6th March 2014
The first phase of the redevelopment of the old Seaholm Power Plant in downtown Austin will soon be completed. Businesses like Aethena Health and a new restaurant called Boiler Nine Bar + Grill will be leasing out space. There is also going to be a new public library along with 280 private condominiums scheduled to be built. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about this project.
27th February 2014
In the last year and a half, the City of Austin has created several measures to create new urban development in Central Austin, while still allowing the older residential neighborhoods of the area to maintain their natural charm and character. In addition to the “McMansion Guidelines,” (which do not allow a single family structure to encompass more than 40% of the lot and cannot be taller than 32 ft.), the city has begun to adopt the “Neighborhood Plan Combining District.” As you can see from the link this N.P.C.D. now encompasses not only single family homes, but corner stores, mixed-use buildings and secondary apartments. If you have any questions about how this might affect your neighborhood, or the neighborhood you are potentially looking at moving, feel free and contact me at email@example.com
13th February 2014
Below is a new renovation in Windsor Park that will be completed in the next 2-3 weeks. It will not be listed on the MLS for at least 2 weeks. The house is walking distance to Berkman Dr., Bartholomew Park, and the new 51st St. HEB in Mueller.
The house will be priced at $415,000 and is a complete remodel down to the studs. It features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and is 1,571 sq. ft. The living room and covered back porch has a vaulted ceiling. The master bedroom also has an elevated (tray) ceiling. Please contact me with questions or if you are interested in seeing the inside.
9th February 2014
Inventory in certain neighborhoods in Central Austin is at an all time low right now. Some areas of town have less than 1 month of inventory for sale! (The norm is typically around 3-4 months of inventory). As you can imagine, many of the new properties are going under contract before they even hit the MLS. I have been working with several builders and investors this year and scouring the area for new properties, before they hit the market in order for my clients to be one step ahead of all the other buyers. Below are just 4 of the houses that I know of that will be coming available for sale in the next 2-3 months, but are still under construction and have not ye hit the market.
7th February 2014
If you happen to be driving some central Austin streets looking at houses on a Saturday afternoon, I would highly recommend checking out Adelbert’s Brewery for one of their tours (assuming you like beer, especially Belgian beer). I went there recently, did the tour and had a great time…Saturday’s from 1-4m. Or if you want to just buy their beer, most of the H.E.B.’s and local grocers carry them…look in the single beer section. Adelbert’s only bottles their beers in wine bottles.
5th February 2014
If you are thinking about putting in new counter-tops for your kitchen or bathrooms, I highly recommend looking into Silestone as opposed to granite, marble, or concrete. I recently met with the Cosentino sales rep. and toured their facility off 71 out by the Austin Bergstrom Airport. It was very impressive. There product is a much higher qualify – it does not have the same wear and tear/maintenance issues that other counter-top surfaces will have. In addition, the prices is not that much different – even cheaper than a lot of high end granites and marbles. So if your old house is Hyde Park or your 70′s ranch in Allandale are in need of kitchen or bathroom makeover, this would be the counter-tops that I would recommend.
30th January 2014
The 2014 Austin Modern Home Tour is this weekend. If you are interested in seeing some unique architecture in Central Austin, this might be worth checking out: Modern Home Tour Austin
5th January 2014
7th December 2013
Foreclosures in Central Austin are becoming harder and harder to find. For starters, home owners are well are that the price of their home has increased over the last 2 years, so they are much less likely to allow their house to go into foreclosure now that they have equity in the property. In addition, once a bank does get a foreclosure on their books in an appreciating market like Central Austin, they are much more likely to sell that property to a cash buyer at the Travis County Foreclosure Sale on the first Tuesday of each month.
Instead of waiting for foreclosures to come on the market, I recently put together a list of distressed properties in Central Austin that gets updated and emailed out to investors and clients that I work with. These properties are not foreclosures, but are the lowest priced properties in highly sought after neighborhoods like Westlake, Travis Heights, Tarrytown, Clarksville, Hyde Park and Crestview. If you are interested in receiving this list by email as it gets updated, please send me an email (Scott Parris email).
18th November 2013
I recently met with a client who was thinking about selling their house, but also wanted to do some small remodeling to help modernize their house. One thing they wanted to do is replace their 30 year old front door. They had spoken with several custom door companies that specialize in modern doors and the prices well exceeded their budget. I did some research for them and found a company in North Austin called the Door Outlet that has good selection of modern and mid century modern doors that can easily compliment any Central Austin Property.
If you are looking to do some small updates to your home and you are looking to stay within a budget, adding a new door and some paint, might be just what your house needs. Small touches like this can go a long way when selling your home, especially in trendy neighborhoods like Travis Heights, Hyde Park and Crestview.