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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics April 2014

Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 4:07pm. 170 Views

Austin real estate salesBefore we get to our monthly real estate statistics, we have some exciting news! For the past year, we have been working hard behind the scenes to create the best home search in the city – and we now announce its launch! You’ll find increased searching capabilities, more photos and written context to support your research of different neighborhoods, and easier location-based mapping. Read more about our new, nifty features here, and then begin a new search! We’d love to hear what you think about it!  

Austin Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High

Austin-area home sales volume hit a seven-year high in March 2014, rising seven percent year-over-year to a total of 2,262 single-family homes sold, according to an Austin Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing

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Austin-Area Home Sales Hit Record High in February

Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 4:05pm. 138 Views

Austin real estate salesDid you think the Austin-area real estate market couldn’t get any hotter? Think again. Homes from Barton Creek West to Falcon Pointe are selling like hotcakes.

According to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released at the end of March by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, home sales and home prices both reached an all-time high in February of 2014.

“Sales are increasing year-over-year, and rising home starts have begun to offset Austin’s shrinking housing inventory. These factors taken together make it look like we will have a great real estate year in 2014,” said Bill Evans, President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

The median price for Austin-area homes rose to $230,530 in February: an 11 percent gain from February 2013. Also, 1,761

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Regent Property Group: Austin’s New Best Search in the City

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 11:25am. 195 Views

Regent Property Group is thrilled to announce the launch of what we believe is the best home search in Austin. After countless hours and resources, we’ve developed tools to help you find the best home for you. And the best part? It’s simple, it’s seamless. All you have to do is take a look …

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One of the first things you’ll notice on our search page is a map filled with Austin area communities. This is a great feature if you already have narrowed down your focus to a few neighborhoods. Simply click on the desired neighborhood, and you’ll automatically be taken to a page filled with, of course, home listings – but also information on the neighborhood itself, such as schools and amenities, plus plenty of pictures to help you get a “feel” for what

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This May: Austin’s FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park Celebrates 30 Years with "As You Like It"

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 5:06pm. 656 Views

shakespeare in park austinIn 2014, Austin’s free Shakespeare in Zilker Park turns 30 years old! To celebrate three decades of park-side theater, The City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre are coming together with Austin Shakespeare to present As You Like It May 1st through 25th.

“Audiences will spend an evening with some of Shakespeare's most memorable characters, such as the quick-witted heroine Rosalind and Touchstone the Jester, while hearing the legendary 'Seven Ages of Man' speech,” said Ann Ciccolella.

Ciccolella is Austin Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, and of all Shakespeare’s plays, As You Like It is her favorite. "I am thrilled to be directing it!” she said.

The play is the story of

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Under Construction in ATX: Futuristic New Central Library on Cesar Chavez

Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 5:06pm. 557 Views

new Austin public library downtownIn the summer of 2016, Austin Public Library will have a brand new home in Central Austin. Last Spring, construction commenced on the sustainably-designed New Central Library. The 198,000-square-foot new building will rise six stories above Cesar Chavez to replace the smaller Faulk Central Library at 8th and Guadalupe Street.

Just east of the new Seaholm development, the green-minded library will face Ladybird Lake and operate 30 percent more efficiently than required by code. Reading porches and a rooftop garden will overlook the lake and adjacent Shoal Creek.

Recycled Reads, APL’s zero-waster bookstore, will have a retail space on site, and an Austin-themed café will provide indoor and outdoor dining. The library’s exterior will parallel City Hall

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For the Love of Wine: Austin Homes with Personal Wine Cellars

Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 7:18pm. 578 Views

austin homes wine cellarsImagine waking up in Austin without a clue of your whereabouts. You would see palm trees, rolling hills, and mansions and perhaps conclude, “I’m in California.” The rocky, cliff-like terrain and winding roads might whisper, “Italy.” Or, the thick red, white, and blue stripes of the Lone Star State’s flag, blowing near a lavender field, could fool you into thinking “je suis en France!” But, finally, a Texan accent would chime in, and you’d know your original guesses were off by many miles.

However different Austin is from California, Italy, and France, they all have one thing in common: wine. Austin’s rocky terrain and sun-bathed hills create an ideal viticulture environment, and the central Texas hill country has plenty of wineries to show for it.

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SoLa News: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar to Reopen in Style this Summer

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:43pm. 1,719 Views

Alamo Drafthouse south lamarIn January of 2013, redevelopment of Lamar Plaza closed the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, the beating heart of the Alamo Drafthouse empire. This beloved Alamo location was the downtown Austin home of the Fantastic Film Festival, which showcases independent movies, major Hollywood Studios, and international filmmakers. Neighbors watched with dismay as the entire strip mall went under the wrecking ball so Greystar Property Firm could turn the site into a mixed-use development.

The good news? The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will not have to search for a new Austin home. In the summer of 2014, this iconic cinema-eatery will reopen in grand style with brand new digs as part of the new “Lamar Union” center.

The new Alamo will show off a luxury facade

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Summer Camps: TV-Free Activities for School-Free Kids

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:38pm. 574 Views

Austin summer campsSmart. Artistic. Musical. Fit. Fun. These adjectives all describe Austin’s population. But, how do central Texans become so awesome? Well, for starters, various summer camps help develop the above qualities in the city’s youngest Austinites. Austin offers a long list of summer camps in categories such as outdoor recreation, sports, education, arts and culture, special needs, and special interest.

Outdoor Texas Camp sharpens campers’ hunting, fishing, and outdoor skills. Texas Lions Camp caters to children with disabilities and makes use of the Texas Hill Country. Longhorn Soccer Camp develops a killer kick at an early age. American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive calls out to prima ballerinas. Here are more examples of summer camps available to

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To Bee or Not to Bee? Backyard Beekeeping in Austin, Texas

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 2:35pm. 717 Views

Austin bee keepingThinking of starting a backyard or rooftop beehive colony in Austin, Texas? With all the talk of bee Colony Collapse Disorder and the recent emphasis on eco-friendly living, backyard beekeeping is the latest ATX trend in earth-friendly DIY circles. Homemade honey is not only nutritious, but antibacterial, and offers medicinal properties. More importantly, bee pollination is excellent for backyard gardens, or on a bigger scale, for agricultural areas. It really is the bee’s knees!

Dana Stahlman is a retired commercial beekeeper and master beekeeper. “Beekeeping is a fantastic hobby,” she said. “Those who get into beekeeping often get what is called ‘bee fever!’” A question often asked of Stahlman asked is, How and when do I get started in keeping bees?

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ATX Economic News: Low 2014 Unemployment and High Job Growth Rankings

Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 11:43am. 725 Views

US job market AustinIt’s no wonder a life and home in Austin, Texas is quickly becoming a luxury, with more positive news on its economic front coming last week from the Austin Chamber of Commerce. According to January 2014 numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Austin holds the second lowest unemployment rate among large U.S. metros and the fastest rate of job growth.

“Austin’s job growth of 4.5% over the 12 months ending in January seemed likely to be at or near the top," said Austin Chamber Vice President of Research Beverly Kerr, "and it does prove to be the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest U.S. metros.” Two of its Texas cohorts, Houston and Dallas, also ranked among the top ten. “Not only is Austin’s 4.5% growth fastest among the top 50

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