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

Trendy, members-only social club to open first Texas location on South Congress 
 Following rumors that swirled all year, it’s official: Soho House, a trendy, members-only social club, will open an Austin location in a mixed-use project that is under construction on South Congress Avenue. The first Texas location for Soho House will be in the $55 million Music Lane development that will bring more office...

Posted: 2 days ago

Following rumors that swirled all year, it’s official: Soho House, a trendy, members-only social club, will open an Austin location in a mixed-use project that is under construction on South Congress Avenue. The first Texas location for Soho House will be in the $55 million Music Lane development that will bring more office...
ORACLE’S BIG BET: New campus expected to transform part of South Austin
 For 16 months, Oracle’s new corporate campus has been quietly taking shape on prime waterfront property southeast of downtown Austin. The sleek five-story building will have more than half a million square feet of office space that initially will house 3,000 tech workers, many of them young professionals. Along with its original land...

Posted: 2 days ago

For 16 months, Oracle’s new corporate campus has been quietly taking shape on prime waterfront property southeast of downtown Austin. The sleek five-story building will have more than half a million square feet of office space that initially will house 3,000 tech workers, many of them young professionals. Along with its original land...
Oracle’s big bet on Austin
 For 16 months, Oracle’s new corporate campus has been quietly taking shape on prime waterfront property southeast of downtown Austin. The sleek five-story building will have more than half a million square feet of office space that initially will house 3,000 tech workers, many of them young professionals. Along with its original...

Posted: 2 days ago

For 16 months, Oracle’s new corporate campus has been quietly taking shape on prime waterfront property southeast of downtown Austin. The sleek five-story building will have more than half a million square feet of office space that initially will house 3,000 tech workers, many of them young professionals. Along with its original...
Texas A&M boss Sharp seeks an Austin swap for his Telluride home
 Austin-area homeowners: Want to swap your house for a mountain retreat in the scenic Colorado town of Telluride? John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, says he is looking for someone who owns a home in the Austin area — preferably on Lake Austin or Lake LBJ — to trade him their house for his four-bedroom getaway...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin-area homeowners: Want to swap your house for a mountain retreat in the scenic Colorado town of Telluride? John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, says he is looking for someone who owns a home in the Austin area — preferably on Lake Austin or Lake LBJ — to trade him their house for his four-bedroom getaway...
Software maker SAS moving Central Texas operations to new East Austin campus
 After more than 25 years at the same location, software firm SAS is moving its 94-acre campus in far Northwest Austin to a new building under way in East Austin, where a rapidly developing office market is emerging just east of downtown.  Rick Whiteley and Richard Whiteley of Cushman & Wakefield’s Austin office are representing...

Posted: 6 days ago

After more than 25 years at the same location, software firm SAS is moving its 94-acre campus in far Northwest Austin to a new building under way in East Austin, where a rapidly developing office market is emerging just east of downtown.  Rick Whiteley and Richard Whiteley of Cushman & Wakefield’s Austin office are representing...
Want to buy AOL co-founder Marc Seriff’s Horseshoe Bay estate? It’s up for auction.
 Want to buy the Horseshoe Bay estate owned by AOL co-founder Marc Seriff? The estate at 312 Wennmohs Place will sell to the highest bidder on Dec. 14 through global auction firm Concierge Auctions, which has offices in New York and Austin. The property, which sits on 572 feet of open waterfront, was previously listed for $6.75 million by...

Posted: 12 days ago

Want to buy the Horseshoe Bay estate owned by AOL co-founder Marc Seriff? The estate at 312 Wennmohs Place will sell to the highest bidder on Dec. 14 through global auction firm Concierge Auctions, which has offices in New York and Austin. The property, which sits on 572 feet of open waterfront, was previously listed for $6.75 million by...
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: 20 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: 26 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...

10:23 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

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...

10:41 PM Monday, Nov. 06, 2017

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...