Here at Ocotillo, our team couldn’t be prouder. On June 9, the Austin Apartment Association met to honor the ten winners of the AAA Property of the Year awards for 2017, and Ocotillo received the award of the Lease Up 2017 Property of the Year.
The competition this year was stiff, with judges from the Austin Apartment Association evaluating all of the eligible properties for staff and staff designations, and performing a physical and visual inspection of each competitor’s grounds and buildings. Finally, to ensure objectivity, each property was subject to a “blind shop,” an independent assessment of each apartment development by an unaffiliated evaluator.
We’re honored to have received this prestigious award, and if you knew our property like we do, you’ll see why!
Although it’s located under the stars in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Ocotillo is only minutes away from downtown Austin and conveniently close to Austin Community College....more
There are a variety of great places to go dancing in Austin, Texas, and many are located near our apartments in Southwest Austin. From country dancing to electronic beats, you’re sure to find one that fits your mood! Read on to learn more about some of our favorite dance spots, and lace up your dancing shoes!
1. Broken Spoke
For over 50 years, guests have been having boot-scootin’ fun at Broken Spoke. This dance hall features old-time country music, and offers dance lessons as well. Make sure to come early to try one of the best chicken-fried steaks in Texas.
As one of the most diverse dance clubs in Austin, Barbarella regularly hosts specialty dance nights on different days of the week. Music videos shown on big screens right next to the dance floor add a fun visual aspect to the theme night, and can provide some dancing inspiration!
Enjoy a mix of electronic dance music at Kingdom spun by local DJs. Make sure to sample one of their house-made cocktails or try a local...more
September in Austin welcomes much-needed lower temperatures and a variety of fun events! Take advantage of these great festivals and events throughout the city, all just a short drive from our Southwest Austin apartments.
See two Stephen King adaptations and a zombie musical during Fantastic Fest. This festival at the Alamo Drafthouse is the largest horror film festival in the United States. The festival will have an Arabic theme this year, so look for many special events from numerous Arabian countries. It all takes place from September 21st to 28th.
Austin Museum Day
Stop putting off visiting Austin’s amazing museums by taking advantage of the special activities during Austin Museum Day on September 17, 2017. More than 60 museums will be offering free admission with many offering special events.
Some of the museums offering free admission on that day include:
· LBJ Presidential Museum
A wonderful way to spend the day near our Southwest Austin apartments is golfing with your friends. One of the advantages of living in our apartments is that we have many outstanding golf courses nearby. Consider these three highly rated golf courses for your next day of golf!
Falconhead Golf Club
If you are looking for a challenging round of golf on a beautiful course, then consider playing Falconhead Golf Club. This course has five sets of tee boxes allowing everyone to choose their own level of comfort. Playing on the black course on this Professional Golf Association-designed course gives you 7,181 yards of golf fun. Their number 8 hole has been voted one of the most beautiful in Texas. All in all, this course excites players with its dramatic uphill approaches, dog legs, narrow approaches and blind shots. Be careful of the 27 sand traps and four water holes!
Avery Ranch Golf Club
Designed by Andy Raugust, the Avery Ranch Golf Club is also a great place to play a round of golf. Like Lionhead, it offers five sets of tee...more
Summer in Austin comes with long, hot days, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this wonderful city we call home! There's no shortage of activities and events to enjoy in August, and many even involve A/C. Keep reading to see some of the top activities and events to enjoy this month, just minutes away from our apartments near Dripping Springs!
Shows & Performances
On August 4, country star Miranda Lambert takes the stage at Whitewater Amphitheater. Over in Cedar Park Center the next night, Katt Williams is performing his stand-up comedy routine. Whether you're into country music or live comedy, these are two great shows that you do not want to miss.
Other concerts and performances in Austin during the month of August include:
- Blondie & Garbage, August 11, Austin City Limits Live @ Moody Theater
- Foreigner, Cheap Trick, & Jason Bonham, Aug. 20, Austin 360 Amphitheater
- Livingston Taylor, Aug. 10, One World Theater
- Bryson Tiller, Aug. 9, The Long Center
Have you been looking for the perfect spot to settle down in the Austin area? Ocotillo is the ideal southwest Austin apartment for anyone with an interest in great food and a desire to explore the all the activities Austin has to offer. Luckily for residents, our apartments are near a variety of brunch options that are sure to please any palate. Read on to see our favorite brunch spots, and schedule a tour of Ocotillo today!
The South Congress Cafe
Located at 78704 South Congress Ave./Bouldin Creek, the South Congress Cafe is the perfect place to start your day. Maybe you want a bright and refreshing brunch item like their amazing ceviche featuring fresh scallops and plump gulf shrimp, or if richer fare calls, your money will be well-spent on the grilled corn with lobster butter. Our favorite dishes are the crab cakes benedict, jalapeno venison meatloaf, and the potato pancakes – all are simply amazing.
Patika is a brunch stop you won't want to miss if you’re a fan of artisan coffee. Located at 2159 South...more
Moving to Austin? It's one of the most dynamic cities in the United States, boasting rapidly expanding markets in multiple industries and a creative community of people. With many apartment communities to choose from, finding the right one-bedroom apartment in Austin can be a challenge. But once you've found a place to call your own, you can begin the fun part: decorating!
Luckily, finding apartment decor in Austin doesn't have to be difficult. There are many amazing furniture and home decor outlets available for people with all kinds of taste. Whether you like modern or classic decor, or if you're on a budget or looking to splurge, you can find many stores with amazing deals on interesting and unique decor. Read on to see some of the many options available!
The Khazana is an excellent purveyor of internationally-inspired decor created with sustainable means. If you're looking to impress guests with your flair of exotic and unique furniture, this store is a must-see to browse their handcrafted designs from all over the world....more
There are a lot of beautiful parts about Austin, but some say our summer heat isn’t one of them. Texas is a hot state with muggy summer days, so where do Austin residents go when they want to cool off and stay close to home? Check out our list of some of the top indoor activities to enjoy in Austin, and contact Ocotillo today to learn more about our Southwest Austin apartments!
When excitement is what you need, head over to K1 Speed for some racing and speed without the sweltering heat. Enjoy a little friendly competition as you race each other in 20 horsepower electric go karts!
Jump your way to happiness with all your friends at JumpoLine indoor trampoline park. You can buy passes by the hour, or rent the place for a private party. Wristbands are also available for extra time or full weekend passes. JumpoLine is a great way to get some exercise and fun while staying out of...more
At Ocotillo, we think Austin is an awesome place to call home. Excellent universities, a thriving tech and entrepreneurial sector, a vibrant arts scene, an exceptional outdoor lifestyle, and a growing "foodie" destination are just a few reasons why we love our city.
Luckily for our residents, our Texas Hill Country apartments are located in one of the most beautiful parts of our city. Whether you're just visiting or considering making our apartments your new home, we've come up with a few suggestions for spending a perfect day in the Austin Hill Country. Read on to learn more!
Start the Day with a Run at Slaughter Creek Trail
(9901 FM 1826, Austin, TX 78739)
Set the tone for your day by jogging or walking on the Slaughter Creek Trail just minutes from Ocotillo. Enjoy a 5-mile hike or jog while taking in the fresh breeze and abundant greenery while you work up an appetite for the day of BBQ and Texas fare ahead!
Grab a Drink at Stauthous Coffee Pub
(4715 S. Lamar Blvd, Sunset Valley, TX 78745, 512...more
Warm summer weather brings the chance to get outdoors and enjoy all Austin has to offer. If you’re looking for ways to cool off, we’ve got four water activities near our Southwest Austin apartments to help you beat the dog days of summer.more
South Austin is known for it's lively restaurants, including some of the best Tex-Mex places and local hangouts to grab a drink and delicious food with friends after work. With all the choices, you're sure to find an upbeat restaurant that has something on the menu for each of your friends. See some of the best restaurants to grab dinner with a group near Ocotillo’s apartments in South Austin!more
Whether you’re just moving in or have been here a while, Austin is the place to be in July. Families and singles alike can find loads of entertainment here almost any day of the week.
If you’re looking for a new place to call home in Austin, keep in mind Ocotillo's West Oak Hill apartments are just a hop, skip and a jump from local entertainment and activities happening year round. While you're deciding where you'll call home in Austin, make sure to venture out to the city and catch one or more of these events in July.more
Is a little retail therapy in order? Residents of Ocotillo can enjoy an eclectic assortment of retail therapy options conveniently located to our apartments near highway 290. Austin is known for its diverse shopping outlets sure to suit anyone's tastes and preferences. Check out these five locations during your next shopping spree!
2nd Street District
The 2nd Street District is perfect for those looking for a sense of community while supporting local small business. The district is made up of art galleries, boutiques, live entertainment venues, and a wide assortment of dining options. Browse unique shops like a gentleman's apothecary, or try on something retro-chic and handmade at a local boutique.
Ten Thousand Villages
Another must-see on the list of shopping excursions in Austin is Ten Thousand Villages. They've been in business for over 60 years and boast an eclectic mix of fair trade products including handmade gifts, artisan jewelry, unique home decor, sculptures, and much more from a diverse variety of cultures....more
There are a variety of places to hike and explore the outdoors in Austin, Texas, including trails near our West Oak Hill Apartments. They are beautiful, secluded and offer a relaxing escape from the bustling city. Read on to learn more about these trails, and plan your hike today!
Slaughter Creek Trail
Slaughter Creek Trail is a popular hiking location in our area. It contains about five miles of multi-use pathways, so it can be used for hiking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. Some of the more popular times for hiking along this trail are between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, so plan your trip accordingly. Open to hikers, bikers, and horses alike, there are a variety of trailheads so you'll never get bored finding ways to move about the park. With beautiful views and kid-friendly terrain, there's no reason to not explore this trail!
The Terrace Hiking Trail
The Terrace Hiking Trail is another popular option in the Ocotillo area. The trail goes right through the woods, and it is typically reserved for just hiking. The paths...more
If storage and space are on your must-have list when shopping for a new home, there are plenty of apartments that will fit the bill. However, even in one of our large apartments, organization is key to maximize your space. Read on to see some of our favorite apartment organization tips and tricks!
Utilize Space Under Your Bed
With a set of bed risers you can quickly make the area under your bed perfect for storage. Shallow, wide storage containers fit under a raised bed, and they are great for storing extra blankets, seasonal clothing, and bulky winter gear. You can also use these containers under your couch to hold craft supplies, DVDs, or seasonal decorations.
Get Creative with Shelving
When you don't have a lot of floor space, put your walls to use! Floating corner shelves are great for photos and knickknacks, and they're both efficient and stylish. Store books on a long, sturdy shelf above a door frame to free up space a floor bookshelf may take up. Or, hang up a small spice rack in the bathroom by the vanity to store...more
If you’re apartment hunting with your family, Ocotillo's 3 bedroom apartments in southwest Austin should be high on your list. Our location offers convenience to city life while still located in the beautiful Texas Hill country. Many families take advantage of our 3 bedroom apartments in southwest Austin so that their children can be near all Austin has to offer. From the great outdoors to bustling arcades, see some of our favorite ways to spend a day with your family near Ocotillo!
Spend A Day Learning
Visiting the Capitol and taking a tour is a great way to spend a day with your family while learning more about Austin's history. Have lunch on the sprawling lawn and take in the beauty of one of the most historic places in Austin. Another great educational opportunity in Austin are the museums. From unique art exhibits to kid-friendly activities at The Thinkery, there are many choices for an educational (and fun!) day out with the family.
Explore Austin's Culinary Scene
For kids that love new and exciting foods, Austin...more
While there's plenty to do on any given weekend in Austin, consider adding some fun to your weekday routine! From music to barbeque, read on to see how you can turn a normal week night into a fun Austin experience. Here are 4 things to break your weekday routine and get you out and about.
Illuminated targets, 100 hitting bays and plenty of action makes Topgolf Austin one of the best places to spend an evening in Austin. Friends can gather by the fire pits or on the rooftop terrace, and even non-golfers can be entertained by 200 HDTVs. Grab one of their specialty cocktails and delicious appetizers and settle in for a fun evening!
Live Music at Saxon Pub
Do you love great music, a comfortable setting and good food? Grab some friends for a night at the Saxon Pub. Well-known artist perform here as well as local talents. The Mama Mal food truck serves up authentic Italian cuisine most nights of the week, so you can grab a bite while listening to the best live music in Austin. Soak up great music and good vibes...more
In beautiful Austin, Texas, you never have to look far for entertainment and dining experiences for you, your family, and your dog! Here is a chow-down-worthy list of dog-friendly restaurants near our southwest Austin apartments. Visit these today for a time both you and your dog will enjoy!
BANGERS SAUSAGE HOUSE & BEER GARDEN
This popular restaurant will have you licking your chops on delicious sausages, spuds, beer and more. Located in the historic Rainey Street District, relax with a brew or enjoy freshly fried Twinkies for dessert as your pooch safely runs around in their fenced-in dog run.
THE LITTLE DARLIN'
The Little Darlin' is an easy-breezy place for dogs and friends alike. Its convenient location at 6507 Circle S Road, Austin, TX 78745 makes it a great place to pop in anytime. A superb beer selection, tasty bites, pool tables, darts, horseshoes and more make this the place to go after a long day of work.
BOULDIN CREEK CAFE
With a meat-free menu and ample outdoor seating,...more
There's nothing quite like moving. In addition to giving you new opportunities and enabling you to expand your social network, relocating can help you advance your career or pursue a new mode of living. No matter your motive for moving, you'll want to make this life transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Below you'll find some easy moving tips you can use to make your move as stress-free as possible!
1. Find The Right Apartment.
Your first step to making your move successful is ensuring that you're relocating to the right place. With this in mind, you should do all of the background research necessary to make sure you're locating the ideal apartment or home for your unique situation. If you're looking for Lookout Point Apartments, look no further than Ocotillo Apartments. Conveniently located near Austin Community College and several local employers, our apartments feature a serene pool, contemporary architecture, and high-end appliances!
2. Keep A Calendar.
Moving can get hectic. Stay organized by writing...more
Looking for the best place for some outdoor exercise in Austin? Austinites are lucky to live in a city with an abundance of natural beauty and fabulous trails. Austin is renowned for its parks, trails and green spaces, and there are a variety of sports-related activities for both the novice exerciser and experienced athlete. For the runner, there are plenty of beautiful jogging trails to choose from. Whether you're training for your next marathon, or simply want to get more active, we've put together a list of the best places to go for a jog in Austin. Lace up your sneakers and read on to discover your next route or trail!
Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Greenbelt is one of the most popular jogging trails in Austin, and for good reason. There are several entry points and numerous branches off of the trail, creating an infinite number of paths to explore. It's also dog-friendly so you can bring your pup along for the ride! Enjoy 7.25 miles of thick vegetation, limestone cliffs, and waterfalls...more
As a resident at Ocotillo’s Southwest Austin apartments, you're never too far from a good cocktail. Whether you're seeking out a quiet drink with a couple friends, or are looking for an exciting evening out on the town, Ocotillo is conveniently located to all the entertainment you need. Our area of Austin is known for its culture and variety, making it a perfect place to call home. Keep reading to see some of our favorite places to go for a cocktail, and call us today to learn more about our luxury apartments in Southwest Austin!
District Kitchen and Cocktails
Located at 5900 W. Slaughter Ln, District offers a wide variety of drinks to choose from as well as a tasty food menu, making it a great place to meet with friends for dinner and a cocktail after a hard day's work. Austin's own food critic Rob Balon says "virtually every dish is top notch" and describes the cocktails as creative. Needless to say, this is a must try for quality food and great drinks.
The Golden Goose
When you're apartment hunting in Austin, consider looking for a place with country scenery, a vibrant atmosphere, and darn good food. Residents of Ocotillo apartments near Dripping Springs get to enjoy all three of these things year round. Conveniently located just southwest of the city, our Dripping Springs apartments offer a convenient location near all the entertainment and amenities you need.
Next time you venture out to dine on some good grub, try checking out these four amazing places located just south of downtown Austin.
1. Rolling in Thyme & Dough
This bakery & cafe was converted from a home and is a perfect place for a foodie to go when craving some good dough. They make their bread and pastries from scratch every day. Whether you go for breakfast or lunch, there is always something amazing on the menu to enjoy. For the morning, try out one of their croissant sandwiches. The ham and cheese one is especially tasty. If you're going for a lunch break, be sure to go for the Fruit &...more
Springtime in Austin is here, along with a variety of events and things to do in this beautiful city that Ocotillo apartments calls home! From sports events and music festivals to a night at the ballet, Austin has events for many different interests happening not only in April but year round. Read on to see just some of the many events taking place in April, and contact Ocotillo today to schedule a tour of our Austin apartment complex.
Euphoria Music Festival
One of the top things to do in Austin in April is the Euphoria Music Festival at Carson Creek Ranch. This festival is from April 6th-9th and features popular acts like Pretty Lights, Zeds Dead, and Wiz Khalifa. The ranch hosting the event is one of the oldest ranches still operating in Texas, and it spans over twenty beautiful acres. This event is also located close to our southwest Austin apartments, so you always have a place to sleep after a busy night of dancing.
Looking for an apartment in Southwest Austin? Once you’ve found the perfect community for you, you’ll want to design and organize your new space in a way that matches your style. From floor to ceiling, these tricks can help inspire anyone that’s moving into an apartment in Austin to help make the space their own. Read on to see these nifty tricks, and contact Ocotillo Apartments today to learn more about our luxury apartments!
On the Wall
Shelving significantly increases your apartment’s storage space and visual appeal, and the proper shelving for your space can be a great addition to the apartment’s overall design. Go beyond the basics and consider using reclaimed wood. The unique pieces are an economical, sustainable and expressive alternative to fresh-sawn lumber or bland, pressed-wood shelves.
Ikea also has sleek, shallow wall cabinets that can fit well either in a small bathroom or over a study desk. They do a great job of holding all the...more
The perfect way to start any day is with that piping hot cup of coffee. But, finding one with just the right roast and flavor can be tricky sometimes. If you're looking for the best morning brews in Southwest Austin, look no further than these 5 places.
1. Kowabunga Coffee
Kowabunga Coffee is a little trailer spot that has a drive-thru and walk-up window. Their coffee is deliciously smooth and their staff is super friendly as well. Another bonus: you can buy homemade donuts at the neighboring trailer to dip in your coffee. It's located right next to our apartments near Austin Community College. It’s a great spot to grab a quick cup before class!
2. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a small chain of coffee shops in Austin with a solid reputation for amazing coffee. If you like to have a little fun with your caffeine, they also offer amazing frozen coffee drinks. They have a comfy and laid-back atmosphere as well, making it a great spot for studying!
When you call Dripping Springs home, you not only get to experience the best of scenic country living, but you can also enjoy proximity to the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Austin. That's just one of the many reasons people love living in this beautiful part of Texas. Outdoor wildlife sightings blend perfectly with a convenient location near Austin's bustling city scene, providing the best of both worlds for an apartment resident. Read on to learn some of our favorite ways to spend a day in Dripping Springs, and visit Ocotillo Apartments today for your tour of our apartments near Dripping Springs!
The Perfect Day in Dripping Springs
Once you're living in our apartments near Dripping Springs, you'll find a wealth of fun things to do at home. Enjoy the breathtaking wildflowers, the wildlife, roads that wind for miles, breweries, wineries, artwork, shopping and some of the best barbecue in Texas. Other fun activities include:
For Food Connoisseurs - Choose from Salt Lick Barbecue, The Mercantile Wine Bar and Tapas, or even the Texas Hill Country...more
Named after the proclaimed 'father of Texas,' Stephen K. Austin, in 1839, the city of Austin has a rich history that is still remembered and celebrated to this day. If you're a local already - or soon to be one - be sure to check out these incredible historic sights that are a short drive from Ocotillo's West Oak Hill apartments.
Barton Springs Pool
The Barton Springs Pool is located in the middle of Zilker Park. A true gem of Austin, this oasis is one of the largest natural pools in America. With crystal clear waters and plenty of grassy hills to lay on, this is where you need to be on any hot, sweltering Austin day that is sure to occur during the Texas summer.
People have been swimming here for over 200 years when a Spanish mission was built right on the spring's banks. The pool overflows into Barton Creek and on into Lady Bird Lake. You can actually take a kayak from the lake to the pool! It's only about a 15-minute drive from our West Oak Hill apartments, so you can easily cool off during a hot Austin afternoon.
Sometimes all you need to brighten up a lousy day is a delicious taco. (Let's face it, you probably need one every day). Luckily for us, there are literally hundreds of places to snag a taco in south Austin, but only a few measure up to being truly divine. Here is a list of the most mouth-watering tacos to sink your teeth into near our south Austin apartments!
1. Torchy's Tacos
You can definitely get the most bang for your buck at Torchy's. Their tacos are huge and overflowing with all the good stuff. They have so many different options you can't go wrong! If you're feeling risky, add some fried avocados to the mix, or check out their secret menu. We also recommend trying their queso!
Torchy's Tacos is located on South Lamar Blvd. It's only a 10-minute drive from our South Austin apartment complex. A real taco-lover can never live too far from a good taco fix.
2. Papalote Taco House
The food and service here are consistently excellent. Go here if you want an authentic taco, and if you're really up for it, they even...more
Apartment living can be wonderful and convenient unless you don't have enough space for all of your belongings! Even Ocotillo's spacious 3 bedroom apartments in southwest Austin can feel crowded and cramped if you aren't effectively using your apartment's space. Fortunately, there are many things you can do in order to maximum the space you have. Check out our six tips for maximizing your storage space in your apartment.
1. Buy Multifunctional Furniture
If you’re short on space, every piece of your furniture should serve multiple purposes. Trade in your coffee table for one with storage space inside of it, or instead of a large bulky couch consider purchasing a daybed or sleek sleeper sofa for guests. Another thing you can do is use your dining table as an office when you are working from home, so you don't need to find room for a separate desk. Take an inventory of the furniture you have, and brainstorm ways to make your furniture collection more functional.
2. Think Vertically
When thinking about apartment storage, look...more
Ready for a new start in 2017? Whether you're starting a new journey towards fitness, or if you're just looking for a new workout to add to your fitness routine, you can rest assured there are plenty of places to get your sweat on near our 1 bedroom apartments in southwest Austin. Check out a few of our favorites below, and get moving today!
Work Out Outdoors
In a rapidly growing urban jungle, Austin still has an abundance of trails so you can enjoy your own little piece of nature. Plus, there are trails to match every skill level, whether you are a seasoned pro or a new outdoor adventurer.
The Slaughter Creek Trail is just 3 minutes from Ocotillo. This 5-mile trail takes you on an adventure through the woods and fields of southwest Austin.
The Barton Creek Greenbelt tops almost any list of Austin's favorite trails. The trail is almost eight miles long and spans over 800 acres, and is composed of gravel and dirt. The trail runs from Zilker Hillside Theater and Barton Springs Pool‘s parking lot and under Mopac and Loop 360 to the Hill of...more
We're lucky to have so many fun and exciting attraction near our homes, including a variety of wineries to visit! If you haven't had a chance to check out the many wineries in the Texas Hill Country, you should make plans to go soon. Why not this weekend? Here are our top three picks for fun, friendly, and fabulous wineries near our luxury apartments close to Dripping Springs.
Solaro Estate Winery
Solaro Estate Winery located at 13111 Silver Creek Road was named Texas Winery of the Year in 2014 and again in 2015, and you’ll quickly see why when you visit. The beautiful setting and impressive views are well matched to the incredible wines they create. They offer a diverse range of wine styles and varietals from their crisp and refreshing Reserve Roussanne to their rich, velvety Port, so there's a wine for everyone to enjoy no matter their taste preferences. Also when visiting Solaro, keep an eye out for their beloved vineyard dog, Brix. No trip to Solaro is complete without saying a quick hello to this sweet pup!
Whether you live in Austin, are moving to Austin, or just visiting our exciting and music-filled city, there's an abundance of music and entertainment venues to check out. South Austin is teaming with talented artists that play frequently at local venues, providing an affordable way to have fun for Austin residents and visitors alike. If you're considering moving to one of our southwest Austin apartments, or just looking for a fun night out, we recommend you try out some of our favorite live music venues in the area! Keep reading for more information on these local favorites, and schedule your tour at Ocotillo apartments today!
This quirky one of a kind place is dog friendly, with a large outdoor patio, food trucks, happy hour and live music. Listen to great music, sip a cool drink, and play volleyball with friends – it’s a win/win all around! During the summer time they are hosting Movies on the Lawn every Monday night along with drink specials! It’s a fun way to start...more
Have a sweet tooth? Luckily for you, Austin has a variety of places you can indulge in a sugary treat. Check out our list of ice cream spots near our Southwest Austin apartments for rent, and get your sugar fix today!
Cow Tipping Creamery
Cow Tipping Creamery on 4715 South Lamar Boulevard consistently scores high on the list of Austin’s best ice cream. They are best known for their parfaits, better known at stackers. These delicious concoctions have alternating layers of ice cream and fresh backed goods, finished off with their own unique toppings. Try one of their delicious standbys or get creative and choose your own flavors!
Austin Scoops at 9500 Escarpment Boulevard prides themselves in making their ice cream on site from organic, hormone-free dairy products. They also offer soy-based frozen treats. In addition to ice cream, they...more
One of the most common problems for apartment residents is feeling limited on the space that's available. Even within Ocotillo's spacious one, two, and three bedroom apartments, some people struggle to fit all of their personal belongings in each room. Whether you're moving in from a larger apartment or home, or if you simply have many personal belongings, you can rest assured that there are many tips and tricks to help you make the most of your apartment's space. Keep reading to see three simple steps to making small spaces look bigger, and check out Ocotillo's floor plans today to start planning your apartment's design!
1. Use Light Colors
Light colors can help create a space that feels light and airy. When looking for new decor and furniture for your southwest Austin apartment, try selecting items that have white, cream, and pastel colors. Avoid using a lot of dark or bold colors, as this can make the apartment feel more closed in. Light colors can be incorporated into different areas of your apartment using rugs, paintings, curtains and more....more
So you finally settled into one of the best apartments in southwest Austin and you're enjoying your new place to call home, but it’s the end of the work week and you want to check out the neighborhood! Newcomers to Austin quickly learn that the highest concentration of bars and restaurants lie downtown along the north side of the river. However, you’ll find that you don’t have to go all the way downtown for cold drinks, hot food and friendly folks. Here are some suggestions of our favorite happy hour spots south of the river to check out. Just a short drive away from our southwest Austin apartments, you may quickly find yourself a regular at these favorite local establishments!
The Broken Spoke
An Austin legend, The Broken Spoke is a little honky-tonk on 3201 S Lamar Blvd that has been the home for Texas musicians dating back to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboy. If you like to dance, this is the place to go. They have a relatively late happy hour starting at...more
At Ocotillo Apartments in southwest Austin, we love our four-legged residents! There's no need to worry about parting with your furry best friend when you move to our area, and Austin offers many fun activities for you and your dog to both enjoy. From trails and parks to dog-friendly bars and restaurants, you'll find something for the dog that likes to run and play as well as the one that likes to relax. Read on to see some of our top activities and places for you to hang out with your pup in Austin!
Red Bud Isle
A short drive from our southwest Austin apartments, Red Bud Isle is the perfect place to spend a day with your pet. There are three small bodies of water surrounding the large park, where dogs can go off-leash and meet new friends. There's an open play area if your dog isn't fond of the water, and picnic tables where you can relax while taking in the beauty of the outdoors.
Does your dog love to...more
Living at Ocotillo means calling hill country paradise home. Located near some of Austin's high-end indulgences including spas, cocktail bars, and shopping centers, these southwest Austin luxury apartments are in a truly excellent location. Whether you want to spend a day pampering yourself at a local spa, or want to explore a new hiking trail in the beautiful Hill Country, Ocotillo is located near activities and amenities for every type of fun! Read on to see some of our favorite places to pamper ourselves near our apartments for rent in Southwest Austin.
Nail and Spa Treatments
Looking for convenience? US Nails Spa is located a short 3-minute drive away from our Southwest Austin apartments and is the perfect place to go for any last minute spa appointments that you need. Whether you're looking for waxing services, or a mani/pedi, look no further than US Nails Spa to get in and out fast!
Have more time on your hands? Check out the relaxing retreat at...more
At Ocotillo, our Oak Hill apartments offer one of the most serene, scenic views of Austin. While our luxury apartments are comfortably nestled in the rolling Texas hill country, we're also located in a convenient location near shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more.
While we highly recommend checking out the enormous star-filled skies that accompany our beautiful location, we realize some of our residents may be early risers. We've put together a list of the best activities in Austin for morning people, so you can enjoy your day no matter what time your alarm goes off.
There are plenty of us who prefer to begin our days with a healthy dose of physical activity. For many, this means waking up and going to a gym full of other people that you are required to pay a membership for. For Ocotillo residents, the options are far more exciting. Go for a swim in our pool and enjoy Hill Country views, or visit our community gym with top-of-the-line Precor aerobic and weight training machines. Or, take a jog at one of our cities many...more
Moving can often be a stressful time. At Ocotillo, we want our future residents to enjoy a smooth moving process so they can feel at home in our apartments, faster. Check out a few steps to take to avoid stress when moving to your new home.
Update Your Address
It's important to update your address with the local post office to ensure that your mail will be forwarded to your new residence. Avoid the headache of lost mail by visiting the post office in person, or filling out a Change of Address form online to make sure that your bills and other important mail arrive at your new apartment. You'll also want to contact your bank, employer, and the DMV to have the mail delivered to the right address.
You can make the process of moving considerably easier by having an extra set of hands to help you do the heavy lifting. Hire professional movers that can help you pack up your personal belongings and transport them safely to your new home. Different types of moving equipment and tools will be used to lift heavier items...more
Jester King Brewery
Jester King Brewery is an authentic farmhouse brewery located in the beautiful Texas Hill country that's committed to making unique and flavorful beers using their own well water, locally-sourced grains and native yeasts. Popular products include their European-style table beer called La Petit Prince and their Bonnie the Rare Berliner Weisse, which is a Berlin-style sour wheat beer. Those living at our apartments in southwest Austin can visit this brewery’s tasting room on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Thirsty Planet is another popular brewery located near our new apartments in Southwest Austin, and is well known for three delicious signature beers. Their Thirsty Goat is an American-style amber ale perfect for pairing with pork chops and burgers. The Buckethead is an Indie pale ale perfect for pairing with Tex-Mex. Last but...more
Decorating a small apartment has its challenges. You need to make the most of your limited space, while at the same time adding your personal design preferences. This can be difficult, especially when you don’t own the apartment and can’t change very much about the space. But just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t make your space your own! At Ocotillo apartments, we want to give you the tips and tricks you need to make our Southwest Austin apartments feel even more like home. See our tips and tricks!
Keep Things Functional
When decorating a small apartment, you don’t have the luxury of having a piece of decor just for its looks. Every item must serve a purpose and have a use, so look for furniture pieces that are functional as well as beautiful. For example, an ottoman with built-in storage for extra blankets and pillows, or a portable kitchen island that can be pulled out when entertaining, and kept to the side to provide more storage when not in use. Try adding decorative shelves to your bathroom to provide storage for all of your...more
Fall is an exceptionally great time to live in South Austin. From the beauty of the changing leaves to the long-awaited dip in temperatures, fall is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year! Of course, we can't mention fall without talking about the joys and entertainment pumpkin season brings to South Austin and the surrounding areas. Check out some of our favorite fall activities and tastes near our South Austin apartments, and a few recommendations for longer day trips with family and friends.
Close to Home:
Jack Allen's Kitchen
Looking for delicious fall flavors? Be sure to keep tabs on Jack Allen’s seasonal menu for dishes like their Bourbon Pecan Cobbler made with fresh Farwell, Texas apples!
There's no better way to bring in cooler temperatures than ordering the classic pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. Get your festive caffeine fix fast at the nearest Starbucks location.
Kerbey Lane Cafe
Take advantage of Kerbey Lane's seasonal menu...more
Are you a first-time apartment hunter in the Austin area? If so, there's some tips and tricks you'll want to have up your sleeve as you start your hunt for the perfect apartment that you can call home. The top three things you should keep at the top of your mind are:
You'll want your new apartment to be located in a convenient location near your work, shopping, and entertainment. Ocotillo's apartments in Southwest Austin are not only near these amenities but are also located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offering stunning views and enormous star filled skies. No matter where you choose to live, make sure it has the amenities you need close by.
Make sure you have a budget laid out before you begin your apartment search. Nothing is worse than spending a day looking at apartments, and then realizing that none of them fall within your price range. Save yourself time and effort by putting in the legwork before hand to create an ideal...more
At our Oak Hill Apartments, we love the great city of Austin every day of the year, but fall is an exceptionally great time to enjoy the sights, attractions, and seasonal events that Austin has to offer. Make sure to mark your calendars for these fun events, and share your favorite fall activities in Austin!
Christmas at the Casswell House
This annual event is held from November 3rd through the 11th, and December 4th and 18th. The historic Casewell House is turned into a holiday wonderland where you can shop for all kinds of gifts and gourmet foods.
Austin Celtic Festival
Join this popular annual festival at Fiesta Gardens in downtown Austin on the weekend of November 5-6 from 12 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. You'll experience some of the best Celtic music, dance, dog parade, workshops, and a little history as there will be live demonstrations by the Viking Invasion.
Trail Running Film Festival
Join other film enthusiasts for this tour that will be in Austin November 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Alamo...more