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Old 05-20-2011, 11:55 AM
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Anyone in Texas?

More specifically the Austin area?

I may be moving down in a few weeks for a job opportunity, nice area?
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:52 PM
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I guess it really comes down to what you are looking for in a city. It's not my cup of tea, but this forum can help you with specifics on the area. Good luck on your move!

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Old 05-20-2011, 12:58 PM
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I live in North Austin. There are areas of Austin in general that are nicer than others.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:01 PM
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Wow what a change. Michigan to Texas!!
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Used to live in Houston, had to get out of the heat/humidity... it was crazy, not to mention the traffic.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by starrman View Post
Used to live in Houston, had to get out of the heat/humidity... it was crazy, not to mention the traffic.
Austin's is bad as well, it drives me crazy the few times I travel through it!
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:11 PM
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I live in Houston now but get to Austin a couple times a month on business. Austin is the most liberal city in Texas so there won't be as much culture shock. It's liberal enough that some parts of the state have threatened to expel it from Texas. You'll be moving down during the warmer season so be prepared to do top down with the A/C on - and the first time you go for a 2 hour drive with the top down you'll look like a lobster when you get done. (there's a reason for cowboy hats!) UT is the 5th largest university in the country so it's sort of a college town. Avoid I-35 if you can, traffic is a mess pretty much from San Antonio to DFW (about 300 miles), and there are much more "S" friendly ways to get where you want to go. Three hours to DFW, three hours to Houston, 4 hours to the ocean, about 6 hours to the mountains (only nice in winter - they're in the desert). Lot's of nice restaurants and clubs. Plus they're getting an F1 track by 2012. Other nice things - no state income tax and low vehicle registration fees (I just renewed for $65), however property taxes in Texas are pretty high.

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Old 05-21-2011, 11:56 AM
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Thanks for all the insight, nice to hear that it's a "more" liberal alternative to the other parts of Texas. I'm looking in North Austin (possibly the Cedar Park area) as the company I'm currently talking with is Boost Logic. I'm excited about both the career opportunity and the climate change, I've lived in the midwest my whole life and am ready for a change. I'm also excited about the driving, in the North end of the lower peninsula here in Michigan the roads are ALL setup as a grid (mostly county roads). I should have a decision by Tuesday of Wednesday of next week.

I look forward to hearing some more insight from you guys and possibly meeting some of you in the near future.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:18 PM
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good luck with your decision. Austin is a fantastic city. i travel there about 3 times a month for work. if you ask anyone in Austin if they like living there, they will tell you yes. the culture, history, food, and outdoor life are some of the best in Texas. i like San Antonio better, but i've never gone to Austin and not enjoyed myself. the city has a very Ann Arbor type feeling to it, but a size more similar to Detroit.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:03 PM
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Texas suc... oh wait
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by lonestarbuzz View Post
the city has a very Ann Arbor type feeling to it, but a size more similar to Detroit.
Comparing A-Town to Detroit?
Easy now Slim Shady...
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:49 AM
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I have a daughter in Seguin, which is near Austin. She is in real estate and knows the area well. It might pay you to contact her and pick her brain.
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Thanks philiam, well noted for when I look for something long term.

The decision has been made, I'm packing up and likely driving down there tomorrow. For now it looks like a 3 month apartment lease that will allow me to get to know the area.

See y'all soon.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:08 PM
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austin... a city of potheads, hippies and homeless.

it is fun to visit, but i would not like to live there.
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^^^

Word to the wise..........stay off sixth street after dark! I hear some wild things go on there!! Hehe!!
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:23 PM
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6th street is for the college kids. there are a lot of great areas with some nicer bars around... that's where you'll find me.

i'll PM you my contact info, CG.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:30 PM
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Settled in the Anderson Mill area within walking distance of the shop, unfortunately I didn't bring the S down (good thing too, the ES almost got picked up by a tornado last night driving down!). The weather is quite nice compared to the 40-50 degree days we were just having in Michigan.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:33 AM
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It's nice now, enjoy it! It will get very hot and humid soon enough! When are you getting the S down?
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Originally Posted by lonestarbuzz View Post
6th street is for the college kids. there are a lot of great areas with some nicer bars around... that's where you'll find me.

i'll PM you my contact info, CG.
What this Devil said...
Plus Round Rock is nice.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:16 PM
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Just got back from downtown for the first time. Wandering around without any particular destination we eventually wound up on 6th anyway. The music was nice, great atmosphere IMO (compared to being out in the sticks), nice weather, some bars nicer than others, and overall very nice people. Needless to say we enjoyed ourselves, had one of the best slushies I've ever had as well.

I don't mind all the college kids (however I do understand where "keep Austin weird" comes from), it's just nice to be able to get out and walk around, enjoy nice people, good food, and good beer (some of the Shiner beers were quite good). No comparison to up in Michigan. And you can do it year round here!
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glad you are enjoying yourself, CG!
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Not a bad lifestyle change!

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Old 06-04-2011, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by TheCarGuy2021 View Post
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... and good beer (some of the Shiner beers were quite good). No comparison to up in Michigan. And you can do it year round here!
The Shiner brewery does tours, is only about an hour and a half drive and not a bad day trip.
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Here in DFWWWW!!
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