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Why MLS likes Austin: Prosperity fueling teardowns of older homes for new, pricier houses

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s 9 a.m. on Richcreek Road, and two white vans have pulled up alongside a chain-link fence where a duplex is being built.

A green semitruck hauling wooden boards and with a red forklift affixed to the rear of its trailer emits a repetitive beeping as it maneuvers to park. If the truck’s beeping acted as a metronome, none of the construction workers working on the duplex paid attention as they continued with the arrhythmic, staccato blasts of nail guns.

Though this North Austin neighborhood has been established for decades, the soundscape of construction has become common in Crestview in recent years.

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