If you haven't heard yet, more people are moving to Austin. And the question remains, where are they all going to live? The Denizen seems positioned well to accept more than its fair share of new Austinites. But they've also managed to design a project that appeals to those of us who have been here awhile, too...which is a rare feat for developers nowadays.
For those of us living in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Austin, we constantly hear scare buzz words thrown about including the dreaded 'urban, infill development'. The latest of these urban, infill developments The Denizen is literally in our backyard so I was naturally concerned intrigued.
The Denizen is old news for us long-time Galindo residents, as they have been meeting with the neighborhood going on nearly 7 years now. The developers always claim they take cues from the neighborhood when designing a project - but too often the question remains, which neighborhood exactly? And the continued dialogue between developer & neighborhood has actually resulted in a positive one, I believe. Sure, a 119 unit development in one of the last undeveloped tracks in 78704 is sure to ruffle more than a few feathered boas - but hey, you can't stop progress, right?
Quick Facts on The Denizen
I have been fortunate to attend a couple meetings with the development team, and I think the most impressive aspect is the landscape design including the southern acreage that preserves & seemingly enhances the existing community garden as well as the extensive rain garden installation along the western edge of the property - but then again, I have a soft spot for landscaping, as my budding backyard agave farm/main marriage wedge can attest. Just please look past our front yard dirt patch.
With a healthy fear of starting a neighborhood turf war, I have to say I'm excited about The Denizen. It is going to be bringing in a renewed energy into the heart of our beloved Galindo neighborhood. It also affirms what we have been feeling for awhile - that Galindo has arrived as a desirable urban neighborhood (just don't tell the tax assessor that, please.)
As more information becomes available (including official pricing), I'll post more updates. In the meantime, Eliot & I will keep close watch on the dirt moving - the shear number of trucks & tractors is sure to explode his 2 year old mind.
Rob Albertson is an Austin Realtor and has been a proud South Austinite for over 11 years. Though an English major, he regretfully had to look up the definition for denizen - it means "an inhabitant; a resident" or "anything adapted to a new place, condition, etc., as an animal or plant not indigenous to a place but successfully naturalized"...sounds like 95% of Austin's population...well played. Rob specializes in Austin Real Estate for Austin Fine Properties, a Private Label Realty Company, and can be reached at 512.653.8939 or email@example.com.