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Austin City Lofts

Another great building in Austin is the Austin City Lofts.  The Austin City Lofts is a 14 story high rise with 82 luxury loft homes.  The average loft size in the Austin City Lofts is 1700 square feet.  The First 4 floors are dedicated to retail and parking a residential lobby and management offices plus eight flats fronting Shoal Creek. then from floors 5 through 10 there are 54 flats with 12 foot ceilings. The last floors 11 through 14  include 20 two-story loft-style homes with 20-foot high ceilings.  All lofts have a view of either The State Capitol to the north or Town Lake to the south.

Austin City Lofts

"Individual homes feature spacious balconies, hardwood and exposed concrete floors, maple cabinetry, granite kitchen surfaces, superior appliance packages, and large bathrooms with granite countertops, oversized showers and whirlpool tubs. Building amenities include a pool and garden area, 24-hour security, and controlled-access parking.

Austin City Lofts, located on the Shoal Creek Greenbelt near the new Whole Foods flagship store, offers contemporary luxury loft residences.  Located on the northwest corner of West 5th Street and West Avenue,  Austin City Lofts is within two blocks of many retail and restaurant establishments, fashionable shops and boutiques. Immediately across Shoal Creek are restaurants, shops and a 12-screen movie theater. Nightlife opportunities abound just down the street and around the corner on Austin’s famous 6th Street. Homeowners also have immediate access to Austin’s urban parks via the Town Lake Hike and Bike trail.

Austin City Lofts

Not only does the development have direct access to Austin’s employment base, but also the City has identified this area as a desired urban residential neighborhood. An exceptional location amid high-end residential and retail, the Austin CBD, Shoal Creek and Town Lake gives this project a unique advantage not readily duplicated by competing projects. "

Austin City Lofts features a private lap pool and spa, fire pit and communal cooking area, on-site secured parking, a porter and concierge service, Hill Country and Downtown views, and large private balconies.

Hilton Austin Hotel

As mentioned in the last post we will now write about the hotel that resides below the 5 Fifty Five residential units.  The Hilton Austin Hotel is an architectural work of beauty located just north of the Austin Convention Center.  The hotel is the Largest in Austin with 800 rooms.  The 31 story hotel has a 27,000 sq ft main ballroom, a 15,000 sq. ft. junior ballroom, and over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Other amenities include two restaurants, a coffe shop and wine bar, health club, business center, outdoor swimming pool and spa.

Hilton Austin Hotel

Guest Accommodations

As a guest of the Hilton Austin you can experience comfort and elegance in every guest room with the new Hilton Serenity Collection of bedding. The Hilton Suite Dreams bed features a super-topper mattress pad to provide comfort support and luxury, while the 250-count European-style linens, non-allergenic down duvet and down pillows allow a wonderful slumber.

Beyond the bed, we offer new La Source bathroom amenities created exclusively for Hilton by Crabtree & Evelyn. Our rooms measure 350 square feet in size and include one king or two double beds, a chair with ottoman or loveseat and a spacious work desk.

You can stay in touch with two phones (each with 2 lines), voicemail and a data port offering wireless high-speed Internet service. We also offer the Hilton Family Exclusive alarm clock/radio with connection cable for personal MP3 player, portable CD player, laptop and other entertainment devices. Our Printer On service enables our guests to send print jobs from laptops in their guestrooms directly to the hotel’s 24-hr business center for pick-up at their convenience.

Additionally each of the guest rooms include a flat-screen television with Cable TV and pay movies, video games and premium channels, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board and hair dryer. A complimentary USA Today newspaper is delivered to each room Monday - Friday. Our spacious and stylish guest rooms include all the necessities for an unforgettable stay

Brown Building

Another building from Austin, Texas that I would like to write about is The Brown Building a 10 story residential and office tower located at 710 Colorado St..  This building was completed in 1938 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.  The building was home to many significant companies throughout 20th century Austin, including the holding corporation for the Lyndon Johnson family.

The Texas Broadcasting Corporation operated from the building for many years around World War II, counting among its employees humorist Cactus Pryor and future governor John Connally.  A reserved garage parking spot is assigned to each loft. The secured Brown Building parking garage is attached to the building.  The building’s elegant lobby features Art Deco ornamentation with pink, green and yellow terrazzo floors and rose marble walls. To either side of the lobby are the Brown Bar and Gumbos restaurant. There is a small fitness center in the building solely for the use of residents.  It is a short walk to all that downtown Austin has to offer – including restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, shops, theatres, museums, Town Lake and many special events.

 The Brown Building Austin Texas



The state capital and downtown office buildings are also a short walk away. The University of Texas and other sites within or in close proximity to downtown Austin can also be reached by the free Capital Metro Dillo public transportation service.  The Brown building in the mid 1900’s was known as the Wall Street of Austin , it played host to the movers and shakers of Austin finance. Fortunes were made and lost in the elaborate art deco styled offices. This was where politics were practiced – with the gloves off. Now considered an historical site, the homeowners in The Brown Building reaps the additional benefit of a reduction in their real estate taxes. Sometimes it pays to get old. 

The building may be historic, but the amenities enjoyed by the residents are anything but antique. Starting with the designer kitchens with their custom mill work cabinetry and enhanced appliances and continuing to the roof top sun deck with spectacular skyline views, the Brown Building is the place to be. And if you don’t get enough exercise taking in the shopping and dining opportunities within walking distance of the front door, there is an exercise room in the building.

The Brown Building Austin Texas

If you decide it is time for a night out, you don’t even have to leave the building. Gumbo’s full service New Orleans style restaurant is located on the first floor of The Brown Building. After dinner you can enjoy a relaxing drink and a little entertainment in The Brown Bar – also on the first floor. It doesn’t get more convenient than this.

 The Brown Building has 90 units on 10 floors the building is 120 feet tall , units range from 638 - 2029 SF units are 1 and 2 bedrooms

The Austonian

I can't find any information on how much steel or concrete was used in this great Steel Building.   Anyways here is some information about the building.

Just a few minutes away from the State Capitol, The Austonian is within walking distance of more than 100 restaurants and nightclubs, dozens of cultural attractions and parks, as well as a tantalizing abundance of clothing and furniture boutiques. Daily needs, conveniences and indulgences are just an elevator ride away. Man-made convenience is complemented by the natural advantages of Lady Bird Lake—a block away—for a challenging run or casual stroll, or for admiring the beauty of Austin from ground level.

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Management Company
Resident Service and Satisfaction Association Management, Inc.

"Whatever the residents want!"
The Austonian Homeowners Association will be directed by David Regenbaum, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Association Management, Inc.

In 1979, David Regenbaum, a recognized expert in real estate and community association law in South Africa, retired from the law firm he founded and moved to Houston to found AMI. His objective was to set a new, exemplary standard for professional management services to associations.

Now, AMI has become the leading association management company in Texas, continuing to innovate, develop, and set new standards for the industry.

AMI provides a dedicated, professional team of people to attend to the needs of each community. Each team includes an administrator, a full-charge bookkeeper and a service counselor/administrative assistant. These teams provide high-quality, personalized service to individual communities as a small company would, while bringing to bear the resources of a large company.

The Austonian will join the ranks of AMI-managed luxury properties such as Bentwater, Carlton Woods, Gotham Lofts, Royalton at River Oaks, and Sapphire Condominiums.


A gracious welcome for your guests; unprecedented services for you.
24-hour concierge can take care of your every need
24-hour valet service exclusively for residents and their guests
Luxuriously appointed and furnished lobby
Secured access on high-speed elevators
Housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry services
Lobby-level retail


First Floor
Is full of Retail / Restaurants

A higher level of technology.

Putting technology at your fingertips is something that happens quite literally at The Austonian. One touchscreen controls your home’s climate, lighting, telephone and security systems, even music and movies that you can enjoy in any room of your home. You can schedule when lights and climate control turn on to maximize safety, security and energy savings. The system will even alert you via email or phone if there seem to be any problems with your heating or cooling.

Your touchscreen is also a helpful interface to the world outside. You or your guests can notify the valet to get your car ready and receive an alert when it is at the curb; you can make reservations at many restaurants or check movie show times and purchase tickets. Be alerted when visitors have arrived, schedule housekeeping services and report maintenance concerns. Stay informed of Home Owners Association news. Reserve the spa, massage room, Austonian Club, conference room – all of The Austonian’s amenities.

You can also observe the inside and outside of your home anytime you want, from anywhere. In fact, all the systems of your home can be remotely monitored and controlled from any telephone, PDA or via the Internet. You can even use it to monitor a second home.

Your home is also pre-wired for stereo speakers in the master bed and bath, kitchen and balcony, with surround sound in the living room and high-definition video in the master bedroom and living room. Wiring for standard security systems is installed, and your entire home features both wired and wireless Internet access.

The Austonian. It’s high technology at its highest.



10th Floor Exterior Amenities - The Lawn
Enjoy 12,000 square feet of backyard with zero hours of upkeep.
75-foot pool with fountains and in-water sitting area
Hot tub
Spacious dog park
Reflecting pool
Private luxury cabanas complete with flat screen televisions
Promenade sundeck
Outdoor kitchens
Outdoor fireplaces
Sunset viewing terraces
Herb garden
Exquisite landscaping
Capitol and SOCO Views
Wireless internet

10th Floor: Interior
An extension of your home, available whenever you choose.
Catering kitchen
Theater screening room with seating for 12
Executive meeting room with seating for 12 and conference technology
Four guest suites available for your overnight visitors
Private spa treatment rooms
Billiard and game room
Pet Spa


Media Room
Where it's always showtime.
Reserved from your in-home touch screen
RBH high-performance speakers
Parasound Surround Sound system, the choice of Lucasfilm and Pixar
Grand Cinema ceiling-mounted HD projector
Draper 133-inch HDTV viewing screen, ceiling-mounted and motorized
Leather stadium-style seating for 12
Wireless tablet provides theater and climate controls from your seat



55th Floor Austonian Club
Where you can host parties that rise above all others.
6,000 square feet of entertaining space available exclusively for residents and their guests
360 degree views
Full catering kitchen
Buffet and bar equipment
2,100 square feet of sheltered outdoor terrace
Flexible room configuration for large or intimate occasions
Luxury seating, tables and furnishings
Wireless internet



56th Floor Fitness Center
6,000 square feet of high-level fitness facilities on our highest floor.
Resort-quality fitness equipment:
Precor AMTs, ellipticals and treadmills
Body Masters Basix workout equipment
Fluid S-250 rowing machines
Keiser M3 exercise bikes
Stott Pilates equipment
Personal TVs on each cardio machine
360 degree views
Spa treatment rooms
Private studio for group fitness classes
Yoga room
Pilates and free weights areas
Men’s and women’s restrooms
Lounge area with beverage station
Personal trainers welcome



Additional Building Features
Subtle touches that make everyday life easier.
Gated parking services
Bicycle storage
Climate-controlled wine vault
Private storage spaces
Innovative acoustical engineering to enhance quiet
Automated refuse and recycling on each floor

Home Features
Hardwood floors
Marble baths
Limestone and marble countertops
Recessed lighting
Solar shades
Panoramic views
Inset balcony areas for wind protection and privacy

Finishes, Fixtures & Appliances
Scavolini™ Italian cabinetry in kitchen and baths
Waterworks™ bath fixtures
Dornbracht kitchen fixtures
Sub-Zero® refrigerators
Wolf® ranges
Miele dishwashers
Miele coffee systems

Green Features

Environmental Features
Green from the inside out. And the ground up.
From the way it's constructed to the particular brand of luxurious living it affords, The Austonian is one of the most sustainable addresses in Austin. A long list of features has resulted in The Austonian seeking a four-star rating from the City of Austin in its Green Building Rating System, equivalent to the LEED Gold Rating from the USGBC.
Water savings.
It is estimated that The Austonian will save up to 37.6 million gallons of water each year in landscape watering alone, compared to a typical hill country community of 188 families living on one acre suburban lots. This is due not only to The Austonian community requiring little land, but also to its unique rainwater capture system, requiring no public water for landscape irrigation of the Lawn. Low-flow toilets, lavatories and shower heads are installed which will reduce the use of potable water by at least 30% over typical fixtures.


Less auto use.
The Austonian's location puts dining, shopping, entertainment, employment and recreation within a five-minute walk, lowering the carbon footprint for every resident. Secured bicycle storage makes zero-fuel transportation an excellent option. Families in typical single family homes generate 10 vehicle trips per day. Urban living reduces the vehicle trips per day and shortens those daily vehicle trips that are needed.
Construction materials.
The Austonian residences have been designed to maximize outdoor views. Specially coated and insulated glass provides year-round energy savings and comfort by helping manage the sun's energy and maximizing HVAC efficiency. All adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings used throughout public and private spaces adhere to the strict VOC requirements designed by the LEED's Green Building Rating System. These low-emitting materials achieve energy savings through reduced ventilation requirements and improve indoor air quality and all come from sustainable sources. The Austonian's roofing system combines reflective materials and other green features to minimize the building's contribution to Austin's urban heat island effect.


Electrical power.
Utilities are one area where saving the environment also means saving money. The Austonian has partnered with local “green power” provider, Austin Energy, to supply such efficiencies to residents. Sensors and dimming ballasts in select common areas reduce the amount of lighting used when they are unoccupied. The Austonian’s heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system operates using the Austin chilled water system, rather than using electricity and 188 or more individual HVAC units, each powering condensers and separate cooling systems. By using the chilled water system flowing under downtown Austin roadways, little energy is consumed to heat and cool The Austonian residences.


Daily Life
Austonian Personal Assistants are at work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Informed and professional staff can keep your home ready for you and your guests, simplify your daily life, and create experiences that reflect your individual style.
The team strives to deliver the services you need. Examples of commonly used services follow, but remember the team specializes in the uncommon. Need to put a dinner party together for unexpected guests or find that special anniversary gift? Tell the team of Austonian Personal Assistants what you need, and they will deliver.
The Austonian is the most technologically advanced residence in Austin. It’s been designed to make your life easier, but we understand it can get confusing and complicated. The AIT-360 is a comprehensive support service comprised of an elite staff of IT specialists addressing all facets of technology at The Austonian.
Spa and Fitness
The Austonian offers an array of spa and fitness services exclusive to residents and their invited guests.
Grocery Delivery, Nutrition,
and Meal Preparation
Realize your nutritional goals by making informed decisions about what you eat. Grocery delivery is available and includes offerings from local organic growers, artisanal cheese makers and grass-fed ranchers. Informed nutritionists are available for consulting and customized meal delivery can be arranged to meet your dietary needs. The Austonian features private catering kitchens available for professional use, making party preparation easy.

Vehicle Care
Owning a vehicle is made easy at The Austonian, with 24-hour parking specialists available to retrieve and park your vehicle. The Austonian offers additional vehicle-related services including car washes, maintenance delivery and more
Pets at The Austonian
Pets have a special place at The Austonian – their own secured park where they can get some exercise while you enjoy the 10th-story view of the capitol and downtown Austin. The lap of luxury doesn’t stop there for our four-legged friends. See our list of available services to pamper your pet and help make your life just a little bit easier.
Whether you are relaxing with a newspaper and enjoying the view of the Hill Country, planning a gala event or entertaining in a pinch, The Austonian team can help you create a signature experience that reflects your personal style.


More info

200 Congress Ave
Completion in 2010

- 56 Floors / 683 Feet
- 188 Units
- Units from 1,221 - 8,379 SF
- Unit Types: -

- Least Expensive Unit: $559,000 ($457/SF)
- Most Expensive Unit: $8,000,000+

- Concierge: Y
- Pool: Y
- Gym: Y
- Parking: Y
- 24-hour concierge and security services, 24-hour valet service, housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry services, Lobby-level retail, Secure climate controlled wine storage, Billiard room, 4 Guest suites, Private spa treatment rooms, Screening room with seating for 12, Conference room, Swimming pool, fitness center.

Construction Information
- Completion in 2010
- Current Phase: Construction
- Zoning Status: Approved
- Budget: $200 Million
- Total SF: 850,000 (600,000 Residential)
- Cost / SF: $400
- Developer: Second Congress Ltd., an affiliate of Austin-based Benchmark Development
- Architects: -

Sales Information
- Sales Office: 300 West Sixth St.
- Broker: Moreland
- Phone: 512-623-3633
- Website: http://www.theaustonian.com

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5 Fifty Five

5 fifty five residence

Another unique building in Austin, Texas The 5 Fifty Five is a residential building on top of a hotel.  The architecture is both contemporary and timeless.  First we will talk about the residential building and in the next article I will talk a little about the hotel.  The residents of the 5 Fifty Five live a truly luxurious lifestyle with the elite services and amenities offered.

5 fifty five kitchen

The 99 residential suites feature beautiful interiors, gourmet kitchens and the finest finishes. 

5 fifty five kitchen

The 5 Fifty Five offers the top 99 condo units above the downtown Hilton. The suites range in a variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs ranging from approximately eight hundred to over five thousand square feet.  Private residence elevators and a separate resident parking garage area. The private resident lobby…spacious yet intimate, with striking finishes and plush, intimate seating. State-of-the-art concierge desk. The exclusive staff includes twenty-four hour lobby attendant, concierge, porter, hospitality officer, and housekeeping coordination. 

5 fifty five balcony

The properties offer fantastic panorama views of Town Lake & Hill Country.  Private balconies at every residence, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, dramatic, high ceilings, kitchens featuring maple cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with gas cooking, recessed lighting, elegant travertine stone bathrooms, hardwood floors.  The 5 Fifty Five is located on 5th St. across from the Austin Convention Center.

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