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!