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!  

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!