Make the move to Austin or stay in bay area?

Salesforce zeefiddy
Feb 14 39 Comments

Spouse received an offer with Apple HW 160k (120 base) and I have the potential option of working remote with 160k base .

I'm considering whether it makes sense for us to make the move to Austin or just stay put in the bay area to optimize TC. I'm hoping to make a move to a better Tc if we continue in the bay area. But that might change if we move to Austin.

Obviously, the cost of housing is relatively leaser in Austin and we're hoping to start a family so that's a definite plus for it but not sure If we're giving up on the bay area too soon . Both of us are in early 30s at this point.

Any insight would be great !

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  • Apple
    enugh

    Apple

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    enughmore
    Moved from Austin to Bay Area. Never ever going back.
    Feb 14 1
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Yeah same question . Why? Career ? Weather ? Could use the insight. Thanks !
      Feb 14
  • Oracle not_larry
    No brainer. Move to Austin. This should be a poll.
    Feb 14 1
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Made it a poll
      Thanks!
      Feb 14
  • Veritas / Other 13Jija
    We are also thinking of moving out of Bay Area and after evaluating San Diego, Denver, Austin and Salt Lake City, we have decided Austin. It is a great city with great schools. Only drawback is that it is surrounded by Texas. And, you are correct that there are lot of good opportunities. TC may not be like Bay Area but will be enough that you will save good money for retirement.
    Feb 14 13
    • Apple texan
      Dude, 87 degrees is good weather.
      Feb 14
    • I like hot weather. 87F in winter is great for me. However, someone that enjoys the 60F of Bay Area cannot stand. I know because most of my Californian friends hate Austin heat.
      Feb 14
    • Apple texan
      No, 87 degrees is in the spring. Winters are cold. We get a few days of freeze but it's mostly 30-45F. Sometimes 50-60. Central Texas weather is unpredictable. The 4-5 of summer, it's 90-100.
      Feb 15
    • Apple texan
      Just FYI, I want you to be aware where you are moving. So much said, we still like the environment.
      Feb 15
    • Forecast today. I rest my case :)
      Feb 15
  • Salesforce tensorchic
    Live in Austin for three months. See if you like it. TC, career and all doesn't matter in the next 20 year term because both cities have avenues for that. What will matter is how much you love your life.
    Some people prefer Austin. I moved from Austin and won't go back. Everyone's got a different preference.
    Feb 14 4
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Thanks that's a good suggestion . Any reason why Austin might be a bad idea ? Weather/prospects ?
      Feb 14
    • Salesforce tensorchic
      Depends on what you want in your life. My considerations were.
      1) it's isolated. If you leave Austin, you have nothing interesting for at least 3-4 hours by road. Houston and Dallas are basically concrete jungles. So no weekend getaways.
      2) nature is flat. No hiking, no ocean. There's a lake you can kayak in, as large as shoreline park in MV.
      3) opportunities aren't that many. Yes you'll always have a good job. But given that I didn't like the city, I at least wanted an ocean of opportunities.
      4)

      If I start to find Bay area too expensive, I might consider Seattle or Denver.
      Feb 14
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Yeah makes sense. There aren't very many opportunities at least not yet. The rest can probably be fixed by an annual getaway but I see where you're coming from .
      Feb 14
    • Salesforce tensorchic
      I need a getaway every month. 😄
      At least that is what I do here. One trip a month in the middle of nature to hike and just be.
      You might not realize it now but maybe you should first live there for 3-4 months and then decide.
      Feb 14
  • LinkedIn dracaris
    Anyone thinking of moving there, please spend a weekend there in summer. Now imagine 4-5 months of this 95+ degrees weather. And this is getting worse each year. Do you really want to spend 1/3rd of your life indoors?

    The beauty of the valley is that even on the hottest summer weekends, you can drive an hour to the coast and be guaranteed great weather.
    Feb 14 1
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Actually this might work out for us. We prefer the heat to the cold. To give you an idea, az was also a contender on the list but just didn't have enough companies
      Feb 14
  • New / Eng sparked
    “Relatively lesser” LOL you can live like royalty in Austin with combined TC > 300k. Also as is apparent by your SO getting a job at Apple in Austin, it’s not like the opportunities are non-existent; all of FAANG (maybe not N) have tech in Austin and there are plenty of other top tech and startups in the city; sure your TC will never have the potential that it does in BA but unless your Combined TC gets above 500, you’ll have more disposable in Austin
    Feb 14 4
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Fair enough. But she is in hardware and I see a lot more hardware positions than software in Austin. Also, Facebook and Google seem to have support engineering related roles so I wasnt sure . Appreciate the insight though
      Feb 14
    • Google wFatDuck2
      lived in Austin until last year, 300k doesn't let you live like "royalty" at all.
      Feb 14
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Care to elaborate ? Housing is relatively affordable but property taxes are scary. Anything else I'm missing ?
      Feb 14
    • Google wFatDuck2
      Commute is garbage as bad as bay. Any of the "affordable" homes (sub 500k lets say) are miles away from Austin. In random "bedroom communities" with poor amenities, you have to drive everywhere, distances are huge and traffic is bad. Comp growth is capped, work is usually second tier unimportant (obviously exceptions exist)
      Feb 16
  • Tektronix / Sales
    BlueBerd

    Tektronix Sales

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    BlueBerdmore
    I left California a decade ago. One of the best decisions I ever made.
    Feb 14 0
  • Salesforce zeefiddy
    OP
    Fair enough. Although I suspect the 3 to 4 months thingy will be a logistical nightmare eventhough I really like it. Especially given that we're on visas. Thanks for the insight
    Feb 14 2
    • Salesforce tensorchic
      Sublease your apartment, get an Airbnb and remote work. It's a bigger nightmare if you go there and realize you want to relocate back here.

      No one on blind can substitute your own experience.
      Feb 14
    • Salesforce tensorchic
      Oh and not sure if your into this, but no weed in Texas. That alone makes me very sad. Even though I consume like once in few months, but freedom is a thing.
      Feb 14
  • Apple texan
    I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as soon as I could.

    You, on the other hand, should stay away. :)

    It's not nearly as cheap in Austin as people make it out to be. Also, it's hot.

    On the upside, great people and good communities.
    Feb 14 1
    • Salesforce zeefiddy
      OP
      Thanks for the insight. Truly appreciate it. Housing prices are def lower but property taxes are pretty high and have no bound . So that's scary . Plus the opportunities are way lesser.

      But I'm not sure if it's still worse than the bay area. I like the heat so that's not much of a problem.
      Feb 14
  • Intel mue ller
    Austin may become the next Seattle, in which case it will be a killer move. If it doesn’t, you may end up losing a lot of opportunities
    Feb 14 0
  • Apple K83$bdjk!
    Austin. It’s hot as hell there in the summer, but the BA sucks major ass. Enjoy the freedom and wide open spaces.
    Feb 14 0
  • New DvVM00
    too soon? gtfo! srsly it’s getting worse here, quickly
    Feb 14 0