Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Best Neighborhoods in Austin: Great Hills


We wrote about the Great Hills neighborhood over three years ago.  Austin has changed A LOT in the last three years, and the Great Hills area is no exception.

Great Hills is conveniently located in Northwest Austin north of Capital of Texas Highway/Loop 360 and west of Highway 183.  It is also close to 2222 and Mopac/Loop One.

Great Hills is located close to the Arboretum, which is full of shops and restaurants.  Baretto is a new Italian restaurant that serves unique handmade cocktails and has an extensive wine and beer list.  A great neighborhood place to meet up with friends or for a date.

Modern Market is another new restaurant in the Arboretum, focusing on fresh, local, high-quality ingredients and meals made from scratch.  They pride themselves on being able to accommodate just about any dietary need, from vegan to gluten-free to paleo and list the ingredients and nutritional information right there on the menu.

Con’ Olio’s Oils and Vinegars is a tasting bar of Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.  Become an expert at olive oils and find your favorite flavor before buying!

Great Hills is conveniently located to lots of Austin’s high tech employers.  Apple, Inc. is just eight minutes via 183 from Great Hills.  Apple designs, develops, and sells electronics, software and computers, most famously the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Another Great Hills employer is BMC Software, located near the intersection of 183 and Braker Lane.  BMC produces software solutions designed to streamline digital operations for businesses.  

Great Hills residents attend either Round Rock ISD or Austin ISD schools.  Hill Elementary is an AISD school for students in Pre-K through 5th grade.  Laurel Mountain Elementary is a RISD school for children in Kindergarten through fifth grade.  

For middle school, children in sixth through eighth grade who reside in the Great Hills area and are zoned to AISD attend Murchison Middle School.  Murchison is an International Baccalaureate campus.  RISD’s middle school for Great Hills denizens is Canyon Vista Middle School.

Students in grades nine through twelve attend Anderson High School in Austin ISD and Westwood High School in Round Rock ISD.  Anderson was ranked as one of Newsweek’s Top American High Schools in 2016.  U.S. News and World Report ranked Westwood number 249 in the nation on its ranking of the top high schools in the country.  

There are many apartment options as well in the Great Hills neighborhood, many with Hill Country views.  Shadow Oaks has apartments ranging from one bedroom one bathrooms with 562 square feet to two bedroom, two bathroom apartments with 1,024 square feet.  Amenities include planned social activities for residents, a large dog park, a pool with sun deck, and grilling stations.  Apartments feature fireplaces, wood blinds, faux wood flooring, washer/dryer connections and private patios or balconies with storage.  

Estate on Quarry Lake has apartments ranging from 621 square feet 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.  

Are you looking for an apartment in the Great Hills neighborhood?  A Plus Apartment Locators can help you find the perfect place in any of the best neighborhoods in Austin.  Give us a call today at 512-222-5383 for up-to-the-minute information on vacancies, rental rates, move-in specials and more!



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hotel Construction Boom in Downtown Austin



There’s a hotel boom happening in downtown Austin.  The latest entry is Hotel Zaza which announced it will finally begin construction on its long anticipated hotel.

Hotel Zaza announced they would be building a new hotel in 2012, but due to numerous delays, construction is just beginning, the Austin American Statesman reports.

The hotel, to be built at West 4th and Guadalupe streets, will be 24 stories and have 160 hotel rooms and 200 apartments.  It will be built on the site of the former Ginger Man Bar and will incorporate some bricks from that iconic building.  

Originally, the project was supposed to break ground in 2014 and be completed in 2016.  The new completion date is near the end of 2018.  The opening date is the only change in the project.

The project will have several restaurants, two pools, meeting space and a spa, according to an Austin American Statesman article from when the project was first announced.  Hotel Zaza already has very popular locations in Dallas and Houston and the company spent years searching for the perfect location in Austin.

Hotel Zaza prides itself on customizing its hotels to the local market, always with an eye towards luxury.  Its newest location in the Warehouse District will be great for both the area and nearby Republic Square park.  There’s also a lot of nearby office space, including Google, which is good for both the hotel and the apartment sides of the building.

Another hotel currently under construction is the Fairmont Austin, being built at 101 Red River Street across from the Convention Center.  The $350 million dollar project will have 1,068 rooms and 37 stories, the Austin Business Journal reports.    

The Fairmont will create 700 construction jobs and 900 jobs at the hotel once it is completed.  It will have five restaurants including a steak house, a charcuterie, Southern Italian, Asian, and American cuisine.  There will also be a bar in the lobby with a view of Palm Park, a Rooftop Terrace Club on the 7th floor, 106,000 square feet of meeting space, and a walkway from the hotel directly to the Austin Convention Center.  In addition, Austin institution Speakeasy will take up residence in the hotel.

The Waterloo Tower Hotel is another project planned for the downtown area, the Austin Towers Blog reports. This 260 room hotel is planned for the corner of 12th and Red River Streets, on the site of the current Brick Oven Pizza restaurant.  

The hotel will be in the middle of the Innovation District, which is what planners are calling the area around the new Dell Seton Medical Center, scheduled to open next year.  The project doesn’t have a lot of details, but it will be 22 stories and have a 3,700 square foot restaurant.  Despite its proximity to the State Capitol, the .436 acre lot is safely, but narrowly, out of the Capitol View Corridors map.

Austin Proper Hotel and Residences begins construction this year as part of the Greenwater redevelopment in the Seaholm District. This 32 story high-rise will have 245 hotel rooms and 99 luxury condos and penthouses for sale.  

Scheduled to open near the end of next year, amenities will include two swimming pools on the roof, a wellness center and spa, and several restaurants.  The restaurants will be operated by the same group that manages Austin favorites Lambert’s, Perla’s, Elizabeth Street, Clark’s Oyster Bar, the Josephine House, and Jeffrey’s Restaurant and Bar.  Proper already has locations in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Tired of just visiting Austin and ready to move here on a permanent basis?  Give A Plus Apartment locators a call today at 512-222-5383 and let us help you find the perfect apartment!  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Travis County Approves Wildhorse Improvement District



The Wildhorse Ranch project in far east Travis County has been on the radar for ten years, but County Commissioners gave it a boost that may result in it finally coming to the life, the Austin American Statesman reports.  


The Travis County Commissioners Court gave the okay to making Wildhorse Ranch, a 1,450 acre development near Walter E. Long Metropolitan park, a public improvement district.  This would make it possible for the developers to issue bonds through Travis county to pay for road and drainage improvements.  


The developers would then in turn charge property owners who buy into the residential and commercial development $800 to $1000 annually to pay for the $65 million bond.  The goal, according to proponents, is to encourage development in areas that need it.


Austin would still need to approve the special district, however, and city staff has recommended no more special districts be created at this time.  The city has 30 days to reject the designation.


The Wildhorse development has already been given $6 million in road and sewer improvements, funded by the city, and is asking the city to partner on road construction.


The developer estimates the project will have 1.5 million feet of commercial space, which he thinks would provide 5,000 jobs.  


Wildhorse Ranch is located in Austin, northeast of Walter E. Long Lake and south of US 290 and will have 698 acres of parks and open space, 478 acres of single-family homes, 94 acres of retail space, 85 acres of office, EMS, and rail station, 46 acres for roads, and 27 acres for schools.


The proposal includes 2,400 single-family homes, 1,060 apartments, and 200 condos, all on land located about 15-20 minutes from downtown Austin.  Residents will be zoned to Manor ISD schools, and up to two elementary schools may be located in the community.  


Proposed amenities include miles of hike and bike trails, playscapes, picnic spaces, pools, an activity center with meeting and event rooms, a pond, and a farmers’ market that will double as a general store.  


Wildhorse Ranch wants to be a contained community that has everything residents need, while still connecting, via a multitude of transportation options, to the greater Austin area.  There will be a variety of pricing levels for homes to make a diverse community.  The developer is also emphasizing water saving measures and other green-building features, including making Parmer Lane Travis County’s first sustainable roadway.


There’s no time table for when (or even if) Wildhorse Ranch will be completed, so if you’re looking for an apartment today, A Plus Apartment Locators can help you find a new home near Walter E. Long Lake.  


One such community has one, two and three bedroom homes ranging from a 786 square foot one bedroom, one bathroom for $650 to a 1,106 square foot three bedroom, two bathroom for $854.  Apartments feature greenbelt or pool views, nine foot ceilings, washer/dryer connections, private balconies or patios, and ceiling fans in the living room and bedrooms.  Community features include carport and garage parking spaces available for an additional fee, a gated entrance, a junior Olympic sized pool, fitness center, and theater room.  


Ready to find your new home in East Austin?  Start your search with an expert apartment locator on your side.  Give A Plus Apartment Locators a call today at 512-222-5383.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Brand New Apartment Construction in Northwest and North Central Austin



Apartment construction is booming in Austin!  There are a total of 18,893 new apartment units being built right now.  Let’s take a look at what’s coming down the pipe in Northwest and North Central Austin.

In Northwest Austin several communities are in the process of being built.  Near McNeil and 183, a 179 unit community called Urban North will have one and two bedroom apartments ranging from 581 to 1098 square feet and featuring full-size washer and dryers, hardwood floors, and granite counters.  The community will have a dog park, a fitness center, a parking garage and a resort style pool.  There will be no breed or size restriction on pets, either!  Rent is projected to range from $1,095 to $1,595 and the community will be convenient to restaurants and shopping.

IMT at Riata will have another 307 units south of McNeil to the east of 183.  They are expected to be completed this fall and will feature 36 one and two bedroom townhomes and 271 one and two bedroom apartment homes.  Apartments will be LEED certified and will feature a USB port and quartz counters in the kitchen.  The community will have a pool pavilion with grills and fireplaces, an onsite dog park, recreation rooms, a fitness center, and a sports lounge.

Near 183 and 45, The Michael, a new 415 unit community with apartments ranging from a 599 square foot studio to a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath with 1,896 square feet, is under construction.  Situated on 14 acres and dotted with live oaks, this community will have a full-service lounge, full pool and sun deck, and a community amenity center with a gourmet kitchen.  Apartments feature vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and solid wood custom cabinets, a private patio, and more.  The community is close to Lakeline Mall for all your shopping and dining conveniences.  

In North Central Austin, apartment construction is booming as well.  On Burnet Road, close to all the restaurants and bars like Barley Swine, Amy’s Ice Cream and The Yard Bar, Burnet Market Place, a 343 unit community, is sprouting.  Amenities include an outdoor lounge with bar and televisions, a courtyard with hammocks and grilling stations, ground-floor restaurants and retail, and rain gardens and cisterns that filtrate and reuse rain water.  Apartments will have large walk-in closets, butcher block islands with pendant lighting, granite counters, tile backsplashes, and under-counter lighting.  Units range from a 420 square foot studio to a 1,080 square foot two bedroom, two bathroom.   

The Domain is seeing more apartments being built, including The Standard at the Domain, which will have 563 units ranging from a 604 square foot one bedroom to a 1,427 square foot two bedroom.  Apartments feature wood style floors, USB outlets, keyless entry, and quartz counters.  The community has easy access to the shopping and restaurants of the Domain, plus a parking garage, dog washing station, two pools, a communal kitchen, and a rooftop terrace.

Interested in one of these amazing apartment communities under construction?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-222-5383 and we can get you the best deal on pre-leasing an apartment.  Can’t wait?  One of our experienced apartment locators can help you find what you’re looking for in an already completed community.  Plus, our services are absolutely free!  So what are you waiting for?  


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Apartments Can You Rent for $1500 in Northwest Austin?


Wondering how far your rental dollar goes in Austin?  In Northwest Austin at least, the answer is pretty far!  Let’s find out what you get for $1500 a month in the Northwest Austin area.  

In the Great Hills neighborhood, you can rent a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,024 square feet apartment for $1275 in a community with a sparkling pool, dog park, fitness center, and planned social activities.  Every unit has washer/dryer connections, every first floor unit has beautiful wood floors throughout the entire apartment, and there is valet trash service.  Or you can have a one bedroom, one bath 1,022 square foot apartment for $1425 in a community with lake views, included washer and dryers, and stainless steel appliances.  There are also two swimming pools, including a lap pool, and a lakeside running and walking trail.

In Steiner Ranch, for just $1,250, you can have a two bedroom, two bathroom 1,239 square feet apartment surrounded by a nature preserve with a community garden.  Units have large floorplans, fireplaces in the master bedroom, and spacious walk-in closets.  Like to walk to run your errands?  For $1,555 you can rent a 3 bedroom, two bathroom, 1,238 square feet apartment in a community within walking distance of a grocery store and Starbucks.  Amenities include a dog agility course, attached and detached garages, enclosed backyards, and a private gated entry.

Like to be close to shopping?  You’ll love an apartment in the Arboretum area!  For $1,320, you can have a two bedroom, two bathroom 1,000 square foot apartment within walking distance of shopping and dining.  Units in this pet-friendly community have been completely upgraded and are spacious, with canyon views available.   For $1475, you can rent a two bedroom, two bathroom 1,222 square foot apartment in a gated community with convenient access to Mopac.  They have two sand volleyball courts, free yoga and cardio classes, a tennis court, indoor racquetball and an enclosed off-leash dog park.  Apartments feature full-size washer and dryer connections, 9’ ceilings with crown molding, patios or balconies with outdoor storage, and wood burning fireplaces.  

If you’d like to be close to the lake, Lakeway is a great area for you!  For $1,385, a one bedroom, one bathroom 903 square foot apartment with a garage can be yours in a community with a social clubroom with HDTV entertainment, a game room with billiards, expert personal trainer, on-demand concierge, and community events including catered brunches and socials.  Apartment amenities include available marble jetted garden jacuzzi tubs, full-size washer and dryer connections, separate stand-alone showers, and granite counters in the kitchen and baths.  

As you can see, $1500 goes a long way in North Austin.  An experienced apartment locator can help you find exactly what you are looking for in a new apartment absolutely free.  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-222-5383 and put our expert knowledge to work for you!  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Tech is Hot in Downtown Austin


Downtown Austin is where the action is, and tech companies, after years of locating their offices in the hills of Loop 360, are coming back to downtown Austin.  The goal is attracting and retaining young workers interested in working and living in apartments downtown, as reported by the Austin American Statesman.

Many technology companies have moved to the center of the city in the last two years, including BigCommerce, who has seen a huge increase in the quality of life for their employees who can now walk to work, rather than spending  45 minutes commuting to BigCommerce's north Austin office.  

The tech industry has a huge impact on the Austin economy as a whole.  8.77 percent of the workforce in Austin is directly employed in a technology job, a factor which led to Sunguard Availability Services ranking the city as first in the nation for startups.

According to Silicon Hills, Facebook is currently in the process of quadrupling the space at its Austin office at 300 W. Sixth and Google will be leasing 200,000 square feet in the 29-story office tower under construction in the Seaholm District.  

The Seaholm District is also home to another tech company, Under Armour, who develops and tests its fitness-related tech devices and software next door to Trader Joe’s.  The Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail serves as a convenient real-world place to run the new technologies through their paces.  

All these new tech workers need downtown apartments to live in and the number of choices is constantly growing.  Downtown Austin rents start at around $1500 and up, but include lots of amenities like rooftop pools, dog parks, bike racks, and of course the all important ability to walk to work.  An apartment locator knows vacancies and move-in specials at all the best apartments downtown and beyond.  

If paying $1500 in rent scares you, consider other ways you can save money so you can have your dream.  Downtown living doesn’t require a car, so you can save hundreds of dollars a month on a car payment and insurance.  You could also consider taking on a roommate or finding a unit with less square footage, but a more efficient layout.  

Other less-expensive options include living slightly east, (like in the East Riverside-Oltorf Neighborhood), or south of downtown and biking to work.  With the new Boardwalk and extension of the trail to East Austin, there are more choices than ever for living close to downtown and the hike and bike trail.  Give A Plus Apartments Apartment Locators a call today at 512-222-5383 to explore all your options for downtown and near downtown living!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Finding an Apartment in Austin: Learn About the Area


For most of us, moving is a big deal. Whether you are moving for career, family, or just a change, it takes time and effort to plan and execute a successful move. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to go about it, or where to start the process. Fortunately, with the advent of the digital age, you can do a lot of the necessary research and pre-planning, prior to your move. What’s more, apartment locators and realtor agents are your allies in finding the right location and home. But before you look for the right apartment, you should first do some general research of the city or areas of town that you might consider moving to. In this post, we discuss some helpful ways to start your research of learning about the different areas of town. Once you’ve gotten a general feel for the city, make sure you then contact one of our agents who can help you in the next step of finding the perfect home, in your perfect area and location!

Moving Sites
One of the great things about the internet is that anyone who has the time and the desire can offer their input and advice to those who are searching. Of course, not all advice is equal on the internet, and looking through random forums can be exhausting, at best! So, here are a couple websites run by local Austinites that are devoted to the topic of moving to this city.
First up is the very appropriately named Move to Austin site. This fairly expansive website is run by an Austin local who moved to the area some years back and who has been able to compile much of her wealth of information to share with other new-comers. The site has links to pages discussing neighborhoods, schools, and entertainment. There are also links to various places and spaces to view online. As with many things online, it comes from one person's perspective, but it’s still an excellent resource for initial research on moving to Austin!
Another site that offers a range of discussion on all things related to moving to this town, is the Austin Relocation Guide. Like the previous site, they have pages covering things to do, housing, jobs, healthcare, and getting settled. They also have an active blog that includes local headlines and information about the city as it relates to those moving here. As with the other site, the best feature they both share in common is their discussions of Austin area neighborhoods. They are able to roughly break them down, and give a brief articulation of what they are generally like.

Blogs
Next, you might check out some blogs of local Austinites who write about life and the going-ons of this town. This is a good way to get a feel for the city overall, and especially the events that happen around town, as well as the downtown and party spots in particular. A good blog to start with is the official City of Austin blog which covers everything from events, to parks and recreation, to area reviews, as well as to discussing summer spots to check out! This is likely one of the best ways to get an idea of the vibe of this town, and also get a glimpse of what it looks like.
Austinite Tips describes themselves as "[a]n insider's guide to the best, wort, and weirdest in Austin" and overall, they live up to this claim by having a little something on almost everything going on in town. If you like interesting architecture, Creede Fitch collects pictures of renovated homes and houses in the area. Finally, if you’re just looking for things to do in town, and want to check the pulse of the nightlife and entertainment scene, 365 Things Austin will have you covered.

Locators
Of course, last but not least, you should get in touch with someone who not only lives and knows the area, but someone who is also able to guide you through the moving process. In this arena, there really is no substitute for a real person, and in particular, a real estate locator. And we wholeheartedly recommend our services at A Plus Apartment Locators! Not only is our service free of charge, but our agents work tirelessly to find the right fit, location, and needs, for you and/or your family. We are also very experienced with the area, market trends, and what would best suit your lifestyle, given your preferences. So once you know the general area you want to live in, call us, and we will do the rest by providing you with a complete list of possible options to get you moved, in the easiest and best way possible! Our local number is: 512-271-9662