I have written a number of articles which I hope you will find helpful as you are researching the Austin area. I tried to cover many of the major questions that I receive on a day-to-day basis as a real estate broker working with buyers who are relocating from other cities and states. This is really a work in progress, as I intend to update and add to this package often.
As with anything you find on my blog or website, feel free to contact me anytime with questions or for clarification. My cell phone number is 512-796-7653 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
THE BASICS - SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (ABOUT ME AND ABOUT AUSTIN)
Are You Considering Relocating to Austin, Texas? An Open Letter - I would recommend reading this one first.
"High Property Taxes, Heat, and Tornadoes, TOO? Why would I want to move to Austin, Texas?" - This one tackles some of the potential negatives about Austin, while also providing a LOT of good reasons to make Austin your new home.
Top Employers in Austin Texas - Looking for a job? These may be worth considering - This seems to be a popular question for those who are not relocating with a specific company. I hope you find it helpful, too!
Austin Texas School Districts - How are the schools in the Austin area? - This includes information on public and private schools, as well as resources for Austin homeschooling.
Austin Texas Area Hospitals - An Overview - This covers all of the medium and large hospitals in and around the Austin area, including a top-notch children's hospital which recently expanded and relocated to a brand-new facility.
Austin Texas Golf Courses - Private Courses - If you enjoy golf, these courses offer a premier experience for you.
Texas Looks Like That? A Native Texan's Perspective - Check out some photos that I took in order to give you some idea of what it REALLY looks like here, as opposed to the stereotypes you may have seen in books or movies.
"Jason, how do you pronounce THAT?" - A Visitor's Guide to Austin - This should come in handy if you are here visiting very long, as it is a guide to how to pronounce some of the trickier area town and road names, and how to refer to the major roads around here.
AUSTIN IS FAMOUS NOW! LISTS THAT AUSTIN HAS MADE RECENTLY
Austin Texas Named as Top Place to Buy a House by Entrepreneur Magazine - Austin has made it onto a lot of cool lists lately, but none are more important to me than this one.
Austin Texas Named Fastest Growing Large Metro Area in the U.S. - This is another honor that bodes well for any purchase that you decide to make in Austin. Our robust economy serves as a springboard for home appreciation.
Austin Texas is Named One of the Least Stressful Places in the U.S. - Another list? Wow! Having lived here for about 20 years, I can attest to the truth of this claim.
SPECIFIC AREAS OF TOWN
Downtown Austin Real Estate - What Central Austin Neighborhood Should I Consider? - This is a breakdown of many of the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, including price ranges.
Pflugerville Texas is Coming into its Own - My current hometown seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. We have lived here since 1995, and we've enjoyed watching the growth occur in Pflugerville.
Hutto Real Estate - Fastest Growing City in Texas! - This suburb of Austin to the northeast has seen some great growth lately. Find out why!
Georgetown, Texas is Named # 2 "Best Place to Live and Launch" by FORTUNE Magazine - The home of my alma mater, Southwestern University, has become a terrific place to start a new business, according to a recent article.
Austin Texas Live Music - Look No Further! - Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World", and for good reason. This article includes most of the more prominent live music venues, along with a brief description.
FAMILY FUN AND STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
Family Fun in Austin, Texas - I suppose the title here is self-explanatory. Here are about 20 terrific ideas for things to do with your children when you come to Austin.
Big Fun on a Little Budget in Austin, Texas! Some FREE and Inexpensive Things to Do - Looking for a good time but you don't want to break the bank? Check out this list that my wife and I compiled just for you.
Texas Jumping Beans - A great place to take the kids! - As the veteran of several kid birthday parties at Texas Jumping Beans, I highly recommend this place, and not just for parties.
Austin Children's Museum - Fun for the Whole Family! - The local children's museum in downtown Austin has been a staple of Crouch family fun for years now.
Tukong Moosul Martial Arts, Austin Texas - A great place for kids! - The titles of the post above and this one clearly indicate that my children are a big priority for me. Tukong Moosul is where my son has studied martial arts for the past several years, starting when he was just five.
PLACES TO EAT
Most Entertaining Restaurant Review Ever? EZ's on Lamar - Austin, Texas - EZ's is a great place to check out during your visit, and kids love it, too!
Austin, Texas Restaurant Review - Waterloo Ice House - My wife helped me write this review of her outing with our kids to two separate Waterloo locations.
Austin Texas Restaurant Review - Café Mangù in Pflugerville - This small, cozy restaurant has become one of our favorite "date night" locations.
Round Rock Restaurant Review - Zorba Greek Restaurant - You are probably thinking that we eat out all the time by now, but I really tried to save the reviews for places that have good food, believe me.
As you can see from the above articles, Austin is an absolutely terrific place to call home. I hope you decide to join us here! If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. I hope to have the opportunity to help you find the right home when the time comes.
As I mentioned above, my cell phone number is 512-796-7653 and my email address is email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Jason Crouch, Broker/Owner - Austin Texas Homes, LLC