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July 18, 2013

Maria asks…

Are there any apartments in Austin, TX that allow more than 2 pets?

I have 2 cats and 3 chinchillas and it would be so hard to part with my chinchillas. Any help finding an apartment in Austin, TX that would allow me to keep my chinchillas would be greatly appreciated.

Administrator answers:

I am guessing that most apartments don’t mind chinchillas….unless you have heard different I dont think that will be an issue. Most pet friendly apartments will be fine with them.

This can help you find pet-friendly apartments

Daniel asks…

How much does it cost to relocate from Ohio to Texas?

I am a 21 yr old guy. Does not smoke, do drugs. Physically fit. I live in the middle of Ohio. I am wanting to move to Houston,TX or Austin, TX. and I am having a hard time of trying to budget and figure how much money will I need to save up to move there and be stable for 2 whole months. that would give me more than enough time to get a job, apartment, food, gas..ect.. I know there are so many things that could play into the cost. I just need a ball park range.. figured i would turn to this see if the brain power of the net can help me out.

Administrator answers:

Given the variety of options, I would budget 5K or so.

Paul asks…

can a apartments complex come in your apartment without a prior notice ?

i just moved to texas as i got a promotion and the company gave me place to live, transportation and all the good stuff. i got here about 6 weeks ago and brought my pitbull with me not knowing that you cant have this breed in this stupid apartments… keep in mind this is the sweetest dog you can find! just today i got home and found a letter IN my apartment from the complex management saying that the pitbull can not be here blah blah blah… is there anything i can do to keep the dog? they have only seen the dog but can they prrof shes a pitbull? and are they allowed to just come in anytime they want?

Administrator answers:

Dear jd fossi,

What a horrible situation to be in! I own a pit bull, too, and I couldn’t bear to part with her! To have someone tell you that you can’t keep your dog just because it’s a pit bull? I have heard that some insurance company policies specifically rule out pit bulls, but our homeowner’s policy does not, nor does the insurance we pay on the rental unit I own.

First of all, is it actually specifically stated in the lease that you cannot own a pit bull? If not, then I feel you have the right to (politelly) challenge their request that you part with her. Secondly, you asked if they could ‘prove’ that she’s a pit bull. Actually, there are DNA tests to determine breed, but who’s going to pay for such a thing in case like this.

What we did, given our pit was beige-yellow in color—when we got our first pit bull years ago, and discovered people seemed afraid of her (unlike our former greyhound) then, when people asked her what kind of dog she was, we’d say, “She’s just a mutt we got from the pound (whidh was true enough).” And I’d add, “People tell us they think she’s part Sharpei” (also true, a couple of people told us that). When we moved to a new neighborhood, we never told anyone we had a pit bull, and things were fine.

So if your dog looks like it might be a different kind of dog, try encouraging that belief. [Will boxer mix work?] If, however, you can’t make that work, then tell the apartment manager people that you got her from the pound and when you asked the staff what kind of dog they thought she was, they told you that they didn’t know–that the kinds of dogs that end up at the pound don’t come with papers. She was just a mutt. Tell them that you chose this particular dog because she was a staff favorite at the pound, because she of all the dogs there was so especially sweet and good natured.

Be polite, play innocent, let them see how bewildered you are at this out-of-the-blue crazy idea that anyone could think of your dog as somehow a ‘dangerous dog.’ Point out that no one in the apartments seems afraid of her, that no one has complained to you about her. Let them see how much you love this dog and how you can’t bear to part with her. Point out that she’s been around a lot of people, and there’s never been a hint of any problems. Point out that your company transferred you and found you the place and that your company was not aware of this pit bull policy or they wouldn’t have gotten you this particular apartment complex to live in.

My heart is with you, one pit bull lover to another. They used to call pit bulls nanny dogs in England because they’re known for being so good with kids, did you know that?

Good luck!

[PS: If it's not too much trouble, would you mind dropping me an email through Yahoo to let me know the outcome? I lived in TX for many, many years, in Galveston, Houston and mostly in Austin. TX on the whole is more dog-friendly than most states. It's a shame this happened to you].

Jenny asks…

We’re thinking of moving from Ca to Austin Tx. can anyone tell me their opinions on the city?

I need opinion about living expenses and good place to live, weather, lifestyle. What should we prefer if we are getting exact same salary as current one?

Administrator answers:

I just moved from Austin, and it will be dirt cheap in comparison to California. $2000 a month will get you a decent 2 bedroom apartment downtown ($3000 for an upscale apartment), with plenty of apartments at half that cost or less if you are willing to commute in from the suburbs. Austin is a little more expensive compared to other areas of Texas, but still a bargain. Real estate is cheaper too, though the Austin market hasn’t declined nearly as much as other parts of the country.

Weather may be rough, depending on where in California you hail from. If you are from the valley, Austin is comparable to Bakersfield or Fresno, but will seem absurdly hot compared to the coast. The summer before last we had a record 89 days that were 100 degrees or higher. I don’t know enough about the California lifestyle to compare, but Austin always seemed pretty laid back and easygoing. It’s the most liberal city in the region, too.

If you can swing the same salary as you are getting in California, you will definitely get more bang for your buck in Austin.

Ruth asks…

Is Austin, TX a good place for a 33 year old single male to live in?

Especially if he has been employed in a job that pays around 60K a year?

Where would be the best neighborhood to live there?

Administrator answers:

Absolutely! And if you support live music and aren’t pretentious, we’d love to have you. The summers are sweltering, but just spend them in the water (plenty of local swimming holes, but Barton Springs and Deep Eddy are especially unique). On your salary, you can get a decent apartment in 78704 (South Austin), where you can bike to almost everything. Very convenient to Town Lake and the Greenbelt. There are several places on S. 1st, but anything west of I-35, east of MoPac, south of Riverside and north of Oltorf (or at least Ben White) will have you in a great location. (I’m a 35-year-old single female in 78704, and it’s a perfect area for our demographic.) If you’re looking for fancy schmancy uppity stuff, then there are other zip codes more appropriate for you. If you’re thinking about buying, be on the lookout for condo auctions; there have been some really great deals on centrally located properties. If you have a bike, there’s a weekly Thursday night social ride that’s a great way to meet people and explore the area. Plus, with the plethora of festivals here, there is always something (and usually too much) to do.

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