As Austin scrambles with a housing crisis, apartments are even more in demand with rents reaching an all-time high this month. Specials are dwindling across the city, but there's still some complexes welcoming you home with deals that won't leave you with buyer's remorse.
Whether you're staying out of Austin's fast and furious housing market or just like the renter lifestyle better, here are a few specials from Sunroom rentals to save some money in your new pad. These specials will only last through the end of the month, so snatch them up quickly!
The Mont, 2405 Montopolis Drive
This brand new Montopolis property was completed in 2020, meaning it is virtually untouched. With a pool, tanning deck, fitness center with a yoga studio, car charging station and community garden, The Mont is pet friendly and only a 15-minute drive from Downtown. The complex is offering six weeks free, waived admin fees and a half-price deposit on its one-bedroom units, which range from $1,475 to $1,595 monthly, and two-bedroom apartment homes that range from $1,990 to $2,110 per month.
Arise Riverside, 1900 Airport Commerce Dr.
Just a quick jaunt from the airport and The MetCenter park, Arise Riverside is also a brand new property, completed in 2020. With an on-site pool, dog park, garages available and gated access, this complex comes with all the standard amenities, plus washers and dryers in-unit. The property is filling up quickly with one-bedroom units, in the $1,704 to $1,864 per month range, and two-bedroom units, from $2,689 to $2,719 per month, still available. New leasers can lock in eight weeks free, which can be prorated over the entire lease to bring down the overall cost of rent.
Nexus East, 720 Airport Blvd.
Nestled on the East side near Lavender Loop, Cesar Chavez and Airport Boulevard, Nexus East offers shopping, restaurants and a lively arts and cultural scene just outside your door. Although studios on the property are out of availability, the complex offers one-bedroom units from $1,585 to $1,810 per month or two-bedroom units from $2,860 to $2,940. With this month's special, single-bedroom units will you get four weeks free and two weeks free for two-bedroom units.
The Shiloh at Oak Hill, 6811 Old Bee Caves Road
Though the property is still putting up the finishing touches, the Shiloh at Oak Hill is set to have people move in during early September, so you'll be the first to stay in your new home. The property comes complete with not one but two pools, modern quartz countertops, sky-high 10-foot ceilings, yards in some units and proximity to downtown, while also holding true to the sleepiness of West Austin. The complex is offering four weeks free for 13-month or longer leases, with soft-loft units starting at $1,475, one-bedroom units $1,563 to $2,102 and two-bedroom units between $1,990 and $2,440 monthly.
The Haven, 6812 South Congress Avenue
Although this property is a bit older than the rest, location is everything when you're living on South Congress. The Haven is newly renovated with a gated perimeter, wood floors, comes with a pool and is just south of William Cannon Drive. The property is offering a month of free rent for a year lease or longer. You can find a one-bedroom unit for $1,195 per month or two-bedroom units for $1,450 per month.
Eastside Station, 1700 E 4th Street
This modern-looking complex is right in the center of the East Side culture, restaurants and nightlife. Eastside Station is currently running a "Look and Lease" special, meaning if you sign a lease within 24 hours of touring the property you'll earn two weeks of free rent on a 13-month lease or longer. You can lock down a new soft-loft apartment home starting at $1,616 per month, one bedroom from $1,916 to $2,454 per month or its final available two-bedroom unit for $3,502 monthly.
The Alden at Cedar Park, 801 C-Bar Ranch Trail
Trying to get away from city life? Cedar Park offers all the comforts of city-living while also providing the comfort, seclusion and beauty of the Hill Country. Located off E. Whitestone Boulevard, the main street running through Cedar Park, The Alden was built in 2019 and offers exclusively one and two-bedroom apartments. When you sign, you can get four weeks free for a lease term between 13 and 15 months. One-bedroom apartments start at $1,643, running up to $2,008 if you want a first-floor unit with a yard.
Modera Domain, 2618 Kramer Lane
These sleek apartments are located just outside the shopping mall of your dreams: The Domain. Residents are within walking distance from everything The Domain has to offer, plus the metro rail station on Kramer Lane, so it's a quick ride to everywhere else in Austin. Two-bedroom units are booked up for the time being, but you can grab a swanky studio apartment for between $1,500 to $1,650 per month, or a one-bedroom from $1,760 to $1,930 per month. The complex is offering one month free on a 13-month lease or longer while the special lasts!
Lucent, 12201 Dessau Road
Another brand new property that was finished in 2020, Lucent is located near the Tech Ridge area and offers (very scarce) units with three bedrooms. Clean lines, dark cabinetry and a tropical-inspired pool await you in this quiet location. Lucent is currently offering four weeks free, plus two more if you sign within 48 hours of touring, on a 13-18 month lease with admin fees reduced by 50%. You can lease a soft loft for $1,525, one-bedroom options between $1,360 and $1,625 per month or two-bedroom units in the $1,615 to $2,000 range. Units are in high demand, so act quickly.
The Pearl, 1303 W. Koenig Lane
Finished in 2020 and located centrally, just west of N. Lamar Boulevard., The Pearl uniquely offers luxury apartments in addition to its standard units. You'll find quartz countertops and electric appliances in standard units, while premium apartments come with marble countertops, high-end fixtures, restaurant-quality appliances, Nest thermostats and a wine fridge. This complex is offering a month of free rent on a year lease. Studios, which are all standard, run between $1,320 and $1,750, standard one-bedroom units at $1,580 to $2,350, premium one-bedrooms for $2,145 to $2,579, standard two-bedroom units range from $2,305 to $2,780, where premium will start at $2,680 and cap out at $3,318 per month.
Fancy living, here we come!
Texas Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlingers' death this spring was the result of an accidental drug overdose, according to a statement by the late student's family.
According to the statement, the 20-year-old University of Texas student and Westlake High grad overdosed on pills believed to be Xanax laced with Fentanyl, an often-deadly combo that has resulted in thousands of accidental fatalities nationwide.
Ehlinger was found dead off campus May 6 in a tragedy that shook the Austin and UT community, as well as Ehlinger's family, including his brother, former UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who now plays for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.
An honorable mention All-State player and district defensive MVP while in high school, Ehlinger followed in his brother's footsteps and continued his football career as a walk-on at UT. He was also a sophomore in finance, a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and a member of the Texas Silver Spurs, a student organization that cares for beloved mascot Bevo the Longhorn.
Counterfeit Xanax pills have caused an increasing number of fatalities in the area with 1,000 deaths related to synthetic opioids in the state in 2020. Drug dealers have begun stuffing fentanyl, an opiod that the DEA said can be up to 60 times more deadly than heroin, into pills resembling the prescription anti-anxiety medication and selling them to unwitting customers.
"The spread of counterfeit pills is an ongoing and significant issue throughout our country, particularly in schools, colleges and universities," the the Ehlinger family said in a statement. "As our family continues to process Jake's death, we felt it was important to share these details with the hope that Jake will not have died in vain. We pray that sharing Jake's story will help shed light on this problem and prevent other families from also tragically losing a loved one."
To combat the surge of deaths, Austin police now have access to a supply of Narcan, a drug that can combat the effects of an opiod overdose. Though it's not mandatory, APD officers can now check out supplies of the drug when responding to calls. The department had almost completed training on the drug by June, according to a KXAN report.
"You can talk to a number of families that have had family members die because of opioid overdoses and if this was an option to help their loved one or save their loved one, I'm sure that every single one of them would tell you that it was incredibly important that we now have this incredible tool in our tool belt," Assistant Chief Scott Perry said in the report.
Ehlinger is remembered by his brother, Sam, his mother Jena, his sister Morgen and the University of Texas community. Ehlinger's father, Ross, died of an apparent heart attack while swimming in a triathlon in 2013.
"(Jake) was his dad's little buddy, and they shared an unbreakable bond," Jake's obituary read. "His father's spirit was alive and well in every part of Jake's life. Tragic life circumstances created a unique opportunity for Sam and Jake to uplift and empower each other. They were each other's biggest fans. Their mother, Jena, as well as their sister, Morgen, were the loves of Jake's life. Everyone will miss his giant hugs, but no one more than Jena and Morgen."
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Eight of the world's best Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes flew into Austin in September to be in the new hub for the sport. But after over a decade of fighting together, they'll no longer be under the same name.
The legendary Danaher Death Squad, which started in 2007 and was led by black belt John Danaher, made a highly-publicized split in late July while in Puerto Rico, with Danaher, legend Gordon Ryan and teammate Gary Tonon announcing the aptly-titled "New Wave Jiu Jitsu" as their new studio to open soon in Austin.
Missing from the new roster were former teammates Craig Jones, Ethan Crelinstein, Nick Rodriguez and even Ryan's younger brother, Nicky Ryan. The new crew announced that day that they would also be forming a new studio with the tongue-in-cheek title "B Team Jiu Jitsu."
Jiu jitsu greats Craig Jones (left) and Gordon Ryan have opened rival studios in Austin.
Both teams chose to move to Austin, a hotbed for the sport that the B Team's Seth Belisle said is becoming a "mecca for jiu-jitsu." With plenty of renowned studios, jiu-jitsu enthusiasts like Joe Rogan coming into town and the presence of Flo Grappling, the sport's premier media outlet, Belisle said there's now "more jiu-jitsu here than anywhere in the world."
While Belisle, an Austin native, handles the business side for the crew, the team's coaching is headed by Jones, a leopard-print wearing Aussie who has been known to sport assless chaps and places importance on the lighter side of things (the studio advertises that they train "Mexican ground karate," a name they created for jiu-jitsu).
Rumors abound about the famed fighters' breakup, including money issues in the Ryan family or a well-rehearsed PR stunt, but Jones told Austonia that the split of the Death Squad simply comes down to personal differences between the fighters.
"It wasn't an amicable breakup at all," Jones said. "What Gordan represents is quite controversial... I would say there would be no line he wouldn't cross to promote a grappling match. So in that sense, we're sort of focused on a different, more positive sort of vibe."
B Team and New Wave alike are opening at a critical time for jiu-jitsu, as the sport slowly becomes a household name. Now, top fighters can make a living from their sport while still maintaining a much lower profile than MMA fighters or boxers.
That name recognition and B Team's positive attitude drew in droves of new trainees, with many opting to move to Austin solely to train at B Team.
"Jiu-jitsu is a relatively new sport," Belisle said. "If you love basketball, it's impossible for you to say, 'I'm going to go play with LeBron James and learn from him this weekend... in jiu-jitsu, that's possible. You have access to the stars of the sport because it hasn't really blown up yet. It's something special."
After an open house that saw over 150 athletes show up, the team realized they needed to become more exclusive. Now, the studio trains only the "Olympians" of the sport, something that sets them apart from other local studios. They also frequently bring in celebrities of the sport for training sessions, including famed female fighter Ffion Eira Davies.
"We're obviously a new gym, but we're probably some of the best guys in the world," Jones said.
Meanwhile, New Wave is training at the famed Renzo Gracie Studio, Danaher's former trainer, as they wait for a new studio.
Will the world's two best teams soon have showdowns in the Texas capital?
While it's unclear whether or not things will get personal (no brother vs. brother matchup is on the horizon), trainees under each studio went head-to-head for the first time Wednesday as New Wave's Gordon Ryan announced his first match out of semi-retirement. Ryan, often lauded as the best grappler in the world, forced UFC fighter Phillip Rowe to submit four times in the 15-minute friendly exhibition match at Austin's Palmer Events Center.
But Rowe, who was first a jiu-jitsu athlete before switching to UFC, said he didn't know about the beef and was just looking to train under his favorite athletes, Jones and Rodriguez.
He competed for a few reasons—including a break from UFC and a chance to give BJJ a bigger name—but he mostly came into town for the fun of it. Ryan and Rowe talked often prior to the meet, with Rowe gifting Ryan a Bumpboxx, or decorated boombox, in honor of Ryans' father. The respect was mutual—Ryan shouted out Rowe after the match for coming out with a broken hand and the death of some loved ones a week prior.
The match was the first indirect competition between the two gyms. Jones said they won't be training with the goal of fighting any of their former New Wave compadres.
"I don't know what's going to happen ultimately," Jones said. "Because obviously, we're not friendly as it is right now, but I mean. I wouldn't go so far as to train someone that was going to compete against them directly."
But with B Team fighters like Nick Rodriguez expressing their interest in fighting in the future and both gyms training for the WNO Championships in 2022, it's almost inevitable that the former teammates will find themselves on either side of the mat sooner or later.
"'I'd be lying if I said that every day since I started jiu-jitsu my goal is to beat Gordon. I'd be lying if I was saying that isn't true," Rodriguez told the Jason Chambers podcast. "My goal is to be the best grappler in the world and nothing less. That's an old teammate that I have to go through to knock him out and get to the top, then that's fine with me."
Atop one of Austin's signature rolling hilltops, 1501 Ridgecrest Drive is similar to one of the plush palaces that one might find in Calabasas. For $10.9 million, the home has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and caps at 10,498 square feet.
Park in the massive, fully air-conditioned garage before walking in, where you'll have eight full spaces to park your collection of cars. If you're not a collector, the garage makes an excellent studio space.
The wide-open living spaces will draw your eyes to the two-story ceilings, glass catwalk, integrated fireplace and wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the pool.
Though the house was built in 2011, it doesn't show its age. Sleek, clean lines lead seamlessly from the formal living area to an elite open-plan kitchen. Separated by a 25-foot waterfall island that can seat at least eight people, the kitchen is fitted with only the finest Miele and Subzero appliances. The custom cabinets are just as pricey as the rest of the place, finished with custom high-gloss Aston Martin (you read that right) paint.
Upstairs in the sprawling master's suite, there are enough amenities to never have to set foot outside again. Armani tile floors, space for living and a walk-in showcase closet lead into the resort-style bathroom, where you'll find dual vanities, a walk-in shower and a lounging bathtub.
The bedroom is a quick elevator trip away from the "party" room, complete with a bar, wine room and movie theater, only the best for entertaining. If your guests are staying over, rest assured they'll be comfortable with the kitchenette, washer and dryer and spa-like bath in their suite.
Though summer has passed, you can still enjoy the grand lap pool's unobstructed Hill Country views, many private lounging areas, grill a homemade snack at the outdoor kitchen or shoot some hoops at the newly-added court.
The listing is held by Compass' Gary Dolch.
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