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Old 12-15-2018, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Austin IS low cost compared to most big cities and has most of the criteria you want, steve. We moved from NYC to Austin. Austin is much less expensive than NY. Austin has less traffic, nicer people, college classes for seniors for free at UT, an airport, great hospitals, outdoor activities, music, and no state income tax.

I guess it depends on where one comes from when considering costs and benefits.

The only thing I don't like about Austin is the voters recently elected a city council that is 70% uber-liberal and 100% liberal. Depending on their policies, we may be forced to rethink our move here.

 
Old 12-15-2018, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Downtown Austin
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Austin will always by home in my heart. My kids and friends are still there etc so I do check to see what's going on from time to time.
Same here, we will always own real estate here and have a "come to" place, even if a small, spartan unit somewhere.

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Austin IS low cost compared to most big cities and has most of the criteria you want, steve. We moved from NYC to Austin. Austin is much less expensive than NY. Austin has less traffic, nicer people, college classes for seniors for free at UT, an airport, great hospitals, outdoor activities, music, and no state income tax.

I guess it depends on where one comes from when considering costs and benefits.

The only thing I don't like about Austin is the voters recently elected a city council that is 70% uber-liberal and 100% liberal. Depending on their policies, we may be forced to rethink our move here.
I did not know about the free college classes for Seniors. I'm only 56, and a UT Alum, but that's interesting to know.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 05:14 PM
 
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Maybe Davis, CA?

Although seriously Effed up politics abound. You can’t even get straws.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Itís funny to read the people that moved away all these years ago still checking in on Austin forums. I mean it must have a special place in your heart to have to come back years later to brag about your great new city lol.

The people that have been driven out frequently are those that loved Austin deeply before it was changed by those who moved here and preferred to turn it into something other than what it was or made it impossibly expensive for them to say (but property values uber alles!).



Also, if one's friend is killed or is seriously ill unto death or goes incurably insane, that doesn't mean that one forgets that one loved that friend and still cares.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 07:18 PM
 
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Greenville South Carolina.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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Here we go. I’m out before we get into this again. I’ll leave with this though, just because austin has changed (newsflash every single place in this country has changed.. especially over 20 freaking years ask Detroit).. it sounds really sad when people have to come back to a forum to brag about the new place being better then the old. It makes it seem like quite the opposite. People so happy in their new city coming back to a forum to brag about it on their old cities forum? Lol ok. Move on. Nobody’s jealous.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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Sure sounds like someone is butthurt.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 09:17 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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Same here, we will always own real estate here and have a "come to" place, even if a small, spartan unit somewhere.



I did not know about the free college classes for Seniors. I'm only 56, and a UT Alum, but that's interesting to know.
And you can thank the generosity of the Austin taxpayers for that little freebie of a benefit. We ain't paying these property taxes for nothing.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Funny, how differently people look at things.
 
Old 12-15-2018, 10:55 PM
 
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I would have loved to stay in Austin but the prop taxes were no longer "doable". $1K here, $12K in Austin. That really makes a difference on a retirement income.
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