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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