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This trendy Austin neighborhood has the most expensive rents in Texas

This trendy Austin neighborhood has the most expensive rents in Texas

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Only one neighborhood in Texas’ four major metro areas lays claim to an average apartment rent above $3,000, and it’s right here in Austin.

Data from shows the average monthly rent for an apartment in the Northshore neighborhood, just east of the Seaholm District, stood at $3,156 as of May 14. That amount covers apartments of all sizes.

As defined by, Northshore is bordered by North Lamar Boulevard, East Third Street, I-35, and West Cesar Chavez Street. The neighborhood encompasses much of the Second Street District.

No other neighborhood in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio metro areas topped the $3,000 mark for average apartment rent in mid-May, says.

These neighborhoods round out the top five most expensive neighborhoods to rent in Austin, according to

  • Market District (western section of downtown), $2,991
  • Rainey Street, $2,425
  • West End (just west of downtown), $2,273
  • The Triangle (Central Austin), $2,002

As for the biggest bargain for apartments in the Austin area, you’d need to look at the Uptown section of San Marcos. There, the average rent was $815 as of May 14, according to

Other inexpensive Austin-area neighborhoods listed by are:

  • Georgian Acres (North Austin), $891
  • Heritage Hills (Northeast Austin), $927
  • St. Johns (Northeast Austin), $960
  • Coronado Hills (Northeast Austin), $966
  • Windsor Hills (Northeast Austin), $970

Among the state’s other major metros, the most expensive neighborhood is Houston’s Market Square. There, the average rent in mid-May was $2,677, says.

Three other Houston neighborhoods notched average rents above $2,000:

  • Museum District, $2,656
  • Discovery Green, $2,331
  • University Place, $2,289

At the other end of the spectrum, the East Little York neighborhood in the Lake Houston area boasted the lowest average rent — $635. It’s preceded by:

  • Pecan Park (East End), $659
  • Hobby Airport area (Southeast Houston), $718
  • Golfcrest (Southeast Houston), $718
  • Westwood (Southwest Houston), $720
  • Braeburn (Southwest Houston), $728

In San Antonio, only one neighborhood had average rent above $2,000 a month. In Midtown’s Pearl District, average rent in mid-May was $2,283, says.

Other San Antonio neighborhoods with high rents are:

  • Museum Reach (downtown), $1,774
  • The Rim (Northwest San Antonio), $1,596
  • The Dominion (Northwest San Antonio), $1,545
  • King William (downtown), $1,543
  • Lone Star (downtown), $1,495

The Lackland Terrace neighborhood takes the honor as the San Antonio neighborhood with the lowest average rent — $617. It’s preceded by South Southwest, $684; Hot Wells (Southeast San Antonio), $685; Park Village (Northeast San Antonio), $715; and South San Antonio, $746.

In Dallas-Fort Worth, the Victory Park neighborhood (Uptown/Park Cities) tops the list for the highest average rent ($2,189). Only one other neighborhood (Uptown Dallas) had average rent above $2,000 as of mid-May. There, the average rent was $2,165.

If you’re hunting for an apartment deal in DFW, your best bet appears to be South Dallas-Fair Park. There, the average rent was $741. It’s preceded by Lake Cliff, $748; South Boulevard-Park Row (Southeast Dallas), $785; Hunt County, $791; Highland Hills (Southeast Dallas), $800; Piedmont (Southeast Dallas), $808; and Central Meadowbrook (East Fort Worth), $828.