Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount in various Austin neighborhoods. Today’s price: $1,200 (or thereabouts). Vote for your favorite below.
This duplex apartment in St. Johns might not be long on style or, at 990 square feet, extra space. Nevertheless, it has three bedrooms, a washer and dryer, and a yard—plus, it’s just been remodeled and updated with vinyl plank floors, new bathroom fixtures and cabinets, and what looks like a lot of white paint. Pets are allowed with a nonrefundable fee and deposit.
A Hancock-neighborhood apartment near the UT law school makes creative use of cinderblock, with stylish results. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit measures 728 square feet and has new lighting, polished countertops, and new paint. The complex has an inviting-looking pool and other amenities. Sadly, pets are not allowed.
The Creek at 52nd apartment complex is Mueller-adjacent (it’s in Windsor Park)—so convenient to the community and its amenities, if not within its exact boundaries. Its 600-square-foot units have one bedroom, one bathroom and an open living-kitchen-dining area with new stainless steel appliances, a gas range, and vinyl flooring. The property is pet-friendly and has a fenced, off-leash area for their romping pleasure.
A cute-as-a-button apartment in a vintage Clarksville complex, this space has two bedrooms and one bathroom in 780 square feet. It has the apparently popular laminate flooring along and access to amenities including a pool, a laundry room, and covered parking—though of course its convenient Old West Austin location is probably the deal-sealer in most cases. Small, adult dogs or a couple of cats are allowed.
City Scene Apartments in the South Lamar neighborhood just south of Highway 290 offers an two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in a fairly small complex (42 units) in a sweet spot off Manchaca Road, approximately halfway between South Lamar and South First. The 820-square-foot units have hard tile and carpeted floors, balconies or patios, and access to a pet park (because, yes, pets are allowed).
Which $1,200 Austin rental would you choose?
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