New, Improved Building-by-Building Condo Listings!

Look! We’ve updated our listing pages to provide a much-improved Condo browsing experience. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or voyeuristically peak inside a stranger's condo, you'll like the updated site.

The way most people choose a condo is by figuring out which building or buildings they want to live in (hint: use the “Profiles”) and then looking to see which units are available. We’re planning a fully integrated roll out soon, but now you have direct access to MLS listings via our sponsors on a building-by-building basis.

You can see all of the listing's links here. Or view listings for your favorite condo building here:

Downtown Austin Condo Projects

360 -- Profile -- MLS Listings
Austin City Lofts -- Profile -- MLS Listings
Austonian -- Profile -- MLS Listings
Four Seasons Residences -- Profile -- MLS Listings
Nokonah -- Profile -- MLS Listings
Plaza Lofts -- Profile -- MLS Listings
The Shore -- Profile -- MLS Listings
Spring -- Profile -- MLS Listings
W Hotel & Residences -- Profile -- MLS Listings





New Profile Posted: 904 West

We've updated the AustinTowers downtown Austin new condo guide to include 904 West, a new $8 million low rise project on 9th and West near Whole Foods and the Nokonah.

The 33 unit project is a green conversion of solidly built commercial structure. The new condo project is being constructed in phases with the first 7 units complete. Prices start at $191,000 and rise to $326,000. We've already added the project to our listings page and a full profile is here.

While the project features an attractive modern design and a quiet location, the most interesting features are the flexible floor plans (some include live/work spaces) and the green features. In general, condo projects utilize significantly less energy than equivalent single family homes. This project should utilize less energy than almost any condo project. Some of the energy efficient features include:

- Dedicated solar panels for each unit
- 100% LED lighting
- Tankless water heaters
- Spray foam insulation
- Rainwater collection
- Double-paned, low-energy glass and windows

Already, the project has been recognized for these attributes with the Austin Business Journal Going Green Award [Winner: Green Building - Residential] and the Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Awards [2010 2nd Place Finalist].

While the building is only two stories tall it does have an elevator and a swimming pool. So far, one quarter of the available units have been sold.

Here are some additional details from the Statesman:

"The city and Austin Energy are working toward a goal of having 65 percent of new single-family construction be capable of zero net energy consumption by 2015, meaning the homes potentially could generate as much electricity as they consume, with solar panels and advanced energy-efficiency features.

The 904 West project is attracting interest from professionals, empty-nesters and second-home owners who want to live downtown but in a neighborhood setting, Clouse said.

Although zoning rules would have allowed a much taller project, "we didn't want to be a 40-story beacon in the middle of this neighborhood," Clouse said. The surrounding neighborhood mostly has two-story houses used as apartments and offices.

"Instead of being involved with sprawl development, we focused on sustainable development," said Clouse, who also owns Fortis Realty Services, which was involved in designing the first phase of the Bel Air condominium project on South Congress Avenue.

The solar systems cost a total of $515,592, Cordova said. The city returned $365,107, about 71 percent of the cost, to the developers as rebates, he said.

The solar installations will generate an estimated 113,839 kilowatt-hours per year, Cordova said — enough to provide electricity to about 10 average-size Austin homes for a year.

Put another way: the savings are equivalent to planting 2,583 trees in Austin's parks, or the removal of 132,278 vehicle-miles or 17 cars from Austin roadways, Cordova sa
id.

AustinTowers: No More Site Security Problems

This was a rough week --- Due to problems with our hosting provider, Google listed AustinTowers as a "reported attack site" which generates warnings in most of the major browsers. We cleaned the site, replaced all files, and switched hosting providers and now we are clear. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks to the readers who offered help! We're excited to be back!

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For our thousands of frequent readers, there are more ways than ever to keep up with the News on AustinTowers!

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow us at http://twitter.com/austintowers. We regularly use twitter to send flash news updates, check the validity of rumors, and pass on market insights from experts that we talk to. Twitter is free to join and a great way to keep up with Austin Towers news.

As always, if you use Google for search, we've made it easy to add our news feed to your google home page. Simply click on the "Add to Google" button on the right and you will be directed to Google to create an iGoogle search page like the one below, to add AustinTowers to an existing iGoogle page, or to add AustinTowers to Google Reader. Once added, you'll see our latest headlines whenever you visit your iGoogle page to conduct a web search. If you later change your mind, it's easy to remove the AustinTowers feed or to revert to a basic search page.



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Austintowers.net now also Austintowers.com

With the help of our sponsors, Austintowers.net is pleased to announce that we have purchased and taken control of the domain Austintowers.com. While Austintowers.net will remain our primary address, you’ll be able to find the just as easily by typing the convenient “.com” equivalent!

Our Hosting Provider Was Hacked

While our website has been working perfectly well, If you tried to access Austin Towers through a major search engine over the last few days, you were probably surprised to be redirected to a random site. We were surprised as well. It turns out that our hosting provider was hacked: some sneak changed a single file on every domain that automatically redirected searches from yahoo, google, and others to their site.

We apologize for the problem and are working with our hosting provider to prevent it from ever happening again. For the technically curious, here is a thread on the web about the attack. For everyone else, the good news is the problem has been fixed and AustinTowers is back to normal.

100,000 AustinTowers Visits!

Today, AustinTowers.net passed a major milestone with our 100,000th visit! Thank you to everyone who has visited the site and helped us get to this great milestone. If you haven’t completed our survey and registered -- please do. We love to know as much as we can about our many thousands of readers!

AustinTowers Featured on Fox News


AustinTowers.net was featured tonight on Fox News 7 during a piece about the Austonian. Our Editor, Paul D’Arcy, shared his opinion that it is a difficult time to sell expensive condos with the stock market in decline, the economy struggling, mortgage rates rising, and gas prices at a record high. Still, he shared with the reporter, the Austin condo market has been remarkably stable with all units being delivered in 2009 essentially sold out.

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Austin Towers One Year Anniversary!

This week marks our One year anniversary! Thanks to all of our readers -- especially to those who have submitted news and ideas! In our first year, we are thrilled that more than 40,000 people visited Austin Towers including many out-of-state visitors. With more than 120 posts and countless profile updates, we've worked hard to make Austin Towers the leading site for downtown Austin condo shoppers and downtown residents alike.

As we plan for a great second year, I would like to encourage everyone to register and to provide any ideas, tips, and feedback you may have. Nothing makes the editors at Austin Towers happier than learning about our readers. If the site is useful, please register! Your information will never be disclosed to other parties and every message will include a way to opt out of future news updates and invitations. Thank you for reading Austin Towers!

As you know, Austin Towers posts news and analysis on the downtown condo market 2-3 times every week. If you use Google for search, we've made it easy to add our news feed to your google home page. Simply click on the "Add to Google" button on the right and you will be directed to Google to create an iGoogle search page like the one below, to add AustinTowers to an existing iGoogle page, or to add Austin Towers to Google Reader. Once added, you'll see our latest headlines whenever you visit your iGoogle page to conduct a web search. If you later change your mind, it's easy to remove the Austin Towers feed or to revert to a basic search page.

As many of you know, you can also subscribe to the Austin Towers feed on this site by simply clicking the Orange RSS feed button on the sidebar or by following this link: AustinTowers RSS Feed

Thanks for your support! - Paul D'Arcy, Editor

New Condo Listings: Spring, Barton Place, Bridges on the Park

We've once again updated the listings page -- adding MLS Listings for four upcoming projects. Whenever units are listed in the MLS, they will appear immediately on the Austin Towers listings page. You'll find new listings for the following projects:

Spring Condominiums Listings
Barton Place Listings
Bridges on the Park Listings
Presidio at Judges Hill

Austin Towers is the only source for current building-by-building listings. In addition to the standard Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listings provided by realtors on completed projects, the listing guide also provides direct links to developer listings which are not included in the MLS.

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AustinTowers posts news and analysis on the downtown condo market 2-3 times every week. If you use Google for search, we've made it easy to add our news feed to your google home page. Simply click on the "Add to Google" button on the right and you will be directed to Google to create an iGoogle search page like the one below, to add AustinTowers to an existing iGoogle page, or to add AustinTowers to Google Reader. Once added, you'll see our latest headlines whenever you visit your iGoogle page to conduct a web search. If you later change your mind, it's easy to remove the AustinTowers feed or to revert to a basic search page.



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AustinTowers.net Featured on Fox News!

Fox News ran a story tonight on the Austonian ground-breaking and the state of the downtown Austin condo market. AustinTowers.net editor Paul D'Arcy was asked to provide analysis on the current downtown condo market.

AustinTowers.net Featured on NBC!

AustinTowers was featured on the 10PM news tonight on NBC station KXAN! The story looked at the changes to the Austin skyline and the potential impact of construction equipment shortages on existing projects and condo costs.

Watch the story here!




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AustinTowers posts news and analysis on the downtown condo market 3-5 times every week. If you use Google for search, we've made it easy to add our news feed to your google home page. Simply click on the "Add to Google" button on the right and you will be directed to Google to create an iGoogle search page like the one below, to add AustinTowers to an existing iGoogle page, or to add AustinTowers to Google Reader. Once added, you'll see our latest headlines whenever you visit your iGoogle page to conduct a web search. If you later change your mind, it's easy to remove the AustinTowers feed or to revert to a basic search page.



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AustinTowers Featured on News 8 Austin!

We were very surprised to find that AustinTowers was featured today on News 8 Austin - our first television appearance!

NEW: Downtown Austin Condo FAQ

AustinTowers is very excited to launch a comprehensive Downtown Austin Condo FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) as a new permanent section of the site. The FAQ will provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging downtown Austin high-rise condo market by answering the most common questions facing condo buyers.

Here are the questions that are answered in the initial version of the FAQ:

  • How much does it really cost to own a downtown condo?
  • How much do condo fees vary?
  • Why are condos more expensive than single family homes near downtown?
  • What units make the best investment?
  • How big is the high-end condo market?
  • How easy is it to sell a downtown condo unit?
  • Who actually lives downtown today?
  • Do downtown residents actually work downtown?
  • How many downtown condo units are bought by investors?
  • Do MLS statistics accurately capture the current state of the downtown condo market?
  • What is being done downtown to promote affordable housing?
  • It looks like there is a ton of vacant sites downtown, will that effect values?
  • What is a good source for downtown condo listings?

If you have questions that are not included, please let us know! Just register and leave comments or send us an email here! To visit the FAQ, simply click here!

Site Update: 3 New Profiles Added!


As new downtown Austin condo projects are announced, we add them to AustinTowers. Over the last week we've added three full new profiles for recently announced projects. This brings the total number of projects covered by AustinTowers to 36!

The new profiles are:

1155 Barton Springs
21c Austin
Sabine on 5th

And of course, they can all be found in either the New Condo Project Gallery or the Completed Condo Project Gallery. Please contact us to let us know if we have missed anything!

Thanks for all of your ideas and feedback!


May was a great third month for AustinTowers -- with more than 1,200 visitors in just 31-days, it has been very exciting to see interest in the site grow so quickly. I am particularly thankful to the large number of readers who have completed the survey or sent thoughts, ideas, and feedback via email. It is this data and feedback which has led to many of the changes in the site. If you have thoughts that you haven't shared, we hope that you will send us a note!

Thank you for reading the site and sharing your thoughts and ideas!

Question: What are condo buyers interested in? Answer: 360.


The growth of the site has been amazing over the last three months - we're now averaging nearly 1,000 visitors per month -- it's great to see so much interest in downtown high rise condo development.

On our home page, there is about 40 links. Interestingly enough, the link that gets the most click is not the blog or the project navigator or the condo project rankings. It's the link for the profile of Novare's 360 development. With 430 units across 44-floors, it's the biggest downtown project so far. With units starting at $190K, it's also the most reasonable. According to the developer, 75% of the units were under contract by the end of March, just 3 weeks after they went on the market.

The Austin condo market is so new that it is very hard to predict what will happen over the next few years. It's good to see that tall, well-designed, affordable projects in good locations are drawing so much interest and demand --- it bodes well for vibrant and dense urban core.


Now Available: Real-time Condo Listings!

The purpose of Austin Towers has always been to help downtown austin condo buyers to find the right project and unit. Today, Austin Towers launches a new listing section which will help make this a reality!

The way most people choose a condo is by figuring out which building or buildings they want to live in and then looking to see which units are available. Unfortunately, there has been no great way to do this. With Austin Towers listings, buyers can now view both MLS and developer listings on a building-by-building basis.

With this update, Austin Towers has also added 8 completed projects and a completed project navigator to the site. This will help buyers evaluate and search for units in existing buildings in addition to te many new developments that we have always covered.

Here are the links to the new capabilities:

- Condo Unit Listings
- Completed Project Navigator

And the following new profiles:

- 5 Fifty Five
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Austin City Lofts
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Avenue Lofts
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Brazos Lofts
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Brown Building
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Milago
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Nokonah
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Plaza Lofts

1,000 visitors!


After 11 weeks, we had our 1,000th unique visitor today! If you have been visiting the site but haven't completed the survey, please do. We keep the data very private -- but we look forward to publishing the combined results in a future posting!

Major Austin Towers Site Update

As promised, a new section launched tonight that lists all known "Early Stage" Projects. The new section will include projects that have been announced and do not have enough information for a full profile. Today, the section lists 8 new projects with 2,500 units and total proposed budgets in excess of $1 billion.

In addition, two new projects were added to the Project Navigator:

The Residences at the Hotel Van Zandt and Bridges on the Park. Bridges on the Park is well on it's way -- construction started last year on South Lamar and is expected to be completed in 2007.

Welcome to AustinTowers!

I've been closely following Austin downtown residential development for the last couple off years. It's been amazing. Developers are currently investing more than a billion dollars to build dozens of downtown residential projects. This will bring new life to downtown and the city, new tax revenues, while reducing growth in traffic and sprawl. Read More...