Upscale Moviehouse & Eatery Theater Slated for Southwest Austin

The upscale movie theater chain Moviehouse & Eatery announced plans for a new mixed-use $80 million development complex in Southwest Austin. Construction on the 325,000 square foot development will begin this year at the southwest corner of William Cannon Drive and Southwest Parkway, making it an ideal destination for those in the Barton Creek and Lost Creek neighborhoods, as well as Travis Country, The Ridge at Lantana, and the Oak Hill …

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Highest-End Luxury Home Prices Fell in First Quarter 2016

The priciest five percent of United States homes sold in the first quarter of 2016 experienced a drop in sales prices, falling 1.1 percent compared to this time last year, according to Redfin. This was despite the remaining 95 percent of homes maintaining positive momentum and increasing 4.7 percent compared to this time last year. Austin, Texas had the second largest drop among the highest-end luxury homes at 11.8 percent. …

The Shops at the Galleria Sold

The Shops at the Galleria, a popular shopping center for those who live in West Lake Hills, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and Barton Creek, has a new owner. At 12780 Shops Parkway, directly across from the Hill Country Galleria near Highway 71 and Bee Caves Road, the Shops is 100% occupied and includes such favorite retailers as Lowe’s Home Improvement, Home Goods, Best Buy, Michael’s, ULTA, Marshalls, Old Navy, PetSmart, Office …

Saks Off 5th Opens in North Austin

A new Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store has opened, at the Gateway Shopping Center off Research Boulevard in north Austin. The only other Central Texas location for the discount luxury retailer is in San Marcos at the San Marcos Premium Outlets. The 50,000 square foot store will carry designer clothing for men, women, and children, plus home goods, at discounted prices compared to the original Saks Fifth Avenue stores. …

New, Roomier Daily Austin-London Flight at ABIA

Starting this month, Austin, Texas is the first city in North America to launch a daily flight between Austin and London Heathrow using British Airways’ 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. While daily flights between the two cities have been the norm since March 2014, this new jet is a roomier, stretch version of the previously used 787-8 Dreamliner. According to a City of Austin press release, British Airways has been promoting the …

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Luxury Home Sales Up In Texas’ Big Cities

Luxury home sales were one of the fastest growing housing segments in 2015, with sales volumes increasing across the board for big-city homes sold at $1 million or more, according to the 2016 Texas Luxury Home Sales Report by the Texas Association of Realtors. The report noted this past year’s luxury home trend was “to purchase homes on smaller lots, but in more desirable locations and with higher-end amenities.” Rising …

Luxury Bus Access from Austin to Houston Begins

Vonlane, the “private jet on wheels,” will begin offering luxury bus service between Houston and Austin this month. Targeted to the business and leisure traveler who wants to skip the hassle of air travel, Vonlane’s luxury motor coach service includes large leather seats with ample leg room and a desk-like workspace, Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments and snacks, noise cancelling headsets, and satellite television and radio. A private, closed door conference room …

Holiday Lights in Greater Austin

Austin is known nationally in many ways, and it now can add one more accolade to the list. Redfin named greater Austin as one of the top 25 areas in the nation for holiday lights. It also listed Austin’s top five, must-see sites for lights, based on survey results from real estate agents. Cedar Park The Anna Court neighborhood at 1329 Anna Court has a 175,000-light display up and running, …

Westlake Welcomes New Luxury Hotel

The Hotel Granduca Austin in Westlake recently opened its doors to guests. On a hillside at Bee Caves Road and Loop 360, the upscale hotel offers 194 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is designed in a luxurious Italian villa-style and offers views of the hill country and of Austin. The hotel features the Visconti Ristorante and Bar, which, in addition to daily dining, offers an Italian-style Happy Hour each …

Two Austin Spas Land on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

Two Austin spas are among the top 100 hotels and resorts in the world, based on Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Lake Austin Spa Resort and Travaasa Austin both made the list, with scores of 94.511 out of 100 and 94.335 out of 100, respectively. They were the only resorts in Texas to make the list. Both spas also made the Readers’ Choice Top 25 Resorts in the U.S., …