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Interested in moving to Austin

by MSU_Steve

Hello, hello!

I've seen quite a few posts from people interested in moving to Austin, and I'm adding myself to the list. My fiance and I want a better climate. We're both teachers from Michigan, and are interested in relocating to the west coast or down to Austin. I've seen that several people have asked this, but haven't read a really straight response...

Is downtown Austin developed enough that it's realistic to live without or with only one car (as a couple where both work)?? Can you get an apartment in a central location that is within a few blocks of the necessities (grocery, post office, bank, etc)?

Thanks! ~Steve

RE: Interested in moving to Austin

by Wingshot

Austin is developed enough to live downtown, but you would need 1 car. There is a huge new Whole Foods grocery store at 6th & Lamar, as well as a nearby post office. Banks are everywhere downtown.

There are a few apartments downtown, but the area is moving to more permanent types of residence. There are some new ones planned that start in the 180's, but you're not getting much square footage.

Good Luck

RE: Interested in moving to Austin

by butterfly_girl

As the other comment said, one car would be helpful, but if you really couldn't get a car for a while, you could make it in Austin without one if you did work and live close to the downtown area. I didn't have a car for 2 months and I easily got around on the bus without it. I live near Barton Springs and work downtown. It only took 10 minutes on a direct bus or I was able to walk to a free bus called the Dillo from my apartment or if I really wanted to I could walk to downtown in about 30 minutes. There are lots of apartments in the area that I live and also many close to downtown. You could find an apartment in the SOCO area, off Barton Springs Road, downtown or in Clarksville and you will have everything you need close by. Right at 6th and Lamar (a few blocks from downtown) is Whole Foods, coffee shops, movie rental, restaurants, banks...(everything!)
If I can help you with anything else, please let me know. Good luck with your decision.

Travel Tips for Austin

Pearl Harbor Monument

by Stephen-KarenConn

This is another newer monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds, erected in 1989 by the Pearl Harbor Survivors of Texas.

The Pearl Harbor Monument is placed in honor of the men and women of Texas serving the United States armed forces who were present on the island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, on September 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. This unprovoked attack was the catalyst that pushed the United States into the Second World War.

Packing List

by fredaustin

comfortable shoes for walking (you will walk a lot), a small umbrella, wind breaker, cool clothes (it's hot and sudden storms come up quickly) Sunblock! (year-round) If you have major camera problems go to Austin Camera Coop. Remember to bring film for really bright light. It's sunny down here! The rivers/lakes seem cold compared to the air, if you plan to go swimming bring warm cover-ups. Bring clothes you can sweat in (you will!) and still be comfortable.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

by kd_baby

I didn't know this park existed until yesterday (05/31/2004). Emma Long Park (a.k.a. "City Park") is located in West Austin, hidden within the Hill Country surroundings. It's the second largest park within the city limits, and it's absolutely gorgeous.

This is the type of park where you bring the entire crew, not just the immediate family. The Colorado River borders an entire side of the park--plenty of room for boats, jet skiing, etc.

Consignment store

by virtualling about Next To New

Today, I decided to check out a couple of consignment stores - Next To New and Room Service Vintage.
Next To New is spacious and carry items like vintage pianos - priced about $1500 each, furniture, lamps, clothes, accessories, hats, TV sets, cabinets, potted plants, kitchen appliances and home decor to name a few. Stocks are frequently replenished. Take notice of the tags and there are indications of price slashes and how much that particular item may be reduced to the following week or month. The layout of this store is spacious and it wasn't crowded on a Saturday afternoon.
The condition of the items are in pretty good shape but do expect some to look old and worn out. Price wise, I'd say they're a little pricey. But, if you have a knack for shopping for consignment furniture and you like refurbishing them, then this place may work for you. Good to just do a walk-through on a weekend anyway.

It's cheesy I know

by hope6481 about Coyote Ugly

It's a tradition that everytime I go to Austin I have to stop into Coyote Ugly. It's everything you think it is. If you've seen the movie or watch the reality show then you know what to expect. It's not for the timid or shy, that's for sure. And I can never pass up the opportunity to dance on the bar. Whatever goes


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