What Scott Does: Part 1

17 Feb

Hello out there! I hope 2017 is off to a Great Start for everyone. My year is off to a great start with multiple land deals in escrow and a big commercial retail lease in the works and more in the pipeline!

Over the years my business has evolved into Two primary specialties: 1. Commercial Raw Land Brokerage and 2. Tenant Representation in Commercial Leases of Office/Retail/Industrial Space.

In this post, I’ll describe two of my current Commercial Raw Land listings: One in Williamson County and one in Hays County. The vast differences between these two listings demonstrates the breadth/depth of my Raw Land Brokerage experience and reach.

Both segments of my Discovery Realty Group business involve complex transactions…but on very different levels and scale. Commercial leases are generally large $$$ transactions which represent a long-term business relationship between Landlords and Tenants while Commercial Raw Land Sales start with a large $$$ blank slate with many unknowns/risks that have to be discovered and managed.


**My Williamson County listing is 33-55 acres comprising the hard SW corner of SH29 and Ronald Reagan Blvd. This site is in the City of Leander and will be a large commercial office or retail development one day fairly soon. HEB just purchased +/-50 acres immediately east of my listing; comprising the SE corner of this same intersection. I listed and sold the SE hard corner of this intersection back in 2006. Background: My Seller owned all the land along the Southern frontage of SH29 and Ronald Reagan Blvd prior to the construction of Ronald Reagan Blvd and I’ve been his Broker since then.

The asking price is $4.50/SF or around $9,000,000…for raw land.  *Call me if you have a Buyer*

Within a 6-mile radius of this site there are 40,000+ rooftops being developed right now; it’s an area of INEVITABLE growth. As you might imagine, this is a complex transaction with considerations for: Utilities (water, wastewater, electricity, natural gas), ingress/egress, impervious coverage, on-site/regional water retention/detention/drainage system, traffic impact analyses/road-cuts, soil types, etc. The future developer(s) will try to maximize the development density on this site by utilizing a detailed engineered site plan and will spend many millions of $$$ to execute this project on what will be one of the largest retail corners in Williamson County in the future. But it’s gonna take millions and millions of $$$ invested to deliver a finished product of a large retail/office/mixed-use project!

Once developed, this listing will generate many $100’s of Millions of $$-Income for the developer/investor!!


**My Hays County listing, by contrast is +/-75 acres of raw commercial ranchland adjacent to the Spring Lake Preserve in San Marcos. This tract is owned by my client, the San Marcos River Foundation and is a part of a larger Land Conservation project that will stretch decades into the future wherein we are purchasing land tracts over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone which are subject to development pressure. We saw an immediate need to protect and preserve large tracts over the recharge zone to a) protect the Edwards Aquifer from degradation and b) to protect the San Marcos River, and so we moved quickly to purchase this tract. It was elemental in preventing a project slated for the development of around 300 single family homes: A typical residential subdivision. No big deal, right?? Except that this subdivision was planned immediately adjacent to the Spring Lake Preserve and over porous limestone with many karst areas (caves, that we call “Recharge Features”) at an elevation just 30’ over the Edwards Aquifer!!

The property has hundreds of large oaks, very cool views, a large rock-walled corral and tons of old rock walls, interesting geology (we have an amazing geology assay/report on this ranch), pastures, and some varied topography; all located directly +/-30’ above the Edwards Aquifer and immediately adjacent to  the Spring Lake Preserve. *note that I’m referencing “Edwards Aquifer” and “Recharge Zone” frequently*

We’re marketing this Ranch, the Geiger Tract, as a Conservation Development opportunity in the $1,250,000 price range. What is a “Conservation Development?” one would reasonably ask…

We’re proposing a very low-density residential subdivision development: Three homesites on the 75 acres, clustered away from the sensitive recharge features (caves) or separately located (away from caves) at sites on the property to be identified in conjunction with SMRF. Our belief is that the future demand for a low-density (remember 1 house-unit per 25 acres!) mega-estate-lot development will have value to any buyer/investor/developer as a “land bank” today. Imagine what a close-in 25 acre residential lot adjacent to the Spring Lake Preserve and surrounded by Protected Green Space will be worth, say 10-15-20 years from now?? Our goal is that this tract is never developed with any density greater than 1 home/25 acres.

Within these two dramatically diverse land deals you might get a sense of the wide-angle of my real estate brokerage business and experience. Stay tuned for a similar piece outlining my Commercial Leasing expertise coming soon!!

I represent Sellers (and Buyers) in Raw Commercial Land Sales across Texas. I also represent Tenants in Commercial Leases of Office, Retail, and Industrial Warehouse properties in Austin, DFW, San Antonio, and Houston.

Please send me your trusted referrals; I happily pay referral fees to licensed agents/brokers.

Scott Nicholson, Broker


Adventure, Literature, and Horology

24 Jan

Adventure: In 1947 Thor Heyerdahl drifted across The Pacific Ocean on a reed raft he called Kon Tiki from Peru to the Polynesian Island Chain (East-to-West) over 101 days at sea! Although current theory  is that migration/colonization also happened West-to-East, his voyage was profoundly courageous and a fantastic example of the spirit of Mankind’s exploration. We had the Kon Tiki book in my family library when I was a kid and I read it many dozens of times….it was fascinating to me back then.

Literature: Recently I found and purchased on Amazon a copy of “Kon Tiki: Six men cross the Pacific on a raft”. Rand McNally and Company CH.NY. SF, Publisher. 1950, Fifth printing. It should arrive later this week….by Thursday. I can’t wait!kon-tiki-book-cover_1950

Horology: On his trans-Pacific raft trip on KonTiki, Thor Heyerdahl wore an Eterna  Chronometer watch (in the Baume et Mercier Chronometer lineage) which he used for navigation; a critical tool. I wear an updated version of that watch (mine is a Baume et Mercier Capeland S Chronometer) which incorporates  a modern (in 1969 the Automatic Chronograph mechanical watch was invented) Automatic Chronograph ETA 7751 Swiss Movement and 200m water resistance.

Go check out interesting things!!

I represent Tenants in Commercial Leases of Office, Warehouse/Industrial, and Retail Space across Texas from Austin to DFW to San Antonio to Houston.

Scott Nicholson, Broker


So I took a NOLS Wilderness First Responder Course…..

20 Jan

nols-wfr-stickerThe Earth got a little bit safer this past Sunday, January 15 2017. That’s when I graduated from the NOLS 10-Day Wilderness First Responder Course along with 28 amazing classmates with a WIDE diversity of backcountry experience and expertise. It’s an extremely hands-on experience chock full of practical backcountry emergency management protocol expertise.

More detail later..bits & pieces at a time. The Patient Assessment System (the backbone of patient care in the backcoutry) alone is worthy of several posts. Plus we did cool mock rescues and many many hands-on assessments/treatments/care on each other, including a night-time multi-hour scenario on the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Besides the knowledge/experience, I got a cool sticker.

Scott Nicholson, Broker


I represent Tenants in Commercial Leases of Office, Industrial/Warehouse, and Retail Space in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston.

2017 is “officially” underway!

20 Jan

first-meeting-of-2017Making BIG plans to continue and expand the Growth we started (and executed!) in 2016 for Discovery Realty Group.

I represent Tenants in Commercial Leases of Office, Industrial/Warehouse, and Retail Space in Austin, DFW, and Houston.

Scott Nicholson, Broker



5 Nov

Once upon a time in Real de Catorce (#realde14) looking uphill.

2016 is “officially” underway!

15 Jan


Making plans for more expansion in 2016!  

I represent Tenants in Commercial Leases of Office, Industrial/Warehouse, and Retail Space in Austin, DFW, and Houston!

Sample Walt Whitman Real Estate Marketing Prose

1 Jul


I sing a song of exposed fir timbers, taut and high, bathed in the amber glow of dawn, embraced, as if by the strong-gentle arms of a lover, soaring 14′ unfinished.. and stained with clear polyurethane to enhance the grain, empowered-Enlightened by the Sun.

Featuring a large pantry with space and outlets suitable for a second fridge..sheltering and preserving; can we ever be certain?

Waking with the sun we face the day undaunted, with dual shower heads and a dramatic glass wall, washing us, as a waterfall of grace. Abundant.

We yield to the Unverse: Mother Earth we worship you with ample windows facing North and South, with the long axis bearing
West….as your Majestic Firmament seduces me to embrace the rhythm of your rising and falling Sunlight.

I cry to the Market, powerful and provocative to Fate, demanding that I be empowered with tectonic strength and lichen-patience….water-force, wind, and Love.
Make My Deals Profound.
Make My Clients Holy-Faithful.
Make My Bank Account Resilient and Bottomless.
Make My Leases Rapidly Executed.
My Closings Smooth,
And My Pipeline Robust.