The Best Apartments to Rent in Austin, Texas

Where will you stay on your trip to Austin, Texas?
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Justine Harrington

Want to live like the locals do during your vacation in ATX? Renting an apartment can be the best way to explore the city. Brush shoulders with the locals, cook whatever you want for dinner and make the most of the space, especially if you are part of a group or bringing the kids along. Take a look at some of the best apartments in Austin’s buzziest districts.

1. Locale Rainey Street

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Locale Austin - Rainey Street
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At Locale Rainey Street you’ll enjoy proximity to one of the city’s coolest districts. Running adjacent to Lady Bird Lake, Rainey Street was previously a residential neighborhood, but is now a strip of several homes-turned-bars, most of which have food trucks and covered patios lit with twinkling lights. Locale offers all the comforts of home to make your stay as cushy as possible, such as a fully equipped kitchen, in-unit laundry and an on-site pool.

2. Charming Downtown Three-Bedroom Home With Deck

Homestay, Apartment

Charming Downtown 3 Bedroom Home
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In the heart of Austin’s quirky Bouldin Creek neighborhood, just minutes away from the bustling SoCo district, this three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home makes an excellent base from which to explore the area. Impeccably decorated with vibrantly colored fabrics, earth tone accents and local artwork, the home also has laundry facilities, free parking and a rooftop terrace that you’ll have a hard time tearing yourself away from.

3. Four-Bedroom Austin Home Minutes From Downtown

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Incredible
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Decorated to the hilt with sleek, modern touches – bold bursts of color, funky lighting, art-splashed walls – this four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is close enough to all the downtown action, while still feeling like an urban hideout. Lady Bird Lake is just a four-minute walk away, while you can stroll to the bars on Rainey Street in just 15 minutes.

4. Travis Heights Modern I

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Travis Heights
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A four-star property in a four-star neighborhood, Travis Heights Modern I offers a thoroughly stylish, cozy place to lay your head for the night. Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the lush greenery outside, so the whole space is airy and bright. Out-of-town visitors will love exploring the Travis Heights neighborhood, with its historic homes, leafy parks and enough seclusion to feel like a peaceful getaway.

5. Chic Three-Bedroom Austin Home

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3 Bedroom 2
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For travelers who want to be enmeshed in city life, this three-bedroom home in Austin’s culturally diverse, artistic East Side neighborhood is the perfect place to be. It’s a quick walk to the Vortex and Butterfly Bar, where you can catch an experimental theater production, followed by cocktails and home-made pasta at the popular on-site food truck Patrizi’s (very much an Austin experience). The home itself has everything you need, with extra-thoughtful amenities such as a Texas cornhole game setup and complimentary coffee, bottled water and tea.

6. The Pearl

Bed and Breakfast

Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street is close to the city’s best attractions
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Kitschy-cool and Old West-inspired, the Texas Hideaway at the Pearl is such a homey, inviting space, you’ll never want to leave. Accessible via a spiral staircase, this room is adorned with rustic-chic design elements, like wood-slat walls, cowboy artwork and farmhouse-style flourishes. There’s even a galley kitchen, so you can prepare your own meals during your stay.

7. Downtown Loft by 6th Street

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Downtown Loft
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If you want to experience life as an urbanite during your time in Austin, this centrally-located apartment is a fabulous place to set up camp. The loft boasts an intimate, industrial-chic vibe, with an open-floor plan, brick walls, warm lighting, and exposed concrete floors. Thoughtfully curated amenities abound, including two bicycles available for use, freshly ground coffee and a fully stocked kitchen.

8. Sonder East 5th, Austin

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Sonder East. St
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Most of Austin’s main attractions are within a 30-minute walk from this apartment, including the Capitol, the shops and galleries on South Congress Avenue, and the hike-and-bike trail along Lady Bird Lake—making it a prime spot to stay if you really want to get a feel for the city. It’s also an impeccably decorated space with minimalist, mid-century furnishings, along with access to a spacious pool.

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