Thursday, June 29, 2017

How Much Income is Needed to Afford an Apartment in Austin



A recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found that an Austin resident would have to earn $22.98 per hour to afford a two bedroom apartment, the Austin American Statesman reports.

That’s over three times the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.  The report found that around the country, even in areas with a higher minimum wage, there is nowhere a minimum wage worker could afford a two bedroom apartment.

The study used the standard measure of affordability for rent, which is that the cost of rent and utilities shouldn’t be more than 30% of a person’s gross income.  

The study used $1,195 a month for the rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Austin metro.  A person would need to earn $47,800 to pay for that apartment.  

If you earned $7.25 an hour, you’d need to work over 3 full time jobs to pay for a two-bedroom apartment.

Texas came in at the 22nd slot in the most expensive cities for renters.  You need to earn $18.38 per hour to pay for a two bedroom in the state.  In the US, workers have to earn $21.21 per hour to swing rent on a two bedroom unit.

Worried about finding an apartment that will fit your budget?  A Plus Apartments is here to help.  Give us a call at 512-231-1400 to use our absolutely free services to find you the apartment of your dreams for less!  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Austin Swimming Holes



Austin may not be near the coast, but there are tons of fun places to swim in the city limits and beyond.  We’ve got a round-up of some of the best pools and swimming holes in the area!

Deep Eddy Pool has been a destination for Austinites looking to cool off since the 1930’s.  Located in the heart of Austin just off Lake Austin Boulevard near Mopac, its spring-fed waters offer a refreshing respite from the heat of the summer.  There is also a concession stand offering Jim Jim Ices and other snacks just in case you need an extra jolt of cold refreshment.

Hamilton Pool Preserve is quite possibly the most beautiful swimming hole in Austin, if not the entire state.  This gorgeous natural pool has a waterfall and is part of a collapsed grotto. Reservations are required and sometimes the bacteria levels in the water are too high to swim.  If that happens, you can still enjoy hiking on the nature trails surrounding the pool.

Looking to swim “au naturel”?  Austin’s famous nude beach, Hippie Hollow, welcomes visitors age 18 and over to toss aside their clothing and sunbathe, swim or boat in their birthday suit. It’s the only clothing-optional public park in the state of Texas.

Lake Pflugerville Park gives you the experience of a beach without the four hour plus drive to the Gulf of Mexico.  The beach has pebbles, so be sure to bring water shoes.  You can swim, fish, picnic, hike, jog or just soak up some rays on and around this man-made 180 acre reservoir.

Looking for an apartment with a stellar pool so you don’t need to leave home to cool down?  A Plus Apartments can help! Give us a call today at 512-231-1400.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Austin Neighborhood Named Best for Families



One area of Austin made a list of the best places in the country for families to live, Culturemap Austin reports.  

A report by HomeUnion put the 78717 zip code at number 19 out of the best 30 areas in America for families.  The ratings included the most affordable zip code in the 30 metro areas with an average school rating in the 80th percentile or higher.  

78717 is in Williamson County and has a school rating of 84.9 and the median home price is $375,000.  It includes Avery Ranch, a golf community, and also has easy access to both 183 and State Highway 45.  

Two other Texas areas made the list. The 12th spot belonged to 77450 in Katy, north of Houston, and number 15 was 78255 in Cross Mountain, a suburb of San Antonio.

Blue Springs, Missouri, which is near Kansas City, topped the list for the 2nd year in a row.  

The middle of the country is providing a lot of opportunity for first-time homebuyers as coastal areas, especially on the west coast, see skyrocketing home costs.

Looking to make your home in the 78717 zip code or anywhere else in Austin?  A Plus Apartments can help find your dream apartment in no time!  Call us today at 512-231-1400!