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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

‘Jenga tower’ starting to make mark on Austin’s skyline
 This week, some Austinites might have noticed a change on the downtown skyline. Construction has progressed to the point that the Independent — nicknamed the “Jenga tower” — has started taking on elements of its defining look as the 58-story condominium project rises toward its place as the city’s tallest...

Posted: an hour ago

This week, some Austinites might have noticed a change on the downtown skyline. Construction has progressed to the point that the Independent — nicknamed the “Jenga tower” — has started taking on elements of its defining look as the 58-story condominium project rises toward its place as the city’s tallest...
EXCLUSIVE: HomeAway plans major expansion, to add 2,000 workers in Austin
 Austin-based HomeAway said it is planning a major expansion at The Domain in North Austin, where the nation’s largest vacation rental company will establish its global headquarters in a 16-story office tower that will house more than 2,000 additional employees. With the expansion, the company is “doubling down” on job growth...

Posted: a day ago

Austin-based HomeAway said it is planning a major expansion at The Domain in North Austin, where the nation’s largest vacation rental company will establish its global headquarters in a 16-story office tower that will house more than 2,000 additional employees. With the expansion, the company is “doubling down” on job growth...
Exclusive: HomeAway launches a major expansion that will add 2,000 workers in Austin
 Austin-based HomeAway said it is planning a major expansion at The Domain in North Austin, where the nation’s largest vacation rental company will establish its global headquarters in a 16-story office tower that will house more than 2,000 additional employees. With the expansion, the company is “doubling down” on job...

Posted: a day ago

Austin-based HomeAway said it is planning a major expansion at The Domain in North Austin, where the nation’s largest vacation rental company will establish its global headquarters in a 16-story office tower that will house more than 2,000 additional employees. With the expansion, the company is “doubling down” on job...
What will a redeveloped Brackenridge campus bring to downtown Austin?
 Central Health envisions a high-density, mixed-use development for its now-empty University Medical Center Brackenridge campus in downtown Austin. For some, this brings to mind luxury apartments, expensive restaurants and high-end boutiques — prompting calls from some community advocates for a project that includes affordable housing...

Posted: 5 days ago

Central Health envisions a high-density, mixed-use development for its now-empty University Medical Center Brackenridge campus in downtown Austin. For some, this brings to mind luxury apartments, expensive restaurants and high-end boutiques — prompting calls from some community advocates for a project that includes affordable housing...
Redeveloping the Brackenridge hospital tract will be ‘a balancing act’
 Central Health envisions a high-density, mixed-use development for its now-empty University Medical Center Brackenridge campus in downtown Austin. For some, this brings to mind luxury apartments, expensive restaurants and high-end boutiques — prompting calls from some community advocates for a project that includes affordable housing...

Posted: 5 days ago

Central Health envisions a high-density, mixed-use development for its now-empty University Medical Center Brackenridge campus in downtown Austin. For some, this brings to mind luxury apartments, expensive restaurants and high-end boutiques — prompting calls from some community advocates for a project that includes affordable housing...
Home sales under way at eco-minded Whisper Valley
 The first of hundreds of new homes are under construction in northeastern Travis County’s Whisper Valley community, which is set to become the nation’s largest energy-saving housing development. The $2 billion subdivision is being built on a 2,062-acre site just east of Texas 130 at FM 973 and Braker Lane, about three miles south...

Posted: 7 days ago

The first of hundreds of new homes are under construction in northeastern Travis County’s Whisper Valley community, which is set to become the nation’s largest energy-saving housing development. The $2 billion subdivision is being built on a 2,062-acre site just east of Texas 130 at FM 973 and Braker Lane, about three miles south...
Austin-area home sales, median price climb in May
 Central Texas’ housing market continues to sizzle. Sales of single-family homes in the Austin metro jumped 9 percent year over year in May, while the median sales price rose 8 percent, to $310,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The dollar volume of May’s 3,170 sales topped $1.2 billion, making May the highest-grossing...

Posted: 8 days ago

Central Texas’ housing market continues to sizzle. Sales of single-family homes in the Austin metro jumped 9 percent year over year in May, while the median sales price rose 8 percent, to $310,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The dollar volume of May’s 3,170 sales topped $1.2 billion, making May the highest-grossing...
BILLION-DOLLAR MARK REACHED: Austin-area home sales jump 9 percent in May
 Central Texas home sales jumped 9 percent year over year in May, while the median sales price rose 8 percent, to $310,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The dollar volume of May’s 3,170 home sales topped $1.2 billion, making May the highest-grossing month in the region’s history, the board said in its latest...

Posted: 8 days ago

Central Texas home sales jumped 9 percent year over year in May, while the median sales price rose 8 percent, to $310,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The dollar volume of May’s 3,170 home sales topped $1.2 billion, making May the highest-grossing month in the region’s history, the board said in its latest...
Baylor Scott & White may bring health-care options to Spicewood area
 Baylor Scott & White Health is considering bringing health-care services to the Spicewood area west of Austin. Baylor Scott & White Health officials and Thomas Ranch Development Interests announced a partnership this week that could bring a clinic or other health-care facility to Thomas Ranch, a proposed 2,200-acre master-planned community...

Posted: 9 days ago

Baylor Scott & White Health is considering bringing health-care services to the Spicewood area west of Austin. Baylor Scott & White Health officials and Thomas Ranch Development Interests announced a partnership this week that could bring a clinic or other health-care facility to Thomas Ranch, a proposed 2,200-acre master-planned community...
EXCLUSIVE: Historic Austin estate to become boutique hotel
 The vision for a boutique hotel at Austin’s historic Commodore Perry Estate is poised to become a reality at last. Local developers told the American-Statesman exclusively that the hotel, planned for the 10-acre gated compound at East 41st and Red River streets in Central Austin, will be a 53-room property to be operated by Auberge...

Posted: 10 days ago

The vision for a boutique hotel at Austin’s historic Commodore Perry Estate is poised to become a reality at last. Local developers told the American-Statesman exclusively that the hotel, planned for the 10-acre gated compound at East 41st and Red River streets in Central Austin, will be a 53-room property to be operated by Auberge...