Archives for April 2010

Downtown Austin Open Houses

Downtown Austin open house listings for Sunday, April 18th

It’s buying season!  If you’ve been considering buying a downtown Austin condo, then you should come down and check out a few open houses.  You can generally walk from building to building.  This weekend you can browse at your own pace at the 360 condosSpring condos, Milago, Railyard, and the Austonian sales center.

  1. 360 Nueces St #2908 1bd/1ba $279,700 1-4 [Zee Realty]
  2. 360 Nueces St #1205 2bd/2ba $464,885 1-4  [Zee Realty]
  3. 54 Rainey St #709 2bd/2ba $324,900 1-4 [Keller Williams]
  4. 360 Nueces St #2710 1bd/1ba $289,885 1-4 [Zee Realty]
  5. 360 Nueces St #1113 1bd/1ba $324,750 1-4 [Zee Realty]
  6. 301 E 4th St #301 3bd/2ba $309,000 11-2 [Platinum Realty]
  7. 300 Bowie St, Spring sales center, model units, 1-5pm map website
  8. 200 Congress Ave, Austonian sales center located at 300 W 6th, 12-5pm map website

When you’re done with the open houses, you can enjoy an afternoon on Lady Bird Lake by renting a canoe or kayak from at the Texas Rowing Center. Or, dine al fresco at Annie‘s Cafe on Congress Ave for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Make sure to download my 2010 First Quarter – downtown Austin real estate report (.pdf) and discuss with a Realtor who lives and works in downtown Austin.


New Downtown Office Tower Announced Next To Gables

Francisco Vara-Orta gets the scoop on plans for a new downtown Austin 15 story office tower, next to Gables Park Plaza at Lamar and Cesar Chavez.

Dubbed Park Plaza, the planned 15-story tower will feature 189,000 square feet of predominately Class A office space off the northeast corner of West Cesar Chavez Street and Lamar Boulevard — next to the newly opened Gables Park Plaza residential complex. Gables owns the 1.8-acre tract where the new office building is planned, and has contracted with Capital City to build and lease the structure, which will also include approximately 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Dirt could turn as early as October.

Nothing gets built until enough lease agreements are in place, but with a location like this that could happen soon.  As it is envisioned, no variances are needed.

This is the second, (maybe third) office project announced in this district of downtown this year.

5 Reasons You Should Sign Up For Jude’s Quarterly Report

Just posted my review of downtown Austin residential real estate for the first quarter of 2010. This report is only available to registered DAB readers. Why should you bother?

1) You want accurate and timely information on the market
2) You live, work, or care about downtown Austin
3) You are interested in selling or buying a downtown condo
4) You want access to information (like this report) not available anywhere else
5) There’s no commitment, if you don’t like it then unsubscribe with one click

Sign up in the DAB member area, where in addition to the report, you will have access to sales data in real time. As always, we appreciate your input as to how to improve DAB. Check it out!


For Sale: 360 Condos Penthouse

360 Condos' spire and penthouse at dusk

We love penthouses.  There is only one top floor in any building, and this space is currently the highest occupied residence in Austin, Texas.  Located on the 43rd floor, this two-story unit includes a private rooftop terrace.  2,022 ft, 2bd/2ba, and dramatic views by the truck load.  Owned by Taylor Andrews, who along with Novare, developed the 360 condos.  Link to photos and listing.

Before you jump to more information below, did you see that you can now search for downtown Austin lofts and condos on DAB?  You can always click the link in the top right corner labeled “Property Search“.

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Art House Movie Theater Coming To 2nd Street District.

The Violet Crown art house theater is under construction, opening in December

At the west end of the 2nd Street District, directly above the soon-to-open How Do You Roll sushi restaurant, will soon be downtown Austin’s latest cinema – The Violet Crown. We reported back in January that 2nd Street District was getting a new movie theater. The Statesman’s Chris Garcia gets the latest info on The Violet Crown. Scheduled to have four screens, with bar/lounge, and opening in December.

The construction will actually expand the mezzanine level by a couple of feet over the sidewalk.

The Violet Crown should make a great addition to the district. At first glance it would appear they are taking on the Alamo Drafthouse head on. However, the Violet Crown might take on a more refined lounge-like experience, trading high ball glasses for buckets of beer.

The removal of the W Hotel’s street barricades this summer will unclog the pedestrian experience in the 2nd Street District, but will be especially welcome to the 400 block that includes BoConcept and La Condessa.