As I mentioned yesterday, today’s post is devoted to the 5 reasons why I have decided to move to Austin. I loved the city and wanted to point out some of my favorite things I saw while I was there for my 3 day stay.
1. The Live Music
People are not lying when they say Austin is the live music capital of the world. I was amazed at how many different places feature live music, even on the weekdays! There are a ton of music venues to go to shows at as well as the bars. A majority of the bars on 6th street all had a live band, especially on Thursday and Friday night.
It was awesome to catch a few bands while we were there, as Phoenix does not have much for live music. I really look forward to going back to catch some more live shows.
2. The People Are Friendly
I have been to a lot of place over the last few years. Out of all of the cities I have visited, I can honestly say I have never met a more friendly crowd. Everyone was polite and eager to help. At one restaurant, the waitress even talked to my girlfriend and I about apartments. She made some recommendations on which apartment services to use. She even went as far as walking outside and grabbing some of the classifieds from the nearest street corner. That was easily the best service I have ever received.
3. The Ability To Ride My Bike
The main reason I have decided to move to Austin is because I can ride my bike around town. Ever since I sold my car, I have been wanting to get back into cycling. In Honolulu, I literally rode my bike everywhere for 6 months and did not miss driving at all.
Phoenix is much too spread out for riding my bike, especially since the entire city is more than 70 miles across. Not to mention I am deadly afraid of Phoenix drivers running me over. I was really amazed at how many people had bikes in Austin. We stopped at Whole Foods and the bike racks were litteraly full of awesome bikes.
4. The Cost Of Living
The overall cost of living seems to be perfect in Austin. Rent is a tad cheaper than what I pay here in Phoenix. But I can also live much closer to downtown for the money than I can here. Besides rent, drinks and food were the main things I noticed. I don’t think I paid more than 4 bucks for a drink during the entire stay in Austin. I was amazed that a ton of bars had 2 dollar U-Call-Its on Friday night and did not have a cover. Even on New Years, I was amazed that my girlfriend and I had 4 Vodka Redbulls and a few rum and Cokes for less than $35. Awesome!
5. The Downtown Area
My favorite thing about cities, is the downtown living. Honolulu had a pretty big downtown that was full of high-rise buildings. I loved that I could live on the 20th floor of a building and walk everywhere. There were coffee shops on the same block as me and tons of places to go at night. Ever since moving to Phoenix, I have missed the downtown lifestyle. Phoenix has one of the smallest and least happening downtown areas I have yet to see in a city.
Austin however, had an awesome downtown. 6th street alone had more than 50 bars within a few blocks. It reminded me of Mill Avenue, only much larger. It’s a lot like State Street in Madison, Wisconsin. And the cool thing is, all the bars have a different feel inside them. Some were country style bars while others were lounges.
I really liked the fact that downtown Austin had so much going on. There were tons of people around and there were plenty of the things to do.
There were many other reasons besides the ones on this list. The weather was amazing. It was 76 and sunny while I was there and I liked the fact there was grass and trees everywhere. Much different than the desert. Another cool thing was the recreational trails everywhere. You can ride your bike on them as well as jog. They even had a paved track where you can rollerblade!
So if everything works out, I plan to head there at the end of May or beginning of June. Hopefully nothing comes up that prevents me from moving.