I’m yet another victim of the brain drain in the Rust Belt, who is going to be moving to the Austin area. My job will be located in Hutto. I like Hutto a lot, but as a single Generation X-er who is used to a more urban environment, I don’t think I’d be at home there until more of the proposed new urbanist developments come online. I see myself spending a bit of time in downtown Austin, and the neighborhoods surrounding it. I’m also Jewish, and although I don’t necessarily have to live in a Jewish neighborhood, I don’t want to drive an hour to the nearest synagogue, either.
So, what areas would you recommend that would be about 25 minutes from central Hutto tops, yet still convenient to central Austin? I know Round Rock is doable, and maybe Wells Branch. How about the Arboretum area, or something closer to the MoPac? A nearby dog park would be a big plus.
For the next couple of years, I’ll be in an apartment. I’m going to be renting out my old house, and I need to save up again for a down payment.
Reading previous “Tell me about Austin” threads, I found that some really weren’t that friendly to prospective new residents, posting snide, snarky comments without smilies. For those Austinites that aren’t welcoming of newcomers, too bad. I’m unemployed, and the first job offer I got since I was laid off was in your wonderful neck of the woods. If it helps, I’m liberal and maybe a bit weird. I’ve been to Austin before, the area really clicked well with me, and I’d be foolish to refuse an opportunity to relocate there.