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!  

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?