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ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot



 


It's that time of year again! Thanksgiving 2021 marks the 31st anniversary of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot! This great event is committed to ending homelessness in Austin and provides an annual check to Caritas of Austin! You don't have to run in the race to be a part of the day. You can volunteer, sponsor the event, or just watch all of the excitement! The event will take place on Thursday, November 25th, and starts at the Thundercloud on the corner of Lavaca and Cesar Chavez downtown!



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Feel like a kid again... at the “World’s Biggest Bounce House” this November!

Big Bounce America, owners of the “World’s Biggest Bounce House,” will be at Carson Creek Ranch on Dec. 13th. They are bringing the massive inflatable playground with it. The 13,000 square-foot bounce house, certified by Guinness as the world’s biggest, is just one of four attractions that will be at the ranch. There will be a “Sport Slam” arena, a 900-foot long obstacle course known as “The Giant” and a space-themed area called “airSPACE.” There are even “Adult Only” jump sessions available. So bring your kids, your family, or your friends to this super fun event! 

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September ABoR Stats are out!

The September 2021 ABoR Stats are out! The median sales price was $450,000 last month. Closed sales are down 5% compared to last September. More homes are also being listed across the MSA, as new listings increased 16% to 4,136 listings in September. Active listings actually remained about the same. Homes spent an average of 17 days on the market which is down compared to September 2020 indicating that as new homes are listed, they are quickly going under contract. 

“Tesla moving its headquarters here has cemented Austin as a hub of the tech and innovation industry with the potential for limitless opportunities,”...

Best Pumpkin Patches Around Austin

It's not officially fall until you visit a pumpkin patch! There are so many beautiful pumpkin patches to check out this season around Austin. Here are the top farms you have to check out this month!  



1. Barton Hills Farm  

The annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch at Barton Hills Farm in Bastrop will be open on Saturdays & Sundays between September 25 –  November 7 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There is a beautiful 3.5-acre corn maze to explore! Barton Hills Farm also has games, live music, farm animals, concessions, a beer garden, and of course, lots of pumpkins! 

2. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm 

The Elgin Christmas Tree farm will be open every day from October 2 – 31 for Fall Festivities. For $10/person...

ACL 2021 Starts This Weekend!



It has been nearly two years since Zilker Park last hosted the Austin City Limits Music Festival! Music fans from all over the country are excited to be in person again! Every year the festival brings out around 75,000 people to Austin's city center park, Zilker. Part of the music lineup includes George Strait, Billie Eilish, Miley Cyrus, Duran Duran, and more! The festival also offers incredible food trucks, drinks, and lots of fun activities to enjoy in between the music entertainment. ACL truly captures the spirit of Austin! Everyone was so eager to buy tickets this year that they actually sold out within minutes when they came out. This week ACL has added extra 1-day and 3-day passes! This year's Austin City Limits Music Festival will be as unforgettable as always! 

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ABoR August 2021 Statistics

The August 2021 ABoR Stats are out! The median sales price was $470,000 last month. Closed sales are down 4% compared to last August. More homes are also being listed across the MSA, as new listings increased 14% to 4,409 listings in August. Active listings dropped 19% to 3,380 listings. Homes spent an average of 14 days on the market, which is down compared to August 2020 indicating that as new homes are listed, they are quickly going under contract. 

According to Mark Sprague, economist, and the state director of information capital for Independence Title, Austin’s market is exactly where it should be based on demand.

“There have been reports of Austin’s housing market being overvalued, but from an economist’s perspective, my question...

Concacaf FIFA World Cup Qualifyer: USMNT vs. Jamaica

Q2 Stadium in Austin is hosting the Concacaf FIFA U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifying match on Thursday, October 7, 2021, against Jamaica. This event will be the first time the U.S. Men’s National Team plays a World Qualifier in the state of Texas!  The historic match will be the USMNT’s fourth match of the re-formatted final round of the CONCACAF qualification cycle featuring eight (8) national teams in the final round that each play 14 matches – seven (7) at home, seven (7) away. The top three (3) finishers in the “Octagonal” will automatically qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the fourth-place finisher will be entered into an inter-region playoff. You do not want to miss this event! 

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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 to shrinking housing inventory...

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!

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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!

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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 that Austin’s housing...

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 has a Texas twist of course...

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.”

The booming...

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”.

Downtown Austin also hosts...

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 housing market slowing...

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 the music entertainment....

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.

“One year ago, shelter-in-place...
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