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 makes the Austin skyline iconic? There are so many new projects happening downtown, making permanent changes to the Austin skyline today. If you’re like us, you are curious about every new crane you see on your morning commute.

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.  We’ve profiled several of these projects in our quarterly magazine, LOCALE Austin.

Seaholm Residences at 
222 West Avenue

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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 Deco-style Seaholm Power Plant is being morphed into a mixed-use 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!), 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.

The Seaholm Project will be a major addition to Austin’s downtown lifestyle – we can’t wait to see it unfold.

Read the full “Austin’s Changing Skyline” article here. For more hyper-local Austin info like this, get a free subscription to our magazine, LOCALE Austin.


The Shannon Schmitz Group is known for the signature service they provide to their clients, customizing every detail to their specific needs.  Powered by Austin Portfolio Real Estate and Keller Willams Luxury Homes International, these professional, hard-working Realtors® and their dedicated, technologically-savvy marketing team work together to provide the utmost in service to their clients for buying or selling real estate all over Austin. This includes the surrounding Texas Hill Country Area, including Spanish OaksBee CaveLakewayLake TravisWest Lake Hills, and the famous Austin zip codes of 78703 and 78704.


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