Housing: 2202 Garden Unit B Austin, TX 78702

31 07 2008

Every so often, meaning whenever we can’t find anything else interesting, we will be showcasing a home that is for sale or rent in East Austin. We can’t afford a house like this (can we borrow $300K?) but some of you might. We aren’t ashamed to tell people that we like new, modern and shiny homes, but we will have a mix of styles on display here.

Up first will be 2202 Garden Unit B. It’s sleek, stylish and oh so sexy. It has a huge deck that makes it very desirable for us. See below for more information, straight from Habitat Modern. Hit up the link for a slide show. My girlfriend would kill each and every one of you for this kitchen.

Offered at: $299,900

Ultra Modern New Construction * 4 Star Green Condo in Prime Holly Street Neighborhood 2 Blocks to Hike & Bike Trail – Blocks to Town Lake – Minutes to Downtown

1042 Square Foot 2 Story Modern Detached Home with High Ceilings, Stained Concrete and Bamboo Floors, and a Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances. Home offers gorgeous tree coverage, expansive decks, modern amenities and winter city lights views!

The Details:

  • 1042 Square Feet – 2 bedroom/1.5 bathrooms plus HUGE 650 Sq ft second floor deck with amazing winter city lights views
  • Great Open Floor plan – Spacious Living Room opens to Huge Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances including Dishwasher, Gas Range, Microwave, Refrigerator and Built-In Wine Cooler
  • Stainless Steel Island Range Hood
  • Eco-Friendly Diamond Surface Countertops
  • Dining Area with French doors to Wood Deck
  • Energy efficient Double Paned Windows Throughout Strategically Placed to Invite Natural Light but Offer Privacy
  • Variable Speed Central Heat & Air
  • Second floor Master Bedroom  has French Doors leading to Huge Slate Tiled Deck with Built-In Wet bar and Mini-fridge
  • Upstairs Bath has Jacuzzi tub with Danze fixtures, square vessel sink, dark wood cabinetry and Italian Porcelain Tile Throughout
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Wired for Surround Sound and Flat Screen TV
  • Front Loading Washer and Dryer in Laundry Closet
  • Bamboo Hardwood Floors Upstairs – Stained Hi-Gloss Concrete Floors Downstairs
  • Habitat Modern Custom Wood Fence
  • 2 Secured Garage Covered Parking Spaces plus 1 uncovered space all with with Alley Access

The Neighborhood:

  • 2 Blocks to Town Lake and The Hike and Bike Trail
  • East Austin – Holly St. neighborhood
  • Less than 1 mile from Downtown
  • Walk to Mr. Natural, Waterstreet Lofts, Juan In A Million, Progress, 2124 Condos,
    Perdanales Lofts, The Peacock, and more.
  • Tons of new construction and remodeled homes in the area
  • Other Homes selling for $570,000 just down the street.

To schedule a showing , please call Matt 512.482.9189





Sounds: Peachcake Tonight at Emo’s

31 07 2008

Peachcake will be bringing their Make Mixes, Not War tour to Austin’s Emo’s tonight. Formed in Arizona a few years ago, it was meant to be a joke project so that they can experiment with electronic music, but it turned into much much more. There isn’t much to be said that you can’t just read from their Myspace page. So we are just going to put it up below along with a video. The video was actually created for their live shows. Visuals are a big part of their tour so check it out.

Mission Statement

Peachcake is something that was created in hopes of making the world a safer, better, happier place for all the creatures inhabiting it. We team up with various individuals from time to time, who help further our quest, enhance our ideologies/enablement of creative endeavors, and see eye to eye on our desire to help people and improve the earth’s homeostasis. We do this by creating a fun, upbeat, positive message and environment through which our sonorous sounds, live application of our antics and music can be correctly conveyed and seen in a lighthearted, personable, and interactive way to thus see people smile, laugh, dance, and just plain…feel good! It’s all about spreading the understanding, acceptance, and greatness of vibes!

We love and listen to you for who you are, and encourage that you share that with the world to the greatest extent. May your innate, fundamental core of creativity shine and shout to the vast peaks and underground valley’s upon every inch of this earth with the most shimmering, loud light and sonic amplitude!

Greatness abound my friends…Spread the great vibes from the greatmorning, to the greatnight that encompasses our lives…

Biography

“…Peachcake are going to take over the world.” – The Jersey Beat

Stefan Pruett and John O’Keefe are Peachcake, a couple of shape-shifting vigilantes who use their mutant-based powers to protect the World from audio-terrorism. After their creation in Carefree/Cave Creek, Arizona, the duo’s quest to do something positive lead them to their current headquarters in the Phoenix Art District. With the help of an all-star team, Peachcake consistantly travels to many states and territories throughout North America… while moving outward and beyond, with the message of love!

Peachcake has ventured alongside Ambulance LTD, Autolux, Be Your Own Pet, Elf Power, Explosions In The Sky, Freezepop, The Go! Team, Grand Buffet, Greeley Estates, IMA Robot, Jimmy Eat World, Junior Senior, Koufax, Limbeck, Metric, Minus the Bear, Mouse On Mars, Octopus Project, Of Montreal, Ratatat, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Rx Bandits, Tilly and the Wall, Waking Ashland, VHS Or Beta and many more. As if that’s not enough, they have been featured on tour dates with Aloha, Boys Like Girls, Brandtson, Cute Is What We Aim For, Foxy Shazam, Hellogoodbye, New Years Day, Ozma, Polysics, Punchline, Spitalfield, Steel Train, Umbrellas and Valencia and have participated in some of the greatest musical congregations of all time including Vans Warped Tour, Edgefest, SXSW, CMJ, NXNE, NEMO and Burning Man!

The terrific twosome has been featured on the cover of The Phoenix New Times and on Jones Soda Co. bottles nation wide. The Toronto Independent Music Awards, The Phoenix New Times, Arizona Infusion of Music and Arizona Ska-Punk Awards have all honored the dynamic-duo for their endeavors! Peachcake has been sponsored by Jones Soda Co. and Glamour Kills Clothing, and has been licensed by companies, including MTV and UPN, throughout the World!

In spite of the high risks taken, they are happy to have sacrificed any hopes for a normal life in order to rid the World of audio-terrorism. Peachcake will not rest until everyone is safe!

Quotes from da Starrrrz:

“…You guys are the Salvador Dali of Music.” – MC Lars

“These guys are some of the nicest people I know making music. Their live show makes ours look like MTV’s Unplugged.” – Forrest Kline (Hellogoodbye).





Hot Mama’s Espresso Bar to Host Stranger Stories

31 07 2008

Dail A Stranger will be presenting Strager Stories tonight at Hot  Mama’s Espresso Bar. The theme for tonight will be childhood memories, so we might be in for a few laughs. It’s going to start at 8:00 pm so be sure to make it there on time.

We might be making it out… better yet we might be reading. Hope to see you guys there.





Photo Block: Chickens and Frogs

30 07 2008

We are going to be trying something new this week. We busted out the trusty Canon last weekend and went about town to capture East Austin. We will be posting these up at least weekly, but might be putting up a couple a week if we get the chance. Hopefully you guys will enjoy these.

L-R: Air conditioner across Cisco’s, East Poultry on 6th street, At Matrix on Cesar Chavez, Frog on 5th street residence.





Conjunctured: Austins First Coworking Space

30 07 2008

Just down the street from us you can find a group of freelancers, telecommuters and independent entrepreneurs working away in a giant house called Conjunctured. They are pretty much living everyone’s dream… to be able to choose your coworkers. We all have one of those guys we avoid in the hall way. The one guy who keeps telling you the same story about the first time he landed a huge account. What about that creepy guy who keeps asking you to go to lunch with him… though everyone warns you to keep your distance. Sometimes coworkers can be a deal breaker when it comes to having a good working environment and we have all had our share. Now you can decide who you work with by looking into coworking spaces.

Conjunctured has recently opened its doors and with all of the amenities, it’s no wonder people are flocking to it. One of the best parts about it is that the community has a wish list of amenities. How awesome would it be to  get a dart board in your office? If you’re interested in joining a community of coworkers you may actually like, then check out their rates and give them a shout.





Road Trip: Bike Polo Tonight at 7:00pm

29 07 2008

If you’re either into bikes or into polo, you may want to head over to the Gateway complex on W. 6th street tonight for… bike polo. If you aren’t sure what it is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Polo on bikes. Check out the YouTube video to see bike polo in action and this link to txfixed.com for more information.





Faces: Joe and Pops

29 07 2008

We decided to get back on our bikes for a cruise around the East side. We brought along our trusty Canon in hopes of capturing some of East Austin on a lazy Saturday.

Joe greeted me as I rode my bike down the street. He was outside of his house, the very one he was born and raised in, with his life-long friend Pops. I asked if I could take their picture and Joe joked that he was wanted by the FBI. I guess it’s not very often a guy roles by on his bike wanting to take a picture of two old guys chatting it up. I told him it was for an East Austin blog and he started to tell me about how much this area has changed in the last few years. He pointed out that they have set the stakes for more construction across the street from him. He faces the rear of the enemy… two of the new condos that have sprung up on East 6th street. The Este who is about to open its doors soon and the Pedernales, which was one of the first on the scene. There is a giant plot of land between them and they told me how that used to be their park. I said ” I didn’t know there used to be a park there” and he said “no… it wasn’t a park. It was OUR park. We made it our park.” He then pointed out where they used to play football, baseball and soccer when they were kids. “Now this is probably going to be more condos for more people” he said. He told me how his property taxes have increased to five times what it used to be and that he can’t do anything about it.

These guys have been here a long time… probably more then some of us transplants put together. They have seen it change from a place where soldiers riding the trains would throw them liters of soda pop as they rode by on their way to the train depot that used to be down the street from them, to a place where the only people coming through on a train are downtown business people riding the light rail from the suburbs. For what I can tell… these guys aren’t planning on leaving anytime soon.

I guess in a way we are part of the “gentrification” movement that is changing this part of town, and, in many cases, driving up those taxes and maybe pushinig out residents like Joe and Pops. We have a lot of mixed feelings about it. We like a lot of the old East Austin, but, admitedly, we also like a lot of the new East Austin. We’re not politicians or urban planners, so we don’t really know what the solution is that could strike some sort of balance between the two, and we know some people out there don’t think there should be a balance at all — that old East Austin should just stay the way it has always been.  What we do know is that part of the reason we decided to move to this area in the first place is because it reminded us a bit of home — the “old” East Austin reminds us of the neighborhoods we grew up in — and then grew out of. But whatever happens in the coming years, we hope that at the very least, we can all remember where we came from and preserve as much of that history and culture that East Austin has been known for as we can. Change is inevitable, but planning, consideration, and respect can channel that change into something positive, which is what we hope will happen to our neighborhood.