ROT Rally and N.E. Austin

Photo credit: Austin CVB

Each year, beginning on the second Thursday in June, Austin becomes the site of the 4th largest motorcycle rally in the country. With the scores of vendors, shows, food, the world’s longest motorcycle parade [as certified by the Guinness Book Of World Records] and the Congress Street area, cordoned off to traffic, holding the largest known downtown biker party, this isn’t your father’s bike rally. The 18th Republic of Texas Rally (R.O.T. – hardly rotten, but it’s nice to still maintain a little of that renowned biker toughness) kicks off at the Travis County Exposition Center in Northeast Austin.

Northeast Austin doesn’t really dominate the conversation when discussing the vibrancy of Austin’s self-described “directional areas.” With the Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park and Lake, Big Walnut Nature Preserve, the Expo Center (also the permanent home of Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo – don’t underestimate its place of high esteem even in bohemian Austin), and a smattering of restaurants, N.E. ATX is a more nuanced countrified Americana to the freneticism of Austin’s world famous downtown scene – a mere 7 miles away.

Occupying an important tract at the crossroads of Central and N.E. Austin, near The Dell Children’s Medical Center, is a green-initiative condominium development called Greenway Lofts. With an abundance of public pools and parks, and HOA fees allowing the free use of these outdoor opportunities, Greenway is responsible about its footprint.

Greenway Lofts is proud of its modernity and efficiency from its conscious choices around heating and cooling, to its promotion of Austin’s unofficial favorite pastime – cycling… for fun and as an alternate and reasonable means of transportation in a compact city such as Austin.By the way, the building is spectacular looking inside and out. Imaginative use of exterior colors and materials is undeniable. The interiors do equal justice with dark woods and dazzling use of glass and tile.


Greenway is walking distance to retail and restaurants. Every unit, either 1 or 2 bedrooms, has a greenbelt facing patio and assigned, secure parking. That includes parking for motorcycles if you want to slap on your lid (or not, here in Texas, if you meet certain requirements), fire up the bike, and head over to ROT – starting Thursday, June 9, 2011 – just a breezy, short ride to the east. Prices 160s – 260s.

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