Austin Apartment

ViaSat qbs
Jun 19, 2019 16 Comments

Recently got a new job and I am debating on wether to get an apartment at a place that I can walk less than ten minute to work or get a place that is like $300-$500 per month cheaper and drive 10-20 minute to work.

To be precise, my new company is located in Domain(a entertainment/fancy/expensive district). So renting in Domain is a bit more expensive but you get garages, luxury amenities and walk to work everyday.

So which one? Heard Austin traffic is really bad 10-20min is based on Google map.

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  • Indeed *NDEED
    Arboretum area is a little cheaper and still close to the Domain. Not quite as walkable, but close to Target, Costco, Trader Joe’s, a smaller Whole Foods.
    Jun 19, 2019 5
    • ViaSat qbs
      OP
      How’s $1387 for a 1b1b in the Domain? Not including utilities. Outside of Domain the apartment I see are around $1000-$1200.
      Jun 19, 2019
    • Indeed *NDEED
      That sounds like a good deal. We pay base $1677 for a 2b2b which is around the upper range for the arboretum area.
      Jun 19, 2019
  • Charter / Data
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    I live in Austin (cedar Park) and work in the domain. I wish I could get back the hour long commute daily that I sit in traffic both ways. If I didn't have a kid I would totally live in the domain. If you are going to drive to work buy a house before the market explodes again
    Jun 19, 2019 2
    • ViaSat qbs
      OP
      I am going to just rent. Might move again in a few years. In this case Domain a good choice? Married but wife not coming with me.
      Jun 19, 2019
    • Rackspace vDYL84
      If your wife isn’t joining you, domain for sure 😜. Jk.
      Jun 19, 2019
  • Groupon STCO30
    Really depends on how much you value those luxuries. The domain is in a fairly suburban area so you should be able to get a reasonably priced apartment within 10-15 minutes drive without much trouble I think. The domain itself is really nice and walking to work is a huge perk so if you value that I think it could make sense to live there. I’d probably find something cheaper within 10-15 minutes drive myself though.
    Jun 19, 2019 2
    • ViaSat qbs
      OP
      Do you live in Austin? Any recommendation?
      Jun 19, 2019
    • Groupon STCO30
      I lived there a few years back. I’d look around an exit or two north on mopac towards wells branch if optimizing for commute time and rent price. I might look a few exits south as well to be closer to downtown, but I’m not super familiar with how rents are down that way; I imagine it’s still a bit cheaper than the domain though.
      Jun 19, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng prestige🧐
    Also consider the money you will save on gas by not having to drive
    Jun 19, 2019 2
    • ViaSat qbs
      OP
      Forgot about this!
      Jun 19, 2019
    • Nvidia / Eng Mr.XoXo
      Gas in Austin is very cheap at 2.15.
      Any decent vehicle with 25-30mpg should be fine
      Jun 19, 2019
  • New HXwF46
    dude rent around the domain. You will never have to leave the area to have a great time, and if you do it will be a 20 buck uber.
    Dec 31, 2019 0

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