These locations offer a variety of perks, from being kid-friendly to offering memberships. (Courtesy of Bell Springs Winery)

Community Impact writes, "residents in the Lake Travis-Westlake area live near a variety of wineries, distilleries and beer gardens that craft their own spirits and import them from around the world. This list is noncomprehensive."

Key: Food, Memberships, Kid Friendly

1. 5 Soul Wine Co.

A 10-acre modern winery located in the Spicewood hills, this location has outdoor and indoor seating, TVs and an indoor fireplace. There are pickleball courts and a playground area for kids. This property is shared with brewery and taproom Frontyard Brewing.

Key: Food, Memberships, Kid friendly

4514 Bob Wire Road, Spicewood

512-809-1672

www.5soulwine.com

2. El Gaucho Winery

This is an Argentina-themed winery in Spicewood. In addition to a wine-tasting bar, the location…

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The vineyards at Fall Creek Vineyards in November. (Elle Bent/Community Impact)Community Impact shares, "Texas ranks fifth in the United States for wine production, said Colleen Myles, specialist of Texas wine and Texas State University professor. Estimated at $13 billion, the industry in Texas brings in tourists to its approximate 4,500 acres of vineyards. The Dripping Springs area, known as the gateway to the Hill Country, has become a travel destination thanks to wineries with tourists visiting vineyards, hotels and local businesses.

The Hill Country is an American Viticultural Area, or AVA, a wine-growing region designated by U.S. Department of Treasury. The area was designated in 1991 and serves as a tourism hub for Texas. The grapes grown in this area are typically harvested in early summer due to being unable to survive the…

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Realtor.com writes, "during the height of COVID-19, it seemed like everyone knew someone who had bought a home and then remodeled the kitchen, created a home office or gym, or turned the scraggly backyard into an outdoor oasis.

But as the pandemic enters its fourth year, most folks are no longer trapped in their homes obsessing over every flaw. The homebuying frenzy that typically spurs remodeling work has died down. And many people are more concerned with high inflation and the looming threat of a recession than their dream en suite bathroom.

Where does that leave the remodeling industry? In fairly good shape, say most experts. Homeowners are expected to spend even more on remodeling, repairs, and maintenance in 2023 than they did in 2022.

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As we head into 2023, Austin is still one of the hottest markets in the U.S. Photo by Carlos Alfonso on Unsplash

CultureMap Austin writes, "as 2022 comes to a close, we're looking back at the stories that defined Austin this year, starting with the red-hot topic of real estate. Following unprecedented growth during the pandemic, Austin's market is poised for a dramatic swing, but that's not all that happened this year. From massive mansions to tall towers and the first "residential winery" in the state, here are the hottest real estate headlines of 2022.

1. $45 million Lake Travis mansion makes a splash as most expensive home for sale in Texas. A Lake Travis estate fit for a celebrity hit the market at $45 million this spring. The property came with big-as-Texas bragging rights, as it was the priciest home on the market in Texas at the time. In 2013, the…

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Yahoo Finance reports, "mortgage rates dropped for the sixth straight week, but housing activity remained muted going into the holidays.

The rate for the average 30-year fixed mortgage slipped to 6.27% from 6.31% the week prior, according to  Freddie Mac . Rates have fallen more than three-quarters of a point since mid-November after the Federal Reserve signaled that it would slow its interest-rate hikes amid cooling inflation.

Still, rates remain 3 percentage points higher than they were at the start of the year, leaving many first-time buyers on the sidelines and sellers — who haven't pulled their listings — more willing to negotiate.

“Heading into the holidays, mortgage rates continued to move down,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief…

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Median price in the Austin metro peaked at $550,000 in April and May and has since fallen to $467,955. ARNOLD WELLS/ABJ

Austin Business Journal reports, 'the median sales price of a home in the Austin-Round Rock metro was essentially unchanged in November from a year prior, the first time that's happened since February 2019, according to the Austin Board of Realtors.

The median price actually decreased, but just barely at 0.4%, to $467,955 — compared with $470,000 in November 2021, ABOR said Dec. 15. It's the latest sign of a cooling trend in the region's housing market, which is also seeing increased inventory and time spent on the market.

Ashley Jackson, an agent with Realty Austin and 2023 president-elect of ABOR, last month told Austin Business Journal there's hope the moderate adjustments are signs of a return to a more normal, seasonal market — as opposed…

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"Normal market activity could be here to stay," says Austin Board of Realtors. Preservation Austin

Culturemap Austin writes, "The Austin housing market is normalizing, and for the first time since before the pandemic, metro home prices are not on the rise.

According to the Austin Board of Realtors' latest monthly report, November 2022 marked the first time since February 2019 that the median home price for the Austin-Round Rock metro area was flat. The metro's median registered at $467,955 last month, the same as November 2021, meaning 0 percent year-over-year growth.

At the same time, housing inventory nearly quadrupled from last year, to 3.1 months at the metro level, and the average time spent on the market grew to a whopping 58 days, leading to further market stabilization.

At the city level, Austin actually saw a drop in its median…

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Realtor.com writes, "Carley Chase found her dream home in Chandler, Ariz., this summer: a three-bedroom ranch, close to work, with a pool and a backyard lined with palm trees.

Soaring interest rates threatened to put it out of reach. Her lender suggested a temporary buydown that would lower her mortgage payment for the first three years.

“I don’t think I would have been able to afford it without the buydown,” Ms. Chase said.

Rising borrowing costs have dramatically increased the cost of buying a home this year, reviving interest in mortgage products like temporary buydowns that fell out of favor after the 2008 financial crisis.

Temporary buydowns offer steep but short-term savings on mortgage rates. Borrowers get a much lower rate in the…

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Realtor.com writes, "while many homebuyers might be taking a break from their house hunt to indulge in some eggnog and holiday cheer, the few stalwart home shoppers still out there right now have a fantastic opportunity on their hands.

Want proof? Home price growth fell to 9.5% for the week ending Dec. 10, down from 10.3% for the week ending Dec. 3. And that shift to single-digit growth is significant.

“This slowdown marks the first time in 49 weeks, nearly one year, that median home prices have advanced at a single-digit pace,” explains Realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale in her weekly analysis.

And it’s not just home price growth dropping as 2022 comes to a close: Mortgage interest rates also dipped for the fifth week in a row.

So…

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An aerial view shoes 507 Rupen Drive, the future site of Taranga Drive and several residential lots. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)Community Impact repots, "preliminary plans for the development of a new street called Taranga Drive will be presented during Lakeway City Council’s Dec. 19 regular meeting.

The street is part of a 5.59-acre development being built by Houston-based general contractor RobRyan Custom Builders and is located at 507 Rupen Drive, Lakeway, according to city documents.

The submitted preliminary plan is to develop 10 residential lots and one drainage reserve lot, the city said.

In terms of traffic, the new development is expected to generate around 103 trips per day, according to the report.

The developer is also requesting City Council approve a fee in lieu in the amount of $45,000 to meet the parkland dedication and improvements requirements.

At the Dec. 19…

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