Austin, Texas has attracted young people from around the country for decades now—it's hard to believe the movie Slacker is almost 30 years old, right?—thanks to its live music and arts scenes, tech boom, and still relatively (compared to big coastal cities) cheap real estate. It's not so cheap compared to the rest of Texas, though. The cost of housing has climbed to the point that Austin is now the state's second most expensive metro area, according to Forbes, but the new arrivals keep coming.
The in-migration probably won't be hurt by the recent U.S. News and World Report ranking of the 125 best places to live in the United States, which places Austin in the top spot, and highlights the city's lack of personal and corporate income tax, generally mild weather, and thriving job market. Austin also has some lovely outdoor destinations, famed barbecue restaurants, and a laid-back bar scene.
If any of that sounds appealing, and if you don't mind commuting to work in heavy traffic, here are five houses currently for sale in the area:
4522 Caswell Ave., Hyde Park
This one-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, also pictured at top, features gorgeous pine floors, central air, and a massive master bathroom with a glass shower and separate tub. Other highlights include a formal dining room and a limestone patio. The house is in Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood, a largely residential area with Queen Anne Victorians and bungalows, plus charming cafes. The house is listed for $599,000.
1307 Kinney Ave., Apt. 141, Zilker
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If you prefer apartment living, consider this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condo in Austin's Zilker neighborhood. Highlights include en-suite bathrooms, a pristine kitchen with stainless steel appliances, lots of cool tile flooring, and a balcony. The building has a pool and a hot tub. Zilker is just across the Colorado River from downtown, and is close to big music venues on Barton Springs Road, as well as Zilker Park, home to the botanical gardens and the Barton Springs Pool. The apartment is listed for $365,000.
1921 Emma Long St., Mueller
If it's more space you seek, this four-bedroom, three-bath bungalow sits on a 3,310 square-foot-lot, and the house has high ceilings, a deck, and a balcony. The house also has solar panels, and several rooms are outfitted with a surround sound. The neighborhood is a planned community being developed on the site of a former airport, with lots of parks and trails. The asking price is $639,500.
1200 East 11th St., Apt. 206, Central East Austin
East Austin, considered one of the city's hippest neighborhoods, has recently undergone a surge of gentrification, sending once-affordable housing prices through the roof. Still, compared to Manhattan, the price tag on this studio condo might seem reasonable. The space has an open floor plan, and offers a view of Austin's spectacular capitol building, along with high ceilings, a lofed sleeping space, and a small balcony. It's listed for $317,500.
800 Brazos St., Unit 901, Downtown
Downtown Austin is one of the city's most walkable areas, and though it's expensive, New Yorkers used to Manhattan prices might enjoy avoiding Austin's notorious traffic jams here. This two-bedroom, two-bath condo is close to the University of Texas and features an open floor plan with a breakfast bar, and a terrace with city views. The building offers concierge service, a gym, and a shared roof deck. It's listed for $474,000.
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