One of our favorite getaway ideas we've seen on Apartment Therapy recently for August escapes month is exploring local sites. If you can't get away for a week or even a weekend, then a day or afternoon trip to a colorful part of your local city can do wonders to recharge your batteries. In Austin, there's a new development offering fun to suit everyone's afternoon getaway needs! Learn more after the jump...
Just North of the University of Texas, two main roads, Lamar and Guadalupe, intersect to create a 22-acre lot that for years was left vacant and poorly kept. That all changed a little over a decade ago when plans for the (aptly named) Triangle Devlopment began. Conceived to be a mixed use development different that the regular sort of urban sprawl, developers planned on building apartments, retail stores and restaurants to create a destination for local residents.
The Triangle is now well on it's way to becoming a popular hangout spot in Central Austin (parking lots have been full every time we've visited.) All in all, the Triangle will feature 750 apartment homes, 120,000 square feet of retail, commercial and restaurant establishments and a city park with a jogging trail.
While the architecture isn't the most modern or amazing, the Triangle does feel different than most commercial developments. The streets are paved with cobblestone and sidewalks surrounded with flowerbeds curve lazily around buildings, which themselves are tall and close to the streets. Lots of great local restaurants, spas and boutique stores are available to browse and plenty of outdoor seating is available to lounge.
The Triangle also boasts an impressive green space that was filled with residents playing with their dogs when we visited. And we've certainly never seen a regular development with Bocce Ball fields, either. There seems to be a real effort to create a community, with Triangle sponsored music events and a farmer's market every Wednesday from 4pm - 8pm. For more information about the Triangle or to see a list of businesses, visit their website triangleaustin.com
[Photo credit: Map from Triangle Development website]