Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled this extensive Austin moving guide for new Austin transplants. The most important thing to remember when it comes to a move — whether long distance or across town — is to always be prepared.
For ease of access, we’ve split this guide up into several sections:
Picking a Neighborhood | Picking a Place | Nesting | Extra Hands | Getting Around | Getting Delivery | Making Friends
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Picking a Neighborhood
The city’s world-renowned live music scene, highly respected restaurant culture, well-kept city green spaces, ever-growing tech industry, and funky vibe all draw a steady stream of new residents every year. And don’t forget those temporary residents who fill the dorms and apartments of some of the nation’s best schools like the University of Texas, St. Edward’s, and Huston-Tillotson University.
It can be challenging to keep pace with Austin’s quickly evolving real estate market however, as each ATX neighborhood claims its own distinct charm. To make the city a little more navigable, we’ve mapped out popular parts of town and the characteristics that set them apart of the rest. Whether you’re renting or buying can also help you when deciding on a neighborhood, too — if you’re renting, you might want to start with these Top 5 Neighborhoods for Renting.
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Living around here isn’t the most wallet friendly way of life, but even if you don’t settle in, you’re still likely to spend a lot of your time here. Downtown Austin isn’t intimidatingly large, but it packs a lot into one space. The housing here mostly consists of luxury condominiums and upscale apartments that are occupied, for the most part, by hip urban professionals. The heart of the nightlife is here on 6th Street, but living downtown allows the ease and flexibility to get just about anywhere in Austin to have a little fun.
University of Texas
This is UT central — where a lot of Austin’s students are. If you’re not a student, you’ll probably want to avoid this area. Parking is limited, as are residential options for anyone that doesn’t classify as a student or a single. However, there are a lot of fun, quirky restaurants and stores along Guadalupe (aka The Drag) and prices here are generally much lower than surrounding areas.
Just north of campus lies Hyde Park, a mostly residential neighborhood known to house students and traditional Texas homeowners. This neighborhood is cool and cozy. It’s got a laid-back, kind of funky, yet clean and stable atmosphere and a strong group of some of the best vintage furniture stores Austin has to offer.
Neighborhoods Include: North Loop, Hyde Park, Mueller, and Highlands
For those who want to take full advantage of Austin’s reputation as an outdoor-lover’s paradise, a South Austin neighborhood is the ideal location. This is the part of the city that really takes the motto of “Keep Austin Weird” to heart and is recognized for hosting the famous Austin City Limits festival in Zilker Park. With the amount of natural springs, bike trails, art, shopping, music, and more, residents have easy access to much of what makes Austin unique.
Neighborhoods Include: South Lamar Blvd, Barton Hills, South Congress, and South First
Recent gentrification has transformed this historically minority area into a hipster hotbed and an expansion of Downtown’s nightlife and music scene. Sadly, this part of Austin more than any other illustrates the widening gap between residents of means and those being priced out. In spite of this, east ATX is still a warm and welcoming place even just to visit. Trendy eateries and watering holes mixed with old homes and jazz clubs call this artistic district home.
Neighborhoods Include: Rainey Street, Cherrywood, Rosewood, East Cesar Chavez, and Holly
With its stately older homes squeezed together by narrow streets and overgrown greenery, it’s little surprise this is the neighborhood of choice for those who can afford the very best, but don’t want to leave their Austin roots behind. Situated perfectly between the urban sprawl and the rolling West Lake hills, there is plenty of fun and quirk to keep aging hipsters ready to settle down happy, and numerous schools, parks, and peace, quiet, and safety for the family.
Neighborhoods Include: Tarrytown, Clarksville, and Old West Austin