Your Guide to Living in Austin Texas

Living in Austin, TX is unlike anywhere else in the world. In fact, its unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” Not only is it known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also been voted as one the nation’s most pet-friendly cities. With all those things going for it - no wonder it’s one of the top relocation cities in the US. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Austin to see if it would be a perfect place to make a home for you and your family.

 

Why Buy a Home in Austin?

From an investment perspective, Austin real estate is a hot commodity. Since 2010, the population growth in Texas has surpassed both Florida and California. That means the demand for homes is high and the local economy is stable. You almost can’t go wrong putting your money into a good piece of real estate. Because of that, new home construction in Austin is thriving as more and more families of all sizes find and fall in love with the city. The time for living in Austin, TX has never been better!

 

Average Home Price in Austin

According to Redfin.com the average home price in Austin, TX  is $375,000. That’s why people are moving there from places like the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, Washington. When you compare the average home price in San Francisco at $1,000,000 (and what you actually get) or Seattle at $500,000, Austin’s real estate prices, look like an incredible value for the money.

 

New Homes in Austin

If you’d like a newly built home, surprisingly, you can still find a good deal on homes in planned communities around Austin. Prices range from the low $200,000s to over $400,000.

Some of the most popular Austin neighborhoods are downtown, and in the zip codes of 78745 and 78740 because of the availability of homes and appealing price ranges. If you move further south or east of Austin check out the new homes in these areas:

  • Buda is only 15 minutes south of Austin
  • Hutto is 30 minutes from downtown

 

Cost of Living in Austin

One of the things that makes living in Texas less expensive is that there is no state income tax. The cost of living in Austin alone appeals to homeowners in high-tax cities like New York, LA, and San Francisco. Depending upon where you’re moving from, Austin can be less or more expensive. Compared to the rest of the country, although overall housing may be more, food and healthcare is less. But, if you’re moving from LA, San Fran, Seattle, or NYC you’re in for a treat.

 

Along with the cost of living, you also need to consider the vast employment opportunities. If you’re looking for a high-tech job, you’ll find California’s Silicon Valley look-alike Silicon Hills right here. Some of the high-tech hitters that have made this city their home are:

  • Apple, Inc
  • Cisco
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel
  • Oracle
  • Samsung

Besides high-tech companies, other top employers include Austin Independent School District, City of Austin, and the State of Texas. As you can see, there’s something for every job hunter out there.

 

Austin Area Attractions

No matter what you enjoy doing for fun, you’ll find it in Austin. On sunny days enjoy the Lady Bird Hike and Bike trail which winds along a beautiful lake that oversees downtown Austin. If you have dogs, there are some great dog parks to check out. No matter where you visit, you’ll meet lots of locals who are Texas friendly. Every weekend you’ll find new events like music and poetry festivals as well as symphonies and blues in the park. Here are two of our favorite attractions

 

Texas State Capital

In Texas, bigger is better, and you’ll see that as soon as you take a long look at one of the tallest capitol buildings in the United States. Covered with natural limestone and surrounded by lush landscapes this is a site you can’t miss. In fact, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Austin with its unbelievable architecture and rich history. Make sure you have enough time to enjoy the free guided tour. New homes in Texas are a great choice for any person looking to move experience everything America has to offer.

 

Red River Entertainment District

If you’re a music lover, you have to check out the Red River Entertainment District. You’ll enjoy 3 city blocks packed with nightclubs, restaurants and live music ranging from punk to jazz. This is where Austinites go to have fun any night of the week and enjoy local acts along with dining on BBQ and sipping on their favorite adult beverage.

 

No matter where you come from, consider making beautiful and friendly Austin your new home.

Looking to explore other parts of Texas? Be sure to check out our homes in these other great cities:

 

 

Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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