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Old 06-23-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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Stevenisprime,

The adage "everything is bigger in Texas" totally does not apply when comparing Austin and Chicago.

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Thanks homeinatx! That was exactly what I was looking for. Yes, I spent time in Austin before several years ago, but it was primarily with my girlfriend at the time, and she lived up north (near the IBM campus). You're correct that in order to do anything, we had to drive. I was fine with that area (since I wasn't doing any of the driving at the time).

But, this time, I'm coming here by myself without anybody and deciding myself where I'll be living for the upcoming year at least.

The general assessment that I need to reconfigure what I want is a true statement. The only walkable area sounds like downtown, but I feel choosing downtown for that would not avail me of the many opportunities Austin has. And, besides, I think I'm already used to the notion, from living there before, that I need to drive to get anywhere.

That being said, South Congress seems appealing. Close to downtown, can get to the pool, artsy. Additionally, Hyde Park seems interesting as well, although being surrounded by students can be either a good / bad thing (I haven't been out of school that long, but I can definitely tell when I'm eating somewhere and it's primarily filled with college kids - but, that was Depaul, maybe Uchicago kids were different).

Again, thanks for the help!
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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I used to live in Wicker Park actually and the closest equalvent is the Barton Springs Drive area of Austin but it asthetically different, the vibe is the same to me though. Yeah, I agree, there is no equivalent to Lakeview in Austin, the closest thing to it is well, downtown. If you want something artsy and kinda funky, check out the apartment complexes on S. Congress like State House(tons of pool parties there btw). There aren't any walkable neighborhoods the scale of Lakeview and no neighborhood is that dense. For a person new to Austin from Lakeview, I would recommend staying in Downtown, S. Congress, maybe East Austin(which is eqivalent to Bucktown about 20 years ago) or if you don't mind being around a lot of students, Hyde Park and the Triangle. You should be able to find a 1 BD in your price range. Good Luck!
That's probably one of the best characterizations of East Austin I've heard, "Bucktown about 20 years ago." Maybe if I was investing / buying, but I'll be renting for the first year at least.

But yeah, your recommendations are similar to what I've already ascertained: Downtown, South Congress, and Hyde Park. Thanks for the affirmations.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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You really shouldnt move here looking for someplace similar to where you are. Chicago is a real city, austin is a medium town. For it's size, austin is great. But you will really regret moving here if you love chicago and all it has to offer. If you are looking for a smaller town with a slower pace and a warm climate then this might be the place to come to.
Actually, if one is looking for a slower pace and climate, surely the Florida Keys would fit the bill far more than Austin......Austin is actually a very busy, active, crowded, and noisy metro....I find it a stretch that anyone would relocate here to get away from large metro problems.......just a smaller, bite-sized portion of the same is all Austin is, but with a great local music scene........

Again, if you really want to get away from all the bull of the large metros, there are thousands of small cities/towns with universities, on bodies of water, near mountains, by plenty of open land to choose from......Austin is for those from very large metros who can't completely divorce themselves from the large metro thing, yet want a better choice of the same.....a compromise of sorts....you get the same crowded roads and sprawl, yet a bit of a music scene to make it go down better....like a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down......
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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You're probably right, but crowded roads and sprawl are a matter of degree. Austin's still can't compare to the DC area and places like L.A, or even Chicago on that score.
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