where construction cranes tower over
existing skyscrapers to build even
higher. Over 1,682 units were
completed in the downtown area this
year, and over 3,400 are on the
horizon in the next year or two.
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.
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
North Austin consists of areas like
Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Leander,
which attract a lot of families. The
Leander 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 NRP
Group 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 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 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. Old houses and funky
remodels sit next to sleek, modern
developments. Southeast Austin is home
to a lot of University of Texas students,
likely because of the large numbers of
apartments and other rental properties
in the area.
“...While Austin is an inexpensive
place to live, owning a home in Austin
isn’t within everyone’s reach.
Renting an apartment is an
excellent alternative. ”
WHERE YOU UNPACK MATTERS
MORE THAN HOW YOU PACK.
Choose an energy efficient apartment
and reap these rewards:
» Lower energy bills
» Increased comfort
» Better air quality
» Reduced carbon footprint
Do your homework! Ask to see a
property’s energy audit certificate
before you sign your next lease.
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