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Austin, Texas


Austin, Texas

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Dec 5 7 minutes read

Why Live In Austin, Texas?

Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, digital marketers, and blue-collar workers. The city's official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to the city's many musicians and live music venues. This climate is typified by long, very hot summers, short, mild winters, and warm to hot spring and fall seasons in between. "Keep Austin Weird" has been a local motto for years, featured on bumper stickers and T-shirts. This motto has not only been used in promoting Austin's eccentricity and diversity but is also meant to bolster the support of local independent businesses. Many Austinites support the athletic programs of the University of Texas at Austin known as the Texas Longhorns. Austin's primary airport is Austin–Bergstrom International Airport, located 5 miles southeast of the city." - According to Wikipedia

Meet Real Estate Agent Allison Pflaum with Hays Home Team of Keller Williams Realty Austin

Allison is passionate about helping people build wealth through real estate and home ownership.  She is excited to share more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience with buyers, sellers, and investors in Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, South Austin, and the surrounding areas. Her specialties include new home construction, first-time homebuyers, relocation, move-up buyers and sellers, resale of residential properties, and residential investment.  Allison is the proud mother of two wonderful sons and worked as a public school teacher for nearly a decade before launching her career in real estate. She invests in the local real estate market and is a resident of Kyle, the Pie Capital of Texas. Allison is also a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors, the Austin Board of Realtors, the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the Four Rivers Board of Realtors, and the Kyle Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from the University of Florida and has a Master's from Lamar University. As your agent, she will offer personal and professional service for all of your real estate needs. Her team has members who speak English, Spanish and Arabic. Allison looks forward to hearing from you.

Specialties and Designations:

Buyer's Agent

Listing Agent

Investment Property


Real Estate Consulting



Maps Client

Maps Mastery Client


First Time Homebuyer Specialist

Certified New Home Specialist

Contact Information:

Phone:  (512) 434-0630

Email:   [email protected]

Address:  Allison Pflaum, Hays Home Team, 589 N FM 1626, Buda, TX 78610


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Neighborhoods and Subdivisions

The Zilker neighborhood is one of our team's favorites with its proximity to Zilker Park, the botanical gardens, the sculpture gardens, and downtown Austin.  Another favorite is the neighborhood of Mueller. Developed with a pedestrian lifestyle in mind, this is a great walkable community with green spaces and a thriving commercial district. For more of a downtown location, the Rainey street historic district is the place to be. These bungalow-style homes are centrally located in the heart of Austin’s live music scene.


Traffic is an issue, so it’s important to have a great realtor who can help you determine commute times and routes.


Austin has an expansive school district with over 130 schools, as well as public charter schools, and a large selection of private schools.


Known for its amazing Tex-Mex and Barbeque, Austin is also home to a variety of food options from all over the globe. Here you’ll find everything from trendy food trucks to five-star dining.

Other Highlights

The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is famous for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a two-weekend event featuring over 100 artists yearly.

Areas Near Austin, Texas where Allison Pflaum Serves

Buda, Texas

Neighborhoods and Subdivisions

One of our favorite neighborhoods in Buda is Ruby Ranch. Featuring custom-built homes, this luxury neighborhood contains 1-5 acre lots whose size and natural splendor highlight Buda’s standing as the outdoor capital of Texas. Another great neighborhood in Buda is Sunfield, a new and rapidly growing community featuring tons of amenities including a lazy river, junior Olympic pool, and miles of walking trails.


Commuting to Austin is easy with convenient access to I35 and the toll roads.


Buda is a part of the highly rated Hays County Independent School District and also has charter and private schools from which to choose.


Buda has a large selection of local restaurants, everything from barbeque and seafood to cajun food and Tex-Mex. These one-of-a-kind establishments make Buda a great destination for dining out.

Other Highlights

Every year Buda hosts a variety of events including Crawfest, Arts in the Parkand the unforgettable Buda Lions Club Country Fair & Wiener Dog Races.

Kyle, Texas

Neighborhoods and Subdivisions

In Kyle, we love the community of Plum Creek. A 2,200-acre master planned community with single-family homes, award-winning rental homes, independent senior housing, parks, and a golf course.


Centered around the I35 corridor, commuting from Kyle is easy, whether you’re going north to Austin or south to San Marcos and San Antonio.


Hays CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) is a highly-rated school district, with over 26 campuses. In addition, Kyle also has several public charter schools available to residents.


Kyle’s dining options are growing fast with a large selection of restaurants already in place and 28 more coming in this year alone.

Other Highlights

Kyle is the Pie Capital of Texas and hosts the annual Pie In the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival. People come from all over to enjoy this event that features pie eating, baking, tethered balloon rides, live music, and so much more.

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