But take heart, those of you who rent homes or apartments in Austin: At least you weren’t paying the area’s highest rent prices this past month. That honor goes to Leander, our neighbor to the northwest. That’s right, it was cheaper to rent a domicile in Austin than it was in Leander, at least, according to rental site Zumper.
Zumper released a report this week detailing the drop in rent prices throughout the Austin area, a swath of land that includes all the way from Georgetown to San Marcos. The report found that for the month of March, Austin had a median one-bedroom rent of $1,080 a month, while renting the same domain in Leander would set you back $1,110. Both are still much higher than the $887 state median, however.
The cheapest rent in the Austin area for March belonged to San Marcos, at $860 a month for a one-bedroom.
The piece opens up by describing a scene in which more than 15 million bats emerge from San Antonio’s Bracken Cave, the world’s largest bat colony. Cue a line about how everything’s bigger in Texas and the author explains why the bats’ Lone Star State homes are ideal.
According to the article, the dome ceilings of our caves — or bridge — trap heat, which creates a nesting ground for female bats to raise their young before migrating in the fall. Apparently, the millions of bats that take off all at once are all females and babies. “The males are around, but they’re scattered about in smaller caves or parking garages.”
The Times advises that the best time to see Texas bats come out to play is when it’s hot and dry and hungry because that’s when they come out early. Though Austin bats were snubbed and not chosen to be the central focus of this piece, the city did get a solid shout out.