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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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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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How To Be A Good Apartment Neighbor

By | Apartments, Austin, Neighbors

Living in an apartment means being super close to the surrounding neighbors! In most cases, you have neighbors to your left and right, sometimes even above and below you. There are a number of things to be conscious about when living in an apartment, so channel your inner Mr. Rogers and check out our tips to being the best neighbor you can be! Loud Noises We’ll start with the obvious, noisy neighbors! Not all of us are light on our feet, so don’t expect the noise level to be on mute. However, when you’re doing a home workout or perfecting the ‘Single Ladies’ routine, make sure you’re being conscious of your stomping. While we’re on the topic of loud noises, let’s just say this; everyone can respect a good old fashioned party. BUT if you’re hosting, make sure you’re respecting your neighbors when it comes to the volume of your music and your friends; bonus points if you visit them ahead of time to set expectations! Another option is to take it to the streets and have a block party, neighbors invited! Pets We all love our pups, but let’s be honest, sometimes they have a lot to say and barking can be very distracting and annoying to your neighbors. A lot of us have to leave our furry friends at home while we’re at work, so make sure they’re comfortable! Do this by giving them the best pet care and ensuring they have everything they need while home alone. Another…

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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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