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GOTTA KNOW:  4 Simple Steps to the Closet of Your Dreams

We’ve been seeing a lot of dream closet inspiration lately in our listings, and you can tour them here.  First, we took note of the best parts of each, and found a few running themes in great closets.  Our favorite closets are always well edited, with breathing room, show pieces are on display, folded clothes are neatly stacked, and everything looks so uniform.  Then, we figured out how to translate those focal points to each of our own closets.  It resulted in four very simple rules:

  1. Get rid of what you don’t wear / won’t wear.  You can shrink your closet by 25% by asking yourself this simple question, “Would I buy this again today.”  If you wouldn’t - donate it. 
  2. Pick a few of your favorite pieces and display them on shelf space in a pretty dish.  Jewelry looks beautiful on dressers and your favorite shoes fit perfectly in a well styled bookcase.
  3. Save your hanging space for things that need hanging. Fold down denim and sweaters.  Keep your stacks 8-10” tall to prevent them from toppling over.
  4. Invest in quality, matching hangers.  We suggest thin, felt hangers that hug together - they’ll reduce the volume of your clothes by 20%!






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GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential
As always, our followers are the first ones to know what’s going on at Gottesman Residential Real Estate. Following our blog and liking us on Facebook keeps you in the know - before anyone else.
4604 Mantle Drive- $2,895,000, listed by Shannon Windham, REALTOR®  512.423.1154
5800 Gibbs Hollow - $4,500,000, listed by Chris Long, Broker Associate  512.289.6300
2908 Scenic Drive - $2,999,000, listed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
3802 Balcones Drive - $995,000, listed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
6009 Long Champ Court - $2,595,000, listed by Robin Banister, Broker Associate  512.589.6090
8403 Horseshoe Ledge - $1,365,000, listed by Leslie Davenport, Broker Associate

GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential

As always, our followers are the first ones to know what’s going on at Gottesman Residential Real Estate. Following our blog and liking us on Facebook keeps you in the know - before anyone else.

  1. 4604 Mantle Drive- $2,895,000, listed by Shannon Windham, REALTOR®  512.423.1154
  2. 5800 Gibbs Hollow - $4,500,000, listed by Chris Long, Broker Associate  512.289.6300
  3. 2908 Scenic Drive - $2,999,000, listed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  4. 3802 Balcones Drive - $995,000, listed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  5. 6009 Long Champ Court - $2,595,000, listed by Robin Banister, Broker Associate  512.589.6090
  6. 8403 Horseshoe Ledge - $1,365,000, listed by Leslie Davenport, Broker Associate






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GOTTA GO:  Austin’s Weekend Calendar
Friday:
SXSWCares Big Benefit - the series continues with Foxtrot Uniform with Cody Jasper, raising money through the power of live music, new acts added daily so check for updates
Austin Reggae Festival at Butler Park - benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank
Pinocchio at the Zach Theatre - tickets still available for opening night
Aziz Ansari at Bass Concert Hall - Parks and Recreation star + Rolling Stone’s Funniest Man Under 30
Saturday:
Circle C Brewing 0.5k Micro Marathon - help fund the Habitat for Humanity project “The House that Beer Built”, no tickets available at the door
Jo’s Coffee 15th Annual Pet Parade - a costume contest for furry friends on South Congress, benefitting Austin Pets Alive!
Funky Chicken Coop Tour - bring the kids to tour 14 eclectic chicken coops and show them where their eggs come from
Balloons over Horseshoe Bay - open to the public on Saturday, watch hot air balloons take off, enjoy helicopter rides, an antique car show, and conclude with a concert during the balloon glow
Sunday:
Duchman Family Winery Easter Brunch- no need for a reservation, enjoy Easter brunch family style in Driftwood
Strawberry Picking - the berries at Sweet Berry Farms are ready to be harvested and enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house and the Sweet Berry Express Barrel Train
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - open and in full bloom on Easter Sunday, from 9am-5pm

GOTTA GO:  Austin’s Weekend Calendar

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Corazon’s Interior Mexican Grilled Chicken Salad - Grilled chicken tossed in a spicy aioli served with mixed greens and topped with black bean relish, guacamole and queso fresco.  Make sure they don’t forget the fried empanadas!
Z’ Tejas’ Achiote Chicken Chopped Salad - Diced avocado, bacon, black beans, Cotija cheese, roasted corn, pepitas, Roma tomatoes, grilled achiote chicken, iceberg lettuce and red cabbage, service with a ranch vinaigrette. You can also get this one gluten free.
Moonshine Bar & Grill’s Waldorf Salad - Served with roasted chicken, Granny Smith apples, grapes, pineapple, celery, candied pecans and croutons on a bed of mixed greens and creamy tarragon dressing. This spring salad is perfect on their large patio.
Bartlett’s Sashimi Tuna Salad - Pan-seared ahi, avocado, mango, red onion served with a cilantro-ginger vinaigrette.  They’ve also added a gluten free menu that spans more than just salads.
Pok-E-Jo’s Smokehouse’s Chef’s Salad - They call this a “Big Salad” and includes 1/4 pound of your favorite meat and all the “fixin’s”!  Get the smoked turkey - it’s delicious!
Trio’s Austin Hippie Salad - Spinach, bibb lettuce, chickpeas, currants, candies pecans, cheese croutons, shallots and avocado served with a smoked onion vinaigrette.  Splurge with a side of the addictive steak fries, too!
Cover 3’s Cover 3 Salad - Mixed greens topped with candied walnuts, sliced Fuji apples and crumbled goat cheese with an oregano vinaigrette. 
Hopdoddy’s Spinach & Arugula Salad - Beets, Texas goat cheese, toasted pecans, sugar snap peas and Gala apples served with sherry cane vinaigrette. The La Bandita compliments this salad extremely well!
The Tavern’s Southern Chicken Salad - Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, candied pecans, pickles, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.  Your choice of dressing and grilled or fried chicken; but the grilled chicken and pickles make the dish!
34th Street Cafe’s Chinese Hack Salad - Grilled chicken, Napa cabbage with soy sesame dressing, wontons and sweet chili sauce.  A best-seller and staple around our office.
  • Corazon’s Interior Mexican Grilled Chicken Salad - Grilled chicken tossed in a spicy aioli served with mixed greens and topped with black bean relish, guacamole and queso fresco.  Make sure they don’t forget the fried empanadas!
  • Z’ Tejas’ Achiote Chicken Chopped SaladDiced avocado, bacon, black beans, Cotija cheese, roasted corn, pepitas, Roma tomatoes, grilled achiote chicken, iceberg lettuce and red cabbage, service with a ranch vinaigrette. You can also get this one gluten free.
  • Moonshine Bar & Grill’s Waldorf SaladServed with roasted chicken, Granny Smith apples, grapes, pineapple, celery, candied pecans and croutons on a bed of mixed greens and creamy tarragon dressing. This spring salad is perfect on their large patio.
  • Bartlett’s Sashimi Tuna Salad - Pan-seared ahi, avocado, mango, red onion served with a cilantro-ginger vinaigrette.  They’ve also added a gluten free menu that spans more than just salads.
  • Pok-E-Jo’s Smokehouse’s Chef’s Salad - They call this a “Big Salad” and includes 1/4 pound of your favorite meat and all the “fixin’s”!  Get the smoked turkey - it’s delicious!
  • Trio’s Austin Hippie Salad - Spinach, bibb lettuce, chickpeas, currants, candies pecans, cheese croutons, shallots and avocado served with a smoked onion vinaigrette.  Splurge with a side of the addictive steak fries, too!
  • Cover 3’s Cover 3 Salad - Mixed greens topped with candied walnuts, sliced Fuji apples and crumbled goat cheese with an oregano vinaigrette. 
  • Hopdoddy’s Spinach & Arugula Salad - Beets, Texas goat cheese, toasted pecans, sugar snap peas and Gala apples served with sherry cane vinaigrette. The La Bandita compliments this salad extremely well!
  • The Tavern’s Southern Chicken Salad - Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, candied pecans, pickles, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.  Your choice of dressing and grilled or fried chicken; but the grilled chicken and pickles make the dish!
  • 34th Street Cafe’s Chinese Hack Salad - Grilled chicken, Napa cabbage with soy sesame dressing, wontons and sweet chili sauce.  A best-seller and staple around our office.






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GOTTA SEE:  Creative Home Office Solutions

Creative solutions turn less frequently used space into high functioning work stations. When you have a space already dedicated to being an office, place your desk mid-room with chairs on either side, for a compact version of his and hers desks.  This allows for the wall to be fully covered with built in book cases, creating more storage and display space, while filling the square footage of the room. 

With modern families eating in their breakfast area or eat-in, a formal dining room becomes less mandatory in some homes.  Turn that formal dining space into an office by placing a smaller dining style table under the pre-existing chandelier or swap it out for something with a higher wattage. When holidays come, this table is easily replaced with a full size dining table to accommodate additional company.

Utilize the space in your hardly-used guest room by reducing the size of the guest closet, and building in a desk.  This creates a comfortable and quiet work space, that is only sacrificed while company is staying with you. While guests are there, it allows them a space to set up shop and get to work without being intrusive to the rest of the household. 

So often left untouched - your stairway landing is a great option to build in a workspace, even for the kids.  A great homework station, it keeps the distraction of TV or toys at bay, allowing children to focus in a comfortable area, dedicated to the task.

If you work entirely from home and need a truly private space away from interruptions, consider moving outside.  A pre-assembled studio, like these from Sett Studio, are built with sustainable resources and delivered to your home without the need for permits or loud construction.







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GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential
We’re here to keep you up to date with what happened this week at Gottesman Residential Real Estate. Following our blog and liking us on Facebook keeps you up to date with exclusive listings, before they even hit the market! 
10702 River Terrace - Listed for $1,500,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
2801 Robbs Run - Listed for $3,000,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
5810 Buckpasser Cove - Listed for $1,275,000 and marketed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR® 512.415.5899

GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential

We’re here to keep you up to date with what happened this week at Gottesman Residential Real Estate. Following our blog and liking us on Facebook keeps you up to date with exclusive listings, before they even hit the market! 

  1. 10702 River Terrace - Listed for $1,500,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  2. 2801 Robbs Run - Listed for $3,000,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  3. 5810 Buckpasser Cove - Listed for $1,275,000 and marketed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR® 512.415.5899






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GOTTA GIVE:  Sustainable Food Center Chef Series: Spring Bounty
Well, it looks like the Sustainable Food Center Chef Series: Spring Bounty at La Condesa is a contender for the hottest dinner ticket of 2014. The culinary benefit, which takes place on Sunday, April 13 at La Condesa, boasts a who’s who roster of chefs. Rick Lopez of La Condesa, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, Alexis Chong of Sway, Paul Qui and Jorge Hernandez of Qui, Shawn Cirkiel and Justin Rupp of Olive & June, Casey Wilcox of Justine’s, and Kyle McKinney of Barley Swine are all scheduled to cook for the multi-course meal. Tickets to the dining event cost $150 with all proceeds going to the Sustainable Food Center.

GOTTA GIVE:  Sustainable Food Center Chef Series: Spring Bounty

Well, it looks like the Sustainable Food Center Chef Series: Spring Bounty at La Condesa is a contender for the hottest dinner ticket of 2014. The culinary benefit, which takes place on Sunday, April 13 at La Condesa, boasts a who’s who roster of chefs. Rick Lopez of La Condesa, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, Alexis Chong of Sway, Paul Qui and Jorge Hernandez of Qui, Shawn Cirkiel and Justin Rupp of Olive & June, Casey Wilcox of Justine’s, and Kyle McKinney of Barley Swine are all scheduled to cook for the multi-course meal. Tickets to the dining event cost $150 with all proceeds going to the Sustainable Food Center.







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GOTTA KNOW:  Austin’s 10 Best Tacos
Taco Deli - The Cowboy and the Jess Special are local faves for their spicy and creamy combos.  Grab the Deli Belly at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market on Saturdays!
Torchy’s Tacos - The Democrat, Trailer Park, Brushfire and Dirty Sanchez are our faves.  Ask to “get it trashy” - they will substitute lettuce with queso.
Changos - all natural ingredients, with local Texas produce in their tacos, order them with an agua fresca - try the cucumber.
Veracruz all Natural - Rachel Ray’s favorite tacos!  Order the al pastor or barbacoa at the truck on East Cesar Chavez.
La Cocina de Consuelo - Build your own taco with interesting ingredients such as nopalitos (prickly pear) or rajas (poblano pepper strips) on homemade tortillas or order the Tacos al Pastor.
Z’Tejas - The Fish Tacos with a Southwestern slaw and mango salsa make these a healthy, fresh choice while the Street Tacos under the appetizer menu are a best seller.
Garridos - You’ll go for the coffee marinated rib eye with the habanero cream sauce, but you’ll stay for the great patio.  
Chi’lantro - A favorite late night trailer, order the spicy chicken and spicy pork tacos, both with kimchi. 
Quality Seafood - Voted Austin’s Best Fish Tacos, get their early for Taco Tuesday specials.
Pueblo Viejo - The Guaco Taco and the Don Chago are our favorites, and don’t forget to squeeze a lemon wedge over the top. 

GOTTA KNOW:  Austin’s 10 Best Tacos

  • Taco DeliThe Cowboy and the Jess Special are local faves for their spicy and creamy combos.  Grab the Deli Belly at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market on Saturdays!
  • Torchy’s Tacos - The Democrat, Trailer Park, Brushfire and Dirty Sanchez are our faves.  Ask to “get it trashy” - they will substitute lettuce with queso.
  • Changos - all natural ingredients, with local Texas produce in their tacos, order them with an agua fresca - try the cucumber.
  • Veracruz all Natural - Rachel Ray’s favorite tacos!  Order the al pastor or barbacoa at the truck on East Cesar Chavez.
  • La Cocina de Consuelo - Build your own taco with interesting ingredients such as nopalitos (prickly pear) or rajas (poblano pepper strips) on homemade tortillas or order the Tacos al Pastor.
  • Z’Tejas - The Fish Tacos with a Southwestern slaw and mango salsa make these a healthy, fresh choice while the Street Tacos under the appetizer menu are a best seller.
  • Garridos - You’ll go for the coffee marinated rib eye with the habanero cream sauce, but you’ll stay for the great patio.  
  • Chi’lantro - A favorite late night trailer, order the spicy chicken and spicy pork tacos, both with kimchi. 
  • Quality Seafood - Voted Austin’s Best Fish Tacos, get their early for Taco Tuesday specials.
  • Pueblo Viejo - The Guaco Taco and the Don Chago are our favorites, and don’t forget to squeeze a lemon wedge over the top. 






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GOTTA KNOW:  The Importance of Proper Bathroom Lighting
For the room you rely on most for light, your bathroom is often overlooked in the lighting design department.  From children’s bathrooms, to powder rooms and even the master bath, every bathroom requires a certain amount of light to fit the mood.  
Children’s bathrooms require task lighting at easy to reach heights.  Think overhead, recessed lighting to ensure their getting their teeth properly brushed, with a funky decorative pendant light over the tub to make bath time more enjoyable.  We love the wide variety of whimsical lighting over on Wayfair.
Powder rooms can rely more on mood lighting, as guests are quickly in and out.  However, if your powder room doubles as your overnight guest’s bathroom, make sure to include task lighting as outlined below.
For master baths, we’ve outlined the necessities to keep in mind when lighting the room.  With three tiers of lighting, functional or task, mood or ambient, and accent lighting, your bathroom will suit your needs throughout the day.
FunctionalFrom guest rooms to the master suite, vanity lighting should be the focus of attention because these fixtures work the hardest to illuminate the head and face for grooming. Often, bathrooms will only have overhead lighting, casting harsh shadows around your face, making grooming and styling more difficult.Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for countering the overhead lighting shadows.  Sconces should be placed 60-66” up from the floor and at least 36” apart.  If wall space is limited, consider mounting the sconces directly on the mirror.  All vanity lighting should contain at least 150 watts - spread over fixtures totalling 24 inches in length, washing light evenly across your face and hair.
MoodWhen natural light is limited, ambient lighting works as a substitute. Choose a pendant lamp or chandelier installed from the middle of the room. Another option is “cove lighting” — rope lights hidden behind a molding dropped several inches below ceiling height — which adds a soft glow around the perimeter of the room, which is especially nice for early morning bathroom visits. AccentInstall a recessed spotlight directed at a piece of decorative art or a beautiful powder room basin to add another layer of light, particularly appropriate in places like a guest powder room when task lighting is less necessary. Also, recessed shower fixtures can be angled (most can be tilted up to 35 degrees at installation) to add some sparkle to beautiful shower fixtures or tile details.
With Austin resources for lighting like Lights Fantastic and Alexander Merchant, finding the right pieces for your space is easy.  Online retailers such as Restoration Hardware and West Elm have collections even more extensive than what’s available in their stores. 

GOTTA KNOW:  The Importance of Proper Bathroom Lighting

For the room you rely on most for light, your bathroom is often overlooked in the lighting design department.  From children’s bathrooms, to powder rooms and even the master bath, every bathroom requires a certain amount of light to fit the mood.  

Children’s bathrooms require task lighting at easy to reach heights.  Think overhead, recessed lighting to ensure their getting their teeth properly brushed, with a funky decorative pendant light over the tub to make bath time more enjoyable.  We love the wide variety of whimsical lighting over on Wayfair.

Powder rooms can rely more on mood lighting, as guests are quickly in and out.  However, if your powder room doubles as your overnight guest’s bathroom, make sure to include task lighting as outlined below.

For master baths, we’ve outlined the necessities to keep in mind when lighting the room.  With three tiers of lighting, functional or task, mood or ambient, and accent lighting, your bathroom will suit your needs throughout the day.

Functional
From guest rooms to the master suite, vanity lighting should be the focus of attention because these fixtures work the hardest to illuminate the head and face for grooming. Often, bathrooms will only have overhead lighting, casting harsh shadows around your face, making grooming and styling more difficult.

Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for countering the overhead lighting shadows.  Sconces should be placed 60-66” up from the floor and at least 36” apart.  If wall space is limited, consider mounting the sconces directly on the mirror.  All vanity lighting should contain at least 150 watts - spread over fixtures totalling 24 inches in length, washing light evenly across your face and hair.

Mood
When natural light is limited, ambient lighting works as a substitute. Choose a pendant lamp or chandelier installed from the middle of the room. Another option is “cove lighting” — rope lights hidden behind a molding dropped several inches below ceiling height — which adds a soft glow around the perimeter of the room, which is especially nice for early morning bathroom visits. 

Accent
Install a recessed spotlight directed at a piece of decorative art or a beautiful powder room basin to add another layer of light, particularly appropriate in places like a guest powder room when task lighting is less necessary. Also, recessed shower fixtures can be angled (most can be tilted up to 35 degrees at installation) to add some sparkle to beautiful shower fixtures or tile details.

With Austin resources for lighting like Lights Fantastic and Alexander Merchant, finding the right pieces for your space is easy.  Online retailers such as Restoration Hardware and West Elm have collections even more extensive than what’s available in their stores. 







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GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential
Things are heating up - and going quickly! We’re here to keep you up to date with what happened this week at Gottesman Residential Real Estate.
8 Sugar Creek - Listed for $4,500,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
West Austin Gem - Listed for $1,999,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
5802 Highland Hills Terrace - Listed for $599,500 and marketed by Anne Wheeler, Broker Associate   512.784.7263
2400 Pemberton Place - Listed for $2,250,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
8404 Navidad - Listed for $3,400,000 and marketed by Jan Downs, Broker Associate   512.656.9055

GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential

Things are heating up - and going quickly! We’re here to keep you up to date with what happened this week at Gottesman Residential Real Estate.

  1. 8 Sugar Creek - Listed for $4,500,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  2. West Austin Gem - Listed for $1,999,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  3. 5802 Highland Hills Terrace - Listed for $599,500 and marketed by Anne Wheeler, Broker Associate   512.784.7263
  4. 2400 Pemberton PlaceListed for $2,250,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker  512.657.4966
  5. 8404 Navidad - Listed for $3,400,000 and marketed by Jan Downs, Broker Associate   512.656.9055






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GOTTA GO:  Austin’s Weekend Calendar
Friday
The ONE Party at the Hyatt Lost Pines
16th Annual Austin Under 40 Awards
Austin Ballet Presents: Coppelia at the Long Center
STOMP at the Paramount Theatre
Saturday
Round Top Antiques Fair
Preservation Austin Presents: "Austin 1964" Home Tour
Second Annual Texas Olive Festival
Austin Symphony Orchestra: Gil Shaham
Sunday
Statesman Capitol Race 10K
April Family Day at the Umlauf
Animal Trustees of Austin: Petcasso 2014





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GOTTA KNOW:  Austin’s 10 Best Desserts
Tres Leches Cake, Hula Hut: An Austin original hotspot on the water; they serve more than just good burritos!  This cake is has been described as absolutely divine.  It’s very fresh, moist and clean; just served with strawberry slices for garnish.  And, you might as well have some queso while you’re there.
Crepes de Cajeta, Fonda San Miguel: For someone who’s craving caramel, try these soft, warm crepes drizzled with a rich goat milk caramel sauce, toasted almonds and cajeta ice cream. This dish is light, airy and will melt in your mouth!
Sweet Corn Sorbet, Uchiko: Before there was Qui, there was Uchiko.  For the Austin foodie in all of us, they offer a polenta custard topped with a hint of lemon and caramel salt, a blend of dehydrated caramel and popcorn. Pop over after work for their Social Menu, the best selections from their dinner menu at happy hour prices.
Peanut Butter Mousse Pie, Moonshine: You may know them by their brunch menu, but Moonshine does an amazing dessert, as well.  This rich pie is housed within an Oreo Cookie crust and should be accompanied by a glass of milk and a friend to help split it.
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Eddie V’s: If you’re a chocolate lover, you must experience this decadent situation.
Ancho Fudge Pie at Z’Tejas: Not only do they boast the best cornbread in town, but Z’Tejas has one of the best desserts. The Ancho Fudge Pie of a lovely mixture of chocolate, pecans and walnuts with a spicy flair of ancho chili peppers.  Grab a margarita, and order this classic a la mode!
Sticky Toffee Pudding, Central Market: If your sweet tooth is on the run, pop into Central Market’s Cafe on the Run and pick up some deliciousness to-go!  This cake is rich with dates and caramel icing and as a bonus, they also offer the baking mix.
Sweet N’ Salty Pie, Royer’s Pie Haven: When Toy Joy moved to their new location, Royer’s took over part of their space at Guadalupe and 29th.  Originally a Round Top this pie shop is quickly gaining momentum in Austin.  Grab it by the slice or an entire pie to share - - pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds or the oven and this pie will melt in your mouth.  It becomes a warm, pile of brownie with a hint of sea salt.   
Bananas Foster Beignet’s, The Salty Sow: Venture north a bit to the east side and finish up at this risingly popular gastropub.  These beignets rival a New Orleans favorite and are covered with cane syrup, honey and served with nutmeg ice cream.
Lick: Head down to S. Lamar (right next to Barley Swine and Henri’s) to dive in.  Lick uses all local ingredients without any artificial flavors, preservative or high fructose corn syrup.  They also offer dairy-free and vegan options.  If you’re unable to get down south, you’re in luck: their pint-size ice cream is now available in stores all over town, such as Wheatsville, Central Market, Quickie Pickie and Fresh Plus.

GOTTA KNOW:  Austin’s 10 Best Desserts

  1. Tres Leches Cake, Hula Hut: An Austin original hotspot on the water; they serve more than just good burritos!  This cake is has been described as absolutely divine.  It’s very fresh, moist and clean; just served with strawberry slices for garnish.  And, you might as well have some queso while you’re there.
  2. Crepes de Cajeta, Fonda San Miguel: For someone who’s craving caramel, try these soft, warm crepes drizzled with a rich goat milk caramel sauce, toasted almonds and cajeta ice cream. This dish is light, airy and will melt in your mouth!
  3. Sweet Corn Sorbet, Uchiko: Before there was Qui, there was Uchiko.  For the Austin foodie in all of us, they offer a polenta custard topped with a hint of lemon and caramel salt, a blend of dehydrated caramel and popcorn. Pop over after work for their Social Menu, the best selections from their dinner menu at happy hour prices.
  4. Peanut Butter Mousse Pie, Moonshine: You may know them by their brunch menu, but Moonshine does an amazing dessert, as well.  This rich pie is housed within an Oreo Cookie crust and should be accompanied by a glass of milk and a friend to help split it.
  5. Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Eddie V’s: If you’re a chocolate lover, you must experience this decadent situation.
  6. Ancho Fudge Pie at Z’Tejas: Not only do they boast the best cornbread in town, but Z’Tejas has one of the best desserts. The Ancho Fudge Pie of a lovely mixture of chocolate, pecans and walnuts with a spicy flair of ancho chili peppers.  Grab a margarita, and order this classic a la mode!
  7. Sticky Toffee Pudding, Central Market: If your sweet tooth is on the run, pop into Central Market’s Cafe on the Run and pick up some deliciousness to-go!  This cake is rich with dates and caramel icing and as a bonus, they also offer the baking mix.
  8. Sweet N’ Salty Pie, Royer’s Pie Haven: When Toy Joy moved to their new location, Royer’s took over part of their space at Guadalupe and 29th.  Originally a Round Top this pie shop is quickly gaining momentum in Austin.  Grab it by the slice or an entire pie to share - - pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds or the oven and this pie will melt in your mouth.  It becomes a warm, pile of brownie with a hint of sea salt.   
  9. Bananas Foster Beignet’s, The Salty Sow: Venture north a bit to the east side and finish up at this risingly popular gastropub.  These beignets rival a New Orleans favorite and are covered with cane syrup, honey and served with nutmeg ice cream.
  10. Lick: Head down to S. Lamar (right next to Barley Swine and Henri’s) to dive in.  Lick uses all local ingredients without any artificial flavors, preservative or high fructose corn syrup.  They also offer dairy-free and vegan options.  If you’re unable to get down south, you’re in luck: their pint-size ice cream is now available in stores all over town, such as Wheatsville, Central Market, Quickie Pickie and Fresh Plus.






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GOTTA KNOW:  Contemporary Playhouse Ideas + Construction in Austin

When you think of a playhouse, you usually think of a darling small cottage or victorian dollhouse, but we know you can incorporate an entertaining and imaginative playspace into any style yard.  Whether you have space to work with, height to use, or very little of both, we’ve found solutions to accommodate your kid’s wildest play time.  Has inspiration hit?  We’ve also rounded up our favorite “play area architects” here in Austin to help make that dream a reality.

Play house.  Use your own home as inspiration in the design. It won’t only make your yard look more cohesive, it will also make your little ones feel more grown up.  Stick with similar materials and colors, you may even have leftover materials or paint that you can upcycle for this project. Even if your playhouse doesn’t have glass windows, the window “holes” can be the same shape and proportion of the main house. 

Use what you’ve got.  Hang swings, climbing ropes or hammocks under your 2nd story deck.  You can entertain friends outside with the children enjoying their private space, well within earshot. 

Multi-task.  Build a privacy fence to block out unsightly views or peering neighbors and incorporate a playspace within.  A “rockwall” built-in to the fence lets little ones climb up to the rest of the structure, without taking up any square footage in the small yard. 

Be creative.  Consider various surfaces to help children explore their senses. Chalkboard paint on the walls of a playhouse keeps artistic messes outdoors, and washes away in rain for endless fun.

For more inspiration, or help designing and building one here in Austin, look no further than these local favorites:

Or build your own!  The Austin Children’s Museum has plans for their local favorite, The Hive Play Structure available here from Thought Barn. 







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GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential
With so many properties turning in this spring’s hot market, we’re here to keep you up to date with what happened this week at Gottesman Residential Real Estate.
1710 Windsor Road - Listed for $3,795,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker
5810 Buckpasser Cove - Listed for $1,275,000 and marketed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR®
4101 Churchill Downs - Listed for $3,950,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker
1710 Forest Trail - Listed for $2,795,000 and marketed by Shannon Windham, REALTOR®
5802 Highland Hills Terrace - Coming soon, marketed by Anne Wheeler, Broker Associate
5312 Tortuga Trail - Listed for $875,000, marketed by Anne Giles, Broker Associate
2400 Pemberton Place - Listed for $2,250,000, marketed by  Laura Gottesman, Broker
#5 Green Lane - Listed for  $1,499,000, marketed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR®
2801 Bowman - Listed for $1,750,000, marketed by Tammy Koen, Broker Associate
8404 Navidad - Listed for $3,500,000, marketed by Jan Downs, Broker Associate
495 Whippoorwill Trail - Listed for $1,300,000, marketed by Tammy Koen, Broker Associate

GOT LISTINGS:  This Week’s New Listings, Exclusively Marketed by Gottesman Residential

With so many properties turning in this spring’s hot market, we’re here to keep you up to date with what happened this week at Gottesman Residential Real Estate.

  1. 1710 Windsor Road - Listed for $3,795,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker
  2. 5810 Buckpasser Cove - Listed for $1,275,000 and marketed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR®
  3. 4101 Churchill Downs - Listed for $3,950,000 and marketed by Laura Gottesman, Broker
  4. 1710 Forest Trail - Listed for $2,795,000 and marketed by Shannon Windham, REALTOR®
  5. 5802 Highland Hills Terrace - Coming soon, marketed by Anne Wheeler, Broker Associate
  6. 5312 Tortuga Trail - Listed for $875,000, marketed by Anne Giles, Broker Associate
  7. 2400 Pemberton Place - Listed for $2,250,000, marketed by  Laura Gottesman, Broker
  8. #5 Green Lane - Listed for  $1,499,000, marketed by Jocelyn Johnson, REALTOR®
  9. 2801 Bowman - Listed for $1,750,000, marketed by Tammy Koen, Broker Associate
  10. 8404 Navidad - Listed for $3,500,000, marketed by Jan Downs, Broker Associate
  11. 495 Whippoorwill Trail - Listed for $1,300,000, marketed by Tammy Koen, Broker Associate






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