Austin Neighborhoods: Milwood

Posted by Ingrid Evens on August 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Millwood

Austin’s changing fast, and since it’s been three years since we explored the Milwood neighborhood, so we thought it would be a good time to revisit this quiet, tree-lined neighborhood less than fifteen miles Northwest of downtown and see what makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.

Located south of Parmer Lane, west of Mopac, east of Anderson Lane, and north of 183, residents enjoy highly rated schools and access to nature via lots of parks and a greenbelt.  However, it’s still easy to get to work or shopping via the nearby freeways, plus the Domain is just five miles away.

Students attend schools in Austin ISD.  For grades Kindergarten through fifth, students attend Summit Elementary.  For sixth through eighth grade, children go to Murchison Middle School and for grades ninth through twelfth, they complete their public education at Anderson High.  

General Tso’ Boy combines Chinese and American flavors on Easy Tiger’s delicious french bread for the perfect meal.  Their fries are also to die for and they pride themselves on making everything from scratch.  

Kebab Time delivers exactly what the name suggests: tasty, fresh, kebabs.  The baklava is also described as “to die for” by patrons.

Top Golf is less than ten minutes from Milwood and has a full menu, full bar and of course a driving range!  A great way to have fun with friends, even if you don’t know the first thing about swinging a club.

Nearby employers include PayPal, which operates one of the world’s largest online payment systems.  Their Austin offices are on Parmer Lane near Anderson Mill Road.  

Another employer near Milwood is Ebay, located next to PayPal’s offices.  Ebay is an online auction site.  

There are several great apartment communities in Milwood.  Highline has one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments ranging from 668 to 1,299 square feet.  Apartments feature granite counters in the kitchen and baths, full-size washer and dryers, USB-charging stations, alarm systems, and large walk-in closets.  The community has an on-site car wash, a fenced in dog park, a 24-hour fitness center with yoga studio, and a game and billiards room.

The Monterra is another great Millwood apartment community.  Located off Parmer Lane and close to Apple’s campus, Monterra has one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments ranging from 592 to 1,238 square feet.  The community has a theater presentation room, a virtual golf simulator, complete concierge services, garage parking, and an indoor sport court.  Apartments have full size washer and dryers, ceramic tile in bathrooms, nine foot ceilings, open concept living areas, and charging stations with USB outlets.

Looking for the perfect apartment?  Austin Apartments Now can help you find it with up-to-the-minute knowledge of rates, vacancies, and move-in specials at all the best addresses in Austin.  Give us a call today at 512-318-2702.  

Cedar Park Named #10 Busiest Apartment Submarket in the US

Posted by Ingrid Evens on August 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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Cedar Park is the 10th busiest apartment submarket in the United States, according to an article by Property Management Insider.

The submarket, located in Williamson County, includes Cedar Park, Leander and Liberty Hill, added 2,947 units since 2012.  That’s a 63.6% growth in the number of apartments.  1,672 more units are projected to be ready by January 2018.  Most new apartments are being added in the southern portion of the area, near Highway 45 and Highway 183.  The apartment occupancy rate is 96% and the average monthly rent is $1,122.

RealPage.com reports that Cedar Park’s median family income is $82,375, which is 28% higher than Austin’s and 54% higher than the median family income in the nation.  The median age is 34.6, there are .58 employees per household, the population is 157,305 and 94.3% of the adult population are high school graduates, 43.2% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.  

The area has also seen a lot of growth in the retail sector and is close to Lake Travis, the Hill Country, and other affluent suburbs of Austin.  It’s conveniently located 17 miles northwest of Austin, and commuters can use 183 rather than I-35.  The Cedar Park submarket has a lot of parks and highly ranked public schools, all at a lower price than surrounding areas.

As a bonus, commuters who prefer not to drive can use the MetroRail, which has two stops nearby:  Lakeline and Leander.  Lots of high tech, medical, and other employers are nearby both along 183 and in adjacent Round Rock.  

Some of the biggest employers in the area include:  Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, a hospital that employs 600 people; National Oilwell Varco, an oilfield services provider employing 429 people; ETS-Lindgren, a systems manufacturer, which has 270 employees, BMC Select, Inc., whose building manufacturing and distribution center employs 250 people; Coreslab Structures, which creates concrete products at their 250 employee manufacturing facility; and finally Meridell Achievement Center, a psychiatric care facility with 200 employees.

What is there to do in Cedar Park?  Shop at 1890 Ranch and Lakeline Mall, golf at Twin Creeks Country Club, Crystal Falls Golf Club, and Avery Ranch Golf Club, or take a ride on the Austin Steam Train.  There’s also more than 1,000 acres of park space in the area!

So what can you expect in an apartment in the Cedar Park submarket?  In Cedar Park, you can get a one bedroom, one bathroom, 827 square foot apartment for $889 or a three bedroom, two bathroom with a loft with 1,360 square feet for $1,429.  This pet friendly community is close to 183 and public transportation, including the Metro Rail station, and has a basketball court and covered parking available.  Apartments have vaulted ceilings, balconies, fireplaces and hardwood flooring.

Another option with a Cedar Park address is a community that is close to Parmer and 1431 and shopping.  Apartments range from a one bedroom, one bathroom with 695 square feet for $900 to a three bedroom, two bathroom with 1,332 square feet for $1575.  Apartments have stainless steel appliances, alarm systems, private balconies or patios and include washer and dryers.  The community is gated and has a pet park, Starbucks Coffee Bar, Gift Wrapping Station, Resident Gaming room and even an on-site Car Wash!

Looking to get away from it all?  In a serene hilltop setting, you can get a one bedroom, one bathroom with 590 square feet for $1,090 or a three bedroom two bathroom with 1,415 square feet for $1780 in Cedar Park.  Amenities include a fenced dog park, a 5,300 square foot residents club with a pool table, fireplace, tvs, and a kitchen.  Apartments security systems, nine-foot ceilings, available separate tubs and showers, and more.

If you’d prefer a Leander address, you can get apartments ranging from a 576 square foot one bedroom, one bathroom for $905 to a 1,446 square foot three bedroom, two bathroom for $1800.  There are apartments with fenced yards available, all units include a washer and dryer, and kitchens have granite counters and chef-inspired kitchen islands.  The community is close to 183A, Metro Rail, and the Crystal Falls Golf Course, plus there are nearby parks, shopping, and restaurants.

Another fantastic Leander community has units ranging from one bedrooms with 673 square feet for $985 to two bedroom, two bathrooms with 1,209 square feet for $1465.  Apartments have undermount sinks with goose-neck faucets, glass tile backsplashes, 2 inch faux wood blinds, and outdoor spaces.  The community features a fitness center with on-demand spin studio, paved hike and bike trail access to the MetroRail and future Austin Community College Campus and covered parking and private garages available.

Looking for your next apartment in Cedar Park, Leander or nearby?  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-258-8224 and have an experienced apartment locator on your side with knowledge of the latest vacancies and move-in specials at all the best addresses in Austin and beyond!  

Austin’s $720 Million Mobility Bond

Posted by Ingrid Evens on August 10, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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The Austin City Council voted to move to the next step and put a $720 Mobility Bond before voters, Building ATX reports. They have until August 22nd to put it on the November 8th ballot.

The proposal includes $101 million for Regional Mobility projects, $482 million for Corridor Improvement projects, and $137 million for Local Mobility projects.

The project wants to cover everything from regional roads to mass transit. The corridor improvement projects would cover recommended improvements for seven corridors:  Burnet Road, Airport Boulevard, Martin Luther King Jr., Guadalupe Street, East Riverside and North and South Lamar.

As reported by the Austin Business Journal, Airport Boulevard is expected to see $74.4 million to upgrade intersections and make stormwater and drainage improvements in the short term and in the long term, make the road able to handle cars, bikes (with protected bike lanes), and pedestrians (with new sidewalks).  There also may be the potential to use medians to allow buses to travel faster through the corridor.

FM 969/East MLK Jr. Boulevard from 183 to Webberville is the longest and one of the least-developed corridors in the plan.  It will see additional lanes, protected bike lanes, and pedestrian improvements to the tune of $111.2 million.

East Riverside Drive currently has $361 million earmarked for the corridor, but $253 million of that was for urban rail, which lost at the ballot box.  The plan could be changed to run buses rather than trains down the center of Riverside Drive or the money could be eliminated from the budget.  No matter the fate of the median, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly improvements will be made.

North Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road near Allandale will have their $153 million piece of the pie shared approximately evenly.  Burnet Road will see pullouts for buses and transit-only lanes in certain spots.  North Lamar will have new bus shelters, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and road reconstruction.

South Lamar’s $60 million will go towards street upgrades, sidewalks, and protected bike lanes.

In addition, the Smart Corridors will see remotely-timed smart traffic lights, turn lanes and medians to prevent waiting behind someone making a left turn, and cue jumps so buses can get ahead of traffic.

The local mobility money would be for non-vehicle related projects including master plans for sidewalks, urban trails, bicycles, and the Vision Zero plan.  Mayor Steve Adler also sees the improvements on the above corridors as benefiting transit, bicycles and pedestrians with dedicated bus pullouts, protected bike lanes, and sidewalks.

In an editorial on Medium, Mayor Adler outlined his position on the mobility bond and explained that many of the proposed expenditures are simply putting into motion the recommendations of past studies.  Many of the roads on the corridors that are slated for improvements were built before Austin’s enormous growth and simply weren’t designed to have residents, buses, bikes and pedestrians all vying for space when they were first built as county highways.

The bonds would increase taxes by less than $5 per month, or $.16 per day, Mayor Adler tells KVUE.  

Many rail advocates are disappointed to see it not included in the proposal, but Mayor Adler says his goal was to get these funds approved quickly.  He is still a strong proponent of rail, but wants to see it handled separately from the Mobility Bond.

Living in an apartment near transit makes life much more convenient, even if you have a car.  An experienced apartment locator can help you find an apartment near public transportation and mobility amenities like bike lanes and sidewalks.  Give Austin Apartments Now a call today at 512-318-2702 to find your dream abode!  

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