CNN is talking about it. Forbes is promoting it. And chances are you’ve heard of it. What is this “it” that we’re talking about? It’s none other than the fantastic reputation of Austin, Texas. But why do so many people seem to think Austin is the place to be? Is it the culture? The cost of living? The career opportunities? Yes that’s part of it, but there is so much more. All it takes is a quick bit of research and you’ll find that the “Live Music Capital of the World” offers quite a bit more than 6th Street bands and hip college students. To explain the hype, nearly every news station or economic analyst has given their own reasons of why Austin is a great place to be. So we’ve decided to create our own list of why we think Austin is the best place to call home. 1. Cost of Living Across the board economists will tell you there are few cities of Austin’s size that are as affordable to live in. With relatively low housing costs, as well as competitively low pricing for services and products, the average person’s dollar can be stretched significantly farther in this city. What’s more, the economic powerhouse of the state capital, the University of Texas and the local technological industries has created a job market that offers salaries much higher than the national average. This combination of more bang for your buck and more green in your wallet makes Austin a fun place to earn and spend your money. 2. Entertainment Do you enjoy fine arts? Austin’s got that. How about outdoor activities? Got that too. Do you enjoy college sports? You will once you move here. Austin’s entertainment sector is fantastic because it’s eclectic enough to speak to unique personalities, but big enough so that no matter your interest, you can find an outlet for yourself. As we mentioned, Austin’s fitness culture, the performing arts sector and the NCAA entertainment are second to none. With miles and miles of waterways, hiking trails, bike paths and greenbelts, you’ll find that Austinites love spending as much time out of the house as possible. Similarly, the wide variety of concert venues, clubs, theater productions, symphonies and art galleries make it an ideal place for any artist. And the classic sports of the University of Texas make this a dream come true for lovers of football, baseball, basketball and more. 3. Cuisine With such a diverse range of people that call Austin home is it any surprise that this city is a food lover’s paradise? Why not try the South Congress food trailers? Seated comfortably in an area smaller than a football field, here you can experience a range of cuisines, from Cajun to German, Thai to cupcakes- and that’s just on one block of the city. Austin is home to so many diverse styles of food, it would take even the most ardent food lovers years to try all of the city’s many different restaurants. 4. Location Austin is king of location for a number of reasons. For starters, its in the powerful Texas Triangle- the corridor between Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. This alone makes travel, whether for work or pleasure much easier. Austin is also home to a diverse selection of neighborhoods and lifestyles. From bungalows and studio apartments, to beautiful custom homes in the suburban areas, Austin’s got it. And best of all, the city’s system of roads makes commuting and traveling around the city fast and enjoyable. Where else can you enjoy rolling hills and beautiful waterways along the way to work? Or see a beautiful skyline without being caught in never ending rush-hour traffic? There you have it, our top reasons of 'what all the hype is about.' But you don't have to take our word for it. For more information, check out Money Crasher's 10 Best U.S. Cities to Live In or Forbes' America's Best Cities for Young Adults. No matter what you're looking for- love, shopping, golf, education, technology- you'll find that Austin is number one. Of course, if you don't need any more convincing, you can start your Austin home search with us, today! At Reilly Realtors, we're ready to help you find the home you've always been searching for.