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February 2017

Found 7 blog entries for February 2017.

March may be the best month of the year to be an Austinite or to visit Austin for that matter!  With the weather shifting to warming sunnier days and festival season kicking into high gear there is something happening everyday of the month.  This month's top picks include some of our favorite SXSW selections as well as an array of other family friendly events like the ABC kite festival.  


Lifting spirits. Lifting lives. Since 1929. Kick-off the spring at this year's ABC Kite Fest at Zilker Park on Sunday, March 5th!  Held on the first Sunday in March for the past 88 years, the ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s best-known and oldest annual events.  Get all the details here.

SXSW 2017 (March 10-19th)

The Austin

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  What I Love About Austin ~ Hike & Bike Trails

Austin is an outdoor city.  Residents love to be outside, in shorts, all year round.  Hike and bike trails are as much a part of the Austin scene as live music and “Keep Austin Weird”.  Whether you live South or North, East or West, you can find trails in your local neighborhood or anywhere you may be in the area.  There’s no reason to tire of the same old trail, you can travel a short distance or go across town and enjoy different scenery.

We suggest that you do your own research to find those hidden gems near you. Here are ten of our favorite hike and bike trails and a link to more than 100 Austin trails.

 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail

800 W. Riverside Drive      Shared Use (Hike and Bike)      ADA Accessible      Central    

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Home sales in the Austin-Round Rock area increased 7.0 percent year-over-year in January 2017 to 1,549 home sales. In the city of Austin, single-family home sales jumped 9.8 percent annually to 469 home sales during the same time frame.  Michele Turnquist, owner at Engel & Volkers Austin, said "With a strong start to the year, we expect home sales and values to continue to increase over 2017.  With thousands of newly built homes coming to market in the coming months we hope there is a little easing of demand issues across Austin."

Housing inventory levels remained largely flat across the Austin-Round Rock MSA in January 2017, increasing 0.1 months to 2.0 months of inventory. Housing inventory levels in Williamson County and other markets are now on

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High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is proud to introduce Ben Phillips – Engel & Volkers Austin as the Official Realtor of the 2017 Austin Marathon® presented by NXP. As the Official Realtor, Phillips is currently giving away two Austin Marathon VIP passes and will have a space at the expo, complete with photo booth, to talk to you about your housing needs.

“We’re glad to have Ben, an endurance athlete who knows the City of Austin inside and out, as a sponsor for the Austin Marathon” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “He knows the value of living close to where you train and he combines his knowledge and real estate experience to serve all of his clients.”

Ben Phillips –

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Although news that Austin is a great place to live may not be "newsworthy" to most living in Austin, being named by a prestigious national survey is an honor! U.S. News & World Report surveyed people nationwide to find out what they consider important in a hometown. They then took those categories and saw what each city had to offer.  The full list of the 100 metros ranked by U.S. News & World Report can be found here.

The list took into account several factors, including affordability, job prospects and quality of life. A public survey of thousands of individuals across the country was also used to determine which qualities people consider important in a hometown. Then, data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and

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It's nearly impossible to keep up with all of the restaurant openings happening across Austin, lucky for you we have put together a list of new openings along with places worth coming back for seconds!  Whether you live North to South or West to East we have some suggestions we think you'll love.  

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking (Round Rock)

This is the latest concept from one of Austin's favorite chef's Jack Gilmore known for Z' Tejas and most recently Jack Allen's Kitchen.  The new kitchen focuses on seafood, hence the name, but includes some of Jack Gilmore's chicken fried staples.

2850 N Interstate 35
Round Rock, TX 78681 (512) 351-9724 Visit Website  

Second Bar + Kitchen (Domain at the Archer Hotel)

The long standing downtown

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Although February is the shortest month of the year, Austin knows how to make everyday of the month count!  Beyond celebration across Austin's favorite restaurants for Valentines Day there are plenty of other music, festivals and of course the Austin Marathon.  Below you will find Engel & Volkers Austin's top picks for this month.  

First Thursday Austin (Feb 2nd)

Enjoy a fun evening of eclectic food, shopping and people-watching on Austin's famed South Congress strip.  Most stores keep longer hours and be sure to check out some music and the street vendors that line the streets.

More info here. 

Hot Rods and Hatter Car Show (Feb 4th)

With competitions ranging from Best in Show to People’s Choice, this show will have hundreds of unique

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