Hello there, you!

You’ve landed at my blog, either by intent or accident — and I’m happy to have you!

I started this blog as sort of a catch-all spot to post all kinds of random stuff I’d like to pass along, much of it pertaining to Austin real estate (my own business in particular or market info in general), our local economy, information for first-time buyers and sellers, or interesting/funny tidbits about Austin… or gardening tips, home decor/design ideas, places you should check out, coming events, notes about the weather, or pictures I snap in and around Austin that I happen to like.

Like this one, which I took outside the Palmer Events Center on a sunny fall afternoon:


Or this one, of the beautiful Brandeen (my sons’ dog) playing at Bull Creek Park (Austin being a very pet-friendly city):


If you’re interested in browsing Central Texas real estate listings available for purchase or lease, please click on the SEARCH AUSTIN AREA HOMES FOR SALE link here or on the sidebar. (Note: You’ll be asked to register on the JB Goodwin REALTORS website in order to view properties, but we won’t start spamming you.)

If you’d like to talk about purchasing a home — as either your primary residence, vacation or second home, or an investment property — OR are curious about new home construction, OR possibly listing your home for sale (OR just finding out what price your home would list for even if you’re not yet ready to sell) I’d be delighted to chat with you!

Also note: if you’re moving out of the area, even to another country, I can still get you taken care of through our relocation department!  Seriously, you don’t have to try and track down an agent to help you buy your new home in New York or Paris or Bangkok:  JB Goodwin REALTORS is a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a selective global community of over 500 independent real estate companies, with 130,000 sales associates in over 70 countries — so I can get you connected to an agent who will take care of your needs every bit as well as I would personally, if only you were staying here. 🙂

See? There are so many things for us to talk about!

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I always post the most recent greater Austin Metropolitan Area real estate market stats on my About Real Estate page if you just want to have a quick look.

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Sunshine & Graffiti
Austin: Keeping it real, keeping it weird at the Hope Outdoor Gallery

Please feel free to leave me your comments or questions or, even better, reach out to me if you’d like to chat about real estate.  My contact info is ALL OVER this site!

In the mean time, like the unknown artist at Austin’s graffiti wall says above: Just keep swimming. One day I’ll be in your ocean.

I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I’m sure it’s profound.

Featured Listing: 1812 West Avenue, #307, Austin, TX 78701


Are you looking for a fantastic place to call home which is within shouting distance of downtown Austin without being in the thick of the noise and traffic… AND is easily accessible to the UT campus without being surrounded by student housing? Well, look no further! The historic Judges Hill section of Austin is perfectly positioned for easy access to both downtown and the University of Texas campus.

The Presidio at Judges Hill — close to downtown and UT

In a gated, secure building at the corner of MLK & West Avenue, this fabulous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is a delightful retreat, with lots of natural light and an open floor plan making it feel simultaneously spacious yet cozy!

Cozy living room with views of the tree-lined street below

The two bedrooms are ideally situated for privacy, sitting at opposite ends of the unit.

Primary bedroom, with windows on 2 walls and access to the private lanai

Primary bath, with an extra wide soaking tub and separate shower
Secondary bedroom
Secondary bathroom

The convenient flex space can be used for additional sleeping, or as a home office, meditation space, or a reading room — whatever tickles your fancy!

Flex space

The lanai, accessible from either the living room or the primary bedroom, is a perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and a book, or an evening glass of wine and people watching on the street below.

Take in some fresh air on your own lanai
A perfect spot for people watching, or catching up on some reading

The warm tones of the slate floors and granite counters strike a rustic note, and play beautifully with the more modern stainless steel appliances and light fixtures.

The kitchen features a pressed tin backsplash and stainless steel appliances, including a drawer-style microwave

The common area features a delightful courtyard, and the unit comes with two parking spaces in the garage, which is accessible via remote.

The inviting courtyard, perfect for a little quiet time or socializing with the neighbors

Can you see yourself relaxing in this cozy courtyard space?

All appliances convey, including the refrigerator and stackable washer & dryer. The building lobby is accessible by key fob, and the front door of the unit is opened either with a key or by using the keypad with code.

In-unit utility closet, with stackable washer & dryer
Building lobby, with elevator and access to on-site garage

Listed at $610,000, this charmer won’t last too long! If you’d like more information about it or to arrange a showing of this delightful condo, please reach out to me at 512-694-7917. To virtually walk through the space in 3D, click here:

MLS # 2241285
1812 West Avenue, Unit 307, Austin, TX 78701
Listed by: Tanya Joffrain, JB Goodwin REALTORS

Featured Listing: 111 Presidio Drive, Leander, TX 78641

Renovated farmhouse style in Leander

This delightfully renovated farmhouse style home is overflowing with warmth and charm! It rests on a shaded cul-de-sac street, just a block from the community pool and playground area, and has easy access to both 183 and 183A.

It has been fully updated, with a new roof, flooring, paint, and updated kitchen and bathrooms. The yard is a dream, with large shade trees and perfect spots to sit and enjoy the afternoon breeze from either the front or back yard.

The primary bedroom and en suite is a relaxing haven, with a tray ceiling and lovely natural light from windows that overlook the shaded backyard. It features a spacious walk-in closet with built-ins. The bathroom has been fully renovated with brand new walk-in shower, vanity, dual-flush toilet, tile floor, sink and fixtures.

Primary bedroom

Primary bathroom

The backyard is a perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a cool beverage in the afternoon underneath the shade trees or on the cozy back patio.

Shady backyard space with firepit area

Back patio

For more information on this delightful home, please visit the property website at: https://listing.austin360photography.com/bt/111_Presidio_Drive.html

Thanksgiving 2020

Even in a pandemic there’s a lot to be grateful for

While everyone’s holiday gatherings this year probably don’t much resemble what we are all used to, I’ve been heartened to see so many folks cobbling together what celebrations they can, making the best of things with a patchwork of socially distant, outdoor, or online get togethers.

My husband and I celebrated at our home with just the two of us and a full table of tasty eats and equally tasty wine.  We toasted to our happy and lucky life together, and counted the blessings of having such an abundance of lovely friends and family and that, even though we decided to stay apart to keep us all safe, we hope to make up for in spades in 2021!

With a full belly and grateful heart, wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!