As a Realtor, some houses you come across are just ultra cool and hip in an (almost) effortless way that shines through beautifully with just the teensiest bit of zhushing. My listing at 5203 Beechmoor Drive is one of those houses.
Built in 1966, this single story, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located near 51st & Manor Road features two living spaces and an ultra cool mid-century modern vibe that showcases perfectly the sellers’ quirky/sophisticated style and brings to life everything to love about this area and the local aesthetic.
It sits on a corner lot just shy of 1/4 acre and includes fantastic entertaining/living space outside with plenty of room to accommodate any buyer’s ideas on expansion.
Located just minutes from downtown and Mueller, this must-see home is the epitome of East Austin groovy!
For more details on this home (and a 3-D interactive tour), please click here or reach out to me to schedule an appointment to view.
For 24 years JB Goodwin REALTORS has been a big part of the volunteer crew serving Thanksgiving lunch at the Salvation Army. I was so happy to have been involved again this year after having missed last year.
The Salvation Army’s Downtown Austin shelter feeds and houses hundreds of folks in need every day, including women and young children. Additionally, at Thanksgiving they offer a sit-down holiday meal to their residents and to the homeless community at large, serving up some delicious homestyle cooking and turning no one away.
For Thanksgiving, guests are greeted at the door to the dining room and escorted to an open spot at any of the round tables. There is a place for them to put down their bedrolls and backpacks if the wish to, and then they are served by a host of volunteers rather than queuing a the counter to grab a tray for themselves as would be the case on other days of the year. The S.A. staff and volunteers try to make the experience as warm and “normal” (if you will) as possible, shaking hands, chatting with the guests, and refilling glasses. The tables are dressed up with fall centerpieces and place mats hand drawn by some of the children. That’s not a huge thing, but it’s a lovely little touch. I overheard one woman asking if she could take her place mat with her so she could show it to her son.
Meeting and serving the guests was a real honor for me, and I don’t mean to come across as overly pious by saying that. It’s just that I imagine that for people who are experiencing homelessness, their day to day life is probably not overfilled with opportunities to sit down, relax, and enjoy a little conversation while being properly waited on. In addition to the obvious benefit of a nice hot meal, I have to believe that even a short respite from the indignities of being a street person — either ignored or looked upon with suspicion or disdain — and instead being shown respect and treated with decency and caring has got to be affecting for them. And I’m truly honored to be a part of that.
As I’ve mentioned previously, if you’re looking for a place where your charitable donations will have the greatest impact — during the holiday season or at any other time of year — I’d like to make a plea for the Salvation Army. You can donate your time, money or supply stuff from their list of items they are in need of. Approximately 83% of the money they take in goes directly to benefit the individuals and families they serve in Travis and Williamson counties, plus 100% of every dollar donated for disaster relief goes to help survivors and first responders.
It has been our tradition at JB Goodwin Realtors for the last 22 years to volunteer serving Thanksgiving lunch at the Salvation Army, and this year for the first time I was honored to take part in it as a server.
The Salvation Army’s Downtown Austin shelter feeds and houses hundreds of folks in need every day. In addition to that, at Thanksgiving they offer a sit-down holiday meal to their residents and to the homeless community at large, serving up some excellent home cooking from Chef Lynda Jonesand her awesome kitchen staff.
Seating was family-style at large round tables, which were dressed for the occasion with fall centerpieces and colorful placemats made by some of the shelter’s young residents. Instead of standing in line for a plate, guests were waited on by a crew of volunteers, giving them a chance to take a load off and visit a little while enjoying some turkey, gravy, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes (grown in a local community garden, these potatoes were the biggest I’ve ever seen — quite literally the size of a baby’s head!), roles and butter, cranberry sauce, and a wide variety of pies and cakes for dessert, plus all the sweet tea or punch a body could handle.
I think we served in excess of 600 meals and everyone was grateful for the feast. I heard numerous compliments to the chef, and I have to say it all looked and smelled delicious! I don’t think anybody went away hungry.
I truly enjoyed getting to serve and meet folks. There were a few souls who didn’t seem up for a lot of conversation, which I can absolutely understand and respect, but most folks seemed to welcome a little chitchat along with their grub. I was talking with one gal in particular who was sharing her concerns about her grown son, who has gotten into some trouble with the law but now seems to be on a good path. Listening to her speak I had a few of those “there but for the grace of God” moments; I realized anew how blessed I am and how much I have to be thankful for in this life, but also how easily things can turn in the wrong direction.
This holiday season (or any time of year), if you’re looking for a place where your charitable donations will have the greatest impact, I’d like to make a plea for the Salvation Army. You can donate your time, money or all kinds of stuff from their list of items they are in need of and know that approximately 83% of the money they take in goes directly to benefit the individuals and families they serve in Travis and Williamson counties, plus 100% of every dollar donated for disaster relief goes to help survivors and first responders.