Southwest Austin Apartment Living
Photo Courtesy of AMLI Covered Bridge
Where is Southwest Austin situated?
Southwest Austin is located between Highway 290 and IH-35. The area reaches as far south as the Travis County border and north towards Slaughter Lane.
What makes Southwest Austin a great area to live?
Southwest Austin is in the “Hill Country” of Austin, which means that many of the apartment communities in this area offer amazing views to choose from! The area isn’t as densely populated as Downtown or Central Austin, so you’ll enjoy a quieter, more laid back lifestyle in the hills. Start your day off eating breakfast on your patio, overlooking the serene views of the hill country landscape! The brand new AMLI Covered Bridge community even overlooks a beautiful private pecan grove!
Don’t worry though – you don’t need to compromise convenience for these views! You’ll still be just a short 5 minute drive from everyday conveniences like HEB (a large Texas grocery store chain) or Target. You’ll also be just a short 15 minute drive to the downtown Austin area, 20 minutes to the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and about 30 minutes to San Marcos. You’ll find the Southwest Austin location convenient to everything!
What changes have been happening to the Southwest area over the last few years, related to the rental market?
After climbing out of the 2008 recession, the entire Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area began seeing a see a rapid increase of growth. With multiple high-tech companies moving here, the housing shortage soon became obvious. Many rental communities were leased at capacity, which drove up rental rates. Apartment homes were leasing as quickly as they became available. This prompted for multiple new communities to be built, with many builders venturing into the Southwest area. “In addition to the recent construction of class A apartment communities, such as AMLI Covered Bridge, there has been a recent influx of local businesses who have set up shop in the southwest Austin area,” said Brandon Venema (Community Manager of AMLI Covered Bridge).
How do these rental market changes benefit renters in the area?
The businesses that are being built around the new rental communities are providing quality job opportunities for those that prefer a short commute, but want to live in this beautiful hill country area. In addition to the new job opportunities that have sprung up, area renters now are seeing more choices available to them when finding an apartment, as well as lower rates compared to other areas in Austin.
“Residents moving into the area have many options to choose from when it comes to housing. AMLI at Covered Bridge is LEED Gold certified and AEGB 2 star rated, helping residents save money on utilities, supports efforts to live a healthy lifestyle and provides tools for a low impact way of life,’ said Marcy Phillips (Vice President of Development for AMLI’s Austin Region).
New class A communities like AMLI Covered Bridge are offering amenities similar to what you might find in a high-end home, while combining the convenience of renting. “AMLI at Covered Bridge is designed with special attention to high-end finishes including gourmet kitchens, plank flooring, private showers, USB charging stations, private yards, private garages and serene views of the hill country landscape.”
What are some large, new or notable employers in the Southwest Austin area?
Some of the key major employers in the area include ARM, AMD, Freescale , IBM, Solarwinds, Texas Instruments, Seton and St. David’s Medical, Whole Foods and numerous STEM companies. Another key employer for this area is Austin-based YETI, the fast growing premium cooler and drinkware company. They have a 175,000-square-foot complex currently under construction off Southwest Parkway. According to an article in the Austin American-Statesman, their new facility will include an archery range, sports and basketball courts, barbecue pits, roof top terrace and jogging trail for their employees!
Some rental communities in the area offer incentives to residents who work for local companies. Marrisa, Assistant Community Manager at AMLI Covered Bridge, mentioned, “Not only are we a short commute from our preferred employers, but we also offer their employees up to a $300 incentive off their first month’s rent, should they choose AMLI Covered Bridge as their new home!”
What is there to do for fun in Southwest Austin?
As this part of town continues to grow, lots of locally owned restaurants are opening, giving plenty of dining options to residents of the area. “Definitely check out Pieous,” Venema mentioned. “They specialize in Neapolitan style pizza. Everything they serve is delicious!” Jack Allen’s Kitchen is also in the area, which is a brunch hotspot that specializes in fresh, locally sourced food.
Southwest Austin offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as biking, hiking, swimming and golf. “Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls is one of our favorite spots, nestled in the Barton Creek Greenbelt off MoPac (Loop 1) and 360. After hiking out to the falls, it feels great to take a dip in the swimming hole,” says Venema.
He mentioned that there are also some great options if you want to take a day trip and enjoy more of the hill country. Hamilton Pool – often voted as one of the top swimming holes in the country - is only about 25 minutes away. The neighboring Reimers Ranch State Park is a popular location for rock climbers, but also offers some easier walking trails with breathtaking views. If you’re up for a slightly longer drive (about an hour and a half), head west to the Enchanted Rock State Park, which is near Fredericksburg, Texas. (Venema also recommends checking out the William Chris Winery, Duchman Winery, Jester King Craft Beer Brewery and Salt Lick BBQ.)
Learn More About Our Featured Southwest Rental Community: AMLI Covered Bridge
How does AMLI Covered Bridge stand out from other new rental communities in the area?
“AMLI at Covered Bridge is fortunate to have acres of open greenspace including wild flowers and native grasses, a hike and bike trail that runs alongside Williamson Creek, a pecan grove filled with large heritage pecan trees and beautiful hill country views. The community is located only minutes to numerous dining, entertainment, retail and exemplary public and private school options. Within walking distance of AMLI at Covered Bridge is a Vet, perfect for the dog and cat lovers, a future restaurant and future retail. This walkable mixed-use experience nestled in the hill country lifestyle is unique to our area.” - Brandon Venema (Community Manager of AMLI Covered Bridge).
Life at AMLI Covered Bridge includes beautiful BRAND NEW community amenities.
What unique services does AMLI provide to their residents, making an AMLI home a great place to live?
“AMLI at Covered Bridge residents enjoy many unique benefits specific to AMLI living, including our 48-hour service request guarantee program, BreathEasy (smoke free) amenity areas and AMLI PERKS. We have partnered with many local retailers and restaurants providing AMLI at Covered Bridge residents many special discounts in the area.” - Brandon Venema (Community Manager of AMLI Covered Bridge).
AMLI Covered Bridge also boasts a high-tech Luxer One package facility on-site. This provides residents 24/7 access to video-monitored package lockers. No more rushing home to get your package from the apartment office before they close! No more lost packages! Plus, Luxer One even has the ability to let residents send outbound packages with its unique computer system.
All photos courtesy of AMLI Covered Bridge
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