This is the nineteenth in a series of articles titled ‘Minimum Commute, Maximum Lifestyle’ and will be focused on 3M Co (NYSE:MMM).  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.
The 3M Company has over 88,000 employees across the globe and makes over 55,000 products, including adhesives, abrasives, laminates, and much more.  They have operations in more than 65 countries.  Yahoo Finance recently reported that 3M isn’t likely to break up into smaller companies.  
3M employs people in a variety of positions at its Austin Research and Development Center and its Austin Manufacturing Center, including Technician Senior Masters (Median Annual Salary $48,828 for a Manufacturing Technician III), Co-Generation Power Plant Controls Engineers (Median Annual Salary $127,092 for a Power Plant Operations Manager), Manufacturing Engineering Specialists (Median Salary $58,839 for a Manufacturing Engineering I), Senior Fiber Optic Engineers (Median Salary $83,381 for an Engineer III), and many more.  All salary information from for 78726, 3M’s Austin zip code.  
For lunch nearby, there are many choices, including Black Walnut Cafe, which serves American fast casual food from burgers to salad and much more.  Hunan Riverplace has great lunch specials and generous portions to keep a large group satisfied when they are looking for Korean and Chinese Food.
For drinks after work with coworkers, Z Tejas has their famous margaritas for just $5.00 for happy hour, plus other drink and food specials.  Eleven Plates and Wine also has a great happy hour with special reduced price plates and craft cocktails and beer.  
Avoid traffic by living in one of the beautiful apartment communities near 3M.
  • Riverlodge Apartments are a 3 minute drive from 3M and have 1-2 bedroom apartments available ranging from 718 to 1,239 square feet.  Built in 1999, this gated community has a leash free dog park, a playscape, walking trails nearby, a community garden, boat parking and is zoned to Leander ISD. Apartments have oversized floorplans, vaulted ceilings, full size washer/dryer connections, ceiling fans in bedrooms, kitchen pantries, garden bath tubs, treelined views, and 8 foot sliding glass doors. 
  • Hyde Park at Ribelin Ranch is also a 3 minute drive or 18 minute walk from 3M.  Built in 2008, they feature 1-2 bedroom apartments ranging from 747 to 1,501 square feet.  Apartments have black on black appliances, expresso cabinets, wood style flooring, large rooms, washer and dryer hookups, balconies, garage options and much more.  This gated community has a 24-hour fitness center, resort-inspired pool, club house and is just minutes from Lake Austin. 
  • Escape at Four Points Apartments were completed in 2013 and are just 3 minutes from 3M.  Apartments range from 1 to 3 bedrooms and 634 to 1,347 square feet and feature granite counters, stainless steel appliances, faux wood floors in select units, large pantries, walk-in closets, linen closets, 9′ ceilings and patios or balconies.  This gated community has a lounge area with a coffee bar, state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, a resort-style pool with in-water tanning ledges, and a social calendar with activities.  
  • Promesa Apartments are a 4 minute drive from 3M and were built in 2011.  Floor plans range from 1-3 bedrooms and 673 to 1,488 square feet and feature stained concrete floors, stainless steel appliances, 42 inch upper cabinets, rich cherry vinyl wood flooring, granite counters, and washers and dryers.  The community has a billiards room, a conference room, a fitness center, and a beautiful pool.
These are just a few of the rental options for 3M employees.  Our database features the most accurate and up-to-date pricing and availability for thousands of apartments across the city.  Finding the perfect balance of minimal commute and maximum lifestyle for your budget can be challenging.  As apartment locators, it is our job to provide you valuable insight into each of your rental options so you choose the best apartment the first time.  Our service is free to our clients and can save you valuable days looking for a rental.  Call 512-258-8224 today to schedule your appointment or visit for more information on our apartment locator services.