Austin Apartments: Choosing the Right Austin Neighborhood
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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 customized 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 downtown 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-service 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. Check out some of the options available to Austin renters below:
The greatest apartment growth may very well be in Downtown Austin, where construction cranes tower over existing skyscrapers to build even higher. By the end of 2015, downtown Austin was expected to 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.
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 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. With South Austin being so popular, we've broken this area down even further. Click to learn more about these popular sections of South 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 environmentally-conscious.
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.
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