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.
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Timmy and Tommy are ready to play.
As the 2-month-old white-and-tabby brothers swat feather wands, chase toys and generally hold court inside Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, a half-dozen potential adoptive parents look on lovingly, trying to get their attention.
“This is kind of like the speed dating of cats,” said Lupita Foster, owner of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge. “I intentionally didn’t put in any tables. That’s why we call it a lounge instead of a cat café because we have these lounge areas where you can sit and relax and cuddle.”
Foster, who has owned a cleaning company, Enviromaids, for 18 years, was inspired to open Purr-fecto Cat Lounge after adopting her own cat, Romeo, from a local shelter.
“When you want to adopt a cat, you have to spend a lot of time with them to get their personality,” Foster said. “I wanted to do something to help the community and something that makes me feel good, that warms my heart. A business with a purpose. This was a perfect idea.”
Actually, a purr-fect idea.
Inspired in part by a cat lounge she visited in Los Angeles, Foster began laying the groundwork for the business in late 2021 and officially opened the doors of Purr-fecto Cat Lounge, located at 2300 S. Lamar Blvd., in July 2022. Since then, she’s worked with rescue organizations such as Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue and Sunshine Fund Cat Rescue to facilitate nearly 100 cat adoptions.
At any given time, there are 10-15 cats living in the space, which features an ideal blend of calm, cool corners and adorably Instagrammable backdrops with phrases such as “I want to spend all my 9 lives with you.”
Lina Martinez, 32, learned about Purr-fecto Cat Lounge from a friend’s Instagram post and made an appointment to visit two days later.
“My first impression was, ‘AWW!’” Martinez said. “The kittens were to die for. I felt happy and at peace – just what I needed.”
Visitors to the cat lounge pay $15 for a 30-minute CATXperience session or $30 for a 70-minute session that is spent getting to know the personalities of each cat. Foster said the first thing she typically sees from visitors to the lounge is a smile.
“Everybody that enters the door is smiling,” she said. “And we’ve seen people who have cried because they can’t have kids and they decide to go and adopt a cat instead.”
Foster said she loves bringing in cats who might not have a chance to be adopted at traditional shelters. She told the story of one cat named Izzy, who was partially blind, who was adopted by a family that had a deaf cat at home.
“Izzy was not going to get adopted anywhere else, but she’s extremely beautiful,” she said. “If she was in a cage in a rescue and you tell people she’s blind, she was probably going to be overlooked. But visiting our space, she doesn’t seem like she’s blind. She knows her way around. She moves around perfectly.”
Although Martinez, who had been casually looking for a pet to adopt since moving to Austin nearly four years ago, was interested in a cat named Ruby that she had seen on Purr-fecto’s social media, at the lounge she instead found herself drawn to 5-month-old mixed breed Tuxedo cat.
“I thought he was a star,” she said. “He worked the room and introduced himself to everyone. When I laid down to pet Ruby, he ran from the other side of the room and cuddled with me. It was game over. He got me.”
And she, of course, got him, complete with a commemorative photo that read “My Furrever Family” the day she took him home. Although his original name was Emmanuel, she renamed him Sullivan after her favorite DJ.
“Purr-fecto is special because of the amount of effort and love they put into taking care of the cats,” Martinez said, “and finding them good homes and making possible adopters feel at home.”
Foster, who spent a recent Thursday hosting a group of teenagers in foster care at the lounge, several of whom expressed interest in working there, said the best part about her new endeavor is that her heart is always full.
“I just feel complete,” she said. “I always felt as an entrepreneur that I was missing something. I knew I accomplished a lot, but in my heart I was missing a little connection with the community. Now I’m creating connections between humans and pets and that’s amazing. I’m creating family bonds. It’s just about love, you know. And we need that.”
We all have those cravings for an amazing butter chicken or some authentic dosas with coconut chutney, but when I was thinking about where I wanted to go to satisfy my taste buds I realized that my list of great Indian food around Austin was surprisingly short. After doing some research and asking around, here is your list of the best Indian restaurants around town.
This restaurant claims to have the most authentic South Indian food, and from what I've heard, the claims might be true! Their menu features the traditional South Indian dishes of Idlis, Vadas, a variety of Dosas, and more.
If you're looking for an Indian and Tex-Mex fusion cozy restaurant, then look no further! Nasha on East 7th Street prides itself on its specialty margaritas, Tikka con Queso, Biryani, and more creative dishes!