Austin, TX

  • 1974Warrior

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    Jan 01, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    Ok its a new year and I'm thinking of relocating by the end of the year. I've been looking at Austin for a numerous reasons. Can anyone give me their thoughts about this area? Those of you that live there do you like it? Thanks
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    Jan 01, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    ok speaking from someone who actually lives in TX ...

    i love tx, i live 45 min away from austin and if i had to move anywhere in tx it would be austin but its only fun if u live downtown. fyi 4th street is where the gay bars are. its the most gay-friendly city in tx, and theres hot southern boys to bump with.
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    Jan 01, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    ooooo 4 years... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 01, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    I just moved from Austin in July after living there for over 2 years. I also lived there in 1999. It changed a lot from the first time I lived there.

    I love Austin. It's growing really fast and seems to be losing a lot of the charm that it did have. It still has a heartbeat and plenty of things to do. A lot of the natural beauty of Austin is being destroyed by the urban sprawl. If you're active and like the outdoors, there are plenty of things to do. I'm not sure where you are moving from, but I was a transplant from San Francisco. Financially, I was much better off in SF. My salary in SF was almost double and my expenses were about the same. Austin is not a cheap place to live. For what it offers in cultural things or lack there of, like the arts and sporting events, it is overpriced.

    The gay culture there is friendly. You can meet lots of people real quick and people do not tend to be in cliques, like other southern towns. There are a lot of young college people there. A lot of the older crowd tends to act like teenage girls, IMHO.

    Every city is what you make of it though and if you're there to settle down, it's a great place to live. If you wanna experience more, wait a while longer before you settle down there.
  • Akula

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    Jan 01, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Why do you want to move to Austin in particular? Is it the night life the culture the people or just sounds like a cool place to live. There are a ton of factors in choosing a new place to relocate to. The weather is a biggie, I live in Wa state and lots of people move to Seattle thinking it'll be great but then find out we have a lot of gloomy days int he winter and they hate it. Also someone mentioned cost of living, if its not a concern then great but if it is then you have to keep that in mind. I am in no way bashing Austin or any were in Texas, my bestest friend lives in San Antonio but if you've only been there one or two times then you might want to try and visiting there in a couple different seasons to see how you like it. Good luck!
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    Jan 01, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    I've never been to Austin but people who been there tell me they liked it. No one seems to like Dallas though.
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    Jan 01, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    My partner and I moved here almost two years ago from the midwest. What a pleasant place to call home!
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    Jan 01, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Uh, to be honest, I'm not a fan of Austin (not just because I go to a rival uni or the fact that I feel like I'm going to die every time I drive through the city).

    I mainly just visit my brother when I'm in Austin so I really can't say anything about the gay scene or the night life, but the festivals and city events are pretty cool.
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    Jan 01, 2010 5:52 PM GMT
    SteamyWeenie saidtexas is a pretty lonely place no matter what 'major' city u decide to go to.

    Texas has its faults but "lonely" isn't the one that comes to mind unless you're stuck in some outpost like Muleshoe or Ozona (God help you).
    Texans are friendly and approachable -- unless you're in Dallas where the social life does have a certain plastic quality.
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    Jan 01, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    Austin is an Island of youth (50,000 ut students, 35,000 community college students, several other colleges) and music (truly the live music cap. of the world) in the Texas Hill Country. I love Austin, been here for 12 years after living in New Mexico & Oregon/Washington. Check out the parks & lakes: Lake Travis, Hippie Hollow, Lake Austin, Lady bird Lake; check out Barton Creek Green Belt and Barton Creek Pool. Also SXSW Music Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival. And my favorite: Eeyore's Birthday Party These are just a few of the things I love. It's worth a visit! Just Google some of the attractions i put in BOLD and check it out.
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    Jan 01, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    It just depends on your reasons for coming to austin OP.
  • AtxBobOmb

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    Jan 01, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    I love Austin. I've lived in San Antonio, St. Louis, and Flagstaff. I always end up back in Austin. I've actually LIVED here for a year and a half and I love it. I feel like i've barely scratched the surface of things to do.

    This city has its charm and lots of friendly people. The bar scene is probably different than what you may be used to, generally smaller than all the other places but there is so much more here than just bars.

    I've had several friends that were surprised how much they love Austin.
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    Jan 01, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
    I have lived in Austin for about 10 years and really like it here, but as others have said, it really depends on what you are looking for in a place to live.
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    Jan 01, 2010 7:18 PM GMT
    You'll have me. I have my own overpass that you can come visit me under.
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    Jan 02, 2010 8:55 PM GMT
    I moved to Austin in June of 09 from Atlanta. I like it. It has been a big change from Atlanta, but has been a positive exchange. I like the natural beauty and the way the city is set up. Austinduo's post just told me about some of the things to do in the city that I want to try out.

    I told my parents that I love Austin, and I don't see myself moving back to Atlanta any time soon.
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    Jan 02, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    1974Warrior saidOk its a new year and I'm thinking of relocating by the end of the year. I've been looking at Austin for a numerous reasons. Can anyone give me their thoughts about this area? Those of you that live there do you like it? Thanks


    Austin is well known for being diverse in a fun sort of way.

    Texas, however, is one of those places with low literacy and a major I,I,I,me,me,me, attitude. It's also one of the unhealthiest places in the world in terms of lifestyle, crime, and one of the dirtiest.
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    Jan 02, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    texas is cool, lived there 19 years. met the best guy ever.. could be one around somewhere for you too.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 02, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    Why in your right mind would you want to move to Austin when Texas has four major cities- Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio that are ten times better and offer more to see and do than horribly overrated Austin. Trust me, I lived in Austin for almost ten years and the city was one major disappointment after another. The people both gay and straight are among the most cold-hearted and unfriendly. The cost of living in Austin is ridiculously high. The urban infrastructure is quite primitive in terms of American cities and the traffic is horrendous. Now I am well aware that Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio have their serious traffic problems but at least they have the somewhat adequate infrastructure to handle the traffic. I would seriously reconsider moving to Austin if I where you. Don't believe all the foolish, boosterish propaganda coming from some of the Austin realjocks.
  • ja89

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    Jan 02, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    Ok i grew up in austin and i say that it is best that you visit first if you havent done so already. While visiting go to the greater austin area towns like Pflugerville, Round Rock, Buda, just to name a few. I think the smartest thing to do when living in austin is to not live in austin, but live in a town really close by. cost of living is soo much cheaper that way. TRUST ME. As far as the culture in Austin, i have noticed over the years that urban sprawl has taken a toll in the city, but it still has great places to enjoy such as Mt. Bonnell, Zilker Park, and Lake Travis. They are all really fun. Nightlife really wouldnt know since i dont go out much in austin. I have heard a lot of different things from many others. People seem to love 6th street. ive been once and i did have fun as well but not enough to go out every weekend. Sporting events...UT is all you got my friend. the biggest events there are the football games and the Texas Relays(huge track meet). Also, Live Music Capital of the Nation, so there is always a club to go to for poetry, live bands or open mic. Once again we can go on and on about it and what it has to offer (or not offer) but its all based on experience and how you view the city. Take a trip to austin and see what it has to offer. Also dont go to the Eastside of austin. just an early warning.
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    Jan 06, 2010 8:32 AM GMT
    I like it.