Austin’s North Loop neighborhood is a popular and trendy historical area. This culturally diverse section of Central Austin contains a mixture of vintage older homes and bungalows along with contemporary apartments, condos and townhomes on shady, tree-lined avenues. North Loop Austin also offers plenty of shopping and restaurants, live music, and local art. Its budget-friendly apartments and its proximity to both the University of Texas and downtown Austin make North Loop Austin the ideal place to live if you want a short commute plus affordability.
With an estimated 69% of housing reported as renter-occupied, it’s no surprise to find a wide selection of apartments in North Loop Austin that are available for rent. North Loop offers housing options for nearly every budget and lifestyle. You can find an efficiency apartment for around $755 per month, and one-bedroom unit rent starts around $850 a month with three-bedroom unit rent maxing out around $1700. Individual apartments in North Loop Austin offer their own unique amenities. Some provide swimming pools for those hot Austin summers, others offer landscaped courtyards with grills for entertaining your friends, some pay part of the utilities and some provide gated access or covered parking.
If you’re a shopping aficionado, you’ll enjoy exploring North Loop’s vintage retail shops where you can find everything from clothing and jewelry to herbs, incense, books and record albums. If you like the outdoors, you’ll enjoy the biking and hiking trails at nearby Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park.
When you need refreshment, stop at one of North Loop Austin’s coffee shops or cocktail bars like Drink Well or Barflys. Dining choices include pizza shops and Mexican restaurants as well as Pharah’s Mediterranean Cuisine which features belly dancing and live music several nights per week. North Loop also hosts Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery and several grocery stores on Airport Blvd.
Most apartments in North Loop Austin allow pets, but some complexes may have a weight limit for dogs. Within a short drive, you’ll also find plenty of national and regional pet stores like Petco, Petland and the Bark N Purr Pet Center to keep your animal companions well-stocked with food, toys and other supplies. You’ll also find numerous veterinarians, animal hospitals and animal groomers in the greater Austin area.
Most residents of this section of town commute by car to downtown and other parts of Austin, and car sharing options include GetAround and Relay Rides. Public transportation options include the Capital Metro bus and rail lines as well as taxi cabs. Capital Metro’s Red River shuttle route to the University of Texas at Austin also runs through the area.
The Austin Independent School District serves this community. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend Ridgetop Elementary School, students in fifth through eighth grade attend Webb Middle School and high school students attend McCallum High School. If you prefer private rather than public school for your children, the area also hosts several top-notch private institutions including The Griffin School, St. Paul Lutheran School, the Khabele School and St. Austin’s School. For higher education, you can choose from Huston-Tillotson College or St. Edward’s University in addition to the University of Texas.