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Tips to Creating a Small-Space Garden at Your Apartment

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Living in an apartment has its perks: minimal maintenance/cleaning, amazing on-site amenities, free coffee in the lobby (most of the time); the list goes on. Living in an apartment can also sometimes mean sacrificing space and privacy. The remedy you maybe never considered? Planting a small-space or balcony garden! Imagine grabbing a handful of fresh basil to add to your pesto, or picking homegrown jalapenos to heat up some Tex-Mex. We’ve got the 4-1-1 from a local pro, Annaliese Olson, who dished out her top four tips for creating a small-space garden: Container Garden Most apartment balconies or patios are concrete. Here’s a fresh take on an old (and super cute) concept – container gardening – and how to build your small space garden around it. There’s no one way to find the right container. Buy them at one of those pottery places along the highway, or get some red earthenware pots from the store. You can also build your own wooden boxes or get hanging baskets. From there, choose plants that do well in Texas’ humid, subtropical climate. Herbs like rosemary, basil, and peppermint like the heat. There’s a reason there are peppers in so much of Texas’ cooking; they grow well here! If you don’t have a patio space, or you can’t go directly outside of your apartment, try windowsill gardening. Those wooden boxes we mentioned above? Put them in the window sill to catch lots of sunlight, and you’re set. (You don’t have to make them either….

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Four New Austin Apartments Hitting the Market This Fall

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In a recent article published by RentCafe, Austin was listed as one of the top five metropolitans leading the way in projected new property completions for 2019. The article reflects a forecast of almost 10,800 new units hitting the Austin apartment market by the end of the year. That’s a lot! But, we digress. Here are [only] four new properties hitting the apartment scene in Austin this fall: Alexan Garza Ranch – South Austin  This South Austin beauty takes all the best amenities and puts them in one place. We’re talking TWO dog parks and an on-site pet grooming station, a sky deck, bike storage and repair facility, and electric car charging stations. It’s across the street from Whole Foods, has direct property access to Violet Crown Trail for all our outdoorsy Austinites, and Peloton bikes in the gym for all our indoorsy folks. Starting rates for studio units are $1355; one-bed units start at $1426, and two-bed units start at $1787. photo source Lenox Ridge – North Austin First thing’s first – you have to see this pool! It requires way more than a “resort-style pool” description. Lay leisurely alongside the water or duck into the mid-pool covered cabana and watch a sports game or housewives show of your choice (or watch everything at once in the lush, four-television indoor lounge; your choice). Units feature all the latest finishes and each floor plan has one-hundred percent usable space. So, no random nooks you can’t do anything with! On top…

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Best Late-Night Food in Austin

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-Best Cheap Eats -Best Late-Night International Food -Best Late Night Desserts We get it. It’s late. Like, really late. Way past socially acceptable dinner hours. But your stomach doesn’t care about that. You’d sell a limb for a slice of pizza and garlic sticks, with extra dipping sauce. Or a platter of tacos al pastor. Or a steaming, spicy bowl of pho from a late-night food delivery service — so you don’t have to put on pants, of course. Where can you satisfy your nocturnal noshings in Capital City? We’re serving up some of the best late-night food and 24-hour restaurants in Austin. Diner fare, desserts, never-ending brunch, fusion feasts and more — if you’re craving it, Austin’s late-night food scene has it. Austin’s Best Late-Night Restaurants The later the hour, the better the experience at any of these Austin restaurants — some of which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 1. East Side King 1618 East Sixth Street The Asian-fusion endeavor founded by James Beard Award-winner Paul Qui has both a brick-and-mortar outfit as well as a late-night food truck stationed in East Austin. We recommend the latter, which drops shop outside The Liberty bar on East Sixth Street every night until quarter to 3 a.m. Dig into Poor Qui Buns with sweet hoisin-slathered pork or Chicken Katsu Meshi dripping in silky, spicy green curry sauce. Of course, you also can’t forget East Side King’s infamous deep-fried Brussels Sprouts Salad, served with fresh mint, basil,…

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Renting with a Roomie in ATX

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Renting with a roomie definitely boasts some big-time financial, social and group-Netflix-binging benefits, but what should you know before committing to living with another human for an extended period of time? Running a search for roomies Honestly, we got you (for free)! Only one of you needs to slide into our DMs on Instagram or Facebook, or call/text us (512-815-2317) on the household’s behalf and our agents are good to go. Most of the Austin properties we work with have rates for 2 bed/1-2 baths starting around $1400 and going up from there. When it comes to the apartment triangle (location, finishes and price), you typically can’t get the best of all three. So come to an agreement on which two are most important to both/all of you. Your Smart City agent will reach out to you to gather deets, find ALL the specials and provide a hyper-personalized list, and then help get you and your roomie(s) touring ASAP. Applying + Getting approved Renters are typically required to show that their monthly income is at least three times the rent. Lucky for roomies, that sum is split amongst incomes of all the names on the lease! If you’re hooked on a gorgeous unit that is tied to a special or concession, just confirm whether you’ll be approved on what the rate typically is (market rent), or if you’ll be approved on what the base rent is after the special is applied (effective rent). Believe us, it makes a difference! Last…

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Best Live Music in Austin

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Sure, Austin is known for South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits, two of the nation’s most iconic annual music festivals. But what about good ole’ regular, everyday music shows? In a city that boasts being the Live Music Capital of the World, where are the best spots to hang with friends, grab a drink and hear some talented performers throughout the year? Consider any of the following as some of Austin’s best music venues. Many are free, many are themed and all are ready to satisfy your live-performance whims any day of the week. Austin’s Top Live Music Venues These venues make Austin a live performance mecca for new and transplanted Austinites alike, plus the music-loving tourists who flock to the city year-round. 1. The Continental Club A list of Austin’s musical must-sees would be incomplete without the Continental Club. For nearly seven decades, this South Congress spot has held a gravitational pull over some of the best free and ticketed shows in the entire city. Owner Steve Wertheimer — who also manages a few other prime music venues on this list — revamped the club from its swanky supper club roots to be the multi-genre, nationally acclaimed music hub it is today. The Continental Club hosts performances every week. Blues, roots, rockabilly, country, classic rock and more blast from its central stage, which has seen the likes of everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to The Replacements. You can’t miss it walking down South Congress Avenue. The neon-sign…

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Smart Looks Good On You — Why You Should Use a Smart City Agent to Find Your Next Austin Apartment

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Looking for an apartment can be stressful. Where do I look? What’s important to me? Can I afford floor to ceiling windows and hardwood floors?! Lucky for you, we’re here to help and do the dirty work for you! But why should you use a Smart City locator? To that we say, just keep reading. 😉 First thing’s first, we’re the realest! What we mean is,  you aren’t getting some computer generated list of generic options–instead you’re talking to a real human who lives, works and plays in Austin! Pro tip: when we get a chance to talk to you personally, the more you tell us about yourself, your life and your priorities, the smarter we get! Then we’re able to create a unique list that is completely personalized and tailored to YOU! Our goal is to crush your wish list and get you more of what you’re REALLY looking for! One more time for the people in the back!! We WANT to know what’s most important to you! Have a dog? (send pics pls). Want to be close to your job or your fav going out spots? Are amenities like a pool and a 24-hr fitness center a must? All of these details come into play when creating YOUR list! Most importantly, WE CARE. Seriously, we do. All of our agents are real, Austin locals who know the city like the back of their hands, who care about connecting people with their communities and a space to be themselves!…

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6 Tips To Make Your Apartment More Bearable This Summer

By | Apartments, Austin, Hot Summer Days, Summer

Summers in Texas are HOT, which is an understatement. So unless you’re heading to Barton Springs or the lake everyday, you might just consider hanging at your apartment the majority of the time. So, here are some tips on how to make your apartment a little more bearable during the summer heat wave! 1. Non-Oven Meals Try to avoid running anything that puts off heat; such as electronics or cooking on your oven or stove. Check out these 10 easy no-cook summer meals! Or use this time to have all of the P. Terry’s you could ever dream of delivered to your place. Photo Credit 2. SNOW CONES!! Get a shaved ice maker…because snow cones! Snow cones make everything better, and if you can make them at home, you never have to go outside again. Photo Credit 3. Ceiling Fans = Lifesaver Crank the ceiling fans! Ceiling fans don’t actually cool your apartment down, but they circulate the air making your space feel cooler–and that’s all that really matters. Photo Credit: Yours Truly 4. Go Full Vamp Go full on vampire! To keep the heat out, close all your blinds and/or get some black out curtains to block out the heat from the relentless sun. Photo Credit 5. Kiddie Pool, Anyone? Not into public swimming at the property pool? If your unit is equipped with a private yard, get yourself a kiddie pool; and if not, ice bath? Photo Credit 6. Arctic Tundra Temps If you’re not one of the…

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Austin Sports: Where to Catch a Game in Austin

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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. Where to Watch 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…

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Austin Amenities Worth Moving For

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Have you taken a close look at apartment amenities lately? Properties are finding more ways to lure in leasers by way of deluxe infinity pools and poolside cabanas, swanky dog parks and gym facilities that would make a Jersey Shore juice head swoon. Impressed? Child’s play. Sometimes you’ve got to throw in a little something extra – “pizzazz”, if you will. Here are five Austin amenities worth moving for: Steiner Ranch Hello, there, rejuvenating hydro-massage studio! You read that right: rejuvenating-hydro-massage-studio. Feeling a little tight after your workout in the 24-hour cardio and strength center? No problem – lay back in the hydro massage chair and let the warm, flowing water pressure alleviate that for you. Anyone else’s jaw just drop a little? South Any pro golfers in the house? Semi-pro? Well, this brand-spanking-new property has a golf simulator available to its residents! So, whether you’re a pro or not, you can take a few swings at learning the game or just sinking a few holes… virtually. If golf isn’t your thing and you’re wanting a little more zen, then just hit up the outdoor yoga space that’s on-site. This property definitely didn’t skimp when it comes to adding amenities that can serve as tie-breakers when you’re choosing your next apartment. Southwest Amenities have gone to the dogs (and we aren’t upset about it). Skip the cost of taking your large dog to the groomers because bath time in a garden tub is miserable – just take them to the…

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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. TO. SUBMIT. YOUR. NOTICE. Let’s talk money. Do you know your budget? Ramen noodles are good and all, but you might not want to live off of noodles for a year just to cop a unit with a wine fridge, #prioritize. Be reasonable and realistic about what you’re willing and able to to spend on rent each month, and still afford paying other bills and having fun. It’s SUPER important to know where you stand financially, be aware of certain requirements that complexes may have; like making three times your rent amount! And if you don’t, do…

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