Currently Obsessed with… Moving to Austin

Clarksville Austin

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More hurtful winter weather here in New York City, as you know…. Maybe we should move to Austin!

It’s a sometimes-fantasy of mine, and the list of pros is long and appealing:

1. No more harsh winters — we could be outside so much of the year!

2. My #1 fantasy neighborhood is Clarksville, right downtown, near Whole Foods, Z’Tejas, Amy’s Ice Cream, and great shopping. That’s where the adorable house above is — we would have so much space, and a beautiful backyard! And a porch. I really want a porch. All for $650,000 — !!! — which may be high for Austin, but is reasonable compared to New York. It needs some work, but we might actually be able to AFFORD to do it. Also, like a lot of houses I’m seeing in Austin, it looks vacant — maybe we could get a deal?

3. We’d finally be living near our friends Debra and Karen, and could see them all the time.

4. I could bring the kids up right, eating Tex-Mex at least twice a week. Breakfast tacos from Guero’s, mmm….

Guero's Austin

photo: Infinite Tadpole

5. And we could have dinner at El Chile Cafe — outside, where it would be warm, cold drink in hand — anytime we wanted to.

El Chile Cafe y Cantina

flickr photo: El Chile

6. We could go swimming at Barton Springs….

Barton Springs Pool

7. And Deep Eddy.

Deep Eddy Austin

8. We’d be closer to Marfa and Big Bend State Park, both of which I’ve been wanting to visit.

9. We wouldn’t have to fly the family home for a visit every year!

10. We could listen to music and sip margaritas under the pecan trees at The Shady Grove.

The Shady Grove

photo: RoadFood

11. We could go shopping on South Congress.

Shopping on South Congress

12. We could see the stars at night.

All that sounds mighty good right about now.

(Mom: Don’t get too excited. We are probably not moving.)

Other places I like to fantasize about moving to:

Paris — I lived there years ago, but I’m not done with it yet.


San Francisco — What I said for Paris, only I’m not 100 percent certain I’m not done with it.


Maybe Seattle

Places definitely *not* on my list:

New Jersey — sorry, Garden State. I’m just not that into you.

Chicago — If the winters here make me nuts, I’d go MENTAL in Chicago.

Florida — We’re a 2-mom family. Not in a million years. (Austin may not be Brooklyn in terms of tolerance, but it’s big. There’s lots of everybody.)

I could use a diversion today, so what about you? What tops your list of dream “let’s move there!” cities?

Other obsessions:

Cute Kindle Covers

Viva Zapata! Bags

Baked Fontina


Austin without Kids

14 Responses to “Currently Obsessed with… Moving to Austin”

  1. 1 kimk February 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    OK, so I see that Paris is on the list which makes me very happy but I think you forgot to add Montpellier!! Warmer and much more sunny than Paris, great food, vineyards everywhere…and the list of pros goes on!

  2. 2 mommypoo February 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I love your list. grew up in London and now live in Brooklyn. My list blends cities and countryside (for the ultimate fantasy of the writer’s life) and goes like this:

    San Francisco (I love the West Coast and Asian food!)
    Madrid or Barcelona (I’m also addicted to tapas)
    Tuscany or Umbria (to fulfill my Room with a View fantasies, replete with olive orchards on every corner)
    Somewhere coastal, on the ocean and warm…Ojai?


  3. 3 Paula/adhocmom February 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Seriously, New Jersey isn’t so bad! Just bought a 3 story 5 bedroom house built in 1926 for the price of a one bedroom apartment. We LOVE Brooklyn, but it just wasn’t loving us back alas. It’s funny, because I moved to Brooklyn 15 years ago and everyone thought I was crazy and NO ONE would visit me. Guess I’m putting myself in the same position ALL OVER AGAIN. I get the attraction to a warmer climate though. This winter is killer.

  4. 4 Ellen February 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    We’ve got a house we’d love to sell you in Austin, in Travis Heights, for nearly half that price! Walking distance to SoCo, friends. πŸ™‚

  5. 5 Danielle Norris February 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love Guero’s!! Don’t forgot Kerby Lane for breakfast. Although, Paris would be really nice. There has never been a better time to buy in Austin than right now. If you decide you wanna look into it, I will be happy to help you with financing or refer you to an excellent agent. Hope warmer days are in your future! Good Luck!

  6. 6 Melisa February 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    @kim, you’re right! i should have had the south represented on this list, too. warmer is key.

    @melissa, love your list, too — it’s good to have a mix of city and country…. and ojai appeals!

    @paula, i’m jersey-averse, but your new house sounds fab, so congrats!

    @ellen, i thought i might hear from you on this post….

    @danielle, thanks for the offer! i’ll keep it in mind.

  7. 7 amomrunningsenseless February 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hi, I started reading this thinking, no you shouldn’t move, if I put up with the winters in Brooklyn so should you and everyone else…but as I started to scroll down and look at the pictures I started changing my mind… maybe we’ll move to Austin too πŸ™‚
    those pools! beats red hook, esp. all given they’re open all year round.

  8. 8 Katie February 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Just remember, if you move you’re still flying the family across the country to see the grandparents, just the other set. PLUS one lonely aunt. πŸ™‚

    My list mirror’s everyone else’s – Austin is on there (since apparently I’d clean up, according to Debra and Karen), but so is LA (yes, really), Italy, France, London. And maybe the perfect small college town…

  9. 9 Cay February 3, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Wow, you’ve made me want to move to Austin, and I’ve never even been to Texas!

    @Katie, the perfect small college town: Charlottesville VA. Beautiful, historic, educated, beach and mountains (and a major metropolis for flying out of) within 2 hrs.

  10. 10 Amy February 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I think you are on to something! I left NYC 12 years ago for almost the identical set of reasons. No place beats New York for everything it has goin’ on, however, it can wear on you — the crowds, the expense, the lack of space. But the grass is always greener. Perfect world? (We ARE dreaming, right??) I think you need to have 2 homes to keep city mouse and country mouse happy.

  11. 11 Kathryn February 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Come to Austin! Your list is a great summary of some of the reasons I love living here so much. πŸ™‚

  12. 12 Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves February 4, 2011 at 7:18 am

    that house in san antonio would only cost you about $250…. i should know, it looks just like mine!

  13. 13 AmyP February 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I went to Switzerland again last summer and had fantasies of life there. You would gain the VonTrapp existence you have always wanted, but would certainly see more snow. Think about it my little liebchen.

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