Mario Andretti was on hand Sunday for the debut of our new Formula One race track in Austin Texas. Andretti drove the first official laps during an opening ceremony on Sunday and was the ribbon cutter at the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Andretti was the last American driver to win the Formula One World Championship in 1978. He is so excited that Formula One has come to Texas!
Many say that Formula One in Austin will be as large of an event as the Super Bowl. That’s hard to believe, however, Formula One has quite a following of over a half billion people worldwide! The race is sold out, but you can still find tickets for sale online. The tickets are pricey though, as some start at $300 and most go for thousands of dollars.
Austin has also become a ‘McDreamy’ city! For those of you that are fans of Greys Anatomy, you will be excited to know that McDreamy made it to Austin and to Formula One! Just so you know, he won’t be just sitting around looking pretty or doing brain surgery. He races! Yep! You read that right! He did a test run of his car on Sunday as well. Patrick Dempsey is a sports car owner, road racer and sport team owner. He made comments that its a really good opportunity for F1 to come back to this country and start a new tradition.
Many hotels, restaurants, and event centers are sold out on Formula One weekend in Austin, which is Nov. 16-18, 2012. I was recently dining at Perry’s Steakhouse and the General Manager told us that Perry’s is sold out the week of Formula One. This event is going to be great for Austin. It will generate millions of dollars for the community. Is Austin ready for Formula One? You bet we are! Bring it on!
Austin, Texas has been known through the years for hosting some fabulous events that has attracted people from all over the world. Austin is already known as being the “Live Music Capitol of the World”. We get this by hosting the annual SXSW Interactive Festival in March throughout numerous venues in & around downtown Austin into the south Congress/south Lamar locations close to Travis Heights & Zilker Park. There is also ACL or Austin City Limits typically held in September in Zilker Park. People from all over the world come here to see the latest in technology, but also the most popular current music groups or individuals or soon to be famous group or individual. There are also numerous concerts throughout the year at different venues attracting crowds.
There is now an even bigger event coming to Austin that will draw people here from once again around the world! From November 16th through the 18th, our fabulous city will be hosting an event that no other U.S. city will have. Formula One Racing comes to Austin! On the world stage, this event rivals the Super Bowl, World Series, & even The World Cup! That is saying a mouth full! The racing venue is currently under construction located just south & east of the Austin Airport right off State Toll Road 130.
Outside of the racing events, there will be numerous activities around the city. The majority will be held in the downtown Austin area. I hope you visitors from not only foreign countries, but also those that live anywhere in the U.S. will devote some time to see Austin and the surrounding hill country and see why I love calling it my home. You will enjoy the beautiful areas such as Barton Creek, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Tarrytown, Hyde Park, Bee Cave, & Arboretum just to name a few.
You might like it so much, you may decide to buy a home here in this wonderful city of Austin Tx! It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and has been for several years and is a great place to invest in real estate. When it comes time to buy that home, I can help you! In the meantime, enjoy the race and above all, enjoy Austin! Call me! 512-913-4124
One of the most beautiful areas of Austin is the magical paradise of Mount Bonnell.
I have a special place in my heart for Mt. Bonnell for many reasons. One is the beauty of the area and the other is that my husband asked me to marry him at the top of Mt.Bonnell in Austin, Tx in 1989! When my husband and I were dating in the late 80’s, one of the many fun things we loved to do was find a private little spot on top of a hill to relax, sip wine and chat. What a great escape from the “real” world! We saw some pretty spectacular sunsets too! Since these special moments were so meaningful to us, it’s no wonder that when my husband decided to surprise me by popping the question and putting an engagement ring on my finger, that he would pick one of the most dramatic hills in all of Austin, as the perfect venue!
Not only are the panoramic views fabulous, on Mt. Bonnell, but the homes in the area are over the top, as well. Some of the finest, one of a kind, architecture in all Austin sit at the top of Mt. Bonnell and down below on Lake Austin. You rarely see architecture such as an 83 foot long cantilevered lap pool with transparent end, but you will, on Mt.Bonnell. Inspiring and innovative, to say the least.
Mt.Bonnell sits 775 feet high above our beloved city and is considered to be one of the highest points in all of Austin. It’s named after the founder, George Bonnell, who moved to Austin in 1839 and was Commissioner of Indian Affairs for the Texas Republic.
If you haven’t made it to Mt. Bonnell, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Once there, you will understand why the people that live on Mt Bonnell, chose to make it their home. From Mopac, take 2222 west, to Mt. Bonnell and turn left. Park and climb the stairs to the top of the hill; an easy hike. Downtown Austin can be seen to the southeast and you can see the Hill Country to the west.