From my perspective, it is always great for Austin to be included in a top five list that includes San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Washington DC.
This week the Urban Land Institute, a 2,000 member not-for-profit real estate and developer network, released its list of the 5 cities for development in 2010. In order, the Institute’s analysis recommends Washington DC, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, and New York.
The report provided the following rational for picking Austin as the #3 city for development:
Austin, Texas: A growth bastion, Austin’s low state taxes and a pro business environment are expected to contribute to future growth and continuing corporate relocations. Austin fits the “brainpower” model with its state capital, large state university, and offshoot tech and software businesses.
While not everybody is looking for another wave of downtown development at this point, the report does bode well for current downtown condo owners. As the institute analyzes major markets, it is clear that Austin’s strengths include a dynamic economy, consistent population growth, and a community that attracts businesses and entrepreneurs. And where there is growth and economic strength, home value increases are likely to follow.