Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Austin Neighborhoods: Crestview

Crestview is a charming neighborhood located in North Central Austin.  It’s been almost four years since we took a look at this area full of cute vintage single-family bungalows, mid-century ranch homes, and new and old apartment complexes, so we thought it might be a good time to take another look.

Bordered by Anderson Lane to the north, Burnet Road to the west, Justin Lane to the south, and North Lamar Boulevard to the east, Crestview is popular with those looking to be close to employers both in Austin and the suburbs.  The neighborhood is close to Mopac, 183, and I-35 as well as the Crestview Metro Rail station, so you can choose to drive or sit back and relax on the train for your commute.

There are a lot of dining and entertainment options the Crestview area as well.  Twisted Root Burger Company has great gourmet burgers, a pickle bar, and even free mini-golf.  Their shakes are also delicious and they have a full bar and great beer selection.

Royal Jelly is a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a full bar, including specialty cocktails, and craft beer.  They serve unique pub food like goat meatballs and braised beef cheeks.  Definitely not your run-of-the-mill hole in the wall!

Chago’s Carribbean Cuisine specializes in Puerto Rican cuisine.  Customer favorites include mofongo and arroz con gandules as well as the friendly service that makes you feel like you are part of Chago’s family!

If you want to be entertained, Alamo Drafthouse Village is the place to watch a movie.  They have a full kitchen and bar, AND they throw out talkers, so you can enjoy your movie in peace.  From the latest blockbusters to special events like classics paired with a specially conceived menu, you’re sure to find your happy place at Alamo.

Dart Bowl is an Austin institution that features 32 lanes and a cafe with great food, especially the enchiladas and burgers.  Unleash your competitive side with friends and family and come hungry!   

For schools, Crestview kids in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 5th attend the popular Brentwood Elementary.  For grades six through eight, children go to Lamar Middle School, which is a Fine Arts Academy featuring training in visual arts, dance, music, and digital arts and media for those students interested.  For ninth through twelfth grade, students attend McCallum High School, which is also the Fine Arts Magnet for Austin Independent School District.

There are many employers located a convenient distance from Crestview, including one of the largest employers in the Austin area, Dell Computer.  Dell is located thirteen miles from Crestview and sells personal computers, servers, data storage devices and more.

IBM has their Austin headquarters just six miles from Crestview and is an international technology and consulting firm.  IBM has approximately 6,000 employees in Austin, but employs more than 400,000 people around the globe.

There are many great apartment communities in the Crestview neighborhood as well.  Argosy at Crestview features one and two bedroom apartments with nine-foot ceilings, private patios and balconies with storage, washer/dryer connections in all homes, and wood burning fireplaces available in some units.  The community is near public transportation, is pet friendly with a dog park and dog washing station, a 24-hour fitness center, and a resort style pool with sundeck.

Midtown Commons at Crestview Station has studio, one, and two bedroom units with a variety of floor plans.  Amenities include two inch faux wood blinds, faux hardwood or polished concrete floors, full-sized washer and dryer connections, granite counters, kitchen islands with storage, and oversized soaking tubs.  Located on the MetroRail’s Red Line, there’s also a community vegetable and herb garden, elevator access, outdoor lounge with fireplace, fitness center with cardio theater and free weights, a bark park, and shopping and dining on the premises.

The one and two bedroom units at Midtown Flats feature newly redesigned floor plans, upgraded stainless steel appliances, on site laundry facilities, and a cozy courtyard.  Pets are welcome and the community is walking distance from the MetroRail and some of Austin’s most popular restaurants.

Ready to make the move to Crestview?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111 and we’ll help you find the perfect apartment in no time!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unique Workouts in Austin

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to exercise more?  Or maybe you’re looking to get out of a workout rut.  No matter what your motivation is, check out these unique ways to work up a sweat in Austin.

The Austin Bouldering Project offers rock climbing in a climate-controlled gym in East Austin on Springdale Road near Airport Boulevard.  If you’re never done bouldering before, there are classes that can help you get oriented to the gym.  There are a variety of levels of membership, including day use, monthly, annual and family passes, and you can even rent shoes for just $4.  Kids and adults can participate, so Bouldering is definitely an activity the whole family can enjoy.

Are you a daredevil who wants to swing through the air with the greatest of ease?  Sky Candy has classes where you can work your core while climbing silks, hammocks, or even trapeze at their studio in far East Austin.  Take an Introduction to Aerials class and figure out which apparatus is calling your name to safely soar high above the ground.

The Butler Center for Dance and Fitness at Ballet Austin has a wide variety of classes in everything from Ballet to Barre to Pilates to Cardio Kickboxing at their 2nd Street location.  Get in shape while you let your inner Ballerina out to play, or release your dance diva side by learning how to do a routine from one of BeyoncĂ©’s videos.  With over 80 classes a week, there’s bound to be something that will get your blood pumping!

Love team sports?  The Austin Sports and Social Club has a variety of leagues to unleash your inner jock.  There’s bowling, softball, kickball, sand volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and Flag Football to name just a few.  Sports happen all over town and at all experience levels, so get out there and have fun and challenge yourself!

Do you enjoy performing?  Are you motivated by the thrill of the crowd?  Check out Dance Austin Studio’s Performance Opportunities!  You can take a dance class and then show off for an audience at this studio located on Burnet Road at 183.  They’ve got Hip Hop, Jazz, Belly Dance, Funk Fusion, something called Sexy Stiletto Fit, and more, so you’re sure to find something that gets your toes tapping.

It can be hard to get motivated to run, especially when the Texas weather is less than stellar.  A reward at the end of a tough jog can make it easier to get through, and what better motivation is there than beer?  The Austin Beer Run Club meets every Wednesday at at Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs Road at 6:30pm and hits the Lady Bird Lake Trail for a 5k, followed by a return to Uncle Billy’s for beer and barbecue.  Make friends, drink beer, and exercise!

Were you the Hula Hooping champion on your block when you were a kid?  Turns out keeping that circle of plastic in motion is a fantastic workout for your core and takes inches off your waist!  The Inner Diva Studios in Northwest Austin on Anderson Mill near 183 offers hula hooping class so you can rediscover the magic of the original spinning activity.

If you prefer to get your workout on without leaving your apartment complex, we have tons of apartments across Austin with walking/jogging trails, fully equipped fitness studios, yoga rooms, and even free classes and personal trainers!  Give Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin a call today at 512-912-8000 to find the apartment with your dream combination of fitness opportunities!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Where Are All Those New Texans Coming From?

The Austin Business Journal reports on new data from the Texas Association of Realtors showing that Texas had the 2nd highest amount of people relocating in 2015.

553,032 new residents came to the Lone Star state in 2015 with Californians leading the charge.  65,546 of the newbies were from the West Coast state.  Florida was number two in sending new Texans, but was far behind with just 33,670 sunshine state residents switching allegiance.

However Texas also had the third highest number of residents leaving the state with 445,343 people heading out.  41,713 of those people moved to California and 29,706 moved to Florida.

When the outbound and inbound migration is considered, Texas saw 107,689 new residents, an increase of 4 percent over 2014 when the number was 103,465.

As far as moving within Texas, Houston and Dallas each sent about 13,300 people to Austin and Los Angeles and New York City each are responsible for about 2,550 new Austinites.  Austin is still one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Are you one of the new Austinites?  Welcome! No matter where you’re moving from, we’re here to help you find the perfect apartment in the area of Austin that works for you!  Our experienced locators know everything about the city and can help you find your new home easily and painlessly.  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111 and end the stress!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Austin’s skilled worker population tends to congregate in certain areas, especially in West Austin and not in East Austin, according to a new analysis by the Austin Business Journal.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Austin Business Journal found how many professional, scientific, and/or technical workers lived in each square kilometer of the Austin area.  There are roughly 100,000 such workers in the Austin metro and they are 10 percent of the Austin workforce.  The only group of workers larger than this are retail employees.  

The areas that had the most professional, scientific, and or technical workers living in them were in downtown, but they also follow the area’s highway systems into the suburbs.  

The analysis also draws attention to the area’s strong income inequality.  Austin is the most economically segregated major metro area in the country, something that tends to happen in cities that have a lot of tech and so use employees from the professional, scientific, and/or technical category.  East Austin has almost none of these workers.

Are you a professional looking to find a new apartment in Austin?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin a call today at 512-416-8100 and start the new year off in a new place!  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HEB Buys Land in Del Valle

HEB has bought 17 acres in Del Valle near the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, the Austin American Statesman reports.  

Located at the southeast corner of FM 973 and Texas 71, the area is what many refer to as a “food desert” because of the lack of grocery stores and general retail nearby.

Del Valle is projected to grow by 55,916 new homes in the coming years.  Many developers have said that the lack of a grocery stores is what has hindered growth in the area.

HEB does not currently have a plan for the site, but said with Del Valle’s projected growth, it makes sense to have a foothold in the area. HEB currently has no timeline for when the site might be developed and HEB’s closest stores are six miles away on East Riverside Drive and on East Seventh Street.  

Delia Garza, the Austin City Council member whose district includes Del Valle, says she has been trying to get a grocery store there for years and is excited about the HEB purchase.  However, she cautions her constituents not to think that just because HEB purchased the land, a grocery store is coming soon.  HEB owns lots of land with no grocery stores, but she will continue to advocate for the grocery chain to bring a store to the land at FM 973 and Texas 71.

Another elected official whose precinct includes Del Valle, Travis County commissioner Margaret Gomez, is also looking forward to the idea of an HEB store being opened in the area and says the people she serves are going to be very happy as well.

Looking for an apartment in Southeast Austin?  Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin can help!  Give us a call today at 512-912-8000 to find the perfect new home for you and your family!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Task Force Recommends Moving Austin Events to Other Parks

The Parklands Events Task Force has put forth recommendations to move some major events that currently occur in Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores near downtown to other less utilized parks in other parts of the city, the Austin Monitor reports.

The report wants the city to start utilizing parks like Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park and Onion Creek Memorial Park for events such as KGSR’s Blues on the Green, the Zilker Relays, the Urban Music Festival, the Austin Food & Wine Festival, Austin Pride, the Cap Tex Tri Triathlon and the Tri Rock Triathlon.

The report will be presented today to City Council’s Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee, who will then parcel out its recommendations to the corresponding departments.

Most of the report is about lessening the effect of events on surrounding neighborhoods.  The report wants to decrease or reroute car and pedicabs, look more closely at the impact of sound bleed on the area around the events, and make the setup and tear-down process for stages and event infrastructure quicker and smoother.  They also want to increase environmentally friendly practices during events and study fee increases to fund the impact events have on parks.  

The chairs of the committee said that they will involve the neighbors around the four Austin parks in what improvements are necessary to the parks to have events, in what events are put there, and in how the events are implemented.  In addition to Walter E. Long and Onion Creek Metropolitan Park, the other parks are Bolm Road District Park and Johnny Trevino Jr. Metropolitan Park.  Most of the new sites are on the edges of town.

Want to get ahead of the curve and move near one of the parks that will be the new site of city events?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111 and we’ll help you find the perfect apartment anywhere in Austin!  

Monday, December 12, 2016

City Approves Bid to Buy AISD Properties

Austin City Council has approved a bid to buy 10 properties the Austin Independent School District is selling, the Austin Monitor reports.  

The city’s bid is not to exceed $2.8 million and the goal is to build affordable housing on the parcels.  While private developers may put in bids that exceed the city’s, the hope is that AISD leaders may still choose the city’s bid because of both the city and AISD’S goal of providing more affordable housing.

The affordable housing could help many families in the district and Austin’s 6,000 teachers, who often have trouble finding housing that fits their budget near the schools where they are employed.  

Some council members are worried that the city will not have the money to purchase the land if they do win the bid.  City staffers said that the land could be bought with general obligation bonds or money from the Housing Trust Fund.  While the staffers said that they source of the money could be found if the city is the winning bidder, council member Sheri Gallo expressed concern that the agencies that might be asked to provide money were made aware of that.

The specific terms of Austin’s bid were made in closed door sessions and were not available to the public.  

Buying the AISD property is part of Austin’s continuing goal of turning public lands into affordable housing for residents with low or modern incomes.  

In October, the city council authorized a resolution that told staff to find land that the city owned that could be turned into affordable housing.  Staff was also told last month to work with AISD and Travis County to come up with a process for finding public lands between each entity’s real estate portfolio could be used for agreements that would have the city, county, and school district collaborate on housing, transportation, or space for artists.   

Are you looking for an apartment that will fit your budget?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin a call at 512-912-8000 for help finding your dream home today!