Austin Texas Weather

Steven asks…

What are the pros and cons of living in Austin, TX?

I am considering moving to Austin, Texas for a variety of reasons, mostly around quality of life. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am experiencing the high traffic and high cost of living (price of home-ownership, electricity, gas) among other things..and am searching for a place where both are lower. I love the Bay Area weather, but have heard Austin‘s weather is comparably mild, esp in the Hill Country. And of course, the fact that there’s no state income tax is a definite plus…but it’s offset by the high property taxes.

Thanks in advance for your input!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Austin is one of my favorite cities.
As is san francisco, but you are correct..it is outrageously expensive!
I’ve lived in houston my whole life, but i go to austin when i can.
And my cousin lived there for about 6 years and my brother lived there for a couple as well.
I hope this helps
PROS
-you are right..austin’s weather isn’t bad. Of course coming from san fran it would take getting used to. But it’s much better than houston. Winters are lovely and not bone cold but perfect. There are days when it feels really hot but most of the year you just wanna sit outside all day.
-it is such a cute city. Neat little shops and nice buildings. Its nice walking around the capitol and old buildings.
-if you are a bike rider austin is great.
-good public bus system.
-music festivals and lots of fun festivities, that are sometimes free. Exa. Austin city limits. There was a battle of puns.
-great culture
-beautiful houses
-i think cost of living is reasonable. Some parts are expensive, but there are some areas that are pretty cheap..esp. Compared to san fran
-not as touristy as san fran
-nice trees
-i could go on forever
CONS
-well i get annoyed with all the crazy UT longhorn stuff, but you can learn to avoid it.
-traffic can be bad but can also be avoided

i just love it. And i think if you like san fran you will like austin.

Maria asks…

Which is the best State to live in Texas or California?

I am moving from Ohio in 2 months and have decided to move to either Texas or California. The Sacramento area seems to be cheaper than South Cal, but I’m not sure if the weather is as nice in Sac. I here wonderful things about Austin, Texas, but I know it gets very hot there in the summer. Where In Southern California could I find a middle class area where everything is new, such as housing developments, restaurants, malls and so on? Is California really all it’s cracked up to be, or is Texas better. Thanks for your answers!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

California is EXTREMELY expensive!

A middle class area where everything is new, such as housing developments, restaurants, malls and so on can cost you $1,000,000+ in Southern California.

Something decent (a small 2bd 1ba old house) can cost you around $600,000+.

Other parts of California it’s only slightly cheaper but STILL expensive.

And plus California is getting really ugly right now because of the economy and it’s only going to get worse. This is what these people forgot to mention.

I would move to Houston, TX. VERY BEAUTIFUL area! Lots to do. Endless amounts of fun might I add! And CHEAPER too!!

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