AlWith the possibility of having to move yet again around the corner, I’ve taken the preemptive measure of looking for a new place. A lot has changed since my last search. So, what do I have to worry about this time?
Where as the last time I was searching for a place, it was important I found a place closer to work as the drive from my brother’s apartment on the north side of Austin. (I work on the south side near the airport.) This time around, things are a little more up in the air.
What is for certain is that I would much rather get a place for myself. I’ve lived with someone for the last several years and I feel it’s time I get a place on my own. There’s nothing wrong with roommates and I’d consider one again but it’d have to be a perfect match. And you really don’t know that unless you’ve been around someone for a long time.
The next decision I’ve been wondering about is do I continue to live on the south side of town? South Austin isn’t cheap, especially 1 bedroom apartments. But it’s close to work. And that’s a big plus. But do I trade that for a cheaper place that’s nice but requires a longer drive?
After batting around what to do in my head left and right, I think I’m going to stay in South Austin. In fact, I have my eye on two different places.
In addition to being close to work, both places are located next to Little Texas Station. This means I can easily hop the MetroRapid to the Palmer Center, Downtown, the Domain, Tech Ridge, and all other points north instead of having to drive.
The other is the possibility of Google Fiber. I had put this on the back burner because I had to put other priorities first, such as washer/dryers (or at least connectors) and a bathroom separate from the bedroom first. Even then, Fiber won’t start construction for a good while still. But both of these places have the possibility of this happening, so there’s a plus.
So where am I looking? Number 1 on the list is the Retreat at North Bluff. These apartments are hidden away just south of Little Texas between Congress and 35. I like that it’s kind of hidden away from everywhere but still close to things as well. The price and space provided is reasonable and it appears that units include a washer and dryer. And, finally, they’re signed up for Google Fiber.
If that doesn’t work, the next on the list is Austin City Lights tucked between Stassney and Little Texas. I love the layout of the smallest floorplan they have. Having an island in the kitchen is something I’ve always wanted. The bedroom already has a desk built in. Although they’re not signed up for Google Fiber, they are in a qualified fiberhood.
Now, are there any vacancies at these places? No idea. I really hope so because they seem nice. I’ll have to visit them still to be sure these are the places I want to live. And, finally, I’ll still need to have backups in case these are no-go’s.
So that’s the plan so far. As I said, I gotta keep looking for backups but these two places are at the top of the list. Now, if anyone knows of someone who can get me deals on these places, I’m all ears.