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TOWN CENTER TAKING SHAPE IN HEART OF MUELLER AUSTIN

Aldrich Street, Mueller Austin’s growing activity hub and town center, is taking shape in the heart of Mueller! Aldrich Street currently comprises Lake Park, the Thinkery, three multifamily communities, Seton’s administrative offices and an upcoming Alamo Drafthouse retail building; it is about to expand further with the addition of five new, local restaurants in a newly announced three-story, mixed-use building fronting Mueller’s Lake Park.

Aldrich Street courtyard

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, Lick Ice Creams, Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge, Stella Public House and J.T. Youngblood’s will each debut at Aldrich Street by early 2017. Along with the soon-to-open Bribery Bakery and L’Oca D’Oro on the first floor of the AMLI at Mueller building, this offering establishes an eatery and entertainment core for Mueller’s town center, which will become the densest part of Mueller.

Aldrich Street Paseo

Like its first pub on Sixth Street near the Driskill Hotel, B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller is being constructed just outside of Dublin, Ireland, disassembled, packed and transported to Austin, to be reassembled here.

“My partners and I have been searching for the perfect spot for an Austin expansion for well over two years, and we all agree we found that spot on Aldrich Street in Mueller,” said John Erwin, B.D. Riley’s president and founder. “Our designers and craftspeople in Ireland are already working to bring another true Irish pub experience to Austin. Just as we do downtown, we will offer our award-winning menu, local live music, and a wide selection of Irish and local beers plus a full bar.”

Lick Ice Creams, which currently operates two locations in Austin and one in San Antonio, makes artisanal ice creams from pure, whole ingredients. Unique flavors include horchata, Texas sheet cake, caramel silk lick, roasted beets with fresh mint, coconut chia chai, and seasonal specials like cardamom pear cake, cilantro lime and Hazel’s pumpkin pie.

“We’re going to incorporate a bit more color and playful elements to celebrate this location being directly across from the Thinkery, and, since we’ll face a lovely promenade, we’ll be able to have more outdoor seating than our current shops,” said Anthony Sobotik, who, along with Chad Pamatier, founded Lick in 2011.

“We’ve been so intrigued by the Mueller project and the Thinkery relocation for quite some time. Seeing its rebirth is exhilarating and we wanted to be a part of that, because we like to seek out locations within neighborhoods so we can grow with that community and be a destination that’s walkable and bikeable,” added Sobotik.

Halcyon, a coffeebar that originated in the Austin Warehouse District 15 years ago, will open its third location in Texas at Aldrich Street, serving as a coffeehouse by day and a bar and lounge by night, with food served all day. Incorporating a full kitchen and a full bar, Halcyon will offer a broad menu of inventive breakfast, salad, sandwich, snack and dessert options, along with craft cocktails and craft espresso drinks, including its famous Chocolate Espresso Martini and Table Side S’Mores.

Stella Public House, a farm-to-table pizza concept from Austin founders of Halcyon, will open its third location nationally at Aldrich Street. This first Austin location will feature Texas-sourced, artisan pizza prepared in an Italian Modena wood-fired oven and using Stella’s acclaimed dough recipe made in-house daily along with homemade mozzarella pulled in-house daily. Along with its artisanal wood-fired pizzas, the restaurant will also offer a seasonal menu of farm-to-table small plates, including its award-winning wild mushroom mac-n-cheese and lamb meatballs, as well as 30 rotating taps of craft beers from across the U.S. and internationally-curated wines.

J.T. Youngblood’s is a fast-casual, healthy alternative to fast food, featuring Texas-style fried and oak-roasted rotisserie chicken, along with house-made healthy sides, pies and ice cream. This modern take on a once iconic Texas restaurant will have dine-in and dedicated take-out service, plus a full bar and in-house bakery. Former TRIO at Four Seasons Austin general manager Jeff Haber, Lenoir chef- owner Todd Duplechan, and Jeffrey’s and Shoreline Grill co-founder Jeff Weinberger make up the team revitalizing one of the first farm-to-table concepts in Texas.

Aldrich Street Diamond Building

The approximately 56,000-square-foot, mixed- use building known as the “Diamond Building” because of the site’s baseball diamond shape, will be located along Aldrich Street fronting Simond Avenue and across the paseo from the Thinkery. Future office tenants will occupy the top two floors with unobstructed views of downtown Austin while the five restaurants profiled above will make up the first floor of this unique building designed in collaboration by Lake|Flato Architects and Studio8 Architects.

Aldrich Street’s “diamond building” will be located next to the Thinkery and house five eateries on the first floor with offices on the second and third floors. Image courtesy Studio 8 Architects, which, along with Lake|Flato Architects, designed the building.

The striking design includes an expansive, shaded outdoor patio that features a distinctive sloping roof and incorporates a large rainwater collection system. The building will be accented by a variety of materials, including exposed wooden timbers, as well as shaded areas both at street level and on balconies.

Construction has also begun on the two-story cinema building designed by Page Architects. Alamo Drafthouse will open into a ground-floor lobby with a bar/lounge serving 48 beers on tap, a stage for live music and cafe seating along the paseo. An expansive covered terrace will extend café seating and service to the second floor overlooking Aldrich Street. Their six auditoriums will occupy the second floor with capacity for approximately 600 people. The more than 54,000-square-foot building, located along Aldrich between Ragsdale and Robert Browning streets, will include additional street level shops and eateries. Both buildings are anticipated to earn Austin Energy Green Building and LEED ratings.

“People may not realize they are already enjoying Aldrich Street when they visit Lake Park and the Thinkery, but they’ll certainly recognize how they are part of Mueller’s evolving town center when Alamo and these terrific local eateries start opening this year,” said Greg Weaver, executive vice president of Catellus Development Corp., the master developer of Mueller. “Aldrich Street has been many years in the making to ensure we captured the right mix of businesses and design as we begin to roll out the district.”

At Aldrich Street, places to shop and dine will connect seamlessly with cultural, residential and office opportunities. Broad paseos and a lakefront park make the outdoors a key part of the experience. A strong emphasis on local businesses will underscore its sense of place with locations for a variety of retail merchants, hotel, casual and fine dining, pubs, live music, galleries, professional and neighborhood services. Aldrich Street is named for the street that bares the name of Roy Aldrich, who served as a Texas Ranger from 1915 to 1947 and whose farmland later became a part of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport and is today a part of Mueller.

The cinema building at Aldrich Street will feature Alamo Drafthouse on the second floor with retailers and eateries on the first floor.

To learn more about living near this vibrant area or to learn about the benefits of being one of our clients, contact us.

[h/t Mueller Austin]

 

FOR SALE: 5-STAR GREEN RATED HOME IN HIGHLY-COVETED GARDEN COURT

5-star green mueller home for saleOPEN HOUSE: Sunday January 17th 1:00pm to 4:00pm at 4228 Threadgill St.

There is a rare and unique opportunity in Mueller to own a home in the highly-coveted Garden Court – a charming, shared yard space to enjoy without the maintenance!

With 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, 4228 Threadgill is designed to efficiently utilize space and energy.

This 5-Star Green, Craftsman-style home features:

  • 3 bedroom + 2.5 bathrooms
  • 2000 square feet of living space5-star green mueller home for sale
  • wood flooring upstairs
  • concrete floors down
  • gas log fireplace
  • stainless steel appliances
  • concrete countertops
  • microwave drawer
  • enormous pantry
  • tile wainscoting in powder bath
  • built-in desk & cabinetry
  • elfa shelving
  • deck
  • organic garden 
  • rain barrel
  • oversized garage
  • $47 HOA/mo.
  • List Price: $543,000

5-star green mueller home for saleEnjoy all the amenities Mueller has to offer: hike and bike trails, parks, pools, the Thinkeryfarmers market, restaurants, shops and Alamo Drafthouse – slated to open in 2016!

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of this stunning Mueller home, or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476,  info@muellersilentmarket.com. 

TOP 10 MEMORABLE MUELLER MOMENTS OF 2015

TOP 10
As we look forward to an exciting 2016 that will be filled with more openings, and announcements, we thought we would take a moment to reflect on how much has happened at Mueller in 2015. Here’s a brief look back at the year’s top 10 most memorable Mueller moments:

1. Alamo is Coming to Mueller in 2016: The six-screen, 600-seat Alamo Drafthouse is targeted to open in 2016 in Mueller’s burgeoning Aldrich Street town center.

2. Making Mueller Home: AMLI opened 279 apartment homes in February and an additional 350 homes began construction and move ins.

3. Walks, Runs and Even More Fun: From Movies at Lake Park to Tower Lighting, Mueller hosted over 30 major events and 25,000 people plus our weekly Mueller Farmers’ Market.

4. Mueller Earns National Recognition: Mueller received the U.S. HUD Secretary’s Opportunity and Empowerment Award recognizing the project’s community planning, historic preservation, affordable housing design and public/private partnerships.

5. Foodies Rejoice: Conscious Cravings, Halal Corner, La Madeleine, Stonehouse Grill and Tiff’s Treats all opened and Bribery Bakery, Gino’s Vino, Kyoten and Loca D’Oro are coming soon.

6. Mueller Featured in Healthy Community Study: Texas A&M will expand a previous study tracking the increase in residents’ overall health when moving to Mueller with its walkable plan and high activity parks and open space.

7. AISD Performs a Grand Opening: The AISD Performing Arts Center opened its doors in January.

8. New Mueller Parks: The first phase of Mueller’s Southeast Greenway is now home to a six-acre edible orchard and construction is finishing up on John Gaines Park, the newest park featuring 132 community garden plots.

9. Mueller Makes the Cover of Austin Monthly: Mueller was named by the magazine as one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.

10. Mueller Gets Even More Social: We launched the @MullerSilentMarket instagram page and Mueller launched @MuellerATX – follow us!

[h/t Mueller Austin]

SPOTLIGHT ON AUSTIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING NON-PROFIT: FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES

Austin Affordable Housing

Almost all of us in Austin know someone who needs an affordable place to live. Affordable housing is a critical part of any community’s healthy housing mix, ensuring diversity, opportunity, a thriving arts and music scene, and a labor force for essential community services.

Foundation Communities is a local non-profit that supports the Austin community by providing affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with children, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. While Foundation Communities specializes in affordable housing, their innovative model also focuses on empowering residents to achieve educational success, financial stability, and a healthy lifestyle.

AUSTIN affordable housing

HOUSING

Foundation Communities owns and operates 11 family communities and 5 efficiency studio communities for single adults in Austin. These housing communities provide a safe, Family-friendly environment that is in close proximity to schools and public transportation, as well as community learning centers and on-site support services in the areas of education, financial stability, and health.

EDUCATION

At the foundation’s community learning centers, residents and neighbors have access to on-site education programs for children, teens and adults.

Beginning with early childhood education for 3- to 4-year-olds, children and teens have year-round academic support through Foundation Communities’ after-school and summer learning programs, while their adult education opportunities empower parents to improve their language and literacy skills and truly transform their families’ lives.

affordable housing FINANCIAL STABILITY

Foundation Communities is considered a national leader in the asset-building movement. By offering a multitude of programs – including free income tax preparation, one-on-one financial coaching and money management courses, matched savings accounts and assistance with college financial aid – they provide low-income families and individuals the opportunity to reach financial stability.

HEALTH

Affordable Housing Austin

After School program at Sierra Vista Apartment Homes in south Austin, Texas, a project of Foundation Communities.

A healthy body goes hand in hand with a healthy mind and financial stability. Foundation Communities provides vital health care services on-site, including access to integrated primary and mental health care and substance abuse counseling, as well as opportunities to engage in a wide range of physical activity, nutrition, and community health programs. In 2013 they launched Insure Central Texas to enroll families and individuals in new, affordable health insurance plans, providing them with peace of mind for the future.

GET INVOLVED

Mueller Silent Market is a proud supporter of Foundation Communities. In the spirit of the season, we encourage you to get involved too! The programs they provide are made possible in large part by more than 2,000 volunteers each year. From putting together welcome baskets to tutoring, or simply making a donation, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.

 

BUYER’S REMORSE: NEGOTIATING MISTAKES THAT BUYERS MOST OFTEN REGRET

Buyer’s Remorse: Negotiating Mistakes Real Estate Mueller

The resale market at Mueller Austin has been very active this fall! If you are looking to buy a home at Mueller, check out listings at Mueller and contact us to set up showings or learn about more opportunities coming soon. We can represent your interests as a buyer at no cost to you!

When two parties enter into negotiations on a home, there are far too many opportunities for bumps and obstacles to get in the way. What are the most common traps, and how can you avoid them? Consider these common stumbling blocks for successful negotiating, and ways to find a better path:

1. INADEQUATE PLANNING Before writing your first offer, clarify your priorities, strengths, and weaknesses—AND the seller’s. A true negotiating strategy is about much more than price. Think beyond step one, anticipating possible responses and counter offers. With careful forethought and a little creativity, you’ll feel much more confident about your negotiating plan and improve your odds of success.

2. GETTING EMOTIONAL Stick to the facts and remain as objective as possible. Feelings of personal insult or anger don’t contribute anything of value to a negotiation. (In fact, it’s more likely to cloud your ability to think clearly.) If a seller rejects some aspects of your offer, try to calmly and    rationally understand their perspectives.

3. IMPATIENCE Sometimes the negotiating process takes time to unfold. Stay relaxed and focused on your purchasing objectives. You may need to be flexible and open to alternative ways
to reach them.

4. FEAR While patience is a virtue, don’t let fear paralyze your ability to make decisions. If you find a house that’s a good fit, don’t be afraid to submit an offer. Too often, buyers delay action and the house goes under contract with someone else. (Buyers rarely make this mistake twice.)

5. BLIND SPOTS Your objective is to own a home. Don’t lose sight of that goal by putting too much emphasis on smaller obstacles and distractions that may present themselves during the negotiation process. Stay focused on the big picture.

6. LACK OF KNOWLEDGE Learn as much as you can from your buyer’s rep about current market conditions. Knowledge is power, which can be used to your advantage in shaping your negotiating strategy.

7. STUBBORNNESS Negotiations are ultimately about two parties reaching a win-win agreement. Don’t be completely unwilling to compromise. Instead, focus on joint problem solving.

Amanda Trevino is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and can coach you further on these and other points specific to your buying situation, helping you approach your negotiations smoothly and successfully.

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of any of our Mueller homes, are interested in new construction at Mueller or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476, amanda@muellersilentmarket.com. 

This content first appeared in the Today’s Buyer’s Rep [March 2015} a publication of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, which awards the ABR® Designation.

FOR SALE: COOL, MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE MUELLER HOME

mid-century modern Mueller home for sale

You won’t want to miss this meticulously maintained home nestled on a quiet, one-block street in the heart of Mueller! This three bedroom + three bathroom, 2000 square foot home has a cool mid-century modern vibe with loads of fantastic features!

Enjoy all the amenities Mueller has to offer: hike and bike trails, parks, pools, the Thinkery, farmers market , restaurants, shops and Alamo Drafthouse – slated to open in 2016!

  • master suite located downstairs
  • hickory wood floors on first and second levelsmid-century modern Mueller home for sale
  • custom light fixtures inc a Nelson Saucer pendant
  • mini glass subway tile backsplash
  • stainless steel appliances
  • granite counters
  • frameless glass shower door
  • 6.125kW solar system
  • nest thermostat
  • energy efficient honeycomb window treatments
  • xeriscaped yard with limestone pavers
  • outdoor speakers
  • loads of storage

mid-century modern Mueller home for sale

 

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of this Mueller home, or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476,  info@muellersilentmarket.com. 

 

FOR SALE: TWO-STORY MUELLER HOME ON QUIET STREET

two-story Mueller home for saleOPEN HOUSE: Sunday October 18th 1:00pm to 4:00pm at 3913 Cal Rodgers

This 3 bedroom + 2.5 bathroom, 2,196 square foot, two-story Mueller home is situated on a picturesque quiet street with large trees. 3913 Cal Rodgers features a second-story balcony – perfect for enjoying warm Austin nights.

 

 

Notable features:two-story Mueller home for sale

  • master suite located downstairs
  • nice back patio
  • low maintenance back yard with artificial turf grass
  • wood floor + tile on main floor
  • upstairs balcony
  • separate study
  • second living area upstairs
  • stainless steel appliances
  • granite countertops
  • solar panels
  • List price: $556,000

two-story Mueller home for saleEnjoy all the amenities Mueller has to offer: hike and bike trails, parks, pools, the Thinkery, farmers market , restaurants, shops and Alamo Drafthouse – slated to open in 2016!

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of this beautiful Mueller home, or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476,  info@muellersilentmarket.com. 

 

 

FOR SALE: BEAUTIFUL MUELLER AUSTIN HOME ON CORNER LOT

mueller austin home for saleOPEN HOUSE: Sunday October 4th 1:00pm to 4:00pm at 3925 Hargis St.

Take a look at this meticulously maintained, 4 bedroom + 2.5 bathroom, 2330 square foot Mueller Austin home situated on a corner lot adjacent to Ella Wooten Park!

 

 

 

Notable features:mueller austin home for sale

  • master suite located downstairs
  • large and inviting brick paver patio for dining & entertaining
  • mature landscaping offers privacy
  • wood floors
  • travertine backsplash
  • stainless steel appliances
  • brand new carpeting upstairs
  • solar screens for increased energy efficiency
  • washer, dryer and refrigerator included
  • List Price: $529,500

mueller austin home for saleFantastic location in walking distance from hike and bike trails, parks, pools, the Thinkery, farmers market, shops, restaurants and Alamo Drafthouse – slated to open in 2016!

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of this stunning Mueller home, or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476,  info@muellersilentmarket.com. 

 

FOR SALE: CRAFTSMAN-STYLE, FORMER DAVID WEEKLEY MODEL HOME

David Weekley home for sale

 

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday September 27th 1:00pm to 4:00pm

This 3 bedroom + 3 bathroom immaculate, craftsman-style former David Weekley model home sits directly across from Lake Park.

 

 

David Weekley home for saleFeatures include:

  • master suite downstairs
  • hardwood floors
  • soaring ceilings
  • travertine tiling
  • shaker style cabinets
  • granite counts
  • stainless steel appliances
  • custom paint throughout
  • charming front porch and private backyard garden.

 

David Weekley home for sale

This home comes complete with views of Lake Park and is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Mueller has to offer: hike and bike trails, parks, pools, the Thinkery, farmers market , restaurants, shops and Alamo Drafthouse – slated to open in 2016!

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of this stunning Mueller home, or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476,  info@muellersilentmarket.com. 

FOR SALE: STUNNING MUELLER HOME WITH HIGHLY SOUGHT-AFTER FLOOR PLAN

Mueller Home for Sale

OPEN HOUSE Sunday September 13rd 2pm to 4pm at 2001 Antone St.

There is an unique opportunity to live on “the wedge”- an open park space directly in front of this four bedroom + three bathroom home, but without the maintenance! This highly sought-after floor plan has a truly open feel emphasized by dramatic tall, beamed ceilings, crown molding and custom drapery.

 

Notable features:mueller home for sale

  • hickory wood floors
  • mosaic tile back splash
  • mosaic tile framing fire place
  • prep sink in kitchen
  • plantation shutters
  • surround sound
  • built-in cabinetry
  • crown molding
  • flagstone patio
  • epoxy garage floor
  • list price $665,000

 

stunning mueller home for sale

Enjoy everything Mueller has to offer – hike and bike trails, parks, pools, the Thinkery, farmers market, shops, restaurants and Alamo Drafthouse – slated to open in 2016!

Contact us if you would like to schedule a showing of this stunning Mueller home, or to discuss the benefits of being one of our clients 512.761.5476,  info@muellersilentmarket.com.