Archives for April 2009

Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street

Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street

Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street, (photo from Maggie's Austin)

Two evenings ago, Amber and I decided to take stroll down to Lady Bird Lake. We headed south from the Sabine and as we crossed Cesar Chavez we recalled another Sabine resident had clued us in to a cool new venue called Lustre Pearl.  Set at the entrance to the old-house-commercially-zoned madness that is Rainey Street, Lustre Pearl is the perfect setting for its downtown Austin location.  Sitting a couple of blocks away from thousands of residents currently and soon to be living in the southeast quadrant of downtown Austin.

Inside you’re greeted to a stripped down old house with the original floors and window transoms.  Outside you have lounge seating and bistro tables surrounded by a artistic metal fence. The outdoor ping-pong table is the perfect touch for Austin.

What’s really special about Lustre Pearl is that it’s removed from the traditional bar/lounge districts.   Reminds me of Spider House, but without the coffee.  Which brings me to the only suggestion I have for Lustre Pearl: be a cafe, too!

-Jude

Lustre Pearl

Thanks to Theresa at the Sabine for the tip!

Old Austin: A Virtual Tour

(really) old Austin, circa 1839

(really) old Austin, circa 1839

Old Austin Neighborhood Association has a block-by-block virtual tour of historic ‘Old Austin’.  Old Austin is that part of downtown which is north of 7th, south of 15th St., east of Lamar, west of San Antonio St.  At Oldaustin.org, you can learn more about the properties on each block.  You can even see historical maps dated from 1839-2008 for most blocks.  Check it out!

-Jude

Interesting Quote

Interesting Quote

Andy Langer

Andy Langer

I’m a little behind on my reading, I’ll admit.  But I find Sundays are a great day to catch up on many of the things that pass you by…..all while enjoying a mimosa or glass of wine.  Anyway, last night, wine in hand, I was reading through Austin Monthly‘s March 2009 Issue (the Music Issue) and an interview with Andy Langer piqued my interest.  Andy Langer is not only an Austin music journalism institution, as he’s covered the scene for years and years and lived in Austin for quite sometime, but he’s a national contributor to magazines like Esquire, and has traveled seemingly everywhere to see shows and meet bands.

Anyway, the interview was essentially just a bunch of quotes from Mr. Langer, and one sort of popped out as not only a strong sentiment, but also as being particularly relevant to this blog:

“Find me a place that doesn’t have cranes in the sky building expensive condos and you’ll find me a place that’s seriously depressed and probably a place where I can’t have The New York Times delivered on my doorstep.  And I think that’s probably not a place that I wanna live.”

Andy’s credentials don’t necessarily qualify him as a real estate expert, but he’s arguably got a pretty good background in social culture and the issues surrounding Austin’s social scene. And it kind of sounds like he’s saying that the cities that aren’t building and that aren’t building projects in a way that embraces urban density and development are the cities that probably don’t have or won’t have the cultural reach/appeal that most of us generally recognize being an enhancement to our quality of life.

Source:  Austin Monthly, March 2009 Issue, “Things I’ve Learned” with Andy Langer, by Paul Carruba.

Brazos Place Condo Auction

Brazos Place in Downtown Austin

Brazos Place in Downtown Austin

19 Brazos Place condos in downtown Austin are being offered via an auction hosted by Kennedy Wilson.  The auction is scheduled for May 17th.  While the opening bids are enticing, a hidden reserve price has been set for each unit.

I’ll definitely be watching this closely.  Most auctions, including this one, have the right to cancel or reschedule if there isn’t a good response.   Judging by the amount of coverage the Brazos Place auction is getting I expect there to be lots of interest.

If you are considering a residence in downtown Austin, then it’s worth giving this auction your attention.  After checking out the auction website, you can contact me to learn more about the building, discuss the dynamics of the auction, and to preview the units.

related stories:
Downtown Austin – Do The Math
Downtown Austin – By The Numbers

For further information, including registration, contact:

Jude Galligan
Downtown Austin Realtor
judegalligan [@] gmail.com
512-226-3414

Statesman Endorsements for Austin Mayoral and City Council Races

On Sunday, the Austin American Statesman released their endorsements: Brewster McCracken, Chris Riley, Bill Spelman, Mike Martinez, and Sheryl Cole.

Brewster with Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim Leage

Brewster with Richard Linklater and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League

/link to drafthouse [just because :-)]