General Info

Considering homes for sale in Austin, TX?  Austin, the capital of Texas, is home to 865,504 people, which makes it the fourth most populous city in the state.  Austin has emerged as a center for technology and business and was coined at one time “Silicon Hills”, but is now more appropriately referred to as “The Live Music Capital of the World”.  Austin is home to many Fortune 500 companies and many small businesses which make it a great place to live economically, but Austin has many natural elements that make it a wonderful place to call home.  Austin has a unique culture that includes many centers for the arts, museums and points of interest.  If you are looking for a place to move that has a different activity going on all the time, the Austin area is definitely for you!

Climate

Austin is a humid subtropical climate which is characterized by hot, humid summers with temperatures reaching into the 90′s 116 days out of the year.  The winters in Austin tend to be mild or dry.  Austin averages just 88 days below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations throughout the year remain moderate with daytime maximums and night time minimums only ranging 21 degrees difference.

Rainfall is distributed pretty evenly throughout the year averaging 34 inches, while the wettest month typically ends up being May with over four inches of rainfall.

Economy

Austin is considered to be a major center for high tech because there are companies such as3M, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Qualcomm, AMD, Applied Materials, Cirrus Logic,Cisco, Facebook, Ebay, Blizzard Entertainment, Xerox and many more that have some operations in the Austin area.  The rapid growth of the Austin area has led Forbes to rank it number one among all big cities for jobs in 2012 in an annual survey and the WSJ Marketwatch to rank the area number one for growing businesses.

Austin’s largest employers include:

Local Activities and Notable Landmarks

Austin activities are wide-ranging, and there are activities for all ages year round!  Just a few of the local things to do include:

  • Museums:  The museums in Austin are numerous, but some of the most notable ones are the Texas Memorial Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin Museum of Art, LBJ Library and Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum, and theSouth Austin Museum of Popular Culture.
  • Austin Film Festival:  This festival draws films from all over the world with wide-ranging themes.
  • SXSW:  This is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held during the month of March.  This venue provides people a great opportunity to see up-and-coming bands and films.
  • ACL:  This is an annual music and art festival held in Zilker Park which showcases the music of Austin as well as other regional and national acts.
  • Reggae Fest:  This is a 3 day event which features Reggae music at Auditorium Shores in mid-April supporting the Capital Food Bank.
  • Swimming Pools:  Austin is home to more than 50 public swimming pools.  Some of the well-known locations are Deep Eddy (Texas’s oldest man-made pool), Barton Springs(nation’s largest natural swimming pool in an urban area), and Hippie Hollow Park (Austin’s very own clothing optional public park), Hamilton Pool Preserve, and Krause Springs.
  • Zilker Park:  This 351-acre park is one of Austin’s most loved parks and is home to a variety of special events and recreational opportunities.
  • The Greenbelt:  This is an urban oasis that provides the opportunity for people to bike, run, rock climb, swim, and hike.
  • Austin Eats Tour:  The name says it all!
  • Kayaking at Town Lake:  Rowing Dock is a hidden treasure in Austin and is the perfect spot to rent a paddle board, canoe, kayak, or paddle boat.  The location is near Zilker Park which allows you to enjoy the scenery or you can head on down to some great spots to view the Austin skyline.
  • Austin Farmer’s Market:  This website keeps you up to date on some of the largest farmer’s markets in the state which happen to be in Austin.
  • Mount Bonnell:  This is the best view in town, but you need to be prepared by wearing your hiking boots because it is quite a trek up the hill to enjoy the view, but it is well worth the effort.
  • Congress Avenue Bats:  The Congress Bridge is home to an estimated 1.5 million bats, making it the world’s largest urban bat colony.
  • Lake Travis Zip Lining:  This is a must do on the adventurer’s list in Austin.  The tours take approximately three hours which will take you to five different zip lines, three of which are over 1,200 feet long.  The Grand Finale is a 22-story tall zip line for approximately a half mile over Lake Travis!
  • Austin Events and Festivals:  This is a site dedicated to upcoming events and festivals in and around Austin.
  • Cycling:  Austin is known as the most bike-friendly city in Texas and has a Silver-level rating from the League of American Bicyclists.

Education

The Austin metro area has 29 public school districts, 17 charter schools and 69 private schools.  Most of the city of Austin is served by the Austin Independent School District, which operates 124 schools including 81 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 16 high schools.  Austin is also home to child developmental institutions including the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Central Texas Autism Center, Johnson Center for Child Health and Development and many more.

Housing

Austin has a great selection of housing.  For new homes in Austin contact Black Dog Real Estate, Inc.  For homes for sale in Austin and real estate for sale in Austin, visit our hot sheets or searches and contact one of us for showings.  There are many luxury homes in Austin to choose from also.  If you are searching for lots & land in Austin, look no further than Black Dog Real Estate, Inc.  We are your one stop shop for buying and selling homes in Central Texas & the Hill Country.