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A new development is building homes and condos with close proximity to Austin's gem—the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
The new Holden Hills community, located near Southwest Parkway, will include 495 acres of property with 74 homes, 430 condos, green space and best of all, a 3.5-mile trail to the greenbelt.
Construction is expected to begin just before fall as permits are being secured, Stratus Properties CEO Beau Armstrong told Community Impact. Phase 1 will take 17 months, bringing 12 single-family lots and 373 condo units to life. Stratus is hopeful the first homes will hit the market in the spring of 2022.
Austin-based Stratus Properties has been building in the Southwest Austin area since the 1990s. It is the developer behind Lantana Place shopping center and has worked on developments in the Barton Creek and Circle C neighborhoods for years.
"We've been diligently building up Barton Creek for 30 years," Armstrong told the newspaper. "This happens to be our last residential section. It'll be a number of years before it's completely sold out, but it is a little bittersweet that it's coming to an end."
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A week after Texas added two congressional seats and California lost one, state officials reported a population decline in 2020 for the first time in the Golden State's history.
California fell by over 182,000 people from January 2020 to January 2021, dropping almost 0.5% to cap out at around 39.5 million people. It is still the nation's most populous state.
For over thirty years, California has seen more people leave than move in from other states, state officials said, with 6.1 million people moving out and 4.9 million coming in last year. Immigration and births kept California growing, but the state saw a shrink in international migration in 2020 due to COVID and the White House's hold on visas.
Of the steady flow of ex-Californians moving to other states, more are moving to Texas than any other state. Many are relocating to Austin, which has been labeled a "little California" by billionaire resident Elon Musk and continues to grow astronomically.
Meanwhile, California cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco saw a population decline.
With immigration and state migration on the decline, the Golden State was also hit with a spike in deaths- 51,000 people died from COVID in 2020, and all but seven of the state's counties saw death rates higher than the three-year average.
Still, the California Department of Finance said a "slightly positive annual growth" can be expected next year as the state recovers from COVID deaths and political repercussions.
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