Once when Republic of Tx Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar visited his pal Jacob Harrell for a hunting trip, he fell in love with the countryside and so on a sunny Fall day in 1838 he stated that, "This should be the seat of future government."
Once he became president of the Republic of Texas shortly thereafter, he began construction on a new Capitol in May 1839. He transferred the the capitol from Houston to Austin (named after Stephen F. Austin who was responsible for settling the town with English colonists in 1821. Austin at that time was merely a modest settlement, but in August of 1839 building lots in the newly platted metropolis were sold.
Since then Austin has developed into a attractive metropolis and is known as The Live Music Capitol of the World®.
With nearly two hundred clubs, concert halls, pubs and coffee shops, there might be 100's of various concerts and music appearances each and every night. The downtown region is the busy area along Sixth St.
Yet another good experience is to attend a taping of Austin City Limits. The show records on an irregular routine throughout the year, based on the musicians ' availability. The taping takes place on the 6th floor of the University of Tx College of Communications Bldg B. Tickets are free, they are on a first-come basis so make sure that you get them in advance.
Austin is additionally famous for its growing movie industry and is known as the third coast. Many very successful films have been produced in Austin and the annual Austin Film Festival is one of the top movie festivals in the country. MovieMaker magazine not long ago named Austin the Number 1 City to live and work and make movies.
If you live (or are going to be living) in Austin, you might want to sign up as an extra one time on a film. The pay's not wonderful, but you'll get wonderful peek behind the scenes and a few seconds of fame once the film shows at your local movie theater!
Austin has some really distinctive attractions. Between April and October, Austin's famous colony of Mexican free-tailed bats departs nightly around dusk from the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge just south of downtown. The excellent time of year for bat viewing is August. If you're visiting during during April and May, ensure to check out the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
For families, there are a lot of things to do. Pick from the Austin Children's Museum, the Austin Nature and Science to the dancing fountains and riverside meadow at the recently renovated Town Lake Park you won't have a boring weekend!
If you're looking for a comfortable vacation, look at the Lk Austin Spa Resort. It was awarded the #1 vacation spa in North America by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2010 and 2008, as well as being named one of the top ten spa retreats in Travel Leisure World Best Awards.
If you're transferring to Austin you'll easily come across most great regions to buy a home in Westlake, Lake Austin, Lk Travis, Downtown Austin, Central Austin, East Austin, Southwest Austin, Northwest Austin, South Austin, Round Rock or Cedar Park. As with many other metropolitan areas, downtown Austin offers a large variety of condos. If you'd like to live in a thriving downtown area, with easy access to cute coffee shops and a thriving music scene a condo could be perfect. Ever wanted to live where you can appreciate the countryside? - Austin has that too. Merely a couple of minutes drive out of Austin and you're in the Texas Hill Country with its broad countryside and the endless Texas sky stretching out as far as you can see.
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Annie Brunson has family in Austin. She co-owns New Quest City with her husband, Tim (a Texan). For much more information, click on www.newquestcity.com/newcities/TX/0210.cfm the place you'll discover demographics, school details, census info, properties for sale and more.
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