Ranked #1 place to live in USA…Austin!

Austin Evening

Austin, Texas…Lady Bird Lake!

Austin, Texas was chosen recently as the #1 Place to live in the USA, 2017 by U.S. News & World Report! Not a surprise at all! I would not criticize this choice! Austin is really everything that you think a city should be and more. I have considered Austin “the best” since my first visit a long time ago.  Most everyone who has spent time in Austin feels exactly the same way. Austin is filled with fun activities, educational opportunities, many cultural destinations, expansive parks, multiple lakes and friendly people.




Add to that, the slogan that the Austin Independent Business Alliance has adopted…Keep Austin Weird!  Why weird? Maybe just partially weird! It could be the eclectic vibe of 6th Street’s music venues. Or maybe it is the array of unusual shops on South Congress Avenue. Lets’s not forget the hundreds and hundreds of bicycles, kite flying, canoes floating on the lake near downtown, bats flying over and under the Congress Street Bridge. And who can forget the thousands of students at The University of Texas?



The Oasis Restaurant on Lake Travis…Austin, Texas!

When we go to Austin for a UT football game, I always think that the same people who lived there in the mid to late seventies are still there. We always go to the “Student Co-Op” (now run by Barnes & Noble!) on Guadalupe Street…across from the campus. Those people walking around looking like they are very grown-up “weekend” students…those are some of the people who loved Austin so much that they could not consider leaving after college. Actually, the current students are studious and collegiate looking…a bit different from the seventies!



University of Texas…the tower lights up orange when the Longhorns win!



Longhorn football!

When U.S. New & World Reports ranked cities for the current Best Places to Live, 2017 list, they were taking into consideration 1) good values in the area, 2) a desirable place to live, 3) strong job market 4) high quality of life and 5) net migration . Check out the report at…



From parks to lakes to festivals to the state capitol…Austin offers lots of living!


Top 10 things to see and enjoy in Austin…

1. 6th Street

2. State Capitol

3. Zilker Park

4. Blanton Museum of Art

5. Barton Springs Pool

6. Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum

7. Bullock Texas State History Museum

8. The Austin bats at the Congress Avenue bridge

9. Mexic-Arte Museum

10. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center








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