With some of the most expensive rent in the country, a $1,500 rent budget in Austin won’t get you nearly as far as if you settled down in the Midwest, the South or a smaller Texas city.
According to a RentCafe study comparing how much apartment space $1,500 will get you in the top 100 cities, Austinites can reasonably find a 753-square foot apartment within city limits. Austin ranked 71 on the list with major California cities, New York City and Miami coming in more expensive per square foot.
Venturing to suburbs like Georgetown, Round Rock or Kyle, square footage per dollar is a different story.
So how much apartment space will $1,500 or less get you within Austin city limits? Austonia gathered listings from apartment locators Smart City Locating to curate this list.
$1,179-1,469 | The Violet | 409 East William Cannon Dr.
A $1,500 budget will get you pretty far at The Violet, with much more square footage than the city-wide average, and even more if you have an extra $100 to spare. Though there are smaller and cheaper options at the complex, $1,469 per month will get you an 847-square foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom unrenovated apartment with in-unit laundry and walk-in closets. Just an extra $40 monthly bumps the unit up to two bathrooms.
$1,343-1,500 | Griffis Southpark | 8515 S I-35 Frontage Rd.
If you’re prepared to sign on for a 15-month lease in Southpark Meadows, Griffis Park can get you a studio or larger-than-average one-bedroom. The best option to get the most bang for your buck is the Zilker II floor plan, a one-bedroom and one-bathroom, 868-square foot apartment that you can secure for $1,497.
$1,352 | Flats on San Felipe | 7920 San Felipe Blvd.
Four floor plans fall into the budget at the McNeil-central Flats on San Felipe, ranging from studio to single bedroom options. No matter which you choose, you’ll come in below the city-wide square footage average from 432-646 square feet.
$1,395 | Summit Hyde Park | 5200 N Lamar Blvd.
Coming in with the smallest area at 450 square feet, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom Hyde Park apartment is in a great location for the price. Signing for 15 months will get you the best price, several hundred dollars off per month. For an extra $28 monthly, a 645 square foot apartment enters the budget.
$1,185-1,400 | Monterey Ranch | 4701 Staggerbrush Rd.
A $1,500 budget will get you access to five floor plans at the Sunset Valley complex but the most floor space can be found in The Brodie Classic, with a modest 697 square feet. With one bedroom and one bathroom, the unit is pricier than some of its other counterparts but comes with in-unit laundry and a large balcony with outdoor storage.
$1,417 | Highline | 13201 Legendary Dr.
You won’t find an apartment for less than $1,500 at Highline but with one month free prorated across the whole year, you can live in either The Carnegie or The Chrylser floor plan. The McNeil-area apartments are on the small side, ranging from 668-750 square feet, but come with in-unit laundry and large balconies to enjoy.
$1,410-1,475 | Bell Southpark | 10300 S I-35 Frontage Rd.
This Southpark Meadows complex, located far south with easy access to I-35, has several floor plans that fit the budget. Ranging from 587-672 square feet, Bell Southpark’s apartments fall below the average size but if you’re willing to shell out an extra $35, you can land a unit at 768 square feet.
$1,445-1,475 | Agave South Congress | 625 E. Stassney Ln.
Located far on South Congress, Agave’s A1 and A2 units fit the budget and can get you the space you need. From 700-789 square feet, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments fall right around the average, but an extra $70 monthly brings the space up to 898 square feet. Agave is currently offering $500 off the first month of rent!
$1,485 | Henley Riverside | 6107 E Riverside Dr.
Centrally located along East Riverside, Henley has only one floor plan that fits the budget and it’s one of the smallest on the list but closest to Central Austin. With one bedroom, one bathroom and in-unit laundry, the complex is currently offering $500 off the first month of rent at this 591 square foot apartment.
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The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call an emergency special legislative session to consider a variety of gun restrictions and safety measures in the wake of a mass school shooting in Uvalde that left 19 children and two adults dead this week.
In a letter released Saturday morning, all 13 Senate Democrats demanded lawmakers pass legislation that raises the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 years old. The Uvalde gunman was 18 and had purchased two AR-style rifles which he used in the attack.
The caucus is also calling for universal background checks for all firearm sales, “red flag” laws that allow a judge to temporarily remove firearms from people who are considered an imminent threat to themselves or others, a “cooling off period” for the purchase of a firearm and regulations on high capacity magazines for citizens.
“Texas has suffered more mass shootings over the past decade than any other state. In Sutherland Springs, 26 people died. At Santa Fe High School outside Houston, 10 people died. In El Paso, 23 people died at a Walmart. Seven people died in Midland-Odessa,” the letter reads. “After each of these mass killings, you have held press conferences and roundtables promising things would change. After the slaughter of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, those broken promises have never rung more hollow. The time to take real action is now.”
Such laws are unlikely to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature, which has a track record of favoring legislation that loosens gun restrictions. Only the governor has the power to call lawmakers back into a special session for emergency work.
Asked about a special session at a Friday press conference in Uvalde, Abbott said “all options are on the table” adding that he believed laws would ultimately be passed to address this week’s horrors. However, he suggested laws would be more tailored toward addressing mental health, rather than gun control.
“You can expect robust discussion and my hope is laws are passed, that I will sign, addressing health care in this state,” he said, “That status quo is unacceptable. This crime is unacceptable. We’re not going to be here and do nothing about it.”
He resisted the idea of increasing the age to purchase a firearm, saying that since Texas became a state, 18-year-olds have been able to buy a gun.
He also dismissed universal background checks saying existing background check policies did not prevent the Santa Fe and Sutherland Springs shootings, which both happened while he has been in office.
“If everyone wants to seize upon a particular strategy and say that’s the golden strategy right there, look at what happened in the Santa Fe shooting,” he said. “A background check had no relevance because the shooter took the gun from his parents…Anyone who suggests we should focus on background checks as opposed to mental health, I suggest is mistaken.”
Since the massacre at Robb Elementary School, the governor’s comments about potential solutions have centered around increasing mental health services, rather than restricting access to firearms.
This story has been edited for length.
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Designs for stations along Project Connect’s Blue Line were presented this week, giving a detailed look at what part of the rail system extending from downtown to the airport could look like.
The planned stations that have gotten the latest focus include Waterfront, Travis Heights and Lakeshore stations past Lady Bird Lake.
At the Waterfront station, the preliminary design aims to prevent visual obstructions and save on costs. This is accomplished by a transit guideway that will lower from the bridge to a level station.
Heading onto East Riverside Drive, the light rail faces a curve requiring a slow down to about 10 miles per hour.
The Travis Heights station could involve relocating a pedestrian crosswalk zone at Alameda Drive to Blunn Creek. Since light rails can't effectively operate on a steep grade, this allows the transit guideway to avoid that.
From there, the rail will extend to the Norwood Park area, and though it will reach along the right-of-way zone, the park will be able to remain open.
A view of the Blue Line by Lady Bird Lake. (Project Connect)
The line involves some coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation. That's because the department is working on an intersection that will have to be built before the phasing of the section of the Blue Line involving an I-35 crossing.
When it comes to the safety of cyclists and walkers, design ideas include a pedestrian hybrid beacon by East Bouldin Creek that would provide a protected signal to cross. And for the intersection TxDOT is carrying out, Project Connect is working with them on pedestrian access across the intersection. It could involve shared use paths along the street and crossings beneath it.
This summer, the public can expect 30% of design and cost estimates to be released. Though the project was $7.1 billion when voters approved it in November 2020, the latest estimates factoring in inflation and supply chain constraints show it could ultimately be upwards of $10 billion.
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