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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Austin’s Classic Restaurants

By | Austin, Food

To all of our fellow Austinites, new and old. We know how important food is to you! And living in a city such as Austin, there is a plethora of amazing and iconic places to get your grub on. So to make your lives that much easier and saving you the trouble of finding these little gems, we’ve made a short list of just a few classic Austin spots that will be sure to quench your hunger! Threadgills First opened as a bar in 1933, this famous restaurant is at the top of our list. Not only because it is a true Austin staple, but because it will soon be shutting its doors on its Riverside location for good sometime this November. With that being said, get there while you still can and enjoy some live music and chicken fried steak! Be sure to check out the Sunday brunch buffet for a true Austin Sunday funday!   Matt’s Famous El Rancho Located on South Lamar, this Austin classic has stood its ground since 1952! Matt’s Famous El Rancho is totally worth the long waits on the weekend when you want to get your hands on some of Austin’s best queso. Let’s not forget about their margaritas being made with freshly squeezed limes, yum. Brunch, lunch, dinner, you name it and on any day of the week you can love it, except for Tuesdays though because they’re closed.   Hut’s Hamburgers Originally opened in 1939 as “Sammie’s Drive-In”. Hut’s Hamburgers offers…

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Brand New Apartments Opening Fall 2018

By | Apartments, Austin, new apartments

We’re all about that new, new. Here’s 3 brand new apartments in ATX that we’re in love with.   Guthrie Opening Fall/Winter 2018 Located on the East Side of Austin, The Guthrie boasts boutique hotel vibes with preferred, modern finishes. Floor plans will range from studio units to large work areas with direct street access (for those of you lookin to keep it profesh). Wood flooring, hard surface countertops, pendant lighting and stainless steel appliances are a must, but it doesn’t stop there! Common areas include a clubroom, business center, fitness area, rooftop lounge, resort-style pool with large courtyard. Studios starting at $1,245+. Photo Cred   Edison Opening Fall 2018 Located in the heart of East Riverside and only ten minutes from D-Town, this complex gives you the best of both worlds! Offering studio, one, and two-bedroom floor plans; allowing you to choose the home that fits you, your potential roomie, and even your pets needs! *Cough*Cough* dog park and washing station *Cough*! Grab your roomie and take a quick walk over to the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake or if you’re feeling extra adventurous Austin Bergstrom International Airport is only a 10 minute Uber away! Availability coming soon. Photo Cred   Palo Verde Open Now Southwest Austin is continuously growing in popularity and is becoming one of Austin’s hottest areas to live! Palo Verde brings comfort and style to the hill country without being too far from the hustle and bustle of Downtown! Stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, under-mount…

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Get Your Caffeine Fix At The Best Coffee Shops In Austin

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Here in Austin, we take our caffeine very seriously. And now that we’re seeing the temperatures dropping, it’s true coffee season! What could be better than throwing on a cozy sweater and heading to your favorite coffee shop to meet up with friends, get some work done, or just enjoy the cool weather and most of all; get your caffeine fix. So we have a list of some of Austin’s fav shops for you to check out the cold season! Radio Coffee and Beer Located in the ’04 on Manchaca, Radio coffee not only offers some great coffee and a killer outside patio vibe; they also have 25 beers on tap! The patio is huge and they always have live music and events going on like Bluegrass Night every Monday, trivia nights and a ton more! And if you’re looking to grab some lunch you can stop at the  Veracruz All Natural  food trailer!   Jo’s With three locations in Austin, you can find Jo’s downtown, on campus, and most famously known on South Congress; lets not forget this is where you can find the iconic I Love You So Much wall. Jo’s Coffee has been an essential Austin hangout since 1999! The coffee shop has its own custom Stumptown blend and for hunger pains, they offer a variety of sandwiches and breakfast tacos on the menu.   Buzz Mill Buzz Mill is located off East Riverside and in San Marcos. It is a full service bar and coffee shop that serves…

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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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Spooky Szn In Austin, Texas 👻

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Yes, that’s right! It’s that time of year again; Fall! Or better yet– spooky szn! Now that it’s not 100 degrees outside, it’s time to break out the pumpkin scented candles and dig up that Snuggie you shamelessly bought back in ’09. But this being Austin, luckily you don’t have to stay at home all season because there are a ton of festive things to do! So, we’ve put together a list of things you can do in Austin to make this the ultimate spooky szn!! HAUNTED HOUSES Photo Cred For our homies who like to pay money to pee their pants, check out Austin’s House of Torment! With three scary attractions, this will definitely give you the adrenaline rush you’re looking for! While you’re there, you can grab some food and adult bevs to help take the edge off! HALLOWEEN MOVIES Photo Cred One of the best parts of Halloween is definitely all of the movies! Whether you stay in your apartment and invite your friends over for a movie night or make it a date night at Alamo Drafthouse; it’s gonna be a good time! For all of the movie buffs out there, make sure you check out the October specialty screenings that Alamo Drafthouse offers; especially if you’re into that old school spooky vibe! COSTUME PARTIES Photo Credit With Halloween right around the corner, we hope you have fire costume picked out! Because there are a ton of bars and venues that have awesome bands playing, costume…

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Why You Should Rent an Apartment In The Fall/Winter

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Moving in the colder months?! Who even does that?! We do. Hear us out… Sure, moving in the Fall/Winter may not be as popular as a Summer move, but it definitely has it’s perks! Whether you’re looking for a new apartment, your own place, or relocating to Austin for a new job, here are 4 reasons why you should rent in the Fall or Winter. Demand is Lower  Many people choose to move in the summertime because there’s more time on their hands. School is out, the days are longer, and we’re looking for any excuse to use that PTO. When the season ends, most people settle into their routine (school, work, etc.), and the demand to rent slows way down. This is the time to strike while the iron is hot, and save some serious cash! With a lower demand, rent is generally cheaper in the Fall; and if you really want to save money, consider a 15 month lease. Longer leases are typically lower in price and if you sign at the right time, it can end the following Winter, thus saving you more money on your next move!! Win, win. Serious Specials Trendy Summer moves = slow Fall/Winter rental market = sweet, sweet deals and specials. Lucky You! Properties NEED to lease their units, but no one likes to move during the holidays, so it’s common to hear about deals intended to generate traffic like, “Two months free,” or “Don’t pay rent until January 1st!” This is…

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Apartments Located Near Iconic Austin Spots

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Austin is literally packed full of cool places and fun things to do! So, why not make living here that much better by snagging a cool apartment next to your fav iconic Austin spot?! We have the deets on some awesome apartments. Zilker Park/Barton Springs Coldwater apartments are in the middle of it all; Zilker park and Barton Springs are basically your backyard! Equipped with exposed concrete ceilings, wood-style flooring, and stainless steel appliances. This luxury community provides a negative edge pool, access to Texas Rowing Center, and when festival season is upon us; you’ll be in walking distance to ACL and Blues On The Green! South Congress If having direct access to all things Austin is your vibe, then State House On Congress apartments are for you! Offering newly renovated luxury homes with stainless steel appliances, wood-style flooring, and downtown views! You’ll literally be steps away from all of the great food, drinks, live music, and shopping on South Congress!! The Greenbelt Although, The Greenbelt stretches on for miles, Landmark At Barton Creek in particular is perfect for nature lovers who love being close to everyday conveniences! Your apartment comes with sleek black appliances, hardwood-style flooring, and a cozy wood-burning fireplace! If you need to get out of the house, enjoy the dog park, pool, and sand volleyball court! When you live in Texas, it’s important to always be near a body of water, so when your steps away from The Greenbelt you’ll never dread the summer heat again!…

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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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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 hot that unless you are heading to Barton Springs or the lake, you would rather stay inside your apartment all day. So, here are some tips 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! Photo Cred: Jennifer Causey 2. SNOW CONES!! Get a shaved ice maker…because snow cones! Snow cones make everything better. Photo Cred 3. Ceiling Fans = Lifesaver Crank the ceiling fans! Ceiling fans don’t actually cool your apartment down, but they sure make it feel like they do, and that’s all that really matters. Photo Cred: Yours Truly 4. Go Full Vamp Go full on vampire! To keep the heat out, close all your blinds to block any sunlight from coming through the windows. Photo Cred 5. Kiddie Pool, Anyone? If your apartment has a private yard, get yourself a kiddie pool. And if not, ice bath? Photo Cred 6.Arctic Tundra Temps If you’re not one of those people who turns their thermostat to -30 degrees, just to wake up feeling like you’re in the Arctic Tundra; try switching out your heavy bedding with some lighter sheets and covers. No one likes a sweaty sleeper. And if you are one of those people who turns their thermostat down to -30 degrees and…

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