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There are 1,215 cities in Texas, and none of them have the flavor and persona of Austin. It's the fourth largest city in the state, and it is home to creative, free-thinking, spirited individuals. Given the number of high-profile schools and companies, the overarching greatness of Austin (it is in Texas, after all) is one of the reasons so many people call it home. Throw in a major college campus and the annual Austin City Limits music festival (a Woodstock in the south that draws musicians and fans from everywhere), and you've got the recipe for an adventure like none other.
But where in this fabulous city should you live? Here are some of the best residential parts of town.
Round Rock is the largest neighborhood in Austin and has "most of the suburban comforts - big box retailers, chain restaurants, and a minor league baseball team," as one anonymous 7th-generation Texan and Austin resident put it. Round Rock has also been acclaimed as the 13th Safest City in America by CQ Press.
Education is taken seriously in Texas, and it shows. With competitive wages and a low cost of living, Texas attracts the best and brightest. The state hosts 95 universities, as well as more than a hundred smaller institutions and community colleges. Additionally, Slate points out that NAEP math scores of Texas middle schools regularly surpass those of other states. In fact, they're some of the highest in the nation.
Round Rock is a little further from the city center, so if you live here but work in the city, commuting will be part of your life; count on a 30-40 minute drive. Luckily, there is a commuter rail.
Downtown Austin is a hub of engaging, active lifestyles. Donn's Depot is the place to go for a good time in a fun atmosphere. Established in an old train station, you can listen to nightly live music from a real station car and skip on back to the caboose if you need a restroom. For good old-fashioned rock and roll, head to the Continental Club, which doubles as a classic-car aficionado meeting place.
Despite what you might assume, downtown Austin is actually a fantastic place for dog owners to live, too. The Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail is perfect for walking dogs, and it also has a lake for dogs who like to swim. Jen Butel, a downtown Austin realtor, states, "Many of the luxury condos also have on-site concierge services that include dog-walkers."
Downtown puts you right where all the action happens. It is home to Austin's vibrant music scene and the countless cultural events in town, such as marathons, dance festivals,, outdoor concerts and more. Additionally, there is University of Texas at Austin, a stronghold of scientific research and college fun.
In 2010, Steiner Ranch won the Austin Real Estate Homes' "Best Austin Neighborhood for Kids" award, and for good reason. Community centers like Bella Mar, John Simpson, and Towne Center offer everything a family could want. Steiner Ranch boasts lots of established play groups, making it a kid-friendly heaven set amidst parent-friendly house prices. Steiner Ranch makes for easy commutes and is close to hiking, boating, and swimming at Lake Austin and Lake Travis. all of which appeal to every member of the family and offer a great opportunity to pull the jet skis out of storage.
Austin is way too big of a city with far too much going on to sum up in one article. Suffice it to say that everyone can find everything they are looking for in Austin. With an unofficial town motto of "Keep Austin Weird" (borrowed from Portland, OR), no one needs to feel like an outsider here.
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