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Is 'Million Dollar Listing Austin' next after reality star realtor sells first mansion in Austin?​

Home sold in Austin for over $16.25 million by Eklund | Gomes. (Douglas Friedman)

Already established in New York, California and Florida, Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing" star Fredrik Eklund is getting in on the burning hot housing market in Austin.

His team, Eklund | Gomes at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, sold their first $16.25 million Austin mansion, located on Meadowbank Drive, in two days. With a lake view in Tarrytown, the home sits at two stories with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The group says it is one of the most expensive homes sold in the area as it sold above the asking price.

The home, interiorly designed by high-acclaimed Austin-based Fern Santini Collaborative, was prepped to be a turn-key home, or ready-to-move-in home. The new owners bought all the furniture included in her design. Every Santini project donates a portion of the proceeds to a nonprofit; in this case Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM, benefited.

(Douglas Friedman)

Originally from Sweden, Eklund has made a name for himself in New York real estate, where he has starred in eight seasons of "Million Dollar Listing New York," with season nine premiering on May 6. In 2019, he decided to go bicoastal and begin operations in the Los Angeles market simultaneously, which almost immediately earned him a spot on the cast of "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles," which will soon air its 13th season. The shows follow brokers who navigate trends in the market to sell to potential clients.

As Austin's housing market doesn't seem to be letting up—even after a global pandemic—the Eklund | Gomes team have quite literally put on their cowboy hats to bring high-end homes to buyers. It wouldn't be too far fetched to think a few more Austin sales, or a year of sales like in Los Angeles, could lead to the filming of "Million Dollar Listing Austin."

Left to right, Julia Spillman, Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes.

Home sales in the five-country metro increased 13.1% year-over-year in March, according to the Austin Board of Realtors' latest monthly report, home inventory is at a record low of 0.4 months, further driving up prices. As more business and tech professionals migrate to the Hill Country, they are looking for high-end real estate that the Eklund | Gomes team is used to selling.

"Austin has been the dream expansion for our team," said Julia Spillman, CEO of Eklund | Gomes. "With the combination of talented agents, inspiring new development projects, and some of the most beautiful homes in one of the hottest real estate markets in the world right now, Meadowbank was proof that our business model for success in this market is going to take (off) and we couldn't be prouder of our Texas expansion."

The Texas expansion goes beyond just Austin. The team is also expanding to Dallas and will soon enter the Houston market.

"As our first celebrity broker in Texas, Eklund | Gomes will bring a spotlight unlike any other brokerage to date in the Texas real estate market," said Jacob Sudhoff, CEO of Douglas Elliman Texas. "We are thrilled to support the Eklund | Gomes team and their expansion throughout Texas, starting with the property at Meadowbank in Austin. Luxury properties such as Meadowbank deserve the type of exposure that only Douglas Elliman Texas can provide."


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway