Sackman Enterprises Hosts 70 Rainey Sales Gallery Opening Party

Luxury Condominium Developer Introduced Guests to Renowned Interior Designer Mark Zeff

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography.

Guests gathered on February 22 to celebrate the grand opening of Sackman Enterprises 70 Rainey Sales Gallery located at 78 Rainey Street. CJ Sackman, Managing Director of Sackman Enterprises, welcomed attendees, provided a project update and introduced Mark Zeff, the renowned visionary behind the stunning interiors for 70 Rainey. Zeff, the internationally acclaimed interior designer for the development, educated party goers on his vision for the project – a mix of relaxed sophistication with the use of industrial elements creating an elegant take on a raw, edgy style.  The mastermind behind the design of Hotel Van Zandt reinforced his love of the Rainey Street District and excitement to work on another project of such esteemed caliber in the neighborhood.

Guests enjoyed a model kitchen and bathroom that showcase the exquisite finish samples available to residents. Large interactive televisions displayed 70 Rainey floor plans, project renderings and drone images of the sweeping views every residence will offer. Attendees mixed and mingled with the 70 Rainey sales team and Sackman executives while sipping on 70 Rainey Ritas and customized cocktails provided by Sourced Cocktails.  Kevin Fink and his team from Emmer & Rye wowed guests with passed hor d’eorves and a fire activation station featuring beef short rib carnitas. Guests walked away with 70 Rainey swag and images from the photo booth provided by Ben Porter Photography.

Renee Hanson Malone, Brittany Golden and Joanna Vega

Renee Hanson Malone, Brittany Golden and Joanna Vega.

The 70 Rainey sales gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The 34- story project is set to open the fourth quarter of 2018 and will include 164 meticulously designed residences, a ground floor restaurant and second floor patio bar—all overlooking the breathtaking, unobstructed views of downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country. Like other Sackman projects, 70 Rainey will feature world-class design, dramatic architecture, uncompromising luxury and meticulous attention to detail.

Pierre Cloutier, Mathew Layman and Donny Carlyon.

Pierre Cloutier, Mathew Layman and Donny Carlyon.

InFluentials in attendance were CJ Sackman, Mark Zeff, Will Steakley, Stuart Thomajan, Lisa Matulis-Thomajan, Amanda Polcari, Jennifer Ladner, Leah Pigg, Melissa Neslund, Ryan Baker, Bill McCannKevin Fink, Mike Piano, and many more. Images provided by Ben Porter Photography.

Founded by Alan Sackman 48 years ago, Sackman Enterprises initially focused on restoring historic brownstones in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since then, the company has expanded its reach throughout Manhattan and beyond, to Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Texas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sackman prides itself on being a family-run business. Although it has experienced vast growth over the past five decades, the company still focuses on maintaining and restoring the cultural and historical integrity of its properties and surrounding communities. By placing an emphasis on supporting local businesses, people, history, and culture over five decades and three generations, Sackman Enterprises is known as much for its integrity as for its business acumen and success.

Jason Papp and Miles Marks.

Jason Papp and Miles Marks.

Based in New York City, MARKZEFF is an international, full-service design-consulting firm. Over the last 30 years, MARKZEFF has evolved from a residential design firm into one of the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary boutique design agencies. The strength and range of the firm’s residential projects laid the groundwork for its expansion into commercial design, master planning projects and branding. Every interior is highly customized, from furniture design to architectural details, to create a distinct environment that reflects the client’s vision. The designs seamlessly integrate brand development and interior design to deliver innovative hotels, specialty retail, restaurants and luxury residential real estate.

Sackman Enterprises Inc. Reveals 70 Rainey Landscape Design

Lush Landscaping Will Give Luxury Residential Condominiums in Rainey Street District the Feel of Home

Sackman Enterprises revealed recently details of the landscape architecture design for 70 Rainey, the 34-story luxury high-rise condominium development the company is building in the heart of Austin’s historic Rainey Street Historic District.

“70 Rainey is inspired by the character of its surroundings,” said C.J. Sackman, managing director for 70 Rainey. “Set at the front door of the Waller Creek redevelopment, steps away from the hike-and-bike trail, with breathtaking views down Lady Bird Lake, our amenity deck is the urban reflection of the outdoor lifestyle Austinites hold dear. This will truly be a park in the sky.”

With 20,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space, Sackman knew the project demanded an ambitious, leading-edge design. To accomplish their vision, they hired the internationally renowned landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm Design Workshop, whose global operations include offices in Houston and Austin.

“Designing landscape space in the air is complicated, logistically, especially when you’re addressing such a large area,” said Philip Koske, Design Workshop associate. “We went through a lot of iterations. C.J. wants the space to feel garden-like and immersive, and he is committed to an astounding array of amenities. That means the gardens and plant materials have to change as you walk through the space, based on varying wind and sun conditions. Our goal is to make 70 Rainey’s outdoor spaces a pleasurable journey, rather than merely a destination.”

Sackman has curated numerous experiences into the approximately 20,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space. One hundred feet above ground level, atop the building’s landscaped garage podium, 70 Rainey’s expansive outdoor amenity deck will feature a vanishing-edge infinity pool, secluded plunge pool and waterfall; experiential sundeck; yoga deck; fire pit; outdoor lounge with kitchen; spacious herb garden; 600 square-foot dog park with washing/grooming station; meandering walkways; and multiple seating areas.

The design and varied scale of the amenities and landscaping will give the space a feeling of privacy and breathing room. All of the amenities are thoughtfully embedded in the design, which includes garden alcoves, private nooks and meandering walkways nestled among the lush greenery. Design Workshop’s intricate, variable design calls for real landscaping, not just potted plants, giving owners and their guests the feel of a backyard in which to relax and recharge. It incorporates evergreens, flowering areas, perennial spaces, cactus and other xeriscape plants, a bamboo run on the east side of the building, an herb garden, and the opulence of many climbing vines.

Koske said the outdoor spaces will be reminiscent of New Orleans, constantly growing and changing with the seasons and blending the building’s architecture with its gardens.

“We were not interested in haphazardly packing the deck with as many amenities as possible,” said Sackman. “This deck was not designed simply to check boxes. We sought to create settings that inspired unique experiences.”

Developed by Sackman Enterprises, 70 Rainey was designed by Page Architects, with interior design by renowned architect Mark Zeff. Sackman Enterprises is currently accepting reservations for the 164 residences at 70 Rainey. For more information, visit

As originally published by Claire Cavendar, The PR Boutique.

Vertical Living is Changing the Austin Residential Real Estate Landscape

Luxury Condominium Offers Guests a Taste of Rainey

Sackman Austin recently announced the Tuesday, August 2, groundbreaking ceremony and celebration for 70 Rainey, the luxury high-rise condominium Sackman is developing in the historic Rainey Street District of downtown Austin. The event will take place at 6pm at the development site with a celebration immediately following at Half Step, located across the street. Carter Sackman, president of Sackman Enterprises; and C.J. Sackman, director of development for 70 Rainey, along with other key community leaders will speak at the event.

“Today is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and positive collaboration among Sackman Austin, City of Austin officials, Rainey Street District Neighborhood Association, Rainey Business Coalition, the Mexican American Cultural Center and many other stakeholders,” said C.J. Sackman, director of development for 70 Rainey. “We are excited and proud to see our shared vision for the future of this treasured downtown cultural district beginning to take shape.”

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place in an air-conditioned, floored tent, where speakers will deliver remarks from a podium designed to reflect the architecture and appeal of the soon-to-be-built 70 Rainey tower. Displays will include 70 Rainey floor plans, project renderings and drone images of the sweeping views every residence will offer. The sales team will be on hand to answer questions, provide pricing and take reservations. Immediately following the ceremony, a “Taste of Rainey” groundbreaking celebration will take place at Half Step featuring many of the tantalizing flavors that make Rainey Street unique.

70 Rainey - Exterior Rendering

70 Rainey – Exterior Rendering

Rising up from the heart of the Rainey Street Historic District, 70 Rainey will be a 34-story luxury condominium development featuring 164 exceptional residences, a restaurant and second floor patio bar—all overlooking the adjacent pocket park and breathtaking, unobstructed views of downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country. Like other Sackman projects, 70 Rainey will feature world-class design, dramatic architecture, uncompromising luxury, and meticulous attention to detail. It will include approximately 20,665 square feet of outdoor amenity space and will be located within walking distance of other downtown neighborhoods, such as the 2nd Street District, restaurants and bars, retail, parks and trails, and a host of other outdoor recreational options to explore.

One hundred feet above ground level with unobstructed views of downtown, 70 Rainey’s expansive outdoor amenity deck will feature a spacious garden, vanishing-edge pool and waterfall, experiential sundeck, yoga deck, fire pit, meandering walkways, and outdoor lounge with kitchen. The design includes ample greenery with trees planted along the restaurant’s outdoor patio and trellises lining the walls of the parking structure at the base of the building. It also incorporates real landscaping, giving owners and their guests a backyard in which to relax and recreate.

The residential tower is rotated 14 degrees from its base to optimize views of both Lady Bird Lake and the downtown Austin skyline. Each residence will feature elevated ceilings, a large terrace, and smart in-home technology, such as smart thermostats and a high-speed fiber network. Additionally, penthouses will include private rooftop terraces ideal for entertaining. Residents of 70 Rainey will have access to an array of outstanding amenities, such as a therapeutic plunge pool, sauna, steam showers, fitness facility, catering kitchen, outdoor kitchen, and business center. There will even be a dog park and washing/grooming station, in keeping with Austin’s pet-friendly culture. Completing the package is a private residential lobby and 24/7 concierge.


This natural beauty is steps from Lady Bird Lake, Congress Avenue, and the world-renowned Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, spanning more than 10 miles of waterfront, not to mention the eclectic destinations of Rainey Street. From a casual drink to an upscale dining experience, 70 Rainey will place residents and their guests squarely in the center of local Austin flavor. Looking ahead, the property will be conveniently located near the highly-anticipated Waller Creek greenbelt, a natural artery that will extend from Lady Bird Lake to Waterloo Park at 15th Street, connecting 1.5 miles of parks, trails, music, art and entertainment through the heart of Austin.

“Once a sleepy little residential neighborhood at the edge of downtown Austin, Rainey Street has become one of the city’s signature entertainment districts,” said Sackman. “Now, it is evolving to become more of an upscale residential and restaurant district, but with the same unique vibe. We are sharply focused on respecting Rainey’s history, and making what’s good about it even better.”

Sackman Austin is currently accepting reservations for the 164 residences at 70 Rainey. The developer expects to complete the project during the first quarter of 2018. For more information on 70 Rainey, visit