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Whether you are new to the area or were born and raised, there is no denying that Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US. Austinites take immense pleasure in taking care of their four-legged friends! While out and about with your pet, check out the best dog parks where your dog can play and explore.

West Austin Park & Wading Pool

This lovely three-acre park is located in the center of historic Clarksville. West Austin Park & Wading Pool contains picnic tables, basketball courts, tennis courts, and an off-leash dog area entirely fenced in.

Norwood Estate Dog Park

This beautiful dog park is a five-acre park located near I-35 in East Riverside Drive. This park is enclosed by gates with areas for small dogs and large dogs and offers water bowls as well as shady areas. They recommend that you bring a chair if you wish to sit down during your visit.

Red Bud Isle

Red Bud Isle is thirteen-acres and located near the Tom Miller Dam off Redbud Trail. This leash-free dog park...

Happy Hours in Southwest Austin

Austin, Texas has fun events occurring every month of the year, February included. Get out and enjoy yourself by joining in exciting events in February, all only a short drive from our Southwest Austin apartments.

Trevor Noah

Coming on February 2nd at 7:30 PM and February 3rd at 7:00 PM and again at 10:00 PM, Trevor Noah will perform at Bass Concert Hall. The most successful comedian in Africa and host of “The Daily Show”. Through true stories, he will discuss the world that shaped him. Expect these true stories to be frequently tender, occasionally bizarre, sometimes dark, and always hysterical.

Carnival Brasileiro

On February 10, one of the largest Brazilian Carnival celebrations other than Brazil will take place in Austin at Palmer Events Center. Doors open at 8:00 PM with music beginning at 10:00 PM. Their unique conscious and semi-cohesive environment has been increasing throughout the city of Austin. Costumes, Brasileiro-style samba, and enthusiasm will all be seen here in the heart of Texas. Come on out and enjoy...

Southwest Austin Apartments for Rent

Are you new to Austin or considering a move in the near future? You should be happy to know that U.S. News ranked Austin No. 1 with their Best Places to Live. One-hundred metro areas were analyzed in this study based on the job market, quality of life, desirability to live there, and value of living there. Austin scored a 7.8 out of a possible 10. Below you will find some of the things you need to know about the Austin area.

It’s The Live Music Capital of the World

Music lovers consider Austin as a paradise. There are more than 250 live music venues at parks, bars, festivals, as well as the streets. Some places where you can enjoy live music includes Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, Blues on the Green Series, Esther’s Follies, and even grocery stores. Places such as Central Market and Whole Foods are just some of the locations where you can find live musicians perform.

Hot: With Plenty of Outdoor Activities

If you are new to the south, it may take some time to get used to summers with temperatures often reaching...

parks near our apartments

Any time of the year is the perfect time for visiting a park in Austin. As a resident of this great city, you understand the numerous benefits of getting back to nature and there are great opportunities to just that without having to drive too far from our Ocotillo's Oak Hill apartment.

Zilker Metropolitan Park

There is no doubt that Zilker Park is the most popular in the area. Situated on 351-acres, there is something fun for everyone. Just to name a few, there is a playscape for the kiddos, train rides, jogging trails, and a swimming pool, and much more. Come visit some of the other amazing attractions as well, including Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin Nature, and Science Center, Zilker Botanical Garden, and Umlauf Sculpture.

McKinney Falls State Park

A unique pool located under the falls is a beautiful attraction for this 640-acre park. McKinney is popular for biking, camping, picnicking, and fishing. They also feature camping facilities, where you can make reservations by simply calling 512-389-8900. Located off US...


December is a beautiful time of the year at Ocotillo Apartments and throughout Austin as the community enjoys the Holiday season and other fun events taking place throughout that month. Many of those living here make the short trips to these activities.

Lady Gaga on Dec. 5

The award-winning singer, who has some of the best-selling song releases of all time, will be making a stop in Austin on Dec. 5. She will be performing here while in the midst of her year-long Joanne World Tour, and her fans from around the world will descend upon the University of Texas' Frank Erwin Center that evening to experience the unique experience that is a Lady Gaga concert. Reports from earlier shows on the tour have said that the crowds are usually in a fever pitch by the time it starts and that the experience is a fun one.

Texas Longhorns Basketball (On Various Dates)

Also at the Frank Erwin Center throughout December will be Texas Longhorns basketball games. The highlight of the month is a visit from Kansas' men's team on Dec. 29, which is...


Like most of Austin’s residents, your fall and winter social calendars are probably already pleasantly packed with family gatherings, special local events and all kinds of opportunities to indulge in seasonal comfort foods and drinks. You'll feel so much better about consuming those special meals and treats if you schedule some regular workout time to burn excess calories as well as strengthen and tone your body. Remember the New Year’s resolution that you made last year to commit to a wellness regimen? Well, here are some local gyms that can help you to look and feel your best during the upcoming months and well into summer.

Oak Hill Fitness and Obstacle Course

Just two miles from our Ocotillo Oak Hill apartments you'll discover ultimate fitness fun at Oak Hill Fitness and Obstacle Course. The unconventional gym features a range of equipment that is great for beginners as well as long-time fitness enthusiasts. At Oak Hill Fitness, you'll experience group boot camps and personal training that focus on functional strength...


There are many advantages to living in Austin, as any of its residents can tell you. One of those advantages is the accessibility of some of the best nature preserves in the country. South Austin in particular has loads of great opportunities to enjoy nature without straying too far from our modern apartment building.

McKinney Falls

Popular for camping, hiking, biking, and fishing, one of this park’s biggest attractions is a celebrity that has been fondly nicknamed, “Old Baldy” – a cypress tree that’s over 500 years old. After a big rain, the falls are very full and a great place to go swimming.

Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park

This park includes more than 300 acres of land for hiking, horseback riding, grilling, picnicking, and more. It’s a wonderful place for a picnic with children as they have a playground, and if you’re looking for activities for a large group, they have a fun disc golf course.

The Terrace Hiking Trail

This secluded trail is perfect for getting away from it all....


It's no secret that Austin, Texas, is a great place to live, work and play. The city is renowned for its culture and music scene as well as temperate weather year-round. But if your idea of home involves more tranquility and less hustle-and-bustle, you may question whether Austin is the right place to lay down roots.

Rest assured that you have options in the "Live Music Capital of the World," especially if you're looking to rent rather than own. At Ocotillo, you can have your cake and eat it too – we're nestled in the rolling hills of South Austin yet just minutes from the excitement of Downtown.

A prime location is just one of the myriad benefits of Ocotillo living, however. Here's a run-down of the four biggest perks of life at Ocotillo.


You don't have to make the trek to Downtown if you're looking for a delicious meal or a fun night on the town. South Austin is a hip, desirable location in its own right, home to countless shops, eateries and outdoor spaces. Whether you're in the mood for tacos, burgers, smoothies or Austin's...


While there are exciting events happening year-round in Austin Texas, fall brings a variety of fun events to enjoy in the welcome cooler weather! Read on to see our 5 top pics for events happening in November, all just a short distance from our apartments in Southwest Austin.

Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

The Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot gets people in the spirit of Thanksgiving! Participants can walk or run the 5-mile course, and there's a 1-mile course as well. You may even see a turkey running alongside you as you make your way through the course in downtown Austin. It takes place on Thanksgiving morning, November, 23rd, from 8:45 to 9:50. Work up an appetite for the day of eating ahead.

Austin Monthly’s Best New Restaurants Party

On November 2nd, why not sample some of the best foods from new Austin's star new restaurants? Austin Monthly’s Best New Restaurants Party takes place at Copenhagen Exports at from 6-9 pm, and will showcase a variety of food options as well as creative cocktails. It's a great way to get...


Thanks to Ocotillo's convenient location, holiday shopping is easier than ever. Within minutes you can arrive at a number of retail shopping centers that have everything you need for the holiday season. See 4 places to shop near our Oak Hill apartments, and get ahead of your holiday shopping list this year!

1. Shops at Arbor Trails

Located at 4301 W William Cannon Drive, this shopping center is the perfect destination for your holiday food needs. With a Whole Foods and Costco, you’ll find everything you need for your Holiday meals. If you prefer to stay out of the kitchen, there’s also a variety of restaurants such as a Chuy’s, Mandola’s Italian, and more. Whether you’re cooking a feast for your in-laws, need a quick meal to fuel up for holiday decorating, or want to treat your family to a night out, The Shops at Arbor Trails have choices for every palate.

2. Brodie Oaks Shopping Center

The Brodie Oaks Shopping Center is located in the Northeast corner of South Lamar Boulevard and Capital of Texas Hwy. With over 300,000...