Moving from Houston to Austin? 5 Things to Know

Building graffiti in Austin welcoming people to the city.

There is something in Ausin for everyone. From foodies to outdoor enthusiasts, there is no doubt you are going to love living in Austin. Here are the top 5 things you should know when you move from Houston to Austin. 

Expect a warm welcome. 

The people of Austin are laid back and friendly – not just, “Hey, how are ya?” friendly, but truly they want to be friends. Start talking to someone on the street or in a store, and ten minutes later you will have heard their life story and have an open invitation to dinner. It is a very community-driven environment. Everyone is looking for a way to help those around them. Who wouldn’t want to live in a town like that? 

Austin is an active town. 

Want to break a sweat? Austin offers plenty of options, both indoors and outdoors to get your heart rate up and have a good time. Take a climb and get a full body workout at one of Austin’s many rock-climbing gyms, such as Austin Boldering Project or Crux Climbing Center. Paddle or row to your heart’s content on one of Austin’s beautiful bodies of water. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddle board and head to Lady Bird Lake, located in the center of town or Lake Travis, located in North Austin (right by Lakeside at Tessera). Skip leg day and take a hike. Austin is home to so many great trails, such as River Place Nature Trail, Mount Bonnell, Barton Creek Greenbelt, or Slaughter Creek Trail. Many of these trails also offer mountain biking options. 

Austin is a creative town

Home to Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, Austin attracts entrepreneurs, writers, musicians, and artists of all types. As a result, there is no shortage of creative outlets and things to do. Catch a show by a local band any night of the week at one of Austin’s many music venues, such as Mohawk, Hole in the Wall, or The Paramount Theatre, built in 1915. Visit a local bookstore to listen to local poetry or author reading at Book People or Malvern Books. View art by Austin locals at Art for the People, Austin Art Space, or Austin Art Garage. 

Austin is smaller than Houston. 

No need to spend an hour in the car getting from Point A to Point B, Austin is a third of the size of Houston with half the population. This not only makes commuting a bit easier, but also means that traveling via bike or bus is a breeze too. This allows more time to explore different neighborhoods, spend time with friends, and more time to enjoy life. 

Austin is surrounded by natural beauty. 

Settled on the Colorado River and in the Texas Hill Country, there is no shortage of amazing views, walks and drives. Explore this city on foot by walking through Zilker Park. Head to Lady Bird Lake and take in views of the city skyline while spending the day on this beautiful body of water, surrounded by greenery. The city is truly built into the natural scenery. 

Discover Your New Home at Lakeside 

With all Austin has to offer, you will surely be pleased with your decision to move from Houston to Austin. Get out and discover your new home and discover all the amenities that Lakeside at Tessera on Lake Travis has to offer. You won’t regret it. 

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