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A Sign of the Times: Working from Home

Working from home, or telecommuting, has been gaining popularity among non-industrial workers for several decades. However, the recent pandemic of the coronavirus has supercharged that trend, especially in technology centers such as Austin. This has resulted in many upscale suburban communities such as MorningStar realizing a dramatic increase in residents who are (happily) working from home. CNN reports that Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon have implemented remote working policies for many of their employees around the globe. Google parent company... 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

What’s Your 20/20 Vision?

The beginning of a new year is the time when many families take stock of where they are financially, emotionally and physically. This year is the perfect time for a “20/20 vision” and how the choice of a home affects all three of these. Moving up to a quality-built MorningStar home, located in the peaceful confines of the Texas Hill Country, is an excellent way to improve your quality of life. Your Financial Vision From a long-term and short-term financial... View Article

Winter in MorningStar: Why it’s a Great Time for a Backyard Garden

One of the best parts of living in MorningStar is its location – smack-dab in the middle of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. There is something magical about the natural light, the terrain and the climate of this area, just north of Austin. While it may get a little toasty in the summer, the fall, winter and spring are mild and usually sunny.  This climate encourages some residents to put in a garden in the backyard, even in the winter.... View Article

Is 2020 a Good Time to Build a New Home?

At the start of a new year, many families take stock in their biggest investment – their home. In 2020, many homeowners will be asking tough questions: Have we outgrown our current home? Is the value of our home appreciating at the rate we expect? Are our neighborhood and schools improving or declining? Is our quality of life as good as it could be? The answers to these questions and others have led many central Texas residents who live in... View Article

Is 2020 Your Year to Get Healthy? MorningStar Can Help

On New Year’s Eve, when the clock strikes midnight, several things are sure to happen. Toasts will be made to more happiness and prosperity in the coming year. Somebody will mumble/sing “Auld Lang Syne and, hopefully, everyone will receive a “good luck” smooch from their sweetheart.  Just a few hours later, on New Year’s Day, another time-honored tradition will be observed. Millions of people will resolve to lose weight and get healthier in the coming year. Some will succeed and... View Article

Celebrating Thanksgiving at MorningStar

Almost 400 years ago, in 1621, the first Thanksgiving is reported to have occurred in America. The longevity of this national holiday is based on several factors, including the very human characteristic of feeling gratitude for the many blessings we enjoy. The fact that it is a celebratory FEAST (and everyone loves a great meal), may also explain its popularity! Holidays like Thanksgiving are a special time in the close-knit community of MorningStar.  Whether they are young families, retired empty-nesters... View Article

MorningStar is One of the Healthiest Places to Live in Texas. Here’s Why.

Convenient access to quality healthcare facilities and physicians is at the top of “must-have” list for all age groups – from young parents to retired empty-nesters. This is one of the driving forces for more people to choose to live in suburban communities such as MorningStar.  The prognosis for accessible and quality healthcare in many areas of the U.S. is not good. Urban hospitals, many in disrepair, are fighting a losing battle with large populations of uninsured patients and a... View Article

Halloween at MorningStar: So Much Fun…It’s Scary!

More than 175 million Americans celebrated Halloween in 2018 according to CNN, with seven out of ten consumers handing out candy. Total spending in 2018 reached $9 billion, with the average consumer planning to spend $86.79 on decorations, candy, costumes and more. Needless to say, that’s a LOT of candy corn and spooky costumes! As one of the most family-friendly communities in the Austin area, MorningStar, goes all out for Halloween with decorations, parties and (oh yes) TREATS for kids.... View Article

What’s on Your List for a New Home? Here are 5 “Must-Haves” to Consider from the Wagner Family

Anyone who’s looking for a place to build a new home starts with a list. These are the “must-haves” that represent the lifestyle priorities of the family. For many homebuyers – from young families to empty-nesters – MorningStar checks off all of the boxes of this homebuyer’s list! MorningStar, located just north of Austin, is the newest master-planned community in the Texas Hill Country. It’s located on the north side of Highway 29 on the new Kauffman Loop, with convenient... View Article