Shonda Novak

Real estate reporter

Shonda Novak has covered residential and commercial real estate for the Austin American-Statesman for the past 12 years. Her beat includes the housing, retail, office, apartment and hotel markets in Central Texas, along with downtown’s high-rise residential building boom of the past decade and the region’s overall growth and development. A University of Texas graduate and Houston native, Novak has covered a variety of beats in her 30-year journalism career at newspapers including the Albuquerque Tribune, the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Beaumont Enterprise. 

Latest from Shonda Novak

Building that houses Yeti flagship store listed for sale
 The building that houses Yeti’s Austin flagship store is for sale. HFF has been retained to market the property at 220 S. Congress Ave., calling the offering “a rare mixed-use investment opportunity.” The building, at the foot of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and just south of Lady Bird Lake, was originally...

Posted: 2 days ago

The building that houses Yeti’s Austin flagship store is for sale. HFF has been retained to market the property at 220 S. Congress Ave., calling the offering “a rare mixed-use investment opportunity.” The building, at the foot of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and just south of Lady Bird Lake, was originally...
Austin-area housing market on pace for another record year
 In a year that’s shaping up to be another record-breaker, Central Texas home sales increased more than 2 percent in October and the median sales price climbed more than 4 percent, the latest figures show. Year to date, sales across the region are up 1.7 percent, putting the region on track for an anticipated seventh straight year of...

Posted: 8 days ago

In a year that’s shaping up to be another record-breaker, Central Texas home sales increased more than 2 percent in October and the median sales price climbed more than 4 percent, the latest figures show. Year to date, sales across the region are up 1.7 percent, putting the region on track for an anticipated seventh straight year of...
Threadgill’s to remain on Riverside Drive — for now
 Threadgill’s has a new lease on life — at least for the near term. Proprietor Eddie Wilson has signed a lease with his landlord, members of the Moton Crockett Jr. family, that will keep Wilson’s homestyle cooking restaurant and live music venue at West Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road for another three years, according...

Posted: 13 days ago

Threadgill’s has a new lease on life — at least for the near term. Proprietor Eddie Wilson has signed a lease with his landlord, members of the Moton Crockett Jr. family, that will keep Wilson’s homestyle cooking restaurant and live music venue at West Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road for another three years, according...
Chamber names business owner Jenkins ‘Austinite of the Year’
 The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has bestowed its highest honor on Bobby Jenkins, naming the longtime business owner “Austinite of the Year” for 2017. Over the past 30 years, Jenkins has built a distinguished record of civic, community and volunteer service, chamber officials said. He is owner and CEO of ABC Home & Commercial...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce has bestowed its highest honor on Bobby Jenkins, naming the longtime business owner “Austinite of the Year” for 2017. Over the past 30 years, Jenkins has built a distinguished record of civic, community and volunteer service, chamber officials said. He is owner and CEO of ABC Home & Commercial...
Austin-area housing starts surge in third quarter
 Central Texas new-home construction surged to a 11-year high in the third quarter, the latest numbers show. Austin area builders started work on 4,586 houses in the third quarter, up 12.5 percent from the same quarter the previous year, according to Metrostudy, which tracks the figures. The nearly 4,600 starts marked the highest level since...

Posted: 21 days ago

Central Texas new-home construction surged to a 11-year high in the third quarter, the latest numbers show. Austin area builders started work on 4,586 houses in the third quarter, up 12.5 percent from the same quarter the previous year, according to Metrostudy, which tracks the figures. The nearly 4,600 starts marked the highest level since...
Statesman’s parent company puts newspaper up for sale
 Atlanta-based Cox Media Group said Tuesday it will sell the Austin American-Statesman after owning the city’s daily newspaper for 41 years. The Statesman is being marketed with its seven community newspapers and multiple websites. Cox also is selling the Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in Florida. Cox executives did not publicly...

Posted: 22 days ago

Atlanta-based Cox Media Group said Tuesday it will sell the Austin American-Statesman after owning the city’s daily newspaper for 41 years. The Statesman is being marketed with its seven community newspapers and multiple websites. Cox also is selling the Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in Florida. Cox executives did not publicly...
BREAKING: Cox selling Austin American-Statesman
 Cox Media Group announced plans Tuesday to put up the Austin American-Statesman for sale.  The Statesman — which was named Texas Newspaper of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors three of the past four years — will be put on the market with its seven community newspapers and multiple websites. The company...

Posted: 22 days ago

Cox Media Group announced plans Tuesday to put up the Austin American-Statesman for sale.  The Statesman — which was named Texas Newspaper of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors three of the past four years — will be put on the market with its seven community newspapers and multiple websites. The company...
Investor Nate Paul wins prime Austin property with $4.3M bid
 After a lively bidding war, high-profile local real estate investor Nate Paul is the new owner of a prime piece of property with frontage on Barton Springs Road in Central Austin. Paul, who resides in the Barton Creek neighborhood, bought the 2.1-acre property at 511 Barton Blvd. through an online auction Thursday with a winning bid of $4...

Posted: 26 days ago

After a lively bidding war, high-profile local real estate investor Nate Paul is the new owner of a prime piece of property with frontage on Barton Springs Road in Central Austin. Paul, who resides in the Barton Creek neighborhood, bought the 2.1-acre property at 511 Barton Blvd. through an online auction Thursday with a winning bid of $4...
Investor Nate Paul wins prime Austin property with $4.3M bid
 After a lively bidding war, high-profile local real estate investor Nate Paul is the new owner of a prime piece of property with frontage on Barton Springs Road in Central Austin. Paul, who resides in the Barton Creek neighborhood, bought the 2.1-acre property at 511 Barton Blvd. through an online auction Thursday with a winning bid of $4...

Posted: 26 days ago

After a lively bidding war, high-profile local real estate investor Nate Paul is the new owner of a prime piece of property with frontage on Barton Springs Road in Central Austin. Paul, who resides in the Barton Creek neighborhood, bought the 2.1-acre property at 511 Barton Blvd. through an online auction Thursday with a winning bid of $4...
First batch of restaurants unveiled for Plaza Saltillo site
 Downtown Austin bar Ginger Man is relocating to Plaza Saltillo. Austin developer Endeavor Real Estate Group has released the first batch of food-and-drink tenants for its 10-acre East Austin redevelopment project, including the popular watering hole. Other new additions include Dolce Neve gelato shop, Tarka Indian Kitchen, Epoch Coffee, Stout...

Posted: 28 days ago

Downtown Austin bar Ginger Man is relocating to Plaza Saltillo. Austin developer Endeavor Real Estate Group has released the first batch of food-and-drink tenants for its 10-acre East Austin redevelopment project, including the popular watering hole. Other new additions include Dolce Neve gelato shop, Tarka Indian Kitchen, Epoch Coffee, Stout...
Squeezed by costs, Threadgill’s looks for way back from the brink
 Is Threadgill’s closing? Maybe. Or maybe not. Owner Eddie Wilson said rising property taxes, rent and insurance totaling $38,000 a month – a more than 500 percent increase in the past five years, he said — have made it difficult to keep open his Threadgill’s World Headquarters restaurant and concert venue just south...

Posted: 30 days ago

Is Threadgill’s closing? Maybe. Or maybe not. Owner Eddie Wilson said rising property taxes, rent and insurance totaling $38,000 a month – a more than 500 percent increase in the past five years, he said — have made it difficult to keep open his Threadgill’s World Headquarters restaurant and concert venue just south...