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

$250 million apartment, office project planned near Domain
 Plans are in the works for a $250 million project — a 14-story apartment tower and a six-story office building — that is expected to break ground early next year in North Austin near the Domain. Capella Capital Partners, an Austin-based commercial real estate development company, said Friday that North Gateway Plaza will be built...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Plans are in the works for a $250 million project — a 14-story apartment tower and a six-story office building — that is expected to break ground early next year in North Austin near the Domain. Capella Capital Partners, an Austin-based commercial real estate development company, said Friday that North Gateway Plaza will be built...
Downtown Austin’s ‘Jenga tower’ marks milestone
 The Independent, a residential high-rise under construction in downtown Austin, has reached its peak height — a milestone for the 58-story building nicknamed the “Jenga tower.” Now standing at its full height of 685 feet, a topping-out ceremony Sunday marks the Independent’s official debut as the tallest building in...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Independent, a residential high-rise under construction in downtown Austin, has reached its peak height — a milestone for the 58-story building nicknamed the “Jenga tower.” Now standing at its full height of 685 feet, a topping-out ceremony Sunday marks the Independent’s official debut as the tallest building in...
Historical downtown Austin estate, home to a Victorian mansion, has a new owner
 The Hirshfeld-Moore property, an historical estate in downtown Austin, has a new owner. Austin-based World Class Holdings last week bought the three-building property for an undisclosed price from the Texas A&M Development Foundation. At West Ninth Street between Lavaca and Guadalupe, the half block is home to a Victorian mansion, an...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Hirshfeld-Moore property, an historical estate in downtown Austin, has a new owner. Austin-based World Class Holdings last week bought the three-building property for an undisclosed price from the Texas A&M Development Foundation. At West Ninth Street between Lavaca and Guadalupe, the half block is home to a Victorian mansion, an...
Exclusive: Indeed launches major expansion that will add up to 3,000 workers in Austin
 Internet job search company Indeed said Thursday it is launching a new wave of growth that could add as many as 3,000 new jobs in Austin over the next several years. Indeed, which currently has 1,600 employees in Austin, has been one of Central Texas’ fastest-growing Internet companies and has been one of the more active recruiters...

Posted: 9 days ago

Internet job search company Indeed said Thursday it is launching a new wave of growth that could add as many as 3,000 new jobs in Austin over the next several years. Indeed, which currently has 1,600 employees in Austin, has been one of Central Texas’ fastest-growing Internet companies and has been one of the more active recruiters...
Planned Grove project gets final green light
 The Grove has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, allowing construction to begin on the $500 million mixed-use project that was first announced more than three years ago. The developer, ARG Bull Creek Ltd., anticipates a June groundbreaking for the 75-acre Central Austin site. On Tuesday, the city of Austin’s Zoning and Platting Commission...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Grove has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, allowing construction to begin on the $500 million mixed-use project that was first announced more than three years ago. The developer, ARG Bull Creek Ltd., anticipates a June groundbreaking for the 75-acre Central Austin site. On Tuesday, the city of Austin’s Zoning and Platting Commission...
Austin-area home sales, median price hit April records
 Central Texas home sales and median home prices both climbed last month to the highest level of any April on record, the Austin Board of Realtors said Tuesday. The likelihood that mortgage interest rates will soon creep higher could be prompting some people to buy sooner rather than later in the year, local real estate agents said. In its...

Posted: 10 days ago

Central Texas home sales and median home prices both climbed last month to the highest level of any April on record, the Austin Board of Realtors said Tuesday. The likelihood that mortgage interest rates will soon creep higher could be prompting some people to buy sooner rather than later in the year, local real estate agents said. In its...
Woman jumped from Barton Springs bridge, landed on kayaker, EMS says
 5:25 p.m. update: Medics reported that a woman said to be in her 20s jumped from a pedestrian bridge near Barton Springs Road into Barton Creek and landed on a man kayaking. Medics arrived at the scene and tended to the woman in the water while an Austin police boat arrived. Both the woman and the man, who was said to be in his 30s, were...

Posted: 12 days ago

5:25 p.m. update: Medics reported that a woman said to be in her 20s jumped from a pedestrian bridge near Barton Springs Road into Barton Creek and landed on a man kayaking. Medics arrived at the scene and tended to the woman in the water while an Austin police boat arrived. Both the woman and the man, who was said to be in his 30s, were...
Foul play not suspected as body pulled from near Barton Creek
 4:15 p.m. update: Austin police said they do not suspect foul play after a body was recovered Sunday afternoon from the water near Twin Falls in the Barton Creek greenbelt in Southwest Austin. Official confirmed finding the body shortly after it was reported Sunday morning. It took several hours, however, to recover the body because o its...

Posted: 12 days ago

4:15 p.m. update: Austin police said they do not suspect foul play after a body was recovered Sunday afternoon from the water near Twin Falls in the Barton Creek greenbelt in Southwest Austin. Official confirmed finding the body shortly after it was reported Sunday morning. It took several hours, however, to recover the body because o its...
FORECAST: Mostly cloudy and warm for Mother’s Day
 Warm and muggy conditions are forecast this Mother’s Day. It will be mostly cloudy with a high around 90, with isolated showers predicted after 1 p.m., the National Weather Service says. Clouds could break up by afternoon, bringing sunnier skies. Ozone levels will be moderate. Southeast to south winds of 10 to15 mph are expected. Tonight...

Posted: 12 days ago

Warm and muggy conditions are forecast this Mother’s Day. It will be mostly cloudy with a high around 90, with isolated showers predicted after 1 p.m., the National Weather Service says. Clouds could break up by afternoon, bringing sunnier skies. Ozone levels will be moderate. Southeast to south winds of 10 to15 mph are expected. Tonight...
After delays, final OK may be near for Grove plan
 More than three years after announcing plans for a $500 million mixed-use project in Central Austin, the developers of the Grove say they are hopeful they are about to clear the final regulatory hurdle needed to allow construction to start on the development. The project — on a 75-acre site bounded by Bull Creek Road, 45th Street...

Posted: 16 days ago

More than three years after announcing plans for a $500 million mixed-use project in Central Austin, the developers of the Grove say they are hopeful they are about to clear the final regulatory hurdle needed to allow construction to start on the development. The project — on a 75-acre site bounded by Bull Creek Road, 45th Street...