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Remember our first Staff Meeting? Well, it’s a “thing” now. This quarter, on June 17th, we’re toodling over to Victory Plaza to celebrate this high-rise stunner at the W before it finds a new owner. Want to attend? Email jo@candysdirt.com.

At the W, the Skyline is your Oyster

At the W, the Skyline is your Oyster

This home is made stunning not only because of the home, but the homeowner’s stunning offer to “repurchase the home in six-months should the new owner be unhappy” (minus some rent, natch). Now that’s confidence you don’t often see in real estate! But seeing this home, I can understand why.

Unit 2508 is a luxurious 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home sprawling over 2,570 square feet including nearly 400 square feet of terrace. The home is being sold by its first owner for $1.25-million. The seller has nothing but wonderful things to say about the home and the W Residences, “If you live at the W, you’ll never want to live anywhere else.” So wonderful has the W experience been that he’s upsizing his family to a 3-bedroom unit just an elevator ride away.

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The W Residences Unit 2001 Living

Highrise living — and we’re talking living at the tippy-top, y’all — doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg and leave you with that vague sinking feeling. Would you believe me if I told you that you could live on the 20th floor in the W Residences at Victory Park for less than $400K? You can, y’all! And you can get all of the eyebrow wagging cachet and amenities that come with living inside The W.

This unit, which is on the 20th floor, has amazing views and a great open floor plan through the living, dining, and kitchen areas. Plus you get a great little balcony/terrace. Of course, you get access to all of the swank amenities at the W Hotel, including 24-hour valet, private pool, room service, access to the spa, and a location you can’t beat!

The W Residences Unit 2001 Balcony

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2430 Victory 3001 Living

OK, that’s not all I want for Christmas, but an impeccable 30th floor penthouse at the W Residences Tower in Victory Park is a good start. This highrise has everything you want in an urban retreat, and the decor is on point.

It’s listed with Allie Beth Allman herself for $10.95 million and honestly, I feel like this five-bedroom, seven-full-plus-three-half-bath, 11,807-square-foot pad is worth every penny. I mean, those views! Those amenities! The privacy! The style! It’s an incredible unit and it’s full of eye candy with contemporary lines and texture.

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It wasn’t reflective heat, but Austin, our oh so ecologically correct sister city to the south, had major problemos last summer with the W Hotel and Residences last summer. The Austin-American Statesman found that Austin “does not insist on the safest kind of architectural glass for guardrails, or specifically, require engineering inspections of exterior balconies on the high-rise buildings proliferating downtown.” Wow. Naturally, this led to some lawsuits.

You may recall the  W opened in December, 2011, very hip and cool, but six months later was shuttered, streets around it cordoned off. What happened? Eight panes of glass had mysteriously shattered, falling from balcony railings more than 200 feet high, crashing to city streets below. At least four people were injured, more damaged. Whether it was the heat that loosened high-strength grout from the bottom of the balcony slab on the 27th floor, or falling debris that damaged the top edge of glass the sleek glass panels, held by the hand-rail system at only four points, it was a mess. Experts told the Statesman that tempered glass, which is made by heating and then quickly cooling regular glass, is extremely strong toward the middle of a pane, but weakens considerably at its edges where it is more vulnerable. To this everyone looked at the developer’s engineering designers:

“For the W Austin Hotel and Residences, city officials said they relied on the developer’s engineering designs, just as they do with all projects. Although city inspectors visually checked the balconies, looking for things such as railing height and glass thickness, they didn’t verify the soundness of the design, according to Dan McNabb, the city’s division manager for building inspections. “We do not do engineering,” McNabb said. “No city does that.”