NMC has begun its nationwide expansion, beginning in Austin, Texas. We’ve been residing in the city for 11 months now, and we’ve enjoyed every second of exploring our new surroundings. Austin is the third-largest city in the U.S. and the third-largest state capital, with a population estimated to grow by more than 80% by 2030 – and rightly so. Full of rich history, food and music, it’s no surprise this ever-blossoming city got nicknamed the “Live Music Capital of the World” and the “Food Truck Capital of the USA.” If you’re thinking about visiting or moving, everyone will find something they enjoy, from the hippest urbanite to the outdoorsy suburb dweller alike.
Austin Trip Ideas when Visiting Texas
Some good places to stay in Austin include The Line, once the home to a historic jazz club, or Kimpton Van Zandt, another musically themed hotel. After checking in, start by admiring the storied architecture, including the Texas Capitol Building. Be sure to get a guided tour – after all – it’s the largest capital building in the U.S. History buffs are sure to enjoy the variety of museums, like the LBJ Presidential Library or the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
For those looking for something more rural, you can take a trip to the Texas Hill Country to see some old towns or stop by one of two dozen vineyards. And, if you’re looking for ‘weirder’ Austin sights, visit anytime between late March and early fall to watch the largest urban bat population emerge from under Congress Avenue Bridge at nightfall.
After exploring, grab some Austin food at one of the city’s iconic Tex-Mex restaurants, such as Juan in a Million. True to its nickname, Austin has over 2,200 food trucks where pit-masters smoke up the best Texas BBQ. Beyond food, Austin sounds include a selection of some of the best live music in the country, with rock, country, swing and blues venues in almost every neighborhood. And, when in Rome, you can even learn to two-step at White Horse.
Staying in Texas
NMC, like many Californians, left the coastal suburbs for the warmer ones of Austin – in fact, around 100 people move to Austin every day, which over time has transformed it from a sleepy college town to one of the largest in the U.S. Outside of the more reasonable expenses, people followed the tech giants and startups to Austin, including Hewlett-Packard, Facebook and Dell, earning the city the moniker “Silicon Hills.”
Moreover, Austinites enjoy the renowned live music scene with events like SXSW. The great weather also allows for cycling and hiking and even stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on some of the various lakes. And although hot summer months take some getting used to, the spring and fall months ranges from pleasantly warm to mildly cold, and in the winter, the weather hovers around 50°F.
When it comes to deciding which Austin neighborhood to buy a house, there are several locations to choose from, each with its own vibe, culture and costs. Before starting your house-hunting process, reach out to NMC as we already have considerable knowledge of the Texas Hill Country suburbs, neighborhoods and up-and-coming regions outside of central Austin.