6th Street Downtown Austin Loft

For the past few months I’ve been renting out a room in a house of a friend. It’s in the same neighborhood my house is being built, about 5 miles from Downtown. It’s nice, quiet and I can get a lot of work done.

However nice and quiet no longer helps me get work done. When I was in college and needed to study for calculus, nice and quiet was good. Now I do a lot of creative design work and need loud, interesting and stimulating places to do work.

So for the next month I’m living in a 4,000 sq. ft. loft right on 6th Street, the epicenter of Downtown entertainment in Austin. I wrote about this area earlier. This loft is made for SEVEN people, however it’s only me and one other person living here.

Here is a photo I took directly off the roof of the place of 6th Street:

This loft is extremely spacious (4,000 sq. ft. is HUGE), and it has 20 ft. ceilings, and is located right above some of the busiest bars in Austin.

I’ve been living here for a little while, and while it’s definitely fun, there are some pros/cons:


  • I can walk everywhere I need to go, or take my scooter if it’s slightly further.
  • Tons of coffee shops, restaurants, bars and theaters right next door.
  • My gym is 4 blocks down.
  • High ceilings make the already large loft look larger and feel more spacious.
  • Location, location, location.
  • PERFECT for entertaining.
  • Rooftop access which offer awesome panoramic views of Downtown.
  • Puts me in an interesting and Central area, perfect for product photos.


  • No free parking for at least 12 square blocks except at night & weekends.
  • Homeless people all around during the daytime.
  • 6th Street isn’t the most attractive thing in the day time, its night time appeal is much larger.

I still have my other rented room, so this is like my ‘2nd home’ for the moment.

Since this is directly in the heart of Downtown, there are all sorts of sights and sounds all the time. I enjoy the noise and commotion that happens outside, so I often keep the doors to the place open. There’s a fire station across the street which creates the full Downtown effect with sirens going by every now and then.

This is definitely a place to throw a party since it’s very big and you can’t beat the location. Checkout some of these panoramic pictures I took on the rooftop. I’ve been wanting to try some panoramic photography so this was a good chance. These images are a compilation of about 13 photos each which I then stitched together using Photoshop.

Here are some inside views of the loft:

Here is a panormaic from inside the loft. This doesn’t properly show the scale of this place:

What the pictures don’t show are all of the rooms (7 total) which are all quite large themselves. The building we’re in takes up more than half a city block, and we take up the entire top floor.

I’ll be taking a lot of BodyMonkey photo shoots in this place, and hopefully the surrounding areas will provide for some interesting photo shoot locations. Speaking of Bodymonkey, I’ve got the logo animated and it will look something like this:


Blog posted on: July 5, 2007

26 comments on “6th Street Downtown Austin Loft

  1. Anonymous

    for the last time, this is not a FINANCIAL BLOG.

    how can you call it that if all you do is blow money like a girl at a mall sale?

  2. Anonymous

    That’s AWESOME Neville! Ignore the haters – you’re doing great!

    It has been really interesting to follow the behind-the-scenes workings of your companies. Keep up the good work.

  3. Irvine Refinance

    Hey, I just wanted to say hello…I stumbled across your blog on google and thought it was great. Keep up the good work!

  4. Student Credit Cards

    I used to live in a downtown here in Michigan. I absoultely loved it! It was so nice to be minutes from everything. You’re lucky because you don’t have the snow :)

  5. Anonymous

    Looks like a nice place, Nev.

    I noticed that your financial records to the right side of the blog stopped in 2006, which was 7 months ago. Is there a reason you are keeping this stuff secret? You must be doing well to afford such a nice place.

    I am also wondering about your Toronto trip. How did it go? Did you take any Pics? What was the purpose of the trip, anyway???

  6. Brandon Doyle

    Awesome posts Nev!

    Great job on getting a home built for you for 148K. Wow, that would easily be 300K in Utah. Sounds like a great time to get in.

  7. Personal Finance Guide 101

    Hello Nev,

    When I was reading the post, wasn’t sure about why day and night are different, but boy after seeing your creative photos I understood why they are different. Good job Nev…well you always do :)

  8. Tom

    That is a really nice loft and very, very roomy. I was thinking about getting a place downtown. Can’t wait to see your next post :)

  9. Anonymous

    30 Under 30: The Coolest Young Entrepreneurs in America


    Hard to believe, but Nev is not on the list….I mean, you’d think that a guy that has invented an income generating change jar and has homeless people sell bottles of water would make this kind of a list….

    …oh, wait, these people actually have COMPANIES, REVENUE, and EMPLOYEES….but, oddly, are lacking blogs….

  10. Los Angeles lofts

    There is a lot to say about having an inspiring atmosphere. Creativity does not come from a quiet place or a relaxing environment, it must be inspired.

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