Austin Apartments

By: Alison Cole

Austin is a city in Central Texas located at the bend of the Colorado River, and at the edge of the Hill County, Austin is on the Edwards Plateau at a longitude of 97?75'W and a latitude of 30?30'N. Being the capital city, Austin still retains the small town air blended beautifully into metropolitan culture.

Moving into a new city causes certain apprehensions and the major one is regarding the kind of place that would be available to live in. Before moving into a city, it is wise to do a small survey and understand the general living conditions, weather conditions, standard of living, and other key aspects. Austin can be primarily divided into North Austin, Northeast Austin, Northwest Austin, North Central Austin, Downtown Austin, South Central Austin, South West/West Austin and South Austin. The rents of these apartments may range from $350 to $2200 depending on the area as well as the size of the apartment (1 bedroom/2bedroom/3-4bedroom). These apartments can have various apartment features like air conditioning, a deck/porch/patio, dishwasher, fireplace, hardwood floors, loft layout, internet, washer/dryer, and yard. They may also have community features like a clubhouse, business center, doorman, elevator, garage parking, health facilities, laundry on-site, parking, pool, sauna, storage space, vintage building, wheelchair access etc. Rents of Austin apartments also vary according to the availability of these facilities. The apartments themselves are of various kinds including furnished, unfurnished, condo, town home, andduplex.

Apartments in the city of Austin are available in a very extensive range. There are various issues to be considered while choosing an apartment, including the area where you would like to live, the crime rate in the area, the school system in the area, conveniences in the area like hospitals, shopping malls, services, and recreation facilities.

Coming to the apartment itself, the aspects to be considered are the floor on which the apartment is located, the parking place, amenities like a swimming pool, tennis court, recreation facilities, laundry service, the condition of the building and the grounds around, the security service, the management's responsiveness to problems, and the rent/leasing conditions. The standards lease terms are from 6 to 12 months. Formalities include an application fee, a security deposit, a pet deposit (pets less than 20 pounds in weight are only accepted in most apartments), and a few others.

There are many associations in Austin that provide information about apartments, either for rent or for sale. Besides these associations, there are also locators, also known as real estate agents, who help in locating a good apartment. There are also apartment guides that offer information about Austin apartments. The Internet is also a great source for finding Austin apartments for rent. There are several websites of locators, which offer very comprehensive information about Austin apartments for rent or for sale.

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