With the ascent of the record setting The Independent, prepare for a new city skyline—and seriously heady views.
The Austin skyline will change yet again with The Independent, which will be the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River.
In just 10 years, Austin’s skyline has transformed into a sparkling cityscape—and it’s still on the rise. The tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River is now going up in the Seaholm District. When it tops out in 2018, The Independent will surpass Austin’s current tallest building, the Austonian (built just six years ago), by two feet and two stories.
The 685-foot, 58-story structure will feature 370 residential units and boasts an unusual, tiered design, which has already earned it the nickname “Jenga Tower.” The playful moniker pleases Greg Henry, CEO of developer Aspen Heights. “We came up with the design knowing it was pushing the edges of architecture,” he says. “It is a great design in the sense that most of the units are corner units, allowing views from [two] directions.”
To enjoy those views, prices start at $400,000 for the smallest one-bedroom and surpass $3 million for three-bedroom, three-bath penthouses. Two floors will be devoted to amenities: on the ninth floor, an infinity-edge lap pool, a dog park, a children’s playground, and a wine bar; on the 34th floor, an amenity deck with a huge movie theater, an outdoor bar and fireplace area, a large gym, and a spa.
“Austin is such a diverse area, with the downtown scene, the Capitol area, the Greenbelt, and even the Hill Country,” says Henry. “Once [The Independent is] completed, our future residents will be able to experience all of that from their nearest window.”