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We advocate for our clients and guide them through real estate transactions with outstanding service, uncompromising ethics, and exceptional knowledge. We are tenured agents known for our commitment to service, integrity, and professionalism. We build lifetime relationships by providing an unparalleled experience for our clients.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS LIVE A HISTORY OF HOW AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION GUIDE NEIGHBORHOOD DIRECTORY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN’S A-CHANGING SCHOOLS HOSPITALS

WORK EMBRACING THE ENTREPRENEUR ACTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS DELL THINK TANK SILICON VALLEY OF THE SOUTH

PLAY AUSTIN FOR KIDS GOLFING FESTIVAL GUIDE ACL PRO-TIPS DOG PARKS

ENJOY CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUMS CINEMA LIVE THEATER VENUES

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BRAVO! AUSTIN RESTAURANTS SPAS SHOPPING DINING THRIFT SHOPS WINERIES BREWERIES AUSTIN’S SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENtER


Congratulations on making the choice to move to an amazing city that keeps getting noticed as one of the greatest places to live in America! Specializing in knowing Austin’s varied neighborhoods, we love sharing the latest in what’s happening - not only in the real estate market, but in the backyards that we share. Please call us if you have any questions about our fair city. We can help get you connected in all of the places that matter most to you. We are well connected in Austin real estate circles and we often know what is available before homes are even listed. If you ever need anything, know we have you covered before the process begins.

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• THE NEXT SILICON VALLEY • BEST CITIES FOR COFFEE SNOBS • BEST BIKE CITIES • LEADER IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY • MOST INNOVATIVE CITIES • FITTEST CITIES • HOTTEST ENTREPRENEUR REGION • #1 FASTEST GROWING CITIES • FORBES CITIES TO WATCH • #1 TECH CITY • BEST LABOR MARKETS FOR LANDING A JOB • LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT • SAFEST MAJOR CITY IN US • BEST CITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS • TOP 25 PLACES TO RETIRE • AMERICA’S BEST CITY FOR DOGS • BEST COLLEGE TOWNS The accolades go on an on, but everyone is saying is what Austin residents already know, that this is a great city in which to live, work and play for people at all stages of life. From large corporations to micro companies, the technically skilled labor pool, cutting edge infrastructure, not to mention Texas’ lack of state income tax, make Austin a premier economic destination. From families, to young singles to retired empty-nesters, Austin has lifestyle amenities to suit any need. Foodies, cowboys, artists and tech-gurus. Yogis, CEOs, parents and filmmakers. You name it, we’ve got it. THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 |

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Wouldn't you like to have your own personal concierge help you move? The Schmitz and Smith Group have partnered with 360 Home Connect to provide homebuyers moving to Austin with a simple solution to a stressful part of moving: getting all of your utilities set up and home services connected! Moving is hard! There are so many details and moving parts. The Schmitz and Smith Group has partnered with 360 Home Connect to provide a solution to one of the most stressful parts of your move to Austin. They will handle the cancelation of your utilities at the home you are leaving and transfer those services, or set up new ones, at your new home – absolutely free to you. Here’s what you need to know: It’s super easy. Go to 360homeconnect.com/ shannonschmitz and fill out your name, your new address and your moving date. That’s it.

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You won’t be treated like a number. Within 24 hours of submitting your online request, you will be contacted by a personal concierge to go over your moving plans.  Once they have a full understanding of your needs, they will make moneysaving recommendations, handle your utility set up and help choose home service providers.

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You can count on getting great service providers. 360 Home Connect screens all of the vendors that they work with for quality, reliability, and accountability. You will only be connected with businesses and professionals that have proven that they do a great job.   You can get anything you need for setting up your new home. 360 Home Connect has partners in every industry to suit any imaginable need. From all your utilities, to moving, handyman services, landscaping, housekeeping, pool guys, you name it!  They have a pre-screened business partner ready to work with you.   If you are moving to Austin, there are countless homebuyer checklists, moving tips and todo lists – you can check this one off your list!

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SIX THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON... NOBODY COMES CLOSE. Relax. You’ve hired the best. No matter the transaction size, everyone gets our undivided attention. We can’t help it. We’re passionate about our work and it shows in the care we give our clients - long after a deal has closed. That’s what sets us apart from our competition.

WE MOVE MOUNTAINS. We know what it takes to move a property. In fact, we market more creatively than any firm you’ll find. We’ll make sure that your home gets seen in the Austin, Dallas and Houston Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and in numerous mailings to buyer’s agents and targeted neighborhoods. We cover every base - twice over. We are the masters of packaging, pricing and promoting… And it shows in our results.

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From Georgetown to San Marcos and everything in between, The Schmitz and Smith Group covers Austin and the surrounding hill country. We know these neighborhoods intimately, and we know that certain buyers from specific areas are good candidates for others. With our vast network and knowledge of buyer’s relocating, we have often been able to bring potential buyers before a home even hits the market.

Schmitz and Smith Group is an advanced group. Among us you’ll find almost 40 years of collective experience. Each of us has earned our Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation which represents the top 1% of Realtors® nationwide. Everyone in our group will become individually familiar with your property, so anyone on our team can handle questions and watch for opportunities.

INTERFACED, LINKED AND PLUGGED. You name it, we’re doing it. We are a group that believes in leveraging technology. We don’t just have a website, we utilize blogs, e-magazines, video and social media. This allows us to respond, react and recruit buyers faster and with great ease to you. Our investment in technology reflects our investment in you.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE FOUND US You can’t miss us. And neither will they. We’re easy to spot, easy to find and impossible to forget.


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When US Congressman, Stephen F. Austin led 300 American families into the new Mexican colony of Texas, he discovered they might have to turn around and go back. Austin had a charter from the Spanish government to establish a town, but when Mexico won its independence from Spain, it looked like the Mexican government wasn’t going to honor the charter. Austin managed to renegotiate, and the colonists found an appealing spot in Central Texas, near the convergence of Shoal Creek and the Colorado River, and named it Waterloo. Each family was given their own land, for which they were to pay 12 1/2 cents per acre. When none of the colonists seemed willing to pay, Mexico renegotiated to allow each family 5 years to pay $30. According to local folklore, Stephen F. Austin met with the local Native American leaders and negotiated a border treaty at the site of what is now called Treaty Oak, a majestic live oak estimated to be about 500 years old, and the last remaining member of what was once a grove of 14 trees that served as a sacred meeting place for the Comanche and Tonkawa tribes. After Texas won its independence in 1836, the village of Waterloo was chosen as the site for the Capitol

of the Republic of Texas. Sam Houston, among others, disagreed with the decision, and the Capitol was moved 5 times before being officially named by President Mirabeau Lamar in 1839. The initial plan included a 640 acre site along the Colorado River bordered by Shoal Creek on the west and Waller Creek on the east, and President Lamar renamed the town Austin. The city honors the original name of Waterloo today in a city park and two local businesses. (Waterloo Park, Waterloo Records, and Waterloo Icehouse). The real growth of the city of Austin began in 1845 when the Texan Constitutional Congress approved annexation to the United States. A more permanent Capitol building was built and the town began to flourish. The Civil War began a trend that would characterize Austin politics until modern times. Despite the fact that the state of Texas voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy, the citizens of Austin voted overwhelmingly to remain a part of the Union. The post Civil War era saw an influx of newly emancipated AfricanAmericans who established local churches, neighborhoods and businesses, many of which survive today: the neighborhoods of Masontown, Wheatville, Pleasant

Hill and Clarksville were all created in the 1860’s and 70’s by these groups. During the economic boom of the 1890’s the north Austin neighborhood Hyde Park was established by the new business owners moving in to Austin. Already the seat of government, the city became a center of education as well in 1881, when Austin was chosen as the site for the new University of Texas, which began holding classes in 1883. That same year, Tillotson College for AfricanAmericans opened its doors and the Austin public school system was instituted. This period saw huge growth for Austin’s population and a series of projects and improvements. Austin’s beautiful Capitol building was built in 1888 using pink granite from Marble Falls. It is the largest state capitol in the country, and while the U.S. capitol has more square footage, Austin’s capitol building is 7 feet taller. In 1910, the city built electric street lamps called Moonlight Towers. Austin is the only city in the world to still operate them. The tower serves as a major setting in the movie Dazed and Confused by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater. In the original city plan, the town THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 |

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was centered around a grand avenue leading to the capitol building (Congress Avenue). The north/south streets were named after Texas’ rivers, in geographical order from East Avenue (now I35) to West Avenue. The east/west streets were originally named for native Texas trees (Live Oak, Elm), but were changed to numbered streets (from 1st to 15th Streets) in 1884. The Congress Avenue bridge was built in 1913, expanding the city south of the river and creating the Travis Heights community. In 1918, the city acquired Barton Springs, the spring fed pool that became a symbol of the increasing appeal of Austin as a residential city.

to have inexpensive, city owned hydroelectric power. The Longhorn Crossing Dam was built downriver in 1960, forming Town Lake (now known as Lady Bird Lake after first lady Lady Bird Johnson).

As the city expanded its services, including parks, hospitals, sewage, water and electricity, the population increased steadily. In 1893 the first dam was built on the Colorado River to generate hydroelectric power and clean water. Unfortunately, the dam was built directly on top of the fault line and it collapsed in 1900, which triggered a time of severe economic downturn. Congressman Lyndon B Johnson oversaw the rebuilding of the dam nearly 20 years later, naming it Tom Miller Dam and creating Lake Austin. In conjunction with the LCRA, Mansfield Dam was built 21 miles upriver, and then Buchanan Dam, allowing Austinites

The rapid growth in the late 20th Century triggered a political divide among home-grown Austinites and big business development that has been a major struggle in modern Austin. As early as the 1970’s there were more than 150 different groups dedicated to conserving nature, beautification, preserving the city’s history and protecting wildlife.

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In the 1970’s, technology joined government and education as a major center of Austin life. Companies like IBM, Texas Instruments and Motorola set up shop, and by the 90’s there were more than 400 high-tech companies calling Austin home. Austin was a major player in the dotcom boom, and rebounded into expanding markets of game development, music production and filmmaking.

It was also in the 1970’s that a group of misfit Country & Western musicians made Austin their home. Guys like Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker had had enough of the big music industry life in Nashville and were looking for something

different. Country music, rock, and blues came together with artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Janis Joplin in what became known as the “Austin sound.” The Armadillo World Headquarters in downtown Austin became a mecca for antiestablishment musicians of all kinds. Austin City Limits premiered on PBS in 1975. Austin became known as a place where struggling musicians could launch their careers to receptive audiences of other musicians, “Austin hippies”, cowboys and businessmen. Now with more than 100 live music venues, Austin is known as The Live Music Capitol of the World and home to two world famous festivals, South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. In 1980, the Congress Avenue bridge underwent a major renovation, creating a series of concrete “caverns” underneath the bridge that proved to be an ideal home for bats. The bridge is now home to the largest urban population of bats in the world. At dusk, each evening from March to October, 1.5 million bats fly from the bridge to feed on insects, returning before dawn. From Stephen F. Austin and the Republic of Texas to Willie Nelson and the Congress Avenue bats, Austin has a colorful and “weird” history. It’s an eclectic town with a diverse population and a rich history.


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GETTING AROUND AUSTIN One of the highlights of living and working in Austin are the many alternatives commuters have to driving. From car sharing to a burgeoning rail system, and everything in between (including horse-drawn carriages, I mean it is Texas) getting around Austin has never been easier. 16

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METRO RAIL MetroRail is a quick and easy way to travel from downtown to Leander, northwest of Austin, and back again. The trains make connections with bus stops, including the new MetroRapid bus line. Capital Metro offers a mobile device app (Windows, Android and iOS) to purchase passes, plan routes and view arrival information. MetroRail tickets can be purchased at train stations via automated kiosks. Bikes are allowed on the trains, and up to 8 can fit in each car. RAIL ROUTES AND SCHEDULES capmetro.org/schedulemap-rail.aspx

METRO BUS MetroBus and the new MetroRapid serves all of Austin from early in the morning to late at night, with connections for the MetroRail and University of Texas, Austin. BUS ROUTE SCHEDULES capmetro.org/schedulemap.aspx capmetro.org/schedulemap-rapid.asp

CARSHARE Austin has many ways to get around, but for the areas away from the urban core, a car may be the best bet. In lieu of buying or renting a car, take a look at car share services. They’re a convenient and hassle free way to use a car for errands or quick trips. CAR TO GO austin.car2go.com ZIPCAR www.zipcar.com/austin/find-cars

TAXI, PLEASE! Like most American cities, taxi cabs are ubiquitous and there are several different ways of hailing them. One way you may want to consider is an app for your iOS or Android device, especially around closing time for the bars. Yellow Cab has their own Hail a Cab app, while Lone Star Cab uses Taxi Magic, a national service available in other cities. One can also hail a vacant cab on the street. In the evening, one can sometimes hail a cab from the downtown hotels easier. THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 | 17 S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H. C O M YELLOW CAB AUSTIN yellowcabaustin.com |AUSTIN CAB austincab.com| LONE STAR CAB lonestarcabaustin.com


BIKE RENTALS

All sorts of bikes from beach cruisers to mountain and road bikes are available for rent, long and short term. Often, cargo trailers, racks and panniers are also available. Austin has a growing bike infrastructure with separated bike lanes, off-street bikeways and the Pfluger Bridge, which provides a car-free connection over Ladybird Lake for hike and bike trails and bikeways. Connecting it all are numbered bike routes illustrated by updated bike maps. BICYCLE SPORT SHOP bicyclesportshop.com AUSTIN BIKE TOURS AND RENTALS austinbiketoursandrentals.com BARTON SPRINGS BIKE RENTAL bartonspringsbikerental.com

AUSTIN B-CYCLE For short term rides from point to point generally 30 minutes or less, bike share is the way to go. Austin B-Cycle has about 40 bike share kiosks all around Austin. The kiosks are strategically placed where you want to go, and are close enough to keep the rides short. To ride, simply sign up online, swipe a card at the kiosk and pedal away. austin.bcycle.com/home/

PEDICABS Pedicabs are a great way to get around downtown Austin or up to the UT area during festivals, big games or concerts. Finding a pedicab is easy, too! Simply stroll around the more crowded areas along Fourth and Sixth Street and you will see one ready to pick you up. Pedicabs can often be flagged down in passing. Don’t be afraid to ask the rider to suggest a good food truck or market, or to give you a ride to where you can connect to the train or a taxi for longer rides. EASY RIDER PEDICAB easyriderpedicabs.com 18

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HORSE AND CARRIAGE For those times when nothing but the best and most elegant will do, consider a ride in a carriage. Carriages can be reserved ahead of time for special events or hailed from downtown around Fourth or Sixth Streets. AUSTIN CARRIAGE austincarriage.com ANGELI CARRIAGES acarriage.com DIE GELBE ROSE CARRIAGES austinsdiegelberosecarriage.com

RIDE SHARING By now, most people have heard of the ride sharing movement and how it has changed urban transportation. Austin is home to both Uber and Lyft, transportation networks that operate differently than traditional taxi services, in that they are not licensed or regulated by the city as public transportation, but as private networks of drivers giving folks a ride. Uber and Lyft are both accessible through a smart-phone app that locates the person needing a ride, maps the destination location, assigns a driver and instantly communicates a pick-up time and fare. You get a picture of the assigned car and driver, and you can even watch your driver’s progress on GPS. It’s fast and efficient, the cars are new and clean, and it generally costs 10-15% less than a taxi. Payment is processed through the app, so you don’t have to take the time for a financial transaction at the end of the ride. UBER uber.com/cities/austin LYFT lyft.com/cities/austin THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 |

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Find yourself in an Austin neighborhood The neighborhoods of Austin are as diverse as the residents that dwell in them. finding that austin niche that feels like an extension of you is just as important as finding the perfect pad.

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Central Austin is seeing a huge surge in its housing market, with more renovations, new building and revitalization of historical structures. You can find apartment and condominium developments near the central business, district, the Capitol complex, and the entertainment district, or you can choose to live in the historic communities that surround the University of Texas, where Victorian and Craftsman-style homes are available. Venture a little farther from the downtown core and you’ll find established neighborhoods with neighborhood associations and a population mix of singles to young families to retirees.

DOWNTOWN

You can live the urban lifestyle dream in downtown Austin. Walk to work, dinner, a play, or a nightclub. This is a convenient, exciting, and vibrant place to live. Downtown is filled with restaurants, theatres, museums, hike-and-bike trails along Lady Bird Lake, and an eclectic entertainment scene. This is why so many people love calling downtown home. There is a wide-range of residential choices in and around the downtown area, from single-family homes to more than 3,216 unique residential units you can buy or rent.

ALLANDALE Northwest of downtown,

Allandale is bordered by MoPac Expressway, Anderson Lane, Burnet Road, and Hancock Drive. Shoal Creek runs through Allandale. With the major driving arteries MoPac, Anderson Lane,


and Burnet Road on three sides of the neighborhood, getting from Allandale to just about anywhere in Austin is pretty quick. Northwest Park and the neighborhood off-leash dog park are just two of the reasons that many of this community’s residents have lived here since it was built, more than 50 years ago.

BRENTWOOD The Brentwood neighborhood has

been a part of Austin for more than fifty years. Now a trendy and popular area that is home to gorgeous tree-lined streets and established, bungalow-style homes. The neighborhood was originally a cotton farm until about 75 years ago, when the City of Austin annexed the land to build a school, Brentwood Elementary, which opened in the early 1950s. Brentwood Park opened that same year. Brentwood Park is a beautiful public green space that covers more than 9 acres. Amenities include tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a pool and a playscape. The Violet Crown Festival is held in Brentwood Park and is a well-known neighborhood tradition. The festival offers residents a place where they can network, listen to music, and learn about the neighborhood’s history. Nearby popular attractions include the 120-foot mosaic Wall of Welcome, Draught House Pub & Brewery, Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, Fork & Vine and The Peached Tortilla. The Brentwood neighborhood is located near the university as well as several high-tech companies. The median age of Brentwood’s residents

is 35.5, which is approximately four years older than the median age for the entire city. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why housing moves fast in Brentwood, with an average of only 20 days on the market.

BRYKER WOODS Bryker Woods is a beautiful

neighborhood in central Austin – the northern-most part of the Old West Austin historic district. Large trees that filter the Texas heat characterize the area. Bryker Woods has been gradually updating its appearance while also paying homage to its original mid- 20th century style. Cottages mix with larger, modern homes throughout the neighborhood with prices ranging from the $300s to the $900s. Restaurants, such as Uchiko and Waterloo Ice House show the range of typical Austin cuisine. Residents enjoy immediate access to Shoal Creek Running Trail. Bryker Wood’s is convenient to both the University of Texas and downtown Austin.

CLARKSVILLE Quirky, historic Clarksville feels like a

quaint village, but is walking distance to the heart of the entertainment district of Austin. Founded in 1871, Clarksville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest remaining of the post-Civil War towns established by freed slaves west of the Mississippi. Today, Clarksville is an eclectic mix of modern and historic influences. One can find historic, remodeled or newly constructed homes, and as a result, the neighborhood has a diverse mix of styles and architecture. The

streets are hilly with plenty of trees, and residents can walk to shopping, cafes, restaurants and galleries along West Lynn. There are two great parks within the neighborhood, Clarksville Park and West Austin Park, both of which have playscapes and wading pools. Clarksville staples include Nau’s Pharmacy with its original soda fountain and Jeffrey’s, a favorite of former President George W. Bush.

HYDE PARK Located about 10 minutes north of

the University of Texas, Hyde Park is a place for homeowners and renters, many of whom tend to be university students. Areas of Hyde Park have some very charming Craftsmanand bungalow-style homes that have been beautifully updated. Recreation in the community includes the Hancock Golf course and a number of shops and cafes, including the nearby Central Market and the Triangle, a popular multi-use center.

OLD ENFIELD The neighborhood of Old Enfield

has its roots back in the Republic of Texas days and is home to the area’s oldest colonial-style homes. Also part of the Old West Austin historic district, magnificent homes surrounded treelined streets characterize Old Enfield. Residents enjoy matchless access to both Lamar and Mopac. Austin’s Shoal Creek flows right through the area and provides residents a scenic hike and bike trail. The neighborhood is extremely close to the University of Texas and downtown allowing its fortunate inhabitants innumerable restaurants, bars and boutique shopping.


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PEMBERTON HEIGHTS Pemberton Heights is part of the

Old West Austin Historic District. Developed in the 1920’s-40’s, this timeless neighborhood was built on former plantation land on a limestone bluff overlooking the town. Almost entirely residential, Pemberton Heights homes vary in size and style: Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Monterrey Revival and Art Moderne, from small bungalows to large mansions. Pemberton Heights is home to several famous mansions: the Bohn House, an Art Moderne masterpiece; the Reed Estate, an Italian Renaissance-style mansion with a storied history; and the Pemberton Castle, a wonderful ivy-covered stone estate complete with a turret and a haunted history.

TARRYTOWN Located west of downtown,

Tarrytown is bordered by MoPac Expressway, Lake Austin, Enfield Road, and 35th Street. What was once a neighborhood of quaint little houses has grown as homes have been remodeled and expanded or torn down to make room for a new home on the lot. Home prices in Tarrytown have held value and continue to rise because of proximity to UT and downtown and the iconic status of the area. This is a neighborhood of adorable homes, old churches, and quiet parks, with easy access to Lake Austin, Mount Bonnell, and Laguna Gloria – an indoor/outdoor venue that consists of 12 acres of beautiful parkland, including a mile of Lake Austin shoreline. Home to the Austin Museum of Art, the site features a Mediterranean-style-villa built in 1916.

East Austin Diversity among the neighborhoods east of Interstate 35 includes groundbreaking master-planned communities, neighborhoods that sprang up in the first half of the century, and an interesting mix of hip and affordable housing.

MUELLER Mueller is one of the fastest-growing

and greenest communities in Austin. Designed on the site of Austin’s former airport, the neighborhood is envisioned as a mixed-use community, with condominiums, shops, offices, and green space. Many newer homes in the area incorporate energy-efficient design.

ROSEDALE Rosedale lies towards the northern

part of central Austin. Residents enjoy the large, serene streets lined with traditional cottages and more contemporary designs. This neighborhood is attractive for young families, professionals and emptynesters alike because of its large lots with an abundance of trees. It’s a short walk to Central Market’s flagship store or Ramsey Park, and a few minutes’ drive to downtown Austin and the University of Texas. Local favorites— Taco Shack and Uppercrust Bakery are only a moment away. 22 | THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H . C O M

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In addition to quick access to Interstate 35, this and other communities just east of the highway enjoy proximity to Dell Children’s Hospital, downtown and the University of Texas. The area boasts the major re-development of the old Mueller airport, which is well on its way to becoming home to approximately 13,000 people, four million square feet of office and retail space, more than 5,700 homes and 140 acres of public open space. Mueller is an award-winning master-planned community that is becoming a new hub in Austin.

CHERRYWOOD/ FRENCH PLACE Cherrywood, an established

neighborhood with plentiful green space and quiet, tree-lined streets, encompasses a number of subdivisions including University Park, Avalon, Willow Brook, and French Place. Many of the remodeled homes in Cherrywood are perfect for starter homes and first-time buyers. A true urban community, French Place is eclectic, colorful, vibrant, yet peaceful and quiet. One of the best neighborhood events is the Cherrywood Arts Festival, which is held every year at Maplewood Elementary and showcases the work of local artists. Another exciting element is the community garden at Patterson Park.Some of the local hotspots include The Cherrywood Coffee House, Salty Sow Restaurant, East Side Café, Patrizi’s and The School House Pub.

West Austin Stretching west of downtown to Lake Travis, neighborhoods range from student rentals and tastefully updated homes to some of the area’s most exclusive communities nestled in scenic rolling hills.

WEST LAKE HILLS West Lake Hills is technically a

separate city just southwest of downtown Austin. Lake Austin lies on its eastern border boasting street after street of spectacular waterfront and lake view homes. West Lake Hills is served by the Eanes Independent School District (ISD), the highest rated public school district in Texas. Because of its proximity to downtown, the excellent schools, breathaking hill country views and lake frontage, West Lake Hills contains

some of the most expensive homes in the state.

ROB ROY Rob Roy is an exclusive and highly

sought after subdivision located about 15-20 minutes west of downtown Austin. Many homes offer incredible views of Lake Austin or the Colorado River basin, which has carved a dramatic path out of the limestone hills. Rob Roy is served by Eanes ISD.

DAVENPORT RANCH Davenport Ranch is an Austin

subdivision that runs on the east side of Loop 360 between the Austin Country Club on Lake Austin and Ayers Drive. Beyond Ayers Drive is the Wild Basin Nature Preserve. Homes that back to preserve are very private. Homes theAUSTIN north end of| 23 THE at OFFICIAL GUIDE 2015 S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H. C O M Davenport Ranch back to the golf


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LAKE POINTE Located off Bee Caves Road close

to Highway 71, Lake Pointe is about 30 minutes from downtown and backs up to various points on the lake. Homes in Lake Pointe range from fairly simple but relatively new neighborhood homes - to homes backing to a gorgeous nature preserve - to homes with spectacular views of the Hill Country or Lake Austin. The area is served by the Lake Travis ISD, another highly rated, well sought after school district.

SPANISH OAKS Spanish Oaks is an upscale golf

natural beauty. This chic community boasts some of Austin’s most sought after properties, from massive, multiacre lots to zero-lot executive-style condominiums - all nestled within the hills surrounding Barton Creek. There are fifteen distinctively different subdivisions in the area including The Estates of Barton Creek, Calera, Escala, Governor’s Hill, Mirador, North Rim, The Foothills of Barton Creek, The Ridge, The Fairways, Watersmark, Wimberly Lane, and the Woods (1, 2 and 3). Each of Barton Creek’s sub-divisions features a blend of luxury, privacy and natural beauty, and each has its own particular attraction and character.

The crown jewel of the area is the Barton Creek Resort and Spa that community in West Austin, Texas and resides on 4,000 secluded acres of rolling hills. There you’ll find three the community of Bee Cave. The 18-hole golf courses designed by neighborhood has a family-friendly Austin native Ben Crenshaw and reputation and offers some of the finest homes for sale in Austin. Homes Tom Fazio, making Barton Creek a must-go for golf junkies. Other here are brimming with quality and amenities include a full service spa, luxury amenities amid a gated, premier location. The neighborhood extensive tennis facility and a wide array of kid’s activities – including itself exhibits a luxurious, relaxed summer camps, kids club and atmosphere that includes Spanish many other social events. The hotel Oaks Golf Club - a world-class golf and conference center, recently course that was ranked #3 in Texas purchased by Omni hotels, offers a by Golf Digest. Spanish Oaks is the super-friendly membership staff. epitome of elegant, relaxed living.

BARTON CREEK Driving through the rolling hills of

Barton Creek, you might never guess you were a mere 15 minutes from the lively downtown Austin scene. South of Bee Caves Road and west of the Capital of Texas Hwy, the neighborhoods of Barton Creek offer a quiet sanctuary with elegant, tasteful architecture surrounded by

Area homes range from $500,000 to over $4 Million, and often come with a social membership with access to the fitness center and spa. Fantastic golf courses, incredible tennis facilities, social events and a club that offers as much pampering as you desire, the Barton Creek neighborhood appeals to those who enjoy the finer things in life.

Northwest Austin This part of Austin is one of the city’s more scenic areas. Pair that appeal with quick access to downtown and several of austin’s high-tech employers, and it’s easy to see why homes and apartments in this area remain popular.

CAT MOUNTAIN Not necessarily a “mountain” by

many standards, Cat Mountain is a stunning neighborhood with endless hill country and Lake Austin views. Homes on Cat Mountain are known for extensive decks, pools and outdoor living amenities – so residents can take advantage of the dramatic hills and landscape of the neighborhood. The County Line, an Austin barbeque favorite, is a short drive away. Mesa Road offers an abundance of conveniences, including, grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants.

GREAT HILLS / THE ARBORETUM First developed in the 1970s, the

Great Hills neighborhood in Northwest Austin has grown significantly over the decades. While it still has a true neighborhood feel, it is conveniently located near multiple major highways and myriad stores and restaurants, anchored by the Arboretum development. Mid-range in price and easily accessible, Great Hills is a popular area for both families and single professionals.


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JESTER ESTATES The Jester neighborhood of more

than 900 homes is located just 12 miles from downtown Austin and is surrounded on three sides by the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. This green neighborhood is convenient to a multitude of high-tech companies along scenic Loop 360 and is one of Austin’s most coveted neighborhoods.

NORTHWEST HILLS Northwest Hills is located just off

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Far West Boulevard exit from Mopac. The streets of Northwest Hills are quiet, large, and family-friendly. Residents enjoy breathtaking views of the hill country, some with a view of Lake Austin. Convenient shopping

and restaurants line Far West Boulevard, as well as Mesa Drive. Residents can enjoy a trip to Covert Park at Mount Bonnell to take in the unbelievable views of Lake Austin. Nearby restaurants include Chez Zee, Spicewood Tavern and The County Line.

STEINER RANCH Steiner Ranch is a large master-

planned subdivision located near Lake Travis. Just off Ranch Road 620, Steiner Ranch is about 40 minutes from the downtown Austin area. Many of the homes in this community have striking views with dramatic drops to the water and access to a variety of walking trails, parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, and the University of Texas golf course.

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78704 is one of the most widely known zip codes in Austin. Many residents and folks quite familiar with the area simply call it ’04 and the zip code has a trendy, hip reputation. Austin’s “Hip Zip” encompasses the neighborhoods of Quirky and a little Travis Heights, Zilker and Bouldin Creek as well eccentric, South as the SoCo entertainment district. Austin features the eclectic SoCo The coolest zip code in Austin sets much of the stage for the city’s ‘vibe’ and culture. shopping district, convenient access If you have ever visited or own a home in to downtown, and 78704, you know it’s far more than a place, it’s a lifestyle. It seems to have a vitality all its a relatively short own, encapsulating most things that make commute to San Austin a famed, one-of-a-kind destination and Marcos or San place to live. Homes here have boatloads of Antonio.

charm and quality, adding an irresistible sense of community and vibrancy to Austin. Residents in the ’04 enjoy an easy, urban lifestyle. It’s a pleasant stroll or bike ride to Austin’s funky side – iconic spots like Lucy in Disguise vintage fashions or The Continental Club. Gorgeous Lady Bird Lake, Auditorium Shores, Zilker Park and Butler Trail are all right in your backyard. This real estate in Austin continues to increase in demand and value. For more up-to-date info, follow Facebook.com/ AustinHipZip.

BOULDIN CREEK Austinites would be hard pressed to find a neighborhood more exciting than Bouldin


Creek. The area is located next to unique South Congress, offering residents stores, such as, Stag and By George, as well as, restaurants, such as, Perla’s, Guero’s, and Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen. Homes have beautiful views of downtown Austin and are surrounded by greenbelt. Some houses have been lovingly restored, while others are waiting their turn. The neighborhood is characterized by some of the weird and wonderful styles that define Austin, like the magnificent Casa Neverlandia, a whimsical playscape of a home that offers private tours.

CIRCLE C About 20 minutes southwest of

downtown, Circle C is a masterplanned community of about 2,700 homes on approximately 4,000 acres. It is also home to the Circle C Tennis center, Circle C Gold Course,

and Circle C Park. It’s easy to stay active in this neighborhood, with its hike-and-bike trails, soccer fields, basketball courts, children’s play areas, and Austin’s only Veloway – a paved, three-mile loop for roller skaters, roller-bladers, skateboarders, and cyclists.

SHADY HOLLOW Shady Hollow is a great family-

oriented neighborhood, about 10 minutes south of downtown, that has a nice community center with a swimming pool and children’s play area. This neighborhood hosts many activies, including an Easter egg hunt, Fall Fajita Fest, and July 4th parade.

TRAVIS HEIGHTS South of the Colorado River and

tucked between Interstate 35 and

South Congress Avenue is Travis Heights, one of Austin’s most soughtafter addresses, particularly among professionals – many of whom work downtown and enjoy the quiet neighborhood just minutes from the office. Two parks, Big Stacy and Little Stacy, draw families year-round to swim, jog, cycle, or play tennis. Norwood Estate Park is one of Austin’s leash-free dog parks.

ZILKER Just south of Lady Bird Lake, the Zilker

neighborhood is home to Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Zilker Park. This community in the heart of Austin, is the site of major events like ACL Fest and South by Southwest. You’ll find small and estate-size homes here, as well as new homes and historic properties. The vibe is distinctly Austin, and the commute is negligible if you’re headed downtown.

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Iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Reunion Tower in Dallas or the Empire State Building in New York make these cities immediately recognizable when you see them in the skyline. What is it that makes Austin’s skyline immediately recognizable? It depends, somewhat, on where you are standing. The Texas Capitol Building is iconic by its own right and would be identifiable to most. The familiar stair-step structure of the historic One Congress Plaza building is definitely a standout. The crystalline Frost Bank Tower makes a modern, innovative statement.  There are so many new projects happening downtown, making permanent changes to our skyline today. If you’re like us, you are curious about every new crane you see on your morning commute. 

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Did you know that of the eight tallest buildings in downtown Austin today, not one of them existed 10 years ago?  Planned and proposed projects that will add to the skyline include several hotels, condominiums, luxury apartments, office space, retail space, a central library and a new courthouse. Will one of these new projects steal the Austin Skyline show?  What we can say for sure is that visitors and residents alike will find a very different downtown Austin over the next few years. Get ready for a sneak peek of what’s to come.


Central Library at 710 W. Cesar Chavez This is not your mother’s library! BuildingATX.com wrote, “Gone are the days of the stodgy librarian shushing loud patrons. That dusty old stereotype, as well as the idea of a library as a building just filled with books, computers, and the occasional special event, has been replaced with new concepts of what a library could and should be, and Austin will have a shining example of that in 2016.” The new Central Library’s size, amenities, art spaces, forward-thinking and eco-friendly design, reading porches,

and hints of the unexpected make it really exciting. This library will revolutionize the way we look at libraries – what do we need from a library that we can’t get from a smartphone? The renderings show a gathering place where people can collaborate and tap into resources that are digital, analog and HUMAN! Just up the street from the Seaholm project, the Central Library will be part of this new booming area downtown. Construction is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2016.

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Seaholm Residences at 222 West Avenue Down the street from 5th + West, between Cesar Chavez and 3rd Streets lies one of the most exciting projects in Austin yet. It has been a long journey for the Seaholm Power Plant redevelopment project, but this major addition to downtown is finally underway.

the future,” according to the developer, Southwest Strategies Group. The project includes a 30 story high rise with 280 condominiums, almost 150,000 square feet of office space, close to 50,000 square feet of The iconic 1950’s Art Deco-style retail and restaurant Seaholm Power Plant is being space (including a morphed into a mixed-use attraction Trader Joe’s, gasp!), that will literally change the face event space and a huge of downtown Austin, “preserving a terrace overlooking Lady piece of the past and uniting it with Bird Lake. Despite the fact that 30 | THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 construction doesn’t S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H . C O M

begin until this summer (2015), the residences were 99% sold as of the end of 2014. Other confirmed tenants will include Athenahealth, Boiler 9, True Food Kitchen, Map My Fitness, Jackson Ruiz Salon and Optique. The residences have wonderful, open designs with floor to ceiling windows boasting protected views of the lake - you literally can’t build anything in between.


COMING SOON

North Shore Lofts at 16 North IH35 The plan for North Shore Lofts is for a multiple-family development near Rainey Street on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake on the lot next to the Holiday Inn. The project appears to be on hold, but if it goes forward, it will be part of at least 7 other potential Rainey Street projects and, wow, talk about unobstructed, protected views of Lady Bird Lake. More on this one as we have it.

Energy Control Center at West Avenue & Shoal Creek Speaking of the changing skyline, the Energy Control Center project is set to make an impact as the 2nd tallest building in Austin at 50+ stories. Austin-based Aspen Heights, together with Constructive Ventures, will begin work on the striking glass tower toward the end of 2015.  Austin’s Rhode:Partners is the architecture firm behind this exciting project. Brett Rhode said the tower will be mostly glass, with landscaped areas on different levels that will break down the scale of the building and enhance its visual appeal. It will contain 400 condos, 120,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of retail space. The building site on the corner of West and Shoal Creek formerly housed the Austin Energy Control Center, which has moved to East Austin.

Gables Republic Park / Hotel Zaza at West 4th & Guadalupe St. Z-Resorts and Gables Residential are partnering in this impressive project at West 4th & Guadalupe across from Republic Square Park. The new 24-story tower will house 216 luxury apartments above a 160-room hotel. The building, which is under construction at the spot where the iconic Ginger Man pub once stood, is designed to blend aethetically with the surrounding Warehouse District. Some architectural elements were preserved during the dismantling process and will be reused in the public spaces of the new building.  Texas-based Hotel Zaza has locations in Dallas and Houston and is a tres chic boutique hotel to beat all boutique hotels. Austin’s Zaza will have two restaurants, cocktail bar, spa, conference center and beaucoup event space. With several new hotels opening in downtown with huge names like Westin and Marriott, it will be interesting to see how Zaza changes the game when it opens in late 2016. The residences above the hotel will have their own parking, rooftop deck and pool. Not much has been released about the units themselves, but presumably this will be an excellent site for corporate apartments, business travel and luxury urban dwellers. Gables has six other properties THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 | 31 around downtown. S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H. C O M


Green Water Block 1 at San Antonio & Cesar Chavez The Green Water project is another huge game-changer downtown. Block 1 is the first of four phases that will eventually cover 5 city blocks in the transformation of the former Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant. Trammell Crow is at the helm of this massive redevelopment, with an estimated $750 million in construction planned over the next 5-10 years. Block 1 is set to host a 38-story, 436unit apartment building that will also have about 40,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space. The community is planning to reserve 50 apartments to be offered below market rates to provide some more affordable options. The next phases will bring a hotel, office tower and more apartments as well as street level shopping and dining. The Green Water project, with Seaholm Power and the Central Library on either side will become a major new district, a hub just west of the already booming 2nd Street District. If the transformation of an industrial area to a hopping lakeside urban neighborhood of residences, shopping and commerce isn’t a sweet enough deal, the city estimates that over the next 30 years, the project will generate $112 million in property taxes and $9.6 million in sales taxes.

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Capital Studios at 309 E. 11th Street Capital Studios will grace the northeast corner of 11th Street and San Jacinto with a fun, geometric structure that will really catch your eye. This project is super exciting because it’s something Austin hasn’t seen in awhile. The 135-unit low-rise building will be the first affordable housing community built in downtown in 45 years.  The community consists of efficiencystyle units, which will be leased to people with income lower than $26,400/year, and - this is awesome - 5% of the apartments will be set aside specifically for artists. Rent ranges from $339-665/month, all bills paid. The true genius of this project doesn’t

stop there. Capital Studios utilizes entirely green design: low VOC paints, LED lights, energy efficient appliances and fixtures, solarthermal water heating and highly efficient HVAC systems. Capital Studios will be also be home to Foundation Communities’ signature education, financial stability, and healthy living programs for residents, including access to dedicated case managers, college prep classes, integrated health care, and one-onone financial coaching. The developer is Foundation Communities, an innovative Austinbased company that provides first class, affordable homes and free onsite support services for thousands of working families with kids,

veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The company was founded 20 years ago by UT Austin grads with the belief that everyone in Austin should have a nice place to live that they can afford close to good jobs and schools. Foundation Communities has created a model that empowers residents to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. In addition to Capital Studios, the company owns and operates 17 properties in Austin and North Texas. Capital Studios will welcome its first residents early this year.

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5th + West at 501 West Ave. This stunning 39-story high-rise condominium started construction December 2014 at the northeast corner of 5th Street and West Avenue. This is a Riverside Resources project, which you might know as the developer of Capital Ridge, the new office building adjacent to the Hotel Granduca, northwest of Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway. It will have 154 units and is expected to be completed August 2017. The developer began taking reservations at the end of 2014, and if word of mouth is any indication, these condos will not last. The interior of the building is designed by Austin local Michal Hsu Architects, and the exterior structure is designed by GDA Architects. The sleek triangular structure will have a minimal footprint, razing the existing structure and building up to a height of 448 ft. – not just another condo building, but a slick, modern addition to the sky-scape. The condos will range from 1-3 bedrooms and about 650-3,000 square feet. The estimated pricing is an average of $740/square foot.  5th & West is billed as “unique, casual and effortlessly elegant. This new residential experience is curated for lovers of quintessential Austin, those who demand quality and authenticity without the pretense.”

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“When I’m standing there in the open sky, under the stars with a big show going on and thousands of people around listening to a great band, and the sound is great. Those moments are at least part of the dream I had when I was a kid and thought about doing this.”

Seaholm Residences at 222 West Avenue Down the street from 5th + West, between Cesar Chavez and 3rd Streets lies one of the most exciting projects in Austin yet. It has been a long journey for the Seaholm Power Plant redevelopment project, but this major addition to downtown is finally underway. The iconic 1950’s Art Decostyle Seaholm Power Plant is being morphed into a mixeduse attraction that will literally change the face of downtown Austin, “preserving a piece of the past and uniting it with the

future,” according to the developer, Southwest Strategies Group. The project includes a 30 story high rise with 280 condominiums, almost 150,000 square feet of office space, close to 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space (including a Trader Joe’s, gasp!), event space and a huge terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Despite the fact that construction doesn’t

begin until this summer (2015), the residences were 99% sold as of the end of 2014. Other confirmed tenants will include Athenahealth, Boiler 9, True Food Kitchen, Map My Fitness, Jackson Ruiz Salon and Optique. The residences have wonderful, open designs with floor to ceiling windows boasting protected views of the lake - you literally can’t build anything in between.

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AUSTIN AREA HOSPITALS

Austin Brain & Spine 801 W. 38th St., Suite 400, Austin 512-306-1323 austinbrainandspine.com Austin Surgical Hospital 1407 W. Stassney Lane, Austin 512-464-0212 Cedar Park Regional Medical Center 4900 Mueller Blvd., Cedar Park 512-324-0000 cedarparkregional.com Central Texas Medical Center 1301 Wonder World Dr., San Marcos 512-353-8979 ctmc.org Cornerstone Hospital of Austin 4207 Burnet Rd., Austin 512-706-1900 Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin 512-324-0000 www.dellchildrens.net Heart Hospital of Austin 3801 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin 512-407-7000 hearthospitalofaustin.com Hospital at Westlake Medical Center 5656 Bee Cave Rd., Austin 512-327-0000 westlakemedical.com

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Lakeway Regional Medical Center 100 Medical Parkway, Lakeway 512-571-5000 lakewayregional.com

Seton Medical Center - Austin 1201 W. 38th St., Austin 512-324-1000 www.setonheart.com

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center 12221 N. MoPac, Austin 512-901-1000

Northwest Hills Surgical Hospital 6818 Austin Center Blvd., Austin Suite 100 512-346-1994 scasurgery.com

Seton Medical Center - Hays 6001 Kyle Pkwy., Kyle 512-504-5000

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center 2400 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock 512-341-1000

S&W Healthcare University Medical Campus 3002 University Blvd. Round Rock 512-509-0100 sw.org/web/SW/UMC S&W Hospital–Taylor 305 Mallard Lane, Taylor 512-352-7611 swtaylor.org Seton Brain & Spine Institute 301 Seton Pkwy., Suite 402, Austin 512-324-7274 setonbrainandspine.com Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital 130 Hays St., Luling 830-875-7000 Seton Heart Institute - Austin 1301 W. 38th St., Suite 705, Austin 512-324-3440 Seton Heart Institute - Kyle 5103 Kyle Center Dr., Suite 108, Kyle 512-504-0860 Seton Heart Institute Round Rock 301 Seton Pkwy., Suite 302, 512-324-4812

Seton Medical Center Williamson 201 Seton Pkwy., Round Rock 512-324-4000 Seton Northwest Hospital 11113 Research Blvd., Austin 512-324-6000 Seton Southwest Hospital 7900 FM 1826, Austin 512-324-9000 Smithville Regional Hospital 800 E. Hwy. 71, Smithville 512-237-3214 www.srhnet.org Specially for Children 1301 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Suite 200, Austin 512-628-1800

St. David’s South Austin Hospital 901 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin 512-447-2211 Texas Child Study Center 1600 W. 38th St., Suite 212, Austin 512-324-3315 www.dellchildrens.net University Medical Center Brackenridge 601 E. 15th St., Austin 512-324-7000 Warm Springs Specialty Hospital 200 Memorial Drive, Luling 830-875-8400 www.warmsprings.org

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital 2000 Scenic Drive, Georgetown 512-943-3000 www.stdavids.com/sdgh.aspx St. David’s Hospital and Medical Center 919 E. 32nd St., Austin 512-476-7111

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Dell Medical School: Teaching, Healing, Advancing Health The establishment of the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas makes this an incredibly exciting time for Central Texas residents and the medical community at large. UT is the first tier one university in decades to establish a new medical school. The combination of the school with the planned adjacent teaching hospital is an opportunity to transform health care education and practice. The Dell Medical School inaugural Dean will be Dr. Clay Johnson, a practicing neurologist and worldclass stroke specialist, who comes to Austin from his previous position as Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Johnson promises new approaches for teaching, patient care and research with a vision to transform medical education and 38

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health care delivery. “There is no greater opportunity for improving health care than by building a medical school from the ground up at a top institution like UT,” says Johnson. The project is the result of a partnership among the UT System Board of Regents, the Seton Healthcare Family and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Senator Kirk Watson was a big part of the inspiration to build the school, as part of his campaign to improve health care in Central Texas in 2011. The voters of Travis County made the next essential decision by approving Prop 1 in 2012, which allows a tax increase to help fund the school and teaching hospital. The Dell Medical School will provide medical education to students and residents and will support a full range of medical services, including cutting edge technologies and research.

The school is committed to research and development, building new programs as well as integrating existing successful UT programs like the Dell Pediatric Research Institute and the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. The hospital will be built adjacent to the school near the site of the current Brackenridge hospital, which will be replaced and upgraded- a huge boon for the residents of the 11-county region the hospital will serve. The medical school plans to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2016. “The hope and promise have been that a UT medical school will be transformative. It can and should be an achievement for the people of Travis County, the University and the state that enhances our lives and changes the world,” said Sen. Watson.


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ACC Cypress Creek 1555 Cypress Creek Rd Cedar Park 78613 512-223-2000

ACC South Austin 1820 W. Stassney Lane Austin 78745 512-223-9100

ACC Eastview 3401 Webberville Road Austin 78702 512-223-5100

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 100 E 27th Street 512- 404-4800

ACC Elgin 1501 West US Hwy 290 Elgin 78621 512-223-9400

Huston-Tillotson University 900 Chicon Street Austin 78702 512-505-3028

ACC Hays 1200 Kohlers Crossing Kyle 78640 512-262-6500

St Edward’s University 3001 S Congress Avenue Austin 78704 512-448-8400

ACC Northridge 11928 Stonehollow Dr Austin 78758 512-223-4000

Southwestern University 1001 E University Avenue, Georgetown 78626 512-863-6511

ACC Pinnacle 7748 Highway 290W Austin 78736 512-223-8001 ACC Rio Grande 1212 Rio Grande Street Austin 78701 512-223-3000 ACC Riverside 1020 Grove Boulevard Austin 78741 512-223-6000

Texas State University 601 University Dr San Marcos 78666 512-245-2111 University of Texas 1 University Station Austin 78712 512-475-7348

ACC Round Rock 4400 College Park Drive Round Rock 78665 512-223-0000

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CENTRAL AUSTIN All Saints Episcopal 209 W. 27th Street Austin TX 78705 512-476-3589 PK-K Casa Montessori Development Center 404 Atlanta Street Austin, TX 78703 512-474-4119 PK-K Good Shepherd Episcopal 2206 Exposition Blvd Austin, TX 78703 512-476-4393 PK-K Huntington-Surrey High 4804 Grover Avenue Austin, TX 78756 512-478-4743 9th-12th Hyde Park Baptist 3901 Speedway Austin, TX 78751 512-465-8338 PK-12th Kirby Hall 306 W. 29th Street Austin, TX 78705 512-474-1770 PK-12th Paragon Prep Middle School 2001 W. Koenig Lane Austin, TX 78756

Sri Atmananda Memorial 4100 Red River Street Austin, TX 78751 512-451-7044 K-12th St. Andrew’s Epicopal 1112 W. 31st Street Austin, TX 78705 512-299-9800 1st-12th St. Austin’s Catholic School 1911 San Antonio Street Austin, TX 78705 512-477-3751 St. Mary’s Cathedral School 910 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78701 512-476-1480 PK-8th St. Martin’s Lutheran School 606 W. 15th Street Austin, TX 78701 512-476-4037 PK-K St. Paul Lutheran School 3407 Red River Street Austin, TX 78705 512-472-3313 The Khabele School 801 Rio Grande Austin, TX 78701 512-480-8142 The Montessori Center 4108 Avenue H Austin, TX 78751 512-451-5081

EAST AUSTIN Austin Peace Academy 5110 Manor Road Austin, TX 78723 512-926-1737 PK-10th Mt. Sinai Christian Academy 5900 Cameron Rd, Austin, TX 78723 (512) 451-9078

NORTH AUSTIN Austin Junior Academy 301 W. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78752 512-459-8976 K-8th Brentwood Christian School 11908 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78753 512-835-5983 K-12th Holy Word Lutheran 10601 Bluff Bend Drive Austin, TX 78753 512-836-0660 K-8th Our Savior Lutheran 1513 E. Yager Lane Austin, TX 78753 512-836-9600 PK-5th

Redeemer Lutheran School 1500 W. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757 512-451-6478 PK-8th St. Francis School 300 E. Huntland Drive Austin, TX 78752 512-454-0848 PK-8th St. Louis Catholic 2114 Saint Joseph Austin, TX 78757 512-454-0384 PK-8th

NORTHWEST AUSTIN Austin Jewish Academy 7300 Hart Lane Austin, TX 78731 512-735-8350 K-8th Hill Country Christian 12124 Ranch Road 620 Austin, TX 78750 512-331-7036 PK-12th Menechem Hebrew Academy 2127 W. Parmer Lane Austin, TX 78727 512-977-0770 PK-8th


Montessori House of (NORTHWEST AUSTIN PRIVATE SCHOOLS CONT’D) Children 1601 Brackenridge Austin, TX 78704 St. Matthew’s Episcopal 512-440-1154 School 8143 Mesa Drive Parkside Community Austin, TX 78759 School 512-345-3040 1701 Toomey Road PK-K Austin, TX 78704 512-472-2559 St. Theresa’s Catholic School St. Ignatius Martyr 4311 Small Drive 120 W. Oltorf Street Austin, TX 78731 Austin, TX 78704 512-451-7105 512-422-8547 PK-8th PK-8th The Children’s School 2825 Hancock Drive, #104 Strickland Christian School 7415 Manchaca Road Austin, TX 78731 Austin, TX 78745 512-453-1126 512-447-1447 PK-3rd PK-8th

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Veritas Academy 4220 Monterrey Oaks Blvd. Austin, TX 78749 512-891-167

SOUTHWEST AUSTIN Austin Waldorf School 8700 South View Road Austin, TX 78737 512-288-5942 K-12th Regents School of Austin 3230 Travis Country Circle Austin, TX 78735 512-899-8095 K-12th

St. Gabriel’s Catholic 2500 Wimberly Lane Austin, TX 78735 512-327-7755 St. Michael’s 3000 Barton Creek Blvd. Austin, TX 78735 512-328-3230

WEST AUSTIN WESTLAKE St. Stephen’s Episcopal 6500 St. Stephen’s Drive Austin, TX 78746 512-327-1213 6th-12th Trinity Episcopal School 3901 Bee Cave Road Austin, TX 78746

PFLUGERVILLE/ ROUND ROCK Applegate Seventh-Day 4 Applegate Circle Round Rock, TX 78665 512-388-7870 Round Rock Christian Academy 301 North Lake Creek Drive Round Rock, TX 78681 512-255-4491

SAN MARCOS San Marcos Baptist Academy 2801 Ranch Road 12 San Marcos, TX 78666 512-353-2400 6th-12th

CEDAR PARK/ GEORGETOWN LEANDER Community Montessori Holy Family Catholic 9400 Neenah Avenue Austin, TX 78717 512-246-4455 PK-8th Summit Christian (Cedar Park Campus) 2121 Cypress Creek Road Cedar Park, TX 78613 512-250-1369 (Leander Campus) 1303 Leander Drive Leander, TX 78641 512-259-4416

500 Pleasant Valley Trail Georgetown, TX 78626 512-863-7920 Covenant Christian Academy 1603 Northwest Blvd. Georgetown, TX 78628 512-863-6946 Grace Academy 225 Grace Blvd. Georgetown, TX 78633 512-864-9500


PUBLIC SCHOOL ISD DIRECTORY Austin ISD 1111 West 6th Street 512-414-1700

Hutto ISD 200 College St, Hutto 512-759-3771

Bastrop ISD 906 Farm St 512-321-2292

Lago Vista ISD PO Box 4929 512-267-8300

Coupland ISD PO Box 217, Coupland 512-856-2422

Lake Travis ISD 3322 RR 620 South 512-533-6000

Del Valle ISD 5301 Ross Road, Del Valle 512-386-3000

Leander ISD PO Box 218 Leander 512-570-0000

Dripping Springs ISD 510 W Mercer St, Dripping Springs 512-858-3000 Eanes ISD 601 Camp Craft Road 512-732-9000 Elgin ISD PO Box 351, Elgin 512-281-3434 Georgetown ISD 603 Lakeway Dr, Georgetown 512-943-5000

Liberty Hill ISD 14001 W Highway 29 512-260-5580 Manor ISD 10335 US Highway 290E, Manor 512-278-4000 Round Rock ISD 1311 Round Rock Avenue 512-464-5000 Wimberley ISD 14401 RR 12, Wimberley 512-847-2414

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NOT YOUR AVERAGE WORKER BEE? AUSTIN IS A CITY THAT FOSTERS THE KIND OF CREATIVITY AND OUTSIDE-THE-BOX THINKING THAT MAKES GREAT ENTREPRENEURS. WHERE ELSE WOULD ONE FIND PROGRAMS LIKE THESE?


ACTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Acton is an MBA program in Entrepreneurship founded by business educators who found that they heard again and again from leaders in business that their MBA program did not prepare them for the reality of the business world. Acton strives to take a different approach, teaching an interactive, case-based structure, wherein students work in groups to solve real world business problems. Founder and University of Texas professor Jeff Sandefer formed the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence (AFEE) in 2000, to publish and distribute actual entrepreneurial cases to be used as curriculum in business programs across the country. In 2002, Sandefer and several of his colleagues left UT to form their own university, focused on the principles of the AFEE., graduating its first class in 2004. “Acton” is named for Lord John Acton, a 19th century scholar and originator of the phrase, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The school’s program is full-time only, and students can achieve an MBA in less than a year. This innovative program is accredited through Hardin-Simmons University and is well-regarded in both the business and academic communities. Acton has been featured in Forbes and Inc. magazines and is rated #3 in Princeton Reviews “Best Classroom Experience. The teachers are all accomplished entrepreneurs themselves.

DELL THINK TANK Since 2011, Dell has hosted Think Tanks for business leaders who are particularly involved in social media, on topics such as Education, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship and the Changing Mobile Workforce. These sessions offer an opportunity for businesses and community thinkers to come together and brainstorm challenges and solutions on a variety of topics. For example, on October 8, 2013, Dell hosted the Evolving Workforce Think Tank. A group of influential business leaders came together to discuss the challenges and expectations of the GenY and Millenial workforce and the correlative effect on productivity. More recently in January 2014, Dell hosted a Think Tank on the New Age of Apps and the Delivery Gaps at the NEA. These conversations are streamed live and live-tweeted- the last one to an audience of 14 million. The Think Tanks can be viewed online, and foster an ongoing conversation with viewers. For more, visit http://dell.to/1aHkNCB

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WE’RE BETTER THAN Trulia, Zillow and other online real estate sites can be useful tools in the beginning stages of your home search, especially if you’re really not sure what you’re looking for. But these sites can also be dangerous. Some things just can’t be automated. There is a reason we don’t have self-driving cars – human beings are needed to make judgement calls and react in the moment to a changing environment. You need human beings to expect the unexpected. More than just humans, you need experts to get you the most accurate, up-to-date information, and to understand your human needs as you are looking for a home. Here are the ways the experts at The Schmitz & Smith Group are better than Trulia and Zillow.

1. REAL TIME When you’re working with us, you get information as soon as it happens – not based on a computer algorithm. We can keep you updated about homes coming available before they hit the market. We have real connections, we’re not just based on MLS searching.

2. WE’RE LOCAL We live and work in Austin, and we will give you a real perspective on what it’s like to live in a specific neighborhood. We can give you accurate information about Austin neighborhoods, schools and communities. We know about the local job market and the economy and can give you information based on our experience as business owners and home owners in Austin – not auto-generated by a marketing company based in New York or Los Angeles.

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TRULIA AND ZILLOW 3. WE’RE HUMAN It’s hard to convey a feeling, a desire or a need to a computer. Your internet search doesn’t pick up on nuance. We listen to you and ask informed questions to gain a clear picture of what you’re looking for in a home. We also aren’t relying on one set of data that automatically populates in a digital list – our information is based on multiple local and national resources as well as our relationships with social and business leaders. Your internet search is never going to get into a car and drive the neighborhood for you to get live information.

4. WE’RE ACCURATE Information on these search sites can be old and outdated. In this fast-paced market, you need to move quickly to get the best deal on the property you want. You can’t waste time chasing down up-to-date information. We have access to the most current information about properties in Austin. We can give you the information you need, when you need it. If you or anyone you know is looking to make any kind of real estate transaction, please give us a call. Partners Shannon T. Schmitz and Morgan Smith have more than 30 combined years of experience in real estate. in this fast-paced, growing market, you need to be sure you hire a tenured professional to watch out for your best interest. Shannon and Morgan have a reputation for guiding and advising their clients to make the best possible deals. Give them a call today to see what they can do for you!

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Silicon Valley Of the South

You don’t get to be known as the “Silicon Valley of the South” by knitting a scarf while you wait for your photos to download. The high speed Internet competition is on, and Austiniites are reaping the benefits. First at bat was Google Fiber. In April 2013, Google announced that Austin would be the second city in the world to receive its highspeed fiber service – claiming speeds of 1,000 Mbps, a download speed that was 100 times faster than any other service available at the time. Both Internet and TV service were launched in 2014 in limited areas with the rollout continuing through 2015. Service packages include gigabit Internet, Google Fiber TV or a bundle of both – or for a one time set up fee, residential users can get a free 5 mbps service for seven years.

Austin is now one of only three cities in the US (Austin, Provo and Kansas City) to have access to Google Fiber. Not to be outdone, AT&T has also thrown their high-speed hat into the ring, launching a 300 Mbps service via their U-Verse package in 2014, and U-verse with AT&T GigaPower in 2015, a 100% fiber network that competes with Google Fiber speeds. Plans include Internet-only, Internet and TV or a bundle including a digital home phone. This option is available now to Austin residents in eligible neighborhoods with expanding service through 2015. Both Google Fiber and AT&T have plans in place to offer free or low cost high speed internet to underserved areas to help close the connectivity gap.

What does all this competition mean for Austinites? Speed and productivity! As of March 2015, the average download speed in Austin was 72.56 Mbps. The national average was 33.27 Mbps – or more than two times slower. About Austin being the center of so much Internet speed, former Mayor Leffingwell had this to say; “It’s a resource that can help make our city even more innovative, and make our economy even stronger.” Find out which Austin neighborhoods have gigabit Internet service now: Google Fiber fiber.google.com/cities/austin/ U-verse with AT&T Gigapower att.com/shop/u-verse/gigapower.html


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AUSTINfor Kids!

Parents often struggle to find activities that are appropriate for their kids but that also inspire and engage them as well. In Austin, the struggle is how to fit in all of the incredible opportunities available for kids – and their parents! We asked one local mom to give us her top picks for kid-tastic activities in Austin. 1. Mayfield Park 3505 W 35th Street Located in central Austin, this beautiful park is both a nature preserve and an historic landmark. The park encompasses the historic Mayfield estate and its grounds as well as 21 acres of nature preserve. The water lilly garden is home to Austin’s only population of peacocks. The park is open year round, but be sure to visit in spring when the peacocks are in full plumage! 2. Umlauf Sculpture Garden 605 Robert E. Lee Road

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Most museums have a strict “Don’t Touch!” policy – not so at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, where kids are encouraged to interact with the sculptures. The Umlauf has free admission during the summer and kids can play in the gardens and explore on their own, or attend special events and classes offered year round.


3. Austin Nature & Science Center 2389 Stratford Drive The Austin Nature & Science Center is an 80-acre nature center located northwest of Zilker Park that features exhibits free exhibits and programs for kids, families and groups like fossil exploration, identifying plants and animals, star-gazing and outdoor survival activities. 4. Thinkery 1830 Simond Avenue The Thinkery is not your mother’s Children’s Museum! Thinkery exhibits and programs allow kids to connect with each other and parents by doing, making and experimenting with a goal toward fostering the next generation in the fields of Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Arts and Math. 5. Cathedral of Junk 4422 Lareina Drive This is what they’re talking about when they say “Keep Austin Weird.” The Cathedral of Junk is a backyard art installation/tower of junk/fort built by resident, Vince Hanneman, starting in 1988 and accumulating to an estimated 60 tons of junk. “I just did it because it was kinda cool. It’s my clubhouse. It’s fun. Kids, when they come through, they know what it is.”   6. Zilker Park 2100 Barton Springs Road Zilker Park is Austin outdoor urban hub – where Ausinites of all ages go to play. Choose your adventure – paddleboard or boat down Lady Bird lake, hike the trail, ride the Zilker Park Zephyr miniature train, play in the

playground, attend a festival, swim at Barton Springs Pool or celebrate the holidays at the annual Zilker Holiday Tree. 7. BookPeople 603 N. Lamar Blvd. As the largest independent bookstore in Texas, BookPeople is a great place to while away the hours on a rainy day or during the heat of summer. They have a huge kids section and offer free storytime every Saturday. Plus, the kids area has an amazing tunnel that kids go nuts over. BookPeople also hosts special events for kids each week on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. 8. Wild Basin Nature Preserve  The 227 acre park has an easy hiking trail of about 2.5 miles of wilderness. You can also visit the Wild Basin Creative Research Center where you can learn about the habitat of the native Golden Cheek Warbler and lots of native plants & animals.   9. The Natural Gardener 8648 Old Bee Caves Road This is a nursery like no other, and fun for the whole family – including the dog! Explore 8 acres of native plants, a butterfly garden and the

farmhouse store, take a rest in the huge tipi before finding your way through the labyrinth. Visit donkeys, chickens and goats on your way to the herb garden. The Natural Gardener has a little something for everyone! 10. Famous Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around Town Finally, here are some of her favorite spots to dine with little ones around town. These restaurants made her list for having a fun and friendly atmosphere, great food and drinks and a place for kids to play: Austin’s Pizza 3638 Bee Caves Road   Hat Creek 5400 Burnet Road 4407 Bee Cave Road Waterloo Ice House 6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy Freddies 1703 South 1st Street Central Market (café) 4001 North Lamar Whole Foods Flagship (café) 525 North Lamar Nutty Brown Café 12225 Hwy 290 West Verde’s Mexican Parrilla 16018 Hamilton Pool Road Phil’s Ice House 2901 South Lamar Ski Shores OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 | 53 2905 PearceTHERoad S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H. C O M


It’s Tee Time Austin Country Club
 4408 Long Champ Dr Austin, TX (512) 328-0090
 18 holes over 6848 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity Facility)

Butler Park Pitch & Putt 201 Lee Barton Dr. Austin, TX (512) 477-4430
 9 holes over 805 yards with a par of 27 (Daily Fee) 


Hancock
 811 E 41st St Austin, TX (512) 453-0276
 9 holes over 2818 yards with a par of 35 (Municipal) 


Austin Golf Club
 25400 State Highway 71 W Spicewood, TX (512) 264-9787
 18 holes over 6892 yards with a par of 70 (Private Equity Facility)

Crenshaw
 8212 Barton Club Dr Austin, TX (512) 329-4653


Harvey Penick Golf Course
 5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd Austin, TX (512) 926-1100



Falconhead Golf Club
 15201 Falcon Head Blvd Austin, TX (512) 402-1558
 18 holes over 7159 yards with a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 


Jimmy Clay Golf Course
 5400 Jimmy Clay Dr. Austin, TX (512) 444-0999

 18 holes over 6857 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) 


Fazio Foothills
 8212 Barton Creek Club Drive Austin, TX (512) 329-4653
 18 holes over 6956 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity)

Lago Vista Golf Course
 4616 Rimrock Drive Leander, TX 18 holes over 6579 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) 


Avery Ranch Golf Club
 10500 Avery Club Dr Austin, TX (512) 248-2442
 18 holes over 7121 yards with a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 
 Balcones-Spicewood Golf Club 11210 Spicewood Club Drive Austin, TX (512) 258-6763
 36 holes over 6769 yards with a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 
 Barton Creek Resort & Spa
 8212 Barton Club Dr Austin, TX (512) 301-6569
 18 holes over 7161 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) Bluebonnet Hill Golf Course
 9100 Decker Ln | Austin, TX (512) 272-4228
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Great Hills Country Club
 5914 Lost Horizon Dr Austin, TX (512) 345-0505
 18 holes over 6599 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity Facility) Grey Rock Golf Club
 7401 State Highway 45 Austin, TX (512) 288-4297 18 holes over 6859 yards with a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 


Lakecliff Golf Course
 
 1700 Kahala Sunset Dr Spicewood, TX (888) 798-0695

 18 holes over 6750 yards with a par of 71 (Private Equity Facility) Lions Municipal Golf Course
 2901 Enfield Rd Austin, TX (512) 477-6963

 18 holes over 6001 yards with a par of 71 (Municipal) 



Live Oak at the Clubs of Lakeway
 510 Lakeway Dr Austin, TX (512) 261-7173
 18 holes over 6643 yards with a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 
 Lost Creek Country Club 2612 Lost Creek Blvd Austin, TX (512) 892-2032
 18 holes over 6522 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity Facility) Lost Pines Golf Club
 Park Road 1A Bastrop, TX (512) 321-2327

 18 holes over 6646 yards with a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 
 Morris Williams Golf Course
 4305 Manor Rd Austin, TX (512) 926-1298

 18 holes over 6637 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal) 
 Onion Creek Club -North 18 2510 Onion Creek Pkwy Austin, TX (512) 282-2162

 18 holes over 6527 yards with a par of 70 (Private Non-Equity) 
 Onion Creek Club - Original 9 2510 Onion Creek Pkwy Austin, TX (512) 282-2162

 9 holes over 2778 yards with a par of 35 (Private Non-Equity) 
 Palmer Lakeside at Barton Creek
 1900 Clubhouse Hill Spicewood, TX (830) 693-3528
 18 holes over 6657 yards with a par of 71 (Private Non-Equity) 


Pedernales
 807 Paisley Dr Spicewood, TX (512) 264-1489

 9 holes over 3330 yards w/ a par of 36 (Daily Fee) Quail Creek Country Club
 2701 Airport Highway 21 | San Marcos, TX (512) 353-1665
 18 holes over 6424 yards w/ a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 
 Quicksand at Woodcreek Golf Club
 
 1 Pro Ln Wimberley, TX (512) 847-9700
 18 holes over 6470 yards w/ a par of 72 (Daily Fee)

The Hills Country Club Flintrock Falls Course
 26 Club Estates Pkwy Austin, TX (512) 261-7272
 18 holes over 7051 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 
 The Hills Course
 26 Club Estates Pkwy Austin, TX (512) 261-7272
 18 holes over 7030 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 
 Twin Creeks Country Club
 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr Cedar Park, TX (512) 331-5900
 18 holes over 7033 yards with a par of 72 (Private Non-Equity) 


River Place Country Club
 4207 River Place Blvd Austin, TX (512) 346-1114

 18 holes over 6611 yards w/ a par of 71 (Private Equity)

University of Texas Golf Club

 2200 University Club Dr Austin, TX (512) 266-6464
 18 holes over 7154 yards with a par of 71 (Private Non-Equity)

Riverside Golf Course

 1020 Grove Blvd Austin, TX (512) 386-7077

 18 holes over 6562 yards w/ a par of 71 (Daily Fee)

Wolfdancer Golf Club
 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd Cedar Creek,TX (512) 308-4770

 18 holes over 7205 yards w/ a par of 72 (Daily Fee) 


Spanish Oaks Golf Club
 13001 Spanish Oaks Club Bee Cave, TX (512) 421-8530
 18 holes over 6930 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity Facility) Star Ranch
 2500 Fm 685 Hutto, TX (956) 787-5957


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JANUARY

Austin’s New Year Auditorium Shores This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, actors, jugglers, storytellers, dancers, fire dancers, face painters, elaborate costumes, and other festive performances. austintexas.gov/department/austinsnew-year Barton Springs Polar Bear Plunge Barton Springs Shake off your NYE hangover and dive in to the steamy waters of Barton Springs on New Year’s Day (or just come watch the spectacle). You should definitely get the T-Shirt. www.sosalliance.org/ Hyde Park Theater Fronterafest Hyde Park Theatre This month-long festival, now an institution, features three separate components: The Short Fringe which runs the entirety of the Festival, showcasing pieces 25 minutes or less, the Long Fringe, with longer pieces between 45-90 minutes and the most unique component, ‘Mi Casa es Su Teatro’ which consists of a day of performances hosted primarily at private homes. fronterafest.com

FEBRUARY

Carnaval Brasileiro Palmer Events Center Flamboyant costumes, Brazilian samba music, and the uninhibited, spirited atmosphere make Austin’s Carnaval one of the biggest such festivals outside of Brazil. sambaparty.com

MARCH

Rodeo Austin Travis County Expo Center Where Weird Meets Western: Austin goes cowboy as PCRA competitors hit the arena. Headline entertainers perform in concert nightly. RodeoAustin.com Zilker Kite Festival Zilker Park The Zilker Kite Festival is an iconic Austin festival. The whole family will enjoy looking at an amazing array of kites blowing through the wind (or getting caught in the trees). Bring your kites to fly and maybe even enter the contest! zilkerkitefestival.com SXSW Austin Convention Center and more The entire city transforms for this famous international event where noted filmmakers, musicians and multimedia artists from around the world converge to showcase music, film and interactive media. Zilker Garden Festival Zilker Botanical Garden Enjoy live music and have access to hundreds of vendors selling various items from jewelry to plants. zilkergarden.org

APRIL

Eeyore’s Birthday Party Pease Park Eeyore’s Birthday Party has been an iconic Austin festival for more than 50 years. With fun activities for all ages, prizes are given for the best costumes. This fundraiser benefits nonprofit organizations in Austin. Eeyores.org

Buda Wiener Dog Races Buda City Park Come out to the largest wiener dog festival in Texas! Race your Wiener, smooch some pooches, shop at all the vendor booths and eat the great food! budalions.com Art City Austin Downtown Austin Nearly 200 national artists, top local restaurants, two music stages and hands-on art activities make this one of the city’s favorite fests. artallianceaustin.org Old Settlers Music Festival Salt Lick BBQ & Camp Ben McCullough Acoustic jazz, blues and bluegrass are performed at this historic music event. Arts & crafts, camping, food and libations are ongoing through the three day festival. oldsettlersmusicfest.org Moontower Comedy Festival Paramount Theater The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival brings some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. moontowercomedyfestival.com Austin Reggae Festival Founded in 1994 as Bob Marley Fest, three days of reggae take place each year in downtown Austin. austinreggaefest.com Austin Food & Wine Festival This event features 3 full days of wine tastings for adults and fun events for the kids! austinfoodandwinefestival.com THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 |

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Dragon Boat Festival Lady Bird Lake An exciting and unique event, the Dragon Boat Festival and Race includes Chinese food, live music and dance performances. Asianamericancc.com Lone Star Jam LBJ Lawn UT Campus Brought to you by The Young Texans Against Cancer and sponsored by Ziegenbock, Lone Star Jam has expanded to a 2-day festival featuring 20 or more country music bands. www.lonestarjam.com Levitation Music Festival Carson Creek Ranch Formerly Psych Fest, this independent festival has grown from a small wordof-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend event that attracts attendees from all over the world.  austinpsychfest.com Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival East Sixth Street Musicians, food vendors, artists and craftspeople turn Sixth Street, originally named Pecan Street, into a lively street fair.  oldpecanstreetfestival.com

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Pachanga Music Fest Fiesta Gardens The vibrant Latino culture is showcased with authentic food, music and cultural arts. pachangafest.com

JUNE

Republic of Texas Biker Rally Travis County Expo Center and Sixth The state’s largest motorcycle gathering attracts thousands of bikers for rides, parades and music. ROTrally.com Kerrville Folk Festival Kerrville, TX Take your family and enjoy the continuously played music for 18 days and nights. Kerrville-music.com Soul to Sole Festival Rollins Theatre/The Long Center This one-of-a-kind, Austintatious festival brings swingin’ jazz and hundreds of feet keeping time to the pulse of this wonderful and indigenous American art form! Tapestry.org Keep Austin Weird Fest The Long Center This festival and 5K race takes place on the lawn of the Long Center and features weird and wonderful Austin food, artisans and performances. http://keepaustinweirdfest.com

JULY

Music Under The Stars Bob Bullock State History Museum The Bob Bullock Museum is hosting its free concert series (every Friday in July) performed by local musicians. Complimentary tacos and teas will be given out also. Thestoryoftexas.com 4th of July Fireworks & Symphony The Austin Symphony hosts an annual concert of patriotic music that culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over Lady Bird Lake. Austinsymphony.org Bastille Day Festival French Legislation Museum Each year over a 1000 Austinites join the fun to celebrate Bastille Day with live music, dancing, silent auctions, food, face-painting and more! AFAustin.org

AUGUST

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival Fiesta Gardens Get in free by donating 3 cans of nonperishable food items and experience the fun, excellent (and some not so excellent) salsa while enjoying great local music! Austinchronicle.com


Bat Fest Congress Ave. Bridge Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, food, bat watching, and more at the Bat Fest! Roadwayevents.com Austin Ice Cream Festival Fiesta Gardens Entertainment, games, contests, and of course, ICE CREAM! Enjoy this festival for a good cause! Icecreamfestival.org Austin Pet Expo Palmer Event Center Fabulous Prize Giveaways & Fun for both the Two-Legged AND FourLegged! Mega-Adoption event, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, and more! Austinpetexpo.com

SEPTEMBER

Old Pecan Street Festival 6th Street Musicians, food vendors, artists and craftspeople turn Sixth Street, originally named Pecan Street, into a lively street fair. Oldpecanstreetfestival.com Fantastic Fest Alamo Drafthouse The largest genre film festival in the country, Fantastic Fest specializes in horror, action, sci-fi and fantasy genre films. fantasticfest.com

OCTOBER

Austin City Limits Zilker Park ACL Music Festival has expanded to two weekends to accomodate more fans, a total of 6 days! It is an eight stage event with 100+ bands, local food, and much more. ACLfestival. com Austin Chocolate Festival Norris Conference Center At the Austin Chocolate Festival, you can test many different types of chocolate! AustinChocolateFestival.com Austin Film Festival Various Locations The Austin Film Festival is the event to attend if you are looking to meet and speak with top-notch movie executives and producers - even screenwriters and filmmakers! AustinFilmFestival.com Texas Book Festival State Capitol Building This festival takes place every year in the fall and is a fun event for all ages. Bring your children and be amazed with well-known authors and activities! TexasBookFestival.org

town offering sample items from their menus for a lowered price! GypsyPicnic.com

NOVEMBER

Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores National touring indie rock, hip hop, punk, electronica and metal bands converge on Austin’s urban park for two days of music. There is also a comedy stage, as well as on-site screen printing, shopping and food. funfunfunfest.com

DECEMBER

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Palmer Event Center Shades of old Austin are reflected at this market of eclectic gift items and local entertainment. www.armadillobazaar.com Trail of Lights Zilker Park A beautiful array of lights - in December, the tree is lit, following a 5k run, which allows the Trail of Lights to be lit and showcased. www.austintrailoflights.org

Gypsy Picnic Auditorium Shores Gypsy Picnic is an Austin festival featuring food trailers from all over

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tips from a pro to have theBybest fest ever Rachael Ahrens What’s the best way to survive Austin City Limits Music Festival? Everyone has a recommended “a survival kit” a.k.a. a list of supplies to haul around.. This list may contain a sampling from the shelves of CVS that spans all manner of hygiene, first aide, feminine products, and skin care. Only you can decide what items are essential for your particular festival needs, but in my experience, aside from baby wipes, you probably won’t use any of it. “Here’s the truth of the matter: ACL, like life, depends more on what you do than what you bring. You will require a plan.” Let’s begin. First, assemble your team. You’re going to need good people, the kind you can trust with essential Team ACL tasks like remembering where you parked and letting you know if 60

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you’ve tucked your dress in your underwear upon leaving the port-o-john. These folks must be musically coherent, obviously, but more importantly must have impeccable resilience, stamina, and good sense. You don’t want to end up babysitting a whiner (“It’s too hot, too loud, too crowded” – unacceptable). Sharing memories with your BFFs is lovely, however, nobody’s got time for divas, jerks, or wimps at ACL. Select your team wisely, and everyone will still like each other on Monday morning. Next up, logistics. Make sure your phone is completely

charged! You’ll probably end up with a dead battery at the end of the day anyway, but go in fully powered up. Determine a meeting place outside the festival grounds (at least 1/4 mile or more). If you are driving, take a picture of cross streets AND write down the location of your car (in case of aforementioned inevitable dead battery). It’s a good idea to designate your initial meeting place as the rally point in case you get separated or to meet at the end of the day. The dizzying mixture of sun, music, crowds (and potentially alcohol) may affect your ability to keep everything straight. Use the time walking to Zilker Park


to compare schedules, hydrate, and strategize. As the festival engulfs you in its loving embrace, you may find this is the last time you are able to meaningfully connect with these folks all day, so use your walk wisely. Do not split up your supplies, money or IDs (your awesome ACL Teammate may have a great backpack, but hold onto your own essentials, you may never see him again). Eat something substantial before heading out into the bright, hot, musical sunshine; this is not the time to jump on the kale bandwagon. Slather on that SPF and chug a coconut water. Ducks in a row? Ok. Grab a map and off you go! It is nice (and safer) to stick with your team but there is no need to cling to the same ship all day. You’re no barnacle. You’re an insatiable, fearless music pirate out to claim your festival booty! Let music be your compass. Devour your festival experience like you did the latest season of your favorite show on Netflix entirely and unabashedly. If you feel tired, put your palms up and let the vibrations of music and energy fuel you. Don’t

let the accidental elbow throw or toe stomp get you down. Stand awestruck at the talent that exists. Blow a kiss to the skyline of our pretty city. Make new friends. Follow your plan, but remain flexible - you never know what luck you may have or what magic you may uncover. At the end, if you feel euphoric, exhausted, and ready to buy your early-bird ticket for next year, you did it right. It isn’t what you had. It isn’t what you forgot or lost. It was what you did that made it good. And, like most things in life, it was what you did that you’ll remember. RACHEL AHRENS A Nebraska farm girl with a devastating case of wanderlust, Rachael has drunk, danced, and stumbled home in some of the world’s coolest cities. 78704 is her zip du jour and she now bribes her Zilker neighbors with lasagna to avoid noise complaints. Find her on bar patios across Austin or wherever live music is sold. When she’s not risking permanent hearing loss, she is helping some of the nation’s best non-profit organizations fund their missions and make the world a better, more interesting place. Follow her blog: notbeige.blogspot.com

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Austin Dog Parks Auditorium Shores 920 W. Riverside Drive 512/974-6700 On the banks of Town Lake, just west of the First Street Bridge, Auditorium Shores is an outdoor concert venue with an especially busy summer schedule, a place to catch the fireworks on the Fourth of July and the hub of Austin’s most popular hikeand-bike trail. Leash-free area is from South First to Bouldin Avenue.

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Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve 3755 B Capital of Texas Hwy 512/472-1267 This popular greenbelt follows the creek and offers about 7 miles of walking, hiking and mountain biking trails. There are also several popular swimming holes along the creek. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash. Some of the more popular access points to the trails are Zilker Metropolitan Park, and Loop 360 (south of MoPac/Loop 1). Bob Wentz Park Bob Wentz Park Road 512/854-9020 This 211-acre park is located in the wild basin area of Lake Travis in the scenic Hill Country of Central Texas. Bob Wentz Park is a favorite location for water sports. The park’s facilities and close proximity to Austin (approximately 30 minutes from downtown) make it attractive for picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving. The park includes a boat dock, two sand volleyball courts, a shoreline walking path, and a pavilion available for rent. Pets are allowed in the park, but must be kept on a leash and are not permitted at The Point. Bull Creek District Dog Park 6701 Lakewood Drive 512/974-6700 This dog park is not fenced. It has access to the creek for waterloving pooches. Well-behaved dogs can roam and play off-leash, but must be under verbal control and within your sight. The offleash area is located behind the restrooms. Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park 3800 CR 175, Leander This dog park/ bar and grill has a 20,000 square ft. off leash dog area - and multiple places for dog owners to hang out and watch their dogs be dogs, including a patio and indoor bar (both dogfriendly) and heaters outside during the winter.


Emma Long Metropolitan Park 1600 City Park Road 512/346-1831 Emma Long Metropolitan Park is the largest city-owned park at almost 1,200 acres. Just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Austin, and easy to get to from RR 2222, follow scenic City Park Road down to the shores of Lake Austin, and spend the day swimming, water-skiing, picnicking, or camping. Leash free area is between City Park Drive, and the west park boundary fence, Turkey Creek and the top ridge of the bluff line overlooking Lake Austin.

Yard Bar 6700 Burnet Road, Austin This brand new dog park is membership based and has great food and a full bar including craft beer, cocktails, wine and bubbles. They offer free Wi-fi, so you can eat, drink and work while your dogs play.

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CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

Austin’s World Class Destination for Sports and Entertainment

Circuit of the Americas, or CoTA, is Austin’s newest major event venue, and the latest addition to the exclusive club of Formula One Racing Series courses all over the world. CoTA is the first racing venue in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula One racing. Austin native and former F1 driver/promoter, Tavo Hellmund, is the driving force behind creating the venue. Hellmund tapped the world’s foremost experts in the design of the circuit, usingAUSTIN inspiration 66 | THE OFFICIAL GUIDE 2015from some S C H M I T Z A N D S M I T H . C O M of the finest international courses,

bringing the United States Grand Prix back to the Formula One World Championship Series in 2012. The United States Grand Prix is one of 20 stops on the F1 World Championship Series 2015, which begins in Australia on March 15, 2015 and culminates in Abu Dhabi on November 29. Over the weekend of October 23 - 25, Formula One fans will gather in Austin to watch 11 teams of 22 drivers compete on one of the world’s most difficult circuits.

The 3.4 mile course is one of a handful world-wide that run counterclockwise, making the 20-turn course consist mostly of left turns. This can be a physical strain on drivers, whose bodies (especially their necks) are more accustomed to the lateral g-force of a clockwise course. The CoTA track is designed in the European tradition of sculpting the circuit to the rise and fall of the landthe elevation of the Austin course varies by 133 feet.


the deck for stunning views of the racetrack and downtown Austin. The Austin360 Amphitheater is a modern, innovative performance space that holds 14,000 fans, making it Central Texas’ largest outdoor venue. The stage is built around the base of the observation tower; the audience space includes a broad area for standing-room or assigned seating, surrounded by gently sloping lawn seating. Austin-based Miro Rivera Architects designed the amphitheater and tower, and the result is truly a spectacle. Inspired by the precision, power and extreme performance of the Formula One cars, Rivera’s design emphasizes the artistry of the structures themselves, sleek and beautiful in their functionality. In 2013, the Amphitheater opened its doors with a sold out Kenny Chesney performance, and concluded the year by winning Pollstar’s Best New Concert Venue in the World. Austin360 plans a 20-concert season, with upcoming acts being announced throughout the year.

A sprawling 1,500 acre site, only 2 miles from Austin-Bergstrom Airport in SE Austin, the complex is a multi-purpose facility that is home to an awardwinning performance venue, stateof-the-art education and technology center, and an expansive private event space, in addition to the racing grounds. CoTA is a major destination for Austinites, F1 fans all over the country, and the tour and travel industry. Austin’s CoTA is also be the home of ESPN’s Summer X-games, as well as

other elite racing events in 2014, such as the Texas Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Road Racing World Championships (MotoGP), the Australian V8 SuperCar Series, and the Rolex Sports Car Series. (See race schedule below) Race fans will enjoy the venue’s many amenities such as the Motor Sports Driving Club and Karting Track; the Grand Plaza which features a reflecting pool and promenade, tasty concessions and retail; and the signature 22-story observation deck. Fans can climb the double-helix stairs or ride to the top of

In addition to the incredible racing and performance facilities, 40,000 square foot technology, media and education center, meeting and event space for business and community groups; there are also medical, law enforcement, and fire-and-rescue training facilities on site. Truly a local and international gem, CoTA provides a unique opportunity for both Austinites and visitors to experience Formula One racing in a world class venue. THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 |

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Austin, Texas, the heart of our fine state, offers a truly interesting and vast variety of museums that reflect our rich culture. From Texas History to Digital Arts, the history of music, children’s interest or fine art, there is a cultural learning experience available for any taste.

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We encourage you to get out there and experience Austin’s unique cultural narrative through any of the various installations that take place around the city. Many museums offer free days, festivals and events that are fun and educational for the entire family. Austin’s Children’s Museum 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 472-2499 Austinkids.org Austin Museum of Digital Art (rotating locations) amoda.org Austin Nature & Science Center 301 Nature Ctr Dr, Austin, TX 78746 (512) 974-3888 austintexas.gov/department/austinnature-and-science-center Austin Toy Museum 2620 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 447-8697 austintoymuseum.com Blanton Museum of Art 200 East MLK, Austin, TX 78701 512- 471-7324 blantonmuseum.org

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Degenhardt Glass Studio 11709 Lindeman Loop, Leander, TX 78641 Phone number (512) 267-0959 jdmglass.com

Mexican American Cultural Center 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 974-3772 maccsa.org

Texas Memorial Museum 2400 Trinity St, A ustin, TX 78712 (512) 471-1604 utexas.edu/tmm

Elisabet Ney Museum 304 E 44th St, Austin, TX 78751 (512) 458-2255 austintexas.gov/department/ elisabet-ney-museum

Mexic-Arte 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 480-9373 mexic-artemuseum.org

Texas Military Forces Museum 2200 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 782-5659 texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org

French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 472-8180 frenchlegationmuseum.org

Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata 1808 Singleton Ave, Austin, TX (512) 320-0566 mnae.org

Texas Music Museum 1009 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 472-8891 texasmusicmuseum.org

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702 512-974-4926 austintexas.gov/department/ george-washington-carver-museumand-cultural-center Landmarks 1 University Station, D1400, Austin TX (512) 495-4315 (Public Art Project) Lotus Gallery 1009 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 474-1700 lotusasianart.com Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum 2313 Red River St, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 916-5199 lbjlibrary.org

Museum of the Weird 412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 476-5493 museumoftheweird.com Neill-Cochran House Museum 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX (512) 478-2335 nchmuseum.org O. Henry Home and Museum 409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 512-472-1903 Pioneer Farms 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, TX (512) 837-1215 pioneerfarms.org South Austin Popular Culture Center 1516-B S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX (512) 440-8318 southaustincenter.org

The Contemporary Austin Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas (512) 453-5312 thecontemporaryaustin.org The Daughters of the Texas Republic Museum 510 E Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78752 (512) 339-1997 drtinfo.org Thinkery 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723 (512) 472-2499 thinkeryaustin.org Umlauf Sculpture Gardens 605 Robert E Lee Rd. (512) 445-5582 umlaufsculpture.org Women and Their Work 1710 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 477-1064 womenandtheirwork.org THE OFFICIAL AUSTIN GUIDE 2015 |

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Whether you are ordering fine food, selecting a wide selection of drinks, lounging in a 100-year-old historic building, or enjoying the great weather outdoors, there are myriad of ways to enjoy a good flick in Austin. You might even be the first to see cutting edge independent films. Attend festivals, conferences and perhaps brush elbows with Quentin and his ‘brother’ Robert Rodríguez at The Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, a semi-annual film and multimedia event held by the Austin Film Society. Texas’s own Richard Linklater, best known for his films “Slacker”, “Dazed and Confused” and his most recent OscarNominated film “Boyhood” is founder of the Austin Film Society. Mike Judge, another Texas native who resides in Austin, founded the Austin Film Festival, which furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of new and emerging filmmakers and writers. Sign up with the various venues below to stay on top of special events and/or discounted rates. 70

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Alamo Drafthouse - Lakeline 14028 N US Highway 183, Bldg F, (512) 476-1320 drafthouse.com/austin/lakeline Alama Drafthouse - Slaughter Lane 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX (512) 476-1320 drafthouse.com/austin/slaughter_lane Alamo Drafthouse - SoLa 1120 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, (512) 476-1320 drafthouse.com/austin/south_lamar Alamo Drafthouse Cinema- The Ritz 320 E 6th St, Austin, TX (512) 476-1320 drafthouse.com/austin/the_ritz AMC Barton Creek Square 14 2901 S Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX (512) 329-9253 amctheatres.com Bob Bullock Imax Theatre 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 936-8746 thestoryoftexas.com/imax/now-showing Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 12812 Hill Country Blvd, Austin, TX (512) 263-0862 cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1611&showtime_date= Funflicks Outdoor Movies 9600 Great Hills Trl # 150W, Austin, TX funflicks.com/outdoor-mov Galaxy Highland 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752 (512) 467-7305 galaxytheatres.com/highland

iPic Theaters The Domain Austin 3225 Amy Donovan Plz, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 568-3400 ipictheaters.com Landmark Theaters 1614 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 474-0046 Millennium Youth Center 1156 Hargrave St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 472-6932 myec.net Moviehouse & Eatery 8300 N Fm 620 # B, Austin, TX 78726 (512) 501-3520 themoviehouse.com Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 472-5470 austintheatre.org Red Digital Cinema 9430 Research Blvd # Iv140, Austin, TX 78759 (512) 382-6004 Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 Cinema at Great Hills 9828 Great Hills Trl, Austin, TX 78759 (512) 231-9742 regmovies.com Southwest Theatres 13729 N Highway 183, Austin, TX 78750 (512) 291-3158 southwesttheaters.com Violet Crown Cinema 434 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 495-9600 violetcrowncinema.com

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Austin is home to several live theater spaces from beautifully landscaped outdoor venues to funky modified warehouses. There are options for performance, classes, and workshops for children and adults alike. From Broadway productions to improvisational theater, you will find something for you and your family to enjoy. Just look at the list of running theater venues in town that feature productions in this great city!

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Austin Playhouse 6001 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX 78752 512-476-0084 austinplayhouse.com Bass Concert Hall 2350 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712 512-471-2787 texasperfmoringarts.org Dougherty Arts Center 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 512-974-4000 Curtain Theater Coldwater Canyon Dr. Austin, TX, 78730 thebaronsmen.org

The Vortex Scottish Rite Child Theatre Hyde Park Theatre 2307 Manor Road 207 W 18th St. 511 W. 43rd St. Austin, TX, 78722 Austin, TX, 78701 Austin, TX, 78751 512-478-5282 512- 472-5436 Box Office: 512-479-PLAY vortexrep.org scottishritetheater.org Office: 512-479-7530 hydeparktheatre.org Zach Theater The Hideout Theatre 202 South Lamar 617 Congress Ave. Long Center For The Austin, TX, 78704 Austin, TX, 78701 Performing Arts 512- 476-0541 (512) H-I-D-E-O-U-T 701 W Riverside Dr. zachtheatre.org hideouttheatre.com Austin, TX, 78704 512-474-5664 Zilker Hillside Theater The Off Center thelongcenter.org 2301 Barton Springs Rd. 2211-A Hidalgo Austin, TX, 78746 Austin, TX, 78702 Salvage Vanguard 512-479-9491 512-476-RUDE (7833) Theater zilker.org rudemechs.com 2803 Manor Road, Austin, TX, 78722 The Public Domain 512-474-7886 Theatre salvagevanguard.org 807 Congress Ave. Austin, Texas 512-474-6202


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All of us at the Schmitz & Smith Group have an ongoing love affair with Austin’s incredible restaurant and bar scene. Our food and drink offerings run the gamut from food truck to fine dining (sometimes both at once), and we are fortunate to have some truly world-class artists in our kitchens and bars. In 2015, four Austin restaurants were featured on the BRAVO network’s new show, Best New Restaurant: Swift’s Attic, Barlata Tapas Bar, Porter Ale House Gastropub and Restaurant Jezebel. Super excited to see our beloved city’s up-andcoming restaurants featured on the national stage, we decided we’d better check them out for ourselves and share our experiences with you!

Shared Plates – The Federal (Miami) vs. Swift’s Attic (Austin) Italian Cuisine – Dolce Italian (Miami) vs. Doma Beverly Hills (LA) New Service Concepts – The Church Key (LA) vs. Restaurant Jezebel (Austin) Operated by Couples – R House (Miami) vs. Barlata Tapas Bar (Austin) Battle of the Burger – Porter Ale House and Gastropub (Austin) vs. Tongue & Cheek (Miami) European Inspired – L’Apicio (NY) vs. Little Sparrow (LA) Fast Casual Dining – Morgan’s Barbecue (Brooklyn) vs. Buns & Buns (Miami) Seasonal Menus – Union Restaurant (Pasadena) vs. The Pines (Brooklyn)

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first stop. swifts attic. The first restaurant we visited was Swift’s Attic on Congress Avenue, just south of 4th Street. They are located directly upstairs from the world famous Elephant Room, that oh-so-cool dungeon of jazz awesomeness – sounds like a perfect date night! The atmosphere is immediately welcoming as you climb the stairs from the street to the “Attic.” The owners have made excellent use of the historic building that was once the Swift’s Premium Food Co. back in 1905. High ceilings, wood floors, interesting art and a gorgeous bar area with both high-top table seating and a luxe green leather banquette along one wall, create a casual elegance that is warm and inviting. We took a seat at a pretty wooden tall top in the bar area next to a window overlooking the street. It being 2pm (stop judging me), there

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were only a few other patrons, and we had the full attention of the very charming, professional staff. Our waiter suggested a couple of favorite cocktails and we were off. In addition to the craft cocktail list, Swift’s has a separate “Ice Ball” cocktail menu, comprised of several craft cocktails that are the innovative brainchild of Bar Manager, Jeff Hammett. The ingredients of the cocktail are frozen into a ball, and served with the liquor poured over the ice ball. This method makes the drink an experience from the first sip to the last. As the ball melts, the flavor changes, and it’s remarkable from start to finish. We tried the Stage Name – an elegant, delicious concoction of sage, lavender bitters and barrel-aged Waterloo gin. The major standout was the Cuidado Piso Mojado, Swift’s Attic’s twist on a margarita with muddled jalapenos and St. Germain liquor. The drink gives you a pop of flavor and energy with each sip. I’m not kidding – physically and vocally, bang! Every time. We ordered

a second one. (And for the record, we’re still talking about it). Swift’s specializes in farm-to-table, “Modern American Small Plates,” and much of their playful, eclectic menu is meant for sharing. The staff helped us choose some favorite dishes to enjoy with our drinks. Speaking of having a physical response, the Spicy Edamame is accompanied by a mixture of rock salt and pop rocks for dipping - delicious, perfectly cooked, and made us giggle with every pop-laden bite. We also very much enjoyed the Shishito Peppers. This deceptively simple dish featured grill-fired peppers served with a goat cheese dipping sauce. Another highlight was the Squid Fingers plate. You may have had calamari before, but you’ve never had it this good. Massive, meaty portions of squid fried to perfection in a delicate batter – texturally perfect and so tasty. Swift’s Attic describes its style as “not holding to any particular cooking genre or style, but rather focused on the creative, whimsical and delicious.” Agreed and appreciated. In addition to the BRAVO show, the restaurant has been garnering a lot of attention. Food & Wine magazine has nominated Chef Mat Clouser as a People’s Choice Best New Chef in 2013 and 2014, and the restaurant has been featured numerous times in DETAILS magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Texas Monthly, Austin Monthly and Delta Sky inflight magazine, to name a few.


Up Next. BARLATA TAPAS BAR

NEXT STOP. PORTER ALE HOUSE.

A short journey down Congress and over to South 1st and we were soon pulling up to Porter Ale House. We love this neighborhood! Neil, one of the three owners told us how perfect the spot was for what they wanted, and how hard they fought to secure it for their bar. Porter Ale House is an upscale neighborhood bar, a perfect spot to meet for lunch, watch a game, enjoy brunch on the dog-friendly patio, enjoy an intimate date night or a meetup with a large group of friends. They have an incredible beer menu and a craft cocktail list that has many delectable options, including an ice cold Gin & Tonic served on tap and a yummy Mexcal concoction that hit all the right notes. Porter is consistently busy, and despite the hustle and bustle, the service is fantastic and the owners are always on hand with

a great recommendation. Porter Ale House is especially known for their Porter Burger. Triple-cream brie, pancetta, homemade kettle chips and roasted garlic aioli on a brioche bun results in what can only be described as a perfect bite. This burger, paired with a perfectly poured Guinness is a winning combination. And this is no mere burger-and-beer joint (not that there’s anything wrong with that!); Porter offers a creative selection of gastropub fare like their famous Pieroghies and their inspired take on Bangers and Mash.

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olive tapenade. The Oxtail with Red Potatoes was a revelation - Chef Olivella’s perfectly portioned plate is tender, juicy and flavorful. Barlata has both intimate tables in the main restaurant and common seating in the bar. The common area is fun and interactive – you can see what everyone around you is ordering, which helps when choosing among the many appetizing tapas. Other standouts were the simple plate of Spanish cheeses and the Daily Paella. (Yes! They have Paella – a different one – every day!) On the beverage side, Barlata does not disappoint. We tasted the “Lucia,” a delightful mix of Mezcal, Aperol, Jalapeno, Cucumber, Lime, Honey and Paella Salt. The smoky yumminess of this cocktail was a perfect compliment to the cheese plate. Another favorite cocktail was “A Spaniard’s Fall,” comprised of Apple Brandy, Oloroso Sherry, Lemon, Dram, Cherry Herring and Cava. Tasty, elegant drinks savored with exciting tapas made for an excellent experience.

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GET TO KNOW AUSTIN’S DISTINCT NEIGHBORHOODS Did you know that the Schmitz & Smith Group produces an annual video series called Austin Street Beat? Each episode offers an insiders look to the unique lifestyle offered in one of Austin’s niche neighborhoods. Aimed at both those moving TO Austin and those moving IN Austin, Austin Street Beat gives viewers a sense of what it would be like to live in the best neighborhoods in the area. Austin newcomers, ACL fans and residents alike can explore the varied neighborhoods in the area from their nearest computer or cell phone screen. All Austin Street Beat videos can be found on our website and YouTube page on the Austin Street Beat playlist.   A recent report undertaken by Self Storage touted Austin as America’s #1 city in which to buy a home. With over 100 people moving to the city each day, the Texas Capital is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and the real estate market is moving at an accelerated pace.   What neighborhood suits your personality? Check out Austin Street Beat, and let us help you find your special nook! shannonschmitzgroup.com/virtual-austin youtube.com/user/shannonschmitz 

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Austin may be best known for its music and food, but those looking for a more relaxing experience need not be left out. Austin houses some of the world’s most luxurious spa resorts in the world. When you are ready to get pampered, you never need to look much further than next door.

AWAY Spa by W Hotels 200 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701 (512) 542-3626 austinawayspa.com Aziz Salon & Day Spa 710 West 7th St. Austin, TX 78701 (512) 476-4131 azizsalon.com Barton Creek Resort & Spa 8212 Barton Club Dr. Austin, TX 78735 (512) 329-4000 bartoncreek.com Bella Salon Spa 1221 West 6th Street, Austin TX (512) 474-5999 bellasalonaustin.com Hiatus Spa + Retreat Gables 5th St. Commons 1611 W 5th St Austin, TX 78703 (512) 362-5777 haitusspa.com 82

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road Lost Pines, Texas 78612 (512) 308 1234 lostpines.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas Lake Austin Spa Resort 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd Austin, TX 78732 (512) 372-7300 lakeaustin.com/spa-resort 2013 CondĂŠ Nast Traveler Gold List Platinum Circle Milk & Honey Spa Multiple Locations (512) 236-1115 milkandhoneyspa.com Orange Blossom Skin Care 8700 Manchaca Road Ste 702 Austin, TX 78748 (512) 600-0713 orangeblossomskincare.com

The Spa at Four Seasons 98 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin, TX 78701 (512) 685-8160 fourseasons.com/austin/spa Travaasa Austin 13500 Farm to Market Road 2769 Austin, TX 78726 (877) 261-7792 travaasa.com Viva Day Spa 215 South Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78704 (512) 472-2256 vivadayspa.com Winner of the Best Spa in Austin 2011 & 2012 Woodhouse Day Spa 3600 N Capital of Texas Hwy #180 Austin, TX 78746 (512) 306-1100 austin.woodhousespas.com


SHOPPING Looking for that perfect rug to pull the room together? Or maybe a slinky dress for a night on 2nd street? Even if you are looking to send jalape単o jam to all of your family for Christmas, when it comes to shopping, Austin has it all. Restock your wardrobe at one of the two great outlet malls in the area, keep it local while you browse for that perfect hipster vest, or just enjoy some good old fashion capitalism at one of our dozen shopping malls. Any way you spend it, Austin is a great shopping town.

MALLS AND OUTLETS Arboretum at Great Hills 10000 Research Blvd. www.simon.com

San Marcos Premium Outlets 3939 I-35 S., Suite 900 www.premiumoutlets.com

Barton Creek Square 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. www.simon.com

Tanger Outlet 4015 I-35 S., San Marcos www.tangeroutlet.com

The Domain 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 210 www.simon.com Highland Mall 6001 Airport Blvd. www.highlandmall.com Hill Country Galleria 12700 Hill Country Blvd. www.hillcountrygalleria.com Lakeline Mall 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., www.simon.com Lakeline Village 12617 Ridgeline Blvd., www.simon.com Round Rock Premium Outlets 4401 I-35 N., Round Rock www.premiumoutlets.com


DINING in Austin American

24 Diner 600 N. Lamar Blvd 512-472-5400

Barley Swine 2024 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-394-8150 Congress 200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2760 Dai Due 2406 Manor Rd. 512-542-0668 Launderette Austin 2115 Holly Street 512-382-1599 Foreign & Domestic 306 E. 53rd Street 512-459-1010 Hillside Farmacy 1209 E. 11st Street 512-628-0168 Josephine House 1601 Waterson Ave. 512-477-5584 Odd Duck 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-433-6521 84

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Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar 1900 Rio Grande Street 512-628-4400

Sway 1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 326-1999

Le Barbecue 902 E. Cesar Chavez 512-605-9696

QUI 1600 E. Sixth Street 512-436-9626

Tâm Deli & Café 8222 N Lamar Blvd D33, Austin, TX (512) 834-6458

Salty Sow 1917 Manor Road 512-391-2337

Ramen Tatsu-Ya 8557 Research Blvd #126, Austin 1234 South Lamar

Green Mesquite 2601 S Interstate 35 B100, Round Rock, TX 78664 (512) 341-0200

Eastside Café 2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 (512) 476-5858

Uchi 801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 916-4808

Yellow Jacket Social Club 1704 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 480-9572

Uchiko 4200 N.Lamar Blvd. 512-916-4808

Swifts Attic 315 Congress Ave. 512-482-8842

Kome Sushi Kitchen 4917 Airport Blvd. 512-712-5700

Asian

Mushashino 3407 Greystone Drive 512-795-8593

888 Pan-Asian Restaurant 2400 E Oltorf St #1A, Austin, TX 78741 (512) 448-4722 Elizabeth Street Café 1501 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 291-2881

Barbeque Franklin’s 900 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702 512-653-1187

Rudy’s 11570 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759 (512) 418-9898 Salt Lick 3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719 Freedman’s 2402 San Gabriel 512-220-0953 Lamberts 401 W. Second Street 512-494-1500

Brunch Chez Zee 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX 78731 (512) 454-2666 Jack Allans 7720 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735 (512) 852-8558


Kerbey Lane 3704 Kerbey Ln, Austin, TX (512) 451-1436

Casino El Camino 517 E. Sixth Street 512-469-9330

Peche 208 W. Fourth Street 512-494-9778

Magnolia’s 2304 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX (512) 478-8645

Nau’s Enfield Drug 1115. W Lynn Street 512-476-3663

WINK 1014. N Lamar Blvd, Ste. E 512-482-8868

Maria’s Taco Express 2529 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 444-0261

French Continental

Moonshine Café 303 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 236-9599

Chez Nous 510 Neches St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 473-2413

Counter Café 626 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-708-8800 1914. E 6th Street 512-351-9961

Baguette et Chocolat 12101 FM 2244, Bdlg #6, Bee Cave, TX (512) 263-8388

Sawyer & Co 4827 E Cesar Chavez 512-531-9033

Burgers Dan’s 4308 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 443-6131 Dirty Martin’s Place 2808 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 477-3173 Hopdoddy’s 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX (512) 243-7505 P Terry’s 3303 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX (512) 371-9975 Sandy’s Hamburgers 603 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX (512) 478-6322

Justine’s Brassiere 4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 385-2900

Italian The Backspace 507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899

Dog and Duck Pub 406 W 17th St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 479-0598

Botticellis South Congress 1321 S. Congress Avenue 512-916-1315

East Side Showroom 1100 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 467-4280

Bufalina 1519 E. Cesar Chavez 512-524-2523

Fabi+Rossi European Kitchen 509 Hearn St, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 236-0642

Cipollina 1213 West Lynn Street 512-477-5211

Arro 601 W. Sixth Street 512-922-2776

La Traviata 314 Congress Avenue 512-479-8131

Henri’s 2026 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-442-3373

Homeslice Pizza 1415 S. Congress Avenue 512-444-7437

LaV 1501 E. Seventh Street 512-391-1888

NORTH 11506 Century Oaks Terrace 512-339-4400

Lenoir 1807 South First Street 512-215-9778

Olive & June 3411 Glenview Ave 512-467-9898


Vespaio Ristorante 1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-6100 Winflo Osteria 1415 W. Sixth Street 512-582-1027 Mandola’s Italian Market 4700 W Guadalupe St #12, Austin, (512) 419-9700

Indian Bombay Bistro 10710 Research Blvd #126, Austin, TX (512) 342-2252 Taj Palace Indian Restaurant & Bar 6700 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX (512) 452-9959 New India Cuisine 2304 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 445-9727 Claypit Indian Cuisine 1601 Guadaulupe Street 512-322-5131 Graj Mahal 73 Rainey Street 512-480-2255

Mexican Chuy’s 1728 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX (512) 474-4452 Curra’s Grill 614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 444-0012

Fonda San Miguel 2330 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 (512) 459-4121 Torchy’s Tacos 2809 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 444-0300

El Chile Café y Cantina 1809 Manor Road 512-457-9900 1816 South 1st Street 512-401-3161

Seafood

Trudy’s 8820 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758 512-454-1474

Clark’s Oyster Bar 1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 297-2525

El Alma Café 1025 Barton Springs Road 512-609-8923

Eddie V 301 E 5th St, Austin, TX (512) 472-1860

Guero’s Taco Bar 1412 South Congress Ave. 512-447-7688

Perlas 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 291-7300

La Condesa 400-A W. 2nd Street 512-499-0300

Quality Seafood Market 5621 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (512) 452-3820

Matt’s El Rancho 2613 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-462-9333

Wahoo Fish Tacos 509 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX (512) 476-3474

Juan In A Million 2300 E. Cesar Chavez Street 512-472-3862

Quality Seafood 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-454-5827

Polvos 2004 S. First Street 512-441-5446

South American

Takoba 1411 E. Seventh Street 512-628-4466

Buenos Aires Cafe 1201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 382-1189

Zocalo Café 1110. W. Lynn Street 512-472-8226

Rio’s Brazilian Café 408 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX (512) 828-6617

MAUDIES 8 Austin Area Locations

Pachamama’s Peruvian Creole 2209 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX (512) 689-7889


South American Continued

Barlata Tapas Bar 1500 S. Lamar Blvd. #150 Austin, TX 78704 (512) 473-2211

Vegetarian / Vegan Bouldin Creek Café 1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 416-1601 Casa De Luz 1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 476-2535 Counter Culture 2337 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 524-1540 Mr. Natural 1901 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX (512) 477-5228 Mothers Café & Garden 4215 Duval Street 512-916-9223 Leaf Salad 419 W. Second Street 512-474-5323

Wine Bars Aviary Lounge 2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 916-4445

Mulberry 360 Nueces Street, Ste. 20 512-320-0297

Opa! 2050 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 326-8742

Vino Vino 4119 Guadalupe Street 52-465-9282

The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen 6317 Bee Caves Road 512-327-8822 3001 RR 620 South 512-263-2366

Winebelly 519 W. Oltorf Street 512-487-1569

House Wine 408 Josephine Street 512-322-5210

Red Room Lounge 306 E. 53rd Street 512-501-1546


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Amelia’s Retro Vogue & Relics 2213 S. 1st St. Austin, TX 78704 512.442.4446 ameliasretrovogue.com Big Bertha’s Paradise 112 E N Loop Blvd. Austin, TX 78751 (512) 444-5908 Charm School Vintage 2109 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78702 charmschoolvintage.com

Golden Bones 1601 W. Koenig Lane Austin, TX 512-419-7005 goldenbonesatx.com

Room Service 107 E. North Loop Blvd. Austin, TX 78751 512-451-1057 roomservicevintage.com

Lovely Boutique 1506 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704

Spartan & JM Dry Goods 215 South Lamar (Suite C & D) Austin, TX 78704 512-579-0303 spartan-shop.com

Moss Designer Consignment 705 B. South Lamar 512-916-9961 mossaustin.com

St. Vincent de Paul 1327 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 442-5652

AustinVintage Breweries threads

Dandy’s Gentleman Store 411 Brazos St #110 Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 999-8196 dandysuit.com Etcetera, Etc. 411 W. 2nd Street Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 476-8300

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Flashback 1805 S 1st St Austin, TX 78704 (512) 445-6906 austinvintageclothing. com

New BROhemia 2209 S 1st St. Austin, TX 78704 (512) 804-0988 Next To New 5435 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78756 (512) 459-1288 next2new.org Roadhouse Rags 1600 Fortview Rd. Austin, TX 78704 (512) 762-8797

The G Spot Thrift Boutique 3216 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 689-9802 thegspotaustin.com Thrifty Chicks Vintage 6701 N Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78752 (512) 467-7575 thriftychicksvintage. com


The Texas Wine-Down

Did you know there are more than 35 wineries in the Texas Hill Country? Austinites are neighbors to one of the most popular wine destinations in the country. With over five million visitors each year Central Texas is second only to Northern California as a destination for wine enthusiasts. From Fredericksburg to Lampassas, a trip to the Texas wine country is a trip through the rolling hills and sun-kissed fields of The Lone Star State. Whether truly passionate for wine or just out to take in the sites, true Austinites drink deeply from the Texas Wine Country.

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards drycomalcreek.com

Helotes Creek Winery heloteswinery.net

Akashic Vineyards (2014) Pontotoc

The Bella Vista Ranch exasoliveoil.com

Alamosa Wine Cellars alamosawinecellars.com

Fall Creek Vineyards Bending Branch Winery bendingbranchwinery.com fcv.com

Alexander Vineyards alexandervineyards.com

Brennan Vineyards brennanvineyards.com

Fawncrest Vineyards fawncrest.com

Hye Meadow Winery hyemeadow.com

Argus Cidery arguscidery.com

CALAIS Winery (2014) calaiswinery.com

Fiesta Vineyard and Winery fiestawinery.com

Inwood Estates Vineyards inwoodwines.com

Becker Vineyards beckervineyards.com

Chisholm Trail Winery chisholmtrailwinery.com

Flat Creek Estate flatcreekestate.com

Junction Rivers Winery junctionriverswinery.com

Bell Mountain Vineyards bellmountainwine.com

Oberhof Wine Cellars daspeachhaus.com

Grape Creek Vineyards grapecreek.com

Kerrville Hills Winery kerrvillehillswinery.com

Bell Springs Winery bellspringswinery.com

Driftwood Estate Winery driftwoodvineyards.com

Hawk’s Shadow Estate hawksshadow.com

La Cruz de Comal lacruzdecomalwines.com

Hilmy Cellars hilmywine.com

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The texas wineries are waiting for you Lakeview Winery lakeviewwinery.com

Salado Creek Winery saladoswirlandsip.com

Torre di Pietra Winery www.texashillcountrywine.com

Lewis Wines lewiswines.com

Salado Winery saladowinery.com

Vineyard at Gruene www.vineyardatgruene.com

Lily Lake Vineyards lilylakevineyards.com

Salt Lick Cellars saltlickcellars.com

Vines on the Rocks www.vinesontherocks.com

McReynolds Winery mcreynoldswines.com

Sandstone Cellars Winery sandstonecellarswinery.com

Westcave Cellars Winery www.westcavecellars.com

Mendelbaum Cellars mendelbaumcellars.com

Santamaria Cellars www.santamariacellarswines.com

William Chris Vineyards www.williamchriswines.com

Messina Hof Hill Country messinahof.com

Scimitar Hill Vineyards (Sept. 2015) scimitarhill.com

Wimberley Valley Winery www.wimberleyvalleywinery.com

Nolan Creek Winery winesofnolancreek.com

Singing Water Vineyards www.singingwatervineyards.com

Winery on the Gruene www.gruenewinery.com

Pedernales Cellars pedernalescellars.com

Sister Creek Vineyards www.sistercreekvineyards.com

Woodrose Winery www.woodrosewinery.com

Perissos Vineyards and Winery perissosvineyards.com

Six Shooter Cellars www.sixshootercellars.com

Pillar Bluff Vineyards pillarbluff.com

Solaro Estate www.solaroestate.com

Pilot Knob Vineyard pilotknobvineyard.com

Spicewood Vineyards www.spicewoodvineyards.com

Pontotoc Vineyard (2014) pontotocvineyard.com

Stone House Vineyard www.stonehousevineyard.com

Poteet Country Winery www.poteetwine.com

The Stray Grape Urban Winery www.straygrape.com

Rancho Ponte Vineyard www.ranchoponte.com

Texas Hills Vineyard www.texashillsvineyard.com

Red Wing Dove Vineyard and Winery www.redwingdove.com

Texas Legato www.texaslegato.com

Rising Star Vineyards www.risingstarvineyards.com

The Vineyard at Florence www.thevineyardatflorence.com

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Breweries Abound! Kamala Brewing / Whip In 1950 S. Interstate 35, Austin

512 Brewing Company 407 Radam Ln, Austin Adelbert’s Brewery 2314 Rutland Drive Suite #100, Austin

Draught House Pub & Brewery 4112 Medical Parkway, Austin

Live Oak Brewing Company 3301-B East Fifth St., Austin

Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin

Hops and Grain Brewery 507 Calles St, Austin

North by Northwest 10010 Capital Of TX Hwy N, Austin

Austin Beerworks 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 150

Independence Brewing Co. 3913 Todd Lane #607, Austin

Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub 4729 Burnet Rd, Austin

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery 7020 Easy Wind Drive, Ste 100, Austin

Infamous Brewing Company 4601 Weletka Dr Ste 200, Austin

Resignation Brewery 503 Neches St, Austin

Circle Brewing Company 2340 W Braker Ln., Suite B, Austin

Jester King Brewery 13005 Fitzhugh Road, Bld. B, Austin

South Austin Brewing Co. 415 East St. Elmo, Austin


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Austin seems to breathe the motto that healthy lives are happy lives. From the runners on trails around Lady Bird Lake, to the bikers whizzing through scenic roads, health is a central piece of the Austin lifestyle. All that exercise means Austinites have a lot of healthy eating to do and lots options for it! By all accounts, Austin’s foodie scene is quickly rivaling its live music scene. Austin’s food trucks have become a worldwide phenomenon and locally sourced meats and produce is one of the hottest trends in 2014. Nowhere combines both aspects of the city as well as Austin’s Sustainable Food Center, a 501-3(c) nonprofit founded on the belief that local, sustainable foods and farms are the best for fueling a healthy community. The Austin nonprofit runs four o urban farmers’ markets in the nation. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday you can find Austinites strolling through marketplaces loaded with local produce and artisans goods from over 100 local vendors and taking advantage of opportunities to connect with local producers in the community. Providing access to fresh, healthy local foods is a tenet central to Sustainable Food Center. Every farmer’s’ market accepts payment from governmental food assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly food stamps) and Women,

Infants, and Children (WIC). Through grant funding, it runs a Double Dollar Incentive Program (DDIT), doubling SNAP and WIC up to $20 each week. This ensures that everyone can truly get access to the incredibly diverse harvest central Texas has to offer. In addition, through their Sprouting Healthy Kids project, the SFC partners with local schools to promote education about healthy eating, provide locally grown produce in school cafeterias, support school gardens and provide cooking classes for parents. The best way to teach a child is to have them be involved: if they will eat an apple they picked out from the grocery store, imagine their excitement about a carrot they grew themselves! From cooking classes to community outreach to primary school programs, the Sustainable Food Center is making an impact on Austin’s food culture and landscape. For more information about the center you can visit their website at www.sustainablefoodcenter.org. Lisa Rodman is a 20 year veteran of the nonprofit world and the Founder of Rodman & Associates, LLC where she advises and supports individuals, businesses, and family foundations on philanthropic initiatives and partnerships. As a contributing columnist Lisa shares her motivating and practical advice with our readers. For more information about her and her company, you can find more at www.RodmanAssociates.com

ready to shop Fresh and lOCAL? Saturdays Republic Square Park in downtown Austin Toney Burger Center in Sunset Valley

TuesdayS

Martin Luther King Blvd & Miriam Ave.

WednesdayS

The Triangle at 46th Street & N. Lamar

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