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Rent comparison: what $1,550 gets you

A variety of digs from Oak Hill to Windsor Park

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 townhouse? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $1,550.

912 Silver Quail Lane, three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom condo, 1,237 square feet, $1,550. A two-story condo in North Austin’s Quail Creek neighborhood, this place has high ceilings, a private backyard and patio, and a one-car garage in addition to an uncovered parking space.

AMLI Covered Bridge, 1875 West Highway 71, two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, 1,124 square feet, $1,550. This West Oak Hill unit has all the expected amenities of a new-ish AMLI complex, though with wooded views instead of downtown ones. The two-story apartment has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a spacious patios; it’s also LEED Gold Certified. Community amenities include resort-style swimming pools, outdoor cabanas with kitchens, a fireplace, televisions, a java bar, and a dog park and paw wash.

11203 Ranch Road 2222 #2104, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse, 1,398 square feet, $1,575. This three-story, Northwest Austin townhouse features both a ground-floor patio and a top-floor deck with views of surrounding woods. The kitchen, living room, and dining room have wood floors. It also features GE black appliances, two master bedrooms, and a two-car tandem garage.

1505 Waller Street, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house, 660 square feet, $1,550. What a difference location makes. If you prefer this kind of small, quaint 1930s frame home on an especially funky Swede Hill block, you’ll get less space for the price, but you’ll be able to walk to UT, downtown, and East Austin attractions. You’ll also have a clawfoot tub, wood floors, and other charming features.

1700 Cloverleaf Drive B, one-bedroom, one-bathroom pool house, 600 square feet, $1,550. At certain points in one’s life, it can be tempting to contemplate living in a pool house. This one in Windsor Park is probably not what comes to mind (assuming most livable pool houses are located behind the kinds of McMansions favored by Kardashians), but it looks pretty nifty in a bohemian way—especially since it’s furnished and rent includes all bills. It’s also in a good location, deep enough into the neighborhood to be fairly quiet, but close to both Mueller amenities and quirkier nearby establishments (see: Carousel Lounge).


Which $1,550 Austin rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    West Oak Hill
    (16 votes)
  • 14%
    Windsor Park
    (7 votes)
  • 10%
    North Austin/Quail Creek
    (5 votes)
  • 24%
    Swede Hill
    (12 votes)
  • 18%
    Northwest Austin
    (9 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now