Shonda Novak, Austin American-Statesman

Shonda Novak

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Shonda:

Planning for Austin growth, JPMorgan Chase leases two floors in downtown tower

The New York-based banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co will occupy about 35,000 square feet on the top two floors of 405 Colorado in downtown Austin. → Read More

Downtown's Austin Proper Hotel gets new owner, sells to Colorado-based firm

Tthe 32-story Austin Proper Hotel & Residences opened in late 2019. → Read More

Another condo project planned in Austin's booming Bouldin Creek neighborhood

Construction in Bouldin Creek is due to start in 2022. The 106 Austin condos will be priced from the $400,000s to $1 million and up. → Read More

Nearly 1,600 homes coming Hutto's way as Austin region's rapid growth continues

More housing is coming to Hutto, with projects planned that will bring more than 1,600 homes to the growing area north of Austin. → Read More

New Austin concept: Natiivo, a hybrid condo/hotel project, sells out as it nears completion

Developers say Natiivo, a hybrid condo/hotel project in downtown Austin, is a new concept in short-term rentals and in the hospitality industry. → Read More

Rents rising: Austin apartment market shifts into overdrive as pandemic recovery continues

Building boom continues among strong demand from new tenants moving into the area, experts say. → Read More

New 41-story tower planned for Austin's booming Rainey Street district

The tower, called Vesper, would have 284 condominiums at 84 Rainey Street. → Read More

New 41-story tower planned for Austin's booming Rainey Street district

The tower, called Vesper, would have 284 condominiums at 84 Rainey Street. → Read More

Austin's Bunkhouse Group expands brand, will operate Carpenter Hotel

Bunkhouse says it plans to renovate Carpenter Hotel's rooms, pool area, lobby and restaurant. Bunkhouse also operates Hotel San José, Austin Motel, Jo's Coffee and more. → Read More

Two new office towers planned near Austin Convention Center

Downtown Austin could get two new high-rise buildings, with one up to 50 stories. Cielo Property Group's plans call for 1.6 million square feet of office space. → Read More

Austin-area housing market continues to break records, even as affordability concerns loom

The median home-sales price reached all-time highs both in the five-county Central Texas region and the city of Austin limits. → Read More

How hot is Austin's housing market? Homes regularly selling for $100K or more above asking

From Jan. 1 to May 23 of this year, more than 1,500 Austin-area homes sold for at least $100,000 more than their asking price, according to a report. → Read More

'One of the best buildings in downtown Austin' has a new owner

A 22-story building that has stood as a landmark on Congress Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street for more than three decades has a new owner. → Read More

More than 300 apartments to open late this summer in 32-story downtown tower

The first residents are expected to move into a mixed-use tower this summer at East Fifth and Brazos streets. The project will have 331 luxury apartments, with monthly rents averaging $2,636, along with two Hyatt-brand hotels. → Read More

Texas restaurants: Making alcohol to-go sales permanent 'a lifeline'

Under the bill, Texas restaurants can sell beer, wine and mixed drinks to be included with pickup and delivery food orders → Read More

As appraisals roll out, Travis County homeowners can expect surging values and higher tax bills

As Austin's housing market continues to boom, appraisal notices will go out. The median taxable value for Travis County homes went up 9.1% this year. → Read More

After year of COVID, Austin showing signs of a retail rebound

Retailers say shoppers are returning, although many remain wary. → Read More

Major tenant signs on at downtown Austin's Indeed Tower

Law firm Vinson & Elkins will lease the tower's entire 25th floor and part of the 26th floor. → Read More

Austin's tiny home trend grows with new 66-home project

Rental cost for the 66 micro units in the Casata tiny home community are expected to range from $1,200 to $1,450 a month. → Read More

Hyatt Regency Austin hotel sells for $161 million

New owner Host Hotels & Resorts says the hotel will continue to operate under Hyatt brand → Read More