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The Arboretum is a suburban neighborhood in northwest Austin, located just minutes from the CBD, where US-183, Mopac, and 360 all converge.

For an in-depth look into The Arboretum, we turned to AQUILA Principal Ben Tolson, the leasing broker on many of AQUILA’s prime Northwest office properties, including 9500 Arboretum and Braker Pointe I & II.

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Q: What makes The Arboretum popular for major office properties and campuses?

A: As much as Austin has grown, The Arboretum remains at the demographic center of the city. If you map where the people are within the city, The Arboretum is at the center. On top of that, you have the confluence of US-183, Mopac Expressway, and 360, which makes the area accessible from the north, south, east, and west.

Q: What type of office tenants move to The Arboretum?

A: We see a great mix of tenants – from technology to all varieties of professional services. It’s one of Austin’s most established submarkets, and, for that reason, it’s a desirable choice for national and local tenants alike.

Views from 9500 Arboretum in Austin, Texas

Views from 9500 Arboretum


Q: Why do companies want to move to The Arboretum?

A: The properties in the area translate well to local, regional, and national decision-makers. The area is a great setting for business; it has a strong amenity base and excellent access to both the city and the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

In addition, the ease of ingress and egress to the office properties allows employees to easily get to and from work predictably and easily. This will always be a strength for The Arboretum. There’s no need to maneuver through a large, master-planned community to get to their parking garage. Finally, The Arboretum has views. Many projects look out over the Hill Country and offer views that other areas don’t have.

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The green space at The Arboretum (photo courtesy of Kari Sullivan)

Q: What amenities appeal to tenants in The Arboretum?

A: Aside from the obvious, the proximity to homes, the numerous shopping and dining options, easy access, etc., one of the biggest things I hear from tenants is how much they enjoy the outdoor area in The Arboretum. It’s a great escape from the office and it’s just out their front door.

People take their lunch breaks there, they bike around it. The area is really well done, with mature landscaping and well-groomed walking paths

Manuel's at The Arboretum in Austin, Texas | Best Restaurants

Manuel’s is one of the popular Austin restaurants (photo courtesy of Jim Nix)

Q: What are the best restaurants in The Arboretum?

A: It is essentially a hit list of Austin’s top brands – Z’Tejas, Eddie V’s, and Manuel’s. The restaurants are actually a great analogy for the area – they all started off local, but have grown to national acclaim.

Q: What are things to do in The Arboretum?

A: To start, there are a couple million square feet of shopping in the area, including top national clothing and home goods brands. Food is probably still the biggest driver. There are also two Regal Cinemas in the area: Regal Cinemas Arbor 8 at Great Hills, which shows lots of smaller, independent films, Oscar noms, etc., and Regal Cinemas Gateway 16, which is your more traditional theater, complete with IMAX and box-office hits.

I love a sub from Jersey Mike’s. I’ll also swing by Golf Galaxy (formerly Golfsmith). The last time I was up there, I bought new grips for my clubs.

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Ben Tolson | Commercial Real Estate Leasing Broker in Austin, Texas | AQUILA Commercial

Ben Tolson

Ben is a member of AQUILA’s Management Committee and is an integral part of the firm’s Asset Services team.

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