Thursday, June 25, 2015
Oden Hughes, LLC is planning a third San Antonio property, the Austin Business Journal reports. The Austin-based developer will be building 312 apartments at the corner of Loop 1604 and US 281.
The community will be called Agora Palms Apartments and will be located in Stone Oak near recently constructed office and retail. It will comprise 18 acres and will include a resort-style pool, sundeck, fitness center, movie theater, dog park, and a dog washing station.
Agora Palms will have one to three bedroom apartments ranging in size from 587 to 1,700 square feet and expected rents range from $897 to $2,024.
Stone Oak has some of the most affluent renters in San Antonio and is in high demand by those wanting to enjoy the recent neighborhood services, including Trader Joe's.
Oden Hughes' other San Antonio properties are Landmark Grandview, which is currently in development at I-10 and Loop 1604, and Platinum Shavano Parks at 14811 Huebner Road, which sold last month.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sometimes it's difficult to get enough vegetables into your diet, even if you love them. This is a great time of year to resolve to eat more vegetables, though, as so many are in season and at their optimal taste in Summer. Check out The Kitchn's strategies for eating more vegetables every day.
If you join a CSA or have a box of vegetables delivered every week, you'll be almost forced to eat them. Plus, you'll have to be more creative with how you cook because you need to make something with the vegetables you've been given.
Putting vegetables on the top shelf of your refrigerator means you see them every time you open the door and are much more likely to eat them than if they're hidden away in a crisper drawer.
Prepare a week of vegetables beforehand on the weekend. You could have the vegetables all washed, chopped and ready to go, or you could go ahead and roast them or freeze them so they can be used in the future.
Find out what your favorite way of having vegetables is and have them that way as often as possible. Then, try making other vegetables that way to expand your vegetable repertoire.
Add vegetables to your favorite meals that you already prepare. You can always add more vegetables to old loves like pasta, mac and cheese, pizza, etc.
There are tons more ideas over at The Kitchn, so be sure to check it out!
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Retailers tend to put certain items on sale at different times of the year. Apartment Therapy has a round-up of what you should buy in June.
Patio furniture often goes on sale in the Summer because most people buy theirs early in the Spring. The prices just get lower as the Summer goes on, so if you're willing to wait, you can expect an even better deal. Check out Crate and Barrel,Pier 1, Target, and World Market for great furniture at a great price.
Indoor furniture also often goes on sale in the summer because retailers are making space for their new fall lines. Again, prices will go down as the summer heads up, but you can start looking around now or finding things to keep your eyes on. Check out West Elm, World Market, and Target for deals on indoor furniture.
With Father's Day coming up, tools are often on sale, but you don't have to be a Dad to take advantage of the savings. Check out your local hardware store, Lowes, Home Depot, and Amazon.
Dinnerware is often on sale this time of year just in time for wedding and graduation gifts. Take advantage of the low prices to add to your dish collection or replace broken pieces. Look at Macy's, JC Penney, and Overstock for dish deals.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Looking for something fun to do with Dad in #Austin this Sunday for #FathersDay? There are a ton of options in our fair town, so put down that tie and get out there!
Does Dad love to play Pinball and video games? Then take him to Pinballz Arcade (off 183 near Burnet Rd.) or Pinballz Kingdom (in Buda), and give him a bunch of quarters! These indoor arcades are filled with hundred of games from the classic to the brand new, and include pinball and video games. Pinballz Arcade is BYOB and Pinballz Kingdom has three bars and a restaurant.
The Goodnight has food, drink, eight vintage bowling lanes, four custom billiard tables, two table-tennis counts, and shuffleboard, plus two private Karaoke rooms! So basically, no matter what kind of fun Dad wants to get up to, you are covered at the Goodnight in Anderson Village. Keep in mind, the Goodnight is 18 and up all day until 9pm and 21 and over after 9pm.
Speaking of bowling, Dart Bowl is an Austin institution. However, it's not just their lanes that they are famous for, their cafe gets rave reviews, especially for their enchiladas and burgers. So tell Dad to lace up his bowling shoes and beat the heat at Dart Bowl!
Is Dad more the outdoorsy type? How about a hike at the Barton Creek Greenbelt? Word is the Twin Falls are beautiful and the creek is full of water after the recent rains, so now would be the perfect time to enjoy a hike and a swim.
Another outdoor option is to rent a kayak or canoe on Lady Bird Lake. Zilker Boats and the Rowing Dock are two popular options.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Moving is a difficult time for everyone in a family. In fact, doctors say it is equal to divorce, death of a loved one, job loss and major illness as one of the most stressful life changes. Moving soon? Read on for Zillow's advice on making the change easier for everyone.
Send your kids to a friend's house and board your pet so you don't have to worry about kids and pets underfoot. Not only will it make things easier for you, it will reduce the worry for your smallest family members.
Make sure there's room in front of your apartment or house for the moving truck, whether that means getting a permit from your city to save a parking space, talking to the people who live around you about making room on the big day, or holding the spot by parking your cars or friends' cars in the space.
Make sure you set one box aside and pack it with all the things you'll need as soon as you move into your new place. Fill it with things like bedding, towels, toilet paper, toiletries, and at least one outfit for each family member. You should also include any medications, toys for the kids, and bowls and food for any household pets. Keep this box easily accessible.
Be sure you stay at your old house until everything has been removed. That way you can double-check that everything get loaded out.
Finally, after your old home is empty, you'll need to clean it out and you should also do a thorough cleaning of your new place. Be sure you have all the cleaning supplies necessary set aside and ready to go, or just pay a maid to come in and do it to knock one more thing off your to-do list!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The Domain continues to grow at a pace rivaling downtown. The Austin Business Journal reports on the office, multifamily and retail under construction in the north Austin development.
Restoration Hardware is constructing a 48,000 square foot, 4 story tall store in the Domain. The project is likely to follow the "RH Gallery" concept the brand has rolled out in other cities. RH Gallery stores have art collections, cafes and wine bars.
Endeavor Real Estate Group is also building several additions to the Domain, including Rock Rose, a 100,000 square feet retail development which will include East Side King, Salvation Pizza, Birds Barbershop, Viva Day Spa, Lavaca Street Bar-Turf N' Surf Kitchen, Kung Fu Saloon, Acres Brew Coffee House, and more.
Another project from Endeavor, working with Shorenstein Partners, is Domain 8, a 265,000 square foot office building on four acres. The $45 million dollar, 11 story building is set to be LEED silver certified.
HPI Real Estate, also from Austin, is planning an 11 story office building with seven story parking garage.
Stonelake Capital is designing a large multifamily project called Flatiron District. The $45.6 million dollar project will have 371 #apartments in 3 buildings at 11400 Burnet Road.
Finally, The Residence Inn at The Domain, by Marriott, will be 88,712 square feet and have 119 rooms.
Are you ready to make the move to the Domain? Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
As North San Antonio grows, there is increasing concern about how close residential development is getting to Randolph Air Force Base, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
North San Antonio is a popular area because of its highly rated school districts, proximity to shopping, shorter commute into San Antonio, and more affordable pricing. However, Randolph Air Force Base has been there for a long time and some San Antonio City Council members are getting concerned about the base's security as people move closer.
The Air Force has very sophisticated aircraft and needs to be able to keep acceptable crash and pilot bailout zones around the base. Air Force officials have discussed buying real estate around the military installation to keep development from getting too close.
Wilshire Homes, which has several neighborhoods in the area, has seen its latest development, Rhine Valley, sell briskly. It is just 4 miles from the base in Schertz on 140 acres and has nine floor plans ranging from 1,611 square feet to 3,090 square feet and starting at $250,000.
Want to be more productive and get more done? Check out About.com's habits of super productive people and follow their lead to get more done in your life!
Designate a place for the things you need everyday like your keys, wallet, cell phone, and purse. You've now just gotten back those five (or more!) frustrating minutes you used to spend looking for them everyday.
Very important people like Barack Obama don't have extra time to spend on getting dressed, so he wears his version of a uniform, a black or navy suit, every single day. Not quite ready to wear the same thing all the time? Start small by wearing the same pair of shoes to work everyday, wearing the same outfit every Monday or cultivating your work wardrobe to consist of colors that coordinate so you can pick outfits quickly.
Productive workers don't interrupt their thought processes by constantly checking their email, Twitter or Facebook. They sit down and concentrate on work with no interruptions for 30 to 90 minutes at a time, then take a break and check their social media or take a walk around the office.
Multitasking doesn't really work and productive people know this. So when you're trying to get something done, give it all your focus. Along with this, choose wisely when to get the work done that requires a lot of thought and when to do the mindless tasks. Pick your most alert time of day to focus on those big projects and do things that don't require much concentration like answering emails when you are feeling more drained.
People who take care of business complete an activity before beginning a new one so they don't wind up with a bunch of half-finished projects lying around.
Finally, these superstar producers have goals and take steps to reach those goals. They set their goals, come up with realistic steps that will help them achieve them, and then get to work on reaching those goals.