Friday, February 22, 2013

Anderson Mill

This month we’re going to be spotlighting the Anderson Mill neighborhood, located Northwest of Austin, Texas.  Anderson Mill was founded by Thomas Anderson, a Virginian who moved to the area in the 1850’s.   He set up a gunpowder mill in the 1860's and his gunpowder was used for the Confederate Army.  After the Civil War ended, he converted the gunpowder mill to a gristmill and later added a cotton gin to his business.  After Thomas died in 1894, the area was abandoned.  Although a historical marker was added in 1836, the area wasn’t re-discovered until the late 1970’s when it became a suburb of Austin.
Anderson Mill used to be its own city, but it was incorporated into Austin in 2008. Anderson Mill began as a master planned community in the late 1970's and is popular with  those looking for apartments with affordable rents, lots of local amenities and Round Rock ISD schools.  Green space, parks, and hike and bike trails are all abundant in the area, but the close proximity of Highway 183, State Highway 45 and Mopac mean that residents can quickly get to work or shopping.  Anderson Mill is less than 30 minutes from downtown Austin.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Whitley Apartments

The Whitley Apartments are a new 266 unit apartment complex being constructed in downtown Austin at 3rd and Brazos.  This new complex will be located right in the thick of Austin nightlife and is expected to be completed this Spring.
Floor plans at Whitley range from a 514 square foot studio to a 1,378 square foot two bedroom, two bathroom.  Rents range from $1,610 for the studio to $2,510 for the two bedroom.  The project will be mixed use with 10,000 feet of retail space on the ground level.  The building will be sixteen stories and 196 feet tall.
Whitley will have all the amenities you would expect from a luxury apartment project.  On the ground floor, you can conduct business with a conference room featuring a television and teleconferencing capability, as well as a full executive business center that has computer access and printing.  For entertaining, the theater room with 70" screen and raised platform seating will allow you to feel like you have your own personal movie theater.  A coffee bar and concierge service will keep you caffeinated and pampered.  
The 6th Floor features a pool, sundeck and a wet deck for catching some rays.  For sharing your good fortune with friends, there's a gourmet outdoor kitchen, intimate outdoor lounge with a fireplace, and an indoor pool-level aqua lounge with a catering kitchen.  To stay in shape, take advantage of Whitley's covered outdoor yoga and exercise terrace and high end fitness room with retractable glass panel wall system.
For convenience, Whitley also features gated parking, available oversized private garages, a controlled access bike storage area, and a loading dock with freight elevator for moving in.  To keep Fido happy and clean, there's a dog park with artificial grass and a dog washing machine.  If Mom decides to visit, you can reserve her one of the available guest suites.
In your apartment, you can choose your style of contemporary or traditional design or even a custom color accent wall, and enjoy 10' ceilings in the living rooms and bedrooms of most of the units.  Enjoy the action on the street below from your perch via the floor-to-ceiling windows with sliding glass doors and private terrace.  In the kitchen, get your gourmet on with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops with undermount sinks, and glass mosaic tile backsplashes.  Your spa-like bathroom features porcelain tile, a separate walk-in shower with rainwater showerheads, and a soaking tub.  Hardwood flooring in the living and kitchen, as well as plush carpet in the bedroom keeps your toes happy, while fabric roller shades on the window make sure you have your privacy.  For convenience, every apartment features a front-load washer and dryer and walk-in closets and ceiling fans in the bedrooms.  When you're ready for some down time, you can watch television in style, as all apartments are wired for flat panels in the living room and bedrooms.
When it's time to leave the cozy confines of Whitley, downtown is your playground!  Walk or bike to Sixth Street staples like Flamingo Cantina, as famous for their live music performances as their tasty burgers.
For entertainment, the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz  is your local movie theater.  In this cozy cinema, you can wash down gourmet food with craft beer while enjoying everything from goofy sing-a-longs to cult classics to the latest blockbuster.  Insider tip:  pay a little extra and spring for the private balcony that comes with its own waiter.  How romantic!
For a nightcap, what could be better than being in stumble distance of the Cedar Door.  This Austin institution created the Mexican Martini and once you've tasted theirs, no one else will be able to compare.  And from your new home at Whitley, you're just a block away!
With your close proximity to I-35, Mopac, Congress and Lamar, you'll be at work or play in no time if you do have to venture outside of downtown.  And with the Metro Rail so close, you don't even have to take your car!  Welcome home to Whitley!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gables Park Plaza Phase Two

Gables Park Plaza is currently building their second phase of apartments.  This gorgeous luxury apartment community, located right on the edge of downtown and Lady Bird Lake is right in the middle of all the best Austin has to offer.  The second phase will be 18 stories and have 222 units and will be located just east of the current Gables Park Plaza.  In addition to apartments, this mixed-use development will have 14,000 square feet of retail space.  It should be complete by the end of this year.
Apartments range in size from 617 square feet for a one bedroom, one bath to 1201 square feet for a two bedroom, two bath apartment, and rents range from $1790 for the one bedroom, one bath to $3762 for the 2 bedroom, two bath.  
If you enjoy feeling like you live at a resort hotel, the Gables Park Plaza has you covered.  The roof-top swimming pool and patio provides panoramic views, a roof-top grill for cooking for friends, and a variety of intimate seating areas.  For working or working out, the cyber-lounge has computers, printer and fax and there's a large fitness center with the highest end equipment and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.  The lounge also boasts a gourmet chef's kitchen with a dining room and two-sided fire place.  For safety and convenience, there is climate controlled storage and direct access to controlled garage parking.  
The luxury continues inside your apartment, with units available with downtown and lake views, large balconies, and large windows with solar shades to keep your energy bills low.  For the Top Chef wannabe, the gourmet kitchen features designer glass tile backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and custom wood cabinets.  The hotel feel continues into the spa-inspired bathrooms, which boast oversized garden tubs and walk-in showers as well as designer hardware and plumbing features.  Your toesies will be pampered on the plush upgraded bedroom carpet and bamboo floors in the living areas.
Looking to get out?  Well your backyard is downtown and Lady Bird Lake!  You can walk to the 2nd street shopping district, which features unique national retailers likeUrban Outfitters, an eclectic store with quirky finds for your home and your wardrobe, and local sources of treasures like Mercury Design Studio, which specializes in hand-picked objects from around the world for your home and for gifts.
If a movie is more your style, the high end Violet Crown Cinema is a locally owned art house movie theater with amazingly comfortable seats and gourmet treats available to eat while you watch your film.  You may pay a couple of bucks more for your ticket, but the experience is well worth it.
Looking for breakfast?  Local favorite Jo's Coffeeshop serves up delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, coffee, with a smile.  
If outdoor activities are what you're in the mood for, Gables Park Plaza has direct Lady Bird Lake and Hike and Bike Trail access.  So walk, run, bike, canoe or just enjoy the beauty that is Austin without getting in your car.
Welcome home!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Renting with a Large Dog

Renting with a large dog can sometimes be frustrating on your own, but with a qualified apartment locator, we can help you find an apartment that will accept not only you, but your larger than norm furry friend.

Most apartment complexes consider a large dog to be any pet over 35 pounds, and many cap the size of dogs they allow at 70 pounds.  However, if you have a pet that is over 70 pounds, we can help you find an apartment complex that has no weight limit.   

If you do have a large dog, it won't affect the type of unit you're able to rent.  They won't make you rent a larger unit, or one on the first floor or anything like that.  Whether you have a small or a large dog, leash rules are the same.  Pets are required to be on a leash anywhere in the complex accept for a fenced-in designated pet park.

A few apartments even have little yards attached to the first floor units.  Rather than an enclosed porch, it's open to the yard.  That may make renting with a large dog a little easier, especially so the dog will have somewhere to go when you aren't home.

When you are looking for a place to rent with your pet, make sure you have access to your pet's vet records.  Many apartments want to see those because they will say exactly what breed your pet is.