Chart-Topping Value in Off-Downtown Living – Cardinal Condos in South Austin – 707 Cardinal Lane, Austin, TX 78704

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

2,200SF, 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath, Theatre Room, Your own park, 2 Car Garage for $429,900

Why are people that need a full-sized home penalized when they want to live close to town? The burbs are not your only option!

Here is the setting – Award winning architect Emily Little has seamlessly integrated modernist architecture with work Mother Nature spent hundreds of years creating. Cardinal is a neighborhood-within-a-neighborhood… and it’s a special place.

Designer Package For Outdoors
You’ll immediately notice that the design & exterior materials… Brick, stucco, siding & beautiful galvanized steel… separate this product from everything else in the market. As you enter the front yard through a heavy steel & exotic Massuranduba wood gate you’ll notice the generous patio, lush turf & massive stone wall… the perfect template for your landscaping personalization, grill & patio furniture.

Inside, the great room’s “no-walls” design translates to “easy living”… all of your cooking, dining, living & outdoor activities take place on the ground floor. The sizable kitchen & large island deliver what most homes in this price range can’t – A real working kitchen & natural gathering place for you and your guests when entertaining.

Espresso maple cabinets with white Silestone® Microban® countertops provide a rich overall look that really works with the shiny concrete floors. Fact: Silestone is 5X harder than granite… it is ‘the’ material of choice in custom homes. Bosch stainless appliances let you know that this builder went way beyond the typical lines found in others. The attached 2-car garage can hold 2 SUV’s… and notice the short trip from the car to your kitchen.

2nd Floor – Theatre Room & Master Bedroom
For most people, moving close to downtown means giving up many comforts found in suburban homes such as theatre rooms, large closets & both a tub & stand-up shower in the master. This one has it all. The architect thoughtfully included a theatre room just off of the master bedroom where you can enjoy perfect acoustics as you take-in the latest Hollywood offerings on your big screen after a cook out.

The master bedroom looks out on dense trees & has loads of natural light. The master bath has a dual vanity with Silestone®, full-length window over the mirror, stand up shower, separate tub & a large closet.

The 3rd floor has the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms, and a shared bathroom with dual vanity & extra cabinets for storage. The 3rd bedroom has a balcony.

2nd and 3rd floors are finished in high-end, sanded-in-place red oak that will last 100 years. Look at the beauty of these floors… No pre-finished plastic looking product here. . Large windows wash the stairs in beautiful natural light.

Nature – Your Amenity

Now the topper… Steps away from your front door is “your” one-acre park… and it’s the perfect place to unwind with your kids, your dog, or just your thoughts… in winding pathways through old-growth oak trees with stone seating areas & native landscaping. Mother nature is your amenity at Cardinal.

So here is your chance to live new, live modern, live balanced – with nature for only $429,900.

Cardinal Condominiums – Type: New Modern. Near Downtown +8, Appreciation +8, Proximity to UT +6, Deal potential +9, Proximity to coolness +8.5, Features +7, Green features +6.5.

I’m a realtor here in Austin and work with the Live Well team at Prudential Texas Realty. You can see my poorly produced videos showing this and other homes in Austin at .

Perry Henderson – Experience: Downtown +8.5, East Austin +9, UT +7.5, 1st time home buyers +3.5, Off Market Deals +10, Green +9.5, Investors +8.5, Sellers +7.5, Developers +9, Modern Homes +8, Waterfront +7, 78704 +7, Fine Homes +8.5.

2 picture snapshot of the 21C and Star Riverside

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

I just pulled these 4 photos together to show you how to make sense of this condo craze going on.These are two condo projects in downtown Austin that have a “vibe”; 21C and Star Riverside. Personally, I’d live at both of them because they are both service focused.

This is what you get at 21C
Location: Prime location in heart of the city.

Austin Lifestyle: Contemporary – Creative

Kitchens look something like this:

And the bathrooms look something like this:

At Star Riverside

Location: Rare contemporary condos with both city and lake views. Valuable redevelopment zone.

Austin Lifestyle: Modern contemporary – Zen.

Kitchens look something like this:

And the bathrooms look something like this:

Both are simliarly priced and a 2 bedroom will probably be in the low to mid $400’s.

Sneak peak at the 21C Museum Lofts

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Here are some snapshots of the new 21C sales center. The vibe is cool and contemporary art. I just asked them to approve our $5000 down payment program too.

If this is the type of property you like and have an interest in selling downtown cool lifestlye, we have 5900 luxury buyer leads to distribute to new agents on January 1 from a $8700 lead gen campaign. I hope this is one the projects we can include on the promotion.

Prices at Agave are up….

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Prices have gone up considerably…still a great buy thought for the design and energy efficiency. Most homes will run approximately 300,000 or more. Just an update. And there is no negotiation room because of the buzz…However, Fiore is about to start right next to Agave and has a 5 star green rating. They will start at 275,000.

$5000 for down payment

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Sellers are dropping prices on Austin condos. Spend 5 minutes and check out The Belair. Undervalued, a motivated seller and under $200K gets you a totally functional living space that’s kinda cool and green.

If you need an extra $5000 towards the purchase price, drop an offer with me and I’ll personally put it toward a down payment of any condo at the Belair.

Cash flow does exist in Austin

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The phones are starting to ring again and the email inquiries are coming in from prospective investors who are considering purchasing investment property in Austin. The most common question we hear is, “can I buy a rental house in Austin that will provide positive cash flow with 10 or 20 percent down?”. My answer is “yes you can”.

As tempting as it is to only chase better cash flow, there is another thing to consider, appreciation. Smart investors in Austin are looking for properties with cash flow plus appreciation potential. They’re here, in Austin, right now. Some areas are growing at 29%.