where construction cranes tower over
existing skyscrapers to build even higher. By
the end of 2015, downtown Austin could
have as many as 2,534 new apartment units
in nine different complexes. Downtown
Austin is seeing increasingly younger residents, mostly middle to upper class. These
Austinites love the convenience of being
just blocks from shopping on Congress
Avenue, live music venues on 6th Street,
and even some great parks, hiking, and
biking along the Colorado River.
South Austin: Across the Colorado River
from Downtown Austin is where young,
artsy, and hippie types seem to collect.
Although Barton Heights has some great
family areas, Travis Heights and Bouldin
Creek attract mainly hip, liberal Austinites,
as well as transplants from other parts of
the country. The main drag in this part of
town is South Congress Avenue.
North Austin: North Austin consists of
areas like Round Rock, Cedar Park, and
Leander, which attract a lot of families.
The Leander Independent school district
is an award-winning district, and many
tech companies like Apple and Dell have
large operations in the area. North Austin
also has some great luxury apartments,
like The Allure, an Alliance Residential
property. The Allure has a fitness center,
conference room, wi-fi in all common
areas, a pet park, and even green features
like electric car-charging stations and
smoke-free buildings. “Austin is a very
green city. There’s a lot of demand for
green living,” says Parkhill. North and
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