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 fascination 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 2013 he was named 40 under 40 by the Michigan Chronicle. He was also the recipient of DBusiness Magazine 30 in their 30s (2012), Detroit Young Professionals’ Vanguard Award (2011), Realtor® Magazine 30 under 30 (2010), Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20s (2006) and Crain’s Detroit Business Dream Board of Directors (2006).
Austin is also an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors and the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors. He also serves on many boards and committees including the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Detroit Boll Family YMCA and the Detroit Athletic Club Community Outreach Committee.
In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, Austin was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.