Fastest Growing Companies and Industries in Austin

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Austin is the place to be. South By Southwest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and dozens of other amazing concerts keep the city rocking. It’s the birthplace of Whole Foods and home to our country’s only Formula 1 race, the United States Grand Prix. It’s a haven for foodies and college football, a sanctuary for artists and outdoorsmen and an all-around awesome city to spend countless hours enjoying and exploring. To put it simply — the capital of the great state of Texas is exactly where you want to be. Austinites love ATX and you will too. If you’re considering moving to the Austin area — and seriously, why wouldn’t you? — chances are that you’re looking to begin a career in an industry that is growing quickly. Luckily for you, Austin also happens to be a hotbed for a range of industries. Smart City Apartment Locating is here to give you just a glimpse at some of the hundreds of career possibilities around the city. Check out these fast-growing companies and industries in the Austin area. Tech and Data Forget Silicon Valley — welcome to Silicon Hills. We’ve got two humongous Apple campuses that employ more than 6,000 people. Dell, IBM, Accenture, Activision, Blizzard — do those names ring any bells? We’ve got tons of computer, technology and web-based companies that need creative and talented employees to help them get to the next level. With a computer in our pocket and social media always on our minds, these companies…

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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Moving isn’t fun for anyone, and it’s something many people dread. Around 11 percent of people in the United States move every year. There are a number of ways to move, including hiring a moving company to do most of the work (even some of the packing), doing some of the work yourself or utilizing family and friends to complete the move. No matter which method you choose, there’s a list of things you’ll always need to complete to move successfully. 1. Line up a New Place Your first step, if you haven’t already completed it, is lining up a new place to live. There are a lot of things you should consider as you seek out a new apartment or home: Figure out your budget. How much can you afford for rent? Use a rent calculator to figure out a range that meets your income. Consider added expenses, such as paying for parking in the city and which utilities the monthly rental fee includes. Think about how close the new place is to work and if there is public transportation nearby. Even if you think you know a neighborhood, take the time to pull up crime reports, research walking and transportation options and talk to nearby neighbors. 2. Figure out the Logistics Your next task on the checklist is choosing a day for the big move and lining up how your items will get from Point A to Point B. Follow these steps: Choose a moving day that allows…

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How to Pick the Right Renter’s Insurance

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According to stats compiled by the Insurance Information Institute, the average premium for renter’s insurance amounts to roughly $15 per month for a total of $188 per year. Despite this, fewer than 40 percent of renters take the initiative to insure their belongings. Part of the problem is down to renters, particularly young renters, not knowing ways to pick renter’s insurance. Sadly, some people learn the lesson only after they’ve gotten robbed or suffered property damage. To avoid this trap, read the following top tips for renter’s insurance. For most young adults and first-time renters, insurance is a necessary investment. Granted, not all people in this demographic are aware of the importance because most young adults are still coming to grips with the basic responsibilities of adult life. However, for all the time you spend working, studying, commuting and partaking in social activities, your personal belongings could be vulnerable to loss or damage at literally any time if fire or burglary occurs in your apartment building. College students: As a college student, choosing renter’s insurance could depend on your living situation. If you live in an off-campus apartment, renter’s insurance would be a wise investment. Even if you have never lost anything of value in the past, things could be different if you’ve moved to the heart of the city. A renter’s insurance policy will cover the value of your computer, laptop, gaming console, clothing, school supplies, smartphone and various other valuable items in your unit. If your unit gets…

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10 Best Hiking Spots in Austin Texas

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If you’re looking for a fresh start in the heart of Texas, Austin is one of the best places to start. Known for its eccentric vibe and fun culture, Austin has a nook or cranny for everyone to tackle their unique interests. Some Austinites embrace the music scene. Foodies find their niche among the famous street tacos and downtown eateries. Other locals, welcoming their inner nature-spirit, thrive within the hundreds of options Austin offers for gettin’ outside. For adventurers, exploring the trails scattered within Austin city limits is a stellar way to treat yourself to some light to hard-core exercise. There are so many possibilities that you’ll definitely have the chance to figure out your favorite hiking regimen. How much do you wanna exert yourself? Do you prefer an urban feel over dirt and rocks? Do you enjoy looking at trees and birds? You may not know the answers yet, but adventuring through Austin can help you decide! Ready to discover your trailblazing match? Here’s a list of the top ten spots for hiking near Austin to help you get started. For newbie hikers, we’ve even thrown in a few packing and preparation tips to set you up for a good time. And, of course, if you’re looking for a place to live near your favorite trail, we can help with that, too. 1. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve To enjoy a protected space for endangered species, take a 2.5-mile-long immersive nature hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. You’ll find…

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5 Holiday DIY Decorating Ideas For Your Apartment

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December is finally upon us! It’s time to put away the Thanksgiving decor and get rid of the pumpkin scented candles. Post Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have left your pockets feelin’ light, but we are here to give you some money saving tips for all those gifts you want to buy for your family, friends, and significant others (and yourself). Here are 5-holiday decorating ideas for your apartment, no matter how much space you have! 1. O’ Christmas Tree, or no Christmas Tree? Image Source Christmas trees can be expensive, large, and bulky and you end up throwing it away. Let’s face it – A lot of us do not have the time or energy to put into decorating a tree. Skip getting a tree this year and get a plant instead! We’re talking a cute plant that looks like a Christmas tree, but is a lot smaller. For example, a plant or shrub like a Norfolk Island Pine or a Rosemary tree. Not only will this save you space, but it’s also environmentally friendly. Instead of throwing your tree away, you can recycle, repurpose, and replant it! 2. Spruce up your interior space Image Source Transform the inside of your apartment without breaking the bank this holiday and head to your nearest arts and crafts store! Arts and crafts stores (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Jerry’s Artarama for example) typically sell a lot of creative decor for the holidays like pillow covers, stockings, garlands, and ornaments! If you…

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Fun And Festive Fall Things To Do In Austin

By | Austin, Food, Halloween, Live music

Summer is over, and Fall has finally crept up on us. Thank goodness the temperature is finally below 90 degrees! Now that the weather has changed, it’s time to think of new season things to do that don’t always involve swimming or being outside. We have some ideas up our sleeve that we think you’ll like too. So kick back, enjoy that hot apple cider and pumpkin scented candle you’re burning– and read this! HAUNTED HOUSES Looking for a good scare? Check out Austin’s House of Torment! With three frightening and thrilling attractions, this will for sure give you the adrenaline rush you’re seeking! They also have food and drinks to warm you up before you get scared cold. Check out the grueling Graveside Manor (featuring a goul nun who will likely scare you out of your socks). Or, step inside an old prison with deranged beings that will haunt your every move. If that’s not enough for ya’ll, they also have a creepy Carnival with clowns that will leave you fearful  (if you have clown phobia, we do not recommend this) . HALLOWEEN MOVIE WATCH PARTIES Since Stranger Things Season Two just released today on Netflix, we were feeling super inspired to write this blog post for ya’ll. Invite over all your friends for a Stranger Things watch party and grab snacks, and pumpkin beer (PSA: Trader Joe’s has everything pumpkin related). If you need to watch Stranger Things by yourself uninterrupted — we totally understand. Pick a movie like Hocus…

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Best of.. South Lamar Happy Hours!

By | Austin, Food, Live music

It’s Friday, and we know it’s the weekend and you’re itching to get through the last few hours of work. Ya’ll are probably racing through rush hour traffic to get to the closest bar with a great happy hour to wash away all your stress from your week! Nothing beats a cold beer, live music, and good eats after a long week– ATX style! We’re really digging the South Lamar (also known as SoLa for short) area and all the awesome happy hours that it has for Austinites. South Lamar is located in the South Central part of Austin, also known as the 78704. Most restaurants and bars on this street are super laid back, relaxing, and even allow you to bring your dog to kick it with you. RED’S PORCH Our favorite happy hour is at the cool and casual– Red’s Porch. With views of the Greenbelt on their upper deck, and plenty of space for you and your coworkers to throw back brews at, this is the perfect place to decompress from a week of stress. Their happy hour is from 4pm-11pm and their food specials are from 4pm-7pm. Some of our favorite appetizers include the Red’s Chili Cheese Fries and the Red’s Queso (YUM!). The Red’s strawberry margaritas are so refreshing along with their seasonal draft beers. Image Source LAVACA STREET BAR Another one of our favorite places on SoLa, is the new Lavaca Street Bar! Searching for cheap Happy Hour drinks and a chill place to…

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Best of… Austin Live Music In The Red River Cultural District!

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In Downtown Austin, lies a cultural district known as Red River. Here you can find any type of live music you’re into ranging from electronic to classic rock and roll. We went to a show last night at Mohawk on Red River to get our own live music experience. Entering in Mohawk, you’ll find 3 bars with an old fashioned style and charm that capture what Austin is. There is an indoor venue and an outdoor venue that both boast amazing shows and artists. Inside, is a more intimate small setting, while the outside venue is larger and built with a patio and a roof deck. The show first started off with local dance/electronic band, Capyac! Their sound is best described as jazzy, funk, electronic with a touch of hip hop. This band brought energy and good vibes to everyone around. To keep it funky and live up to the motto, “Keep Austin Weird”, they all wore costumes and put on a mini play at the beginning of their set. They always say they won’t stop playing at their shows until everyone is gettin’ groovy on the dance-floor! Next up wasTennyson, which is a sibling duo from Canada! Every in the crowd was in a trance when they went on. While, drummer Tess was on the drums, her brother Luke was on the synthesizer and vocals. The best way to describe their sound is a mixture of relaxed, melodious electronic and various chord progression sounds. Photo Credit: @CharlezFair Last but not least,…

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5 Brand New Austin Apartments Opening Fall 2017

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It’s not news to anyone that Austin is booming and growing rapidly! With more than 50,000 people moving to ATX every year, new apartment properties are going up all year long. There is nothing better and more luxurious than moving into a brand new apartment. To give you a taste of that new new, we crafted a list of five cool apartments complexes opening this fall! LENOX BOARDWALK If you are looking for a brand new apartment close to Downtown and Lady Bird Lake, then this is the place to be! Located in the East Riverside neighborhood, this gorgeous property is conveniently close to Downtown and walking distance to the infamous Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk! Also the Riverside Golf Course is right around the corner for all your golfing desires. Modern style finishes include quartz countertops and wood style flooring, large walk-in closets, stand up showers, yards, and breathtaking views of the Austin skyline are just a few of the indulgent amenities this complex provides. Opening in September, one bedroom and two bedroom will be available ranging from $1,450 to $1,915. Starting at $1,450+ AMLI AT ALDRICH This brand new luxury  mid-rise property is in the heart of the East Austin Mueller neighborhood. Located next to the Mueller Market District, the Thinkery, and walking distance to Mueller Lake Park! These apartments include upscale features such as sleek quartzite countertops, soft close cabinets and doors, under mount sinks, glass standing showers, and so much more. Exterior features include…

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This Is Us

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We’re real people, we promise. No automated messaging service, no call system, just Austin locals excessively using the taco emoji, texting you back at 10 pm, and working REALLY hard to find you a kick ass apartment for the best price. If you haven’t visited our office yet, this video gives you a peek behind the curtain  SCREEN, introducing you to our founder and giving you a look at what it means to tag team your apartment hunt with one of our many amazing agents! We hope you love it.

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