Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Austin's Highest Rent and Population Growth Areas

As you might expect, rent has been on a steady increase in Austin.  It increased 2.6 percent between 2013 and 2014, however that increase wasn’t the same across the city, the Austin Business Journal reports.

Rents went up where Austin’s population increased.  Median gross rent increased the most in East Austin between Airport Boulevard to the east, Lyons Road to the south, Webberville Road to the west and Oak Springs Drive to the north.  Rent there went up 26 percent, from $623 to $783 per month.

On the other hand, rent decreased the most in an area east of Lockheart.  Rent in this area went from $1,042 to $699, a decrease of about 33 percent.  

In the top 25 fastest-growing areas, population grew by an average of 4 percent and median gross rent went up an average of 10 percent.  The 25 percent of tracts that were on the bottom in terms of population growth had a drop in median gross rent of 9 percent.  

It makes sense that the competition for apartments would drive up rent in the most desireable areas of Austin. However, in areas that aren’t seeing much population growth, apartment communities will have to lower rents and offer incentives to compete.

If you are one of the new transplants to East Austin, there are a lot of fantastic apartments to choose from.  These include Eleven by Windsor, which has studio, one and two bedroom apartments with ten foot ceilings, expresso or white custom cabinets with brushed nickel hardware, granite counters, oversized energy efficient windows, and wood or polished concrete floors.  Amenities include a skylounge with downtown and Capitol views, a fully equipped bicycle repair workshop and bike storage, a shaded dog park and a pet grooming station.  

Another great community is Amli Eastside, which has a resort-style pool with cascading waterfall, gourmet coffee bar, garage parking with direct access at every level and reserved parking available, and an outdoor deck with poolside bar.  Apartments come in studio, one, two, and three bedroom floorplans and include gourmet kitchens with granite counters, deluxe cabinets with undercabinet lighting, full size washers and dryers, tile entries and faux wood floors, large walk-in closets, nine foot ceilings, and spa-like bathrooms with marble counters.

Eastside Station includes studio, one, and two bedroom apartments with nine foot ceilings, hardwood style flooring, granite counters, deep kitchen sinks with gooseneck faucets, 42” cabinets, large walk-in closets and washers and dryers are included.  The community also has live/work units available and is gated with a parking garage.  It has elevator access, a rooftop lounge, a fire pit, bike storage, and a fitness center with spin room.

Want to walk to eastside dining and nightlife?  Corazon is a great choice, especially since it has retail and dining on the first floor.  This and is a LEED Certified Gold building's other perks include valet trash service and a rooftop deck with downtown skyline views.  Studio to two bedroom apartments have concrete or wood style flooring, granite counters and tile backsplashes, butcher block kitchen islands, oversized energy efficient windows, have washer and dryers, and use low-VOC paints and finishes.  

Are you looking for an apartment in Austin or the surrounding area?  A Plus Apartments can help you find a deal, even in the hottest areas.  Give us a call today at 512-231-1400 and let us find you the perfect new home!  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Austin Neighborhoods: Steiner Ranch

It’s been over three years since we took at look at the Steiner Ranch neighborhood of Austin, Texas.  A lot has changed since then in this master-planned community located off 620 near Quinlan Park Road, so now would be a good idea to revisit this area eighteen miles from downtown Austin.

Steiner Ranch is a popular suburb for families who enjoy taking advantage of the outdoors and the community’s position between Lake Austin and Lake Travis.

Many people choose Steiner Ranch for the fact that students attend schools in the popular Leander School District.  Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade go to River Ridge Elementary, Steiner Ranch Elementary, or Laura Welch Bush Elementary.

Sixth through eighth graders are zoned to Canyon Ridge Middle School, whose mascot is the Eagles.  They go on to Vandegrift High School for grades nine through twelfth.  Vandegrift is just seven years old.  It opened in 2009 and the first class to graduate from its halls was the class of 2012.

There are many employers in and near Steiner Ranch, including Lake Austin Spa and Resort, a luxe, fitness-focused Hill Country spa resort that serves guests healthy meals in addition to providing spa services.  They employ a multitude of hospitality staff including masseuses, front desk personnel, chefs, ground keepers and more.

There are a lot of High Tech employers in this area of Austin as well, which led to its nickname as “Silicon Hills”, after Silicon Valley in California.  VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies providing cloud and virtualization software and services.  They employ people in a variety of positions including marketing, human resources, product management, sales, finance, technical support, quality engineering, and IT.  

Lakeside Pizza and Grill was voted best pizza in the Steiner Ranch area.  They offer a family friendly, full service dine-in experience with carry-out and delivery of their delicious entrees, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, in addition to pizza of course!  They have seven tvs so you can watch the game and sit back while enjoying their full bar and large outdoor patio.

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse has incredible steaks and other dishes overlooking a beautiful vista of the lake.  A great destination for a special night out or to impress the boss.  

The cleverly named A fishie anado is a tropical fish store with fresh water and marine fish selection, aquariums, maintenance and supplies.  They have everything you need to make sure your fish are happy and healthy!

The Treasury at the Oasis gives you the chance to purchase home decor from all over the world without leaving Steiner Ranch.  The owners scour the planet for art, accessories and furniture and bring it back to sell in their store.  If you’d prefer to leave the planning to someone else, they even offer interior design services.

There are several luxurious apartment communities in Steiner Ranch, many with views.  One of these is Riverlodge, which has large one and two bedroom apartments with washer and dryer connections, walk-in closets, balconies or patios, garden tubs, vaulted ceilings, and pantries.  The community has a sparkling pool, sports courts, garage parking, and scenic views.

Hyde Park at Ribelin Ranch has one, two, and three bedroom apartments with washers and dryers, oversized walk-in closets, garden tubs, built-in bookcases, attached garages, and more. The community has valet trash service, a leash-free dog park, a poolside lounge area with 70 inch tv, a separate volleyball pool, and a 24 hour fitness center.

Tacara Steiner Ranch’s one, two, and three bedroom homes are appointed with large private patios, some private fenced in backyards, available one and two car attached garages, 36 inch mahogany cabinets, 2-inch faux wood blinds, washers and dryers, crown molding and more.  Amenities include a huge resident club with social parlor, indoor/outdoor climate controlled Loggia with retractable walls, private cabanas, billiards game room with private veranda, a hydro-massage studio, access to Steiner Ranch jogging trails, dog park and washing center, and weekly happy hours and regular resident events.

Ready to make your home in Steiner Ranch?  We can help you find it!  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 to find your dream apartment today!    

Monday, October 3, 2016

Austin Neighborhoods: The Arboretum

It’s been over three years since we wrote about the Arboretum neighborhood of Austin and a lot has changed.  Let’s take a look at what makes this area located in Northwest Austin at the intersection of U.S. 183 and Capital of Texas Highway/Loop 360 one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.  

Children who live in the Arboretum go to either Round Rock or Austin ISD schools.  Those zoned to AISD go to Hill Elementary for Pre-K through fifth grade, Murchison Middle School for sixth through eighth grade, and Anderson High School for ninth through twelfth grade.  

Students who go to Round Rock ISD schools go to Laurel Mountain Elementary for Kindergarten through fifth grade, Canyon Vista Middle School for sixth through eighth grade, and Westwood High School for ninth through twelfth grade.

There are many employers in and near the Arboretum area, especially in the tech industry.  Game Salad, Inc, which is located near the Arboretum, makes educational software that allows students to learn Computer Science by quickly and easily creating their own high-quality video games.  

LD Discovery is located less than half a mile from the Arboretum and is a leader in eDiscovery management solutions, providing legal and technology consulting services to AmLaw 200 Law Firms, Fortune 500 corporations, and government agencies.

Shopping and Dining are on your doorstep when you live in the Arboretum.  The Arboretum shopping mall has scores of stores and restaurants such as Restoration Hardware, a furnishings company that specializes in high-end fixtures and furniture that will fit in home from a variety of eras.

The Gap sells classic clothing for men, women, and children.  They specialize in making sure you can find the perfect pair of jeans.

For dining, the Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is a local Austin institution specializing in fresh ingredients and delicious, authentic Mexican food.

Another restaurant that is popular with Arboretum residents is Eddie V’s.  Specializing in high quality seafood that is prepared perfectly, this is a great place to take someone you want to impress.

There are many apartments in and near the Arboretum.  Arboretum Oaks features one and two bedroom apartments ranging from 600 to 1000 square feet.  Apartments have private patios and balconies, built-in bookshelves, high ceilings, washer/dryer connections, wood burning fireplaces, and wood floors.  The community has a pool, fitness center, covered parking available, and is near public transit.

Ascent Arboretum’s one and two bedroom apartments feature hardwood floors, washers and dryers, spacious walk-in closets, and fireplaces.  The community has a jogging trail, an outdoor kitchen, a social lounge with tea and coffee, a resort style pool with lap lane, and a large fitness center.

The apartments in Cimarron Crossing have spacious, open-concept floorplans, oversized kitchens with pantries, walk-in closets, included washers and dryers, and private patios or balconies.  The community has a 24 hour fitness center, a resort-style pool, a hot tub, award winning schools and is pet friendly.

Estate on Quarry Lake has apartments ranging from 621 square foot one bedroom, one bathrooms to 1,177 two bedroom, two bathrooms.  The community has lake views, a lakeside running and walking trail, a 24-hour fitness studio, and two swimming pools.  Apartments feature full size washer and dryers, vaulted ceilings, private balconies or patios, crown molding and large walk-in closets.  

Looking for the perfect apartment in the Arboretum or anywhere else in Austin?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 so you can keep doing what you love!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Austin Neighborhoods: Anderson Mill

It’s been over three years since we took a look at the Anderson Mill neighborhood of Austin, located in North Austin at 183 and Anderson Mill.  As with much of Austin, this area has evolved and changed in that time.  Let's take a look at what's new in this popular Austin suburb.

Anderson Mill was established in the late 1970’s as a master-planned community and was incorporated into Austin in 2008.  It is popular with residents looking for affordable rent, lots of local amenities like green space, parks, and hike and bike trails, and Round Rock ISD Schools.  It is also close to lots of major freeways including Highway 183, State Highway 45, and Mopac and is less than thirty minutes from downtown Austin.

Children in Anderson Mill attend highly rated Round Rock ISD Schools.  For elementary, students go to Anderson Mill Elementary or Purple Sage Elementary, for middle school they attend Noel Grisham Middle School and for grades nine through twelve, they go to Westwood High School.   

One of the employers located near Anderson Mill is Paypal.  Just five miles from Anderson Mill, Paypal operates one of the world’s largest online payment systems.

Another large source of employment near Anderson Mill is Lakeline Mall, which is less than two miles away.  Lakeline Mall has a variety of job opportunities in stores and restaurants both in the mall and in the shopping centers that surround it.

As far as dining options in the Anderson Mill area, there are a ton of both locally owned and familiar chains to choose from.  Papalote Taco House is on 183 just south of Anderson Mill and serves authentic Mexican street food.  They have tacos, of course, but also serve up unique specialities like lengua and Hongos y Epazote.  

Seoulfood opened just a couple of months ago and is already impressing locals.  Serving up Korean fusion three miles from Anderson Mill, Seoulfood gets high marks for their Bento Boxes and bibimbop bowls.  

For entertainment, Pinot’s Palette is a unique date night or evening out with friends.  You bring your favorite beverage and you’ll be led in painting a masterpiece by an experienced artist.  Don’t worry, no artistic talent or experience is necessary!

Pinballz Arcade has a brand new location at Lakecreek!  Filled with pinball machines, arcade games, plus old favorites like skee-ball, you’ll love reliving your youth spent feeding quarters into video games!

There are several great apartments in the Anderson Mill area.  One of these is Chesapeake, which has apartments ranging from one bedrooms with 501 square feet to two bedroom, two bathrooms with 840 square feet.  The community has a playground, pool, fully equipped fitness area, and there are furnished apartments available.  

Laurel Wood Apartments have nine foot ceilings, access to public transportation, a basketball court, a dog park, washer dryer connections, and hardwood floors.  There are units from 659 square foot one bedrooms to two bedroom, two bathrooms with 980 square feet.  

Promesa has apartments ranging from one bedrooms with 673 square feet to three bedroom, two bathrooms with 1,488 square feet.  Every apartment features a patio or balcony, so you can enjoy hill country views and spacious kitchens with breakfast bars.  The community has a shaded “ruff resort” with shaded dog run and dog washing station, resort-style pools with cabanas, and a commitment to conserve water to help the environment.  

Ready to find your new apartment in the Anderson Mill neighborhood of Austin, Texas?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 and let us help you find your new place while you keep doing what you love.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How Many Apartments Can Be Built in Austin?

How much space does Austin have for apartments? Probably not as much as it needs, the Austin Business Journal reports.

RealMassive calculated that Austin has space to build 5,210 more apartment buildings.  To get that number, RealMassive looked at the number of pieces of land that are currently zoned for multifamily residential uses in Austin and the surrounding area.  That gave them a figure of 273 million feet of potential multifamily apartments under current zoning laws.  

Many of those pieces of land are being used for other purposes, from single family homes on acreage to car washes to parking lots and are not being used to their full potential.  Just 95 million square feet of development exists right now on those pieces of land, whose median assessed value is $374,826 each.  

However, Austin’s space for new apartments pales in comparison to the space available in San Antonio.  San Antonio’s potential for multifamily development is 5 billion square feet on 20,320 parcels.  Currently those pieces of land have just 133 million square feet of developed real estate and their median assessed value is $63,063.

Other Austin suburbs that were examined include Hutto, which has 8,704 parcels of land that could be used for multifamily, Taylor, which has 935 such parcels, and Buda, with 825.

Ready to find an apartment that’s already built in Austin or the surrounding areas?  A Plus Apartments can help you find the perfect place easy peasy so you can get back to living the life you want and enjoying Austin.  Give us a call today at 512-222-5383.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Small Apartment Problem

Austin renters are much more likely than homeowners to be short on space, Culturemap reports.  

Trulia examined the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey to see where there were more family members than bedrooms.  Trulia assumed that married couples need one bedroom and non-married adults and children need one bedroom per person.  Households with more non-married adults and children than bedrooms were considered to have a “space crunch”.

Nationally, 26.4% of renting households experience this space crunch, while just 8.1% of households who own their residences experience it.  Locally, 13.2% of Austin-Round Rock metro residents are short on space in contrast to just 7.3% of Austin homeowners.  

Are you one of the renters in the “bunk bed generation” as Trulia calls it?  Clever space saving solutions can help your family survive living in a small apartment.

Do you have two kids who have to share a room?  A great way to give them each their own space is to divide the room using a bookcase.  Another option for dividing the room which requires virtually no floor space is a curtain.  If your kids don’t mind sharing the room, but you need more space for them to play, a bunk bed or lofted bed for little children are great solutions.  You can even add a trundle for a third child or occasional sleepovers.

If your children have to share a closet in addition to sharing a bedroom, it can be difficult to come up with ways to separate their clothes.  By hanging double-rods and putting a set of drawers in the middle, you can store more clothing and separate it clearly.  Short on closet space in the first place?  Create a closet where you need it with clever solutions like clothes racks, shelves and curtain rods, and hooks hung directly on the wall.  If you hate seeing your clothes and belongings out in the open, use a curtain to hide them.  

Sharing a bathroom can sometimes be difficult, but there are lots of clever small bathroom solutions.  A towel bar with shower hooks is a great way to store jewelry.  Can’t stand clutter on the counter?  Keep each family member’s toiletries in a basket just for them and store under the sink.  That way you can bring them out for getting ready and put them back as soon as you’re done.  

If you work from home, it can be difficult to find space for a home office in a small apartment.  Think outside the box by placing a long table behind the couch in the living room.  Another option is to place all your office needs on a rolling cart or filing cabinet in the dining room.  By day your dining room table becomes an office and by night it is transformed back into a place to eat.  Other unconventional possible office spaces include a closet, an armoire, or the space under the stairs if you have open stairs in your townhome or loft.  

Looking for an apartment to save you from the space crunch?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-222-5383 to take advantage of our expert apartment locators and their up-to-the-minute knowledge of rent, vacancies and move-in specials at all the best apartments in Austin!  

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Domain Austin

The Domain is Austin’s largest retail development in the Austin area, with $1.8 million square feet of retail and restaurant space.  The Domain is living up to its goal of becoming a second downtown with employers, apartments, dining and shopping all within its borders.  

North Italia considers their food a love letter to Italy, serving up classic Italian dishes and pizzas with a modern twist.  Patrons especially love their truffle oil garlic bread.  They also have an extensive wine list and house-made cocktails.

Yard House serves up Asian Creole Cuisine and has a ton of beers on draft.  125 brews to be exact!  A great place to watch the game and get food that isn’t your normal pub fare.

The Steeping Room doesn’t just serve tea.  They have a variety of tasty salads, sandwiches, and pastries, including selections for those with food allergies and sensitivities.

When it comes to shopping, just about anything you need can be found without leaving the Domain.  For groceries, Whole Foods Market specializes in organic and natural foods.  The national health food giant started right here in Austin in 1980.

Anthropologie has all the hottest fashions not only for yourself but also for your home.  You’ll feel like a starlet in their beautiful clothing and taking a spin in the dressing room is fun even if your pocketbook is more Walmart than Neiman Marcus.

Luxe Apothetique is a boutique with designer clothing and Luxe brand clothing that is unique and fun.  They also have a salon and spa, so you can get completely ready for your big event all in one place!  

For entertainment, iPic Theater is a truly unique movie watching experience.  Enjoy the latest blockbuster from the comfort of a reclining lazy boy with a blanket, gourmet food, and a hand-crafted cocktail.  

There are several employers in the Domain as well.  HomeAway employs 300 people at its Domain office.  HomeAway is a online vacation rental marketplace with nearly 1600 employees in total.  

Amazon also has a corporate office in the Domain spanning 76,000 square feet and employing 250 Austinites.  Amazon is the behemoth online global marketplace where you can buy just about anything.  

There are lots of luxurious nearly brand new apartments in the Domain as well.  Residences at the Domain have studio apartments that are 611 square feet, one bedrooms that start at 783 square feet, and two bedrooms that start at 1,164 square feet.  Apartments surround a courtyard with a pool, outdoor kitchen, and sundeck.  Units feature pantries, washer/dryer connections, breakfast bars, track lighting and garage access.

The Kenzie at the Domain has stellar amenities like a fitness center with free classes, a lounge with a view of the pool and a bar style seating and social area, and direct access to the Domain’s 9-acre park.  The studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments ranging from 516 to 1,015 square feet have ten to thirteen foot ceilings, USB charging outlets, wood style plank flooring, and washers and dryers. Apartments have outdoor space in the form of stoop entries, private balconies or screen porches.

Apartments at the Standard at the Domain feature real wood floors, quartz counters, keyless entry, smartphone controllable thermostats, and tile backsplashes in the kitchen in their studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units that range from 497 to 1,199 square feet.  This pet friendly community has no breed restrictions, a dog wash station, bicycle maintenance and storage, and a rooftop deck.  

Looking for your own little piece of heaven in the Domain? Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 for the latest in rental rates, vacancies, move-in specials and more at all the best Austin apartments!