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and condominiums in Austin, more than
233,000 were built after 2000, ranking
Austin 5th in the country for youngest
housing stock. Apartments are popping up
all over Austin. In addition to the 17,627
units that were under construction in 2014,
fourteen new projects have already been
approved by the city in the first quarter
of 2015, and another 24 projects were
submitted for site plan review. Austin’s
building boom just keeps rolling along with
no obvious end in sight.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT AUSTIN
Austin is known for being an eclectic city,
and Austin neighborhoods are no different.
From young and hip high rises, to suburbs
with great schools and parks, to custom-
ized luxury apartments, Austin has it all.
Choosing the right neighborhood can be
difficult, however, for someone who is
unfamiliar with the lay of Austin land.
“Many people immediately look to down-
town areas, but I encourage anyone new to
Austin to look at other areas,” says Charissa
Parkhill, Southwest Regional Field
Marketer for The NRP Group, a full-ser-
vice investment, development, and property
management company. It’s important to
have an understanding of what Austin has
to offer, so you can choose a neighborhood
that’s right for you.
Downtown: The greatest apartment growth
may very well be in Downtown Austin,
where construction cranes tower over
existing skyscrapers to build even higher.
As of the end of 2016, downtown Austin
is now home to over 20,000 new units in
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 northwest Austin
are fast-growing Austin neighborhoods,
great for families, animal lovers, and the
West Austin: West Austin has some of the
wealthiest (and most expensive) neighborhoods in the city, such as Westlake Hills and
Steiner Ranch. The commute into town is a
bit longer than in other areas of Austin, but
residents are closer to Lake Travis and the
great outdoors. Further south are middle
class, conservative neighborhoods, such as
Oak Hill and Circle C Ranch.
East Austin: East Austin is the epitome of
Austin eclecticism. Although it used to be
considered the poorest part of the city, the
area is now mostly a hipster neighborhood.
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