La Valencia Starwood

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Located in Frisco, TX (which is on the North side of Dallas), La Valencia at Starwood is one of the premier apartment complexes in the region.  This complex is among the first in North Texas to be a certified ENERGY STAR community.  La Valencia also was the recipient of two Green Building Project of the Year Awards.

 

In addition to being an energy efficient community, La Valencia is breathtakingly beautiful.  The pool area is a sight to behold, with its spacious design and fountain area.  There is also an ample amount of seating for those wishing to work on their tans.  The outdoor fire pit is perfect for those crisp autumn nights, allowing for a comfortable outdoor social gathering.

 

Outside of the pool area, there are plenty of gathering sites, such as this four section gazebo area.  In addition to the outdoor seating, there is plenty of green space around to enjoy, whether it be for yourself, your kids, or your four legged friends.

 

As you can see from our photos, the apartments match the high quality of the community amenities.  In addition to spacious floor plans, the kitchen area must be seen to be believed.  The counter space alone is impressive, with the ability to comfortably seat four on just one side.  If you plan on hosting parties, you’d be hard pressed to find a better space.

 

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Frost Bank Tower

The Frost Bank Tower is one of the most recognizable buildings in Austin, and has been for well over a decade.  Standing an impressive 515 feet tall with thirty-three floors, the Frost Bank Tower is the third tallest building in Austin behind only the 360 Condominiums and The Austonian.  The Tower broke ground on November 17, 2001, and was developed by Cousins Property.  After two years of construction the building was open for business on January 23, 2004.

The base of the building is a honed finish limestone, with the bulk of the building being coated in a blue glass.  The type of glass is used on only one other building in the USA, and that’s the Reuters Building in NYC.  This feature, along with the unique crown like top, makes this building stand out from the rest in the Austin Skyline.

The Frost Bank Tower has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Best New Building and Best Architecture by Austin Chronicle readers, the 2005 International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit, as well as the 2003 Texas Construction Magazine Award of Merit.

The Frost Bank Tower is the Austin Headquarters of Frost National Bank, and also contains the offices of Morgan Stanley, Ernst & Young, and the University of Texas Management Company, which manages the Permanent University Fund.  In addition to offices there is an abundance of retail along the ground floors, ranging from the standard fare of restaurants and coffee shops to an in house dry cleaner.

To see how the Frost Tower stands out among the Austin Skyline, check out our collection of Downtown Austin Stock images here

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UT Stadium

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The University of Texas Longhorns are among the most popular college football teams in the nation, and their home is the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium.  With a seating capacity of over 100,000, it is one of only eight football stadiums in the USA that can claim a six figure seating capacity (currently ranked eighth).  The largest recorded attendance was on October 6, 2012 in a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers, with 101,851 people cheering the Longhorns on.

The stadium was originally opened in 1924 and has undergone a numerous amount of upgrades over the years.  From expanding seating capacity to transitioning from grass to FieldTurf (a more advanced version of Artificial Turf that feels more like real grass) to installing the world’s largest high-definition video screen (which was quickly overtaken by a stadium in Japan), the stadium has undergone a significant transformation over the past 90 years.

The stadium is right in the heart of the university, and is within a short walk of other famous Texas landmarks, such as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the UT Tower, and the Texas Performing Arts Center.  For those who are up for a short walk, the state capitol is only a mile away, perfect for those warm Spring and Fall afternoons in Austin.
To see more shots of the Stadium, the full gallery is here.


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Site Profile: Harrisburg Plaza

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Located right in the middle of the Houston east end shopping district, Harrisburg Plaza is a destination for shoppers in the region.  With anchor stores Melores and Fallas Paredes, the affiliate stores have a strong draw to the center.  The center is adjacent to a Go MetroRail stop, giving easy access to the shops.  Managed by Weingarten Realty, Harrisburg Plaza has over ninth-six thousand square feet for retail.

 

We photographed this property in late fall, and since it’s a North facing complex we had to be on site at dawn (see our previous blog about photographing North facing buildings for more details).  We were fortunate as we had a spectacular sky to work with. There were just enough clouds in the sky to give us some texture without being overbearing.

 

Our twilight shots turned out amazing thanks to a crystal blue sky.  Being so close to the coastline, the land is very flat so the sky starts to illuminate early and stay that way for quite a while.  This allowed us to photograph the entire site with this magnificent sky.

 

Would you like to see more of this gallery?  Check it out here.  Want us to photograph your site?  Contact us today to get the process going.

 


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Downtown Austin Construction

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The downtown Austin area is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, which coincides with massive population growth the city has enjoyed in recent years.  No matter where you are in the city, it is easy to tell that there is a massive amount of construction going, as there are dozens of large crane dotting the skyline landscape.

 

According to the Downtown Austin Alliance, there are currently forty-six projects that are either under construction or in the final planning stages, with twenty-six of them already breaking ground. All told there are millions of square feet of new office and retail space, as well as thousands of new hotel rooms and residential living space.

 

In addition to the commercial space, there are other exciting projects such as the Dell Medical School and Teaching Hospital, which will be a part of the Medical School at UT Austin.  A new Central Library is also being built, which will have nearly two hundred thousand square feet.  New buildings aren’t the only thing going on downtown, as Town Lake Park is undergoing a massive transformation to expand and improve the park.


To see just how much construction there is going on downtown, take a look at our gallery of downtown Austin here.  Or to see the skyline littered with cranes, our skyline gallery can be found here.


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