Self-proclaimed Music Capital of the World
Austin, Texas is a friendly city with a unique vibe. The self-proclaimed Music Capital of the World manages to support progress without sacrificing its small town feel. It’s home to countless festivals including playing host to the epicenter of the South By Southwest Music festival, one of the largest music events in the nation. Downtown’s infamous 6th Street entertainment district is a playground for music lovers. Austinites catch live music acts of all genres on 6th street any night of the week. But downtown Austin is more than great tunes. It is the thumping drum of a city that prides itself on marching to its own beat.
Don’t let that cosmopolitan skyline fool you, downtown Austin is as historic as it is modern. The Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History located on Congress Street will give you a glimpse into Texas’ past. After you’ve gained a handle on Texas’ past, stop by the historic Driskill hotel to wet you whistle. Opened in 1886 stepping into this National Trust Historic Hotel is like strolling into a more elegant time. Finally, if you are in Downtown Austin, you will to have to check out the Texas State Capitol. Austin defended its right to remain the capitol of Texas in the 1800s when Sam Houston attempted to move it to his namesake city. The citizens of the fledgling Austin fought back hard, eventually forming a vigilante group and firing a cannon that let Mr. Houston know that the Texas seat of government wasn’t moving anywhere.
Though downtown Austin is inarguably exciting, the area is still a fantastic choice for those looking to settle down. There are many quiet neighborhoods with tree-lined streets throughout the downtown area like Clarksville just off of Lamar Street or Pemberton Heights located on the edge of downtown’s Pease Park. If you are looking for something more contemporary, there are plenty downtown condominium buildings to choose from. The downtown area is well served by grocery stores like Whole Foods, shopping districts like the new 2nd Street district and delicious food, from tacos to a foodie’s dream plate.
Austin is the hub of culture in central Texas and nowhere is that more apparent than in it’s happening downtown. Downtown Austin opens its arms to folks from all walks of life, from the punks of the Red River district to the dancers at the Austin Ballet on 2nd Street. If you are thinking of moving to central Texas, it doesn’t get any more Austin than downtown.