ILYSM Ep. 53: Lilly Rockwell on Austin’s surprising real-estate market

Austin’s real estate market continues to boom, but what does that mean for homebuyers and renters?

In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” former Statesman reporter Lilly Rockwell, who is now a realtor at Coldwell Banker, joins hosts Tolly Moseley and Omar L. Gallaga for a conversation about what it takes to buy a house in Austin these days, what it’s like to work in real estate and which neighborhoods are still considered affordable.

The hottest month of the year is upon us, but we’re staying cool all over Austin. Joined by co-host Addie Broyles, Omar and Tolly share their best spots to stay cold that won’t cost you much (if anything ) to enjoy and debate whether movie theaters are as cold as they used to be. We were inspired by this Reddit thread.

The hosts also shared some of the highlights from the podcast’s one-year anniversary happy hour earlier this month, which brought together podcast fans from all over the city to share their love of audio storytelling and the community around it. You can check out photos from the gathering at

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The "I Love You So Much" podcast hosts coordinate happy hour at Indian Roller in South Austin on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Guests included past guests of the show, listeners, and hosts Omar Gallaga, Tolly Moseley and Addie Broyles.  (Lynda M. Gonzalez / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

As always, we wrapped up the episode with our recommendations in a “A Toast.” Omar recently spent an afternoon at Waterloo Adventures on Lake Travis, one of several water obstacle courses in the Austin area, and he explained why it was fun but exhausting. Addie shared her love of a new podcast called “Everything is Alive,” a project from Ian Chillag. Each episode features an “interview” with an inanimate object, such as a can of soda or a lamppost, and the result is a surprisingly moving audio experience. Tolly is reading “Call Me By Your Name,” the 2007 novel by James Ivory that inspired the 2017 film featuring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

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