Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Austin neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's suburban house? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,000.
There are plenty of single-family homes at this price point available; there are also scads of new buildings in the central city, especially in East Austin, with apartments and condos of similar style and type: quasi-industrial, with polished concrete floors, exposed pipes and ductwork, track lighting, and big windows with views, sometimes of downtown if you’re lucky.
While such buildings are going up all over town, they are marching down East Sixth Street at an especially intense pace. Most are one-bedroom units marketed to students, singles, and couples with no children. They have balconies for sunning and partying and a host of dining, entertainment, and shopping choices on the streets below. That certainly seems to be the case with our first find, located in the Twenty One 24 building east of the highway.
↑ 2124 East Sixth Street, Unit 420, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, 1,018 square feet, $1,995 month. Located in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood, this roomy loft-style unit on the top floor its building. The kitchen features a custom-built island, granite counters with travertine tile backsplash, and stainless-steel appliances. It has a stacked washer-dryer, and pets are negotiable.
↑ 3220 Brass Buttons Trail, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom house, 1,782 square feet, $2,000/month. Located north of Steiner Ranch within walking distance of Lake Austin, this two-story house advertises quiet and peaceful surroundings. The large fenced backyard with native landscaping functions as an entertaining space, and the home is near a waterfront park and boat launch on the lake.
↑ 707 Spyglass Drive No. 124, one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom loft, 1,225 square feet, $2,000/month. A two-story, loft-style unit in a rather 1980s (shall we say “postmodern”?) building, this Barton Hills condo apartment has been professionally remodeled and has three balconies view overlooking the Barton Creek greenbelt.
↑ 5602 Joe Sayers Avenue, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, 1,072 square feet, $2,100/month. The rare Brentwood home for lease, this house has a washer/dryer unit, a wood and hard tile floors, and a private, fenced yard that backs to a greenbelt.
↑ 1302 Morgan Lane, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, 1,092 square feet, $2,000 square feet. The proverbial cute old house in the ’04 (specifically the South Lamar neighborhood), this cute place has hardwood floors, a laundry room with hookups, and big, verdant backyard.
Which $2,000 Austin rental would you choose?
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One-bedroom Barton Hills condo
Three-bedroom house near Lake Austin
One-bedroom East Cesar Chavez apartment
Two-bedroom house in South Lamar
Two-bedroom Brentwood house