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Movie Night at Stone House Vineyard!

Stone House Vineyard is excited to host an outdoor screening of the food-loving film, The Hundred- Foot Journey! It’s about a young, self-taught Indian chef opening a restaurant in a small village in the South of France. Each ticket includes admission to the movie, a glass of wine, and popcorn. The event is on Saturday, September 26th at 7:30pm. If you have not visited Stone House yet, this is a perfect opportunity! Be sure to buy your tickets before they run out!

Learn more about Stone House and their upcoming events here. 

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July ABoR Stats are out!

The July 2021 ABoR Stats are out! The median sales price was $480,000 last month. Closed sales are down 9% compared to last July. More homes are also being listed across the MSA, as new listings increased 8% to 5,166 listings in July. Active listings dropped 36% to 3,294 listings. Homes spent an average of 12 days on the market, which is down compared to July 2020 indicating that as new homes are listed, they are quickly going under contract. 

Vaike O’Grady, regional director of MetroStudy, said that while the frenzy to buy a home in Austin has steadied from this time last year, it’s unlikely that home prices will go down any time soon.

“Austin is always considered one of the top places to live in the U.S., but we’re losing ground due...

New Greek Restaurant Opens in Downtown Austin!

A new Greek restaurant recently opened on Congress and it has already become one of the hottest spots downtown! Simi Estiatorio is the epitome of fine dining. On the menu, you’ll find abundant seafood and hearty steaks with a creative take on Mediterranean favorites. The menu offers cold in-house cocktails, oysters, and many other incredible items to choose from. You can make a reservation easily on Open Table. The authentic atmosphere and cuisine truly makes you feel like you have just landed in Greece. Simi is perfect for a date night or gathering of friends! Go check it out soon!

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Brand New Park in Downtown Austin!

Waterloo Park & Moody Amphitheatre are now open in downtown Austin! The park stretches over 11 acres of gorgeous green space. If you want to go on a walk or run, there are 1.5 miles of trails to explore on the new greenway. The park is full of bright and beautiful gardens. The amphitheatre will be hosting several events starting at the end of this month, so be sure to check out their events page. As the weather begins to cool down this fall, this park will be a perfect place to relax or exercise!

Learn more about Waterloo Park & Moody Amphitheatre and all of the upcoming events ...

New Sushi Restaurant in the Domain!

   

A new sushi restaurant recently opened in The Domain and everyone is talking about it! Blue Sushi Sake Grill has a few locations across the country and it has just made its Austin debut. The menu offers cold in-house cocktails, extravagant sushi, and many other incredible items to choose from. Happy hour is Monday-Saturday 3:00-6:00 PM and all day Sunday! The swanky atmosphere with bright lights is something you have to see for yourself. Blue is located off of Century Oaks Terrace, across the street from Forever 21 and Zara in the Domain. See you there!

Learn more about Blue Sushi Sake Grill...

The Austin Housing Market Reports New Records in June 2021!

The June ABoR Stats are out! The median sales price went up to a whopping $482,364 last month. Closed sales are up 8% compared to last June. More homes are also being listed across the MSA, as new listings increased 23.8% to 5,170 listings in June 2021, while active listings dropped 56.3% to 2,265 listings. Homes spent an average of 13 days on market compared to 46 days for June 2020 indicating that as new homes are listed, they are quickly going under contract. 




“In June, and in the first six months of the year, we saw a confirmation...

ATX just became SWEETER!



The Museum of Ice Cream opened in New York City in 2016 and it has been extremely successful ever since. The famous museum has just announced its new pop-up museum in Austin this summer at the Domain! Starting mid-August, Ice Cream lovers from all over can come visit for tasty treats, fun interactive exhibits, and some ice cream history! 

The Museum of Ice Cream Austin offers tours during the day or night. The nighttime experience comes with a complimentary welcome cocktail. Both tours showcase the 3 most famous experiences, the Sprinkle Pool, Banana Forest, and Rainbow Tunnel. This new museum...

New Records Broken in Austin Real Estate



           Year over year statistics from ABOR

The median home price of the greater Austin area has reached an all-time high for any month on record.

“Austin’s housing market has become one of the most competitive markets in the U.S.,” Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR President, said. As new companies relocate to Austin and the city’s popularity draws in new residents, the sheer demand for housing has created a critical inventory shortage... the market can seem difficult to navigate to the average consumer, because it is fast paced, and transactions are becoming increasingly complex. This is why it is so important to work with a REALTOR® who understands the market.”...

Sammie's Italian is Back!

 

Everyone knew the popular Hut’s Hamburgers restaurant that unfortunately closed in March of last year. The iconic West-6th building was originally Sammie’s Drive-in, founded in 1939. A month ago, Sammie’s reopened to bring a restored and reinvented version of the old restaurant. Some of the incredible menu items include calamari, gnocchi, steak, salads, and also seven specialty dishes on the "Sammie’s Classics" list. This is a perfect spot for a birthday, date night, or group event. It might be a good idea to make a reservation on their website. Check out the deliciousness that Sammie’s has to offer this summer! 

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Best Places to Celebrate the 4th This Year Around Austin!


                                 Will Taylor


The 4th of July events in the greater Austin area are always incredible. Lakeway hosts their famous Old-Fashioned celebration every year. The celebration is 3 days packed full of fireworks, food, and fun. The fireworks kick off the weekend Friday in the Rough Hollows/Highlands neighborhood. You do not want to miss this spectacular weekend!

If you live near the Bee Cave area, the Hill Country Galleria is also hosting a 4th of July celebration and fireworks show. Live music will start at 6:30 pm featuring two local bands. There will be multiple kids activities, food, and the “best fireworks show in Central Texas”.

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Austin's Housing Market Remains Hot Amid High Prices

Austin has had one of the hottest real estate markets for a few years now, and it only continues to rise. Current average home prices are breaking new records according to the Austin Board of Realtor's stats. The demand is so high that the homes are flying off the market. Hundreds of companies are flocking to Austin constantly and about 170 people move to Austin every day. 





So far in 2021, 1,440 Austin homes have sold for between $100,000 and $299,999 above the asking price. Also, 72 have already sold for $300,000 or more above the asking price, per a recent study from Redfin. We do not foresee the Austin...

The ACL Festival in Zilker Park is officially sold out!

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Austin City Limits is one of the most famous music festivals in the country. Every year the festival brings out around 75,000 people to Austin's city center park, Zilker. The music Lineup came out last week and it is the talk of the town. Some of the artists include George Strait, Stevie Nicks, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, and more! 

 
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The festival offers incredible food trucks, drinks, and lots of fun activities to enjoy in between...

ABOR April 2021 Stats


      Year over year statistics for April from Austin Board of Realtors.

Homes last month spent less time on the market. New listings are up but active listings are down. Prices continue to increase significantly. The median sales price is up 42% and closed sales are up 37% compared to last April. 

The booming Austin-area housing market continues to be strong in April, with double-digit growth in both home sales volume and median price growth. The Austin Board of REALTORS® April 2021 Central Texas Housing Report is the first market report to provide a direct comparison to the housing market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend!



Need to make some Memorial Day plans? Austin is full of creative ways to spend your long weekend! Here are a few ideas: 



1. Spend time on Lady Bird Lake!! This is one of the best ways to cool off during the hot Texas summer. Live Love Paddle, The Rowing Dock, and Greenbelt Outdoors are just a few of the many spots to rent paddleboards or kayaks. You can also rent a boat or join a group cruise tour on the lake! Some of the tours run at sunset and the cooler weather is fantastic. Also, the South Congress Bridge bats take off for their nightly flight every night at sunset. Memorial Day Weekend on Lady Bird Lake is always...

Brand New Chic Restaurant at the Commodore Perry Estate



The Commodore Perry Estate is one of the hottest new spots in Austin right now. The stunning historic mansion serves as a hotel and a membership club. Since opening last June, the exquisite estate has only allowed hotel guests and private members. Now, a new eatery called Lutie’s Garden Restaurant just opened to the public and it is all the craze.






Two admired Austin chefs have marked their return back to Austin from San Francisco. When the chef duo was asked to join the restaurant project, they knew they couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Bradley Nicholson & Susana Querejazu have brought their expertise and style to...

Enchanted Rock



The beautiful Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is only about an hour and a half away from downtown Austin. On your drive, you will see views of the exquisite scenery of the Texas Hill Country. Bluebonnets, the Texas state flowers, are in full bloom this time of year. They are especially prominent in the Hill Country areas. These gorgeous little flowers attract visitors from all over the country each springtime.





When you arrive at Enchanted Rock some of the things you can do are hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, geocache, and stargaze. There are more than 11 miles of stunning trails to hike. The massive pink granite dome rises above Central Texas showcasing magnificent views of the Hill Country. Aside from the dome, the scenery, rock formations; the legends about Enchanted Rock are...

The South Congress Bridge bats are back!

Austin is known for its stunning scenery and its plethora of exciting things to do! One of the most popular attractions definitely includes the bats! People visit from all over to see these bats. From March until September, Mexican free-tailed bats fly from the South Congress Bridge every night at sunset. Nearly one and a half million bats in Austin call the South Congress Bridge home during this time period. At sunset, they emerge from underneath the bridge for their nightly feeding and aerial show. They eat about 20-30 thousand pounds of insects on each night flight. The show lasts about 60 minutes. It is truly a bat-tacular sight.

Hundreds of spectators line the bridge every night for this unique experience  This is a perfect activity to walk to after dinner at one of the excellent South Congress restaurants. You can also easily access the South Congress bridge from the...

Tips for scouting bluebonnets

1. These are wildflowers. Where and when they’ll show up is something that changes from year to year. A place that had a thick carpet last year isn’t guaranteed a repeat performance. Weather plays a big factor in when, where and how bluebonnets bloom.

2. When you get word of a good bluebonnet spot, don’t wait. A few days can make a difference in the quality of the blooms. Word gets around about nice thick patches and if you wait too long, the flowers will have been trampled by little feet and won’t be as fresh.

3. Get out of the cities. While we’ve scouted out some known spots where these flowers pop up every year, you’re not going to find them growing out of the sidewalk in downtown Austin. Parks, lakes and backroads are what you want. Everyone...

What type of market are we in? Is it still a sellers’ market?

“Although the winter storms slowed activity in February, this does not indicate a market slowdown. We’re still very much in a sellers’ market,” This according to Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR president, said. “Across the region, a high quantity of offers, cash offers, and requests to waive appraisals or option fees are increasingly commonplace. Transaction contracts are complex with negotiations that require the expertise of a REALTOR® to navigate.”

The year over year statistics show the continued boom. The median sales price in the Austin area is up 22% this month at $395,000. The homes closed are at 2,389, which is down 8%. This is mainly due to the snowstorm. Homes spent half the time on the market at an average of only 31 days. Pending sales, new listings, and active listings are all down which all adds up to decreased inventory. This has led to...

Culhane Premier Properties is proud to announce that it has joined eXp Realty!

Culhane Premier Properties is proud to announce that it has joined eXp Realty!  eXp is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the country and we are very excited to harness the power of this amazing brand and expand our client’s opportunities.

Our Owner and Broker Associate, Shawn Culhane said, “After over 10 years as an independent brokerage, we have finally found a partner that will elevate our clients’ and agents’ success without sacrificing our commitment to service and client care.”

Mike Weigand, our Team Leader and Broker Associate says, “Everyone here at Culhane is very excited to become one of the largest eXp teams in Texas. As the largest eXp team in Austin, we are looking forward to continuing to create lifelong partnerships...

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