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Often times when folks think of Texas they'll conjure up images of cowboys and big skies, barbeque, and oil rigging being worked by muscle bound roughnecks. Some may think of the soaring skyscrapers of Dallas, others may only know Texas for its place on the Gulf or its proximity to Mexico or for the football. Classic college rivalries like Texas A&M taking on the Longhorns of the University of Texas at Austin . Hook 'em Horns! Oh yes, Texas is all of this and much, much more.

The state's capital, like the state itself is wildly diverse. Take the neighborhoods for example, Austin, TX houses for sale can mean luxury estates in the Barton Creek area, charming older bungalows in Hyde Park and areas close to the university or affordable ranch styles in the northeast's University Hills. The neighborhoods and subdivisions are as plentiful, unique and, at times, as spectacular as the musicians in this place dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World.

Smart, sexy and sassy, Austin is a city brimming with creativity. The University of Austin is situated smack dab in the middle of town. You might even say it is the city's epicenter, both strongly rooted in tradition and on the cutting edge of innovation. Receiving numerous accolades annually, the college is considered to be one of the most respected in the country. At the graduate level, UT's education program tied Harvard as second in the nation. The Michener Center for Writers is one of the most competitive MFA programs in the country, receiving nine hundred applications this year with fewer than two percent being admitted. The academic experience is extraordinarily rich.

Theoretically, the University's fifty thousand students would not have to leave the three hundred fifty acre campus to house, feed or amuse themselves, but the rest of the population are certainly glad they do, as these bright, curious minds help make Austin the unique, wonderful and weird, yes weird, place that it is.

Now, naturally, it couldn't be such a splendid city without a few folks punching the clock. Among the city's largest employers are computer technology giants Dell and IBM, Seton Healthcare Family, Apple, AT&T, 3M, Charles Schwab, Austin Energy, and St. David's Healthcare. Of course, the University of Texas and the Austin School District employ a whole slew of residents. As the state's capital the federal government is doing their part as well.

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There are many, many others. Certainly too many to mention, which is another reason residential real estate in Austin, TX is so appealing. The unemployment rate in Austin hovers around five percent or less, compared to a national average of seven and a half percent.

Folks here make striking a balance between work and home look easy. Forbes named Austin one of the top twenty healthiest cities in the country. Likely because there is always something to do outdoors and the weather (almost) always cooperates. Whether you are playing in Zilker Park, swimming in Barton Springs or traversing the hike and bike trail at Lady Bird Lake, Austin and the surrounding Hill Country will find a way to satisfy your need for outdoor recreation.

Don't get too worn out with all that fun in the Texas sun, as the nights here cannot be neglected. If the college is the city's brain, the music scene is its heart, and a big and varied heart it is. You see, you can't put a label on a thing that is in a constant state of flux. Broad and inclusive big names play many of the same venues as local acts. Maybe start by checking out long time favorites like the Continental Club, Antone's and the Cactus Cafe.

If you really want to know a place you need to be there. Roam around, settle in and get a feel. In Texas we like to say, if you don't like the weather, wait a minute, it'll change. Same can be said of most things. Austin just keeps getting better and better. Why not come on over and set a spell? Bet you'll be glad you did.

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