Thursday, August 16, 2018

Central Austin Public Library: The New Hub for Downtown

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The Austin Public Library system has a new crown jewel: the Austin Central Public Library.

The new Central Austin Public Library is located in on the edge of downtown in the Seaholm District. It’s across Cesar Chavez from Lady Bird Lake making for spectacular views. Read on to find out why this beauty is so special.

Cookbook Bar and Cafe

What’s a better fit for a restaurant in a library than one that draws its inspiration from cookbooks? The cuisine at Cookbook Bar and Cafe has been pulled from cookbooks that belonged to a late cuisine writer for the Austin Chronicle. Guests can also browse these very books in the foyer of the restaurants! The focus is on food from the South and Mexico and uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.

Roof Garden

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Located at the top of the library, this outdoor garden has incredible views of downtown and beyond. There are loads of native plants and chairs for lounging and reading while soaking up the sweet Austin air. This is definitely the most unique feature of the Central Austin Public Library.

Gallery Space

The library has a large light-filled room where they host temporary art exhibits. This space will keep you coming back as it’s always evolving!

The Architecture

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The staircase at the middle of the Central Austin Public Library feels like an M.C. Escher painting. The architects were Lake Flato, a world-recognized firm. It has also been built with an eye towards sustainability with the largest solar installation in downtown Austin.

Looking to move to an Austin apartment close to the Central Austin Public Library? Apartment Specialists South Austin can help! Give us a call today at 512-912-8001 to find your dream apartment in less time than it takes to check out a book! 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cost of Living in Austin Tx

The cost of living in Austin Tx is 3% lower than the national average.

Wondering what the cost of living in Austin Tx is? Read on to find out how much money you need to make a living in ATX! 


Lunch downtown with a drink averages $14, but a fast food restaurant costs about half that, $7. If you choose to cook your own food, a dozen eggs averages $2.93, a gallon of whole milk is $3.36, and a pound of boneless chicken breast is $3.99.


What’s the cost of living in Austin Tx for entertainment? Of course you’re going to want to go out in this great city!  A movie ticket at Alamo Drafthouse ranges from $8.50 to $11.25, a bowling game at Dart Bowl is $4.10 at prime time plus $3 for shoes, and a six-pack of a local beer like Live Oak Hefeweizen is $8.99. 


Average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Austin is $1,480. However, the cost of living in Austin Tx varies greatly by location. You’ll pay a lot more downtown, but might get an even better deal in the suburbs. 


Gas in Austin is $2.56 a gallon, a monthly bus pass is $42, and the average weekday taxi trip of 5 miles is $17.


The average salary in Austin is $58,555. Your salary of course greatly affects how comfortable you are with the cost of living in Austin Tx.

Looking to find an apartment that fits your budget so you can keep the cost of living in Austin TX comfortable for you? Austin Apartment Specialists can help! Give us a call at 512-241-1150 to find the perfect new home for your lifestyle in no time! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Rent for Apartments in South Austin

Curious what apartments in South Austin rent for?

We’ve got a round up of what your rent can get you for apartments in South Austin. These prices are valid as of August 7th, 2018.

2/2 on William Cannon Starting at $1200

Live a mile from the Little Darlin’ and enjoy Google Fiber! Plus pets are welcome; there are no weight or breed restrictions and some apartments have fenced yards! To top it off, pay just $99 for your admin fee through October 31st! 

2/2 on South Congress Starting at $1715

Just six minutes from SoCo, these nearly brand new apartments have amenities like gourmet kitchens, washer and dryers in every unit, and private balconies and patios. There’s also an outdoor lounge with a cozy fireplace and two swimming pools. So you’ll be comfortable in this apartment in south Austin no matter the weather!

2/2 Near Garrison Park Starting at $1300

This brand new apartment community is an easy stroll from Garrison Park. Also a quick jaunt to Central Market Westgate or the shops and restaurants at Sunset Valley! Enjoy a resort-style pool with outdoor sundecks and cabanas, no breed or weight restrictions on pets, and washer/dryer in every unit! 

2/2 Starting at $1557 Just 1 Minute from Southpark Meadows

Another brand new community is only a minute from Southpark Meadows! You can even get a garage for an extra fee at the apartment in South Austin. Plus, through the end of August, you can get a $1,500 gift card and your first month free!

Ready to check out apartments in South Austin? Apartment Specialists South Austin would love to help make that search easier! Best of all, our services are absolutely free! Give us a call today at 512-912-8001!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Best Things to Do in Austin Texas

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The best things to do in Austin Texas are right here!

Whatever you consider fun, you can find something you love in the ATX! Read on for the best things to do in Austin Texas.

Watch the Bats

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photo courtesy of @borderlinebeatnik on Instagram

The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Every evening from March through October, they emerge at dusk to eat. You can catch this spectacular show beginning at about 7pm daily from the Congress Avenue Bridge. 

Swim in Barton Springs

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photo courtesy of @devadahines via @bartonspringspool on Instagram

Barton Springs is the crown jewel of Austin swimming holes. Located in the heart of Zilker Park, this spring-fed pool is 68 degrees year-round. There’s no better way to beat Austin’s intense heat than a dip in the springs! 

Take a selfie with one of Austin’s Iconic Murals

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photo courtesy of @zilkerbark via @joscoffee on Instagram

Taking a snap in front of one of Austin’s iconic murals is definitely one of the best things to do in Austin Texas. Grab your sweetie and pose in front of the “i love you so much” mural in front of Jo’s Coffee on South Congress. Or if you’re in town for a fun besties weekend, nab a shot in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural on the side of Roadhouse Relics at Annie Street and South Congress. Not interesting to you? Go ahead and pick your favorite from this extensive list of Austin murals. 

Compare and contrast brisket

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photo courtesy of @valentinastexmexbbq on Instagram

Everyone loves to wax poetic about barbecue. Pick a few locations and have a taste test! Sure, Franklin’s is amazing, but if you don’t have time to wait in line, there are plenty of competitors that smoke some fine meat. Other options in East Austin include Micklethwait Craft Meats and La Barbecue. You could also head to South Austin for Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ.

Destroy some breakfast tacos

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photo courtesy of @veracruztacos on Instagram

Did you know breakfast tacos are the national food of Austin? Fighting for world domination with barbecue, everyone also has an opinion on whose are best. Veracruz All Natural is definitely a contender with their Migas taco. Joe’s Bakery has been one of the best things to do in Austin Texas for over half a century! Their authentic Mexican breakfasts, including breakfast tacos of course, will give you fuel to tackle the day!

Now that you’ve done all the best things to do in Austin Texas, is it time to find a new apartment? Apartment Specialists can help! Give us a call at 512-241-1150 to make the move! 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hiking in Austin: Exploring Nature Near the Arboretum

Hiking in Austin is easy, even near dining and entertainment!

You don’t have to be far from civilization to enjoy hiking in Austin. There are tons of trails and more Hill Country experiences just minutes from the Arboretum.

Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail

From the Arboretum, head South on Capitol of Texas Highway/Loop 360. Turn left on Lakewood Drive. There are miles of trails to explore for hiking in Austin and you can wade in the creek. You can also take your mountain bike out for a spin! Catch tadpoles or just enjoy feeling miles away from it all without driving far into the Texas Hill Country.

This boat launch is nestled underneath the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360. The 3 acre park is mostly designed for lake access, but has a grassy area for fishing and picnicking. There is a boat ramp, benches, and barbecue grills as well. 

Not much for hiking in Austin? Enjoy a fantastic view without much of a climb at the Pennybacker Bridge Overlook Trail. Head south from the Arboretum on Capitol of Texas Highway, then pull off and park to the side of the road just before the bridge. Follow the signs in the parking area to the trail, then take as many pictures of the spectacular view as you can! Sneakers or other sturdy shoes are recommended because the trail is rocky. 

Spicewood Farms Horse Stable

Let the horses do the hiking in Austin for you at Spicewood Farms! You can lease a horse to ride around the grounds, or take lessons to become an expert horse wrangler. Ride a horse and smell the sweet country air just 7 minutes from the Arboretum!

Ready to make the move to the Arboretum so you can enjoy hiking in Austin anytime? Apartment Specialists South can help! Give us a call today at 512-912-8001 to find your dream apartment with a spectacular view! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Arboretum Austin: Best Kids Activities

The Arboretum Austin is a great place for kids. 

There are tons of kids activities in the Arboretum. Best of all, you can park and walk to most of these, meaning no getting kids in and out of carseats multiple times! Here’s the lowdown on the best kids activities at the Arboretum Austin.

Feeding Ducks at the Pond

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Grab a cheap loaf of bread and your kiddos and you’ve got a good hour of fun at the Arboretum pond! There are ducks, geese and even turtles to delight your little ones. The steps to the pond are behind Amy’s Ice Cream. The stairs are a bit steep, so you watch your smallest kiddos carefully.

Climbing on the Cow Sculptures

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After you’re all out of bread, head back up to enjoy the cows. Sculptor Harold F. Clayton created five marble cows in the middle of a large shady picnic area in the Arboretum Austin that are perfect for kids to climb on.

Amy’s Ice Cream

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Now that you’ve seen the bovines, it’s time for a sweet, cold treat at Amy’s Ice Cream at the Arboretum Austin! Kids will love watching the employees (who wear crazy hats), scoop ice cream with style and mix in their favorite toppings. 

Barnes and Noble

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Barnes and Noble has lots of fun, free events, like storytime, game nights, and more! Or just let your kiddo explore the kids area and find their next favorite book. 

REI Classes 

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Located across the highway from the Arboretum Austin, REI’s free and low-cost classes are worth getting back in your car for. Become an outdoors expert with classes on backpacking, camping, building a fire and more! 

Imagine living close enough to the Arboretum Austin that you can visit everyday! Austin Apartment Specialists can make it happen! Give us a call at 512-241-1150 to find a family friendly apartment anywhere in Austin! 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Austin Staycation: The Domain

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An Austin staycation allows you to explore your hometown like a tourist!

Book your Austin staycation at the Domain and have a unique experience without buying plane tickets or dealing with road traffic! There are three great hotels in the Domain to choose from. 


This place is especially fantastic if your Austin staycation will include your 4-legged friend. Aloft is dog friendly! Plus, you can walk to everything in the Domain from your hotel room. Rooms are compact, colorful and have free WiFi, flat screen televisions, coffeemakers and high ceilings and designer toiletries. Amenities include an outdoor heated splash pool, a gym, a bar with a pool table, and a 24 hour snack bar. They also offer special rates for Texas residents, so that staycation just got a little cheaper!

Archer Hotel

photo courtesy of @archerhotelaustin on Instagram

Looking for a luxurious getaway? The Archer is a boutique hotel that’s unapologetically Texan. Just 171 guest rooms and suites are in this 8 story hotel. Rooms have bottled water and handmade salted caramels for you to enjoy upon arrival. The linens are 100% cotton and the bed has a plush Eurotop mattress. Plus there is a Nespresso Coffee maker for gourmet coffee when you awake. Best of all, room service is from Second Bar + Kitchen! 

Lone Star Court

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Lone Star Court is unlike any hotel you’ve stayed in before. Inspired by the motels that would greet weary road travelers in the heydays of road trips in the 1940’s through 1960’s, the rooms are decorated in true retro-style. However all the modern amenities are there! Plus, you get a complimentary continental breakfast. Feeling lonely? Lone Star Court has communal seating areas where you can gather around the fire with a cocktail and make new friends. There’s also live music every Thursday through Sunday! 

Ready to move past the “staycation” phase and make the Domain your new home? Give Apartment Specialists a call at 512-241-1150 to find your dream apartment in Austin or beyond!

No reason to go overboard on your staycation; check out our recommendations for the Best Healthy Choices at the Domain!