Monday, June 19, 2017

Austin Swimming Holes



Austin may not be near the coast, but there are tons of fun places to swim in the city limits and beyond.  We’ve got a round-up of some of the best pools and swimming holes in the area!

Deep Eddy Pool has been a destination for Austinites looking to cool off since the 1930’s.  Located in the heart of Austin just off Lake Austin Boulevard near Mopac, its spring-fed waters offer a refreshing respite from the heat of the summer.  There is also a concession stand offering Jim Jim Ices and other snacks just in case you need an extra jolt of cold refreshment.

Hamilton Pool Preserve is quite possibly the most beautiful swimming hole in Austin, if not the entire state.  This gorgeous natural pool has a waterfall and is part of a collapsed grotto. Reservations are required and sometimes the bacteria levels in the water are too high to swim.  If that happens, you can still enjoy hiking on the nature trails surrounding the pool.

Looking to swim “au naturel”?  Austin’s famous nude beach, Hippie Hollow, welcomes visitors age 18 and over to toss aside their clothing and sunbathe, swim or boat in their birthday suit. It’s the only clothing-optional public park in the state of Texas.

Lake Pflugerville Park gives you the experience of a beach without the four hour plus drive to the Gulf of Mexico.  The beach has pebbles, so be sure to bring water shoes.  You can swim, fish, picnic, hike, jog or just soak up some rays on and around this man-made 180 acre reservoir.

Looking for an apartment with a stellar pool so you don’t need to leave home to cool down?  A Plus Apartments can help! Give us a call today at 512-231-1400.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Austin Neighborhood Named Best for Families



One area of Austin made a list of the best places in the country for families to live, Culturemap Austin reports.  

A report by HomeUnion put the 78717 zip code at number 19 out of the best 30 areas in America for families.  The ratings included the most affordable zip code in the 30 metro areas with an average school rating in the 80th percentile or higher.  

78717 is in Williamson County and has a school rating of 84.9 and the median home price is $375,000.  It includes Avery Ranch, a golf community, and also has easy access to both 183 and State Highway 45.  

Two other Texas areas made the list. The 12th spot belonged to 77450 in Katy, north of Houston, and number 15 was 78255 in Cross Mountain, a suburb of San Antonio.

Blue Springs, Missouri, which is near Kansas City, topped the list for the 2nd year in a row.  

The middle of the country is providing a lot of opportunity for first-time homebuyers as coastal areas, especially on the west coast, see skyrocketing home costs.

Looking to make your home in the 78717 zip code or anywhere else in Austin?  A Plus Apartments can help find your dream apartment in no time!  Call us today at 512-231-1400!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Plus Named Best Apartment Locators in Austin


We're thrilled to have been named "Best Apartment Locators in Austin" in the Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll!  Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to everyone who trusts us on a daily basis with their apartment search.  We love finding you a new home YOU love!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Austin Top Choice for Job Seekers



Indeed released a report of the top cities for job-seekers, and Austin came in 4th, the Austin Business Journal reports.

Austin’s work-life balance was one of the reasons it scored so high. Austin also has high average salaries relative to other cities on the list and Austin’s unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in the state and much lower than the national average.

Most of the best cities for job-seekers were located in the south and west, specifically Texas, California, and Florida.  Workers seem to be seeking warmer clients and moving away from the cold midwest, especially as the manufacturing jobs there have dried up.

The study examined job market favorability, salary weighted for the cost of living, work/life balance, and job security and advancement in the top 50 metropolitan cities in the country to come up with its ranking.

Austin scored 90% on the Job Market Favorability, 59% on Salary, 80% on Work-Life Balance, and 69% on Job Security and Advancement, for an overall score of 82.1%.  

Miami, Orlando, and Raleigh, North Carolina took the top three spots above Austin.  

To see the full rankings, visit the Austin Business Journal.  

Have you moved to Austin in search of our legendary work-life balance?  Make sure you don’t spend your time commuting rather than enjoying the parks, pools, and glorious weather Austin has to offer!  Call A Plus Apartments today at 512-231-1400 to find that perfect apartment that’s close to work and play.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

High Speed Travel Between Austin and Dallas


A company wants to make it possible for Texans to travel from Austin to Dallas in 20 minutes, Culturemap reports.

A company, Hyperloop One, has proposed a high-speed route that will connect Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Laredo.  The route is one of 11 proposals from across the country.  The company will eventually choose three proposals in the U.S. to go forward with.

The project works by putting passengers and cargo into a pod, which accelerates to 700 miles per hour using electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.  The pod floats above the track through magnetic levitation and is able to glide at speeds reaching that of an airplane for extended distances because of ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

The proposed route through Texas would encompass 640 miles and go from Dallas-Fort Worth to Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo, and east from San Antonio to Houston. Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston wouldn’t be connected because they have a chance at getting a high-speed bullet train.

Hyperloop One is currently testing the technology at a 2 mile long track near Las Vegas.  The Texas proposal is being handled by a Dallas-based firm and the proposed track is backed by the University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the City of Dallas, Austin’s CapMetro and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

Looking to avoid Austin traffic and just can’t wait for high speed transit?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400 to find your dream apartment near work, school, and play!  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pflugerville Lures Two New Companies with Incentives


Austin’s neighbor to the north has attracted two large companies with financial incentives, the Austin Business Journal reports.

MW Builders Inc., a general contractor based in Kansas, will build a regional headquarters at the 130 Commerce Center mixed-use business park at State Highway 130 and Pecan Street in Pflugerville.  In exchange for building a 20,000 square foot facility that costs at least $4.8 million, hiring or relocating 30 full-time employees who make an average of $86,000 annually and have health benefits, and moving their regional headquarters to the facility by July 31, 2018, MW Builders will get up to $75,000.

MW Builders has built the FedEx Ground Building and the Cortec Precision Sheetmetal facility in Pflugerville and it has other offices in Texas in Temple and Midland.  

Accent Food Services, currently located out of the Pflugerville city limits, will be moving to an industrial and residential area inside Pflugerville south of State Highway 45.  If Accent brings in or relocates 85 full-time employees with an average salary of $55,000, hires at least five additional workers within 4 years, and builds the 55,000 square-foot location by July 1, 2018, they will get up to $150,000 from the city of Pflugerville.  That money will be paid $30,000 once a year for the first five years the facility is open.  The company, which provides offices with food and beverages, expects the new building to cost $4 million

Looking to move to Pflugerville?  A Plus Apartment Locators can help!  Give us a call at 512-231-1400 to find your dream apartment today in Pflugerville, Austin, and beyond!