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Austin’s commuter line runs from downtown to Leander
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9 two-bedrooms for rent off the MetroRail Red Line

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Austin’s commuter line runs from downtown to Leander
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Capital Metro’s Red Line—its only commuter rail line to date—runs from eastern edge of Downtown across East Austin and through Highland, Crestview, and Far North Austin before to the suburban community of Leander and has Capital Metro bus stops at or near most of its station. That makes it a good commuter option for people who work somewhere along that line—and now there are more housing options along the line as well. Here are 10 two-bedrooms for rent proximate to the route’s stops.

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1. 410 E 5th St

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410 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

Since the Red Line starts/ends Downtown, there’s no getting around the fact that you’re going to have pay an outrageous amount for housing (unless you’re into a closet on Dirty Sixth—then you’re set). Might as well go swanky, then, right? Four grand a month will nab you a  penthouse loft in the Avenue Downtown. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,395 square feet.

2. Residences at Saltillo

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1211 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

Next stop Saltillo Plaza, y’all! Prices are generally half those of downtown (though still high overall), but development activity in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood around the station is similarly frantic. It’s also an entertainment district, and most available rentals close to the tracks are either on a busy/late-night street or right next to the tracks (or both). Residences at Saltillo kind of split the difference, and two-bedrooms there start at $2,627 per month.

3. 2509 Givens Ave

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2509 Givens Ave
Austin, TX 78722

The neighborhoods near MLK station are close enough to downtown to be convenient but far enough to offer more of a mix of housing stock. If you’re looking for a single-family home near the station, you can rent this 1,282-square-foot one for $2,500 per month and bring your pets with you.

4. Elan Parkside Apartments

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609 Clayton Ln
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 298-3333
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The next stop is Highland, which takes us north and back west across IH-35. The stop is at ACC Highland, the community college, so most of the rentals near it are practically on the campus. The Elan Parkside Apartments offers two-bedrooms starting at 1,157 square feet and $1,753 per month and going up to 1,241 square feet for $2,027 per month.

5. 1107 Justin Ln

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1107 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757

The Crestview stop, just across North Lamar from Highland ACC, brings you back into a neighborhood with some single-family options, including this groovy, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house renting for $2,280 per month.

6. Addison at Kramer Station

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2601 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX 78758
(737) 402-7431
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The Kramer Station is where we start getting into a park-and-ride situation vis-a-vis the Red Line, but there are apartment complexes not too far from the stop—like this one, which has two-bedrooms costing $1,755 to $1,900 per month, depending on size.

7. Beck at Wells Branch

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2801 Wells Branch Pkwy
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 360-8673
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Anything that would be easily walkable from the Howard Lane Station would require getting across MoPac somehow, so you’re probably going to be either parking and riding or bussing it from there. The closest concentration of homes is in Wells Branch. This complex, with two-bedrooms running $1,528 to $1,577, has recently updated units and many community amenities.

8. 10900 Brazoria Ln

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10900 Brazoria Ln
Austin, TX 78717

We’re almost to Cedar Park when we hit the Lakeline Station, but it’s near a bus stop as well as semi-walkable to a few places, including this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home renting for $1,895 per month.

9. The Standard at Leander Station Apartments

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1680 Hero Way
Leander, TX 78641
(512) 260-3300
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Leander at last. Suitably suburban and car-oriented once you get off the train. There’s a small community single-family homes nearby, but if you’re looking for smaller, the Standard out on Hero Way has two-bedroom apartments for $1,190 to $1,260 per month.

1. 410 E 5th St

410 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Since the Red Line starts/ends Downtown, there’s no getting around the fact that you’re going to have pay an outrageous amount for housing (unless you’re into a closet on Dirty Sixth—then you’re set). Might as well go swanky, then, right? Four grand a month will nab you a  penthouse loft in the Avenue Downtown. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,395 square feet.

410 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Residences at Saltillo

1211 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

Next stop Saltillo Plaza, y’all! Prices are generally half those of downtown (though still high overall), but development activity in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood around the station is similarly frantic. It’s also an entertainment district, and most available rentals close to the tracks are either on a busy/late-night street or right next to the tracks (or both). Residences at Saltillo kind of split the difference, and two-bedrooms there start at $2,627 per month.

1211 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

3. 2509 Givens Ave

2509 Givens Ave, Austin, TX 78722

The neighborhoods near MLK station are close enough to downtown to be convenient but far enough to offer more of a mix of housing stock. If you’re looking for a single-family home near the station, you can rent this 1,282-square-foot one for $2,500 per month and bring your pets with you.

2509 Givens Ave
Austin, TX 78722

4. Elan Parkside Apartments

609 Clayton Ln, Austin, TX 78752

The next stop is Highland, which takes us north and back west across IH-35. The stop is at ACC Highland, the community college, so most of the rentals near it are practically on the campus. The Elan Parkside Apartments offers two-bedrooms starting at 1,157 square feet and $1,753 per month and going up to 1,241 square feet for $2,027 per month.

609 Clayton Ln
Austin, TX 78752

5. 1107 Justin Ln

1107 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

The Crestview stop, just across North Lamar from Highland ACC, brings you back into a neighborhood with some single-family options, including this groovy, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house renting for $2,280 per month.

1107 Justin Ln
Austin, TX 78757

6. Addison at Kramer Station

2601 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758

The Kramer Station is where we start getting into a park-and-ride situation vis-a-vis the Red Line, but there are apartment complexes not too far from the stop—like this one, which has two-bedrooms costing $1,755 to $1,900 per month, depending on size.

2601 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX 78758

7. Beck at Wells Branch

2801 Wells Branch Pkwy, Austin, TX 78728

Anything that would be easily walkable from the Howard Lane Station would require getting across MoPac somehow, so you’re probably going to be either parking and riding or bussing it from there. The closest concentration of homes is in Wells Branch. This complex, with two-bedrooms running $1,528 to $1,577, has recently updated units and many community amenities.

2801 Wells Branch Pkwy
Austin, TX 78728

8. 10900 Brazoria Ln

10900 Brazoria Ln, Austin, TX 78717

We’re almost to Cedar Park when we hit the Lakeline Station, but it’s near a bus stop as well as semi-walkable to a few places, including this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home renting for $1,895 per month.

10900 Brazoria Ln
Austin, TX 78717

9. The Standard at Leander Station Apartments

1680 Hero Way, Leander, TX 78641

Leander at last. Suitably suburban and car-oriented once you get off the train. There’s a small community single-family homes nearby, but if you’re looking for smaller, the Standard out on Hero Way has two-bedroom apartments for $1,190 to $1,260 per month.

1680 Hero Way
Leander, TX 78641