Austin Condos & Lofts
View the List of This Week's Hottest Condos in my Blog! It seems everyone is moving to Austin! Locals are still in shock over the recent news that Austin is now the 11th largest city in the nation. Just ranked at number 5 in the “10 Big, Booming Cities” by CNN Money, Austin added over 25,000 new residents for the 12 month period from July 2011 to July 2012. What’s the allure? Austin just ranked second on the Forbes Top Ten Cities for Finding Employment. But it’s not just young, recent college graduates who are moving here. (read more about Austin)
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The retiring Baby Boomers are flocking to this laid back lifestyle and the appeal of carefree condo living. Forbes continued its love affair with our Capital city, naming Austin as one of the best places to retire. This trend continues, resulting in high demand for housing and low inventories. This fast paced real estate market is seen all around the city, but especially in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Cranes are once again dotting the skyline with new highrise apartment buildings and luxury hotels on the way up.
The Austin Condo Market
What does buying in a city with limited inventory mean to you? Competition is keen, with sellers only willing to consider contracts from qualified buyers or those paying cash. It’s critical to have a Buyer’s Agent representing you and guiding you through the process. Also, your agent can alert you to properties that are coming on the market, but not yet posted in MLS. An experienced downtown Broker, Ellen Noble has been representing buyers in the Central Austin market since 2002.
As Downtown Austin REALTORS, we offer our experience and expertise in finding you the perfect home in urban Austin. If living in downtown is not for you, we’ll expose you to central Austin’s beautiful, walkable neighborhoods with a variety of housing options.
Austin Condo Search
On Highrises.com, you will find several search options to help you zero in on the latest available Condos and Lofts for sale throughout Austin. This site is directly connected to the Austin Home Search database, which means the condos and lofts you find on Highrises.com are current with what’s available in the area. Each listing may include photos, features, maps and directions which can easily be printed. We encourage you to visit us often, it’s always free and no registration is required! Start your search now, or contact Ellen Noble to see why Highrises.com is the #1 site for Austin Condos. Ellen can also be reached at 512-726-0370. Your next home is just a few clicks away!
Living in Austin
Even with all the growth, the downtown area still retains its small town charm but with big city amenities. The downtown core is located on the north side of Lady Bird Lake, with most condos within a block of over eight miles of hike/bike trails. On the south side of the lake, you’ll find the 350 acre Zilker Park, home to the annual Austin City Limits Festival. Within a mile of downtown is Barton Springs, a three acre spring fed pool with bracing 68 degree water. Downtown Austin has evolved into a vibrant, walkable area offering an incredible variety of dining experiences, retail services, two movie theaters, music venues and live performances at the Paramount Theater. The Whole Foods 80,000 square foot flagship store opened in 2005 and is now surrounded by galleries, boutiques and restaurants in the Market District at West 6th and Lamar. Second Street District is home to locally owned boutiques, restaurants, the Violet Crown Cinema and the Moody Theater, where Austin City Limits (ACL Live) is produced. Most of the highrises provide stunning views of Lady Bird Lake, the Capitol dome and the Hill Country to the west. But the horizon is changing, so you’ll want a Broker who can keep you informed of new projects that may alter the current view.
Relocating to Austin
Each year thousands of people decide to make the move to Austin. Maybe it's the temperate climate, or the low cost of living, or the lack of a state income tax. Perhaps it's because Austin was named Money Magazine's 2nd best place to live in 2006, or because it was named Greenest City in America by MSN. If you're considering relocating to Austin, be sure to check out the online version of the Austin Newcomer Guide, or watch the Austin Relocation Video provided by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
About Austin, TX
Austin is now the 11th largest city in the country with a population of 840,000 residents. The crown jewel of Texas and the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin is home to the state Capital as well as the University of Texas Longhorns. The 40 acre campus is located on the northern edge of downtown and is home to 51,000 students. The 2009 census figures reflect that 7413 people resided in downtown Austin. With almost 800 units added since that time, the current population is estimated to be closer to 9,000 residents. There are several projects underway or in the planning stages that will add significantly to this number. Austin is fortunate to have beautiful, walkable inner city neighborhoods that are within minutes of downtown. Approximately 300,000 people live within a five mile radius of downtown. According to the Downtown Austin Alliance, more than 67,000 people work in the central downtown area.
Ellen Noble is a licensed Texas Real Estate Agent with Capital Downtown REALTORS®. All information on this site is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed.