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 campus).
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
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 Austin.
It’s 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 $220,000 as of
March 2013, a ten percent increase
from the same month in 2012.
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
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!
WELCOME TO AUSTIN