Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lamar Beach Master Plan

The Lamar Beach Master Plan is moving to the City Council for approval, the Austin Monitor reports.  Haven’t heard of Lamar Beach?  You aren’t alone.

Lamar Beach is located between Lady Bird Lake to the south, TownLake YMCA and railroad tracks to the north, North Lamar to the east and Austin High and Mopac to the west.  It comprises 65.4 acres of parkland and in June 2014 the Austin City Council passed a resolution to begin the Lamar Beach Master Plan.

Austin Animal Center/Austin Pets Alive, YMCA, the West Austin Youth Association, the Texas Rowing Center, and Austin High School all provide public benefits and currently occupy the land.  The number one goal of the project is to balance existing uses on the site with additional recreational opportunities that allow the site to be enjoyed by all to its maximum potential.  

There was never a master plan for the site, which has resulted in no cohesive plan for the area.  The new plan recommends several infrastructure and trail improvements, and has an ultimate goal of realigning Cesar Chavez Street.

The plan isn’t a cheap one, with the costs for just phase one forecasted to be $27.4 million to $35.7 million.  The most expensive part of that plan is $18.9 million to $24.6 million for the animal shelter.  The second phase of the plan is projected to be $37.5 million to $51 million, with realigning Cesar Chavez Boulevard the high ticket item at $27.1 million to $37.3 million of that total.  You can read the whole plan here.  

However, the commissioners voted ten to zero to send the plan to the City Council, with one commissioner abstaining from the vote because she felt it wrong to spend money on recreational measures when affordability in Austin is such an issue.

The area around Lamar Beach is one of the most vibrant in the city, and the additional improvements and realignment of Cesar Chavez will serve only to make it an even more desirable area.  There are lots of apartments nearby that will allow you to enjoy the Lamar Beach now and when it is remodeled in the future.

422 at the Lake is an apartment community located just a mile from Lamar Beach.  Their one and two bedroom floor plans feature washers and dryers, 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters, Nest thermostats, and floor-to-ceiling windows with solar shades.  Amenities include a crossfit room, a tea and coffee bar, multi-screen sports lounge, Bocce Ball courtyard, social calendar with activities, enclosed bike storage room and more.

404 Rio Grande is three-quarters of a mile from Lamar Beach and has one and two bedroom apartments with upgraded kitchens with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and pantries, crown molding, linen closets, washer/dryer hook-ups and private patios or balconies.  The community features an elevator, outdoor fireplace, a fitness center, controlled access and more.

Northshore Austin has a 24 hour concierge, a controlled access parking garage, executive conference rooms, a fully-equipped catering pantry, and an infinity-edge pool with private cabanas and sun beds.  The one, two and three bedroom units have walk-in closets, quartz and granite counters, stainless steel appliances, engineered hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows with incredible views, and compact fluorescent and LED lighting.  

Ready to find your new apartment near Lamar Beach or beyond?  Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin can show you every apartment in Austin in one appointment!  Give us a call today at 512-912-8000!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rental Friendly Decorating

Looking to make some design changes to your apartment, but your property management company won’t let you make any permanent changes? has a variety of ways to jazz up your home without losing your security deposit and on a budget.

Temporary wall decals are a great way to add color and pattern without paint or wallpaper.  There are a variety of patterns available on Amazon. They even have quotes, flowers, and more.  

Another way to add pizzazz to your walls is temporary wallpaper, which peels and sticks to your wall without causing any damage.  Some temporary wallpaper is even reusable, so check the packaging when you remove it, you could use it again and again!  From wallpaper that looks like a distressed wood wall to wallpaper that functions like paint, there’s an option for accent walls, entire rooms, and pretty much anywhere in your apartment.

Can’t hang art on the walls because you aren’t allowed to generate nail holes?  Prop up your art against the wall!  If the piece is large enough, you can just place it on the floor, or you can use a table, mantel, dresser, or desk.  You can also hang art on your bookshelves for a chic look.  Another option is to use a weathered door or shutter propped against the wall to hang your art on.

Not really into the leaning look?  Check out adhesive hooks!  These wondrous little creations come in all different sizes, rated to handle different loads.

Washi tape can be removed and used again and is fantastic for holding up small pieces of art like postcards or photographs.  You can even make picture frames for your artistic treasures by placing washi tape around them.  The colors and patterns are endless and so are the uses.  (Think outside the box by using the tape on light switches, refrigerator doors or anywhere you can dream up!)  

If you love to add texture and privacy with curtains, but can’t put holes in the walls by hanging curtain rods, check out tension rods.  These lovely little inventions fit inside the window frame and stay in place with springs, making them a great way to hang your window coverings.

Another fantastic way to add color and texture to your space is to wallpaper your bookshelves with wallpaper, scrapbook paper, or wrapping paper.  If you have built-in shelves, you can use temporary wallpaper instead.

Finally, a screen is a great way to add visual interest to a space, whether you place it behind your bed, desk or your couch.  A smaller version of an accent wall, you can just lean it in place or attach it to the wall using adhesive hooks.

Ready to find an apartment you can make your own?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111 and we can show you all the great apartments in Austin in one quick appointment!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

East Austin Development: The Tyndall

A new multi-family condominium development has broken ground just east of downtown, the Austin Business Journal reports.  

The Tyndall, located on the northbound side of IH-35 at 8th street, will have 182 residences for sale, and already 32 of those units are under contract.  

The development is on track to be completed in August 2018 and will have 23,000 square feet of amenities including a rooftop pool and deck with amazing city views, climate controlled bike storage, a 24 hour fitness center, yoga lawn, and firepit grotto with intimate seating.

The project will have some of the lowest housing costs in the downtown area, with prices around $200 per square foot, compared to $700 per square foot for most downtown developments.  A 571 square foot unit starts at $260,000 and the largest units, which are 2,800 square feet, will go for about $1 million.

The goal of the developers was to bring a high quality of life to people for less money.  Residents will be able to commute to downtown for work and play in minutes and also be within walking or biking distance of landmarks like Franklin’s barbecue, Cisco’s, Waller Creek, and the UT Medical School.  

The designer of the Tyndall also designed Uchi, Uchiko, and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

If you’re looking to rent in the area of East Austin near downtown, there are many apartments for the rental lifestyle as well.  The studio, one and two bedroom apartments at Eleven by Windsor have ten foot ceilings, espresso or white custom cabinets with brushed nickel hardware, granite counters, oversized energy efficient windows, and wood or polished concrete floors.  The community has a skylounge with indoor/outdoor areas and downtown and Capitol views, a fully equipped bicycle repair workshop and bike storage, a shaded dog park and pet grooming station, and so much more!

Amli Eastside has studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments equipped with gourmet kitchens with granite counters, deluxe cabinets, and undercabinet lighting, full size washers and dryers, tile entries and faux wood floors, large walk-in closets, nine foot ceilings, and spa-like bathrooms with marble countertops.  Amenities include a resort-style pool with cascading waterfall, gourmet coffee bar, garage parking with direct access at every level and reserved parking available, and an outdoor deck with poolside bar.

Corazon is within walking distance to eastside dining and nightlife, has retail and dining on the ground floor, valet trash service, a rooftop deck with downtown skyline views, and is a LEED Certified Gold building.  Apartments, which are available in studio, one and two bedroom floorplans, have concrete or wood style flooring, granite counters and tile backsplashes, butcher block kitchen islands, included washer and dryer, oversized energy efficient windows, and use low VOC paints and finishes.

Eastside Station’s studio, one, and two bedroom apartments feature nine foot ceilings, hardwood style flooring, 42” cabinets, deep kitchen sinks with gooseneck faucets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, included washers and dryers, large walk-in closets and live/work units are available.  The community has a fitness center with spin room, a parking garage, bike storage, a fire pit, a rooftop lounge, elevator access and is a gated community.

Ready to make your home on the eastside?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111.  We love what we do and we’d love to find the perfect apartment for you!  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rainey Street

Rainey Street is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Downtown Austin.  This is the place everyone wants to be because of its nightlife, proximity to downtown and the lake, and luxurious apartments.   Find out why Rainey Street may be your new hood!

There are lots of Rainey Street restaurants for nearby residents to dine at.  No Va Kitchen and Bar is a casual restaurant serving classic dishes with a modern twist.  They also focus on distinctive cocktails, including Cocktails on Tap.  Their multiple outdoor dining areas and sleek interior mean you’ll find a place to relax and enjoy the cuisine no matter the weather.  

Banger’s Sausage House has an amazing, gigantic outdoor yard underneath gigantic live oak trees.  They serve more than 30 varieties of house made sausage, over 100 draft beers, and have an off-leash dog park.

Rainey Street bars are unique like Container Bar, which cuts an impressive figure with its three shipping containers stacked on top of each other to form the structure.  However, Container Bar isn’t all looks.  They also have killer cocktails and a large beer and wine list, including many draft beers.

The Blackheart is a great place to enjoy a stiff drink and live music simultaneously.  They have an extensive whiskey list, beer, wine, and cigars.

There are many amazing apartments on Rainey Street with lots of luxurious, high-end amenities.  The Millennium Rainey Street has studio, one and two bedroom apartments with floor to ceiling windows with views, wood-style flooring, oversized garden tubs, glass-front shaker cabinets, and quartz counters.  The community has a rooftop infinity pool overlooking downtown and Lady Bird Lake, a fenced-in dog park with dog washing stations, a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the pool, valet trash and so much more.  See for yourself in this video of Millennium Rainey.

Skyhouse Apartments is a high rise with studio, one and two bedroom apartments featuring open floorplans with nine foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with solar shades, hardwood flooring in the kitchen, living, and dining areas, granite counters, and large walk-in closets.  Amenities include a rooftop pool with amazing views of Lady Bird Lake, a poolside terrace with outdoor tvs and fireplace, a skylounge with billiards and space for entertaining, relaxing or working, controlled access parking, and an onsite concierge.

Windsor on the Lake’s one, two, and three bedroom apartments include 42” custom cabinets, floor to ceiling windows, granite counters, wood plank flooring, washer/dryer, walk-in showers, walk-in closets, and spacious verandas.   The community has private garages available for rent, fitness center with strength and cardio equipment and towel service, bike racks, gated entry, and a gourmet kitchen and catering area.

Looking to make the move to Rainey Street?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin a call today at 512-912-8000 to preview all the amazing apartments in Austin!  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Austin Neighborhoods: Brentwood

It’s been over three years since we wrote about the charming Austin neighborhood of Brentwood, located in North Central Austin between Burnet Road and Lamar Boulevard to the east and west and 45th Street and Justin Lane to the south and north.  This area is popular with singles and families who want to be close to Central Austin, but still within an easy commute of North Austin and beyond. Read on to find out why it's one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.

Children in Brentwood attend Austin ISD schools.  For pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade, that school is Brentwood Elementary.  For sixth through eighth grade, children attend Lamar Middle School, which is a Fine Arts Academy.  Ninth through twelfth graders go to McCallum High School, which is AISD’s Fine Arts Academy.  

The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is less than two miles from Brentwood.  Students with visual impairments come from across the state to attend this public school.  They employ teachers and a variety of staff to run the school.

Brentwood is less than 15 minutes from IBM’s headquarters on North Burnet Road.  IBM is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and sellers of computer hardware and software.  IBM offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.  IBM employs about 6,000 people at its Austin location, but has over 400,000 employees worldwide.

As far as restaurants, Brentwood is full of them!  The Frisco restaurant is an Austin institution, having been in business since 1953.  They serve classic American diner food like meatloaf, deviled eggs, and more.  Plus they have $2 screwdrivers, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas all day!

Barley Swine is a newer addition to Burnet Road, but is quickly becoming an Austin favorite.  The restaurant focuses on a multiple course dining experience featuring fresh, in-season produce and meat from local farmers and ranchers.  The menu is constantly changing based on what is available and what strikes the fancy of the chefs.

Alamo Drafthouse Village on Anderson Lane is a great place to catch a movie while enjoying a drink and some tasty eats.  In addition to first run films, they have special events like Sing-alongs and screenings of your favorite movies from childhood and beyond.

The stretch of Burnet Road in Brentwood is seeing a lot of new apartments.  One of these developments is Burnet Flats, which has apartments ranging from a 600 square foot one bedroom, one bath to a two bedroom, two bath with 1,136 square feet.  Amenities include washer/dryer hook-ups, nine foot ceilings, kitchen islands, soaking tubs, and hardwood floors. The community has an elevator, garage, bike racks, sky lounge, and is near public transportation.  Check out this video of their amazing rooftop deck!  

Amli 5350 has apartments ranging from studios with 572 square feet to two bedroom, two bathrooms with 1,220 square feet.  The community has a 25-meter lap pool, fitness studio, ground floor retail, multi-level parking garage, enclosed bicycle storage, and is close to public transit.  Apartments feature stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite counters, custom cabinets, kitchen islands, full size washer and dryer connections, soaking tubs, large walk-in closets, and nine or ten foot ceilings.

Kensington Green apartments are located in a quiet, central neighborhood, have a pool, covered parking is available, and are pet friendly.  The apartments range from 700 square foot one bedrooms to 900 square foot two bedrooms and feature gas heating and cooking, multiple flooring options, and more.

Le Med apartments have units ranging from one bedrooms with 600 square feet to two bedrooms with 800 square feet.  Apartments feature plank flooring, solar screens, gas cooking in select units, and more.  The community has a pool with sun deck, picnic areas, a barbecue grill, and lots of parking.

Ready to find your home in Brentwood?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111 and let us find the perfect apartment for you!  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is an Austin treasure, and a great place to hike, bike, swim and just enjoy nature for people who love the outdoors. There are a lot of great apartments around this natural wonder if after watching that beautiful video you’ve decided you want to make the area around it your home.

Barton Creek Landing has apartments ranging from one bedrooms with 625 square feet to two bedroom, two bathrooms with 1,048 square feet, many with Greenbelt views.  Every apartment has a 42” wall-mounted flat screen HDTV, a washer and dryer, a reserved carport space, and huge windows and granite counters in the kitchen.  The community has a gorgeous pool with outdoor lounging spaces, grills, an outdoor fireplace, and pet park.   

Apartments at Landmark at Barton Creek range from one bedrooms to two bedrooms and 523 to 1,157 square feet.  All units have a patio, balcony, or private yard, feature washer/dryer connections, and have spacious floor plans.  The community has a pet park, valet trash, nature trail, 24 hour fitness center, and an incredible location.

The 704 has studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms in 39 unique floorplans ranging from 408 to 1,389 square feet so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, including live work spaces.  Apartments feature open-concept kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and bathrooms with marble counters and brushed nickel faucets.  The community has lots of shops and restaurants steps from your door in its mixed-use development, a Bocce Ball court, a pool, fitness club, rooftop terrace with fire pit, and a pet park.  The community is also on a Capital Metro bus stop.

Ready to find your dream apartment on the Barton Creek Greenbelt? Give Austin Apartment Specialists South Austin a call today at 512-912-8000 and let’s get your new home ASAP so you can keep doing what you love!  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Do What You Love: BoardLife Austin at Lamar Union


Austinites love what we do, and Drew of BoardLife Austin at Lamar Union on South Lamar is no exception.  One of our agents, Eric Vidaurri, met Drew and got to take out a Boosted Board for a spin.  Check out his fun journey above or here.

Drew is assistant manager at BoardLife Austin, a skate shop and boutique on South Lamar.  He loves being surrounded by the skate life every day, he loves the casual atmosphere, and he loves setting people up with skateboards and seeing a smile on their face.  

Drew and BoardLife got their fifteen minutes of fame when Casey Neistat, YouTube personality and filmmaker, headed to BoardLife when his Boosted Board crashed out at SXSW earlier this year.  Then he hit the pavement to see Austin at 20 mph.  Check out his wild ride.  

In Eric's video, he tools around Lamar Union on the Boosted Board checking out all the cool shops and restaurants in the complex. You can get pretty much anything you need just a few steps from your apartment!

Start your day off right with a cup of joe from Caffe Medici, a beautiful coffee shop in the heart of Lamar Union.  Their baristas will help you get your caffeine fix no matter what you desire.

Lick Ice Creams prides themselves on using pure, wholesome ingredients in their artisanal ice creams.  All of their milk and cream come from a local dairy and all of their ingredients are made by hand in their kitchen, resulting in a tasty frozen treat you can feel good about eating.  

Vox Table is a New-American style restaurant serving chef-crafted small plates that feature farm-to-table ingredients, plus an extensive handcrafted cocktail menu.  Their happy hour is among the best in town where every Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30pm you can get heavily discounted bites and booze at the bar.

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball form an entertainment duo you can’t beat.  At Alamo, check out first run flicks and fun events like sing-a-longs and showings with special meals themed to the movie being shown while enjoying your favorite beverage and a meal.  Best of all, they require a silent theater and aren’t afraid to kick out patrons who don’t adhere to their no talking, no texting policy. The Highball has amazing themed private karaoke rooms, a dance floor, a stage where legends like Dale Watson hold court, and more fancy cocktails, craft draft beers, and bar snacks than you can shake a stick at.  

Jose Luis Salon has an outpost at Lamar Union where they offer haircuts and coloring, waxing services, and skincare treatments from facials to peels and more.   

The apartments in Lamar Union are pretty amazing as well.  They have studios ranging from 391 to 443 square feet, one bedroom apartments ranging from 435 to 1,163 square feet, and two bedrooms ranging from 915 to 1,591 square feet.

The community is on a dedicated stop on the MetroRapid #803, there is a multi-level parking garage with controlled access, two guest lounges with beautiful downtown views, a fitness center, a Yoga, Pilates, and Barre Studio, and outdoor grilling and dining areas.   

Apartments are designed by award-winning architect Michael Hsu, have wood-style flooring, kitchens feature 42” cabinets and quartz counters, and apartments are available with patios or balconies.  

Ready to make your home in Lamar Union or nearby?  Give Apartment Specialists South Austin a call today at 512-912-8000 and let’s get that new apartment so you can get back to your life in the ATX!