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Read about Austin and The Austonian in Friday’s USA Today “Life on Vacation” column, a weekly column covering the second home market.
“Austin isn’t like the rest of Texas, and residents are proud of that,” noted the author Larry Olmsted. Austin is home to a rich music and arts scene, a thriving college campus, an abundance of locally-owned stores and restaurants, and is the fittest city in Texas.
Three Austin neighborhoods were profiled: Lake Travis, South Congress and downtown Austin. The 56-story Austonian was included as the example of luxury living in the heart of Austin’s booming downtown area.
Read the full USA Today story here and learn more about The Austonian here.
With the recent trend of moving from large sprawling homes to smart, urban spaces, homeowners are looking for an easier way of life without compromising luxury, privacy and exclusivity. Keeping that in mind, The Austonian team chose Gary Lee Partners to outfit the public interior spaces of the luxury building based on their reputation for creating comfortable yet elegant spaces for high-rise buildings.
The Gary Lee Partners philosophy is that someone is home as soon as they enter the building, so the lobby acts as the front door, the elevator acts as the grand staircase, and so forth.
Read more about The Austonian’s signature interior design style and custom finishings here.
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The Brookings Institute recently released the latest MetroMonitor study, which evaluates the top 100 metropolitan markets in the United States, and six of the top 21 markets, including Austin, hail from Texas. Austin was in the top five of overall MetroMonitor rankings in the areas of employment, gross metropolitan product (GMP), and housing prices.
The MetroMonitor ranking considered the changes in four economic indicators over the last three years including: employment, unemployment, gross metropolitan product, and housing prices. Analyzing the MetroMonitor data, The Huffington Post created the following market ranking which puts Austin in the number one spot:
1. Austin, TX 2. San Antonio, TX 3. Baton Rouge, LA 4. Oklahoma City, OK 5. El Paso, TX 6. Little Rock, AR 7. Augusta, GA 8. Omaha, NE 9. Jackson, MS 10. Dallas, TX 11. McAllen, TX
Read the MetroMonitor study here and The Huffington Post analysis here.
Austin news station KXAN visited The Austonian yesterday to tour the completed luxury condominium tower, which officially opened to residents last week. The news piece highlighted the views from the building and the places for entertaining, dining and working out that this Austin condominium development offers.
Views of downtown Austin from The Austonian include Congress Avenue, the Texas State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake. The 10th-floor Lawn, a place for entertaining and relaxing, was described in the piece as a “tranquil oasis” with a saltwater pool, private cabanas, outdoor kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and a secured dog park. Additional areas for entertaining include a theater room, a game and billiard room with Capitol views, and the 55th-floor Austonian Club, which accommodates up to 250 people. The highest vantage point within the building is the Fitness Center, which is located on the 56th floor.
The Austonian sets a new level for luxury in Austin condominiums with Capital Class service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which includes valet for all residents. Austonian Assistants are on-hand to help simplify residents’ daily lives by, for example, arranging housekeeping and laundry pick-up. The staff is trained to meet the needs of a busy homeowner, offering everything from event planning to personal shopping. In the words of The Austonian General Manager Terry Arterburn, “what the homeowner wants, the homeowner gets.”
Read the news story about these Austin luxury condos here.
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After two years of construction, The Austonian opened its doors to residents this week.
A few of the perks of living in these high-rise luxury condominiums include 24/7 valet service; round-the-clock care from Austonian Assistants, who can provide personal concierge services; and access to over 40,000 square feet of space for dining, entertaining, relaxing and working out.
Located on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, The Austonian residences offer views of the Texas State Capitol, The University of Texas, Lady Bird Lake and the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
A building dedication is planned for the fall. Read more about the opening of The Austonian here.
Last week, KVUE featured The Austonian in a story about the three luxury high-rise condominium projects opening in downtown Austin over the coming weeks and months.
The Austonian was featured in the story, which highlighted the building’s 40,000 square feet of amenities and, according to the article, the “convenience, privacy, luxury and exclusivity” that the building offers.
The first homeowners moved into The Austonian this week, and General Manager Terry Arterburn is leading the delivery of The Austonian’s signature Capital Class service. “Whatever the home owner wants – the home owner gets,” said Arterburn. “I can assure you that our homeowners are going to be taken care of from the time they get up to the time they go to bed.”
Opening to residents next week, The Austonian, incorporates structures and processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout its tall and slender design.
Designed by the Houston-based firm Ziegler Cooper Architects, the overall design of The Austonian is unique. By employing wind-tunnel studies and creating an elliptical building shape on a relativey small building footprint, the design team reduced the amount of materials needed to create the 56-story tower and preserved the view of the historic Texas State Capitol on Congress Avenue.
Further, the luxury condominium incorporates a green roof, LEED-rated materials, and scores a 95 out of 100 on the walkability scale. Read more about the green efforts behind The Austonian here.
Recently, Austin City Council approved the change of part of 2nd Street in downtown Austin to Willie Nelson Boulevard in honor of the country singer who has called Austin home for 40 years. New street signs displaying the name will be added to every block along 2nd Street from Trinity to San Antonio.
What does this mean for residents of The Austonian? You now have the choice of saying “2nd and Congress” or “Willie Nelson Boulevard and Congress.”
Read the full Austin American-Statesman story here .