If you haven't heard yet, more people are moving to Austin. Â And the question remains, where are they all going to live? Â The Denizen seems positioned well to accept more than its fair share of new Austinites. Â 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 hearÂ scareÂ buzz words thrown about including the dreaded 'urban, infill development'. Â The latest of these urban, infill developments The Denizen is literally in our backyard so I was naturallyÂ concernedÂ intrigued.
The Denizen is old news for us long-timeÂ GalindoÂ residents, as they have been meeting with the neighborhood going on nearly 7 years now. Â The developers always claim they take cues from the neighborhood when designing a project - but too often the question remains, which neighborhood exactly? Â And the continued dialogue between developer & neighborhood has actually resulted in a positive one, I believe. Â 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 gardenÂ 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. Â 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. Â It is going to be bringing in a renewed energy into the heart of our belovedÂ Galindo neighborhood. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.Â Â Rob specializes inÂ Austin Real EstateÂ for Austin Fine Properties, a Private Label Realty Company, and can be reached at 512.653.8939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.