Hate Austin rent prices? Online list says Leander is cheaper


We all know it’s expensive to live in Austin. One recent study suggested that it takes a yearly salary of at least $52,578 to afford a home here, something that is becoming increasingly more difficult to afford if you’re a single man or woman.

A house on Garden Street is for sale on Thursday November 19, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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.

Read the full report here.




We bet you can guess Austin’s ‘most obnoxiously rich suburb’

You know what being a slacker doesn’t get you? An inground pool. Also, a secluded citadel from which to perch and survey the toiling rabble below you, because that real estate in the Westlake area ain’t cheap.

Before any of our western readers get too upset and choke on their Pappy Van Winkle, note that we’re only reporting that West Lake Hills was recently named the “most obnoxiously rich suburb” of Austin by the noted internet list-makers at Thrillist. Austin, for all of its gleaming skyscrapers, still trades heavily on the rough-around-the-edges, crusty charm mythologized by Richard Linklater’s 1991 film “Slacker.” But even weirdsville has a tony pocket.

Westlake Picayune file photo
Westlake Picayune file photo

Thrillist’s methodology in choosing the ritziest suburbs of cities across America came down to money, of course, but the site said that certain factors were navigated “by feel.” Feelings about West Lake Hills, according to the list, are that the enclave and its “frightfully steep driveways” are secluded from the rest of the town by its rolling terrain and the Colorado River, leading to elitism. Particular venom for the community was reserved by the article for residents’ “insanely privileged spawn who terrorize the area around Westlake High School in their Range Rovers.”

READ: Where’s the best place in Austin to avoid tourists?

For comparison, the Dallas ‘burb with pomposity to spare, according to Thrillist, is Frisco. For Houston, it’s The Woodlands.

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We love a little cross-town snark as much as anyone. But let’s remember that our lovely American-Statesman readers from West Lake Hills are among the kindest folks we know. Now, let us use your pools, because most of the public swimming spots in town are already closed for the season.