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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Austin chefs were well-represented at the James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday night as two local restaurateurs took home the coveted award—more than any other Texas city.
Chef Iliana de la Vega of El Naranjo, 2717 S. Lamar Blvd., took home the title of Best Chef Texas and chef Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria, 2512 E. 12th St., took home Best Emerging Chef at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Nearby, Houston’s Julep was recognized for Outstanding Bar Program as the only other Lone Star State mention. The award has often been compared to high-caliber awards like the Oscars or the Grammys of food.
De la Vega told Austonia she wasn’t expecting to win—she hadn’t even prepared a speech—she was just happy for a weekend vacation with her husband and business partner Ernesto Torrealba. De la Vega said she considers it a joint award for the two of them.
“It was a little bit shocking, emotional, a little bit of everything. When we had to move from Mexico to here, I thought at some point, you know, it has to have a meaning,” de la Vega said. “We finally came to be recognized for the love and the sharing of the traditions from Mexico that we feel very proud of.”
De la Vega said when she originally started El Naranjo in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1997, it was the “perfect place, the perfect life and the perfect everything.” After the economy collapsed, de la Vega and her family had to move to the U.S.
They bounced from New Mexico to San Antonio, when she was asked to create and lead the Latin American Studies program for the Culinary Institute of America, which she accepted. Soon after, they moved to Austin and started a food truck for their lost restaurant in Oaxaca before they were able to build a brick-and-mortar shop in 2012. The rest is history.
De la Vega said she was proud to share the stage with Rico and represent her native cuisine, she just hopes she can live up to the hype of newcomers.
“To recognize Mexican cooking as one of the best cuisines in the world, I think it's huge,” De la Vega said. “Maybe there will be new people coming in that didn't even know that we existed and they may have bigger expectations so (I’m trying to) live up to the challenge right now.”
Rico echoed de la Vega’s pride in his emotional acceptance speech, mentioning it's huge for "La Raza," which directly translates to "the race."
“This is huge for la raza, this is huge for my people. For all the taqueros, anything is possible.”—Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria, 2022 #jbfa Emerging Chef winner, sponsored by @SanPellegrino. pic.twitter.com/9K831GqM0T
— James Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) June 13, 2022
“Honest to god I did not expect to win this award tonight, but it’s been a trial to get here,” Rico said. “This is huge for La Raza, this is huge for my people. For all the taqueros, anything is possible.”
Dust from the Saharan Air Layer took a trip over the Atlantic Ocean and into Austin's skies Tuesday, causing a hazy sunset and air quality that was labeled "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" by the National Weather Service.
The African desert's dust takes a trip across the Atlantic every three to five days in late spring, summer and early fall and tends to hit Central Texas most from mid-June to late August.
Did you notice the hazy skies today? This was attributed to Saharan Dust that has made it into the region. Here is a comparison of tonight's hazy sunset versus two nights ago before the dust arrived. The dust is forecast to impact the region through Friday. pic.twitter.com/tmj4VwQbOU
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) June 14, 2022
Other than creating vivid sunsets, the dry Saharan air can make the sky appear milky white at midday. Just one dust cloud can be as large as the United States—and each cloud can help prevent tropical cyclones from occurring in the humid ocean air.
Those who are most sensitive to changes in air quality—including the elderly, young children and those with respiratory conditions—should limit their time outside as dust levels peak in the Austin skies Thursday.
And while the dust can cause a sore throat or itchy eyes, Saharan dust is an irritant that cannot be alleviated with allergy medications.
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