Apartment Hunting in Austin?

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    Apr 29, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    Hello Men of Realjock,

    So, I may be relocating to Austin soon for a new job and wanted to see if any of the men of realjock who currently or formerly lived in Austin had any advice on where to live?

    I have found an informative blog ("move to austin" or something like that...) that has helped me look around a little bit as have general online searches. That said, there is nothing like the word of a local.

    Some things that are absolutes:
    -Within 10 minutes the job (I'd be looking at S. Congress).
    -A place with a Washer/Dryer or W/D connections in my living space.
    -Within 10 minutes of a gym.


    Some things that are nice:
    -Parks
    -local places to hang out that aren't parks
    -Friendly neighbors
    -Public Transportation
    -Grocery Store nearby (within 10 minutes)


    Any and all help in my search is appreciated, thank you in advance!

    -Z

  • austex85

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    Apr 29, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    Depends on your price range. Living downtown would be the most convenient to everything, but entails some serious $$ (relatively speaking, of course). Living north of downtown will provide a "newer" atmosphere, while living south of downtown gives you more of the Austin "charm."
  • ja89

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    Apr 29, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    austex85 saidDepends on your price range. Living downtown would be the most convenient to everything, but entails some serious $$ (relatively speaking, of course). Living north of downtown will provide a "newer" atmosphere, while living south of downtown gives you more of the Austin "charm."


    All of this...I grew up north of downtown in Pflugerville, it's a great place with good price range. i hear downtown is pricey but you are living within walking distance of everything you want Parks, bars, grocery stores, etc. I hope you find something out there soon.
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    Thanks to both of you for the responses!

    As far as what I am looking for, probably more looking for the "Charm" of South Austin.

    Financially, downtown is probably a lot to hope for and I doubt that I would enjoy being down there full time (although it is nice to be close to the entertainment).
  • ATXnative

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    Apr 29, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    Don't move here, go away.
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    May 01, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    ATXnative saidDon't move here, go away.



    ...care to elaborate?
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    May 16, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    I think you should really evaluate what you mean by "within 10 minutes," at least when it comes to your primary mode of transportation.

    Austin traffic is complete, utter shit. "Within 10 minutes" at peak traffic times becomes "whenever I get there." Even worse if you ride the bus.

    Motorcycles and/or bicycles help a bit when it comes to transit, plus it would help alleviate some costs if you want to live centrally.

    South Congress housing can be prohibitively expensive, but it's worth digging into. I know some people who have real gems for little cash, but those places are hard to come by. Anything south of Oltorf, though, will be cheap, but will come at the cost of the occasional unsavory neighborhood and general attitude of people saying you're "too far away" to visit.

    Conversely, anything north of 183 will get you fewer visitors, too.
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    May 16, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    one_gun saidConversely, anything north of 183 will get you fewer visitors, too.

    Er, that depends where your friends live.

    Also, look into houses and apartments near-east of I-35. Not as expensive as downtown, and you merely cross the freeway to get to work.

    Riverside Drive (near I-35) is mess, but just north of that (Cesar Chavez) and east is easy access, not too shabby, and right on the fringe of pricey/cheap.