The Live Music Capital of the World

Lifestyle

I grew up with a very strong appreciation for music, largely thanks to my rockstar Daddyo, a musician himself, who played all the classics for us growing up. From Led Zeppelin, to Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rush, Chicago and many more, music was always playing at our house.

My dad, John Teel, while playing at a gig with his band, The Fog.

My dad, John Teel, while playing at a gig with his band, The Fog.

Years before I ever moved to Austin, I knew of its reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World– and having lived here for many years now, I can relay with confidence that it definitely lives up to that reputation. From Austin City Limits to SXSW and everything in between, there are countless great shows here year round.

ACL :: 2013

ACL :: 2013

I’ve been fortunate enough to experience the live music scene in many capacities over the years. From countless shows at Stubbs, Elephant Room, Moody Theater (ACL Live) & other venues, to the festival scenes, to just taking a casual stroll down Sixth Street, you can literally see live music on any given day in Austin. How awesome is that?!

SXSW :: 2014

SXSW :: 2015

Of the countless shows I’ve seen, there is no way to choose a favorite, but the Austin City Limits Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience (as is SXSW). You will have to fight the crowds, but it is more worth it! The headliners are always great, but make sure to catch the smaller shows too. I’ve discovered so many great artists that I had no knowledge of prior to ACL, but that are now on my regular playlists. The same goes for SXSW.

Casey Henson & I with MR MS after getting their autographs at ACL :: 2013

Casey Henson & I with MR MS after getting their autographs at ACL :: 2013

The concept of music in and of itself is, simply stated, magical. It can evoke so many different feelings in people. It motivates. It emanates love and peace, among other feelings. It can bring back crystal clear memories of times and places that were seemingly foreign before hearing a certain song or album. It is timeless– in my opinion anyway.

Central Park :: 2013

Central Park :: 2013

While this photo was not taken in Austin, it encompasses so many of my thoughts and feelings today about music. Two summers ago, while strolling through Central Park in NYC, I came across this couple. He was playing guitar, and they were both singing. It way joyful, playful, and a blissful moment even for a bystander like me. It was all about the music.

Live music at Barton Creek Spa :: Spring 2014

Live music at Barton Creek Spa :: Spring 2014

I mentioned this before, but you can see live music in Austin literally any day of the week. If you haven’t planned to see a show in advance, no worries. Just take a quick jaunt down sixth, or check out this great link to find a live show based on district, venue or genre.  Or, feel free to ask me!

Love & Light,

Hope

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Market Update: Let’s talk numbers!

Real Estate and Lifestyle

While January proved to be a strong start to the new year, the real estate market has since gained momentum at a lightning fast speed! In the last seven days, I’ve written four offers– three of which were in multiple offer situations, and we are only entering the busy season.

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It’s a good thing I don’t mind living, breathing and sleeping real estate, because I’ve literally been dreaming of client meetings and winning out crazy multiple-offer bids whilst jaunting around town making dreams come true by slingin’ real estate!

We are still waiting on the full analysis of February’s numbers from the Austin Board of Realtors, but January looked a little something like this:

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  • 1,547- single-family homes sold
  • $240k- median price for single-family homes
  • $310k- the average price for single-family homes
  • $480 million- total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, up 27% from January of 2014 (WOW!)shutterstock_130101671

With job & population growth still on the rise, it is a very exciting time for buyers to be investing in Austin real estate!

Until next time, I’ll be running around like a crazy person trying to accommodate all of my buyers and maybe fitting in some SXSW fun too!

XO,

Hope

Spider House

Lifestyle
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Spider House :: 02/15

In all of my time at UT, I never once visited Spider House. Curious, as I lived only a few blocks away from it most of my time in school.  I suppose I was wrapped up in the other various options available to a young, small town girl new to the city, but now, I can’t get enough!

These days, I tend to purposefully venture back over toward campus, nostalgic for those relaxed, sunny afternoons post class spent blindly exploring an infamous city without a care in the world. It was freedom like we’d never known it– and back when Austin was still a hidden gem.

The beauty in this? Well, its obvious and overflowing, but bottom line is that Austin is pretty damn cool. I am discovering and rediscovering so many amazing experiences– and like with Spider House, in places I may not have expected before.

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Spider House :: 02/15

I came into Spider House for the first time after a relocation client for the Hyde Park area (north of Campus) called to say they were running an hour plus behind. No problem, I’m pretty good on the fly. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I need some free wifi and possibly a coffee, so I stopped in to check it out and try to get some work done.

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Spider House :: 02/15

Since then, its been a go-to when I’m in the area. It is another one of those iconic-Austin, happenin’ spots that not too many people would think to regularly frequent. They have good coffee, AMAZING tea (complete with beautiful vintage teapots and matching teacups), delicious food and a full bar, too! Seriously, its like a one-stop spot full of character that epitomizes the Keep Austin Weird vibe.

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Spider House :: 02/15

The atmosphere is very relaxed, and they have a great outdoor seating area. Spider House also hosts great live shows in their Ballroom! I plan to swing by for their line-up during SXSW.

This is definitely one of my fave little funky Austin joints, and I know you guys will enjoy!

Until next time my friends! 🙂

Hope

SXSW Part One: Reflections

Lifestyle

SXSW is quickly approaching, and as I tediously plan for this year’s showcase, I can’t help but reflect over SXSW 2014. Believe it or not, after attending UT for 4-5 years beginning in 2006, last year was my very first SXSW experience! Luckily, my little teacha-friend, Stephanie, was on Spring Break so she was able to join me for the week’s adventures. It was literally a life-changing experience– like a little stay-cation jam packed full of fun, a completely new way of experiencing my beautiful city!

Stephanie and I at the 2014 Cusp by Neiman Marcus party.

Stephanie and I at the 2014 Cusp by Neiman Marcus party.

As I go back through all of the photos, the experience seems almost indescribable– so much music, so much fun and a people-watching paradise! Although there are many great events to attend for the film and interactive sectors too, we focused on music. The best part? We did it all for free

Amazing street performance by a group out of Seattle :: SXSW 2014

Amazing street performance by a group out of Seattle :: SXSW 2014

As the little SXSW virgins that we were, deciding when to go where was very overwhelming! Its not just about which musicians to see, its about where you want to go next, where your friends are, the venue/event lines and of course, the free drinks. And don’t forget about the hundreds of miles you’ll be walking. Even with the help of our good friend Elizabeth’s detailed Excel spreadsheet, organized by venue and broken down by artist, day and time (thanks Lizzy), we found ourselves running around like little chickens.

Steph, Elizabeth and I :: SXSW 2014

Steph, Elizabeth and I :: SXSW 2014

The first show I attended was by the Local Natives at ACL Live Theater, and it was AMAZING! Check out my Instagram video of their set here!

Steph got into town a few days later, and so our adventures truly began. On the first day, we started by just roaming the streets downtown, taking advantage of the free food, free drinks and street performances. One of the best performances we heard while cruising the street was probably American Authors perform Best Day of My Life. It was invigorating, and it really set the tone for the remainder of our SXSW’ing.

With Lil' Waynes Manager :: SXSW 2014

With Lil’ Waynes Manager :: SXSW 2014

Shortly after, we wandered over to Rainey  Street, and ended up at the Cusp Party by Neiman Marcus. We saw several great bands, had some delicious drinks and were pampered with free Bobbi Brown makeovers! Can’t beat that!

Cusp by Neiman Marcus :: SXSW 2014

Cusp by Neiman Marcus :: SXSW 2014

This story still makes me giggle, but later that day, a guy stopped us on Sixth Street.

“You guys want some VIP passes?”

Umm, hell yeah!

All we had to do was dance the robot and yell “we love Doritos” while he videoed us and posted it to our Instagrams. Of course, we did it, and we even got all of our friends into VIP later that weekend!

Our VIP group at the Doritos Stage for Ludacris!

Our VIP group at the Doritos Stage for Ludacris!

Oh, and we had free Doritos for days! Not something we normally eat, but after burning so much energy walking around all day, we were starving. While grubbing on Doritios in the VIP lounge, we actually had a Doritos rep come up to us asking if we would sign waivers for video of us to be used in commercials! No joke.

Doritos VIP Lounge :: SXSW 2014

Doritos VIP Lounge :: SXSW 2014

The next day I had to work– met with new clients, showed 12 homes and wrote an offer! Whew! Fast forward back to SXSW. I made it just in time for the Ludacris show, VIP style. It was a magical night, and we were on such an energy high that we decided to end it with a major dance party at The W.

VIP style for Ludacris :: SXSW 2014

VIP style for Ludacris :: SXSW 2014

Needless to say, I was 100% exhausted on Sunday and still had to hold an open house AND show buyers. Every single second was worth it though, and I can’t wait to do it again this year! A new year, a new plan–> and that my friends, will be SXSW Part Two, coming soon on Hope Lives Austin.

Love & Light,

Hope