Date Spots in Austin

By | Austin, Bars, Date Night, Food, Live music

Guest Post by Taylor Kamnetz If you’ve ever been to a city of any shape or size, you know what it means to live and play in such a place. With so much to do and everything to see, theres never enough time in the day to get things done or hit up all of the desirable hot spots. Given the attention span of the up-and-coming generations, it’s no surprise that even the busiest of cities are constantly being remodeled and new attractions are consistently being added to the mix. Whether you live in a city or are visiting one, it’s easy to get swept off your feet with the unfamiliar, tourist or not. Getting wined and dined has never looked or felt so good as it does going to a place you’ve never been to before. But let’s take Austin, Texas, for example. This is a low key city on the upswing of taking over the population ratios within the state that has a funky fresh attitude to match. If you’re a local, there are tested and true places you hold dearly, and places you just have to bring out-of-towners on their vacation in the city away from home. You’ve probably done your fair share of Googling when it comes to figuring out what to do in a certain place and when, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, if you can get a local flare on your google results, wouldn’t you be that much more likely to venture…

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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…

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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 after a long week, live music, and good eats– 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. 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 4 pm-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.     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 watch football games? Look…

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The Greenbelt Guidebook

By | Austin, Nature

If you’re new to Austin, you may hear of people talking about “the Greenbelt” quite often and wonder silently in your head what exactly goes on here and what it entails. We are here to make you feel like a local no matter how long you’ve been in Austin.     To give you a bit of a background on the Greenbelt, there are multiple greenbelts in Austin. However, the one Austinites refer to as “the Greenbelt” is the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This is located just south of Downtown in the 78704, also known as south central Austin.The Barton Creek Greenbelt is 7.9 miles long and starts at Zilker Park and ends at the Hill of Life. There are many access points, but some of our favorites are the Sculpture Falls and Spyglass entrances! People love to do everything from mountain biking, swimming, hiking, climbing, and adventuring with their dogs/friends/significant others along various points off of the Greenbelt. We can’t wait to share all our knowledge, tips, and tricks on everything Greenbelt related! Here are 5 things you should know, and what we have learned from our multiple Greenbelt experiences past and present. Here’s the guidelines to follow to make sure you are prepared for your next excursion.   When going to the Greenbelt, make sure to check the water levels before hand if you want to go swimming! Sometimes at certain entrance points, the water levels can be very low depending on the amount of rainfall throughout the year….

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Best of… Austin Live Music in the Red River Cultural District!

By | Austin, Live music

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 in.   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 can best be 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 dancefloor!   Next up, was Tennyson which is a sibling duo from Canada! Their sound is very relaxed and melodious electronic with a mix of various chord progression sounds. Everyone in the crowd was put into a trance when they went on. While drummer Tess was on the drums, her brother Luke was on the synthesizer and vocals. Photo Credit:…

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5 Brand New Austin Apartments Opening Fall 2017

By | Austin, Uncategorized

With summer coming to an end, and fall right around the corner we are so excited about all the new properties opening up in Austin! There is nothing better and more luxurious than moving into a brand spanking new apartment. It’s not news to anyone that Austin is booming and growing rapidly, with 50,000+ people moving to ATX every year! In order to keep up with the influx population, new apartment properties are going up all year long. To help give you a taste of that new new, we put together a list of five really cool new properties opening just in time for fall movers!   Lenox Boardwalk If you’re looking for a brand new apartment close to Downtown and Lady Bird Lake– this is the place to be! This gorgeous property is located in the East Riverside neighborhood. This complex is conveniently close to Downtown, and is walking distance to the infamous Lady Bird Lake hike & bike trail and Boardwalk! This is also in close proximity to the Riverside Golf Course if you are into golfing. Some units have views of the Austin skyline. Modern style finishes include quartz countertops and wood-style flooring. Large walk in closets, stand up showers, and yards are all just a few of the indulgent amenities this complex provides. One bedrooms and two bedrooms will be available ranging from $1450 to $1915. Opening in September, this property has already started pre-leasing apartment homes!   Starting at $1450+   Amli at Aldrich This brand new…

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This Is Us

By | Austin, Uncategorized

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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Why you Should Move and use Smart City (AKA why we are awesome)

By | Austin, Uncategorized

    Y’all, so much is happening at Smart City. We COMPLETELY overhauled our site and it’s time to share it with all of you. This site is legit and now it’s easier than ever for us to find you an awesome apartment at an awesome price. We pride ourselves on treating our clients like friends, texting faster than we talk, and working hard because we care. So let’s talk apartments, find you a sweet place to call home for the year, and grab a beer to celebrate. Cheers!   Why you should move AKA do not stay in your current apartment.   Once your lease is up, you probably shouldn’t re-sign at your current spot. I know, it sounds obnoxious. You have to go through the hassle of finding a new place and then you have to move all of your things… It’s a pain. But, there are several things that override these issues.   Specials, Specials, Specials! Ahem, Free Money.   When you head over to a new spot and sign a lease, often you can snag a solid special. Currently, we know of several complexes running one month and even two months FREE!! This has a massive impact on your rent. Say you find a $1,400 one bedroom apartment that you absolutely LOVE. It’s new, it’s fancy, but it breaks the bank. If they are running two months free, your rent comes down to $1,166 on a 12 month lease! That’s some insane savings. Our Featured Listings…

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Booze and Brews: Where to get your caffeine fix in ATX

By | Austin, Food, Uncategorized

The competition is fierce whether you want a hot cup of Joe, sweet southern tea or a cold beer. Austin is literally one of the booziest cities in the U.S. so it only makes sense to see the influx of coffee/craft beer combinations popping up. There are so many to choose from, but here are some of our favorite picks! Photo Credit: Radio Coffee & Beer RADIO COFFEE & BEER   First stop is Radio Coffee close to Ben White and South Lamar! Radio Coffee was opened by UT Alumni Jack, who moved to Seattle after graduation and subsequently became obsessed with coffee.  This lead to an apprenticeship with Victrola Coffee Roasters, this is where he learned that coffee should be delicious and sweet, not a hot bitter mess. At the same he was traveling around signing folk and country songs and learning to love craft beer. Especially West Coast Craft beer..So why not combine the two? Coffee and beer, beer and coffee (26 craft beers on tap to be exact).  Sounds like perfection to us! Plus Radio has music almost every night of the week, and if you’re hungry for a bite to eat there is two food trucks outside (Veracruz is our favorite!). PATIKA COFFEE HOUSE Patika Coffee House is located in the 78704 off of South Lamar. Patika is Turkish for footpath or alley. The first coffee houses in the world were found in Istanbul, and their popularity as gathering places got them outlawed for fear of…

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Beat the Texas Heat in these Austin Lakes!

By | Austin

There are so many reasons that we love Austin: dog friendly, constant live music, amazing eats and fantastic bar scene.  All of those reasons, plus we are surrounded by the indescribable beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes. Everyone complains about the Texas heat but access to these lakes makes that heat so much more bearable. So here are our picks for all the best lakes in the Hill Country. Photo credit: Tekh Radar LADY BIRD LAKE Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake) separates south from north Austin. A loop of 10 miles is a runner’s paradise with tons of shade. It is also home to many kayak and paddle board activities.  The best combo is a run first then follow it up with something on the water to cool off. People also love to take their dogs on walks here and then let them swim and play with other pups at Auditorium Shores. LAKE AUSTIN Lake Austin is a bit colder because the water flow comes from the bottom of Lake Travis fed from Mansfield Dam. But when Austin is 110 plus degrees it makes it so much more delicious, so grab that swimsuit and get at it.  Access can be from the popular location of Emma Long off 2222 and 360. Emma provides picnic areas, camping, courtesy docks, parking and restrooms. Commons Ford Park is located off Bee Caves, it has a 2 minute walk through Live Oaks and hiking trails surrounding it.  Commons has…

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