Lucky Mom

Feb. 2, 2007

Mission To Austin Complete - Now What?

Thanks to all of you who responded to my cry for information on Austin.

I got many, many e-mails and post comments. All the responses were so positive I decided I needed to check it out for myself.

I mean, if it’s so great how come everyone doesn’t live there?

So, I did. Last week. Took the baby and went to Texas for 6 days.

My perception of Texas as a whole (Tammy Faye Baker hair and makeup, cowboys driving around in pickups yelling ‘yee haw’ and feet only donned with cowboy boots) was unfounded.

Not that there is anything wrong with Tammy Faye Baker’s preferred look (o.k. there is but I’m trying to not offend) but I didn’t see any of it.

I was told that Austin is very different from the rest of Texas and now I believe it.

The people couldn’t have been nicer.

I barely heard any Texas accent which I found interesting, everyone drove SUV’s and dressed like I’m used to.

I kept saying "everyone seems so normal" as I compared everyone to people in Seattle. Some might argue that people in Seattle aren’t normal at all but it’s certainly what I’m used to and I had to use a benchmark.

The only thing I didn’t care for is the blasted property taxes. Yes, you can get quite the house and yard for much less than the Seattle market - until you factor in the insane property taxes.

“But”, everyone in Austin argued, “there’s no income tax here". Uh…yeah, none in Seattle either my friends.

All in all, a successful mission. Now, it’s decision time.

4 Comments Posted (Add Yours)

1

Austin is a great city to live in (I live here). But the thing that you didn't experience which I guarantee you is going to be a determining factor, is the summer heat. The rain you saw here last week? Don't get used to it. You won't see a drop during summer.

I look forward to winters 10 months out of the year. You'll be hitting the pool in April. Hope your air conditioner works.

2

I'd prefer it if you'd stay here.

3

We are in the midst of deciding if we ought to move to Austin from Florida with our two little girls.

Are you still enjoying it? I don't know a soul in the entire republic of Texas. We visited last week, and I'm not so sure...

How are you liking Alec's Montessori school? (I'd ask in Japanese if I could -- I'm certain you're practically fluent by now, and if not, Alec can translate.) What part of town are you in? We in NW FL are not accustomed to "production builders" and the neighborhoods just felt so cheesy to me. But then on the other hand, a beautiful pool would probably be a nice place to meet mommies.

hope you are settling in well.

Rachel

4

Rachel,

Yes, we certainly do enjoy it and feel though we're finacially scre*ed right now, it will all be worth it. We didn't know anyone here either but with your two little girls, I can't imagine you won't make a ton of friends.

We too, were a bit hesitant on the McMansion/McHouse thing but we kind of traded the urban life we used to know for the safety, great schools and child-friendly area we are now in. Eventually, when the kids are grown, I'm sure we'll move back to a more urban lifestyle.

I can certainly give you more detail in an e-mail.

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