This Stacy Lane modern farmhouse checks every box. All photos courtesy Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.

The listing on this Stacy Lane modern farmhouse says “like new,” and with one look at the photos, you’ll have to agree it shines like a new penny. Brand new wood floors run throughout the home. Gorgeous daylight fills the bright white living spaces. Bonus flex spaces make for true family living. But it’s the location of 2701 Stacy Lane which really screams, “Grab me before I’m gone!

 

Neighborly Vibes

Situated between South 1st Street and South Congress Avenue, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathrooms stunner earns a walking score of 78. Hoof it to happy hour or to a playdate at Zilker park. You’ll find plenty of reasons to get out and about with the neighbors. And speaking of neighbors!

“The neighbors in this area also could not be more friendly,” said Ryan Rogers, Realtor with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. “Everyone loves to go walking and take their dog or kids to the parks and restaurants. Stacy Lane is located within walking distance to several popular Austin destinations such as Torchy’s Tacos or Wine Belly! Walk or bike to several nearby parks such as Zilker Park to see ACL, Blues on the Green, or the Trail of Lights.”

With downtown Austin in the near distance, Stacy Lane is a dream location.

 

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Jen and Brandon Hatmaker, along with their five children, will star in an 8-episode HGTV series starting tonight at 10 p.m.

Jen and Brandon Hatmaker, along with their five children, will star in an 8-episode HGTV series starting tonight at 10 p.m.

I love Jen Hatmaker. Seriously. Just love her. A friend of mine who lives in Buda introduced me to her a while back. They lived in the same neighborhood and I swear, my friend has the most gigantic girl crush on Jen. After a while I realized that it was completely justified.

So now Jen has gone and combined two things I love — great writers with sharp humor and home design — in her HGTV show that debuts tonight at 10 p.m. It’s called “My Big Family Renovation” and it’s eight episodes following Hatmaker’s family of seven through eight months of completely gutting a two-bedroom, two-bath 1908 farmhouse and turning it into the family home she’s always dreamed of.

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Photo via Gawker

Photo via Gawker

I’m sure you’ve already seen the photo about this poor guy who was just trying to sell his Austin condo and ended up flashing everyone in the process.

As it turns out, it was all an accident, says KDFW’s report on the … ahem … matter.

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Casa Santuraio ext frontYears ago, I sold my home on Park Lane after living there for more than ten years. We agreed on a sales price and yes, like most home sellers, it was less than what I wanted, less than what I thought my home was worth. But I agreed to the sales price and the terms and signed the contract.

Then, one night as I wandered my home, taking inventory of all I had to pack up — some closets could not even be opened because they were jammed with toys, Legos, Hoovercrafts, Fuze Ball tables, dolls, games, you name it, — I called my agent and said the most chilling words an agent can hear:

“Can you get me out of this contract?”

I was what you might call the client from hell. The man had spent THREE YEARS marketing my home, was about to net a commission after pouring thousands of dollars of his own funds into the marketing and so many Open houses I lost count.

Then I ask him to get me out of an executed contract.

Well, that has SORT OF of happened in Austin. Only in this case, the seller just didn’t show at closing.

Recall the auction of the 9700 square foot Tarrytown estate on five acres, Casa Santuario? According to the Austin Business Journal, the seller did not show up for the closing on March 12.

Concierge Auctions founder and co-director Laura Brady told Austin Business Journal staff writer Jan Buchholz that “we’re all very surprised that she did not honor her agreement.”

Brady also said that in all her years of owning and operating Concierge, selling luxury real estate across the globe, nothing like this has ever happened.

So Concierge did what I guess they had to do to protect their company: they filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court on March 13. According to the ABJ story , Concierge claims the owner of the home, Kimberly Granger, broke the contract she signed with the winning bidder at the auction to sell her home at 2600 Kenmore Court for the high bid amount of $7.5 million. The home had been listed for as much as $15 million, and had been on the market for a long time.

“On March 12, 2014, Granger intentionally, willfully, and knowingly refused to close the sale. Because the failure to close was due to intentional actions of Granger and her agents, pursuant to the (Auction Marketing Agreement), Concierge is entitled to be compensated by Granger for it’s services in connection with the auction in an amount not less than $645,000.”

Concierge is also asking for the court to award “punitive damages in an amount no less than $1 million.”

Concierge says they did their part: the five week marketing campaign for the home generated 8,200 website visits from 49 states and 75 foreign countries, 176 open house visits and 84 showings of the property. The buyer, who was not identified, is from Austin.

Here is the full statement from Concierge Auctions:

Concierge Auctions vs. Casa Santuario Owner Kimberly Granger

Casa Santuraio ext frontYears ago, I sold my home on Park Lane after living there for more than ten years. We agreed on a sales price and yes, like most home sellers, it was less than what I wanted, less than what I thought my home was worth. But I agreed to the sales price and the terms and signed the contract.

Then, one night as I wandered my home, taking inventory of all I had to pack up — some closets could not even be opened because they were jammed with toys, Legos, Hoovercrafts, Fuze Ball tables, dolls, games, you name it, — I called my agent and said the most chilling words an agent can hear:

“Can you get me out of this contract?”

I was what you might call the client from hell. The man had spent THREE YEARS marketing my home, was about to net a commission after pouring thousands of dollars of his own funds into the marketing and so many Open houses I lost count.

Then I ask him to get me out of an executed contract.

Well, that has SORT OF of happened in Austin. Only in this case, the seller just didn’t show at closing.

Recall the auction of the 9700 square foot Tarrytown estate on five acres, Casa Santuario? According to the Austin Business Journal, the seller did not show up for the closing on March 12.

Concierge Auctions founder and co-director Laura Brady told Austin Business Journal staff writer Jan Buchholz that “we’re all very surprised that she did not honor her agreement.”

Brady also said that in all her years of owning and operating Concierge, selling luxury real estate across the globe, nothing like this has ever happened.

So Concierge did what I guess they had to do to protect their company: they filed a lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court on March 13. According to the ABJ story , Concierge claims the owner of the home, Kimberly Granger, broke the contract she signed with the winning bidder at the auction to sell her home at 2600 Kenmore Court for the high bid amount of $7.5 million. The home had been listed for as much as $15 million, and had been on the market for a long time.

“On March 12, 2014, Granger intentionally, willfully, and knowingly refused to close the sale. Because the failure to close was due to intentional actions of Granger and her agents, pursuant to the (Auction Marketing Agreement), Concierge is entitled to be compensated by Granger for it’s services in connection with the auction in an amount not less than $645,000.”

Concierge is also asking for the court to award “punitive damages in an amount no less than $1 million.”

Concierge says they did their part: the five week marketing campaign for the home generated 8,200 website visits from 49 states and 75 foreign countries, 176 open house visits and 84 showings of the property. The buyer, who was not identified, is from Austin.

Here is the full statement from Concierge Auctions:

Concierge Auctions vs. Casa Santuario Owner Kimberly Granger

NORTHCENTRALEXPRESSWAYIs Dallas next?

Gosh, that’s almost a whole work week! According to a study performed by the National Traffic Scorecard, Austin, Texas is the fourth worst city for traffic wait times in the country. It’s even worse than New York City, holding strong at number 5.

We all know what a nightmare I-35 is at any given time of the day, and you might as well just stop somewhere for an hour or three if you hit I-35 anywhere near rush hour, anywhere near Austin.

There’s only one kind of good thing about this report: when we’re poor, we don’t drive so much.  Back in the recession, traffic did diminish a little but came back up on the rise in 2013 ‐

“congestion was up for 7 consecutive months from January through July 2013 indicating after 2012’s rollercoaster, a slowly improving economy. Austin racked up three extra hours of average traffic time per year from 2012, putting the city just below the traffic nightmares Los Angeles, Honolulu, and San Francisco in road wait times. “

Having been to all three cities, I can vouch: traffic is such a nightmare in San Francisco that it almost forces you to drive after 11 p.m. just to get anywhere.

Dallas is not on the top five list, at least not yet. But an interesting little take-away from this piece is that people are driving more everywhere!

  • Traffic is back on the rise in 2013, even in countries showing continued declines. Traffic congestion was up in six of the 15 countries analyzed: the U.S., UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy compared to only one country in 2012 (Luxembourg). Traffic congestion was up in 105 of the 194 cities analyzed.

The ditch your car and walk-it thing is just not happening. Traffic congestion is increasing at three times the rate of employment. Why? Well, perhaps aging Baby Boomers with bad knees can’t hike like they used to, and millennials schlepping babies can’t carry them. And this is something we need to seriously keep in mind with all the talk about tearing down I-345, which I actually support seriously studying. Will removing a highway really make traffic disappear or “find other routes” when there is, in reality, more coming?

” As we reach the 5 year mark since the start of the global recession, people increasingly are moving to where the jobs are. With just over half of the world’s population lives in urban centers today, the UN predicts that 7 of every 10 people will be living in an urban center by 2050. Recently, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford Jr. said the number of vehicles on the word’s roads will grow from 1 billion today to 4 billion in the same period of time. With traffic congestion increasing at 3x the rate of employment, 10‐day long traffic jams like we’ve seen in China and the 2-3 hour daily commutes that are part of daily life for people in Sao Paolo Brazil today could become the reality for drivers in Europe and North America in the not so distant future. “

 

 

 

NORTHCENTRALEXPRESSWAYIs Dallas next?

Gosh, that’s almost a whole work week! According to a study performed by the National Traffic Scorecard, Austin, Texas is the fourth worst city for traffic wait times in the country. It’s even worse than New York City, holding strong at number 5.

We all know what a nightmare I-35 is at any given time of the day, and you might as well just stop somewhere for an hour or three if you hit I-35 anywhere near rush hour, anywhere near Austin.

There’s only one kind of good thing about this report: when we’re poor, we don’t drive so much.  Back in the recession, traffic did diminish a little but came back up on the rise in 2013 ‐

“congestion was up for 7 consecutive months from January through July 2013 indicating after 2012’s rollercoaster, a slowly improving economy. Austin racked up three extra hours of average traffic time per year from 2012, putting the city just below the traffic nightmares Los Angeles, Honolulu, and San Francisco in road wait times. “

Having been to all three cities, I can vouch: traffic is such a nightmare in San Francisco that it almost forces you to drive after 11 p.m. just to get anywhere.

Dallas is not on the top five list, at least not yet. But an interesting little take-away from this piece is that people are driving more everywhere!

  • Traffic is back on the rise in 2013, even in countries showing continued declines. Traffic congestion was up in six of the 15 countries analyzed: the U.S., UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy compared to only one country in 2012 (Luxembourg). Traffic congestion was up in 105 of the 194 cities analyzed.

The ditch your car and walk-it thing is just not happening. Traffic congestion is increasing at three times the rate of employment. Why? Well, perhaps aging Baby Boomers with bad knees can’t hike like they used to, and millennials schlepping babies can’t carry them. And this is something we need to seriously keep in mind with all the talk about tearing down I-345, which I actually support seriously studying. Will removing a highway really make traffic disappear or “find other routes” when there is, in reality, more coming?

” As we reach the 5 year mark since the start of the global recession, people increasingly are moving to where the jobs are. With just over half of the world’s population lives in urban centers today, the UN predicts that 7 of every 10 people will be living in an urban center by 2050. Recently, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford Jr. said the number of vehicles on the word’s roads will grow from 1 billion today to 4 billion in the same period of time. With traffic congestion increasing at 3x the rate of employment, 10‐day long traffic jams like we’ve seen in China and the 2-3 hour daily commutes that are part of daily life for people in Sao Paolo Brazil today could become the reality for drivers in Europe and North America in the not so distant future. “

 

 

 

Casa Santuraio ext frontJust two days before Valentine’s Day, on February 12, Casa Santuario, a 9,700 square foot creature of retreat perfection in San Antonio’s Austin’s Tarrytown neighborhood, goes to auction without reserve.

That’s — yikes! — tomorrow! (Biting my red fingernails!)

That’s right, this carefully constructed, tough-as-the-Alamo, Spanish Colonial -style home will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Concierge Auctions, the folks who brought us closure to Champ d’Or — well,  past closure — as well as the M Mansion and the Preston Trails home of Lanny Wadkins —  are auctioning off this Hill Country beauty.

If you are thinking of a rare Valentine’s Gift this year, well, here is your one-in-a-lifetime chance.

Casa Santuraio loggia Casa Santuario LR Casa Santuraio DR Casa Santuraio masterCasa Santuario is situated on five rare acres at 2600 Kenmore Court in the Tarrytown neighborhood. Most Tarrytown homes are luxurious, but virtually none enjoy this sort of square footage or land grab. The home is a warm. loving retreat that was carefully planned and built by owner Kim Granger with love. The estate features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three half-bathrooms. It has clear views of Lake Austin and the foothills of the Texas Hill Country. Really, you will think you’re in Napa. The huge lot size is a rarity in this neighborhood. Casa Santuario kitchen Casa Santuraio stairs Casa Santuraio library Casa Santurario ext rearThe home was designed by renowned Austin architect Paul Lamb , and was built in 2003. The estate had been on the market for $15 million. Austin residential real estate broker Jeannette Spinelli has the listing for the home, as does Dallas residential real estate broker Kyle Crews.

Why would anyone leave this work of art in Austin?

For love, of course.