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The Austonian: A History

Since its arrival in 2010, The Austonian instantly became a recognizable icon in the Austin skyline; and as downtown Austin continues to grow and change, The Austonian maintains its presence as the tallest, most luxurious and exclusive all residential building in the city. As the first luxury high-rise in Austin, The Austonian has established a benchmark for upscale living that is yet to be matched. With spellbinding views, exceptional service and unparalleled exclusivity, The Austonian provides its residents with an experience of downtown Austin that is unlike any other, with more shared amenity square footages per residence than any other building in the city.

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What to Expect When Buying at The Austonian

The Austonian has a history of delivering true luxury to the Austin market, continuously refining the definition of, and approach to, luxury in downtown Austin. With an established reputation and a proven track record, The Austonian has cemented its place as the pinnacle of Austin’s luxury real estate market, earned from years of developing the ultimate resident experience. The Austonian continues to impress and distinguish itself in reputation, excellence, breathtaking views and the level of luxury available to its residents.

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Thriving Nightlife in the Second Street District

The Austin-American Statesman recently profiled the nightlife of the Second Street District, the neighborhood The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums calls home. Since 2005, the district has been essential to the renaissance of downtown Austin, and over the past ten years the Second Street District has evolved into a go-to spot for shopping, dining and entertainment in Austin.

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Fitness in the New Year at The Austonian

With the new year upon us, it’s a great time to get a jump start on your resolutions for 2015, especially when it comes to being fit. As one of the fittest cities in the country, Austin makes the active lifestyle easy, accessible and fun, especially downtown. The area in and around The Austonian luxury condominiums is home to a variety of fitness options, from seasonal and annual events to trails and workout spaces that can be used year round.

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Austin Named a “Best Buy” City

Real estate in Austin continues to be a hot commodity in the New Year, as Austin was recently named the #1 “best buy” city for real estate in 2015 by a recent study released by Forbes.

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Austin’s Best Beer Bars, Wine Clubs, and Craft Cocktails

It’s never been a better time to be a lover of beer, wine, and spirits in Austin. Over the past few years, Austin has been gaining clout as a hub for craft beer, cocktails, and locally produced wine. Increasingly more bars, restaurants and stores throughout the city are offering finely crafted, niche drinks that are locally grown, brewed and prepared.

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Local Holiday Shopping in Austin

‘Tis the season of holiday shopping, but finding that perfect gift can sometimes be a challenge. Thankfully, downtown Austin is a great place to unique gifts of all kinds, both for those who call the city home and those who want to have a taste of it from places afar. Here’s a look at some unique Austin gift ideas from places near The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums.

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2014 Austin Real Estate Snapshot

It’s no secret that Austin continues to grow at an incredibly rapid pace. Signs of the growth over the past year are visible throughout the city, from new commercial buildings and hotels making their marks on the downtown Austin skyline to new restaurants and retail stores changing the landscape and culture on the ground. The local real estate market has shown this boom throughout the year, with home prices and sales rising steadily, due to both the economic landscape of Austin and Texas and the influx of people moving to the city each day. Living space in downtown Austin continues to be in high demand as well, even with the rapid construction of new apartments and condos that has taken place throughout the year.

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Downtown Art: Austin’s Murals

Austin’s art scene, like many of this city’s inhabitants, spends much of its time outdoors. Downtown Austin is peppered with murals and street art that both beautify the streets and make the city unique. Though some pieces are more iconic than others, all of the city’s murals play a huge role in the cultural fabric of downtown Austin.

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Downtown Austin Alliance Annual Report Findings

Over the past decade, downtown Austin has grown significantly, thanks to overall population growth and the strategic efforts of the City of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance. Earlier this month, the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA), which advocates for ongoing change and improvement to the downtown Austin area, released their 2014 Annual Report, which offers a look at what developments have been made in the past year as well as a look at what is yet to come.

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The Holiday Season in Downtown Austin

Year after year, downtown Austin is one of the top spots in the city to experience the holiday season, as the streets are filled with lights, music and festive celebrations, all hallmarked by a unique Central Texas flair. No matter what holiday one celebrates, there are plenty of events and activities taking place within walking distance from The Austonian throughout the next month that showcase the best of what the holiday season has to offer.

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Art in Austin: Creek Show and EAST

The thriving art community in Austin tends to stay under the radar, but upcoming events on the horizon shine the well-deserved spotlight on the incredible talent right here in the city. Increasingly, efforts are being made to invite the community to engage with the art being created here, as well as to incorporate local art into unexpected places in the city.

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New Construction in Downtown Austin

Austinites are no strangers to construction cranes. Over the past few years, increasingly more buildings have been erected in the heart of downtown Austin, transforming both the shape of the skyline and the culture of living in downtown Austin. The Austonian was one of the first projects to open during this period of growth, and it maintains its status as the tallest building in Austin, with unimpeded views of the rest of the city, Lady Bird Lake and the Central Texas Hill Country. As such, residents of The Austonian luxury condominiums have a front row seat to watch the city as it grows, and will be in a prime location to enjoy all the new life these changes bring.

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F1 Weekend in Austin

This weekend, Austin welcomes thousands of racing fans from around the world for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Though the race itself takes place on Sunday, the global event features some of the most exclusive parties and luxury opportunities in the city, beginning today.

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2014 AIA Austin Homes Tour

This Saturday and Sunday, the 28th annual AIA Austin Homes Tour will offer design-minded Austinites the opportunity to experience some of the best designed homes in Austin. The self-guided tour, taking place on both October 25th and October 26th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., provides a peek into the most inspiring new and newly renovated homes by local Austin architects.

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Downtown Austin Event: Art Bites 2014

Tonight, October 14th, experience what it’s like to taste a work of art. Art Bites, presented by the Russell Collection of Fine Art, Cadillac and CultureMap Austin, will be an evening featuring renowned Austin chefs’ culinary interpretations of works of fine art.

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Downtown Austin Event: Austin City Limits

It’s that time of year again - Austin City Limits Music Festival is back in downtown Austin and it’s shaping up to be a good one. With temperatures cooling off just in time for the first weekend and General Admission tickets sold out, music lovers from Austin and around the world will flock to downtown Austin starting tomorrow to enjoy one of Austin’s signature events. With the festival located in The Austonian’s backyard, residents of The Austonian luxury condominiums can enjoy everything the festival has to offer, without any hassle.

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New Downtown Neighbors

In recent years, the area around The Austonian luxury condominiums in downtown Austin has grown tremendously, turning the 2nd Street District and Congress avenue areas into a hub for some of the best living, eating and entertainment in the city. As a testament to this progress, The Austonian is gaining some new neighbors in the near future.

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Downtown Austin Event: Austin Museum Day

This Sunday, September 21st, museums across the city of Austin will participate in Austin Museum Day. This annual event invites the Austin community to rediscover the museums in our city with a day of free admission and activities. More than 35 local institutions are opening their doors to the community to welcome them to come learn and explore.

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Downtown Austin Event: Tour de Vin

The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas will host its 12th annual Tour de Vin this Thursday night, September 18th. The annual tasting tour is an opportunity for your taste buds travel around the world, with more than 80 fine wines paired with fresh bites prepared by some of Austin’s best restaurants.

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Where to Watch Football in Downtown Austin

Football season is upon us again as teams of all levels start their seasons in Central Texas and beyond. To make it easier for downtown Austinites to navigate the football-loving lifestyle, local establishments across the city offer a variety of ways to enjoy the games with an Austin twist. From bars with big screen TVs to entire tailgating extravaganzas, here are a few ways to celebrate the return of football in style:

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New Downtown Austin Restaurant: Counter 3. Five. VII.

Located on Congress Avenue just a block down from The Austonian luxury condominiums, Counter 3. Five. VII. is an unconventional new restaurant that offers a fresh take on the dining experience. Slated to open this fall, the restaurant features a counter-only seating model to offer diners and the chefs behind their meals a chance to closely interact with one another.

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Downtown Austin Event: Bob Bullock Exhibit “When Austin Got Weird”

Many of Austin’s current inhabitants aren’t natives, but still love to be a part of the “Keep Austin Weird” culture that makes this city so distinct. Until September 14th, visitors to the Bullock Texas State History Museum can experience the inception of Austin’s “weird” at the museum’s new “When Austin Got Weird” exhibit which showcases the 60s and 70s counterculture that transformed Austin from the political capital of Texas to the Live Music Capital of the world.

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New Developments Shift the Epicenter in Downtown Austin

Since 2009, The Austonian has been an icon within the downtown landscape as the tallest building in sight. The Austonian has seen Austin blossom from its vantage point at the corner of Congress and Second Street – and today, residents live in the middle of one of the most active and vibrant parts of the city. Downtown Austin is on the brink of a significant expansion too, with the construction of the Seaholm District, the Green Water Treatment redevelopment, the new Central Library, and the opening of The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake, which means residents of The Austonian will have even more restaurants, shopping and entertainment options just a few minutes’ walking distance from home.

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New Views + Photography on The Austonian Website

As the tallest building in Austin, views from The Austonian of the city, Lady Bird Lake and the surrounding Hill Country are singular and exceptional. Just one block north of the lake and a few blocks south of the Capitol, The Austonian could not have a better location for appreciating the beauty of Austin or the surrounding Central Texas landscape; and ones’ line of sight stretches unobstructed, as far as the eye can see. Words fall short when conveying these awe-inspiring views, so The Austonian has updated their website with new photography of what things look like from the heights of The Austonian. And it is absolutely breathtaking.

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Downtown Austin Bars to Watch the World Cup

With the World Cup well underway, the whole world is swept up in fútbol fever – and Austin is no exception. Restaurants and bars across town are screening the games, along with happy hours and food specials. Here are a few in downtown Austin, within walking distance from The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums

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Downtown Austin News: Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Grand Opening

This Saturday morning, The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin will celebrate the grand opening of the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake. After nearly two years of build-up and construction, the 1.1-mile addition to the trail will be officially open to the public at 10 a.m. on June 7th, closing the southeastern gap of the 10 mile loop around the lake.

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Public Art in Downtown Austin: Ink Tank Vending Machine

This weekend is the second and final weekend of the West Austin Studio Tour, and as part of the festivities, Art Alliance Austin is hosting a free public event in Republic Square Park to celebrate the reveal of downtown Austin’s newest piece of public art.

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Downtown Austin Event: The Gelato World Tour

This weekend, downtown Austin will be filled with creamy sweetness, as Republic Square Park plays hosts to the international Gelato World Tour. The international competition stops in eight cities around the globe in search for the best gelato in the world, and has already passed through Dubai, Melbourne, Rome and Valencia.

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Downtown Austin Restaurant Opening: The Pleasant Storage Room

This week, downtown Austin’s newest restaurant and craft cocktail bar officially opened its doors to the public in the Warehouse District at the corner of 4th and Lavaca. Taking its name from the first cocktail bar in Havana, Cuba, the Pleasant Storage Room brings the elegant and eclectic energy of early to mid-20th century Cuba to the heart of downtown Austin, with rum-inspired cocktails and Caribbean-inspired street food.

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Fine Dining, Coffee and More on the Street Level of The Austonian

A quick glance at the Austin skyline is revealing as to the prominence of The Austonian in downtown Austin. Overlooking Lady Bird Lake and Congress Avenue, and towering high above other buildings across the state of Texas, The Austonian is situated in the heart of the city. Zoom in a bit, and The Austonian’s significance increases further; the luxury high-rise serves as the gateway to the hip and happening 2nd Street District, and is home to some of the most celebrated downtown Austin establishments.

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Downtown Austin Event: Austin Food and Wine Festival

Next weekend the third annual Austin Food and Wine Festival returns to downtown Austin for three days of tastings, cooking demos, book signings and more from purveyors from across the state of Texas. Presented by FOOD & WINE Magazine the Austin Food and Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of talent from across Texas’ wine and culinary scenes – providing festival-goers the opportunity to enjoy three days of some of the best food and drink just minutes away from The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums.

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Downtown Austin Event: Waller Creek Conservancy Pop-Up Picnic

The Waller Creek Conservancy Pop-Up Picnic is back – this Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Palm Park, on the corner of I-35 and 3rd Street. Attendees of the community-wide picnic and benefit for the Waller Creek Conservancy can enjoy a beautiful night on the banks of Waller Creek, enjoying live music, and curated picnic baskets from some of the top restaurants and food purveyors in Austin.

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What You Can See From The Austonian

As the tallest all-residential building west of the Mississippi River, there is literally nothing to impede upon the sweeping views from the top of The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums. At 56 floors, it is the perfect vantage point for bird’s eye views of downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country, and all of Austin’s landmarks are visible from the top – from the red roofs of St. Edward’s University, to the University of Texas Tower and the Texas State Capitol. The sightline stretches approximately 20 miles in every direction, offering views of things as far from Austin as a concrete plant all the way down in Kyle. In fact, The Austonian is visible from four counties in Central Texas: Bastrop, Hays, Travis and Williamson.

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Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen on Statesman’s Best Restaurants in Austin

Another year has come and gone, and another edition of the Austin American Statesman’s 50 Best Restaurants in Austin has been published this week. Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen, at the base of The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums, were both included on the list, at numbers four and twenty-six, respectively.

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Timelapse photography from the Top of The Austonian

As the tallest building in the city, located in the midst of all the activity of downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake, The Austonian is the perfect vantage point for capturing the beauty and happenings of the surrounding area. During this month’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, local photographer Nick Simonite did some time-lapse photography from the upper floors of the building in order to capture the hustle and bustle of the music festival below. Here are some of the breathtaking images from the shoot.

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Fine Dining at the Base of The Austonian: Congress, Bar Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen

At the ground level of The Austonian downtown luxury condominiums lies Chef David Bull’s celebrated trio of food and drink establishments: Congress, Bar Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen. Since opening in late 2010, the three establishments have gained local and national recognition – from the Austin American-Statesman and Texas Monthly, to Bon Appetite and Esquire – and have made their mark on the downtown Austin dining scene. For residents of The Austonian, these iconic downtown establishments offer an array of epicurean experiences, spanning seven-course meals, to casual small plates, to artisanal cocktails – all within minutes from home.

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Fall Football Festivities in and around The Austonian

Fall is fast approaching, which, in Austin translates into cooler weather, music festivals and University of Texas football. The University of Texas is one of Austin’s most iconic and long-standing establishments, and, in the fall, burnt orange takes over the city in a wave, as students return to campus for a new year, and quarterbacks, yard lines and touchdowns are the talk of the town. For residents of The Austonian, downtown luxury living affords a number of options for viewing and experiencing football season as residents are incredibly close to the stadium and tailgating festivities, and the building itself offers multiple amenity spaces for watching the football games and engaging with other UT fans in the Austonian community.

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Second Street Shopping and Entertainment near The Austonian

Located in the heart of downtown Austin in the eclectic and vibrant 2nd Street District, The Austonian luxury condominiums offer residents a wide array of entertainment and retail options within a minute’s walking distance from home.

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Downtown Austin Spotlight: Urban Wine + Liquor

Urban Wine + Liquor , the newest retail addition at the base of the Austonian, was recently featured in the Austin American-Statesman in a profile of the shop owner Buckley Wineholt.

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Historic Preservation: A Walk Down 2ND Street in Downtown Austin

In the bustling 2nd Street District, historical treasures remain carefully preserved above and below ground. At The Austonian, Austin’s premier luxury residence, a historic landmark has been integrated into the building, allowing visitors to experience Austin’s past while enjoying its more contemporary amenities. Further down the stretch of 2nd Street that’s also known as Willie Nelson Boulevard, a general store stands tucked in a corner, surrounded by a retail and office building that helps to anchor the mixed-use district.

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