Post # 1
FI and I are lifelong New Yorkers and we are currently evaluating moving options….we both no longer want to live in new York and are thniking about moving to Austin. Any big city Bees move there? How did the move go? Is it wonderful there? Where to live, hang out, go, etc….TELL ME EVERYTHING!!
Post # 3
I went to college in Austin (out of stater from Maryland) and I absolutely loved it. I don’t have many regrets in life, but one that I do have is leaving Austin. It is a gorgeous city – parks, lakes, trails. So many things to do, lots of nightlife, museums, shopping, etc. Great restaurants!
Its very diverse and eclectic – a really fun city. The housing market is SO much more affordable than the northeast and homes are gorgeous and often made of local stone. People are nice and weather is great. Austin is less prone to tornadoes (something to do with the air pressure) so you don’t have to worry too much about that as opposed to other parts of the state.
The only reason I left is because the area kinda sucks for entry level positions. The University of Texas is one of the largest universities in the country (50,000ish undergrad) – plus Texas State is right there, St. Ed’s University, and other smaller schools. The market is flooded with young, educated people. I had to leave to find a job out of college. FI and I have full intentions of moving back as soon as we are able to!! Do it!!
Post # 4
@adoc86: any tips for specific areas to live in when we first get there? we like to be semi close to the action but far enough to not be in the middle of it…
Post # 5
Yeay Austin! FI and I met in San Antonio, I was there for work (I’m originally from NYC & LA), my FI lived there for 20 years, but is originally from Boston. We moved to RI a little over a year ago to be closer to his mom and are currently looking at moving to Austin summer of next year!
We LOVE Austin. It is funky, very artsy, safe and everyone in TX is SO nice. Also, the cost of living is 20% cheaper than RI, and of course significantly cheaper than NY. You still get the city vibe in Austin that I lacked in San Antonio. When we got here to the East Coast I literally exclaimed: “Civilization!” Haha! So yes, Austin is a very good fit for someone who wants to go south without going too south. You can buy a brand new 3bd/2ba house for $180K. It is so hard to justify living on one of the coasts when you think about what you can give to your family by moving away.
If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, it is considered the San Francisco of the south. Have you guys ever been before? If not go this summer and check it out :]
Post # 6
West Austin is the nicest area that is realistically approachable to most people. Its still close to downtown, but its not IN the city. Westlake is a nice area that is still close to everything too. Really it depends on your budget. The Lake Travis area is absolutely gorgeous (you must visit the Oasis restaurant) but is a pretty pricey area to buy in and a bit out of the way if you want to stay near the action. Same for Lakeway – really nice, but farther out.
Round Rock is a nice suburb of Austin with great homes and reasonable prices. If renting, there are great apartments all over. I had an apartment in the Travis Hills area, which I loved.
Stay out of East Austin. Austin in general is very safe, but the East is kind of the dodgy area.
Post # 7
Austin is a better bet than most of the other major cities in TX. I would do an extended visit before committing to move.
I moved to Dallas (completely different personality) sight-unseen from L.A. and even though I met the love of my life here, I hate living here and think TX is awful in general.