The Austonian

200 Congress, Austin 78701

Located at the corner of 2nd and Congress in Austin, Texas, The Austonian will be the pinnacle of downtown luxury living when it opens in June 2010. Slated to be the tallest building in downtown Austin and the tallest residential building in the western United States, The Austonian offers panoramic views of Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. More than 40,000 square feet of private amenities are available to residents of The Austonian and include a 55th floor that can host parties from 15 to 200, a 56th floor dedicated to exercise and 10th-floor amenities ranging from poolside cabanas and kitchens to a 12-seat screening room.

The Austonian will showcase how a luxurious lifestyle can support the living of an environmentally-conscious and sustainable life in one of America’s most popular cities. Located along major mass transit lines, this luxury home address is within a five minute walk to places of employment, retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. The location of The Austonian is complemented by an architectural design that supports energy and natural resource conservation. The project is pursuing a four-star rating from the City of Austin Green Building Rating System, which is the equivalent to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Rating.

The Austonian is the second North American luxury real estate project by Benchmark Development, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grupo Villar Mir (GVM), creators of the Mayakoba golf, hotel and residential resort located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. GVM has developed and sold over 7,000 individual residential condominium units and has controlling interest in Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL), which has built and sold over 20,000 residential condominium units over the past decade.

More information about The Austonian is available at www.theaustonian.com. Keep up with the latest news, notes and views regarding The Austonian on the development’s blog, www.theaustonianblog.com.