Say it isn't so! After god knows how many years of trying, MTV finally cracked our shell and is moving The Real World here, just in time to start fucking with SXSW. A friend emailed me this story, and I emailed her back saying if they dare move near me (there's a lot of huge houses right south of me that would probably be perfect), I am going to egg the house. Luckily, MTV is about 3 or 4 steps behind where they think they are in relation to "hip", so they probably will be putting the house near South Congress, which has finally began to buckle under an onslaught of gentrification. (Get past St. Edward's, though and it's the South Austin of strip bars, pawn shops, junkyards and gunshots we all know and love.)
"The house is a big part of the fantasy," Murray said. "We try to create a house that reflects the city that we're in. Coming to Austin, we'll want to have a sense of Austin as young, hip city. There's some great design there, but there's also this wonderful kitschy thing on South Congress. They will have very cool digs."
Of course, there is a snag in the South Austin plan, which is that places to get naked are few and far between off South Congress. (Besides the strip bars, of course.)
Bond was unsure where the cast was going to be headquartered, but he recalled some early ideas: "They were looking at taking advantage of the new urban lifestyle in Austin. Originally they were interested in a lake-front situation, but how many episodes can you do on renting Jet Skis?"
Let us all hope that the need for the naked outweighs the need to be young and hip, because all the decent lakeside property they could get is waaaaay out west, much too far to drive back and forth to the city for heavy drinking on a regular basis.