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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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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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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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The Dirt on Apartments With Yards

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71% of people we surveyed said that they’d rather rent an apartment with a private yard than one with an attached garage, and we get it. Having a yard expands your space from four walls to the great outdoors. Obvious perks to having a yard include having space for a dog to run around, to keep a really extensive garden and to entertain, because sometimes sitting outside with a drink is more fun than sitting inside with a drink.   When trying to decide if an apartment with a private yard is right for you, here are a few things to consider:   The simple math is that the more perks an apartment boasts, the more it costs to rent. In our experience, a unit with a yard is about $200 more expensive than the same floor plan without a yard. Apartments with private yards are limited and because the availability is slim, these apartments are more difficult to find and rarely ever receive any kind of discount/concession. Units with yards are ALWAYS on the first floor, obviously, and for some people that is an issue. Direct access to the ground level can feel unsafe to some, sometimes on the other side of the fence there can be unpleasant views like electrical boxes or parking lots, and it’s possible that being on the ground level makes your space more prone to bugs and tracking in dirt. Is the juice worth the squeeze, or rather the yard worth the cost? For…

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Brand New Austin Properties Opening Summer 2019

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So you’re looking to move soon? Well, Summer is the hottest time to move (literally) and new properties are popping up all over the city.  We have the inside scoop on all of the fresh properties around Austin and we’re here to tell you about them because what’s cooler than living in a brand new, never-lived-in apartment? The Clark Photo Source Located in Downtown Austin, these luxury apartments are perfect for Austinites who want to be in the middle of it all! Offering one, two, and three-bedroom options that are fully-equipped with designer interiors. Including quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, gas range stoves, high ceilings, and large windows! But it doesn’t stop there; the community provides an amazing pool with a poolside fire pit, terrace sky lounge with panoramic views of Downtown, 24-hr fitness center, and game room. Rates start at $1920+. The Copeland Photo Source The ever-popular Domain area is where The Copeland lives; a brand new luxury property that offers studio, one, and two-bedrooms. If you love bright airy spaces, this is for you! Apartments include gorgeous finishes spread throughout the gourmet kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms. With high ceilings, wood flooring, and spacious floorpans— you won’t be disappointed! Head over to the pub-style room and billiards lounge, resort-style pool and a “hideaway” pool with fire pit, dog park, and fitness center. Not to mention you’re near everything in The Domain! Studios starting at $1295+. Flatiron Domain Photo Source Located in The Domain and surrounded by all of the shopping…

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Get Your Game on at These Austin Bars and Cafés

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When you hear the term “gamer” these days, your mind probably races to images of people having a great time as they save humanity from zombies or other hostile invaders on a computer screen. While that may be the modern image of a gamer, the term used to be more commonly affiliated with other types of traditional games. In many cases, these games haven’t undergone an update since they first hit the market. These games sometimes require skill and sometimes force you to pray for a lucky roll of the dice. We’re talking board games, pinball machines, pool tables and arcade games. Those multi-generational games that have proven their staying power. The Renaissance of Conventional Games In recent years, people of all ages have started to seek out opportunities to play the games of yesteryear. Board games are a great example of the renaissance that traditional games are currently experiencing. In 2013, the sales of games and puzzles around the world hit a total of $9.3 billion. Just three years later that total reached $9.6 billion. By 2023, boards games sold across the globe are expected to generate more than $12 billion in revenue. With the new and renewed interest people have in more conventional games like board games, businesses that give people the chance to test their skills and luck have been popping up all over. Austin, Texas, is not an exception in this regard. Whether you want to play board games in Austin, try your hand at pool or…

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How To Pet-Proof Your Apartment

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We all love our fur babies, but letting them loose in your shiny new apartment can be a little scary! Not only do you want to keep your space clean, you also want to ensure your pet isn’t doing preventable damage to your apartment or furniture. So, we’re here to tell you a few tricks to pet-proofing your space!! Flooring Image Source Let’s start here, because obviously this is where your pet spends most of it’s time. If you’re four legged friends aren’t quite potty triained, it’s not a bad idea to roll up your favorite rugs and store them away while you continue training them. You can also buy baby gates to block them from going into certain parts of your apartment because unintentional dog pee is bad, but dog pee on the bed is worse! Also, consider pet-proofing your flooring to keep your place from adopting any unfavorable aromas and stains. Furniture Image Source You know that friend with the pet? The one who’s place is 50% dog/cat hair and if you’re wearing black and sit on the couch you’re basically screwed? Don’t be that friend. If you don’t have time to vacuum regularly, keep a lint roller nearby to get any hair off before having guests! You can pet-proof furniture by using Scotchgard to prevent stains as well as buying a non-toxic bitter-tasting furniture spray. The spray will teach your pet that contrary to their belief, your very chic couch (that cost so much it’s almost embarrassing)…

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