Emergence of Austin's Urban Family?

Last month a baby was born in my building! No kidding. Mom and Dad decided to employ a mid-wife and birth the baby in their condo.

This morning Chris Bradford over at Austin Contrarian posted an interesting map showing where “families” lived in the year 2000. Downtown Austin, not surprisingly, showed very few. Downtown Austin in 2000 was a much different place. We didn’t have a supermarket. We didn’t have Frost Tower. We didn’t have the Convention Center. We didn’t have much of what makes Downtown a special place. If you wanted anything more than a two bedroom home you could look at the Towers of Town Lake or Cambridge Towers – take your pick!

I know several families living in Downtown Austin. In fact, the Mayor’s family lives in a Downtown Austin condo. The U.S. Government conducts its census every 10 years and I cant wait to see the 2010 numbers.

Downtown Austin By The Numbers: How many dwellings?

Downtown Austin By The Numbers: How many dwellings?

What’s the magic number?

This is the first in a series of three articles aimed at uncovering the number of residences in Downtown Austin.  So, how many dwellings are there?  This seems like a simple question, doesn’t it?  I’ve never been able to get a satisfying answer – one that doesn’t try to determine the number of residents using a multiplier, is not rounded up or down, and that clearly indicates what is currently being lived in or is ready for occupancy (not under construction).

You may ask, “why don’t you just search Google?”  Well, I did.  I searched Google for “how many dwellings are in Downtown Austin”.   I used other iterations and synonyms of those search terms and could not find a satisfying answer.  Much of the data available is old and/or disparate.  The last U.S. Census was in 2000.  The next is in 2010.  Because I am your loyal Downtown Austin Realtor (plug!), I am uniquely suited to discover and share with you my count, building by building, of the number of Downtown Austin condos and apartments.

The official Downtown Austin Blog count of Downtown Austin dwellings after the jump.

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