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BORN AND RAISED IN TARRYTOWN, Anna Lee is a fourth-generation Austinite, and is no stranger to Austin residential real estate. Her parents still live in the neighborhood in her childhood home. She believes everyone who wants to sell or buy a home deserves to have a qualified and experienced agent who can provide them with the best services, knowledge, and care from the beginning of the transaction to the closing table.
Aloe Body and Skin (2414 Exposition Blvd.)—“A great spot for massages, facials, and acupuncture.”
Food! Food! (2727 Exposition Blvd.)—“My favorite place for a quick lunch.”Tarrytown Pharmacy (2727 Exposition Blvd.)—“For cards, supplies, and gifts.”
Maudie’s (2608 W. 7th St.)—“The old standby for Mexican food and margaritas.”Deep Eddy (401 Deep Eddy Ave.)—“For swimming and watching movies in the summer.”
Tarrytown Park (2106 Tower Dr.)—“Neighborhood park where families are playing and hostingbirthday parties.”
Reed Park (2600 Pecos St.)—“Swimming in the summer, walking the trail through the park and ending up on Scenic Drive.”
The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th St.)—“For walking the grounds and taking art classes.”
Over The Rainbow (2727 Exposition Blvd.)—“For children’s toys/gifts. This place has been around since I was in elementary school.”
Anna Lee is a member of the Elite 25 in Austin, #1 agent among Moreland’s Austin agents and ranked top 3 in the 2016 ABJ realtor rankings. Photo taken at The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria.
BORN FROM HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL VISION to develop an on-the-ground real estate firm, Urbanspace has led the way for downtown development as the original urban core real estate service provider. Burns finds great joy in helping people transition from the suburbs to the city or from another town into Austin. He’s raised two daughters and works, sleeps, dines, plays, and entertains downtown, and the Seaholm District is by far his favorite.
Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors was created out of Kevin’s passion for downtown and the urban core of Austin. It has led him to become the #1 agent in residential sales (over $200 million in 2016) and a member of Austin’s Elite 25 realtors.
Numero 28 (452 W. 2nd St.)—“Best pizza and patioin town.”
Whole Foods (525 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“I can eat a healthy meal at the fish counter and grab the day’s groceries on the way home.”
Ranch 616 (616 Nueces St.)—“The food is delicious and the staff make me feel like I am home.”
Trader Joe’s (211 Walter Seaholm Dr. #100)—“Green juice and chocolate peanut butter cups are staples in my diet.”
Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail —“It is the emeraldof our city.”
ACL Live at the Moody Theater (310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.)—“Can’t beat having a world class live music venue a few blocks from home.”
True Food Kitchen (222 West Ave.)—“I have turned it into my personal healthy cafeteria. Where else can the kiddos play while mom and dad enjoy a glass of wine?”
Irene’s (506 West Ave.)—“One of my favorite morning/noon/night spots to have a cup of coffee or a happy hour cocktail.”
Violet Crown Theater (434 W. 2nd St.)—“Hands down best movie theater in Austin.”
Coast (360 Nueces St.)—“Best ceviche in town.”
AS A TOP INFLUENCER in Austin real estate, Kumara Wilcoxon maintains a well-known presence, commitment and passion for the intricacies of the Austin market and lifestyle. She loves the historic nature of the Old Enfield/Pemberton neighborhood, with its wide streets, towering live oaks, and the walkability to all that Clarksville has to offer. Her ultimate satisfaction comes from building lifelong relationships with her clients.
Jeffrey’s Restaurant (1204 W. Lynn St.)—“My absolute favorite. An Austin staple with so much history, an intimate atmosphere and delicious food. You’ll find me in the bar on a rich blue velvet banquette with friends and clients weekly.”
Josephine House (1601 Waterston Ave.)—“Jeffrey’s sister restaurant offers a more casual experience with great food and an incredible patio. I love bringing my boys for brunch, lunch or dinner. Another weekly staple for me when the weather is lovely.”
Wildflower Organics (524 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“They have, hands down, the most beautiful bedding and bathroom accessories — it is where I buy my organic mattresses and other beautiful furnishings.”
Pease Park (1100 Kingsbury St.)—“I love to bring my boys to Pease Park. It has so much to offer, including a water park in the summer and a wonderful playground.”
Hope Outdoor Gallery (1101 Baylor St.)—“Also known as the Graffiti Park. An incredible place to check out local art. There is so much to see and it is always evolving.”
Cafe Medici (1101 W. Lynn St.)—“This local Austin coffee shop has the absolute best coffee and tea. It has a fun and casual vibe in a renovated house in the heart of Clarksville and it’s always full of familiar faces.”
Clark’s Oyster Bar (1200 W 6th St.)—“This is my calling when I’m craving oysters and seafood. It has wonderful outdoor seating, great food and atmosphere.”
Wink Wine Bar (1014 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“This quiet, tucked away treasure has great wine and delicious food. It is small and intimate and has a comfy, relaxing ambiance.”
Kumara is the number one producer for Kuper Sotheby’s for two consecutive years, achieving over $65M in sales in 2016.
Fresh Plus Grocery (1221 W. Lynn St.)—“One of the oldest grocery stores in Austin, it has a great boutique feel and has everything you need, including a delicious deli.”
Outdoor Voices (606 Blanco St.)—“They have the best sportswear for my daily exercise which includes jogging, spinning, yoga and barre.”
WHEN CINDY GOLDRICK FIRST MOVED TO AUSTIN, Westlake struck her as the most beautiful and unique residential area with its large lots and hilltops with stunning views. In the ‘90s she and her family put down roots there on a quiet cul-de-sac, which was close to downtown, her office, and also her children’s schools. The tranquility and privacy she has enjoyed has made for a great retreat where they can end their busy days in the company of some of the same neighbors she’s had for over twenty years.
With 35 years (and counting) of experience selling real estate in Austin, Cindy feels fortunate to have witnessed the growth of this progressive city first hand.
Barton Creek Greenbelt —“The beauty of being able to access the Barton Creek Greenbelt off of Spyglass Drive and hike the trails or swim in one of the many swimming spots along the creek is an experience my family will always cherish.”
Lizzylu (3300 Bee Cave Rd.)—“A charming, eclectic gift shop owned and operated by Gene Attal and his family, with proceeds going to several charities.”
Trianon Coffee (3201 Bee Cave Rd.)—“Steve, an employee there, always says ‘Come for the coffee, stay for the show.’ Always the best way to start my day!”
Las Palomas (3201 Bee Cave Rd.)—“Still run by the wonderful Dale family, it has been a favorite since the ‘80s with their great food and fun environment. We always run into neighbors there.”
Marye’s Gourmet Pizza and Blue Dahlia Bistro (3663 Bee Cave Rd.)—“Two small,independently-owned restaurants with excellent menus.”
RedBird Boutique (3663 Bee Cave Rd.)—“They have beautiful, unique pieces for women.”
Abbey Rose Boutique (3300 Bee Cave Rd.)—“I love their beautifully curated selection of women’s clothing.”
Hutson Clothing Co. (3663 Bee Cave Rd.)—“A great shop for men’s clothing and accessories with a fantastic selection of ties.”
Allure Nail Salon (3300 Bee Cave Rd.)—“A relaxing place to get a quick mani-pedi.”
Zilker Park & Barton Springs pool —“Some of Austin’s most-loved outdoor spots.”
REBECCA SPRATLIN BEGAN AS AN ARTIST, earned an MBA and worked in the corporate world before becoming a luxury realtor and broker ten years ago. Since moving to the neighborhood, she’s enjoyed countless memories of backyard BBQs, neighborhood kids coming over to swim, hosting book groups and even a gastro club. She is a board member for the Highland Park West and Balcones Area Neighborhood Association and helps plan events like Movies in the Park and the July 4th parade.
Highland Park West
Mount Bonnell —“If you can catch a sunset from the top, you’ll never forget it.”
Perry Art Park —“Three large sculptures are on long-term loan from Laguna Gloria and help extend the love of art into our area of town.”
Russell’s Bakery and Coffee Shop (3339 Hancock Dr.)—“It’s always fun to go in and grab a mocha and visit with friends, clients and neighbors. And, the cinnamon rolls are to die for!”
Personally Yours (5416 Parkcrest Dr.)—“A lovely shop that carries wonderful gift items for babies, house warmings, campers and members of the university Greek system.”
Berry Austin (5523 Balcones Dr.)—“How can you not like multiple flavors of frozen yogurt and tons of toppings? This is a neighborhood favorite year round, but can be a party during the dog days of summer.”
Parkcrest Cleaners (5507 Parkcrest Dr.)—“I wouldn’t dream of taking my fine linens and better clothing anywhere else.”
Bright Leaf Nature Preserve —“Bringing 216 acres together through 34 separate real estate transactions, Georgia Lucas created an oasis for future generations.”
Crenshaw Athletic Club (5000 Fairview Dr.)–“This club offers programs for children that combine academics and athletics.”
Coutures by Laura (5416 Parkcrest Dr.)—“I was so grateful when Laura did a marvelous job of giving new life to an old coat I bought many years ago in Rome.”
Knowing the home values as well as the lifestyles that Balcones Park and Highland Park West offer has served Rebecca well when working with clients who want to know the benefits of living in this area of Austin.
Chez Zee (5406 Balcones Dr.)—“Don’t even think about going there without ordering the Lemon Rosemary cake. It will make you weak in the knees.”
COMING FROM SOUTH FLORIDA, Margaret Parma loves being surrounded by nature, watching deer run across her front yard and enjoying the community parks and hike and bike trails —all only 14 miles from downtown. She loves helping her clients build a new home or find an existing home that fits their lifestyle.
Margaret Parma is a broker of over 37 years, with 29 years in Texas selling homes in Austin, Lakeway, Westlake and NW Hills communities.
Bull Creek Park (6701 Lakewood Dr.)—“A really fun spot to hang in the water on a hot summer day with nice trails for the dogs.”
The Arboretum (10000 Research Blvd.)—“Accessible location with great shopping and restaurants, including my favorite, The Cheesecake Factory.”
Movie House Eatery (8300 N. FM 620)— “How do I explain enjoying your favorite big screen movies in a leather La-Z-Boy chair and having dinner and drinks served to your own table?”
The Domain (11410 Century Oaks Terrace)—“Outdoor mall offering a variety of upscale shops and department stores, plus dining options and a cinema.”
County Line on the Lake (204 Ranch Rd. 2222)—“I love the homemade bread, the family-friendly vibe and the lake view.”
Rudy’s Country Store BBQ (11570 Research Blvd.)— “The yummy brisket beef, jalapeño sausage and creamed corn are my go-tos.”
Siena Ristorante Toscana (6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.)—“The most romantic restaurant in Austin for wine and upscale, seasonal Tuscan plates like wild boar bruschetta.”
Oasis Restaurant (6550 Comanche Trail)—“This was the first Austin icon restaurant I visited as a tourist in the ‘80s. The margaritas and the views are amazing.”
Steiner Ranch Steak House (5424 Steiner Ranch Blvd.)—“The steaks are mouth-watering and the view is absolutely breathtaking.”
Fonda San Miguel (2330 W. N Loop Blvd.)—“I love their sophisticated take on traditional Mexican cuisine served in a colorful, hacienda-style space.”
FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN and all of its districts better than Jude Galligan. With an office in the Rainey Street district, he lives, works, and plays in the heart of downtown Austin.
Royal Blue Grocery (51 Rainey St.)—“I order my coffee there in the mornings, grab some fresh fruit or a slice of Eastside Pies pizza for lunch.”
Waller Creek Boathouse (74 Trinity St.)—“From renting kayaks to chilling out at Alta’s Cafe overlooking the lake, this is one of my favorite spots in all of downtown Austin.”
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden (79 Rainey St.)—“This hits the Rainey vibe just right. It’s a converted bungalow space with 100 beers on tap, great food, a huge patio and a casual environment. And it’s expanding!”
Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail —“When you want to get away from all the entertainment on Rainey, the trail is a great bike and pedestrian connector to Lady Bird Lake and the rest of downtown.”
Hotel Van Zandt (605 Davis St.)—“This hotel has moved the district forward into the next era, boasting one of the best new restaurants in the city, Geraldine’s, named after the neighborhood’s late guinea fowl pet.”
L’Estelle House (88 1/2 Rainey St.)—“Owners Holly and Craig Nasso have been Rainey believers since the ‘90s and bring authentic comfort and culture to the neighborhood. It’s my wife’s favorite place on Rainey Street.”
Icenhauer’s (83 Rainey St.)—“Michael Hsu Architecture worked on its renovation, setting the bar high for bungalow rehabs on Rainey.”
El Naranjo (85 Rainey St.)—“Local, high-end and one of the first restaurants here, it’s a great date place when you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated.”
The publisher of TOWERS.net and the owner of TOWERS Realty, Jude has also served on the downtown commission, the board of directors of the Downtown Austin Alliance, and a number of other boards.
G’raj Mahal (73 Rainey St.)—“The best Indian pakoras I’ve ever eaten. Full stop.”
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.)—“The MACC, as it’s known, is quietly one of the best architected buildings in downtown.
LESLIE GOSSETT DEVELOPED A PASSION for real estate growing up in Austin, and began her career as a realtor while studying at Texas Christian University. She finds her drive in delivering superior results and a five-star experience for her clients. Leslie lives and works downtown, where she loves the walkability and connectedness to everything around her. On any given weekend, you will find her walking to Ballet Austin for reformer classes, meeting friends, family or clients for dinner, or taking her daughter to the local famers’ market. Leslie loves this city and the lifestyle it offers. For that reason, she is always enthused to help her clients share in what brings her so much joy.
Before joining Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, Leslie ran her own brokerage, N30 Living, specializing in central Austin real estate and the sale of new construction homes. She also has experience with design and a separate staging business, L Designs.
Josephine House (1601 Waterston Ave.)—“My absolute favorite lunch spot. I love the private tables out back.”
Ballet Austin (501 W 3rd St.)—“The best place in town for Pilates reformer classes.”
Whole Foods (525 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“Whether I’m meeting a friend at the seafood bar for dinner, doing some quick grocery shopping or picking up my favorite acai bowl in town, this place checks all the boxes.”
True Food Kitchen (222 West Ave.)—“I don’t think I will ever get sick of their bowls; I love the ancient grains and teriyaki quinoa. Great place to bring your kiddos. My daughter McKinley loves running around the front lawn with friends.”
ByGeorge (524 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“Always unique and keeps me wanting more. I especially love their handbag and shoe selection! Their men’s shopis fantastic.”
Fixe (500 W. 5th St.)—“Their beautiful and dimly lit bar is my favorite place to grab a cocktail. I love their Fixe 75, their take on the French 75.”
Ranch 616 (616 Nueces St.)—“You are guaranteed to see a familiar face at this low key favorite, which serves some great apps. The Adam Bourke with a topo chico — a secret menu item — is refreshingand delicious!”
SFC Farmers Market (422 Guadalupe St.)— “Love scoping out and supporting our local vendors. I bring McKinley here and teach her the importance of knowing where our food comes from.”
ACL Live at The Moody Theater (310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.)—“Intimate and fun date night experience. Not a bad seat in the house!”
Wu Chow (500 W. 5th St.)—“Two words: Soup Dumplings.”
AS A NATIVE AUSTINITE and 14-year real estate veteran, Anna Hardeman began her career in downtown Austin and has been involved in selling in nearly every high-rise condominium building. As a condo owner herself, downtown has been her hub for dining, shopping and entertainment. Anna values faith, family, and friendships and works hard to bring each client the very best of professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise.
Trace (200 Lavaca St.)—“We love to gather for family brunch on Sundays. The scene is lively and the food is delicious!”
ACL Live at The Moody Theater (310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.)—“My brother Michael is a show and concert enthusiast, so you’ll find us here for world class entertainment at least once a month.”
Ballet Austin (501 W 3rd St.)—“The reformer Pilates program is second to none. Vlada and the other great instructors will whip you into shape!”
Violet Crown Cinema (434 W. 2nd St.)—“Has the feel of a private cinema and the movie selections are always great.”
La Condesa (400 W. 2nd St.)—“A longtime favorite for modern Mexican food. A great meeting spot for a classic margarita and dinner before a show.”
Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail —“My husband Will is as sporty as they come, so on a nice day we are out cycling, paddle boarding or on a walk with our daughter and dog Nash.”
Bob’s Steak and Chop House (301 Lavaca St.)— “Another family favorite. They treat you like family and have some of the best steaks in town.”
Jo’s Coffeeshop (242 W. 2nd St.)—“The Cheers of the 2nd Street District. I love their turbo iced coffee and can always count on running into a friend or two.”
New Central Library (710 W. Cesar Chavez St.)— “My mom and daughter routinely explore downtown, UT and the Capitol together, and I know she’s excited to make the library their new hangout.”
Anna is the co-owner of The Boutique Real Estate and one of Austin’s top luxury real estate brokers.
Hacienda (204 Colorado St.)—“A beautifully curated store. Owner Jessica Beattie’s take on the modern lifestyle is fun and fresh. One of my go-tos for gifts for friends and clients.”
RYAN RODENBECK IS THE BROKER/OWNER of Spyglass Realty and has been selling homes in Barton Hills since 2008. Barton Hills is special to him because of the unique characteristics of being a suburban neighborhood surrounded by an urban setting on one side and a natural setting on the other, all hard to find in one Austin neighborhood.
Vox Table: The unique menu and drinks are to die for.
The Gus Fruh entrance of the Greenbelt: A great place to hang out and swim with the family or swing into the water from the rope swing.
Sunday movies at The Alamo Drafthouse: Finished off with chocolate chip cookies from Amy’s Ice Cream or a milkshake bourbon punch with the family.
The ABGB: This beer garden + brewery has amazing pizza and drafts.One-2-One Bar: Go any night of the week for great live music.
SALMA MANZUR HAS LIVED IN AUSTIN since the age of five and graduated from the University of Texas. As a broker associate at Realty Austin, she believes Hyde Park is special not only because it is her home, but also because it is possible to walk to grocery stores, the neighborhood pool, parks, restaurants and shops, and it’s pretty. The streets are lined with trees, there isn’t much traffic and it is conveniently located three miles north of downtown with easy accessibility to all major highways.
Hyde Park Grill: The Wom Kim’s Peach Pudding dessert: don’t ask, just try.
Asti Trattoria: A reservation is smart but you can likely slip in, sit at the bar, and eat a gourmet meal without the hustle and bustle of other eateries downtown.
Dolce Vita: They’re open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, serving Italian espresso drinks and coffees, and my favorite, delicious gelato!
Shipe Park & Pool: Here you can sit on a swing and watch kids play on the playground, dog owners play fetch with their furry friends, and at the right time of year, the pool will be full of neighborhood locals playing in the water.
Elisabet Ney Museum: A hidden gem, special place. Worth a visit.
(1) Top Secret: Polvo’s is my absolute favorite spot for Mexican in town. The lively vibe, eclectic decor and delicious frozen margaritas are what make it a South Austin institution. Don’t be scared away by long waits on the weekend — the ceviche, beef fajitas, and salsa ahumada are worth it!
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(2) Top Secret: I love walking to Perla’s with my dog Smooch and sitting on the patio. It’s the best place to enjoy watching the world go by while sitting under a gigantic, centuries-old oak tree. On the weekends, I’ll pop into C-Boys or Continental Club for some live tunes.
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(3) Top Secret: Josephine House is a perfect neighborhood spot in Clarksville to sit and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner. I often stop by while walking my dog for their not-to-be missed margaritasout on the patio.
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(4) Top Secret: I take full advantage of Zilker Park, whether it is throwing aerobie, kayaking or running the trail. I usually end up at Lou Neff Point and admire the natural beauty with the ever-changing downtown skyline in the distance.
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Read more from the Neighborhoods Issue | June 2017