Austin Black II is the founder of City Living Detroit; a full-service real estate brokerage that is headquartered in Detroit’s thriving Midtown neighborhood. His firm specializes in properties located in Detroit with a focus on downtown, the growing riverfront, the cultural center, and the city’s historic neighborhoods. Austin has always shown an interest in urban development and major metropolitan cities. His ascination started with an elementary school project about tall skyscrapers and wind velocity. It continued later in life while studying at the university level. He is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, College of Architecture, Art and Planning where he studied redevelopment projects abroad and earned a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Studies. So, after visiting more than 20 cities in Europe and Italy and earning a degree that concentrated on Real Estate and Urban Redevelopment, Austin decided to return home to Detroit, Michigan and use his knowledge and passion to make Detroit a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Upon his return, he quickly proved to be a rising star in Detroit real estate as he achieved success at all levels, and racked up both local and national accolades.
Austin’s worldly perspective on urban redevelopment, drive to stay on top of the latest industry trends, and passion for his hometown has earned him the respect and adoration of a city and its leadership. Austin has been the recipient of several awards and honors. In 2012 he was named 30 in their 30s by DBusiness Magazine. In 2011 he was a recipient of the Detroit Young Professionals’ Vanguard Award and in 2010 he was recognized by Realtor® Magazine as one of 30 up and coming Realtors under 30 in the nation. Crain’s Detroit Business named him to their Dream Board of Directors. He received the Rising Star Award from Max Broock Realtors. And Austin was named to the Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20s list.
Birmingham Seahlom High School, 1999
Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art & Planning, Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, 2003
Concentration: Real Estate Development and Urban Redevelopment
Cornell-in-Rome: Comprehensive study of urban development, planning, the economy and society in Europe and Italy. Visited over 21 Italian cities studying urban redevelopment and community development projects.
Cornell-in-Washington: Participated in courses relative to public policy and the political process. Completed one-semester internship and conducted a major research project.
University of Michigan – Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow
Intensive study of quantitative methods, microeconomics and public policy
DBusiness Magazine 30 in their 30s, 2012
Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award, 2011
Realtor® Magazine’s 30 Under 30, 2010
Max Broock Realtors – Rising Star Award, 2007
Crain’s Detroit Business – 20 in their 20s, 2006
Crain’s Detroit Business – Dream Board of Directors, 2006
National Association of Realtors
Michigan Association of Realtors
Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors
Urban Land Institute
Governor’s Detroit Advisory Group
Detroit Works Project Mayor’s Advisory Taskforce
Detroit Housing Commission Mayoral Appointee
Detroit Athletic Club (Community Outreach Committee Member
Downtown Detroit Boll Family YMCA Board Member