The vibe and appeal of Austin is different than any other place in the world. From being the “Live Music Capitol of the World” – to being the home of the largest state capitol in the nation, Austin maintains the personality of an every evolving cosmopolitan city with a quirky small town feel. According to some sources more than 50 people move to Austin every day.
2014 was the second year Forbes named Austin the #1 fastest growing city in the country. The city has gotten numerous accolades for being one of the best places to live. While you won’t find national sports teams to support, you will find unrivaled natural beauty, art, music, history, 115 days of sunny weather each year and a stunning array of things to do.
The state capital is situated to be visually prominent from most of the city. Its red-granite edifice is and extraordinary example of 19th century public architecture. It is situated on 22 acres and includes nearly four hundred rooms with more than nine hundred windows. In the capitol rotunda you will find portraits dating back to the president of the Republic of Texas before becoming a state and all the Governors since then.
Austin Features to Visit:
- Live music venues on 6th street is the longest running music series in the country with more than a hundred live performances each Friday and Saturday evening
- South by Southwest began as a music festival and is now a 10 day event including emerging technology, independent films and music
- University of Texas at Austin
- LBJ Presidential Library
- Congress Street hosts about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats which emerge from underneath the bridge at dusk during the warm weather months
- Located in the 351 acre park near downtown, Austin residents love the spring fed Barton Springs Pool and it’s about 70 degrees year round
The people of Austin are young, big on fitness, and love to be outdoors. They really enjoy the three lakes with endless recreational activities including Lake Austin, Lake Walter E Long and Lady Bird Lake inside the city.
And don’t forget the ample, well-paying job opportunities in the city. Austin is particularly attractive to college graduates with more than 40% of the residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Austin ISD covers an area of 230 square miles and has received 187 Distinction Designations for Outstanding Performance and exceeded the state and national averages on both the SAT and ACT since 2013. The graduation rate has climbed to 89.7% and has 42 National Merit Finalists.
In addition to the wonderful places to live in and around the city of Austin, people flock to smaller communities like Georgetown, Round Rock and Leander to enjoy the “Hill Country” lifestyle within the greater Austin area.
Historic Central Austin
Barton Hills (and Zilker)
Many consider this area of Austin to be the most nature-friendly. You will find cool, spring-fed pools of water, towering mature trees, abundant parks and botanic gardens. The residents love the music scene with their own world-class acoustic musicians set in contrast to the louder music found downtown. It is home to Austin City Limits music festival and the 351 acre Zilker Park. It’s considered a safe community for families and has a low crime rate.
Tarrytown – Clarksville
The most common words used to describe this area are “character and charm” and it represents the qualities most sought after when people move to the Austin area. Some consider Tarrytown to be Austin’s most prestigious community because of the turn-of-the century gracious homes, old churches and tranquil parks. Located on the banks of Lake Austin you will find the 22-acre Mayfield Preserve with tame deer and peacocks found around the lily ponds and natural charm.
Clarksville residents enjoy the Lady Bird Lake Trail which is a 10-mile hiking/biking loop running along the Colorado River. The retail options, charm and natural beauty are abundant in this area which makes it an excellent location for anything you may want from living in Austin.
Most of the homes in this elegant community were built between the late 1890s and early 1930s. There is distinctive architecture found in the community, dominated by Queen Anne and Tudor Revival style. There is a small town charm in the coffee shops and markets among the historic homes, lush landscaping and mature trees which issue an invitation to walk around and enjoy the gentle ambience of the community.
Northwest Austin and Lake Travis
Rolling hills, panoramic views and winding roads set this area of Austin apart from other communities. Golf course communities are abundant and many of the neighborhoods are master-planned with strict home owner associations. Luxury neighborhoods dominate this part of Austin. The shopping areas and restaurants are tucked into the trees and set back from the road which takes the sometimes offensive look of the big box stores found elsewhere.
Some of the most popular communities include Rough Hollow, Barton Creek Lakeside, Spicewood, Highland Lake Estates, the Reserve at Lake Travis, Costa Bella, Hudson Bend Colony and Ridge Harbor.
Some of the companies located in north Austin include National Instruments, IBM, Motorola and Apple, so this is a center for rapid employment growth. Residents love their favorite shopping destinations, world-famous restaurants and entertainment venues. Located an easy commute to UT, some of the larger neighborhoods in the area include Northwest Hills, Davenport Ranch, West Lake Hills and many others.
This area is home of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the Bergstrom Air Force Base. A newly formed organization is called the Spirit of East Austin and is partnered with the City of Austin with goal of revitalizing the area. The thriving communities in this area include Cherrywood, Rosewood, Mueller and University Hills.
Home of Mopac and affordable housing options, this area is a magnet for those who want more luxury for their dollar while still being located close to downtown and the airport. Look for a home in Del Valle, Onion Creek, Village at West Oaks, Barton Hills and Belterra.
Hill Country – Expanded
When people talk about Austin, the often use the general term of the “Hill Country.” However, the Hill Country goes way beyond what is considered truly Austin. Explore the possibilities of Lakeway, Spicewood, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Wimberley, Cedar Park, Leander and Georgetown. You will find much larger lots and the level of charm only found in a Hill Country environment. You will find sprawling, gentlemanly ranches larger than 100 acres and master-planned communities with all the amenities of a suburban lifestyle. The Hill Country has a way of offering the rural life without any sacrifices to the luxury you are accustomed to experiencing.