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 September 2011 






Fall is just around the corner, which means enjoying more of the outdoors, Austin City Limits Music Festival and UT Football!


Residents enjoy walking and biking to Austin's fun fall events.


In this issue, we have included updates about our community as well as  Austin news and events that you might find interesting.


BartonPlace Community Update



Our courtyard continues to take shape with imporvements to landscaping, aesthetics, and commuity amenities.  The center of the courtyard features a 300 year old pecan tree, where now, residents can hang out on the newly installed limestone seating and enjoy grilling grilling out with friends and family.


Enjoy these pictures! 






Stay tuned for additional updates and pictures! 





BartonPlace Residents Showcase their Designs


Many BartonPlace residents have transformed their condominiums into a very personalized, unique living space. 



This month's design showcase features the Tiede/Vaughn residence, a 2F floor plan.  


Some of the personalizations made by the owner include:

  • Creating additional kitchen storage without sacrificing space by adding a stand-alone pantry.
  • Slide-out shelves in the kitchen cabinets create easier access to all contents.
  • Master Bed includes storage drawers at the base of the bed.
  • Shelving in the master water closet allows for additional storage without taking up closet space.
  • Murphy Bed in the Guest Room/Office to maximize space as well as accommodating guests when they visit.

Enjoy these photos! 





Just had to include a picture of their AMAZING view!




A very special thank you to the Tiede/Vaughn family for participating in this month's Design Showcase! 



Auditorium Shores $2 Million Makeover






A planned $2 million makeover of Auditorium Shores will shift the hike-and-bike trail away from the river, restore the eroding shoreline and add parking to the heavily used area.


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday announced a $1 million grant for the project, which will affect about 10 acres surrounding the trailhead near Lady Bird Lake, between South First Street and Lamar Boulevard. The City of Austin will contribute $1 million from a 2006 voter-approved bond package designated for trail improvements.


Plans call for moving the hike-and-bike trail away from the shoreline and closer to Riverside Drive to avoid conflicts between dogs playing at the off-leash area and cyclists and pedestrians using the trail.  They also include adding 38 parking spaces and reconfiguring the parking lot into a more driver-friendly loop. New restrooms, landscaping, a drinking fountain, a foot bath, a misting element, trash cans and signs are part of the project, too. A more permanent cold-water drinking station, instead of the portable tables and jugs of water now filled by RunTex, might be incorporated into the design.


"It'll be a more generous and pleasant pedestrian place," said Marty Stump, project management supervisor for the city's Parks and Recreation Department's office of capital improvement programs. "A nice beginning and ending to a day on the trail."  Construction isn't due to begin for 12 to 16 months. A preliminary schematic design was submitted with the grant application, but more community meetings are planned before the final design is approved and permits are issued. The renovations will involve some trail detours and parking closures.


The project is one of the last pieces of a park master plan the city wrote in the late 1990s for land around the Long Center for the Performing Arts and Palmer Events Center.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife grant is part of $5.6 million in competitive grants awarded for city and county parks across the state. Funding comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Texas Recreation and Parks Account.


"There's not much better investment in Austin than doing something down on Lady Bird Lake," said Tim Hogsett, director of recreation grants for Texas Parks and Wildlife, which has provided funding for numerous trail and park projects around Lady Bird Lake since the late 1960s. "This is really a legacy project for us."




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Austin area home sales volume up






According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, 1,973 single-family homes were sold in the Austin-area in July 2011, a 32 percent increase from July 2010. During the same time period, the median price for Austin-area homes was $196,750, resulting in an 11 percent decrease when compared to July 2010.

Judith Bundschuh, Chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, commented, "We can now compare month-to-month sales activity to a market that is not influenced by last year's homebuyer tax credits."

Chairman Bundschuh continued, "The median price for Austin-area homes decreased in July, reflecting a shift in demand from higher to lower-priced homes. The increase in sales compared to the drop in price shows that Austinites are hunting for bargains."

Austin-area homes spent an average of 77 days on the market, four days longer than July 2010. The Austin market also featured 13 percent fewer new listings in July 2011, which was 20 percent fewer active listings and 28 percent more pending sales than in July 2010.

"The combination of decreasing listings and increasing sales means the inventory of Austin-area homes is beginning to shrink," said Bundschuh. "Recent sales activity continues to follow an upward trend, indicating that Austin could be returning to a pre-recession cycle."


The volume of townhouses and condominiums (condos) purchased in the Austin-area in July 2011 was 205, which represents a 45 percent rise over July 2011. In the same time period, the median price for condos was $164,250, three percent higher than July 2010, and townhouses spent an average of 82 days on the market, eight days less than July 2010.


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Local Food + Drink News

From www.austinist.com



Kerby Lane

Kerbey Lane's south Austin location is about to make a move to what was formerly a Blockbuster Video store on S. Lamar. They're currently operating with about 3,000 square feet, and the new spot offers a generous 5,270 (via), which is hopefully going to reduce wait times and give wait staff dozens more tables to turn every shift. Presumably, staff will beef up to take care of all the new customers that are sure to roll in.


Kerbey Lane owners wrote a letter to their customers offering some more good news: easier parking and a patio at their new location at 3005 S. Lamar, expected to open later this year.


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 From www.barleyswine.com


Barley Swine 

Barley Swine, by Chef Bryce Gilmore, is cleverly named for the chef's fondness of both pork and beer, which will naturally be prominent fixtures on the menu. Gilmore, the man behind the always imaginative Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, has expanded into his first brick and mortar space in the heart of South Austin.


Like Odd Duck, Barley Swine's ever-changing menu features refined techniques juxtaposed with rustic ingredients sourced from local farms.


Heavy on the suds, the beer list features brews from the burgeoning brew-munity in Austin with beer pairings and special bottle service to give diners a way to share their meals and malty libations.


As a beer and wine only establishment, the wine list is comprised mostly of domestic varietals, something to please even the loftiest of winos.

With an innovative menu using fresh, well-known ingredients in creative ways, Barley Swine continues to elevate the Austin dining scene with Gilmore as one of the city's youngest and most talented chefs.



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Zach Scott's New Topfer Theatre

From www.zachtheatre.org


BartonPlace residents enjoy the luxury of a minute's walk to this amazing Austin staple! 




The new Topfer Theatre at ZACH will draw from the diverse, distinctive and energetic spirit of the Austin community to create an artistic home that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit and engages our community.


More than doubling its current capacity while retaining the intimate experience fans have come to expect, ZACH will expand its stage, seating and services to provide Austin and Central Texas with the regional theatre Austin and its artists deserve.


Following a successful City of Austin bond election that raised $10 million, plus a direct-appeal campaign that yielded nearly $8 million from major donors, ZACH Theatre's unique groundbreaking in early February captivated and enlightened several hundred guests.


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Austin City Limits Music Festival - September 16-18

From www.aclfestival.com



It's the 10 year anniversary for Austin City Limits Music Festival.  BartonPlace residents have the highly coveted advantage of living just a few minutes walk from Zilker Park!


ACL Festival takes place on 46-acres in Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin's public green spaces. It plays host not only to 130-plus artists from across the globe, but amazing local eats and wares, fun for the kiddos, green goings-on, and other cool activities to entertain you for three magical days.


Only Sunday tickets remain available - click here  to purchase your Sunday ticket.


Looking forward to another memorable year! 

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9th Annual Zilker Relays 

From www.zilkerrelays.org




The 9th Annual Zilker Relays Presented by Tacodeli and located in the heart of the Texas state capitol promises to carry on the tradition of fun, music, great food and team bragging rights. This unique venue and event has been hailed as "Austin's best post-race party."


The Zilker Relays is an exciting, team-building 4-person relay race with teams consisting of coworkers, friends, family members and more.




Friday, September 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.


1379 Zilker Kid's Relay:



Friday, September 2, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.




Zilker Park



4-Person Relay Race. All Relay legs start & finish at same location near the Mopac footbridge on Stratford Road. Distance is 2.48 miles per leg of the adult race. Kids run approximately 600 meters each leg.


Start/Finish and all Exchange Zones are located at Zilker Park. The final Course Map can be downloaded here.



Race Day parking will be available at Zilker Park south of Barton Spring Road and along the street north of Lady Bird Lake near Austin High. Think Green! Carpool - one team, one vehicle.

Designate a Driver!!


Teams that designate a driver AND commit to one-car, one-team will receive a coupon to Tacodeli in their packet for each runner. Commitment must be signed at time of online registration. We are using an honor code to enforce this policy.



The event will be timed by IAAP and will use IPICO Chip Timing System. All runners on the team will be provided with one team wrist band to 'pass off' to the next runner / leg. Anchor Legs must wear RED race number.




Packet Pickup:

PPU will be held at Hop's n Grain from 10am-7pm on Thursday Sept 1st:
507 Calles St. Suite 101, Austin, 78702

1379 Kid's Relay Packet Pick-up will be held from 10am-6pm at 1379 Sports on Thursday Sep 1st:



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First UT Football Game of 2011 Season - September 3rd




Our Texas Longhorns vs Rice University


Saturday, September 3rd - 7pm


DKR Texas Memorial Stadium




Looking forward to an exciting football season this year!



View This Season's Schedule

We look forward to staying in close contact with you.  Please remember to visit our website at www.BartonPlaceAustin.com to get up to date news and additional information.


Audra W. Smith
BartonPlace Condominium

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