Is it Illegal to Pick Bastrop Bluebonnets

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Bastrop, Texas Bluebonnet

While all of us Texans admire the majesty of our state flower during their blooming season each year, we all seem to share the belief that picking and removing the bonnet is wrong. I knew this to be true from a very young age. Like an old folk tale, my family would insist that true Texans don’t pick the beautiful flower, and that it was certainly illegal to do so. I respected my Texan culture, so I never questioned this ordinance protecting our flower. After pulling over to take a closer look at the Bluebonnet blankets hugging the country highway, I decided to also take a closer look at this supposed law. Something about this season’s bloom made me realize that, now that I’m an adult, I’ve never actually fact-checked what so many Texans assume. It seemed to me that I had yet to actually see any proof. I (of course) brought my dogs Bailey Boo and Kassie with me to go see the wild bonnets off the freeway [pictured above.] They sure didn’t seem to mind uprooting a few of the precious stalks as they pranced back to my car. Maybe the Shih Tzu’s know something I don’t… What do you think? Is it illegal to pick Bluebonnets in Texas?

 

I took these questions to Google, and, as it turns out, picking the wildflower isn’t illegal at all. According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s website, there is no law against it. However, there are laws against criminal trespass, so make sure you’re not on private property when you stop to take your annual kids-in-the-bluebonnets photo. Additionally, there are laws against damaging or destroying rights-of-way and government property, so don’t dig up big clumps or drive your car through them. Be careful when slowing down and pulling off the road to get to the good spots, as there are laws against impeding traffic as well. Pick an area with light traffic conditions. While staying parallel to the direction of traffic, park a little further than the shoulder. Never cross major roads, and always obey signs that prohibit parking on a particular stretch of roadway/property.

 

(You can find bluebonnets along highway 71 between Austin and Bastrop.  Other good spots in Bastrop include: near Tahitian Village, down highway 304 just past Jacob’s Landing, and Cassena Ranch.)

 

The Bluebonnet is truly a remarkable piece of Texan history and culture. Please be responsible if you choose to pick the flowers. They may be wildflowers, but they were planted along the highways by Texan ancestors who hoped the Lone Star State would shine with blue and white beauty for generations to come!

Riverside Grove Subdivision Home for Sale

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Are you looking to buy a home on the outskirts of Austin, TX?  Do you like the small town feel and really don’t want to deal with the daily traffic jams on I 35 or the busy checkout lines at the grocery store?  Maybe your looking to purchase home home with zero money down? Whatever your reason I might suggest that you allow me to show you this cute home located in Historic Bastrop, TX. This 1722 sf, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home is located near the banks of the Colorado River in the Riverside Grove Subdivision.   This home has an open floor plan, three large bedrooms, wired for security, private backyard, storage building and a two-car garage, and that’s right it could all be your with zero percent down,  That’s right Bastrop is located in an area the qualifies for special financing and if you qualify this home can be yours with very little out of pocket money.

Riverside Grove is situated in Bastrop, Texas just off Old Austin Highway between Bastrop Intermediate and Bastrop Middle School.  Riverside Grove has a very large community park that features walking trails, playground for small children, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, covered pavilion and a canoe launch to the Colorado River.

If your looking at other home in Bastrop, Texas please contact me today and I’ll be glad to show you others on the market.

Buy or Sell a Bastrop Business

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Are you looking to open your own business in the Bastrop, Texas area?  Well, your search could be over. Bastrop, TX has been home for me for over 25 years so needless to say I know the people and the area very well, an important attribute when selecting a realtor.  Bastrop offers a variety of storefront buildings for sale or lease in the Historic Downtown area. If  you prefer to be on the Hwy 71 corridor, no worries there are plenty of buildings for sale and/or lease there as well.

 

You will have the best business neighbors possible from the quaint antique shops, mod boutiques; gift shops, insurance companies, law firms, bakeries, restaurants, banks and Health Care businesses. The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Alliance are priceless assets that help to support any business venture you choose.  They strive to make the downtown area the best that it can be and helped make Bastrop a Distinctive Destination, a Bastrop Main Street City and the most Historic Little Town in Texas. The marketing and advertising strategies utilized by these organizations can be a huge benefit your company.

 

The Bastrop Economic & Development Groups growing Bastrop Business and Industrial Park has commercial land for sale and lease to meet most business needs. Bastrop’s own Deep in the Heart Art Foundry is located in the park and makes for a great artful lunchtime get away. The Bastrop County Sherriff’s Office is also located there and with its presence added security. Both the downtown area and the industrial park are just minutes away from State Highways 95 and 71 and a short jaunt into Austin and the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

 

Let David Board be your real estate agent business partner. Contact me today to discuss what options are available to you. I will find the best locations to show you, give you a tour of the area and a little bit of the history that makes Bastrop so special. I will work with you to make the purchasing process as smooth as possible. Bastrop is a unique community that is constantly growing and will welcome your business. I look forward to earning your business.

 

Cassena Ranch Bastrop, TX

Cassena Ranch in Bastrop, Texas–is a gorgeous 80- acre planned community neighborhood that exemplifies the best of country living. If you are in the market to purchase or build a custom home in a restricted neighborhood only 25 miles from the Austin airport this may be just the place you’ve been looking for.

 

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name David L. Board and I’m  licensed real estate professional specializing in Bastrop and surrounding areas.  I have lived and worked in Bastrop County for over 25 years and I call Bastrop home.   Cassena Ranch offers custom site built homes and on lots over 1-acre utilizing the builder of  your choice. Cassena Ranch is located just a mile off Hwy 71 on  Hwy 304 and only minutes from historical downtown Bastrop, the Colorado River and shopping areas Burleson Crossing and Woodland Village. Bastrop is growing and adding the best services an area can ask for like a new hospital, medical clinics and physical therapy centers for all of your medical needs.IMG_0204

 

If you are interested in the fine arts , The Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for Performing Arts is a state of the art amphitheater with the best acoustics around.  The  Center hosts community concerts both choral and instrumental, Ballet Folklorica, Educational programs and dance recitals. The Bastrop Opera House hosts operas, musicals, and plays of a wide variety. We also have a state of the art movies theater, bowling and miniature golf.

 

I have a team of of lenders, title companies, home inspectors and home warranty companies to guide you through the entire purchasing process to ensure a smooth transition for buyer and seller alike.  I will work with you to market and sell your property and to find the perfect home for you and your family that meets your work/life balance needs and your budget. What are you waiting for?  Give me a call today to discuss what options are available and to schedule an appointment to see what I can do for you. I look forward to earning your business.

 

The Value of being Pre-Approved

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Pre qualification for a home loan is a lenders best guess at what you can afford but it’s not a guarantee.  Pre-Approval on the other hand is a firm commitment from your lender based on your actual finances. If you know what you want Pre Approval can insure you get the home that you want.  If you are thinking about purchasing a home in the Austin or Bastrop, TX areas and you don’t have the cash in the bank to out right purchase the home, then we need to get you Pre- Approved.  If you don’t have a  lender that’s ok too because I have several very reputable lenders that I work with extensively with that can help you get approved usually over the phone by asking a few questions about your current income and employment status. Its a very quick and painless process  that can be done over the phone and without  you ever having to take time off work to drive to their office.  If you want to know more about the Pre- Approval process or about purchasing your next home be sure to give me a call.