The capital of Texas and the 11th largest city in America, Austin's music scene and laid-back vibe make it a major tourist draw, but also a great home city for residents. Austinites celebrate diversity and eclectic, progressive lifestyles. Come see what homes for rent in this charmingly weird city have to offer.
Money Magazine once selected Austin as the No. 2 Best Big City in its "Best Places to Live" list, and MSN has called Austin the Greenest City in America. The city is populated by a diverse mix of students, university professors, lobbyists, politicians, state employees, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and white-collar workers. Some people call Austin "Silicon Hills" due to the numerous major technology companies that have facilities in the city.
Austin has a varied and lively music scene, sporting more music venues than any other city in the nation. Nightclubs, film festivals, music festivals, and concerts spice up Austin's appeal.
When it's time to enjoy the outdoors, Austinites find entertainment and exercise in active outdoor activities such as rock climbing, swimming, diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, and cycling. Opportunities to partake in all these activities are easy to come by in Austin.
Austin provides several opportunities for a college education. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson University, St. Edward's University, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and a branch of LeTourneau University serve the city. Also, students attend the Action School of Business, Austin Graduate School of Theology, and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Austin has several prominent employers, including the State of Texas, SETON Healthcare Network, the University of Texas, Dell, IBM, and Freescale Semiconductor. The plethora of technology companies led to the nickname "Silicon Hills". Other companies with facilities in Austin include 3M Company, Apple Inc., AMD, Hewlett-Packard, Applied Materials, Cisco, Cirrus Logic, eBay/PayPal, Google, Hoover's, Inc., Intel, National Instruments, Samsung, Silicon Laboratories, United Devices, and Sun Microsystems.
Austin's climate is humid subtropical, which means hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. Austin has less expensive housing costs than Silicon Valley, but more expensive housing costs than other parts of Texas, due to the proximity of several technology companies in the area. Austin has several notable neighborhoods with homes and apartments for rent.
Brentwood is a popular neighborhood because of its proximity to the University of Texas campus, downtown Austin, and the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. Large, modern homes line the district's streets. Many of the residents are young professionals and students. Brentwood offers a farmers market complex, called Brentwood Farmers Market, a small shopping district, and a popular gathering spot, the Brentwood Tavern. Brentwood Park offers soccer fields, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and a playground. Hamburger joints and old-fashioned bars are easy to find in this neighborhood. The Violet Crown Festival, held annually in Brentwood Park, draws the locals.
Located just north of the University of Texas, Hyde Park is an historic neighborhood in Central Austin. The neighborhood is well-known for its diversity of buildings, land uses, and residents. Students and young professionals can find homes for rent here. Small, local shops offer vegetarian fare, buttermilk-dipped fries, and other delights. Formosa, a small studio, offers an annual neighborhood home tour.
West of downtown Austin, you'll find the Old West Austin Historic District. If you are looking for a historic home for rent, this neighborhood would be a great location.
West of downtown, you'll also find Tarrytown. Lush foliage, shade trees, and impeccably clean neighborhoods provide a quiet retreat from the nearby downtown hustle and bustle.
In south Austin, you'll find tree-lined, rolling hills in a quiet neighborhood called Travis Heights. Nearby, hip cafes and stores are located on South Congress Avenue.