Towering Over Austin
Look inside Rainey Street's luxe new high-rise development
Progress is steady at 70 Rainey, downtown Austin's newest high-rise. Developers Sackman Austin have provided CultureMap with a look inside the 34-story luxury condominium, which broke ground in August 2016.
The look and feel comes courtesy Mark Zeff, founder and president of his eponymous New York City-based design firm. Zeff's portfolio includes a breadth of hotels and restaurants, including nearby Hotel Van Zandt and Geraldine's.
"When we saw what Mark Zeff had done with the interiors of Hotel Van Zandt, we knew he had what it took to capture the unique characteristics that exist in the neighborhood in an innovative and refreshing way," says C.J. Sackman, managing director of Sackman Enterprises, in a release. "The result is a fresh brand of luxe that is holistic and smart — the fusion of design, utility, and technology — and faithful to the spirit of Austin."
Materials range from brass to wood, the latter of which comes in a variety of colors and warmth levels. Zeff incorporates his brand's custom hardware, ensuring every detail fits perfectly into each space.
"With the interior designs for 70 Rainey, we sought to reflect the relaxed sophistication, authenticity, and attitude that are the trademark of Austin and the people who live here," says Zeff. "Our inspiration was to use industrial elements to develop an elegant take on a raw, edgy style."
The tower features 164 residences and is already taking reservations. Each of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom units — as well as two varieties of penthouses — features elevated ceilings and an outdoor terrace. Other notable amenities include a therapeutic plunge pool, sauna, steam showers, fitness facilities, dog park, pet-grooming station, and 24/7 concierge service.
The residences are situated on top of an above-ground parking garage. Connecting the two sections is a 20,665-square-foot outdoor patio and green space complete with a community garden, yoga deck, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and several lounge areas, as well as a vanishing-edge pool facing Lady Bird Lake.
Prices range from $500,000 to upwards of $4,000,000. You won't have to be a resident to enjoy some aspects of the development, like the ground-floor restaurant on Rainey Street and second-floor patio. Additionally, the developers are giving $400,000 to the City of Austin to help construct a new pocket park in the lot just south of 70 Rainey.
A sales gallery for the condos will open on February 22 at 78 Rainey St. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Construction of is expected to be complete in late 2018.