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Austin is used to being named to nationwide lists as a great city to live. A Forbes columnist has placed Austin among the 10 up-and-coming global cities as the best incubators for entrepreneurs.

“The capital of Texas has been buzzing for a few years now … Big events like South by Southwest and the Film + Interactive Festival have fueled creativity and start-up activity,” the article by Patrick Hull said in its praise of Austin.

Austin is among three U.S. cities mentioned as new global entrepreneur hotspots, including Richmond, Va., and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

As for the other entrepreneur engineds, Forbes mentions two cities are in South America, two in the Far East and two others, surprisingly, in former East Bloc countries: Moscow and Kiev, Ukraine. Sydney, Australia rounds out the list.

The University of Texas at Austin recently made a list of the best schools for entrepreneurs.

In an exclusive article for subscribers, Austin Business Journal recently published a report on how a number of business incubators are becoming the engine for entrepreneurial growth in the region. Not a subscriber? Follow this link to sign up for four free issues of ABJ.

Orginal Article By: Greg Barr with Austin Bussiness Journal

 

Compliments of: Martha Small | Austin Portfolio Real Estate | 512.587.0308

 

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145 acres of untouched land in West Austin has hit the market

 

One of the last large undeveloped tracts on Shepherd Mountain overlooking Lake Austin is being marketed nationwide — the first time the property has been for sale in 26 years.

The exclusive listing for the 145 acres, which are being billed as an unprecedented offering of pristine land in West Austin. Perched on a bluff near the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 and Courtyard Drive, the prime property with breathtaking views has been coveted for years by many a developer. But the answer from the owner has been the same time after time for the last two decades: the land isn’t for sale.

Until now.

A preliminary plat is in place for 70 residential lots, The site is near “high-end residential neighborhoods and and home to executive decision makers, upper level managers, and allows easy access to major Austin thoroughfares,” it states.

“There are significant barriers to entry for development in West Austin, with land use restrictions in place along Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and RR 2222 to preserve the environment and Hill Country terrain. Much of the land is permanently preserved, including the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Wild Basin Preserve and the Bull Creek Watershed.”

Most of the land is in the Lake Austin watershed, with a small portion in the Coldwater Creek watershed, according to the offering.

Orginal article by: By Shonda Novak

American-Statesman Staff

Preview orginal article here

Compliments of: Martha Small | Austin Portfolio Real Estate | 512.587.0308

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…To start planning your Christmas Wishlist.

I find most of the gifts I ask  for from this beauty of a publication:

THE NEIMAN MARCUS CHRISTMAS BOOK

 

MY TOP PICKS:

These adorable Kendra Scott earrings – and a steal at only $90.00

This cashmere robe. Talk about luxurious. Too bad it doesn’t get below 90 degrees in Austin.

But above all else….

A walk-on role in the Broadway production of Annie. I would die and go to heaven. I am going to try to convince James to buy this one – but don’t hold your breath.

 

So ladies (or gentlemen), if you want to make your own Neiman Marcus wishlist to give to loved ones, view the online catalog here.  You’re welcome.

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What an amazing morning.  Slept until 8:15…late…and catching up on some work while the kids, and a friend, play trains.

 

It seems as though we are at the time of year for NFL playoffs fever! And for that I say “Go TEXANS and GO COWBOYS”!

 

Is anyone else excited about Project Runway All Stars?

 

Happy weekend to all…tomorrow is a very special day for us.

xoxo martha

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Friday

Girl Scout Cookies! It is all I can think about! I love this time of year- trying not to make eye contact with the poor, sweet girls that stand outside the grocery store, CVS, Target- nothing is scared.

Today is a push day for me.  Working on my productivity for 2012.  Meeting with Julie Nelson and Melanie Kenneman for a coaching session to get a move on it.

 

I also showed a nice man and his daughter some houses this morning. Headed to Austin from San Antonio.  They are coming in droves, I tell you.

 

Happy Weekend to all! And Best Wishes to Drew Barrymore on her recent engagement- Go Girl! Looking forward to Super Bowl 2012 in a few weeks!

 

xoxo martha

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