News in Austin

A ‘Zip Line for Your Feet’ in San Antonio: Another Day Trip From MorningStar

When the weather gets warm, the residents of MorningStar, located north of Austin in Georgetown, love to get outside and enjoy the impeccable amenity center. This community gathering spot features a lap pool, open-air pavilion, fire pit, and magnificent children’s play area. Parks, greenbelts, and ponds are all thoughtfully placed or preserved at MorningStar to enhance the area’s natural beauty. As much as the resort-like amenities keep residents and their kids happy, it’s the surrounding area – the Texas Hill... View Article

MorningStar Joins the Rise of ‘Zoom Towns’

History has shown that large social disruptions such as economic downturns – recessions or depressions – or international health crises, such as the COVID pandemic, can have both short-term and long-term effects. In some cases, the unforeseen consequences can fundamentally change the social fabric. This seems to be the case with the employees who are now working from home and plan to continue to do so, long after the pandemic is just a bad memory. Many media reports have noted that, in... View Article

Five Reasons a Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is a Huge Benefit for Your Residence

Some of the questions often asked by homeowners in a master-planned community such as MorningStar relate to the homeowner’s association (HOA). “How does it work?” “What does it cost?” “Why do we even have to join?” The key concept behind an HOA is its role in maintaining the value of the investment of every homeowner in the community. According to this article “A homeowners association, or HOA, administers a contractual agreement among the resident owners in a planned community to... View Article

Another Great Day Trip from MorningStar – 5 Wineries with a View

Austin, Texas and surrounding communities such as MorningStar located near Georgetown are some of the fastest-growing in the United States. They are located in what’s known as the “Texas Hill Country” and there’s a good reason for this moniker. There are hills, LOTS of hills, that are home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Wildflowers in the spring and summer, wildlife year-round, pristine, spring-fed rivers and streams, mild climate, and a unique soil that has enabled... View Article

Oracle Moves Its Headquarters to Austin: Its Employees are Exploring the Easy Livin’ of MorningStar

Deciding that its employees would prefer to live in a less-expensive area with a better quality of life, software giant Oracle recently joined several other technology companies in moving its corporate headquarters to Austin. This decision was announced by the company in December 2020. Founded in 1977, the software company said that the relocation was part of an effort to provide its workers with a more flexible approach. In a report from CNN, a company spokesman noted, “We believe these... View Article

Why Video Games Will Be the Most Popular Gifts This Holiday Season

It’s almost the holiday season at MorningStar, a master-planned community located just north of Austin, and whatever you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other – gifts are usually involved! Since the weather is usually mild in the Texas Hill Country, the kids (of ALL ages) who live in this charming community can play with those new toys outside.  During the holiday season, it’s a good bet that the pristine trails in MorningStar will challenge some brand new bicycles,... View Article

Passage of Mass Transit Rail Plan Will be a BIG Perk for MorningStar Residents

On election night 2020, “livin’ easy” took on a whole new meaning for the residents of MorningStar. While most Americans were watching the Presidential voting tally, the folks who live in this master-planned community just north of Austin were also watching the results of the vote on expanding the Austin area mass-transit system.  When the counting was completed, “Project Connect” had passed! As these new lines are completed, anyone who lives in the Georgetown area of Williamson County will be... View Article

If You Could Live Anywhere, Where Would You Live?

What would you think if one morning you opened your laptop, clicked on your email and saw a message from your boss at the top of the list? It read, “We have determined that we are all more productive when we work from home. So, unless you prefer coming to the office every day, you are free to work from home, anyplace you choose to live.” Hmmm. Would you choose to continue living in a large city, in a leased... View Article

Why Technology Businesses are Drawn to Austin: What This Means for Homeowners in MorningStar and Other Upscale Communities

The magnet that is Austin, Texas has a very powerful attraction on high technology companies. This fact was proven again in late July 2020. Texas Governor, Greg Abbott announced that the “Tesla Gigafactory” would build its latest manufacturing facility, which will cost $1 billion and employ more than 5,000 workers, about 15-minutes east of downtown Austin. Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, promised to make the new factory “an ecological paradise.” In speaking with CNBC, he said, ““We’re... View Article

Austin, Texas: A Great Place to Work, But Where Do You Want to Live?

For the second consecutive year, Austin topped the list as the hottest U.S. job market in 2019, according to a Wall Street Journal. Nashville jumped to the number two spot from seventh. Both cities anchor metropolitan areas of around two million people. According to a recent article, the Journal worked with Moody’s Analytics to assess the labor market in 381 metro areas. Each region was ranked on five metrics: the unemployment rate, labor-force participation rate, job growth, labor-force growth and... View Article