This is why people LOVE Austin.

New HXwF46
Jan 9 162 Comments

Me and Wife have a total combined TC of 160. We have a great house that has appreciated 80% in 3 years. Sitting on top of a hill with 5 mile vistas on 1.8 acres. Gigabit internet. Neighbors, can barely see them. Hundreds of trees on property. Drive time for me to downtown, 20-45 mins based on level of traffic. Great shopping area 5 mins away. Great schools.

Now go filter for 1+ acre house in the bay area, with a 30-45 min drive time. You are looking at like 10+ million. There. Debate solved. #seattle #sanfrancisco #bayarea #austin

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  • Apple azrael5
    Also, most of us have investment houses in Austin/TX - it’s not like you can’t buy them using money earned in Bay Area!
    Seems you need conviction that you made the right choice?
    Jan 9 10
    • Amazon / Eng newdecade
      yeah, dude, sorry I have ethics and I'm not a POS to use my priviledge against others. You were silver spoon fed and it shows
      Jan 9
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      I dont need convincing I may end up bay area soon, but I'll for sure keep this house as a rental.
      Jan 9
    • Apple azrael5
      Goodness you guys are out of touch!! What do you think ppl do with investment real estate - shrink wrap it to keep it pristine? Of course it’ll be rented, to generate positive cash flow - SMH
      Jan 9
    • Motorola / Eng middlename
      @amazon being a landlord is providing a service. They take care of the mortgage and maintenance of the house. Are you suggesting poor people should just buy houses? Because they can't.
      Jan 10
    • Amazon / Eng newdecade
      Yeah it's cool if he's not raising rent to make a profit off others
      Jan 10
  • Amazon eizidmrj
    my friend left there bc his car dashboard melted in the heat
    Jan 9 4
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      No. It didn't. They lied to you. Lived here since the 90's, even the brutal 30 days over 100. nothing melted. I heard this from no one. The plus side, is we have an amazing fall winter spring like we are now. Lake travis and several great swimming spots. Not fridged like the pacific.
      Jan 9
    • Amazon eizidmrj
      it’s true, my dash melted a bit even in NYC so Austin even hotter
      Jan 9
    • T-Mobile / Eng alme
      Stop leaving your kids toys car outside in summer.
      Jan 9
    • AT&T / Sales GDkK17
      I recall reading something about Altima dashboards melting a while back... #truestory
      Jan 9
  • Amazon / Eng newdecade
    Okay now come back us in the summer. Also wow that's low combined TC.
    Jan 9 21
    • Capital One g_belson
      🧂
      Jan 10
    • Amazon cofkdkcjcj
      yes crayons and pictures are more your tool than typing
      Jan 10
    • Capital One g_belson
      For those reading this: Notice how no counterevidence has been offered.

      /thread
      Jan 10
    • Amazon cofkdkcjcj
      notice (or not) the ignorance in the face of evidence.

      go back to ur crayons and gerbers
      Jan 10
    • Mitel
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      BigHeartedmore
      TC in Austin about the same as HXwF46 OP and a little more lopsided split than that. Health care pay is lower that the area we had to move from. Still, we love Austin and surrounding areas. Great standard of living... nice big house for the two of us, enough to keep both cars in the garage, not in the street; no mortgage. Can go out with the dog every morning while drinking my first cup of coffee without having to put on a jacket.
      4d
  • Simpli.fi PoP85
    🤫🤫 there's already way to many people coming here
    Jan 9 0
  • Pinterest blipin
    OP, you don’t understand. I can live in bay area and save a million in 4 years in bay area and buy an even bigger house than yours in Austin all cash while you still pay your mortgage and make 160k a year

    So tell me where should I live while I am still in my prime and command a tc of 500k
    Jan 9 12
    • Intel Cyzd15
      400k TC is combined TC with husband. I’m in sales and he’s at NVIDIA
      Jan 9
    • Juniper 5'1"Indian
      400k in Austin?! You must live like Kings!
      Jan 9
    • Intel Cyzd15
      We live in a very nice 500k home, and save tons of money. Which is good because we’ll be expanding our family soon 😊
      Jan 9
    • Congrats! Intel
      Jan 9
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      Congrats Intel! How many more cores are you hoping to get up to?
      7d
  • Facebook S4MEER
    Enjoy your heat, tornadoes, crime, traffic getting even worse in the future
    Jan 9 6
    • BAE Systems dudekid
      I think traffic is just something we ALL have to get use it.. it isn’t getting easier no matter where you are
      Jan 9
    • Amazon / Eng newdecade
      Unless there's public transit :)
      Jan 9
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      Heat - only in July thru Sept and great the rest of the time.

      Crime - Austin is the second safest big city in America. What?

      Tornados - That's Dallas. No tornados hit Austin.....

      Traffic - it's bad during rush hour for 1-2 hours. After or before it's a breeze.
      Jan 9
    • Facebook sxjj41
      Traffic in Bay Area is way worse
      Jan 9
    • Apple RoidRage
      Driving anywhere on MoPac from south to north (like 360 to the domain) is an hour plus in traffic. When I first moved there it was an easy 15 minutes. God forbid you attempt I-35. Throw in Texas relays, ACL, concerts in the park, SXSW...
      Jan 9
  • Oracle Open24hrs
    Mosquitos and attacking fire ants.

    Don't touch anything moving outside. It will bite you.

    And the Asian food in Austin sucks
    Jan 9 12
    • Boeing chodia
      Also cons is lack of outdoors. You can’t tell me that hill country and Enchanted Rock is even CLOSE to having Tahoe, Yosemite, SEKI, mammoth, Big Sur, Carmel, etc all within day-trip reach. Big Bend might be the closest thing but it’s still 9+ hours away
      Jan 9
    • Amazon / Eng newdecade
      Seattle has the best outdoors
      Jan 9
    • Oracle Open24hrs
      @boeing

      Yeah. Not as much outdoor activities as California. But with the good salary and low COL, it is a quick flight to Colorado. And if you want beaches, fly to Cabo or FLA.
      Jan 9
    • Boeing chodia
      Depends on your priorities — I moved away from TX because there would be a Saturday where I want to go hiking in some proper mountains, but I couldn’t.

      In CA, you can just go on a whim and not have to think about flights, rental car, lodging or whatever. Everyone I met in tx said the same thing “it’s a quick flight to Denver etc etc” but for example November I went hiking 4 weekends in a row in the mountains, Yosemite, whatever. That would never happen in Austin. Especially after you factor other costs like trip to the airport, rental car, hotel, it was too much for me.

      A lot of it is personal priorities though. I love the outdoors but a lot of people don’t care and for them Austin or even Houston (ew) is perfectly ok for them
      Jan 9
    • Oracle Open24hrs
      @boeing

      Yeah. Did my fair share of mtn biking and hiking in CA. Not so much interested in it anymore. Even when in the bay area, whimsical trips took a lot of time. Add in the commute, then the crowds, it became too much of a hassle. And you can only get so far on legs, the same trails got old.

      Austin has trails for foot and mtn bike. But, yes, pales in comparison to CA.

      But if I am to do anything like that nowadays I think I'd lean towards more into overlanding.
      7d
  • Ironclad / Legal ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬
    Is this supposed to be a boasting post to brag about your farm house in Austin?
    Jan 9 5
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      Nope. Just clearing up the debate in the context of standard of living.
      Jan 9
    • Google swinglyf
      Standard of living isn’t about the size of your house though. If it floats your boat, more power to you, of course.
      Jan 9
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      You are absolutly correct at a certain level more sq footage of a house doent matter. However space that is connected to nature is a primary component that really does improve quality of live and that's not affordable unless you are executive level in bay area.
      Jan 9
    • Google swinglyf
      It’s a preference, and sounds like it’s yours. I like nature, but I def wouldn’t live in it. I like crowded spaces in my daily life much more than I like quiet. But the beach is walkable from where I live, lots of trails within an hour and Tahoe 4 hours so I’m definitely not looking for the kind of house you’re referring to independent of compensation
      Jan 9
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      I didnt know how it would improve my life either until I had it. Former city rat.
      Jan 9
  • Google bighead2
    Austin is where you go to retire after working 5 years in the Bay :)
    Jan 9 2
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      I agree its ironically possible, which is why I'm interviewing for bay area positions. I'm not happy about it however, living in an apartment that sucks for 4k wouldn't be a step up....but I'm young so that's fine.
      Jan 9
    • Google bighead2
      You could prob get a really nice 2br for 4k, FWIW.

      But I see what you mean. I loved Austin when I visited (and Balcones a few hours away were beautiful). No need to sacrifice if you're loving it there now.
      Jan 9
  • Gald u r happy.
    I like Austin too.

    But wouldn't leave the bay for now.
    Might change mind later.
    Jan 9 7
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      I view it as a possible step of my professional development career. That's the main reason. Stacking up equity is the second factor driving that. BTW roku, you have an Austin office. Can you ref for it?
      Jan 9
    • Roku pikman
      I don’t know what roles are available in Austin...

      Do you need to stack up equity? Sounds like you’re pretty set.
      Jan 9
    • New HXwF46
      OP
      Yes I feel like I do. I spent a few years in a startup that isn't going to translate into meaningful equity. I checked the Austin office and don't see any relevant roles as I dont have 5 years TV background.
      Jan 9
    • AT&T czct10
      > gald
      4d
    • Haha. Good catch!
      I'll leave it in there though.
      4d

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