Austin is a rare gem. Once people move here, they rarely want to leave – the population doubles every 20 years! Originally settled by immigrants from Mexico, Sweden and Germany, Austin, the capital city of Texas is currently home to people of all backgrounds, political persuasions and lifestyles and darn proud of it.
Austin’s strong economy and housing market make it one of the top places to live in Texas. Although hot in the summer, the mild winters are appealing to those sick of shoveling walkways in freezing temps. The median price of homes for sale in Austin is $389,900. Some of the most popular neighborhoods include Windsor Road, Zilker, Rosedale and South Lamar.
Like music? Then you’ve love Austin. Known as the “live music capital of the world,” Austin’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is jammed with music venues that pump out tunes of all types, from country to rock and blues. All told, the city features more than 250 music venues and some of the country’s largest music events, including Urban Music Festival, the Pecan Street Festival, Old Settler’s Music Fest, Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.
People looking for nightlife or other entertainment have options. Austin has six – count 'em – six, areas dubbed “entertainment districts,” including Downtown, East Austin, Rainey Street, Red River, Sixth Street and South Congress. Style, attitude and unique offerings run the gamut.
World-class museums? Austin’s got them. But if you’re more interested in the unconventional then head over to the Cathedral of Junk. Outdoor enthusiasts take advantage of the mild climate at spots like the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail or the Barton Springs Pool, a three-acre natural watering hole with a temp that never dips below 68 degrees. There’s an impressive variety of athletic events for sports lovers, including the Austin Huns (rugby), Sol (ultimate disc), Spurs (basketball), Round Rock Express (minor league baseball) and even the Texas Roller Derby.