Poppy’s Southern Recipes opens mid-August

Chicken ‘n Sausage Gumbo is a specialty of Cajun restaurant Poppy’s, set to open in Steiner Ranch in August. Courtesy Deidra Harvey

By LESLEE BASSMAN, Four Points News

Hudson Bend residents Deidra and Mark Harvey are convinced number 13 will be lucky when the couple opens Poppy’s Southern Recipes in mid-August.

The restaurant is named after Deidra’s father, Don Gonzales, Jr., who is called “Poppy” by his 13 grandchildren. Gonzales and wife, Alice, are also co-owners with the Harveys in the new venture located at 4300 N. Quinlan Park Road, Ste. 100, Austin, formerly Hecho En Mexico.

“We’re from Beaumont originally, which is 30 minutes from Louisiana,” Deidra said. “There’s a lot of influence from Louisiana in Beaumont.” Continue reading

Strength of Four Points’ real estate varies by ZIP

Expert says traffic won’t deter area real estate

By LESLEE BASSMAN, Four Points News

Four Points is comprised of: 78730 including River Place, Westminster Glen, Glenlake, Long Canyon, etc.; 78732 including Steiner Ranch, Comanche Trail, Strawberry Hill, etc.; and 78726 including Grandview Hills and other neighborhoods along RM 620. 78726 statistics in this report include areas north of Four Points.
Source: United States Zip Codes

Austin’s residential real estate market continues to be strong and that includes the Four Points area, according to experts.

The area’s “declining inventory and robust sales trends are creating an increasingly competitive housing market across all price classes,” according to the Austin Board of Realtors May report which reflects home sales and inventory in the Austin-Round Rock housing market.

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Red, white & blue fills Four Points in local celebrations

River Place, Steiner Ranch and Grandview Hills were filled with patriotic residents as local communities celebrated Independence Day last week.

Community members decorated bikes, wagons, strollers, golf carts and, in some cases, the family pet for the annual parades.

Photos by Lauren Allen

Report shows good, bad and ugly of Travis County economy

By JACK CRAVER , Austin Monitor

People in Travis County are enjoying the fruits of a strong national and regional economy. A new analysis shows that rates of poverty, crime and educational outcomes are moving in the right direction.

Between 2012 and 2016, crime dropped by 27 percent. Those living under the federal poverty level decreased from 18 percent to 12 percent. The unemployment rate stands at 3 percent. And, thanks in no small part to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate declined from 21 percent to 14 percent.

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