Temperatures in Austin are projected to reach triple digits nearly every day this week, so strap in for a sweaty summer.
But it doesn't have to be miserable if you have a pool to beat the heat. These homes on the market offer a private oasis much-needed this time of year.
Newly-renovated and back on the market, this 1975 build has been fitted with updated finishes while retaining its retro charm. An open floor plan and high ceilings allow for tons of natural light, the kitchen is complete with all-new fixtures, a focal-point fireplace for the winter months, and a round backyard pool and patio combo for the stifling heat.
4 bedroom, 2 bathroom | 1,844 square feet
According to the Redfin listing, the owners of this house have invested over $200,000 making this house a home. Aside from the spacious resort-style backyard and pool, the inside of the house boasts a media room, game room, wraparound staircase and upstairs deck in sunny South Austin.
5 bedroom, 4 bathroom | 4,390 square feet
In the North Austin Westminster Glen neighborhood, this expansive one-story sits in a cul de sac on a spacious 1.3 acres. With a newly-renovated kitchen, home theater, office for work from home and multiple living areas, the home is a dream. The backyard, complete with a spa, is the oasis.
5 bedroom, 5 bathroom | 4,575 square feet
In the famously luxe West Lake Hills neighborhood, this home features a private zen garden, multiple wings, exposed brick walls and two acres of land to roam. Each of the grand central spaces overlook the infinity pool and basin, with fold-away doors opening to the outdoor kitchen on the ground floor for full indoor/outdoor living.
5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom | 5,725 square feet
Nestled in the Hill Country, this Bee Cave home located in the equestrian community of Madrone Ranch is perfect for the horse enthusiast, complete with a barn on the property. Soaring beam ceilings allow in tons of natural light and stone accents give the home a rustic feel. The home really shines through its gigantic resort pool, with both covered and uncovered patios, and spa with a view.
5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom | 7,153 square feet
Genetic engineering company Colossal Biosciences announced it has started de-extinction of the thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger.
Partnering with the University of Melbourne and its Thylacine Integrated Genetic Restoration Research Lab on these efforts, Colossal says bringing the tiger back could “re-balance the Tasmanian and broader Australian ecosystems.”
“With our planet’s biodiversity at risk, we will continue to contribute scientific resources to preserving the species and ecosystems necessary to sustain life,” CEO Ben Lamm said.
Founded last year, Colossal aims to further develop technologies for marsupial conservation efforts and say they are the first to apply CRISPR technology for the purpose of species de-extinction.
The company has its headquarters in Dallas with Austin ties through its software and hardware team. Also with Lamm, who is former CEO of Austin AI company Hypergiant.
Ben Lamm and co-founder George Church
The Tasmanian tiger marks Colossal’s second de-extinction project. Before its work on the Australian marsupial that was eradicated nearly a century ago, Colossal announced its plans to resurrect the woolly mammoth.
Now, Lamm said they are thrilled about teaming up with the Melbourne lab, which is headed by Andrew Pask, a marsupial evolutionary biologist and Tasmanian tiger expert.
Pask said this is a “landmark moment” for marsupial research and that the technology from the project will influence the next generation of conservation efforts.
“Additionally, rewilding the thylacine to the Tasmanian landscape can significantly curb the destruction of this natural habitat due to invasive species,” Pask said. “The Tasmanian tiger is iconic in Australian culture. We’re excited to be part of this team in bringing back this unique, cornerstone species that mankind previously eradicated from the planet.”
\u201cIntroducing Texas #pumas reinvigorated the Florida panther population.\u201d— Colossal Biosciences (@Colossal Biosciences) 1655137149
Colossal points to the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone and the Tasmanian Devil to Australia as examples of the importance of rewilding species to their original habitats. Through that, Colossal says, damaged ecosystems can be restored and revitalized.
To achieve the successful birth of the Tasmanian tiger, Colossal says advancement of current marsupial assisted reproductive technology is required. The work goes beyond the Tasmanian tiger though and Colossal says this technology will be instrumental in the preservation of marsupials at large. The company notes this is especially important in Australia, which faces a fast rate of biodiversity loss and where marsupials are highly concentrated.
Colossal boasts investors like nature gaming group Untamed Planet and local Australian non-profit WildArk, as well as actors the Hemsworth brothers.
“Our family remains dedicated to supporting conservationist efforts around the world and protecting Australia's biodiversity is a high priority,” Chris Hemsworth said. “The Tassie Tiger’s extinction had a devastating effect on our ecosystem and we are thrilled to support the revolutionary conservation efforts that are being made by Dr. Pask and the entire Colossal team.”
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Construction on additional structures for Apple’s Northwest Austin campus could start in February.
The August filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation are the latest glimpse at the campus that was announced in December 2018. The campus is expected to be 3 million square feet with 12 office and amenity buildings, parking garages and other facilities once it’s finished.
Plans on the three structures in the filings are estimated to total $279 million and are expected to reach completion by February 2025.
One of the planned structures is a $100 million five-level building. International firm HKS Architects, which opened an office in Austin earlier this year, is listed as the designer.
Another multi-story building also designed by HKS is expected to be 298,977 square feet and cost $118 million.
The last structure in the filing is a $61 million parking garage with nine levels and 3,500 spots for cars.
The initial phase of the tech giant’s campus could welcome 5,000 employees and maybe even reach 15,000 upon completion, Apple has said.
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