WELCOME TO AUSTIN
(Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, J.C. Penney,
and Nordstrom). There’s also the
Arboretum, which is home to national
chains such as The Gap, Pottery Barn,
and Barnes & Noble, as well as boutique
stores and spas.
Don’t miss the charming boutiques and
shops on South First, the Second Street
District and more, or the vintage and
antique shops located on South
Congress, South Lamar, North Loop,
Burnet Road, and Guadalupe Street (also
known as “The Drag,” on the UT
For outlet shopping, this area can’t be
beat, whether you head to the brand-
new Round Rock Outlets just north of
town, or the Premier and Tanger Outlet
Malls in San Marcos – just 30 minutes
south of downtown on Interstate 35.
Austin is also home to a 250,000-
square foot IKEA store in Round Rock,
and is the place to go for hip,
inexpensive European choices in home
décor for every room in the house.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
There’s no doubt that Austin’s a great
city – the “hippest in the Southwest,”
according to travel reviews in The New
York Times and other national
publications, but what ultimately makes
the city – and any city – feel like home is
its many and varied neighborhoods.
Choose from charming inner city history
to minimalist downtown loft living to lush
gated communities around the city to
quiet suburban neighborhoods – there’s
no shortage of diverse housing in
It’s also relatively inexpensive to live here.
When many cities were still recovering
from the after effects of the recession and
a sluggish housing market, the Austin
market remained steady and stable – with
the city experiencing price gains. Now,
even with the market heating up again,
there is still affordable housing to be
found across the city. The median price
for a single-family home was $198, 250
as of October 2012, a five percent
increase from the same month in 2011.
Offerings range from classy downtown
condos, elegant old homes and modern
showplaces, to friendly suburban
neighborhoods, countryside ranches and
farmhouses on the outskirts of town.
Wherever you choose to live in Austin,
Texas you will always find the friendly
and neighborly atmosphere that pervades
the entire community.
Welcome to a city that residents and
visitors adore – and that you will, too.
As you explore the Austin Relocation
Guide and the city that it represents, it’s
easy to see that there’s a lot to love
about Austin – and that it’s a great
place to live, find success, and enjoy
the good life!
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