Austin is one hot location: booming job market, especially in IT fields; remarkable quality of life; and a thriving cultural scene. The average rent reported by Yardi Matrix, $1,244, can get you some great apartments in Austin; however, if you find yourself looking outside the limits of “Bat City”, we’re here to help with some great suggestions — of both suburbs and apartment communities.
So if your ideal home can accommodate a 30-minute drive to downtown Austin, check out these four popular suburbs and some handpicked rental communities:
Commute time to downtown Austin: 30 minutes (23.8 mi)
Best find: Bexley at Silverado, from $850 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,317 for a 3-bed, 2 bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: designer appliances; resort-style pool and hot tub, fitness center; Starbucks coffee bar; car care center; four grilling areas
Located in Williamson County, the Hill Country city of Cedar Park is known for its community events, like the Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-Off, and the variety of sports and entertainment options offered by the Cedar Park Center.
Conveniently located near a wide range of shopping and dining options, Bexley at Silverado will quickly rise to the top of the list for those looking for superior amenities within a 30-minute commute of downtown Austin.
Commute time to downtown Austin: 22 minutes (16 mi)
Best find: 1825 Place, from $905 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,555 for a 3-bed, 2 bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: washer/dryer connections in select apartments; garages (attached or detached) as well as extra storage available; on-site dog park; 24-hour fitness center and resort-style pool
Pflugerville (by the way, the “p” is silent!) is just north of Austin, making it a popular hometown among commuters who prefer to live outside the city. The city proudly celebrates its German heritage with the annual Deutschen Pfest, while Lake Pflugerville is a popular attraction for joggers, swimmers, and kayakers.
1825 Place has something to offer for everyone; with ten different floor plans to choose from, the community is less than 20 miles from the heart of Austin.
Commute time to downtown Austin: 21 minutes (16.5 mi)
Best find: The Trails at Buda Ranch, from $933 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,616 for a 3-bed, 2-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: washer/dryer in each apartment; large closets and kitchen pantry; balcony or patio; barbecue area; 24-hour fitness center and large swimming pool.
If you crave the small-town lifestyle with the convenience of easy access to the city culture of Austin, Buda might be the perfect fit. This Hays County town has everything you would expect from a smaller suburb: traditional community events like Main Street parades on the Fourth of July and summer movies in the park, plenty of paths and greenbelts for the active outdoor lifestyle, even a gazebo downtown.
Despite the American hometown setting, The Trails at Buda Ranch were designed with city-quality lifestyle in mind and have the amenities one would expect in a high-end suburb.
Commute time to downtown Austin: 24 minutes (18.3 mi)
Best find: Montelena, from $879 for a 1-bed, 1-bath to $1,685 for a 4-bed, 2-bath apartment (check availability)
Perks: additional locked storage; patio or balcony; gated access; covered parking; sand volleyball court, fitness center, and resort-style swimming pool
Round Rock isn’t afraid to brag a little. From ranking third on Nerdwallet’s list of Most Affordable Places in America to being named the Best Minor League Baseball Town of 2015, this Williamson County city is topping the charts as a fantastic place to live. Music aficionados will love the classic chamber concerts, while those drawn to the Austin area for its art scene will not be disappointed by the First Thursday Art Receptions at ArtSpace.
Montelena is one of the few apartment complexes in the Austin area with a four-bedroom option, perfect for larger families or for those who regularly welcome out-of-town guests.
Whether or not you choose to Keep Austin Weird, you definitely have plenty of options outside the city that are sure to meet your preferred combination of amenities, location, and budget. Check out more apartments for rent in Austin on RENTCafé.