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Austin began his real estate career over 18 years ago with Austin Hill Realty, a family company that focuses on Savannah area real estate development to include luxury mansions, waterfront estates, condominiums, commercial buildings and land. Prior to this, in 2004 his career led him to Nashville, where he was an Affiliate Broker with Rick French of Christie's Great Estates of Belle Meade, and spent seven years in Nashville learning and executing the best practices of this high-end real estate firm. Four years ago Austin co-founded Location Gallery with curator Peter Roberts to support artists, while giving all proceeds back to local non-profits. Since its inception Location has given in excess of $350,000 back to the community. Austin is currently the President of Austin Hill Realty, LLC, but has decided to start a new chapter in his life and join Washington Fine Properties.
Austin currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Historic Savannah Foundation, Leadership Savannah and Historic Trinity Methodist Church. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Savannah Philharmonic, on the Board of Directors of The Savannah Board of Realtors, City of Savannah Tourism Advisory Committee, Nashville CARES, Belmont Mansion and as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority of Savannah.
Austin is an alumnus of The Savannah Country Day School and Stetson University. As a seventh generation Savannahian, Austin is an advocate for preservation and responsible development.