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Austin is considered one of the best places to live in the country! The home market is optimal for sales, leasing, and building in the Austin Area and Central Texas. There is no other Real Estate company that understands the Austin Real Estate market, as well as, Turnquist Partners. Michele Turnquist is a 4th generation Austinite with Real Estate & Economic Development roots stretching back over a century. In fact, not long after the University of Texas celebrated its first graduating class, Michele’s family was helping develop the bustling new metropolis of late 19th Century Austin, including her great-great grandfather who was the Mayor of Austin in 1892. By 1893 the sixty-foot-high Austin Dam was completed just northwest of town. In 1895 dam-generated electricity began powering the four-year-old electric streetcar line and the city's new water and light systems. The dammed river formed a lake that became known as "Lake McDonald," for John McDonald, the mayor who had whipped up support for the project—attracted new residents and developers, while the waters of the lake itself drew those seeking respite from the Texas heat. Austin boomed in the mid-1890s, driven largely by land speculation. Thirty-one new 150-foot-high moonlight towers illuminated Austin at night and brought Riverboat Racing to Austin, and created the first Austin’s rowing team. Civic pride ran strong during those years.
Michele’s husband, Steve Turnquist is an integral part of the business and is the broker of Turnquist Partners. Her daughter, Kathryn Scarborough Bechtol, 5th generation Austinite, is a leading luxury real estate agent in Austin. Together, the family’s Real Estate expertise has stood the test of time and is redefining Austin Real Estate Services.
Today, Turnquist Partners is considered the premier real estate firm in the city according to Austin Business Journal. Michele sits on the board of the worldwide Regents for Luxury Real Estate.com--an exclusive network of elite real estate brokers from around the world. Many Turnquist agents are members of Austin’s Circle of Excellence, Platinum 50, the Elite 25, as well as, other prominent groups and organizations that recognize real estate excellence.
Turnquist Partners is thought of as a “Luxury” Real Estate company, yet, Michele has always understood what the word luxury means and at Turnquist that translates to
“Luxury isn’t what we sell, it’s what we offer.”
For homes in any price range, it’s all about the luxury experience. Whether it’s a cottage, a condo or a castle fit for royalty, everyone gets treated the same.
And luxury for all.
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