For information and to preview Bridges On The Park contact Jude Galligan at 512-226-3414 or jude [@] downtownaustinblog.org.
You might say Bridges On The Park has an identity crisis. Is it part of South Austin? Or, downtown Austin? Geographically it lies in what’s generally considered South Austin. By design and lifestyle it very closely resembles downtown. This makes for strange bed fellows as these two neighborhoods have been portrayed in the media as clashing in recent years over Austin’s growth.
Regardless of how the residents identify themselves, the setting is one of Austin’s most spectacular urban environments: Lady Bird Lake, running trails, Butler Park, pitch n’ put golf, trees, trains, Zach Scott theater, Barton Springs Rd, Zilker park is around the corner… the list goes on. Even the Taco Cabana next door is an Austin institution for anyone who went to high school here in the ’90s.
So, what’s the story with this place? I’m going to attempt to show you why, right now, this Bridges On The Park is one of the best real estate opportunities for downtown Austin buyers.
The raw info
Full list of amenities: concierge, pool, fitness, etc.
Aligned length-wise along Lamar Blvd.
Built by CLB Partners
The finish quality is high
CLB Partners is the same developer as the Austin City Lofts, which provides an example of CLB’s high quality construction and finish outs. Bridges On The Park takes on much of the same philosophy: copious amounts of Texas limestone, with metal and wood accents. The lobby, building decor, art work, and interior finishes are tastefully executed.
The bathrooms have a floating (I suppose cantilevered) cabinet design which allows lighting to come from below. Wherever possible a double vanity is used.
Pedestrian friendly retail on the ground floor, combined with the proximity to the parks and running trails make Bridges On The Park truly mixed use. The setting of the development surrounds the historical Paggi House.
The economy has been hard on this development
Completed in 2008, of the 105 units, 32 remain unsold [and one resident is furious about a new billboard]. Many buyers could not find mortgages when it came time to close. Originally prices were characteristic of 2007 at $400+per foot. Many new buyers are skeptical about prices that are still high compared to the deals which have been clearing the inventory downtown condos this past Spring.
A marketing blitz earlier this year carried an opportunity for 20% off – a deal that generated roughly a dozen sales for CLB Partners. From the perspective of my clients, interest in Bridges On The park started to wane in April, as the anticipation for the Brazos Place auction grew and other developers began to negotiate attractive discounts.
The remaining 32 units are priced at an asking price of $324/ft on average. Like most buildings, each has its own micro-economy of views and floor plans. The east view towards the trees is priced at a premium to the west view over Lamar Blvd.
The market is buyer friendly and this is not CLB Partners’ first rodeo. I predict that Bridges on the Park will begin to discretely entertain offers in the neighborhood of $240 per foot, on average, or about 30% off of the asking price. [See update below] The data at Brazos Place and the Shore provide evidence that this program of discounting works to quickly sell units. Add to that the superior location of Bridges On The Park, and I expect there will be some very happy buyers over the next few weeks.
[UPDATE 09/08/2009 –
The most recent inventory I have from August 17th for Bridges On The Park shows:
min price per foot = $234
max price per foot = $312
average price per foot = $278
*numbers reflect discount]
Jude Galligan, Downtown Austin Realtor
judegalligan [@] gmail.com
Complete Bridges On The Park photo set on Flickr!