This is the seventh in a series of articles titled ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and will be focused on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).  This series focuses on area employers and rental options located nearby so employees can reduce their commutes to work.
Thousands of people move to Austin or relocate within Austin every year because of job changes.  In a city growing by 110 people per day, the complaint we hear most often centers around traffic.  The majority of the renters we see are hoping to find an apartment that fits their lifestyle and allows for a reasonable commute to their place of work.  With that in mind, we wanted to give some insight into Austin’s largest employers and the rental options that surround them.
Apple Inc. was founded in 1976 to make personal computers and today it is most famous for the iPhone, iPod, the IPad, and the Mac line of desktops and laptops.  Apple employs about 4,000 people in Austin and is expanding its offices to add at least 3,600 employees in town.  According to Time Magazine, Apple’s next big innovation could be in virtual wallets, which are smartphone apps that replace credit cards and cash.
Apple employs people in a variety of positions at its Austin office, including Senior CAD Engineers (Median Annual Salary $83,074 for an Engineer III), Finance Managers (Median Salary $161,094 for a Finance Director), Business Analysts (Median Salary $52,647 for a Business Systems Analyst I), and more.  All Salary figures are from and are for 78727, Apple’s zip code.  
For lunch with coworkers, there are many restaurants nearby, including Thai Cuisine, which has great-tasting Thai food in generous portions at affordable prices.  Catfish Parlour is another popular lunch spot for its fried fish, hushpuppies, and sides.  
For after work cocktails, McCormick & Schmick’s has an incredible happy hour menu, including $6 cocktails and a cheeseburger and fries for just $3.99.  Chuy’s has happy hour from 4-7pm with reduced price nachos, $3.95 house margaritas, $7.50 Texas Martinis and $2.75 domestic beers.

Live in one of the gorgeous apartment communities near Apple and avoid traffic.

  •  The Riata Apartment Community is less than a mile from Apple using surface streets and has a variety of apartments to choose from, most built in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 656 square feet to 1,554 square feet are available.  Apartment amenities include stone or hardwood flooring, granite counters, ceiling fans, and fireplaces available in some units.  Community amenities include a staffed athletic club with fitness classes, nine sparkling pools with fire pits, 3 jacuzzis, 3 miles of jogging trails, 2 dog parks, and a pet grooming center.  
  • The Monterra Apartments are a 2 minute drive from Apple via surface streets and offer 1-3 bedroom units ranging in size from 592 to 1,238 square feet.  Built in 2013, these nearly brand-new apartments feature garages with electronic openers, intrusion alarms, 9′ ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and spacious walk-in closets.  This gated community has complete concierge services, an indoor half-court basketball and sports court, a virtual golf simulator, a car wash station, and a social lounge with coffee bar.  
  • The Melrose Place Apartments are just five minutes from Apple using surface streets.  Built in 1984, 900 and 1000 square foot two bedroom apartments are available.  Units feature tiled hearth fireplaces, washer/dryer connections, patios and balconies, ceiling fans, and garages are available.  This pet friendly community welcomes large pets, has a picnic area with grills and tracks to Round Rock Schools.
  • Madison at Stone Creek Apartments are a quick five minute drive from Apple and you never even have to get on the freeway.  Built in 1995, floorplans range from 602 to 1,352 square feet and 1 to 3 bedrooms.  Apartments have walk-in closets, crown molding, oversized garden tubs, 9 foot or vaulted ceilings and private balconies or patios.  This gated community has a pet park, hot tub, disability access, indoor sauna, and an iPad Lounge with wireless printing.
These communities are just a few of the rental choices available to Apple employees.  Our database features the most accurate and up-to-date pricing and availability for thousands of apartments across the city.  We know that finding an apartment that allows for a short commute to work, has the amenities you want, and fits into your budget can be difficult.  Our job as apartment locators is to provide valuable insight into each of your rental options so you can choose the best apartment the first time.  Our services are free for our clients and can save you valuable time when you are searching for a rental.  Call 512-258-8224 today to schedule your appointment or visit to find out more about our apartment locator services.