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The Man About (Down)Town

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Jude Galligan

Hundreds of people move to Austin every day, and downtown is a major hub of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and available resources for those considering Austin as their home.

Your blog,, keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What’s the most exciting development happening right now?

I’m a fan of the Waller Creek District Master Plan because it’s transformational in the way an imaginative chain of parks and trails creates connection to the eastern half of downtown. An international design competition was held to select the most innovative plan and, after decades in the making, it’s now becoming a reality.

What’s unique about living in downtown Austin compared to other cities?

Few cities have kept pace with Austin’s growth or its unparalleled entrepreneurial spirit. Spend time walking downtown and you can feel the creative energy that’s fueling smart urban growth projects. The Seaholm Power Plant development is a great example — it’s a very appealing repurposing of historic structures into functional residential, office, grocery and event spaces.

If someone is considering moving to Austin, what are some good resources for them?

You can find every real estate listing that’s on the MLS at, updated hourly, alongside informed editorial and breaking stories about real estate development in Austin’s urban core. There’s also information on residential towers that are proposed or currently being built. Lastly, our firm also has access to hundreds of off-market listings all around Austin — just shoot over an email and we can help.


Jude Galligan is the Broker-Owner of TOWERS Realty and Publisher of He has closed more resale transaction sides of downtown condos than any other REALTOR® in Austin 2014–2016 (source: MLS). Jude has served on the Downtown Commission, the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Board of

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