Celeste Messer is the owner/broker of ADKOR Realty. In breaking out on her own and establishing ADKOR, which stands for "A Different Kind of Realty," Celeste made the conscious decision to create a small 'boutique' type brokerage environment. The office currently is made up of two agents, an escrow manager, and a couple of part-time assistants.
During Celeste's twenty plus years in the corporate environment and four plus years in consulting, she had the opportunity to move to a variety of states as well as overseas. This unique experience prepared Celeste to know what it is her clients' want when it comes to buying a home in a new area. Because of this she can offer a unique variety of skills to her Austin real estate clients that set her apart from many other Austin real estate agents. Celeste prides herself on being available on your schedule and is here to help with your Austin home buying needs. Real estate transactions are all about relationships. They are all about trust. So if you want to know a bit more about the person you'd be working with when you choose Celeste for your Austin Texas Real Estate needs.
Austin, Travis County, is the county seat, and the capital of Texas, and it is located in Central Texas, just east of the American Southwest. A sprawling urban area, Austin is the fourth-largest city in the state, and the 15th in the US, and is definitely on the list of fastest-growing large cities in the country. With a population of over 780,000, is truly among the big city ranks, although it lacks none of the cultural and entertainment advantages. On the Colorado River, Austin has three artificial lakes inside city limits that provide numerous venues for open air recreation such as boating, swimming, and so on. Several parks on the lake shores provide picnic areas and walking or biking. The fact that it straddles the Balcones Fault, means that Austin has wildly varied topography and soil in various parts, providing good hunting grounds for the nature enthusiast, the amateur mineralogist, and the merely curious. The eastern portion of the city is flat, the soil heavy clay or loam, while the western portion has rolling hills.
Austin is the cultural and economic hub of the entire Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. Commercially strong, and industrialized, it also has a lot to offer the more culturally inclined, and welcomes eccentricity and the "weird". Settled originally in the 1830's, it was called Waterloo, and became the capital of the independent Republic of Texas in 1839. It was later renamed after Stephen F. Austin, 'the father of Texas', and grew to become the center of government and education. Although there was a setback during the Great Depression, Austin later continued its interrupted growth into a large city.
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 5 miles southeast of the city, connecting Austin to many other major destinations. Greyhound Lines operates a Station here, and the Turimex Internacional service connects Austin to Nuevo Laredo and many destinations in Mexico. Internal public transport is run by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Amtrak Texas Eagle has a station just west of downtown. All this well connectedness, among other factors has helped Austin become a center for technology, business, education, arts, culture and music, since the 1980's. The Greater Austin area provides superb employment opportunities with high-tech companies, Fortune 500 corporations, Freescale Semiconductor manufacturers, and so on.
The University of Texas has its main campus here, which not only educates residents and outside students, but provides employment at all levels. The liberal, eclectic lifestyle of many of the residents, as well as overall acceptance and tolerance of the unusual makes Austin a good place to live for free minded people. There is an ongoing drive to preserve smaller local businesses which helps the entrepreneur and bodes well for people wishing to be self employed. The civic development and beautification projects of the 1920's and 1930's, helped to much of the infrastructure and parks, which are well maintained to this day. And the 1970's emergence of Austin as a force to be reckoned with in the national music scene, has made it the "capital of live music" it is.
The Southwest musical festival is just one of the musical draws to attract musicians and music lovers alike. Shopping is good at SoCo, the downtown shopping district, with coffee shops, quaint little stores, many restaurants and so on. Annual cultural events include the annual O. Henry Pun Off, Eeyore's Birthday Party, the Austin Reggae Festival and Carnaval Brasileiro. The city's vibrant live music scene, in the many nightclubs, festivals, concert music programs etc also hosts numerous festivals. There is also the Austin Film Festival and a strong theater culture.
Being located at the intersection of four ecological regions gives Austin its temperate-to-hot variable climate, and diverse ecology and biology, creating interest for the naturalist. The humid subtropical climate gives the city hot summers and mild winters, with most of the rain in the spring, and the fall. Summers are hot and humid, and winters mild and dry.