The Texas state capital of Austin is often mentioned as one of the best places to live in Texas, and in the entire country. The University of Texas is also in Austin, one of the top higher-education schools in Texas with an abundance of jobs and reasonably priced Austin Real Estate for students near campus.

The historic 6th Street District has undergone a complete renovation and a renaissance as the premier nightlife entertainment area in Austin. 6th Street plays host to a number of Austin country music and barbecue restaurants, plus the Esther's Follies Comedy Club. Downtown Austin provides many office jobs, which have grown in recent years due to a boom in high-tech companies, close to apartments in Austin. Starting at Lady Bird Lake downtown, which is surrounded by a biking and hiking trail, the seven lakes comprising the Highland Lakes chain provide great fishing for over 150 miles.

The best places to live in Austin Texas for families includes the adjacent Round Rock area, part of the five-county metropolitan area. Prominent shopping malls in Austin are the Lakeline Mall, which houses over 150 stores. South Congress Avenue is the place with many things to do in Austin; visiting galleries, taking part in some fun recreation, and eating at delicious restaurants.  It's all there. The Austin Nature and Science Center, plus the Austin Steam Train, are popular with visitors and residents.

The historic Warehouse District is a popular congregation of restaurants and some of the best places to shop in Austin, plus nightlife and apartment living within walking distance of Downtown Austin. The Warehouse District is also known as the fourth street area.

Austin Real Estate offers many areas with good schools, ideal for students in growing families. Among apartments in Austin, a good place to live is at Gables at the Terrace. The Kiddie Acres Amusement Park is a popular place for Austin Families, and for horse lovers the Bear Creek Stables offers riding lessons. Wells Branch in the northwest side is one of the Best places to live in Austin Texas.