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Developing profitable partnerships and properties in Austin, Texas


Zydeco Development is a privately held Commercial Real Estate Development firm based in Austin, TX. We have spent the last three decades building millions of square feet, focused on master planned business parks and communities. With roots deep in the local area, our firm has also dedicated significant time and resources to various non-profit organizations and projects.
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Zydeco’s name stems from the Zydeco music genre that our team is known to enjoy after work hours on the porch of our historical office downtown. As a tight knit, entrepreneurial team, we pride ourselves in a uniquely flexible and creative approach to making our big ideas come to life.



Our integrated process from beginning of development until completion of a project ensures an innovative asset with thoughtful planning at a prudent cost.


Using our own capital or investing alongside others, we source and execute acquisitions, joint ventures, and equity investments by pursuing returns in-line with our value add strategies and opportunistic outlooks.

Property Management

We have an in house property management team that is responsible for overseeing operations and maintenance at properties across several industries— from commercial office buildings to retail spaces.

Asset Management

Our focus on capital structure and high-level portfolio strategy promotes operation efficiency and improves performance of our real estate portfolio. We are constantly analyzing sale/hold strategies. Zydeco also offers in-house construction management on a 3rd party basis.


We've been responsible for the development, leasing, sales and management of over 4,000,000 square feet of industrial, office, and retail space in the Austin area.


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Howard Yancy

Howard Yancy

Principal and Founder
Eric Marcella

Eric Marcella


Howard Yancy

Partner and Founder


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Howard Yancy

Partner and Founder

Howard has over 30 years of real estate experience in a variety of capacities. Before founding Zydeco in 1994, Howard practiced law in Austin working on various RTC and FDIC properties. Howard graduated B.B.A from Texas A&M University, J.D., from University of Texas School of Law, and L.L.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law. He is also a CPA. He is very involved philanthropically in the Austin area and considers his philanthropic endeavors more important than anything he has ever done in the business and real estate sector. Howard enjoys listening to music, hiking and mountain biking.

Eric Marcella


Eric recently entered his fourth year as a principal at Zydeco. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Real Estate Certificate from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Eric enjoys playing sports, traveling and being outdoors.

Otto Swingler


Otto has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience.  Upon graduating with a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas, he began his career in leasing / acquisitions at two industrial development and services companies (Stream Realty Partners and Live Oak).  He now exclusively spends his time on commercial real estate investment and development.  Otto enjoys fly fishing, skiing, travel, and really anything outdoors.

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