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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!
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a record-setting second quarter during an earnings call broadcasted from the Giga Texas construction site in Southeast Travis County on Monday.
The electric carmaker reported more than $1 billion in quarterly net income and the production of more than 200,000 vehicles for the first time despite challenges such as a global semiconductor shortage.
"It … seems that public sentiment towards electric vehicles is at an inflection point, and at this point, I think, almost everyone agrees electric vehicles are the only way forward," Musk said.
Exterior shots taken just a while ago of Giga Texas (while @elonmusk is reportedly at the Gigafactory!) during today's earnings call!
Hope @peterdog15 got to catch the technoking in his video! #fastestinhistory #Tesla pic.twitter.com/WqeDlb5wU3
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 26, 2021
Despite rising consumer demand and adequate factory capacity, Tesla faces what Musk described as a "quite serious" global semiconductor shortage, which will determine the company's growth rate for the rest of the year.
With increased revenue and production, Tesla is investing in new factories, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said. These include Giga Texas, the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant that broke ground last summer and is slated to open later this year.
The Giga Texas factory in Southeast Travis County has rapidly increased in size since ground broke last August. (Tesla)
Musk commended the construction team for "incredible progress," transforming what was basically a vacant site into "a mostly complete large factory a year later."
I was at Giga Texas yesterday. Team is making excellent progress. Building will be almost a mile long when complete.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021
Giga Texas will produce the highly anticipated Cybertruck, along with other models, but Musk said scaling its production will be difficult, especially given the supply chain delays caused by the pandemic. "It's going to move as fast as the slowest of its up to 10,000 unique parts," he said.
In other news, Musk said Monday's earnings call would likely be his last regular appearance, only jumping on future quarterly calls when big announcements warrant it.
Tesla Solar recently made news when it announced plans to build the nation's most sustainable residential community in Southeast Austin earlier this month. The newly built homes will feature Tesla solar roof tiles and Powerwall battery storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
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The city of Austin released a shortlist of seven candidates for the police chief position left vacant when Brian Manley retired in March.
City Manager Spencer Cronk hopes to announce an appointment by the end of August, which will require City Council approval.
The finalists, chosen from a field of 46 applicants, include:
- APD Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, who previously served as an assistant chief in the department for almost five years
- Anne Kirkpatrick, former police chief in Oakland, California, who was fired last year after a federal monitor criticized her handling of a fatal 2018 police shooting of a homeless man
- Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Avery L. Moore, who is a 30-year veteran of the department
- Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Celeste Murphy, who manages the department's community services division
- Dekalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos, who previously served as division chief in the Miami-Dade Police Department
- Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, who is a former president of the Minnesota Police Chief's Association as well as one of the first police chiefs of a major U.S. City to call George Floyd's death a murder, as reported by the Wichita Eagle
- Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides, who is also commanding officer of the department's newly formed Community Safety Partnership Bureau, which serves L.A.'s underserved communities
City staff will interview the finalists in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities to come, according to a Monday press release.
The city conducted a public survey in March and hosted community input meetings in April to learn more about what residents are looking for in their next police chief, which helped shape the selection criteria for the position.
"They want to see the Chief be reform-minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability," Cronk said in the release. "The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways."
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Days after Austin began once again recommending masks in public spaces, Austin ISD announced Monday that kindergarten through sixth-grade classes will have virtual options this fall.
The district will discuss the move in a special board meeting Monday evening starting at 5 p.m., while full details will be released Friday.
Teachers will not have to fret about the new option—no educators will have to juggle both virtual and in-person learning. Instead, certain teachers will specialize in virtual education, according to a press release.
The news comes after a recent spike in COVID cases in Travis County and across the nation. Children typically suffer fewer symptoms of COVID when contracted, but they are now catching the virus more often than their older counterparts without a vaccine available to them and as the more contagious Delta variant is quickly being spread.
While local health officials are recommending everyone wear masks, public school districts are unable to mandate masks due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.
Parents have expressed concern about classrooms with masks unenforceable and children under the age of 12 ineligible for a vaccine. Some have even said they would look for alternative schooling if AISD did not offer a virtual option for students.
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