As the capitol of Texas and self-proclaimed live music capitol of the world, Austin Texas has more energy and personality than most cities. The city of nearly 886,000 people is filled with endless choices of delicious foods to eat and activities to pursue. Homes for sale in the area include new construction at master planned communities, condos and apartments, or existing homes in craftsman or modern styles.
Austin has experienced much growth in the real estate market. Here are some hot neighborhoods to check out: If you are looking for a (possibly new) starter home, try quiet Del Valle in the Southeast. Quiet, relaxed Circle C Ranch has great schools and is only 15 minutes from downtown. Castlewood Forest boasts large lots and is convenient to Moontower Saloon and South Park Meadows. South Lamar is hip and action-packed, with great variety and diversity. The Brentwood/Crestview neighborhood has a unique Austin vibe and is full of healthy restaurants and funky stores within walking distance of the appealing homes; you get a true neighborhood experience. East Austin no longer has cheap fixer-uppers but is in a convenient locale and contains condos, bungalows and ranch style homes. South Manchaca is on the up and up, so watch out! The Hills of Lakeway combine a casual Austin culture with luxe living. If you like downtown living then check out the Seaholm District: housing includes hot new high rise developments.
Austin, TX is growing quickly and is known as an emerging major high tech center. The biggest employers in the city are government employers such as the Austin Independent School District, City of Austin, the state of Texas, and the U.S. Federal Government. Large high tech employers include Dell, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, 3M, Facebook, Google, HP, Intel, Apple, Oracle and much more. Healthcare employers include St. David's Healthcare Partnership, Seton Family of Hospitals. Employers in higher education include Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Another sector growing in the city is the pharmaceutical industry. There are now about 85 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies located here.