Aug. 22, 2019

Affordable 279-unit multifamily breaks ground in East Austin


AUSTIN (Compass Communications) – Oden Hughes LLC has broken ground on Lenox 7th, a 279-unit multifamily complex at 4910 E. 7th St.

The community will include 28 income-restricted units reserved for households making no more than 80 percent of the median family income.

One- and two-bedroom units will range from 528 to 1,157 sf. Amenities will include two pools, a skyline terrace, and coworking studio.

It is within a designated Opportunity Zone Census tract, making the project eligible for federal tax incentives.

Oden Hughes Construction will serve as general contractor. 

Completion is set for early 2021.

*Article from RECON
Posted in Market News
Aug. 21, 2019

6 Expert-Approved Paint Colors For Extroverts

Image Source: Getty / RuslanDashinsky

August 20, 2019 by BRITTANY NATALE   

Whether you're moving into a new place or just want to give a nice update to your current one, adding a splash of paint to your home can work wonders. But did you know that certain colors have different effects on different personalities? And if you're an extrovert, you can really have fun with the ones that work best for you.

POPSUGAR spoke to Paintzen Certified Color Consultant Meghan Stewart, who explained that extroverts are naturally drawn to and inspired by energy, which makes powerful colors like bright reds, oranges, and yellows perfect for them. "These colors provide more than just a pop of color, but also a sense of exhilaration when they characterize a space," she said. "For this reason, we see extroverts respond well to shades like PPG's Blaze, Orange Clay, or Limitless." Stewart suggested using one of these colors for an accent wall or above wainscoting. They also work really well when paired alongside lighter creams and earth tones as the contrast helps these eye-catching colors to really pop.

However, these bright hues are not the only ideal color choices for extroverts. "Colors like blues, purples, and pinks are often associated with the introverted personality type, but if extroverts stick to more saturated hues they will still get a stimulating effect, while also experiencing a cooler color scheme," said Stewart.

If you're an extrovert looking for a new color to paint one of your walls at home, read ahead for some of our top color picks. 

Cherry Brandy

"Youthful pinks bring energy into a room, while also adding a feminine touch," shared Stewart. Cherry Brandy is a great mood-boosting hue that would work well in dining rooms, living rooms, and other spaces extroverts may use for entertaining.

Acapulco Cliffs

This blue hue elicits images of oceanside views and days spent on the beach. "Aquas tend to give off a relaxing, yet energizing vibe, and are ideal for spaces such as a bedroom where an extrovert can relax while also enjoying the energy of the color," said Stewart.


Stewart said that deep red hues can help make vibrant, enticing statements, which are perfect for any outgoing individual: "This red rock-inspired color is perfect as a pop of color on a door or window trim."

Orange Clay

If you don't want to go all out with a red-hued wall but still want to turn a few heads, Orange Clay is the way to go. "Oranges typically exude excitement and energy, which make them ideal colors for people who enjoy uplifting spaces within their homes," Stewart told POPSUGAR.

Windsor Purple

This bright purple option radiates royalty. "Used throughout a home, this color will offer a refreshing, stylish vibe," Stewart explained. "Purple walls can provide the excitement and inspiration extroverted people admire."


"This energizing, happy yellow hue is the perfect color for those looking for motivation!" said Stewart. This citrus color is a muted tone, making it a great option to use anywhere around the house.

*Article from PopSugar 




Posted in New Life Styles
Aug. 20, 2019

AISD classes begin as school closure recommendations loom Sept. 6

by: Candy Rodriguez

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 / 05:59 AM CDT Updated: Aug 20, 2019 / 09:47 AM

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tens of thousands of Austin Independent School District students returned to class Tuesday. For many students, teachers and administrators, it could be the last year in their schools.

On Sept. 6, AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz and his staff will release a list of schools they believe the district should consider for closure or consolidation.

That could include Metz Elementary in East Austin. It’s one of three schools all within a mile and a half of each other. AISD is planning $25 million in upgrades for nearby Sanchez Elementary but nothing for Metz or Zavala elementary schools.

This school year though, it’s a full house at Metz as students from Sanchez will also pack the halls while their school gets its upgrades.

Sanchez’s multi-million dollar modernization project left many in the community worried about the future of Metz and Zavala. The district could consolidate the schools due to low enrollment. This move to consolidate schools was first approved by voters during the Fall 2017 bond vote. The $1.05 billion bond was shaped by the district’s Facility Master Plan, which serves as a guideline for all AISD facilities over the next 25 years.

But at present, the district has not made a decision on which AISD schools they plan to close or consolidate. In early August, the district pushed back its timeline to Sept. 6, and the school board won’t make any of those proposed changes official until November. It also plans to get weeks of feedback from the community after the proposal is released.

School and district leaders said they are currently focused on making sure students are in a 21st century learning environment to prepare them for the future. Metz Elementary Principal Martha Castillo agrees, saying their attention is on the classroom.

“We try to let the outside noise not affect the work that we do with students, we are here for the kids that are here every day and that’s what we will continue to do,” Castillo said. “We are going to focus on the students and the learning every day that we are here.”

On Aug. 15, the Texas Education Agency released its 2019 accountability ratings, which showed big improvements for Metz and Zavala elementary schools — but not for Sanchez. Metz jumped from a D to a B as its score rose from 66 in 2018 to an 81 last year.

“We are very proud that we have received a recognized rating,” Castillo said. “As a campus, we set a goal and then we made sure all hands were on deck, all individuals in the building were working toward the same goal and every week we would check in to make sure progress was being made.”

Zavala Elementary kept its B rating but went up from an 83 in 2018 to an 87 last year. However, Sanchez Elementary School’s ratings fell from a 78 to a 71, still a C grade.

The project to modernize Sanchez Elementary School should be completed by August 2021.

*Article from KXAN

Posted in General
Aug. 16, 2019

In and around Austin this weekend.......

Friday, August 16, 2019

Austin Restaurant Weeks @ Austin, TX 

Free Beer Fridays @ Eastside Paddle

Movies in the Park: Caddyshack @ Lions Municipal Golf Course

A Cheese & Chocolate Fondue Date Night @ Antonelli's Cheese House

The Faint w/ Ritual Howls, Closeness @ Historic Scoot Inn

Jakob Ogawa w/ Nathan Bajar @ Barracuda

Cosmic Crafts & Cuddles @ Austin Public Library Southeast Branch 


Pixar's UP Outdoor Screening @ The Community Cinema at Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Over the Rainbow - Free Gay Comedy Show! @ Barrel O'Fun

Alex Lahey w/ Arlie @ Antone's

Questlove (DJ Set) with DJ Mel, DJ DK + Big Ced @ Empire Control Room & Garage

Cider House Rulz @ Austin Eastciders Collaboratory

Bart Crow w/ Colby Keeling @ Stubb's

Call Me Scum @ Fallout Theater


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Big Gay Field Day @ Zilker Park

Clear The Shelters @ Various 

The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Woodstock 50 Austin Tribute Concert @ Austin Public Library Central Library

Emo Nite @ Vulcan Gas Company

Chloe Moriondo w/ Shortly @ Barracuda

JAWS on the Water @ Volente Beach  

RAS DAY 2019 ft. Leikeli47, Madison McFerrin, The APX & More @ Empire Control Room & Garage

Clone Squad: Not Your Daddy's Reboot @ Fallout Theater

Jamestown Revival w/ Ian Noe @ Historic Scoot Inn

Generationals w/ Pure Bathing Culture @ Antone's  

Round Rock Express vs. OKC Dodgers - 80s Night @ Dell Diamond

Grace Vanderwaal - UR So Beautiful Tour w/ Jade Jackson @ Emo's 

Pleasure Venom w/ UVH and First Names @ The Far Out Lounge & Stage

Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, Being Dead, Amplified Heat & More @ Empire Control Room & Garage

Press Junkie & Friends: Celebrating Press Junkie PR's Ten Year Anniversary & More @ Stubb's


Sunday, August 18, 2019

3rd Sundays at APA! Thrift @ Austin Pets Alive! Thrift (North) 

Woodstock 50 - Hippie Classics @ Recycled Reads

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series: The Neverending Story @ Paramount and Stateside Theatres

All Hail The Popcorn King: Documentary Premiere & Screening Party @ Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane 

In Brunch We Trust: Legally Blonde @ Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz


Poolside Sessions - Curated by Austin Boogie Crew @ The LINE Hotel Austin 

Houseplants 101 Workshop @ Mohawk Austin

Rodney Crowell FREE In-Store Performance! @ Waterloo Records

Jello-Shots for Charity @ The Iron Bear

Mortified Austin @ The North Door

Bringing Out the Dead @ Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

Beach Goons w/ Junkie @ Barracuda

Hucci with cozymason and M.E. Swank @ Empire Control Room & Garage

Wes Anderson Summer Movie Series: Moonrise Kingdom @ Easy Tiger


*Info from Do512


Posted in Austin Events
Aug. 16, 2019

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Posted in Market News
Aug. 14, 2019

Looking for a night under the stars?

This Stunning Hotel Room in Mexico Is Shaped Like a Bubble - and Right Next to a Winery

August 14, 2019 by DANIELLE JACKSON - First Published: August 9, 2019

Glamping is a relatively new trend that I've never actually given much thought to — it's basically just boujee camping — but now that I've seen these bubble-shaped hotel rooms in Mexico, I may be forced to reconsider.

The bubble rooms I'm referring to have been all over my Instagram feed, and they're a part of the Campera Hotel located in Valle de Guadalupe, a popular wine region in Mexico. According to a listing on Airbnb, the hotel is a pretty short distance away from a handful of wineries and luxury restaurants, and each of the ten rooms is ideal for couples and other groups of two. The rooms are all equipped with a full-size bed, heating and air systems, and bathrooms, though only guests who book suites will have access to indoor bathrooms. To top it all off, the rooms also offer a pretty spectacular view of the Mexican countryside.

Rates for regular hotel rooms at Campera start at $145 a night, while prices for bubble suites start at $180. Read ahead to see more gorgeous photos of the hotel before you grab the person closest to you and book your stay.

*Info from PopSugar

Posted in New Life Styles
Aug. 13, 2019

Austin making room for 17-story office project

AUSTIN (Connect Media) – Demolition is underway on the 1.2-acre Block 164 where an existing three-story building will be replaced by a 17-story office building.

Located near the former University Medical Center Brackenridge, the downtown building will house some University of Texas Dell Medical School operations, among​ other tenants.

The development will include a proposed straightening of Red River St. through the property.

The site is being leased to Central Health by the 2033 Higher Educational Foundation.

Completion is set​ for early 2022.

*Info from RECON

Posted in General
Aug. 12, 2019

City of Austin - Park Fire Restrictions Effective August 12

Due to dangerous fire conditions that currently exist in the Central Texas area, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is temporarily prohibiting the building of fires and grilling in all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and preservespursuant to Ordinance No. 20111102-025effective immediately and until further notice. This includes the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grills/smokers. Propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only. As a general reminder, smoking is always prohibited in City of Austin parks.

The Austin Police Department’s Park Police and PARD's Park Rangers will enforce the ban in the City’s parks and greenbelts. Violations may result in a fine between $300 and $500.
The temporary ban helps ensure the safety of park patrons and surrounding communities, while minimizing the wildfire risk in the City’s parks and greenbelts. The Department will continue to evaluate fire conditions and will lift the ban as soon as it is safe to do so; a media advisory will be distributed at that time.

*Info from AustinTex.Gov

Posted in General
Aug. 9, 2019

Happening in Austin this weekend.......

Friday, August 9, 2019

Free Beer Fridays @ Eastside Paddle

LC Rocks @ Haute Spot 

Pride with a Purpose: Queer Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Border @ Mexic-Arte Museum 

Planetary Puzzle Competition @ Austin Public Library Carver Branch

Y'all We Asian: Last Friday Night @ ColdTowne Theater

#DripDrop 7: Austin Pride Weekend ft. Blame It On Kway @ The Venue ATX 

Food 4 Thot @ Paramount and Stateside Theatres

Ladies of LCD Soundsystem: Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom @ Cheer Up Charlies

Homeshake w/ KeithCharles @ Mohawk Austin

The Nightowls with Sam Houston @ The Parish

POKEMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU Free Screening @ The Community Cinema at Mobile Loaves and Fishes Carina Magyar with Clayton Blackstone @ The Velveeta Room

Bass Physics w/ Artifakts, Funkbox, and Lando @ Empire Control Room & Garage

David Hohme & Enamour @ Cedar Street Courtyard

A RuPaul vs Divine Drag Tribute w/ Violencia Exclamation Point @ Elysium


Saturday, August 10, 2019

City-Wide Vintage Sale @ Palmer Events Center

Austin Pride Festival & Parade @ Fiesta Gardens

Big Gay Brunch @ TRACE at the W Hotel


TLC Oyster Fest @ TLC

Cherry Bombs vs. Holy Rollers @ Palmer Events Center

Michael Che ft. Cipha Sounds @ The North Door

JAWS on the Water @ Volente Beach

DISCO Inferno: Austin Pride Official Womxn's Party 2019 @ The Vaughn

Whiskey Myers w/ Flatland Cavalry, Bones Owens @ Whitewater Music Amphitheater

Michael Che ft. Cipha Sounds - Late Show @ The North Door

Dombresky @ The Parish

ATX Trans Pride @ Cheer Up Charlies

DJ Mahealani @ Firehouse Lounge

Chappy Pride Party ft. Alyssa Edwards @ Cedar Street Courtyard


Sunday, August 11, 2019

 Self Care Sunday with Jennifer Gage @ Space 2055

Sunday Pride Brunch & Pool Chill @ Westin Austin Downtown

Hangover Brunch @ Drinks Lounge

Brunch Out w/ Trevor @ Geraldine's Austin

The Wizard of Oz Movie Party @ Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

In Brunch We Trust: Easy A @ Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

Rainbow Connection Summer Swell with inLieu & Chappy @ East Austin Hotel 

Nikki DaVaughn @ Cheer Up Charlies

Poolside Sessions - Curated by Austin Boogie Crew @ The LINE Hotel Austin 

moe. and Blues Traveler w/ G. Love @ Stubb's

Queer Riot Festival @ One World Theatre

3teeth w/ Author & Punisher and Lana Del Rabies @ Empire Control Room & Garage

Mac Sabbath w/ Okilly Dokilly & Playboy Manbaby @ Barracuda

Live Comedy Album Recording w/ Jasmine Ellis @ Cap City Comedy Club

Nolan Potter's Nightmare, King Woot, & Cheap Wave @ Hotel Vegas


*Info from Do512

Posted in Austin Events
Aug. 7, 2019

Instagram obsession?

My Friend's Obsession With Getting Perfect Instagram Photos Ruined Our Vacation

August 7, 2019 by JAMES BARRETT

People go on vacation to get away from stress, discover the world, seek adventure, and . . . live their best Instagram life? Yes, for a lot of people, that last part is true (and top priority).

I recently went on vacation with a friend of mine who, instead of experiencing things with me and being in the moment, looked at our trip together as one big photo shoot. Now, while I'm all about taking pictures, capturing memories, and even sharing them on social media (hey, it's fun!), I'm not OK with taking 30-plus photos to get the "perfect" shot or letting photo ops dictate an itinerary. Which is pretty much exactly what happened.

About two weeks before the trip, we couldn't even talk about what was supposed to be an epic adventure between friends without bringing up Instagram. She made a list of all the places she wanted to get photos and even picked out and coordinated outfits for these shots that she envisioned to share with her followers. We were influencers but without any influence

And I get it. Instagram has made pretty much everyone into a model these days. And why shouldn't you share cool photos that make you feel good? But a lot of the time — like on our vacation — it's not about capturing a genuine smile in a spontaneous moment anymore. It's about faking it, staging it, and trying to look like you're having the time of your life even when you aren't.

I was happy to take pictures, but it soon reached a point where I wasn't enjoying myself. I love my friend, but I hated what she had made of the trip. I wanted to remember the views with my own eyes, not looking at it through a screen and clicking a button over and over again. I wanted to really soak up every aspect of our trip and validate it through those moments instead of only feeling good about what we were doing and where we were through "likes."

On the last day of our vacation, we headed out on an all-day boat adventure. I gently suggested that we both leave our phones (aka cameras) in the room. She looked at me like someone had died. I started laughing because I didn't think my request was so terrible. I mean, we were in this beautiful place, and it deserved every ounce of attention we had to give it. With major hesitation, she gave way, and we didn't take any photos that day. It was the best day of the trip. We got to really explore and make memories for ourselves instead of worrying about capturing content to share with other people. The day was ours, and it was awesome.

*Article from PopSugar

Posted in New Life Styles