Be a Tourist in Your Own City

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LGI Homes’ neighborhoods are located in some of America’s greatest cities. Therefore, it only makes sense for those who call these cozy communities home, to take advantage of all that is waiting for them to enjoy in their new backyards.

Atlanta, GA
Kids Exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden

Kids Exploring Atlanta Botanical Garden
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Atlanta is currently home to three LGI communities and a wealth of fun and entertainment for its residents. Perhaps one of the most exciting, particularly for those just moving into their new home, is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This beautiful destination provides much inspiration for those wishing to start their own smaller scale garden. Although Avondale Springs, Semaphore Crossing, and Maple Park are all fairly close by, they make a great weekend trip to take in the plant collections and other heavenly natural surroundings. Family memberships start at just $99 per year, which will pay for itself in just a few visits.

Residents of Semaphore Crossing and Avondale Springs need only embark on a short jaunt to Little Five Points in Midtown Atlanta. This eclectic area features restaurants, such as The Tijuana Garage and The Vortex Bar & Grill. Enjoy some Lobster Pico Rolls, a Mexican Veggie Pizza, Borracho Nachos, or an order of Southern Fried Pickles while taking in the tantalizing tastes close to home.

Atlanta is also home to a number of sports teams, such as the Falcons, Braves, and the Hawks, plus NASCAR at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is also home to a slice of sports history in Centennial Olympic Park.

Austin, TX
Old Williamson County Jail in Georgetown

Old Williamson County Jail in Georgetown
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The North Austin community of Sonterra is located near Georgetown, Texas, a historic area full of both natural and manmade richness. Residents can enjoy picnicking alongside the luscious lagoon, known as Blue Hole, just blocks from downtown. Historic Georgetown features self-guided tours of attractions, such as the Old Williamson County Jail and the City Pharmacy.

East Austin is not only home to the community of Presidential Glen, but also near popular tourist hot spots, including Texas State Cemetery, Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course, and Live Oak Brewing Company. Residents can spend the day enjoying great beer, music, artwork, or perhaps putting the green.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
White Tiger at Fort Worth Zoo

White Tiger at Fort Worth Zoo
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The Dallas/Fort Worth area currently is home to seven LGI Homes’ communities, as well as the lure of many popular tourist attractions. The Fort Worth Zoo houses to at least 5,000 animals and is open every day of the year. Family memberships begin around $130 per year, and offer visitors unlimited visits.

St. Patrick Cathedral is a breathtaking, must-see attraction offering daily mass. The architecture of this structure, with its gothic columns and stained glass windows, attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

In addition to animals and architecture, the Dallas/Fort Worth area boasts rich culture and cuisine, as well as the Stockyards Rodeo and the Texas Motor Speedway for sports fans.

Houston, TX
Girls Playing at the Children's Museum of Houston

Girls Playing at the Children’s Museum of Houston
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For home owners in the Houston area, there are various free museums for both individuals and families to enjoy. The Holocaust Museum Houston features a variety of exhibits and is open seven days a week. September through May, on the first Tuesday of every month, residents can visit the Houston Zoo free of charge as well. The Children’s Museum of Houston is free on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and makes a wonderful family night field trip.

Houston also offers great shopping, delicious restaurants, and a vibrant night life. Enjoy some pork belly tacos from Anvil Bar & Refuge downtown or scout some unique pieces at Antiques on 8, before taking in a concert or movie with friends or family.

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk
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San Antonio residents always have something to choose from, whether it is a slow, romantic walk on the River Walk or a fun-filled day with the family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, there is definitely something for everyone. The Alamo and Majestic Theatre are also popular attractions, while less famous spots, such as Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch and Medina Lake are also welcoming, fun spots for residents and tourists alike.

Orlando, FL
Disney Characters at Disney World Orlando

Disney Characters at Disney World Orlando
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Perhaps the most famous attraction for residents and tourists, Disney World and Universal Orlando, are only the tip of the iceberg. Cherry Lake and Highland Meadows residents can take in a wide variety of venues and restaurants, including the Holy Land Experience and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum; as well as 310 Lakeside and Amura.

Tampa, FL
Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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Krenson residents can take the short drive into Tampa and enjoy the beautiful scenery while crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Busch Gardens, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Airheads Trampoline Arena are also fun-filled, popular tourist spots. Take in a meal at the Pane Rustica, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, or one of many other delicious restaurants in the area.

Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park
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Probably the most popular, yet natural attraction, for residents of the Blue Hills, Glennwilde, and Magma Ranch communities is the Grand Canyon. A wonderful way to take in nature is to throw a tent in the trunk and camp out under the stars, perhaps at Mather Campground on the South Rim, or Desert View Campground. While touring the canyon, a river trip is a must and can range anywhere from one day to a 25-day trip aboard rafts on private or professionally guided tours.

Tucson, AZ
Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park
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Caddis Haley residents are privileged with a wealth of attractions, as well as LGI’s other communities. Home to Saguaro National Park, Reid Park Zoo, and the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, this area is rich in culture and natural beauty. The area also is a food mecca boasting restaurants such as Guillermo’s Double L Restaurant and Vivace.

Know Your Neighborhood: Presidential Glen

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Presidential Glen Community Attractions

Here at LGI Homes, we take pride in not only the quality and affordability of our homes, but also in the locations we select for building each of our communities. Each community location is chosen with you in mind, and we take every care to ensure our communities provide convenient access to some of the best restaurants, parks and attractions Texas has to offer. As part of a new series, we are showcasing some of these locations to help you become better acquainted with the area around you. Today, we are showcasing some of the best local attractions and businesses near our Presidential Glen community.

Cafe 290
11011 U.S. 290
Manor, TX
(512) 278-8780
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If you’re in the mood for a roadhouse-style burger, a plate of enchiladas or a slice of meringue pie, Cafe 290 has it all just three miles east of the Presidential Glen community. Serving up authentic Tex-Mex and home-style fare, Cafe 290 is some of the best food in the Manor area.
Austin County Flea Market
9500 U.S. 290
Austin, TX
(512) 928-2795
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Whether you’re looking to snag a deal or clear out the garage, the Austin County Flea Market provides the place to do it less than three miles from Presidential Glen. With over 300 vendor booths, live music on the weekends and concession stands, it’s the perfect place to grab lunch and spend the day with the family while scoring unbeatable prices on jewelery, antiques, collectibles, sporting goods, clothes and more.
Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course
9100 Farm to Market Road 3177
Austin, TX
(512) 272-4228
bluebonnethillgolf.com
Gold enthusiasts at Presidential Glen will love the five minute drive to Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course, a 328 bermuda green course with rolling hills and beautiful scenery. Residents just starting out in the sport can take advantage of lessons at Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course, and the course offers various memberships to help you save on your favorite pastime.
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
9100 Decker Lake Road
Austin, TX
(512) 919-3000
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Presidential Glen residents don’t have to wait for the rodeo to come to town, because they live less than four miles from the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is the 5th largest indoor rodeo regular season ProRodeo, and offer year-round entertainment to people in the Austin area.
Texas Natural Science Center
2400 Trinity Street
Austin, TX
(512) 471-1604
utexas.edu
Treat your kids to a day of knowledge and excitement by taking a trip to the nearby Texas Natural Science Center. Here they will discover fossilized dinosaurs, Texas wildlife, ancient gems and minerals and more. The Texas Natural Science Center is a great place to learn more about the history of Texas, and is sure to be fun for the whole family.
Austin Children’s Museum
201 Colorado Street
Austin, TX
(512) 472-2499
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Like the Texas Natural Science Center, learning is fun at the Austin Children’s Museum; a museum built entirely with children in mind. From a city building exhibit to the Tinker’s Workshop and design center, there is something for children of all ages to enjoy at the Austin Children’s Museum, just 10 miles from Presidential Glen.
Highland Mall
6001 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 454-9656
highlandmall.com
Whatever your shopping needs may be, the Highland Mall is sure to have what you’re looking for. With dozens of retailers and restaurants, including Foot Locker, Aeropostale, Radio Shack and SweetFactory, the Highland Mall is your one-stop shop for school clothes, Christmas gifts and more just six miles from your home in Presidential Glen.

Know Your Neighborhood: Sonterra

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Austin TX New Home Community - Sonterra

Here at LGI Homes, we take pride in not only the quality and affordability of our homes, but also in the locations we select for building each of our communities. Each community location is chosen with you in mind, and we take every care to ensure our communities provide convenient access to some of the best restaurants, parks and attractions Texas has to offer. As part of a new series, we are showcasing some of these locations to help you become better acquainted with the area around you. Today, we are showcasing some of the best local attractions and businesses near our Sonterra community.

Gepetto’s Pizzeria
20400 S Ih 35
Salado, TX
(254) 947-7255
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If you’re in the mood for a slice of pie and you’re not in the mood to drive to Georgetown, Gepetto’s Pizzeria is a local pizza shop just a quick drive up I35 from Sonterra. Serving up pizzas off exit 280, Gepetto’s is sure to satisfy even the hungriest family member.
Inner Space Cavern
4200 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road
Georgetown, TX
(512) 931-2283
myinnerspacecavern.com
Pack up the kids and a day exploring the Inner Space Cavern, one of the best preserved caves in Texas. Located just 16 miles south of Sonterra, this easy day trip is the perfect way to get your children excited to learn about science and the natural history of the state. Your children are sure to love the ancient limestone formations, flow stones and natural columns housed within the cave.
Skydive Temple
15771 South IH-35
Salado, TX
(254) 947-3483
skydivetemple.com
Seven miles northeast of Sonterra daredevils and extreme sports enthusiasts will find the opportunity of a lifetime at Skydive Temple, the only skydiving dropzone in Texas owned by a national parachuting champion. Both tandem and solo dives are available for new and experienced divers.
Georgetown Palace Theater
810 South Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX
(512) 869-7469
georgetownpalace.com
A short drive south to Georgetown, the Georgetown Palace Theater presents live musicals and dinner theaters the whole family can enjoy. Originally built as a silent film theater in 1926, the Georgetown Palace Theater now serves as a live performance theater putting on productions of beloved plays and musicals, such as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “South Pacific,” and “A Few Good Men.”
Ruby’s Cafe and Bakery
305 Limestone Terrace
Jarrell, TX
(512) 746-5050
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If you’re craving the comfort of a home cooked meal, Ruby’s Cafe and Bakery is the place to be. Just a mile away from the Sonterra Community, Ruby’s Cafe and Bakery is a locally owned restaurant serving up authentic home-style fare.

Greater Austin New Home Community – Presidential Glen

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Presidential Glen, the new Greater Austin planned neighborhood from LGI Homes, offers three, four and five bedroom homes in a well-designed landscape designed to foster a feeling of both privacy and community.

Presidential Glen Austin Texas

Community: LGI Homes has thoughtfully located each home on a generously sized lot. Fully landscaped in front and privacy fenced in the back, these freestanding distinctive residences share a natural green preserve crisscrossed by walking paths leading to a covered picnic pavilion. Nearby, in a park-like setting complete with benches, neighbors can sit and chat while they watch their children slide or swing high up to a Texas—wide blue sky.

Home Features: Each three, four or five bedroom home features an attached two-car garage and two baths. Free upgrades (valued at more than $10,000) include vaulted ceilings, brushed nickel fixtures and hardware, raised six panel doors, granite countertops and custom built cabinets. LGI Homes plans interiors to maximize room for you and your family and ease your daily chores with a utility room and high quality appliances. This spacious new home might be purchased for a little as $629/month. With low HOA fees, home ownership could be less than the cost of renting.

Come Home. With a new construction warranty and no money down, you may soon be comfortably living at Presidential Glen not far from the lively city of Austin, Texas.