Smart City Austin

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

By | Apartments, Austin

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 real people! 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! Photo Cred 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! Photo Cred 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 the space to be…

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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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Why You Should Rent an Apartment In The Fall/Winter

By | Austin

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

By | Apartments, Austin

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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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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3 Brand New Austin Apartments Opening Summer 2018

By | Apartments, Austin, new apartments

Austin is once again topping the list of America’s best places to live as well as producing top-notch apartments for Austin natives and the crazy amount of people who are moving here every day! Summer is the hottest time to move (literally), but what’s cooler than living in a brand-spanking-new apartment? We are here to find you the best places to live and the best deals in Austin! It may be hot, and if you’re a summer mover you don’t have to sweat the apartment finding process, here are three new apartments that are opening up just in time for you! PALO VERDE 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 sinks, and walk-in closets; this property is nothing short of high quality. Enjoy your surroundings by the resort-style pool, walking and biking trails, and pet play area. Not to mention, you’ll be less than 15 minutes from Jester King Brewery!   THE HANOVER OAK HILL Located in Southwest Austin as well, Hanover Oak Hill could be the perfect new home for you and your furry friend! Equipped with a 13,000 square foot dog park and heated washing station. The community also offers a private screening room, infinity-edge pool with cabanas, and incredible hill country views! Offering one, two, and three bedrooms homes; inside…

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It’s That Time Of Year Again…Spring Cleaning!

By | Apartments, Austin, Spring, Spring Cleaning

Photo Cred Open up your windows and let that Spring air in! We all know that Austin has some killer Springtime weather and that also means it’s the best time to get some deep cleaning done! There is no better feeling than coming home to a clean place and being able to relax. So, put a day aside to get cleanin’! Here is a list of tips that will help you get to those not-so-obvious spots: Pick a room to start in! It may be easier to go room by room instead of doing everything at once. Remember, Spring cleaning is about getting into all of those nooks and crannies you don’t usually get to when you’re just picking up the place. Cleaning can be tedious, so throw on some good tunes and get to it! Dusting Yes, dusting is no fun, but it is a must! Start high, get all of the dust and cobwebs off of the ceiling, molding, and corners. Then move to the middle, wipe down all of your shelves! Make sure you pick up all of your decorations and knick-knacks; that way you get the entire shelf and be sure to clean the decor along the way. Another big one is blinds, they collect dust like crazy, and they deserve a good cleaning now and then. Moving to the bottom, the worst part; baseboards! It makes a huge difference when your baseboards don’t have a thick film of dust on them. You may not notice…

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Wet Your Whistle: Austin Apartment Pools To Slide Into This Summer

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

When looking for a new apartment in Austin, it’s almost essential to make sure the community comes equipped with a pool! With the Texas heat on the rise, it only makes sense to consider that your hot new spot has an IG worthy pool to chill at! Here are some of our favorites from complexes around Austin: DOWNTOWN This property offers community amenities that are through the roof! They provide an aqua lounge, a spa, 24-hour concierge, and of course a beautiful pool and sundeck! Enjoy breathtaking views of downtown Austin while getting your tan on. The incredible amenities don’t stop there; step into a unit, and they offer 10ft. ceilings, granite countertops, corner windows, and Roman tubs! EAST AUSTIN We know we said earlier when looking for your new spot that a pool is essential, but what about three pools?! Yes, this poolscape offers you three pools, an outdoor kitchen, and a TV lounge. With a backdrop like this, we all could be Instagram models. After a day in the sun, walk into your apartment and find quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, pendant lighting, and wood-style flooring. If this isn’t luxury, then we’re not sure what is! SOUTH CENTRAL Us Austinites love anything in the 78704! Not only is this location prime, but so is this pool! This rooftop pool is the perfect area for hanging with friends; enjoy the panoramic views of Downtown while relaxing by a fire feature or getting competitive in some outdoor games. After a…

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Pawesome Austin Adventures for You and Your Fur Baby

By | Austin, Dogs, National Puppy Day, Puppy

It’s National Puppy Day! And what better way to spend this Spring than with your best furry pal? Whether you’re looking to make a splash, grab a drink, or you just want to enjoy the weather; here are some Springtime activities that both you and your pup can enjoy! The Greenbelt (Duh!) Photo Cred It’s Texas, it’s hot, and this is one of the best Austin spots to cool off at! After a good downpour you and your pup should head to your favorite Greenbelt location like Twin Falls, The Flats, Gus Fruh, Campbell’s Hole, or Sculpture Falls! Any of these spots are perfect on a sunny day. Zilker Park (Also duh!) Photo Cred How about 350 acres of beauty to have a picnic, throw a frisbee, take selfies together, or meet hundreds of other locals and their dogs?! And while you’re there you can walk to the creek below Barton Springs and jump in! Yard Bar Photo Cred Yard Bar is the ultimate spot for the both of you! It’s an all-in-one restaurant, bar, and dog park. Get your pal a membership for access to the dog park with plenty of toys and a staff that oversees the playing pups. While your dog mingles; allow yourself to do the same and enjoy some good food and booze!   These are just a few of the many dog friendly places in Austin, so leash up and get out there this Spring; Check out Auditorium Shores Dog Park, Banger’s Sausage House…

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