"a space to be yourself" mural with sun and cacti

A Space To Be Yourself: Smart City’s New Austin Mural

By | Art, Austin

A space to be yourself. This month we were finally able to complete a long awaited passion project–our first mural in Austin! With the help of local artist, Tara Johnston, we brought Austin a super cool mural that conveys and illustrates the purpose of Smart City–connecting people with the space to be themselves! CEO and Founder, Cassie Brown said it best, “In a world full of high expectations, pressure and deadlines, just know that there is always a space to be yourself.” Everything we do as a company is an effort to help people find the space to be themselves, whether it’s a dream apartment in the perfect neighborhood or a badass work environment dedicated to personal and professional growth (shout out to the SC Squad). We want each and every person to feel like they have a space to be themselves in Austin! Let’s talk about the talent! When looking for an artist to help design and paint the mural, we were in search of someone able to create a piece that would not only represent our brand but also pay tribute to our city as well. The mural needed to be welcoming, lively, and colorful just like Austin, and we absolutely had to throw in some cacti for good, Texas measure. After some social media surfing, we found our way to Tara’s Instagram page; what a blessing! If you haven’t checked out her work, you’re missing out (so definitely hit the link). We creeped on tons of her murals…

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Brand New Austin Properties Opening Summer 2019

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So you’re looking to move soon? Well, Summer is the hottest time to move (literally) and new properties are popping up all over the city.  We have the inside scoop on all of the fresh properties around Austin and we’re here to tell you about them because what’s cooler than living in a brand new, never-lived-in apartment? The Clark Photo Source Located in Downtown Austin, these luxury apartments are perfect for Austinites who want to be in the middle of it all! Offering one, two, and three-bedroom options that are fully-equipped with designer interiors. Including quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, gas range stoves, high ceilings, and large windows! But it doesn’t stop there; the community provides an amazing pool with a poolside fire pit, terrace sky lounge with panoramic views of Downtown, 24-hr fitness center, and game room. Rates start at $1920+. The Copeland Photo Source The ever-popular Domain area is where The Copeland lives; a brand new luxury property that offers studio, one, and two-bedrooms. If you love bright airy spaces, this is for you! Apartments include gorgeous finishes spread throughout the gourmet kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms. With high ceilings, wood flooring, and spacious floorpans— you won’t be disappointed! Head over to the pub-style room and billiards lounge, resort-style pool and a “hideaway” pool with fire pit, dog park, and fitness center. Not to mention you’re near everything in The Domain! Studios starting at $1295+. Flatiron Domain Photo Source Located in The Domain and surrounded by all of the shopping…

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Austin Apartment Pools To Slide Into This Summer

By | Apartments with Pool, Austin, Hot Summer Days, Pools, Summer

With Texas heat on the rise, ensuring your hot new apartment has an Instagram worthy pool is a must!  To get a head start on your summertime search, check out some of our current favorite apartment pools around Austin. DOWNTOWN Ashton Austin offers community amenities that are through the roof! Not only does this luxury high-rise provide a beautiful swimming pool, but also offers an aqua lounge, spa and sundeck so you can enjoy breathtaking views of Downtown Austin, while getting your tan on. The incredible amenities don’t stop there; step into a unit with 10ft. ceilings, granite countertops, corner windows, and Roman tubs! Photos Source EAST AUSTIN We know we said ensuring that your new apartment has a pool is essential, but what about THREE POOLS?! The poolscape at Platform Apartments offers just that, plus an outdoor kitchen and TV lounge. With a backdrop this insta-worthy, channel your inner influencer and snap some wet and wild pics of you and your summer cocktail. After a day in the sun, head back to your apartment and enjoy quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting, and wood-style flooring. Photos Source SOUTH LAMAR Austinites love anything and everything in the 78704! Not only is Lamar Union in this prime location, but boasts a rooftop pool perfect for hanging with friends on those hot summer nights. Enjoy the panoramic views of Downtown while relaxing by a fire pit and/or getting competitive with some outdoor games. After a day of socializing, head home to floor-to-ceiling windows,…

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Austin Sports: Where to Catch a Game in Austin

By | Austin

Quirky. Eclectic. Diverse. Those are words that certainly describe the population in and around Austin, Texas. They’re also a great way to describe the variety of sports you’ll find in Austin and nearby communities. Whether you prefer professional sports or amateur competitions, Austin has a sports team you’ll be excited to cheer on to victory and proud to stand by in defeat. From well-known sports like football, basketball and baseball to lesser-known sports like roller derby and ultimate frisbee, Austin sports teams compete in a wide variety of sports that have both mass appeal and cult-like followings. Austin Sports Teams Just like the city is home to an array of sports teams, Austin hosts sports events of all sorts. No matter where you’re located in the Capital City, you’ll never be too far away from a sports venue where you can catch a game of some sort. If you’re ready to watch sports teams compete in Austin, you have to know where you can find the action. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place to learn about Austin sports and all the hot venues where you can see teams face off head to head. 1. Baseball in Austin If you want to enjoy some Austin, Texas baseball, the Dell Diamond should be your destination. Dell Diamond is home to the Round Rock Express, which is the AAA affiliate team of the Houston Astros. The team takes the field no less than 140 times per year. The minor league team’s regular…

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7 Ways To Improve Your Environmental Footprint As A Renter

By | Apartments, Austin, Earth Day, Reduce Your Footprint, Spring

Conservation has become a pretty big buzzword in the last decade, especially in fast-growing, highly-populated cities like the big Texas metros. As we continue to see an influx of people pouring into our cities, Austin bis starting to feel the strain and environmental impact of the increased population, thus creating a need to conserve our local, natural resources. So, to help do our part, here’s seven quick tips on ways to live smarter, reduce your carbon footprint, and save some money along the way. 1. Install LED Bulbs & Fixtures Photo by Singkham via Pexels Installing LED light bulbs is a great and simple way to be more energy efficient. If you’re not big on overhead lighting or replacing existing light bulbs in your unit, consider adding lamps with LED bulbs instead. This conserves energy while also providing varying kinds of artistic mood lighting, it’s a win, win! However, if you do end up swapping out all the bulbs your apartment, make sure to stash the original bulbs, so you can take your LED bulbs with you at move-out. Most LED light bulbs last around 50,000 hours, which equates to 11 years if used for 12 hours a day (so, pretty much forever). Plus, you paid for them, so keep them!   2. Utilize Black-Out Curtains Photo by Jon Tyson via Unsplash Black-out curtains are dual-purpose and vampire approved, since they aid both your sleeping environment and energy bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 30% of a home’s…

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Springtime Events In Austin

By | Art, Austin, Community Events, Entertainment, Spring

Some say the Spring season is the best time of year in Austin! Before you know it, the only thing you’ll be thinking about is jumping into Barton Springs to try escaping the sweltering triple digit temps. So while you still can enjoy being outdoors without suffering a possible heatstroke, here’s what we recommend doing to take advantage of the season! ABC Kite Festival Image by ABC Kite Festival via Carnifest ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s longest-running traditions! A day long event full of kite flying fun and contests. Grab a group of friends, head out to Zilker Park, frolic around and soak up some sun. Happening: this weekend on Sunday, March 31st, so get yourself a kite (or even make one yourself), and enjoy the 90th ABC Kite Festival! Lonestar Round Up Image Charles Wickam via Bangshift If cars are your thing, then so is this annual festival! A huge outdoor car show with live music and  tons of vintage hot rods and custom cars that people from all over the country drive here for! If you’re not quite up for driving to the Travis County Expo Center, where the festival is held, make time to head over to South Congress! The vintage car owners park along the street so you can walk up and down South Congress checking out cool cars and enjoying some of your favorite Austin restaurants, bars and coffee shops! Happening: April 12-13. Eeyore’s Birthday Party Image by Ralph Barrera via Austin360 This…

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Cut The Commute: Apartments Closer To Work In The Austin Metroplex

By | Apartments, Austin, Closer to work, Commuting

“I LOVE TRAFFIC!” – said no one ever Despite the stress of a long commute, most people in Texas have to drive to and from work, going head-to-head with menacing rush hour traffic. Spoiler alert: Austinites are going to spend an average of 8.9 days commuting to and from work in 2019 according to a study published by educateddriver.org! And because time behind the wheel can feel wasted, we’re determined to help get your days back. Take a peek at these beautiful apartments in local neighborhoods people often commute to, and let’s talk about getting you closer to work so that you don’t have to!   DOWNTOWN | SEVEN Apartments | Starting at $2580 This high rise property has amazing walkability and is perfect for those who work Downtown. The heart of Austin is home to some major employers like Google, Facebook, Whole Foods, HomeAway and still in close proximity to the newest Oracle campus. Apartments include expansive balconies with amazing views, quartz countertops, french door refrigerators and nickel finished hardware. Image source Image source Image source   ROUND ROCK | Bartz Ranch | Starting at $995 Located in a suburb of Austin is the home to a plethora of companies, including one of the Dell campuses! Living here allows easy access to I-35 and Texas State Highway 130. Apartments come equipped with granite countertops, garden tubs, built-in desks and washer/dryer are included! Image source Image source Image source   TECH RIDGE | Alta Tech Ridge | Starting at $1060 This property is one…

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Get Your Game on at These Austin Bars and Cafés

By | Uncategorized

When you hear the term “gamer” these days, your mind probably races to images of people having a great time as they save humanity from zombies or other hostile invaders on a computer screen. While that may be the modern image of a gamer, the term used to be more commonly affiliated with other types of traditional games. In many cases, these games haven’t undergone an update since they first hit the market. These games sometimes require skill and sometimes force you to pray for a lucky roll of the dice. We’re talking board games, pinball machines, pool tables and arcade games. Those multi-generational games that have proven their staying power. The Renaissance of Conventional Games In recent years, people of all ages have started to seek out opportunities to play the games of yesteryear. Board games are a great example of the renaissance that traditional games are currently experiencing. In 2013, the sales of games and puzzles around the world hit a total of $9.3 billion. Just three years later that total reached $9.6 billion. By 2023, boards games sold across the globe are expected to generate more than $12 billion in revenue. With the new and renewed interest people have in more conventional games like board games, businesses that give people the chance to test their skills and luck have been popping up all over. Austin, Texas, is not an exception in this regard. Whether you want to play board games in Austin, try your hand at pool or…

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SXSW Tips & Tricks (To Make You Look And Feel Like A Pro!)

By | Austin, Bars, Live music, March Madness, South by Southwest Interactive Festival, SXSW

PHOTO BY MERRICK ALES SXSW is officially here and let’s be honest, it gets CRAZY in Austin! Some of you who are newer to the area may not know exactly what this ten day craze fest is all about; the best way to explain it is as a big collaboration of music, interactive media, film, conferences, and so much more. Think of SXSW as a vast industry showcase in Austin with exclusive artists and speakers from all over the world and surprise shows at various venues all packed into two weeks. We know SXSW can be daunting and pricey! So we’re here to help you become the expert! #1 Pro Tip: Don’t bother overspending on a badge or wristband! For the most part, SXSW is first-come-first-serve, meaning if a venue or bar is at capacity you will still wait in line like everyone else. There are so many events you can RSVP to, and for FREE! Unless someone is giving you a badge or wristband for free, we def recommend taking it! Regardless of how you get in, discovering artists you’ve never seen before and having a good time is the Austin way of doing things! #2 Pro Tip: Nothing is guaranteed and everything is super spontaneous and last minute! Which is why we recommend keeping up with social media accounts. Twitter and specific Instagram accounts such as @WhereWhenWhatAustin and @SXSW to get the inside scoop on last minute shows and events. #3 Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes!…

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Essential Steps To Finding An Apartment

By | apartment locators, Apartments, Austin, Dogs, Gym, new apartments

It’s that time again! Your lease is ending soon and you’re ready for a fresh new pad! But you literally have no clue what to do or where to even start– and that’s okay! We’ve made a quick list of essential steps to take to ensure you’re finding your next apartment the right way! Know What’s Goin’ On! Knowing when your lease is up is a must! Don’t let it creep up on you and send you into a “three weeks to find a place” frenzy! The best time to start looking is within the 60 day window before you’ve got to move out of your current spot. This is because pricing and availability change almost daily, and we want to ensure you receive the most accurate leasing information available before committing to anything. Also remember that most apartment management companies require a 30 to 60 day notice to vacate; DO. NOT. FORGET. Finally, it’s crucial to know whether you’re planning on having a roommate or if you’re flyin’ solo because this drastically effects your search. If you do have a roomie, make sure you’re both on the same page as far as move date and budget are concerned–and probably preferred apartment temperature, but we’ll save fighting over the thermostat for another blog. Hit Us Up! It’s time to link up with your Smart City agent. Tell us your wants, needs, the areas you’re interested, and anything else you prefer in a living situation! The more you tell us, the…

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