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Austin’s Next Top Tower
A graphic of the top five tallest towers in Austin, ordered in a row based on their height.
The tallest tower in Austin — and in Texas — will be Waterline, at 1,022 ft tall. | Graphic by ATXtoday
Austin’s skyline has changed a lot over the years and that change isn’t stopping any time soon.

The skyline has three new skyscrapers set to be completed in the next few years, all dwarfing the current tallest towers in the city. We know it can be hard to keep track, so here’s a ranking of the five tallest buildings we know of in ATX right now.

A rendering of the Waterline tower, with Lady Bird Lake in the foreground.

Waterline is set to hold the 1 Hotel Austin, residential and office space, and ground floor food and beverage space.


Rendering courtesy KPF

Waterline | ~1,022 ft | 98 Red River St.
  • This 74-story tower will be the tallest in Texas, and house the 1 Hotel Austin, ground-floor food and beverage space, luxury apartments, and office space. The skyscraper would have been surpassed by Wilson Tower, which was set to be 1,035 ft tall, until the project was significantly downsized last month.
  • Est. completion date: Mid-2026
Sixth and Guadalupe | ~875 ft | 400 W. 6th St.
  • Sixth and Guadalupe was built like two buildings stacked on top of each other, split between office space and residences. Check out the floor plans and read our interview with the tower’s architect.
  • Est. completion date: Sometime in 2023

Standing at 873 ft, Sixth and Guadalupe will be the second-tallest building in Austin.


Rendering courtesy Gensler

The Republic | ~710 ft | 401 W. 4th St.
  • This office building, next to Republic Square Park, will include 816,000+ sqft of office space upon completion. The tower will also have a plaza and outdoor bar, lounge, fitness center, and private terraces on every office floor. Take a 3D tour.
  • Est. completion date: Early 2025
The Independent | ~690 ft | 301 West Ave.
  • Once the tallest residential structure west of the Mississippi River, this condo project was designed by Rhode Partners, and is known for resembling a giant game of Jenga.
  • Completed: 2019
The Austonian | ~683 ft | 200 Congress Ave.
  • This decade-old residential complex offers luxury, high-rise living, andhas been awarded for its sustainability and design over the years.
  • Completed: 2010

Wednesday, May 24
  • C’est la Vida | Wednesday, May 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd., Austin | Free | Tune into music from Javier Jara and watch contemporary dance from Sandie Donzica.
  • Get Ripped Comedy Show | Wednesday, May 24 | 8-10 p.m. | Vulcan Gas Company, 418 E. 6th St., Austin | $30 | Comedians show off their best stuff at this weekly comedy set.
Thursday, May 25
  • Learn To Row | Thursday, May 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Austin Rowing Club, 74 Trinity St., Austin | Free | Try your hand at a new skill: sweep rowing.
  • Movies in the Park: “Free Guy” | Thursday, May 25 | 7 p.m. | Gus Garcia Park, 1201 E. Rundberg Ln., Austin | Free | Kick back and watch this Ryan Reynolds film outdoors — dogs are welcome.
Friday, May 26
  • Austin Greek Festival | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 414 St. Stephens School Rd., Austin | $5 | Greek cuisine, wine, dance, and fun await at this annual festival.
Saturday, May 27
  • 2023 Woodland Faerie Trail Opening Day | Saturday, May 27 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | Free | Celebrate the annual faerie trail with activity tables, a fairy storytime, and a Scottish country dance class.
  • 2023 Lone Star Jam | Saturday, May 27-Sunday, May 28 | 12-11 p.m. | Round Rock Amp, 3701 N. IH-35, Round Rock | $50-$300 | See acts including Pat Green, Stoney Larue, and Randy Rogers Band at this weekend country music fest — one day tickets are available.
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7 secrets comfortable retirees know about hiring a financial advisor
Smart retirees know a thing or two — and you should, too. | Photo by SmartAsset
Research suggests people who work with a financial advisor could end up with about 15% more money to spend in retirement.1 Read: A lot of margaritas.

That’s because they know the seven secrets to hiring a financial advisor, like never hiring the first advisor you meet. (Rookie mistake.)

The ultimate tip? Answer a few questions in this free, five-minute quiz to match with vetted financial advisors serving your area who can help optimize a retirement plan for you.*
1“Journal of Retirement Study Winter” (2020)”. The projections or other information regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of your future results. Please follow the link to see the methodologies employed in the Journal of Retirement study.
News Notes
  • Picklemall, a pickleball facilities company based out of Austin and Dallas, will open its first location this summer in Phoenix. The 104,000-sqft building is just one of ~50 the company plans to open in the next two years. (Austin Business Journal)
Now Open
  • Chicha San Chen — a Taiwanese shop for tea, boba, and taro — is now open at 6501 Airport Blvd. The Austin location is the chain’s third in the US, and uses a “teaspresso” machine for perfectly brewed beverages. (Eater Austin)
  • The City of Austin announced it will give $6.2 million to arts organizations and artists as part of its Elevate Grant. Recipients can receive anywhere between $10,000 and $75,000 — apply now through Tuesday, June 2.
  • SocialNote, an online tool for school-based social workers, will receive $100,000 in prize money from Austin FC Dream Starter Competition. The business was awarded for its efforts toward supporting the mental health of social workers and students.
  • Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets were named the best snack in Texas by Food & Wine magazine. The gas station staple was selected for its poppable status and caramel coating.
  • Still waiting on a book from the Austin Public Library? Try another library. Any Texan can get a free library card from Wells Branch, Round Rock, and Houston public libraries — here’s how. (CultureMap Austin)
The Buy
  • Turn misplaced keys into a thing of the past with the Apple AirTag. The button-sized tracking device can give you step-by-step directions to your lost keys (or phone…or wallet…) and has a battery life of one year. Pro tip: Put one in your checked luggage and never worry about lost baggage again.*
🚊 One step closer to connected
A graphic of the new Project Connect rail
Phase one of Project Connect’s light rail plan will add almost 10 miles of light rail and 15 new stations. | Graphic courtesy Austin Transit Partnership
The Austin Transit Partnership unveiled its first light rail recommendation, a multi-billion-dollar plan to overhaul ATX’s public transportation infrastructure.

Under the plan, which was announced yesterday, almost 10 miles of new light rail and 15 light rail stations would be added from Downtown to 38th Street, Oltorf Street, and Yellow Jacket Lane. The plan would also:
  • Connect to the Red Line, the proposed Green Line, and multiple high frequency and MetroRapid bus routes
  • Provide access to 136,000+ current jobs and an estimated 200,000 future jobs
  • Connect to 20,000 affordable housing units
  • Cost between $4.5 billion-$4.8 billion
The light rail plan also includes “priority extensions” to North Lamar Transit Center and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Eventually, the light rail would also be extended south to Stassney Lane. But don’t get too excited just yet — construction is likely at least a year away.
The Wrap
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City Editor Figi and I were able to catch a preview screening of “The Ride,” a new Amazon Prime show about our very own Austin Gamblers.

I have to say, my interest was piqued about the world of professional bull riding, so stay tuned for some upcoming coverage on the process and our local team.
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