with homes in subdivisions. These homes and subdivisions can be really appealing especially if they offer neighborhood amenities, newer homes with low maintenance and a desirable location. Make sure you think about your long term housing dreams and what is most important to you in a home before you make a permanent commitment. If you are looking for more freedom to live by your own rules, a subdivision may not be the best fit for you.

Before you buy a home in a subdivision, here are five reasons to think again.

1. If you want

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1952 Hwy 21Welcome home to this Cedar Creek Ranchette! This charming limestone ranch-style home includes three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath on 6+ acres.

The home offers wraparound porches and an inviting courtyard where you can enjoy the wooded setting. The family room is spacious with vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace. Windows allow an abundance of natural light to fill the space and the porch is accessible from here too.  A formal living room and study provide additional space to entertain and relax. The kitchen offers great storage and stainless steel appliances. The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen.1952 Hwy 21

The master bedroom includes a private bath with dual sinks and there are two additional bedrooms as well. Bring your horses and

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