The home of the former CEO of beloved taco chain Torchy's Tacos, GJ Hart, has hit the market for a cool $7.5 million. Just like its mascot Torchy says, this house is "Damn Good," and even has a room dedicated to the restaurant.
Known as the "Bridge Home," 5221 Musket Cove is serenely located in the exclusive, gated Spanish Oaks neighborhood in West Austin. With five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, the massive home clocks in at 8,896 sprawling square feet.
Built in 2008, the home was designed by luxury firm Seaux-Piece Architecture over a three-year period but still looks like the pinnacle of modernity.
Entering through the three-car garage will bring you into the open-plan living room with sky-high ceilings and access to a separated indoor-outdoor lounge that connects to the pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the living area on both sides for beautiful views of the outdoor waterfall and lots of natural light.
The kitchen is filled with luxury appliances from a Miele coffee maker, Viking Professional Series range with a warming drawer, three Gaggenau ovens, and five (count 'em) Sub-Zero refrigerators. That's not all—just off the kitchen is a walk-in wine cellar that stores 1,200 bottles of wine.
The elite master bath has two complete walls of glass so you can survey your kingdom of pools, multiple water features from a private well tapping into the Trinity Aquifer and an isolated private hot tub. Plus, the "owner's wing" is practically designed with independent closets, showers and toilets.
Just like the Taco of the Month, the biggest surprises are on the inside. One bedroom, perfect for a Disney-loving little one, has murals of Ariel and Elsa on the walls, and another is dedicated to Torchy's, painted in bright colors and featuring the "Damn Good" slogan on the wall. The Torchy's room is 1,200 square feet, and complete with a full bath, can be converted into a one-to-two bedroom apartment.
Before heading to work, make sure to stop by the at-home gym, complete with a steam shower and beverage nook, to work off those tacos. If you prefer to work out by hitting the green, you could also head over to the golf simulator room for a quick round.
Of course, this home is perfect for entertaining and too good not to share—envision nighttime gatherings by the outdoor fire pit on 1.3 acres of land or at the private movie theater. You also won't have to worry about party crashers since the home comes with 24/7 security.
Hart retired, effective immediately, in early November after four years as CEO of Torchy's. Under Hart's leadership, Torchy's expanded from 45 locations to 96 in 10 states. Founder Mike Rypka will step up as interim CEO in the meantime.
This listing is held by Compass' Monica Fabbio.
An Austin-based firm that’s established itself as one of the top Bitcoin miners in North America is set to go public.
On Thursday, the company, known as Core Scientific Inc., announced it’s now trading on Nasdaq as $CORZ. The stock opened at $9.74 per share then peaked at $10.48. The company was assigned a $414 million market cap.
"As one of the largest publicly-traded blockchain infrastructure providers and digital asset miners in North America, we are focused on growing our capacity, defending and securing the blockchain ecosystem and building long-term shareholder value," CEO Mike Levitt said.
As reported by Yahoo News, investors approved a plan for a public debut through a $4.3 billion merger with special purpose acquisition company Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. The deal arrives as Austin sees its crypto scene soar, with increased activity in the NFT economy and groups pooling their money together through DAOs.
Core Scientific was established in 2017 and relocated its headquarters from Seattle to Austin last year. It has a site in Downtown Austin on 106 E. 6th St. and data centers in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and North Dakota. More than 100 full-time employees are in the U.S., but it's unclear how many are in Austin.
Now, they say they are the biggest Bitcoin miners based on processing power, with claims that the combined mining capacity on the Bitcoin network exceeds that of competitors. And SEC filings from earlier this month show it's in the process of acquiring Blockcap, Inc., which moved to Austin last year.
The company describes itself as a leader in high-performance, carbon-neutral blockchain infrastructure in an industry that catches flak for its energy use.
Aside from mining, the company provides internet hosting services for other large-scale miners. In fact, it derives about half its revenue by helping big customers mine, a quality seen in what’s often referred to as an “institutional-grade” miner.
Looking ahead, Core Scientific seems optimistic about the year ahead even as Bitcoin falls from its all-time high.
“We’ve worked hard to lay the groundwork that will enable us to achieve our 2022 projections,” Levitt told Yahoo News. “Our objective is to be the best. Being the best means doing all that we can for our business, the industry in which we participate and for the Bitcoin network.”
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Watch some Cricket
When: 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale Drive
What: Looking for a new sport to obsess over? Attend one of Sports Movement’s indoor cricket matches.
Le Garage Sale
When: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.
What: Find over 100+ boutiques, brands and designers at Le Garage sale. Shop leisurewear, accessories, menswear, children’s apparel, home decor and more. Tickets start at $10.
See a movie at the drive-in
When: 6:25-8:45 p.m., 9:15-10:50 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Globe Drive-In Theater, 8017 Cele Rd.
What: This weekend you can see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at 6:25 p.m. or you can see The Cabin in the Woods at 9:15 p.m. at the drive-in. Tickets cost $16 per car.
Museum of Ice Cream
When: 11:30 a.m Saturday and Sunday
Where: Museum of Ice Cream, 11410 Century Oaks Ter.
What: The Museum of Ice Cream is featuring 12 never-before-seen instillations celebrating the enjoyment of ice cream. View tickets here.
The Austin Flea
When: 12 p.m. Sunday
Where: Meanwhile Brewing, 3901 Promontory Point Dr.
What: Find handmade items, vintage wares, food and drink and more at The Austin Flea at Meanwhile Brewing. Vendors are handpicked for each show to guarantee a great selection of items to shop for.