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Apr 14

Austin Cat Cafe Anyone?

Japan, and now California, are known to have quaint, cozy cafes for people to go and read, drink coffee, do some work and… cuddle with kittens.

Rebecca Gray, an entrepreneur from Austin, has been working towards bringing this kind of business to our very own city and she may just be on the right track. According to Austin Business Journal, Gray received an email from an Lawson Pedder saying they are ready to help her find the right place to open her business.

Gray believes that opening a Cat Cafe in Austin will not only make cafe-goers more happy and relaxed, but that this could be a great tool to linking Austin animal rescue organizations with Austinites who are looking to possibly adopt a cat… or maybe someone who never even thought of owning a cat but won’t be able to resist all of the furry cuteness.

You can donate to help Gray start her business here: Kick Starter

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ABJ || Culture Map


Apr 9
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HGTV’s 2015 Smart House Austin

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Every year the TV network, HGTV, does a Smart House giveaway and every year they choose a new city to build the house in. This year some lucky Austin winner will get the opportunity to reside in this Smart House!

Situated in the perfect Austin neighborhood, Zilker Park, this 3 bedroom/3 bathroom house is 2,300 square feet and made up of endless exciting features. Watch the video on the HGTV website to see everything it has to offer.

YOU can register to win this house starting Wednesday, April 15th and will run through June 2nd. Be sure to keep checking the HGTV website for further instructions.

Take a tour of the smart house

ABJ Article || HGTV Main Site


Apr 8
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Rainey Street High-Rise

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Will Austin ever stop growing? Probably not, which is why most of us Austinites love this city! Rainey Street is well known for its hipster bars and gorgeous downtown condos, and this mixed-use project is not going to disappoint.

Seventy Rainey development plans are in the works by New York based Sackman Enterprises. This new high rise will have 160 luxe residences accompanied by any amenity you can imagine; indoor fitness studio, yoga room, dog park, virtual golf course, fire pits, community garden, and much more.

Seventy Rainey is set to be completed in the Fall of 2017.

Resources: Culture Map || KXAN News


Apr 3
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Bull Creek Development

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The Grove at Shoal Creek is what they’re calling this advancement to Bull Creek. An estimated $500 million dollars is planned to be spent in order to develop on Bull Creek tremendously. You can expect to see restaurants, retail shops, apartment complexes, single family homes, office space and a 12 acre park popping up over the next seven years. Yes, seven.

The development company is also planning to improve the roads for traffic near Bull Creek, for example by adding more turn lanes.

Read more about this new project here.


Mar 20
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February 2015 Market Statistics

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Single family home sales and prices in Austin, Texas hit an all time high in February 2015. ABOR has released all statistics for single family homes today:

1,775 – Single-family homes sold, five percent more than February 2014.
$248,640 – Median price for single-family homes, eight percent more than February 2014.
$307,928 – Average price for single-family homes, five percent more than February 2014.
58 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, three days more than February 2014.
2,619 – New single-family home listings on the market, three percent more than February 2014.
5,142 – Active single-family home listings on the market, nine percent more than February 2014.
2,278 – Pending sales for single-family homes, eight percent more than February 2014.
2.2 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.2 months more than February 2014.
$546,572,200 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 10 percent more than February 2014.

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Mar 3
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Antone’s New Home- Austin, Texas

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Antone’s, a popular music venue first founded in downtown Austin, has been looking for a new home for about two years and has finally found one. Antone’s will reopen summer 2015 on 5th street in downtown Austin, next to the steakhouse Eddie V’s. The venue is going to be two stories, the second story used as an event space for special events and other bookings.

Will Bridges, a club and restaurant owner in Austin, states that Antone’s will have an in-house talent buyer that will work alongside outside outside buyers to make sure there is always great music playing at the venue.

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Feb 18
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New development for East Austin

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East Austin has become increasingly more popular over the last couple of years, and that’s not going to stop any time soon.

According to Austin Business Journal, Transwestern Development Company has officially started construction of a new project in East Austin. Plans for this two-building site include 9,600 sqft of retail, 94,500 sqft of office space, and a 346 unit apartment building that will be named “The Arnold.” President of Transwestern, Josh Delk, stated in the company’s announcement “The Arnold and accompanying office building will add to the creative energy with its mix of office, multiple housing options and prominent local retail and restaurant offerings.”

The Arnold will no doubt be a popular place to live for young professionals or students who want to reside in East Austin. Transwestern claims that there will be a pool, roof deck, multiple meeting areas, a yoga room, and a fitness center as well as storage spaces for individual units.

The office space is set for completion in January of 2016. The retail and residential is set to be completed in July of 2016.


Feb 17
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RPA is featured on Self Storage!

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We at Realty Pros are happy to announce that our very own broker and owner of the company, Steve Johnson, was recently featured on SelfStorage.com as a real estate expert. His quote on the Self Storage website provides insight for those moving to Austin and we are happy to say that his quote will help many newcomers find their own niche in our fast growing city. Make sure you check it out on their Austin, TX page!


Feb 13
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Bus lane coming to The Drag

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Here’s some exciting news for students! Austin Business Journal has reported that the City of Austin is considering adding an entire bus lane for Guadalupe Street, more specifically in the area that Austinites call ‘The Drag.’ There is already a bus lane as you travel further south on Guadalupe towards downtown, but the the community says that the campus area is where a lane is needed most. Austin Business Journal is doing a poll that you can participate in, voting whether or not you think a bus lane would be beneficial in helping decongest traffic throughout the week at prime time hours. Here is another article by Austin Monitor touching on this topic of improving the street and its traffic. Put in your thoughts!


Feb 12
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Burnet Rd in Austin is booming with business

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Burnet Road (aka BURO), a popular street in Austin located near Mopac & 183, has been growing increasingly over the last couple of years. The street even has it’s own BURO website that provides the public with new and exciting information about what’s going on with the road.

More recently, it’s been reported that Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retail store, is moving from South Congress to Burnet Road where it will have much more space. The new store is set to open in March and is excited to to be in a new setting and meeting new customers.

Here’s a list of some other businesses that have recently opened up on Burnet Road and are worth checking out for yourself!

Restaurants: Taco Flats, Noble Sandwich Co, Tacodeli, Twisted Root Burger Co.

Bars: Little Woodrows, 416 Bar & Grille,

Retail: Bobalu Cigar Company, Kellie’s Baking Company, Rove on Over

Residential: Burnet Flats, The Oasis at Midtown

And so much more!

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