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Rent comparison: What $850 gets you

Apartments, pretty much

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: $850/month.

Waterloo East, 2510-2520 Elmont Drive, 388 square feet, studio apartment $850/month. Studios in this East Riverside-Oltorf complex look more colorful and stylish than many apartments in the price range, although that could just be the model unit. Whatever the case, it’s in a sweet location if you are interested in the offerings along the booming East Riverside corridor, public transportation, or a short walk to the lake. Pets allowed.

Volume Apartments I, studio apartment, 378 square feet, $863/month. The “Volume” in this complex’s name appears to apply to its many buildings rather than the size of its studios (or at least this one). Nevertheless, it’s in on Manor Road and close to Cherrywood’s generous restaurant and bar offerings as well as being not far from UT and downtown. Pet allowed.

Agave Falls, 1901 East Anderson Lane, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, 765 square feet, $857/month. Head to the northeast Coronado Hills neighborhood if you want to get out of studio-land and rent a larger one-bedroom for the same price. East Anderson Lane is more or less the frontage road for U.S. Highway 183 at that location, which means convenience at very least, and the nice-looking complex pool is at the back of the property. Pets allowed.

Centennial Place, 7001 South Congress Avenue, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, 650 square feet, $880/month. This Far South Austin complex is just past William Cannon Drive and convenient to IH-35. The complex has a pool, a fitness center, and laundry facilities, and units have balconies and patios. Pets allowed.

Lanshire Oaks, 3702 South Second Street, studio apartment, 500 square feet, $865/month, water bill included. The photos of this studio apartment in South Austin’s Galindo neighborhood, but the description indicates that the living area and sleeping area are cleverly divided by the kitchen. There are no doors between the three areas, but it looks like they’ve added carpet in living and sleeping areas after a few of the photos were taken. No pets.


Which $850/month apartment would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    East Riverside-Oltorf
    (12 votes)
  • 19%
    (13 votes)
  • 28%
    Coronado Hills
    (19 votes)
  • 16%
    Far South Austin
    (11 votes)
  • 16%
    (11 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now