Aug 06

Moving is always a hard thing to do, you have to uproot your life and settle down somewhere else, and you don’t always know whether that place is a good fit for you. So for everyone making the journey all the way from New York to Austin, Texas, or maybe just considering it, the Papasan Properties team wants to make you feel welcome here in our great city, as well as tell what you should expect to find here.

Let’s talk about some of the differences between NYC and Austin. First and foremost is housing and transportation. 

One fact of life in NYC is that you can get basically everywhere without a car due to the city’s public transportation system or by simply walking there. Austin, on the other hand, has no subway, while the bus network is very handy, overall it does not match up to NYC. But there is far less traffic in Austin, so having a car will grant you a lot of freedom.

Now let’s talk housing, Austin is simply going to get you more bang for your buck than New York will. Apartments and houses are going to be cheaper for their value here than in New York. This means you can probably get a nice upgrade for what you were previously paying for.

New York has a staggering amount of diversity in its cuisine, and though Austin doesn’t match it, it is nothing to laugh at. Austin has a rich food culture that extends beyond Tex-Mex, and plenty of things unique to Austin.

Austin is known for its vibrant food truck scene. There are food truck “parks” and stand alone food trucks scattered throughout the city. Of course, there are plenty of options for tacos, barbecue, and coffee, but many other tastes are represented as well. You can find food trucks featuring pan Asian, Thai ice cream, Italian, Haitian, seafood, and many more options. 

The pizza scene in Austin is booming, with high quality representatives of most styles available for takeout and delivery. DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana, Little Deli and Pizzeria, and Home Slice serve up Neopolitan, Jersey, and New York style pies, respectively. A lesser known style that had die hard fans in Austin is Detroit-style served up by Via 313. Tony C’s Coal-Fired brings one of the oldest style pizzas to town. Eastside Pies is a local favorite with outposts far beyond the east side and features both classic pizza toppings and local flavors.

If you’re seeking more upscale options, don’t worry. Austin’s culinary scene boasts a number of James Beard award winners and nominees. In 2020, the foundation added the Best Chef: Texas category, and Austin is home to three semi-finalists. Some of the most famous local chefs are Aaron Franklin, Paul Qui, and Tyson Cole. 

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what Austin has to offer food lovers. A great resource to start researching your own must visit list is The Austin Food Blogger Alliance.

If you love going to Central Park in NYC you will find that Austin does not disappoint with plenty of great outdoor spaces and with an incredible amount of nature nearby. Hikers and fans of the outdoors will have plenty of hikes and other excursions to go on at any time.

Zilker Park is the crown jewel of the Austin Parks system. It’s home to many of Austin’s famous festivals and the iconic Stevie Ray Vaughan statue. The Barton Creek Greenbelt has multiple entry points, rock climbing, and bouldering. Butler Metro Park features a splash pad and the new Alliance Children’s Garden. At Dick Nichols District park there is something for everyone including hike and bike trails, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. The 227-acre Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is outside of the city center and a habitat for the endangered golden-cheeked warbler.

The Austin Parks’ Foundation, City of Austin Parks and Recreation, and Travis County Parks’ websites have information on more great outdoor spaces in the Austin area. When you are ready to venture outside the Austin Metro area, the Texas Parks and Wildlife site will help you find the activities you are seeking.

Thank you for reading, and to all the people making the journey to Austin in these difficult times, we welcome you with open arms to our wonderful city.

Papasan Properties are relocation specialists. Our agents can guide you through the home buying process completely virtually. Contact us at (512) 330-1004 or today to learn the next steps in your NYC to Austin journey.