Today, FORTUNE Magazine released its list of the Top 100 places to live and launch a new business. Coming in at # 2 on the list in a town about 15 minutes from my home, and the location of my alma mater, Southwestern University. Georgetown, Texas, with a current population of about 38,000 and located about 30 minutes north of downtown Austin, ranked so well on this particular list for several reasons:
- Business friendly tax structure
- Entrepreneurial camaraderie
- Scenic suburb of Austin
- Relatively low water and electricity rates
- Property taxes are among the lowest in the region
Having lived in Georgetown for a few years (although it was awhile back), I am familiar with the charms that this town offers, including a terrific town square that looks like it came straight out of "Back to the Future", the beautiful San Gabriel River, and the charming Victorian gingerbread homes that are in the historic district. Although I have never lived in a historic home like these, the allure of a wraparound porch is enticing, especially during hot Texas summers.
The article also notes the biking trails around Lake Georgetown, along with five golf courses (and many more nearby), wineries, and locally-owned restaurants. Speaking of the restaurants, I would like to suggest one of my favorites, which is also owned by a client of mine. Laurie's Too, just north of the town square at 612 Main Street, is a quaint bistro with homestyle cooking and some of the best dessert that I have ever encountered. You have to try their "1886 cake" if given the opportunity. But I digress...
Georgetown is also in the process of building a convention center which is supposed to open in 2009. This will add another element to the up-and-coming business climate.
If you are considering relocating to the Georgetown / Austin area, feel free to call me anytime at 512-796-7653 (cell) or email Jason@austintexashomes.com. I hope to hear from you soon!