Everyone’s favorite topic in Austin is traffic. No matter who you talk to, they have an opinion on the traffic and who or what is to blame. With 157 people moving to the Austin area each day, one thing is certain: traffic is going to continue to be bad for the foreseeable future. So how do you avoid it?
There are several ways to avoid traffic, or at least lessen its impact on your commute. One way is to live in relation to your work in such a way that you have a “reverse commute”, i.e. your commute is the opposite of most drivers.
If your employer and job are flexible, you could talk to them about starting your day slightly later and going home slightly later than rush hour. By working, say, 10am to 7pm, you will avoid the worst of rush hour. You could also discuss working from home a few days a week so traffic is a sometimes pain, not a daily one.
Using public transportation may not spare you rush hour, but it will make your commute a lot more pleasant. An apartment locator can help you find an apartment on a bus route or near a MetroRail station that goes to your work so you can spend your commute time reading, working, or snoozing. Another bonus for public transportation is that in downtown buses have a dedicated lane that allows them to bypass much of the congestion.
Pedal power is another great way to avoid traffic. While on your apartment search, be sure to notice whether there are bike lanes and sidewalks around the communities you visit. Gridlock is a thing of the past if you get to whizz by the cars on two wheels (or two feet.)
If it’s time to make a move, either to a new job or new digs, it’s a fantastic time to focus your search to cut down on the commute. There are some neighborhoods near downtown you may never have heard of that may be more affordable than the more well-known and glamorous ones.
Bouldin Creek is located just south of downtown allowing many residents to walk or bike to work. Amenities at apartments in the area include: dog-friendly with no breed or weight restrictions, units available with hardwood floors and gas cooking, washer/dryers in some units, downtown views available, and being within walking distance of festivals and events at the Long Center and Auditorium Shores. Rent at apartments in Bouldin averages approximately $1207 for a 1/1 to $1563 for a 2/1 or 2/2. Square footage for a 1/1 is on average 610 square feet and for a 2/1 or 2/2 is on average 906 square feet.
East Riverside-Oltorf is southeast of downtown and provides residents with the option to bike to work via the boardwalk, plus lots of public transportation options. Rental rates for apartments in this area vary depending on how close they are to Lady Bird Lake and the age of the complex. Rent for a one bedroom in an older community located on Oltorf is usually around $800 for 555 to 675 square feet. A two-bedroom in the same type of complex would be about $950-$1000 for 870 to 925 square feet. An apartment in one of the brand new developments with access to the Boardwalk and the lake is about $1,500 per month for a 569 square foot one bedroom and $2200 for a 1248 square foot two bedroom. Amenities at older communities generally include large floor plans, onsite pools, onsite laundry and often pet friendly policies. New communities can include downtown views, access to the lake, kayak storage, and the ability to walk to restaurants and bars along Riverside.
Travis Heights is another great neighborhood with proximity to downtown. Travis Heights is located south of downtown between IH 35 and Congress Avenue. Rent ranges from $950 to $1546 for a one bedroom and $1250 to $2169 for a two bedroom, depending on location and age of the community. Amenities in Travis Heights can include luxury pools, lake access, downtown views, walk-in closets and even fireplaces in some communities. You can easily walk or bike to work from your perch in Travis Heights!
The experienced apartment locators at Apartment Experts South can help you find the perfect apartment. We know Austin and can help find the right neighborhood for you, your commute, and your lifestyle. We have a database that is updated with up-to-the-minute information on specials, vacancies, and amenities at the best addresses around downtown (and beyond!) Give us a call today at 512-416-8100 and relax while we do the work!