Demand is high for houses in Austin, Texas, where buyers are bidding $100,000 above listing prices according to The Wall Street Journal. Why are buyers so eager to live here? There are lots of tech jobs (Apple, Facebook, and Google all have headquarters here), a happening cultural scene, and easy access to nature.
The city has recently seen the biggest surge in prices compared to other major U.S. cities: The median listing price increased by 6.1 percent to $529,000 last month, according to RealtyHop. A Zillow search shows more than 1,200 houses for sale across the city right now, but in neighborhoods closer to downtown, there are fewer options—and higher price points.
Just like New York City, Austin and its surrounding areas encompass many different neighborhoods, so you have to do your homework to find what fits your lifestyle. South Congress (or SoCo) and Zilker are closer to downtown while areas like Cherrywood and North Austin are farther out, but still have plenty to offer.
Another perk: There’s plenty to do in Austin. The South by Southwest film festival brings crowds from around the world and there are several other smaller festivals year round. There are several museums like The Contemporary Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, and LBJ Presidential Library. And if you’re the outdoorsy type, check out Barton Springs Pool, McKinney Falls State Park, and Jacob’s Well.
So if you’re thinking of relocating to Austin, check out these five houses for sale in the area.
1303 Broadmoor Dr., Windsor Park
This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $565,000 after a recent $30,000 cut. The house has hardwood and tile floors, double-pane windows, ceiling fans, central air, stainless steel appliances, remodeled baths, new paint and carpet, a deck, and backyard. Northwest Greenway and Paco’s Tacos are nearby.
1916 Cannonwood Ln., Cherry Creek
This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $620,000. The remodeled house has tile floors, crown molding, beamed ceilings, recessed lighting, central air, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, a fireplace, inground pool, hot tub, patio, and deck. Garrison Park and Cherry Creek Catfish are nearby.
1804 Barbara St., Crestview
This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $785,000 after a recent $30,000 cut. It has hardwood and tile floors, recessed lighting, black appliances, ceiling fans, central air, new windows, built-ins, an office, a backyard, patio, shed, and BBQ pit. Wooten Neighborhood Park and Shipley Donuts are nearby.
943 East 50th St., North Loop
This six bedroom, three bath is listed for $900,000. The house has hardwood floors, high ceilings, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, a kitchen island, ceiling fans, central air, walk-in closets, a laundry room, irrigation system, and large deck. Tyson’s Tacos and Mrs Johnson’s Bakery are nearby.
2102 Rabb Glen St., Zilker
This four bedroom, three bath is listed for $1,499,500. The house has hardwood floors, high ceilings, exposed brick walls, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, moldings, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, a deck, and inground saltwater pool. Little Zilker Park and ThoroughBread are nearby.
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