We've mentioned this earlier, but for those who might've missed it: Making an informed decision is crucial when picking a new home, be it a house, neighborhood, or even a city. That's why we're keen on sharing the challenges we faced while living in Austin, ensuring you have the complete picture.
Hey there, it's Or Yochanan. I've always championed the importance of transparency and making informed decisions, especially when it comes to choosing a new place to call home, whether that's a house, a neighborhood, or an entire city. While moving to Austin has been one of the best decisions of my life, I recognize it might not be the perfect fit for everyone. In this piece, I'll detail seven factors that might have you reconsidering Austin as your next destination. Shall we dive in
1. Lack of Walkability and Public Transportation:
While you can enjoy walkable neighborhoods like in Downtown or Mueller, most of Austin's outskirts are not pedestrian-friendly. Public transportation is also limited, with only a train and some buses available. If walkability and efficient public transportation are essential to you, Austin may not be the best fit.
Like any major city, Austin has its fair share of traffic, especially during rush hours when crossing the bridge. Commuting to Downtown during peak hours can be a challenge. If you're planning to live in the northern suburbs and work in Downtown, you might face frustrating traffic on a daily basis.
Austin is notorious for its cedar trees and allergens. Many people, including myself, experience allergy attacks due to these natural factors. If you have severe allergies, it's crucial to test the waters and see if Austin is tolerable for you.
4. Political Climate:
Texas is known for being a red state, while Austin leans more towards blue or purple. If living in a blue state is essential to you, the political climate in Texas might be a deal breaker.
5. Proximity to Beaches and Skiing:
Austin is not within a short driving distance to beaches or skiing destinations. If you're an avid beach goer or a ski enthusiast, you might miss the convenience of having those attractions nearby.
6. Rising Housing Costs:
While Austin's housing is still relatively cheaper compared to some similar cities, it has become less affordable than it used to be. Houses can range from $350,000 for a suburban home to millions for luxury properties. If you're counting on dirt-cheap housing, you might find yourself surprised.
7. Extreme Summers and Volatile Weather:
Summers in Austin can be scorching, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters can also have significant temperature drops, going as low as 30 degrees. The weather can be volatile, and sudden changes are not uncommon, similar to my 3 year old daughter moods.
Before making any decisions, weigh all the factors that matter most to you. Austin might be a fantastic city for some, but it might not align with everyone's preferences and needs. Consider what truly matters to you and make an informed decision.
If you have any questions or need more information about living in Austin, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me. I'm here to provide honest advice and help you make the best choice for your future.
Remember, understanding the negatives helps you make better decisions!