Austin-based developers The Geyser Group have worked on projects like a commercial office space on East Sixth St. and townhomes in East Austin. Now, they’re behind a couple of multifamily developments that will make their debut in 2023.
The Johnny, North Austin
This 76-unit space on W. St John’s Avenue will incorporate condo-like design elements. Whether it’s a Texas winter or summer you’re trying to cope under, residents will have access to a wellness balcony that will feature a hot and cold swim spa. It’s also in a convenient location by The Crescent shopping center where visitors can head to 99 Ranch Market for grocery shopping or to dine out at Kura Sushi or Texas Pizza.
The development broke ground in November last year and is set to be finished at the start of 2023. Sixteen of the units will serve as affordable housing for those who earn below 60% of the median family income. Geyser is providing updates for those interested in pre-lease information.
The Goodwin, East Austin
With a further out completion date, this 363 unit East Austin development will go up near the intersection of Springdale Road and Airport Boulevard. It’s currently under construction with the first set of units expected next summer and final completion early 2024.
Managing Director Michael Bernstein expressed excitement over various aspects of the project, like how it’s walkable to Springdale General, the Austin Bouldering Project, and the Springdale Green project. “Combining location and community is at the core of this project, and The Geyser Group cannot wait for it to come to life over the next two years.”
The community part of the project comes in the form of amenities like two pools, a dog park and multiple entertainment spaces. Plus 2,400 square feet of retail space.
Like The Johnny, Geyser is establishing part of the development as affordable housing, with 37 offered with that status and the remaining 326 at market rate. Priority for the affordable housing will be given to those who had lived in the 60’s era building formerly on the property.
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Austin is one of the top metro areas where homebuyer income saw the greatest surge during the pandemic and it came at a cost to locals.
A new analysis by real estate services firm Redfin reports that affluent out-of-towers have contributed to surging home prices in metros like Austin. Due to this trend, Redfin notes, many local buyers with lower incomes have been priced out.
“For white-collar workers earning high salaries, remote work is a huge financial boon,” said Sheharyar Bokhari, Redfin senior economist. Jobs with that flexibility, Bokhari says, enable them to move from a tech hub like San Francisco to a more affordable part of the country where they can get more home for their money and even put some toward a rainy day fund.
“It can have the opposite effect on locals in those destinations–especially renters–who are watching from the sidelines as home prices skyrocket while their income stays mostly the same,” Bokhari said.
In Austin, the median homebuyer income surged 19% from 2019 to 2021, ultimately reaching $137,000. In that time, the median home price growth was 48%, just behind Boise, Idaho which was more than 50%.
But the housing market is starting to slow. Redfin says high mortgage rates and unsustainable price growth have driven demand down. In fact, Austin is among the 20 housing markets that have cooled the fastest in the first half of this year.
“People are still moving in from California and they still have enough money to buy nice homes in desirable neighborhoods, sometimes with all cash,” said Austin Redfin agent Gabriel Recio. “But the days of homes selling for 25% over asking price with multiple offers are over. Buyers are no longer as eager now that mortgage rates are up and there’s buzz in the air about the slowing housing market.”
As a result, Recio says, local and out-of-town buyers have an opportunity to buy a home at the asking price or even under.
Redfin carried out its analysis using data from the home mortgage disclosure act to review median household incomes for homebuyers who took out a mortgage, though it doesn’t include buyers who paid using all cash.
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School is back in session—do you know the latest TikTok trends?
With Austin ISD resuming session on Monday, school officials are keeping tabs on the newest TikTok trends that could pose classroom disruptions and property damage.
TikTok trends swept through Austin-area schools last year with the “Devious Lick” challenge, which encouraged students to steal from school property and reportedly caused $15,000 in damages at Round Round ISD; and the “slap a staff member” challenge.
On the distraction end, a substitute teacher was dismissed from Bowie High School in December after bringing in a karaoke machine to class and singing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for the class on TikTok.
Officials told KXAN they are staying aware of the trends as they change during the 2022-2023 school year and the district will investigate perceived threats. Since TikTok trends vary in severity, they will also evaluate to see which trends could cause harm or not.
Finally, the school district said it does not tolerate violence or bullying and will focus its efforts on protecting students both physically and digitally.