Thursday, October 15, 2015

Three Options For Under $100 That Will Help Keep Your Porch Organized

Living in an apartment can be demanding on your organization skills. Most people find it challenging when space is limited to make everything fit and this can be a recurring theme throughout your entire home. Today we want to discuss a few ways to make limited space work on your porch or patio. The options below are a great place to start, and best of all, they won’t break the bank!

Option 1. This little number has got you covered in the storage and style department. A dark walnut bench that you can use as a seat when you want to enjoy those cool mornings and evenings, as well as a storage device. All under one hundred bucks too!

Check out our Pinterest Board on ways to get a little extra privacy on your porch.

Option 2. One of these on either side of your porch, or outside your front door with potted flowers on top would look great! The top comes off for an easy storage device that holds up to 30 gallons. On a side note they come in 8 different colors. What’s not to love!

Take a look at our Pinterest Board for some great ideas on seating for your porch.

Option 3. This coffee table doubles as a storage container and can hold up to 30 gallons! The plastic top makes it easy to clean as well as deal with pesky weather conditions. You can choose from three different colors.

We hope you found these ideas useful when putting together your porch or patio. Or if you are moving and are looking for a place to call your own in Austin, give us a call at 512 231 1400. Our free service will help find the perfect apartment for you!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Why South Austin Is The New "It" Place To Live

Austin grows rapidly every year. It would take a small book to cover all the changes Austin undergoes each year keep up with its ever growing population. That said, today we are going to focus on South Austin. Unlike decades past, South Austin is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas in the City to live. If we dive in a little deeper, we can see the evidence that South Austin is gaining in popularity and why...

In 1995, the average rent for an apartment in Austin was $.83 / sq ft.  Compare that with $1.31 / sqft in the second quarter of this year and you can see that Austin rents have increased a whopping 57% in the last 10 years.  Even with dramatically climbing rents, Austinites are still willing to pay higher rent for an apartment in South Austin compared to one in North Austin. In that same quarter, on average, the rent for a one bedroom apartment in South Austin was 5.5% higher than a one bedroom apartment in North Austin.

To accommodate this demand and take advantage of higher rents, construction in South Austin is booming.  Take South Lamar for example.  In just the 3 mile stretch between Barton Springs Road and 71, five new luxury apartment complexes have opened recently or are soon to open.  Three of them practically on the same corner!  
Why is this? Well, we’ve got a view ideas…

Unlike North Austin, which grew rapidly in the 80s and 90s, South Austin still has land to offer that  is in close proximity to downtown.  New bars and restaurants have opened up to meet the demand for new hot spots. Live music is plentiful, parks are everywhere and the greenbelt is at your fingertips. Places like Campbell’s Hole, Twin Falls and Barton Springs offer unique opportunities to hike and enjoy nature. Local parks like Butler, Zilker and the newly renovated Auditorium Shores host festivals and outdoor events of almost every kind, practically year-round.

If you would like to get in on the South Austin craze for some of the same reasons we mentioned above, give us a call at 512 231 1400. One of our agents will get you set up with a great place in a great part of the city that you can call home!