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Where to Retire in Austin and Home Prices

People moving to Austin will find every kind of housing choice – from active adult communities to all types of housing in the city’s neighborhoods (see link to Active Adult Communities at top right). From apartments to condos to houses, the area offers very good value and is a reason why Austin is one of the fastest growing metros in the U.S. Neighborhoods in the west going into the Hill Country are very desirable, as are many of those near the campus.
The real estate market has been stable even as it went down elsewhere in the country. Median home prices in the third quarter of 2016 were $284,000 (NAR) in the Austin-Round Rock area.

What is special about Austin

• Big city and college town combined – University of Texas • 23rd Street open air Artists Market • Cultural Art Center • The Arthouse – fosters contemporary art • Austin Museum of Art and Museum of Art Laguna Gloria • 45% of the city's residents have a college degree or better • A top city for pets and for biking

What is not special about Austin

Summers are hot and humid, and the city itself might be too big and fast-paced for those seeking quiet

Climate and Physical Environment

Austin is in south central Texas in an area that separates the Texas Hill Country from the prairies to the east. The Colorado River flows across the Balcones Escarpment here; in fact the River goes right through the center of the town. The average July high temperature is 95 and the average January low is 40 . May is the wettest month (5").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Austin is a cultural feast. The University of Texas is a cultural engine, but the local art world is very active with many museums, galleries, open air art markets. It bills itself as the Live Music capital of the world. There are 3 downtown performing arts theatres including the Paramount Theatre and Zachary Scott Theatre Center.  Residents enjoy the Blanton Museum of Art, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), and galleries at the Harry Ransom Center. Ballet, opera, and a good library system add more. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from UT.

Crime

As is typical in a larger city, the crime rate is above average.

Medical facilities

As is befitting a university town, health care here is topnotch. There are 12 major hospitals in the area.

Transportation

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Amtrak offers service to points east and west. Austin is rated as one of the 10 best bicycling cities in the U.S. Capitol Metro, which offers free fares to seniors 65 and over. City transportation service allows seniors to book rides to appointments for $3.00 each way, Monday through Friday.

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