Moving to Austin
Thinking about relocating to Austin? You're not alone. The city is seeing a major population boom right now. Enjoy a quick visit here, and you'll quickly understand why. Some of the reasons people are moving here from other Texas cities, other states, and even other countries include the:
And that is just scratching the surface. Let's take a deeper look. Here are some things to know before moving to Austin:
When you move to Austin, you're going to have to pick a neighborhood, and there are plenty of options to choose from, depending on your budget, lifestyle, and what you're looking for. Some of our favorites include:
If you enjoy warm and moderate weather year-round, Austin is the place to be. Highs in the winter are typically in the 50s and 60s, while summertime temps can reach well into the 90s. Luckily, there are plenty of lakes, rivers, swimming pools, and other places to cool off around town.
The number one reason why many people are moving to Austin may be the jobs available. From Fortune 500 companies to brand new start-ups, there are plenty of opportunities for employment. The technology sector is especially big here right now. The low cost of living in the city and the state tax incentives are attracting some of the biggest companies in the world to set up offices and headquarters in Austin.
Whether you're a family with young children or you're retired, it's not easy to get bored in Austin. First, it's the Live Music Capital of the World, so you can literally find a great performance any night of the week, and musical festivals are held here regularly. For adults, pub crawls and brewery tours are plentiful, and for kids, you have the zoo, the Thinkery children's museum, mini-golf and parks galore. Speaking of parks, Austin is home to hundreds of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking and kayaking to swimming and golf.
You may not move to Austin just to enjoy the food, but it's definitely a great incentive. Food Trucks can be found throughout the city, offering everything from ice cream to Italian food. Tex-Mex and barbecue are Austin staples, but thanks to the diverse population, you'll find all sorts of international cuisine. Farm-to-table restaurants and surf and turf are also plentiful.
Austin has some of the best schools in Texas and even a few of the best high schools in the nation. The Eanes Independent School District, located in the Westlake area, is an especially coveted district with some of the top schools in the state. Austin is also a college town. The University of Texas is located here, along with several other smaller colleges and universities.
If your family members are of the furry variety, they'll love Austin too. It's one of the pet-friendliest cities in the country. There are dog parks galore, and many of the city's restaurants and bars allow you to bring your pup for patio dining. All the trails throughout town make for great spaces to take your pet for a walk, and most of the neighborhoods are also considered pet-friendly.
The Austin housing market is hot right now, and it's been a sellers' market for quite some time, but it appears to be evening itself out right now. Prices are currently down just a little bit, about 3.6% from this time last year, which is great news for buyers. Right now, homes tend to stay on the market for about 56 days, and the median sales price is $540,000.
If you're looking for more relocating tips (including tips on relocating to another state and tips on relocating to another city), or you're just ready to move to Austin, I can help. Contact me today at (512) 434-9004 or [email protected].
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