It doesn't stay cool in Austin for long, so if you want to enjoy the temperate weather, you have to get out while you still can. Some of Austin's favorite activities are outdoors, so you shouldn't let a little brisk weather get in your way.
Even if you run cold, you'll stay enjoying the Austin atmosphere with these heated patios.
Aba | 1011 S. Congress Avenue
Nestled in the luxurious new development along Music Lane, Aba is the Mediterranean-influenced brainchild of two-time Top Chef contestant CJ Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises executive partner and divisional president Marc Jacobs. Among his California upbringing, travels to Israel and time spent in Austin, the cuisine is modern, bright and surprising.
The expansive patio has heaters throughout, but you might want to bring a jacket since the patio is open-air. You'll probably be hard-pressed to walk in at Aba, so make a reservation to be safe.
Arlo Grey Yurt Village | 111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Yurt season is back at Arlo Grey, so gather up to eight of the ones you love most for a charming dinner by the Line Hotel's pool. Once seated, you'll be served with family-style dishes and craft cocktails created by Arlo Grey owner Kristen Kish.
Reservations are required and start at $100 per person. The experience starts on Dec. 1!
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden | 121 Pickle Road
Cosmic's habitat-preserving, rainwater-catching, food-truck-having heated patio is wildly popular, so good luck finding parking. Beer, wine and coffee drinks are available indoors with a very limited amount of seating, so the real party is outside.
Try the frozen Matcha Painkiller or one of the local beers while you enjoy this dog-friendly patio.
Culinary Dropout | 1721 Rock Rose Ave #100
Located in the heart of the Domain, Culinary Dropout serves twisted gastro-pub treats like pretzel bites, provolone fondue and honey-drizzled fried chicken. The expansive heated patio has games to play, stages for live music and views of the Domain's bustling foot traffic.
Upstairs at Caroline | 621 Congress Avenue
Caroline's large, open-air heated patio is a great choice for rooftop views of the skyline, and it's even better if you love a good special. Every day of the week features a new special at Caroline, often including $7 cocktails and $2 tacos. We suggest a Prickly Pear Rita.
There are lounges and games so feel free to stay awhile. Don't forget, you get 25% off if you bring in your dog during Sunday Yappy hour!
The FTA announced the funding round on Thursday, which dispersed $11 million across 12 states and 20 projects. The money is meant to connect communities to affordable transit and housing through the FTA Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development planning.
CapMetro said the funds will go toward projects at eight stations spanning 6.5 miles on the South end of the Orange Line, which has a total of 22 stations. The full project stretches across the 20 miles from Southpark Meadows to Tech Ridge.
Republic Square station is along the Orange Line. (Project Connect rendering)
Once it’s complete, which officials estimate will be in 2028, the Orange Line will reach the following stations:
- Tech Ridge (Park & Ride)
- North Lamar International District
- The Triangle
- UT campus
- Republic Square
- Auditorium Shores
- South Congress
- Southpark Meadows (Park & Ride)
A $500 million mixed-use development spanning 1,400 acres is coming to Southeast Austin, near Tesla’s headquarters at Giga Texas.
Plans for the development by Houston-based real estate firm Hines include 2,500 houses along with multi-family and townhomes, and commercial land. Hines is partnering with Trez Capital, Sumitomo Forestry and Texas-based Caravel Ventures.
The development, which is known as Mirador, will be located off the 130 Toll and Highway 71, which the developers say provides easy access to the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 racetrack and other Austin attractions like restaurants, parks and live music venues.
Hines also boasts amenities like a 60-acre lake, over 600 acres of greenbelt, community parks, trails and a swimming pool.
“As Austin continues to grow into the tech epicenter of Texas, coupled with a supply-constrained market, the demand for new housing is at its highest,” Dustin Davidson, managing director at Hines, said. “Mirador will be critical in providing more options for Austin’s growing population and we are excited to work alongside our partners given they each provide a unique and valued perspective in single-family development.”
The local housing market has been hot in recent years, with home sales accelerating earlier in the pandemic. In July 2021, the Austin metro area hit its pricing peak at $478,000. As Austonia previously reported, the area has been expected to see the Tesla effect, with the new workforce driving up demand for housing and other services.
The single-family houses are expected to be developed over the course of six years, in phases. Construction on the homes is expected to start this year and home sales will begin in 2023.
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