Brushy Creek

Posted by Ingrid Evens on September 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

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It’s been a while since we profiled the Brushy Creek neighborhood of Austin, Texas.  As with much of Austin, this northwest Austin suburb located north of the 45 Toll Road, west of I-35, east of 183 and south of Whitestone Boulevard has seen many changes in the last few years.  

This suburb, located in Williamson County, is popular for its location, which is convenient to both Round Rock and Austin, its highly rated schools, and newer more spacious construction.

Children who reside in Brushy Creek attend Round Rock ISD schools.  Children in Kindergarten through fifth grade go to Fern Bluff Elementary.  Students in grades six through eight go to Chisholm Trail Middle School and those in ninth through twelfth grade are Round Rock High School Dragons.  

Brushy Creek is within easy commuting distance of employers in Round Rock, Cedar Park, and north Austin.  These include Paypal Data Services, which operates one of the world’s largest online payment systems and has their Austin offices on Parmer Lane near Anderson Mill Road, just thirteen minutes from Brushy Creek.

Lakeline Mall is just fifteen minutes from Brushy Creek and provides employment in a wide variety of stores and restaurants both in the mall and in the shopping centers that surround it.  

There are a variety of cuisines available to those who reside in Brushy Creek.  Bellini’s Texas Grill is on the edge of Brushy Creek and has both great Italian food and Texas comfort food.  They have daily lunch and happy hour specials and delicious dessert and gelato.

Moonie’s Burger House is on the other side of 183 from Brushy Creek and serves, you guessed it, burgers!  They have several gourmet burger options, or you can build your own, plus get a shake or beer to wash it down with.  There’s an outdoor patio to enjoy the weather, plus a kid’s play area with arcade and tabletop games.  

If you are the outdoorsy type, Brushy Creek has you covered with the Brushy Creek Regional Trail.  It has almost seven miles of hiking trails for walkers, runners, bikers, and hikers.  Amenities include splash pads, swimming area, climbing rocks, fishing docks, canoeing and kayaking, and several picnic and pavilion areas.

Brushy Creek is home to lots of great apartment communities.  The Marquis at Brushy Creek has one, two, and three bedroom apartments featuring nine-foot ceilings with crown molding, open floorplans with lots of light, and large private patios or balconies.  The community has a leash-free dog park, a resort-style pool with multi-tiered lagoon, attached and detached garages, and is convenient to major highways and employers.

Sycamore Springs is bordered by a green belt and filled with lush trees.  The one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes have stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, nine foot ceilings, large patios, and are newly remodeled.  The community has a playground, sports court, covered parking, resident activities, two pools, two clubrooms, and three fitness centers.

La Frontera Square has one and two bedroom apartments with ten foot ceilings with exposed duct work, stained concrete floors, granite counters, pendant lighting, and full size washer and dryers.  The community is located next door to a park, has private storage space on site available for lease, a lap pool with large deck and cabana, and multi-level garage parking.

Ready to make your home in Brushy Creek?  Austin Apartments Now can help you find an apartment you’ll adore so you can keep doing what you love.  Give us a call today at 512-258-8224!

Austin City Council Passes New Budget

Posted by Ingrid Evens on September 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

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Austin City Council approved a new budget last night, which will mean an increase in taxes for Austinites, The Austin American Statesman reports (subscription required to read entire article.)

The council has been debating the budget for months and finally settled on a $3.7 billion budget for city services for next year.  It will increase the average Austin resident’s tax bill by $87 over the next year.  The new fiscal year begins October 1st.

Increases include a 2 percent pay raise for city employees and the addition of a citywide curbside composting program.  The program will cost the city $4.2 million and Austinites a cost of $64.80, which will be phased in after two years.

Homelessness was another priority, and $600,000 was put in the budget to help with that.  $475,000 was earmarked to help keep live music venues open and $400,000 was put towards extending healthy food options.  

The fees for most city services will increase.  Average water costs will increase $35 annually, but average electricity costs will go down $44 annually.  

While the property tax rate decreased, from 45.89 cents per $100 of property valuation to 44.18 cents, and the homestead exemption will increase from 6 to 8 percent, most homeowners will still see their tax bill go up because of rising property values.  The average homeowner will see a $46 increase in their property tax bill.  These tax bills are passed along to renters in the form of increased monthly rent.  

Not all Austin City Council members were on board with the new budget, however.  Council members Don Zimmerman, the notorious conservative of the group who votes against any expanded city services or increased taxes, voted no as did Sherri Gallo.  They both said they couldn’t support the additional tax burden on Austin citizens.  Ellen Troxclair was out because she recently had a baby, but she wrote a letter voicing her opposition.  Ora Houston voted for the budget, but abstained from the votes about increasing the tax rate to pay for it.

The council cut staff’s budget by putting off filling several positions, delaying a data center relocation, getting rid of the funding for a technology survey that was to go out to residents, and cutting down the expansion of getting third-parties to review building inspections and other items.

The council debated several other measures that didn’t pass, including using $575,000 from Austin Energy’s capital budget to fund increased lighting at some parks, and a proposal to keep local utilities from raising rates.  

The council was also deeply divided over the homestead exemption for seniors and disabled Austin residents.  In the end, the exemption remained at the same level as it was in 2016.

The new budget comes shortly after the council approved a $720 million mobility bond.  

Austin is getting more expensive every day, but Austin Apartments Now can help you find an apartment that fits your budget and lifestyle.  Give us a call today at 512-258-8224 for the latest in rent, vacancies, and move-in specials.  

Austin Neighborhoods: Cat Hollow

Posted by Ingrid Evens on September 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

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It’s been over three years since we visited the Austin neighborhood Cat Hollow, located off Great Oaks Drive at O’Connor Drive, north of 45, west of 620 and east of Great Oaks Drive.  It is popular with those looking for highly rated schools, a suburban feel, and proximity to both Austin and Round Rock.

As with most of Austin, much has changed in Cat Hollow since we last examined the area.

Cat Hollow Park and Pool is still a great place for residents to relax and have fun, with tennis and basketball courts, a baseball and kickball field, playground shade trees, picnic tables, covered pavilion, and trails in addition to the pool.  

Students in Cat Hollow attend highly rated Round Rock ISD schools.  Pre-Kindergarteners through fifth graders go to Brushy Creek Elementary School.  Sixth through eighth graders go to Cedar Valley Middle School and ninth through twelfth graders attend McNeil High School.  

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center is in Cat Hollow.  St. David’s employs medical professionals and support staff in a variety of disciplines at this location.

M3 Design, Inc. is less than 4 miles from Cat Hollow and employs designers and engineers to provide product development services for customers in a variety of industries from consumer electronics to medical equipment and everything in between.

Veracruz All Natural, famous for their taco trucks in Austin, has a brick and mortar outpost in Round Rock, close to Cat Hollow.  Their tacos are fresh, fast, and delicious, featuring unique combinations, gluten free options, and tasty homemade salsa.

Urban eat.drink is less than ten minutes from Cat Hollow and serves upscale twists on American fare, craft beers, and signature cocktails.  They have both indoor and patio seating and are locally owned and operated.

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