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Found 127 blog entries published by Brad Pauly.

Whether you’re a parent of school-aged children or a real estate investor in Austin, school districts matter. An exceptional school district is often a requirement for business owners who want to expand into new areas. Here are some of Austin’s top schools by district based upon academic performance, standardized test scores, and completion of advanced placement courses.

Best Elementary Schools in Austin Texas by District

Bridge Point Elementary School (Eanes ISD)

Bridge Point Elementary School is located on Cedar Street in north Eanes Independent School District (ISD). The school is the largest elementary school in Eanes ISD and serves over 700 students.

Lake Pointe Elementary School (Lake Travis ISD)

Lake Pointe Elementary School is

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Before moving to Austin from another city, you've probably been told of some of the downsides. Our traffic has gotten pretty bad, summers are hot, and allergies can be tough. A lesser-known concern to be aware of is Austin flooding. Central Texas is such a flash flood-prone region that the National Weather Service sometimes refers to our area as “Flash Flood Alley.”

However, you needn't be too worried. Flash floods are generally most dangerous when driving, not at home. In fact, 75 percent of Texas flooding deaths occur in vehicles. Make sure to stay off the road when flash floods are predicted. 

As far as real estate is concerned with Austin flooding, the majority of localized flooding doesn't exceed a few road closures in your neighborhood.

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With its extraordinary BBQ, classic Tex-Mex, and innovative food trucks, Austin has long been one of the country’s best cities for foodies. Recently, restaurants have been stepping up their brunch game to new heights. 

Largely due to the rise in popularity of “Sunday Funday”, Austin restaurants are seeing more business for brunch than ever. Which restaurants can say they boast the best brunch even amid such fierce competition?

Top Ten Best Brunches in Austin

South Congress Café

South Congress Café might be our number one pick for a classic Austin brunch. Unfortunately, we aren’t alone in thinking this, as the wait time for brunch is almost always at least an hour. Thankfully, they offer a call ahead wait list for Sunday brunch. It may seem

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Austin has long been known as a remarkably safe city. Dating back to when it was a wee town of under 500,000 in the 1990s, it was considered one of the safest cities in the country. What about today, though?

How do Austin crime rates compare to the rest of the state, the country, and the world? We’ll answer these questions and then break down which Austin neighborhoods are the safest.

One of the Safest Big Cities in the Country?

Austin, Texas crime rates are considerably lower than the national average. Compared to similarly-sized metro areas, Austin is actually one of the safest big cities in the country.

According to a 2019 safety report compiled using FBI crime statistics, Austin is the eighth safest city in the country.[1] This report

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Choosing the best apartment is complicated. If you have the luxury of choosing which time of year to begin your apartment lease, there’s even more than usual you need to consider. When are Texas rental rates the lowest? When do other renters want to buy most? And when will the most options be available?

The most significant differences are apparent when we compare summer to winter.

Let’s begin with what the renting climate is like during the summer season.

The Case for Renting During Summer in Texas

To answer one of our questions right off the bat: most Texans move during the summer. This is largely due to the fact that college students aplenty are moving into new apartments before summer ends. On top of that, the weather is generally

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You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for Memorial Day weekend ideas in Austin, Texas. We’ve curated a list of the top events all Memorial Day weekend long, ranging from expensive to totally free. In case you get hungry, we also added our picks for the best Memorial Day brunches. Read on, and enjoy your 2019 Memorial Day Weekend in Austin.

Austin Memorial Day Weekend 2019 Events

Most Notable Memorial Day Events

Hot Luck ($125+)
Multiple Locations

Hot Luck was created by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin (yes, that ‘Franklin’) and is an annual festival celebrating food and music. (Especially food though, so let's just music.) You may not recognize the names of the chefs from the 2019 lineup, but you’ll probably recognize

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Home buying assistance for veterans

A Homebuyer’s Guide for Texas Veterans

After serving in the armed forces, many people returning to civilian life seek to buy a house. Your home is often the stable center of the life you build, and for those transitioning out of active duty, that stability is a priceless commodity. Take care, though – buying your home is a long process full of important details. Fortunately, veterans are offered several resources that can make things somewhat easier. Here’s some home buying assistance for veterans in the Lone Star State.

A Veteran-Friendly State

As a Texas veteran, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re far from alone. Data from 2014 shows that there are over 1.6 million veterans living in Texas, a total which is second among all states,

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How to Find a Good School District

How to Find a Good School District When House Hunting

For families with children (or those who plan on having children), the issue of finding a school in your area will always be an important one. If you and your family are relocating, even if it’s just to the other side of town, a good academic environment is nearly as important as a good home. So, how do you get the best of both worlds? Here’s what to keep in mind when considering how to find a good school district when looking for your next home.

What to Look For

When trying to find a good school district in the midst of your house search, the most vital thing is to do your research. Many online resources pool information like test scores, city/state rankings, demographic information, and

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cars driving across south congress bridge

In our bustling city, parking your car can be difficult. Whether you're concerned about the parking laws in your neighborhood, or want to know how best to tackle parking downtown during busy hours, we hope this guide helps you park like a true-blue Austin resident. And hopefully, you'll avoid tickets or costly towing incidents while you're at it.

  • Austin Attraction Parking
  • Neighborhood Parking
  • Downtown Parking
  • Overnight Parking Guide

How to Park for Some of Austin's Best Attractions

If you're visiting: Park Here Or Here Or Here
South Congress Bridge to see the bats Austin American-Statesman lot Radisson Parking Garage Cesar Chavez street
6th Street downtown Bank of America parking garage
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Being a Great Airbnb Host

Tips for Being a Great Airbnb Host

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has been a welcome resource for travelers searching for accommodations, as well as hosts looking to make some extra money. A busy city like Austin is booming with potential for new hosts, but it takes some effort to really stand out. If you’re planning on opening up your house or apartment to an Airbnb visitor, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are a few pointers from Pauly Presley to get you prepared.

Starting Out

Let’s say you’re brand new to the world of being an Airbnb host. There are some key things you’ll want to keep in mind as you tackle this new endeavor.

  • Consider Your Neighbors: While hosting might be a great idea for you, it’s important to
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