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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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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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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10 Best Hiking Spots in Austin Texas

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If you’re looking for a fresh start in the heart of Texas, Austin is one of the best places to start. Known for its eccentric vibe and fun culture, Austin has a nook or cranny for everyone to tackle their unique interests. Some Austinites embrace the music scene. Foodies find their niche among the famous street tacos and downtown eateries. Other locals, welcoming their inner nature-spirit, thrive within the hundreds of options Austin offers for gettin’ outside. For adventurers, exploring the trails scattered within Austin city limits is a stellar way to treat yourself to some light to hard-core exercise. There are so many possibilities that you’ll definitely have the chance to figure out your favorite hiking regimen. How much do you wanna exert yourself? Do you prefer an urban feel over dirt and rocks? Do you enjoy looking at trees and birds? You may not know the answers yet, but adventuring through Austin can help you decide! Ready to discover your trailblazing match? Here’s a list of the top ten spots for hiking near Austin to help you get started. For newbie hikers, we’ve even thrown in a few packing and preparation tips to set you up for a good time. And, of course, if you’re looking for a place to live near your favorite trail, we can help with that, too. 1. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve To enjoy a protected space for endangered species, take a 2.5-mile-long immersive nature hike through the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. You’ll find…

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11 Things To Do 11 Days Before Christmas In Austin!

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Your presents are wrapped, you’ve trimmed your tree and stuffed your stockings (and your face, oops). Now it’s time to get festive and spread that holiday cheer! We’ve asked around and collected our favorite places to spend the remaining days of December while waiting for the countdown to Christmas. Where to Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movies Image source 1. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz Nothing brings back Christmas memories like classic Christmas movies. Lucky for us, we have the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz! Located on 6th street, this is the perfect place for a date night or a fun time with friends. This theatre features movie parties including Christmas favorites like Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. What’s a movie party you might say? Think props, contest, interactive fun, and a snowball throwing party?! Count. Us. In! Check out the times and dates that this is going on before it’s too late via the link above! 2. Holiday Films at the Paramount Catch the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the historic Paramount theatre on 6th Street, December 17th on 35 mm film for that old time feeling! There are also other holiday events here such as Christmas on Congress this Friday and Bruce and Kelly’s Annual Holiday Shindig on Saturday. Bound to warm your heart and bring in that holiday cheer! Where to Drink in Christmas Spirit Image Source 3. Miracle on 5th Street at the Eleanor This magical pop-up bar is truly a gem, and we are so excited that…

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Best Places To Work In 2018: Smart City Apartment Locating

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Smart City Apartment Locating Is A 2018 Best Place to Work, According to Our Employees on Glassdoor Smart City Apartment Locating is pleased to announce we are among the winners of the annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2018. Unlike other awards, there was no self-nomination process, instead it’s entirely based on feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor. To determine the winners of the awards, Glassdoor evaluates all company reviews shared by employees over the past year. This year, we are proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work among companies with less than 1,000 employees according to those based in the U.S. A huge thank you goes out to all our employees who took the time to share their perspectives on what it’s like to work here. We appreciate all the valuable feedback as it only helps us to improve. Below are just a few words employees shared on Glassdoor that contributed toward the award and that made us feel incredibly honored to be recognized: “Wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!!”-Employee “Love the peeps! We all have super outgoing personalities that surprisingly mesh 100%! It’s def a second family vibe! We go out of way to help each other out and find the best options for our clients! We are overachievers, we do what we say and we never settle!”-Agent “Th environment in this office radiates throughout the entire company. We are a people business…

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5 Brand New Austin Apartments Opening Fall 2017

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It’s not news to anyone that Austin is booming and growing rapidly! With more than 50,000 people moving to ATX every year, new apartment properties are going up all year long. There is nothing better and more luxurious than moving into a brand new apartment. To give you a taste of that new new, we crafted a list of five cool apartments complexes opening this fall! LENOX BOARDWALK If you are looking for a brand new apartment close to Downtown and Lady Bird Lake, then this is the place to be! Located in the East Riverside neighborhood, this gorgeous property is conveniently close to Downtown and walking distance to the infamous Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail and Boardwalk! Also the Riverside Golf Course is right around the corner for all your golfing desires. Modern style finishes include quartz countertops and wood style flooring, large walk-in closets, stand up showers, yards, and breathtaking views of the Austin skyline are just a few of the indulgent amenities this complex provides. Opening in September, one bedroom and two bedroom will be available ranging from $1,450 to $1,915. Starting at $1,450+ AMLI AT ALDRICH This brand new luxury  mid-rise property is in the heart of the East Austin Mueller neighborhood. Located next to the Mueller Market District, the Thinkery, and walking distance to Mueller Lake Park! These apartments include upscale features such as sleek quartzite countertops, soft close cabinets and doors, under mount sinks, glass standing showers, and so much more. Exterior features include…

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