Real Estate

5 Austin Apartments with EPIC Views

Austin Craft Realty Owner + Broker Drew Johnson shares his Top 5 views from Austin apartment buildings that he has uncovered in his 7 years of experience in Austin real estate. 

Looking for a new pad with that breathtaking Hill Country view? Or, is a panoramic skyline view more your style? Read on as Drew describes his 5 favorites. 


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This blog’s author Drew Johnson is quite a fan of the views at Skyhouse; so much so that he chose to live there for a year! The simplistic luxury building on Rainey St boasts incredible views from the rooftop pool, gym, and observation deck. Always packed for 4th of July fireworks action. This is one of your best bets to get in on a condo-grade downtown Austin building while paying as low as $1400/month for a studio.

-The Catherine

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What’s a major thing that sets The Catherine apart? It has a full-service bar and lounge on the top floor with DYNAMITE panoramic views of downtown. Being right across the bridge ain’t too shabby when you’re taking in this beautiful sight. The Catherine is an ultra-luxury building on par with other leasable downtown heavyweights such as Ashton and The Bowie, but the views from the top floor community bar and the apartments on the north side of the building put it in a class of its own if having the best view in Austin is high on your priority list.

-Pearl Lantana

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Located out in the Hill Country but not too far from Downtown Austin or the tech companies near The Domain, Pearl Lantana boasts an elaborate pool setup with a gorgeous position overlooking the Texas Hill Country. Call us up to get the freshest pricing and specials for Pearl Lantana as well as nearby buildings with views on par with it.

-Retreat at Barton Creek

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Are you a nature junkie balling on a budget? We’ve got you covered. Not only do apartments here typically start in the $900s, but their pool has such an amazing view of Austin’s greenbelt that you’ll find it hard to leave. Located off the bustling S. Lamar corridor, this apartment community comes with washer/dryer included and is getting some major interior renovations done. If you’re looking for the best Austin apartments for outdoorsy people, give us a call. We’ve got more lined up for you.

-Amli on 2nd

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With its stark, minimalist interiors boasting exposed concrete ceilings and HUGE closets, Amli on 2nd is a great Austin apartment building to enjoy a glass of wine on your oversized balcony after a long day at work. Apartments here face either north or south. The north view captures many buildings and landmarks like the UT Tower, Texas State Capitol building, and even some Texas Hill Country action if you’re high up enough. The south-facing view is all about that Lady Bird Lake waterfront view. And since you’re just two blocks from the Town Lake Trail, you can quickly pop out to get your jog on. Amli on 2nd was designed by renowned Austin architect Larry Speck, who also did the Bergstrom Int’l Airport and the Austin City Lofts.

Although these pads all have epic views, there are many other spots in Austin that can give you a great value AND that epic view to help you unwind from your hectic day with. Give Austin Craft Realty a shout to find out the best view for you. 

about the author

Drew Johnson

Owner + Broker


Drew has been an Austin REALTOR® since moving here in 2010. Originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, Drew fell in love with the city of Austin as a kid when he was captivated by its eclectically progressive lifestyle and music scene. Drew spent four years at Trinity University earning his degree in Business Marketing, during which time he spent a semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain.

With expertise ranging from urban apartment locating to sales and investments, Drew seized the opportunity to help current and future Austinites find their niche by forming a team of passionate agents and founding Austin Craft Realty. Drew himself has proven to be an effective Realtor due to his open and speedy communication, creative negotiation skills, and rare blend of youthful energy with eight years of experience. Drew believes the lasting relationships and friendships he has developed with clients is the most rewarding aspect of being in real estate in Austin.

When Drew isn’t working with clients and running Austin Craft Realty’s office, you might find him bicycling around town, serving on the board of the Young Men’s Business League, playing saxophone at some of Austin's best venues, and enjoying the latest craft brews. Whether you need a good recommendation for live music, a new restaurant destination, or simply an excellent Realtor to help you navigate the Austin market, Drew is your man.

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