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Furry Friends of Texas

A Furry Resident Guide for The Austin Texas Area

Dog Parks and Off Leash Play Areas 

These free outdoor locations are places where your furry friend can romp around in the sunshine leash-free! For the safety of you, your pet and others, be sure to be caught up on flea prevention and vaccinations and be aware of the behavior or surrounding animals at play. City ordinances apply in parks. Please observe the rules posted on the Parks and Recreation websites and at the parks. 

  • Auditorium Shores 920 W. Riverside Dr, Austin 
  • Barking Springs William Barton Dr, Austin 
  • Bull Creek District Dog Park 6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin 
  • Devine Lake Off Lead Area 1000 Maple Creek, Leander 
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park 1600 City Park Rd, Austin 
  • Far West ROW Between Great Northern Blvd. & Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin
  • Mary Moore Searight Metro Park 907 Slaughter Ln., Austin 
  • Northeast District Park 5909 Crystalbrook Dr, Austin 
  • Norwood Tract at Townlake Metro Park I-35 and Riverside Dr, Austin 
  • Onion Creek Greenbelt 6900 Onion Creek Dr, Austin 
  • Red Bud Isle 3401 Red Bud Trl, Unit Cr, Austin 
  • Round Rock Dog Depot 800 Deerfoot Dr, Round Rock
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt 2600-2799 Lamar Blvd, Austin
  • Walnut Creek Metro Park 12138 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin 
  • West Austin Neighborhood Park 1317 W 10th St, Austin 
  • Zilker Dog Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin

Pet Friendly Restaurants 

These locations are among the handfull of places where your furry friends are welcome to dine with you on a patio! When you arrive, please confirm with the staff where to sit…stay…and eat. 

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Pet Shelters & Sanctuaries 

Community resource organizations providing shelter, adoption and animal control services. 

Veterinary Services 

Receive the best in animal care from these trained and certified medical providers. 

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Life Expectancy of Home Components

One of the biggest fears of any home buyer who is buying a resale home is having to replace systems or components that break down after they move-in. We always recommend buyers get a home inspection before closing on a home so they know more about the condition of their new homes systems up front, but there is only so much an inspector can check. Systems can break down at any time due to normal wear and tear or negligence, often without warning. 

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For that reason, it is valuable to know the average life-expectancy of your new home’s components. This can help you plan for future repairs or replacements projects, though many systems end up working completely fine well past their anticipated useful life! Below, we have a graph for you with all of the major components or you can read the list below that. 

If you are looking for the right inspector of would like help finding the right vendor to repair or service one of your systems, contact one of our awesome agents and we’ll connect you with a great referral!

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  • Air-Conditioning Unit > 12-15 years
  • Water Heater > 12-15 years
  • Roof > 20 years
  • Toilet > Lifetime
  • Shower Enclosure > 50+ years
  • Tub/Shower Faucets > 20+ years
  • Bathtub > 25+ years
  • Refrigerator > 13 years
  • Dishwasher > 9 years
  • Garage Door Opener > 10-15 years
  • Microwave > 9 years
  • Garbage Disposal > 12 years
  • Range/Oven > 13-15 years
  • Kitchen Faucet > 15 years
  • Kitchen Sink > 5-10 years
  • Kitchen Cabinets > 50 years
  • Dryer > 15 years
  • Washing Machine > 10 years
  • Wood/Stone Flooring > 100 years
  • Wood Deck > 10-15 years
  • Electrical Switches & Outlets > 10+ years
  • Carpeting > 8-10 years
  • Exterior Paint > up to 15 years
  • Home Security System & Smoke Detectors > 5-10 years
  • Furnace > 15-18 years
  • Windows > 15-30 years

 

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Austin Area Staycations

Many of us have had to cancel much anticipated vacations and travel plans this summer due to COVID-19. Perhaps a local getaway is an option for you?! Here is our list of the top getaway destinations between Austin and San Antonio.

La Cantera Resort & Spa

Polished rooms, suites & cottages, plus 6 restaurants, 2 golf courses, 5 pools & a spa. 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Upscale all-inclusive resort offering a full-service spa and two infinity pools, plus luxe dining. 13500 FM2769, Austin, TX 78726

Hotel Emma

Historic Hotel Emma

Refined hotel in a former 19th-century brewery, with elegant quarters, a rooftop pool & a chic bar. 136 E Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78215

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Upscale, all-inclusive resort set on a lake offering 2 pools, plus a spa & posh dining. 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd., Austin, TX 78732

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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Sophisticated property featuring upscale rooms & 7 dining options, plus a spa & a water park. 23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

Riverside retreat set on 405 acres offering many outdoor activities, a spa & a water park. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

Polished lodging offering a spa & a golf course, plus 3 casual restaurants & a 5-acre water park. 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251

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Horseshoe Bay Resort

Posh lodging on a 7,000-acre resort with golf, tennis & dining, plus a marina & a private airport. 200 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

Polished resort with elegant rooms, a salt cave spa & an 18-hole golf course, plus a posh restaurant. 1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006

Lakeway Resort and Spa

Contemporary lakeside accommodations, plus 3 outdoor pools, a full-service spa & a restaurant. 101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, TX 78734

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Kalahari Resort and Conference Center – COMING SOON!

Gigantic brand new resort under construction in Round Rock. To include the largest indoor water park in America, numerous restaurants and a huge ball room with conference rooms. 3001 Kalahari Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

TJ Lewis Real Estate has received no commercial gain, monetary or otherwise, by reference of the aforementioned entities, nor endorses any of the aforementioned entities.

 

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4th of July Safety Tips

Celebrating Independence Day is a cherished American tradition that is the perfect occasion to gather with family and friends for some summer fun. While this 4th of July might look a little different than years past with the COVID-19 epidemic we are experiencing, staying safe while you are having fun is still very important! These safety tips cover a few key summer topics to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

SPARKLER AND FIREWORKS SAFETY

  • Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
  • Never point sparklers or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they are being lit.
  • Fireworks should only be lit on the ground and in areas that are dry, fire resistant, and clear of trees and power lines.
  • Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.

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  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
  • Always have a water hose or bucket of water handy. A fire extinguisher is also great to have on hand.
  • If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them. Douse them with water then throw them away.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.

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WATER ACTIVITY SAFETY

  • Always review safe boating practices before going out on the water and check that there are enough life preservers on hand for every passenger.
  • Never consume alcohol while driving a boat.
  • Be aware of your surroundings- the July 4th holiday attracts a high volume of boaters, so be sure to be alert at all times and aware of other boats, swimmers, water skiers, kayakers, etc.

July 4th Boating

  • Make sure your boat is in good condition and has all the required safety equipment. Make sure you are ready for an emergency situation or to help others if needed.
  • Be alert to water conditions, such as water depth and currents. Make sure novice swimmers use flotation devices and children have chaperones.
  • Check the weather before departing. Also pay close attention to sudden changes in wind and water conditions.
  • During daylight hours, protect yourself from excess exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen and a hat.

Stay safe this July 4th and have fun from your friends at TJ Lewis Real Estate and Capital Title!

A special resource to keep you safe on the 4th of July from Capital Title!