Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Good-Bye House, Good-Bye

Good-Bye House, Good-Bye

I walked around my house for the last time last night remembering all the reasons why we bought it. It's a great floorplan with great features throughout!

Good-Bye Family Room... I love your plantation shutters and your slate surround fireplace.  I love the view of the spiral staircase, and how open it is to the Kitchen.

Good-Bye Kitchen... I'm going to miss your HUGE island with tons of storage.  I don't have this much storage in my new house.  I'm also going to REALLY miss your walk-in pantry.  My new house has two pantries, but combined, they're still not the size of yours.

Good-Bye Bosch Dishwasher... I'm going to miss my Valentine's Present of 2006.  That Bosch dishwasher is sooooo quiet.  It took us 3 months to agree on a dishwasher which shows tons of thought was put into the decision. 

Good-Bye Office... I've been religated to the first floor at the new house, so I'm going to miss my views out the bay window as well as my walk-in closet.

Good-Bye Alyssa's Lavender Room... I painted this room when I was almost 6 months pregnant.  One coat of primer and two coats of the lavender.  Many hours of love went into picking the color.  I think I'm going to use this same color at the new house.

I'm heading down to Austin today, and the movers drop off our things on Saturday morning. I have grandparents all lined up to watch Alyssa so things can go quickly, but I anticipate the entire day unloading that truck.

I have not seen the completed house yet, so I'll be sure to take pictures.  The above pictures are from my phone, hence, the poor quality.

I'll update with the new house this weekend!

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 31 commentsDonna Harris • April 24 2009 08:19AM


Change is good. Everything will work out. Best of luck in your new city.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 11 years ago

Donna, Why did you choose to move to a different home?  I hope you enjoy it.  I'm sure you will.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 11 years ago

Donna -

Hello, New House!

Sad to leave - but now you will start making memories in a new place!



Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 11 years ago

You remind me of my daughter.  Her father was in the military and when we moved she got sad and had to go around and say bye to the house.  That showed me that she loved our time there.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 11 years ago

Harry, Change is BAD!!

Tony, I didn't "choose" to move. My hands were tied, and I was not given a choice.  Correction, I said NO several times, but was not heard.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Dean, True, but this was supposed to be our 7-10 year house and I only got 3 1/2 years.

Shirley, Yes, I really did love this house.  It's nothing like the new house.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

EVERY agent should be required to move every three to five years and go through the loan process too. Otherwise we tend to forget what our clients go through. The highs, lows, uncertainty, etc. Now I don't really believe we should be forced to move... but you get my point.

Posted by J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES (Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I'm sorry you are having to leave a home you love...I've done that! But I really believe a house is just a shell....I've been very happy in my life in any number of houses...once by the beach, once in PA, once in Santa memories of all those times never included the shell I lived in. Looking forward to your new pictures of the new home.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 11 years ago

Here's hoping the new house comes to mean as much as the old house.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 11 years ago

I chuckled when I read your new house has two panties.  Old house is pretty and good for your for leaving it so neat and clean!  Enjoy your new home!

Posted by Kimberly Hardin, Broker Associate/Owner - Luxury Waterfront Property Specialist (Treasure Coast Sothebys International Realty) over 11 years ago

Good luck in Austin!

I will not hesitate to show your house here in the Dallas area (I think it's in Richardson, no???) and maybe even bring you a Buyer! Wouldn't that be great???  :0)

Would you forward me the MLS # ???

Edith Schreiber - Dallas Texas

Posted by Edith Schreiber, Dallas Area Real Estate (Luxury Homes, Move Up Buyers, 1st Time Homebuyers, New Construction) over 11 years ago

Love tha change! and take a break after you are settled.

Posted by Nannette Hilliard, CDPE, ABR, CRS (Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Perrin, I wouldn't mind moving if I didn't just put over $15k of upgrades into the house that I'm not going to get back...

Karen, Yes, you have a point, but a shell shouldn't make you lose money when you're selling after you just put a lot into it.

Bill, Me too...

Kimberly, THanks for letting me know. I've corrected that!  Spell check can't catch something spelled correctly, but being the wrong word.

Edith, Yes, it's in Richardson, MLS#11122011.  PLEASE bring me a buyer. I would love the opportunity to work with you!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

I'm sorry that you had to move. I know that you will make new memories at your new home. I hope the move goes smoothly.

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 11 years ago

Nannette, Break?  I have two appts with buyers next week already!  One's actually a relo from Dallas.

Darrell, Thanks for the empathy.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Hey, Donna. I can only imagine how hard it is to leave such a great home. I wish you all the best with your move and new home. God bless, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Changes aren't that easy but trust me, You'll adjust. :-)

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Where are the goodbye's from your office?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 11 years ago


Anythime we close one chapter in our lives and open another, it gives us pause - as it should. May you have much enjoyment in your new home. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

Lots of good-bye's Donna.

But there's also lots of hello's coming up for you in the next few days!


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 11 years ago

I will say it. It Sucks! Never fun to loose something that you worked hard for and love! 

Posted by Kelly Turbeville, Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality (Keller Williams) over 11 years ago

... Oh Goodbye Bosch Dishwasher !!! We've had many fun memories together !!!!!


...all joking aside, there's something melancholy about leaving a home and all its memories,  I wish you guys all the best as you transfer to your new palace !!!!

All the best Donna !!!!

Sheldon :o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 11 years ago

JiMaria, THanks!

Luke, I sure hope so, and fast!

Greg, I could care less about my office as I worked from home!

Steve, Thanks for the sentiment.

Craig, Very true.

Kelly, No joke!!

Sheldon, That Bosch dishwasher is awesome!  Never a peep from it!  I could hardly tell it was on until the rince cycle when the water ran through the sink... and the delay feature to run it at night if I wanted to... awesome dishwasher!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

Donna, as you are taking all the good memories of your old home with you, I wish you all the best in your new home!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 11 years ago

Good Luck in your new home- saying good byre is always difficult, but soon you will loving your new home and creating all new memories with your family.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 11 years ago

Hi Donna... Saying goodbye to a house that you love and that contains your memories is always a tough thing.  I am certain you will all have many years of happy memories in your new house as well!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Saying goodbye to a house, is like saying good bye to a friend with tons of memories. But, you are making new friends and more memories here. I see you are hitting Austin on the run! You go girl!

Posted by Sherry Scales, Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago

Its always hard to say goodbye to your home.  But look at the bright side... new memories in the new house.  Im sure you took lots of pictures and take away some great memories from the old home.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 11 years ago

Hi Donna, Well this is what we have been waiting for....I hope your weekend went well. I know you must be pretty tired. Can't wait to see the pictures though.

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago

Silvia, Thank you!

Pines, THanks!

Steve, I hope so!

Sherry, Good points.

John, Yeah, I suppose.

Teresa, The weekend went horribly!  It's STILL raining!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago

7 years have gone by quickly... I miss my old house...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 4 years ago