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June 2012

There are 40 blog entries for June 2012.

Job Growth Fuels Market for Austin Office Space

Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 5:43pm. 4,733 Views

austin office space As Austin’s current rate of job growth is making office space tight, it’s likely a co-worker might take your Swingline stapler, or employees may find their desks moved four times in one year. There’s no need to set the building on fire, though. Demand for office space is fueling new construction and expansions to larger campuses for many corporations.

In the past months, the residential real estate market isn’t the only enterprise seeing an uptick in sales and growth. The office market is feeling renewed vigor as employers seek to house their new hires. Oxford Commercial, a company that tracks the office market, reports that an influx of new businesses and expansions of existing businesses is causing occupancy and rent rates to rise in Austin. The

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Regent Property Group Says Austin Expansion Means More Home Sales

Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 1:42pm. 2,994 Views

northwest austin homes for saleRegent Property Group of Austin reports that the strengthening local economy is resulting in businesses expanding, by relocating to larger spaces or opening additional locations, and by hiring more personnel. Data culled by the Community Impact Newspaper shows a flurry of relocation activity in the third quarter of 2011 as well as the first quarter of this year. Between April 2011 and March 2012, the Northwest Austin area, which includes neighborhoods like Avery Ranch and Eanes ISD, saw 42 business relocations and 80 expansions, good news for the economy, the job market, and the housing market.

“Austin’s real estate market continues to strengthen,” said Regent Property Group Founder Brian Talley. “Many national retailers are locating their expansions in

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Regent Property Group Reports Texas is a U.S. Leader in New Home Construction

Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 11:54am. 2,771 Views

Austin new home constructionAustin’s premier luxury real estate agency Regent Property Group reports that the latest U.S. Census data shows the state of Texas contributed to 20% of the increase in new homes between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011. Neighborhoods like Avery Ranch have added to the construction of new Austin homes.

Across the country, the number of new homes built during the April to July time period increased by 607,000, and Texas accounted for 121,000 of those. Texas outranks large states like California, which came in second in the number of new homes built, by building three times as many homes. Further, Census data shows that one-fifth of the 100 counties with the highest rate of growth in new housing are in Texas. Included in that last are Fort Bend, Rockwall,

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Austin Set to Get New Historic Music Venue

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 10:45pm. 2,749 Views

gruene hall Gruene Hall is an icon of New Braunfels, as well as the entire state of Texas, and Austin may soon be getting its own version of Gruene Hall as part of a downtown redevelopment project. The project would bring new life to dilapidated downtown Austin warehouse space by converting it into Austin's version of the famed music venue. The old warehouse buildings at Fourth and Brazos streets would be transformed into 12,000 square feet of entertainment space for concerts, fundraisers and private parties. The building's roof would have a 3,500-square-foot terrace.

austin warehouse music venueOriginal plans for the property were to demolish the warehouses and build high-rise apartments, but the developers who acquired the property preferred to preserve the buildings and in turn preserve

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Austin Economy Ranked One of the Nation’s Strongest

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 6:14pm. 2,068 Views

Austinites already know the city has a healthy economic climate, but that knowledge has just been confirmed by the Florida based company, Policom Corp. Policom annually analyzes local and state economies to rank the strongest economies in the nation, and this year, Austin placed as the fifth-strongest economy in the United States, to which the growing number of downtown condos and Austin luxury homes can attest.


The study considers 23 different economic factors over a 20-year period to determine the rankings. It used data from 1991 to 2010 for the current study. “The top-rated areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time,” said William H. Fruth, president of Policom. “The rankings do not reflect the

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Austin’s Urban Rail System May Be Growing

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 5:57pm. 2,641 Views

austin metroAustin's urban rail plan may have ten new miles added to the existing routes, and that’s potential good news for commuters who may live farther from downtown offices, like those in the hill country neighborhoods of Steiner Ranch, or farther south like Circle C, looking to abandon driving on busy Austin highways during rush hours. The most recent proposed map of routes shows rail lines reaching Southpark Meadows, not far from Olympic Heights in far south Austin, MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) near West Fifth Street and at West 35th Street, the Triangle on Guadalupe Street, and MetroRail's Crestview Station on North Lamar Boulevard. 

The project could be several years down the road, depending on public opinion and City bureaucracy. Additions would not be cheap,

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Austin Community Farms: Rain Lily Farm Offers Farmhouse Deliver and Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 3:31pm. 3,164 Views

rain lily farm austin

Rain Lily Farms is a combined urban farm and design firm, featuring some of the most talented designers and craftspeople from the Austin community. The expert team of plant specialists, masons, concrete artisans, welders, carpenters and landscapers ensure that the possibilities for both urban crop production and landscape design are endless. Located on Shady Lane in East Austin, only five minutes from Downtown Austin, Rain Lily Farms, in addition to talented humans, features a foray of organic veggies, fresh-egg-laying chickens and dairy-making goats.


The farm teams up with Farmhouse Delivery to send bushels of fresh vegetables, dairy, freshly baked breads, seasonal local fruits, artisanal foods, and poultry products to homes throughout every

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Austin Set to Eliminate Disposable Bags

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 6:00pm. 2,150 Views

Austin grocery bagsIn March the Austin City Council approved a Single-Use Bag Ordinance as part of a Zero Waste Initiative for the City, which also includes the City’s new composting program, and will take effect in March 2013. The ordinance regulates the types of bags that can be distributed by business establishments in Austin and encourages a shift to reusable bags to eliminate trash and litter both in landfills and along roadways. This could mean seeing only grass along sidewalks in neighborhoods that see through-traffic, like Milwood and West Lake, rather than plastic sacks and litter. The ordinance does not eliminate retail check-out bags, like plastic grocery sacks; rather, the ordinance regulates the types of bags permissible for retail check-out, meaning that bags

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SOLD! 5360 Magdelena, Austin TX 78735 in Lost Creek at Gaines Ranch subdivision in West Austin

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 3:03pm. 1,583 Views

SOLD! 5360 Magdelena, Austin TX 78735 in Lost Creek at Gaines Ranch subdivision in West Austin

Offered at $410,000
MLS# 4720914
Virtual Tour: http://www.tourfactory.com/881089

Bright, spacious rooms, modern touches, and a peaceful setting complement this stunning 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home located in the desirable, environmentally conscious Travis Country subdivision in Southwest Austin, just 7.6 miles from downtown Austin. This charming home feeds into the exemplary-rated Oak Hill Elementary School (AISD) and is only 1.3 miles from the acclaimed Regents School of Austin (K-12).

At 2,795 square feet, this neighborhood gem backs to Barton Creek Wilderness Park and features extra large bedrooms, wood floors on the main level, a formal living room,…

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Lake Austin Fun: Austin Water Bikes

Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 2:42pm. 4,626 Views

austin water bikesEnjoying Austin’s lakes from the middle of the water without ever touching water or getting in a boat? Now there’s a novel idea. It’s one that Austin Water Bikes “sits” behind, as their motto is “Never get wet.” The unusual contraptions that keep peddlers dry are a cross between a bicycle and kayak that sometimes make Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin look like a floating gym.  

In addition to the nice daytime rides around the lake that AWB offers to customers, they also offer two nighttime options. The bikes are perfect for a moonlight ride with a sweetie or a bunch of friends. A cooler sits perfectly on the back of the bike, and if there’s free music along Auditorium Shores, this is a great way to enjoy a floating show. Another date option, or a great

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