Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Memories of Growing Up

Memories of Growing Up

I moved around A LOT as a child and lived in several different homes and neighborhoods.

I was born in Germany and moved to Seattle, WA when I was 6 months old.  After that, we moved to Tacoma, WA where I lived until I was 8 years old.  I loved that house! 

We backed up to a park that we could go play at whenever we wanted and didn't need a parental unit watching our every move.  We had lemonade stands outside the park entrance.  My brother and I had to walk 2 miles to and from school everyday because we went to the "wrong" school.

When I was 8, we moved to Richardson, TX, the first suburb North of Dallas.  I lived in 5 different houses in Richardson before moving to Arlington, TX for college.  After graduation, I moved to Lewisville and then a couple of places in North Dallas.

From there, I bought my first house in Sachse, TX, 5 minutes North East of Richardson.

Then, I came full circle and moved back to Richardson.  This would be the house I grew up in... I got married here.  I turned 30 here.  I had a baby here... I learned so much about me and my life while living in this house.

richardson tx house

In two days, this will no longer be my house.  I have moved to Austin, TX and my Richardson "home" has a contract on it and if the buyers' lender would submit their final docs to the title company, we can close this thing.

That would put an end to the chapter of my life in Dallas.  I lived in the Dallas area for 4 months shy of 25 years.  That's a lifetime!

Here are some memories of that house: 

And then we had to clear it out for the movers...

It's now a blank slate, waiting for the next family to make their own memories...

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX real estate 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 24 commentsDonna Harris • July 28 2009 01:43PM


Hi Donna

It looks like a really nice home. As they say when one door closes and new opens, ejoy your new home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

Hi Donna.  Thanks for including us in your walk down memory lane...

I hope you enjoy Austin.  Seems like a great town.


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 9 years ago

Donna, life's path often has many twists and turns. Sometimes I laugh and say my furntiture has more miles on it than some people's cars. Good luck in your new marketplace.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I think that's why I've always loved real estate.  So much happens at home.  I moved around a lot too.  Thank you, this was a weight lifter on a hectic day.

Posted by Crystal Bush (I Am Marketing) about 9 years ago

I didn't realize it hasnt closed. Leaving behind is a hard thing to do. I cried the day I left my 1st home.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) about 9 years ago

Wow ~ I bet you grew up in this home! 25 years in home is a lifetime! Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Best of luck and many happy memories in your new home!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Very nice home.  Good luck on the sale.  Yup, those were the days when you could play outside w/o adult supervision and it was quite okay.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 9 years ago

This will add some closure (pun intended) to your move.  I moved from San that was a tough one.  But I love living here much more.  Ya ain't gonna find Austin wacky people in Richardson.  Now Seattle is a tough one to beat.  Now go put your tie die shirt on and go sell a home.

Posted by TIM MONCRIEF, Over 2,000 homes sold….. (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Donna, Growing up and moving on is so hard to do. I've live in the same state, Washington, for all my life other than five years in the Army and Navy and I moved eight times in 56 years. I feel your pain and celebrate your future...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 9 years ago

Hi Donna... What a beautiful house and beautiful memories.  Hopefully your new home in Austin will bring for Alyssa the same wonderful memories that you have about your house in Richardson!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 9 years ago

Donna-Great memories, cherish them forever.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 9 years ago

It looked so lonely empty... truly a blank slate.  but you will build your new happy memories in your new home.

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) about 9 years ago

Good Luck and a great new start to you!

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) about 9 years ago

i figured u for a harvest yellow formica kinda girl

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago


Great fond memories.  Lucky you have captured those pictures which you will keep for a lifetime.  Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 9 years ago

Your story sounds similar to mine!  I moved a ton when I was younger, that's why I don't want to do that ever again!  What a beautiful post, I'm sure you'll have many great new memories in your new home!



Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) about 9 years ago

Lou, Where's my new door?  j/k

Ken, It seems so...

Vickie, That happened when I was younger. My desk was moved so many times, it broke!

Crystal, Hope your day is better.

Loreena, Nope, it hasn't closed yet... incompetent buyers' agent and incompetent buyers! They work well together...

Terrie, I wasn't in the house for 25 years, but in the area.

Angelia, We used to ride our bikes to our friends and play in the front yard and there weren't people ready to kidnap us.

Tim, Tie Die?  You're kidding, right?

Paul, The average person moved 16 times in their lifetime, and I've moved way more than that!

Steve, Maybe, if we can get it to be a home first.

Joseph, Thanks, I'll try!

Sally, Yes, it looked very different when I walked it empty when the movers were done.

Karina, Thanks!

Greg, I had a house in WA with yellow formica.... and icky wallpaper everywhere too.

Richard, Keep or until they explode on memory disk.

Kathleen, I'm hoping to not let that happen to Alyssa too.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago

I enjoyed reading about this trip down memory lane- it's always crazy when you leave a house, especially one that you have so many vivid memories about.

Is there any chance that you sell airport property in Texas? As in on, or around an airstrip (waterfront property included)?

Posted by Eric Skinner (Aviation Acres) about 9 years ago

Wow... you were born in Germany. Very cool. You probably don't remember being there, but I've always thought it was cool about being born elsewhere and coming to america. Not sure why.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 9 years ago

What a great story for your journey.  Military parent?  Beautiful home, bet you're at least a little sad to be leaving, even with something new and exciting ahead!

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 9 years ago

lol! u too!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago

You have moved around a fair bit too - beautiful house you're leaving behind - where are you moving too? :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 9 years ago

I've lived almost 24 years in the same general area, Donna.  I also moved around alot as a kid.  I think that, once you find that one area to call home, you just don't want to leave it when you've grown up that way.  Now you have a new home to make new memories in.  Congratulations.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Donna - Getting married in your house is awesome!  What a lovely place you left behind.  Thanks for sharing your memories.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 9 years ago