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Is Living in Downtown Austin the Right Move?

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With the rapidly changing demographic in downtown Austin, you may wonder if moving closer to the jobs, shopping and entertainment opportunities available downtown is the right move when raising or planning a family.

Budgeting is the number one priority when planning a new home and family and the closer to downtown Austin you live, the more expensive the cost of housing. But if you work downtown and live in the suburbs, you already know about Austin's traffic nightmares. Living downtown provides a commute less than an hour long and allows you to take the family to a museum or downtown arts festival without the hassles of traffic and backseat boredom which leads to the inevitable and maddening question, "Are we there yet?"

While your rent or mortgage costs are initially higher than living in the suburbs, you might ditch your car and walk to work, or hop on the bus for a short ride. An easy commute can save thousands a year in gas, car payments and insurance and makes sitting in IH-35 or Mopac traffic a thing of the past.

Are you a social animal? Like many folks living in Austin, you may have friends and family members who love visiting this wonderful city. The attractive downtown Austin neighborhoods combined with a music, art or who-knows-what kind of festival nearly every weekend provide endless opportunities to show your guests a great time.

Even if you don't take advantage of any of the entertainment opportunities offered downtown, a quiet stroll or swim in one of Central Austin's lovely parks, such as Stacy Park, Pease Park or Austin's spectacular jewel, Zilker Park, followed by a relaxing meal or rendezvous at any one of Austin's top-notch restaurants, is a great way to spend some quality time with friends and family. As anyone who lives in Central Austin can tell you: There is nothing like a downtown Austin experience on a spectacular fall or spring day with friends and family-or anytime for that matter. If you got the bug for an exciting change of pace and are searching for the right house or condominium, find a local Austin real estate agent who specializes in downtown Austin, and is ready to find you the right home at the right price. See you there.

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