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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, confer-
ence 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
East Austin: East Austin is the epitome of
HOW TO FIND AN APARTMENT
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.
With such a competitive market, and the
variety of neighborhoods in an ever more
eclectic Austin, how do you find a great
Austin apartment? Like anywhere in the
U.S., there is always Craigslist and newspaper listings. If you already live in Austin,
you could also drive around the part of
town you think you might want to live in.
With demand so high, many apartment
managers just put up signs in front of the
building. If you live across the country,
however, finding a great Austin apartment
can be more difficult.
There are a lot of things that can complicate
an apartment hunt, like a limited budget or
having pets. Austin is a very pet-friendly city.
For example, there are over 200 restaurants
in Austin that allow leashed dogs in their
outdoor or patio seating areas. That’s not to
say, however, that every apartment complex
will allow pets. Pets often mean more
liability for a landlord, and some complex-owners choose to avoid problems by simply
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