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April 12, 2011

Taking Mixed Use to New Heights: The Austonian Luxury Condos’ Award-Winning Design

Pic Last week The Austonian luxury condos won a “Best Commercial Real Estate” award in the Mixed Use category from the Austin Business Journal. Here are a few components of the mixed-use design:

1) Density and green building. The Austonian provides luxury living for 166 families on less than two-thirds of an acre. This supports energy conservation – less water for lawns, a reduced number of car trips per resident per day, and more efficient cooling via chilled water from a central plant. The Austonian has received a four-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building, which is comparable to a LEED Gold rating.

2) The creation of a vertical neighborhood. Within The Austonian, there are over 40,000 square feet of amenities where residents can entertain guests and relax. Facilities include a green roof terrace with outdoor kitchens and a pool, a 10th-floor pet park, a 56th-floor fitness center with 360-degree views, and the 55th-floor Austonian Club, which can host parties up to 300.

3) Creating a 24/7 downtown neighborhood. While The Austonian serves as a mixed-use community within the building, it also connects to the surrounding neighborhood, adding residents – a critical need – to downtown Austin. Grocery stores, dry cleaners, and places to eat, shop and hang out are within a few minutes’ walk of The Austonian.

More information about The Austonian luxury condos in downtown Austin is available at www.theaustonian.com.

Photo: The view from The Austonian Club (55th floor), Credit: Thomas McConnell

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