A Look at Teravista, Texas

By: Joe Cline

You may live in the best city, suburb or town in the world. Everyone you know may be jealous of your general location, emitting sighs laced with envy whenever you mention it. But, if you don't live in a neighborhood to match, none of that matters. You may as well live in squalor, because it is the little things - the people to your left and right, the homes around your own, the community - that are most important. That is why places like Teravista, TX, located right outside Austin, exist.

History

Teravista, as a small, relatively new neighborhood, is less a place of history and more a place of possibility. The close-knit community grows larger every day. Plans are developed and made reality at a rapid fire pace. Already, there are numerous shopping centers, a large golf course, an on-site elementary school and miles of greenbelt trails for running, hiking and biking. A new mall and movie theater are scheduled to open in fall 2008, and two medical facilities, Smith and White, and Seton Medical Center Williamson, are if not just opened, about to be. It is clear from the buildings and structures and organizations that come into Teravista on a regular basis that the citizens of this neighborhood are determined to make up for a lack of history by creating their own.

Economy

Teravista's economy is largely rooted in Austin. The nearby city offers employment in the industrial and technology fields, as well as possibilities in numerous other large organizations, which are more and more choosing the Lone Star's capital as their home base. However, that's not all Teravista has to offer. The neighborhood's continual development means a continual flood of new jobs. The two hospitals in and of themselves call for a number of doctors, nurses, nurses' aides and other medical staff to keep them running. The elementary school, golf course and retail sites require similar manpower. So despite Teravista's small size, the economy is quite large.

Real Estate

The real estate market in Teravista is very much like the economy: growing. There are a wide range of homes, varying in style and price. Typically, houses start at $150,000 and work their way up to the mid-two hundred thousands. Each home is as beautiful and intimate as the neighborhood it has been placed in, luring families, young and old, to the charming community.

Attractions

Perhaps Teravista's greatest attraction is the luxury, 18-hole golf course right inside community limits.? The course is 7,200 yards long and, as a public course, operates under a daily fee structure. Residents, however, are offered a discount. For a slightly smaller fee, they can play on the rolling hills of green calling to them from their backyard.

For those who don't golf (and those who do), there is also a Resident's Club, with a two-story great room used for numerous events throughout the year. Information about upcoming happenings, new groups and community news are posted in the club as well. And of course, there are the greenbelt trails. Anyone who has ever loved nature loves the miles of landscape begging for a walk, bike or jog.

Teravista is small, but it is also packed with opportunities for fun, employment, togetherness and, most importantly, home.

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