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Austin City Spotlight

City Spotlight: Austin, Texas

Thinking about moving to Austin, Texas? Read our Q&A with Meritage’s Regional Marketing Director, Rick Stroud, as he shares the hot spots and exciting benefits of living in Austin.

 Q: Austin is ranked No. 1 in block parties. What is a popular food choice you would find at an Austin block party?

A: You are guaranteed to find tacos and BBQ at any Austin block party. And, of course, hot sauce is the condiment of choice.


Q: Which Meritage Homes community is best if homeowners want to live near the bustling downtown Austin area?

A: Our Solavera community is perfect for those who want to live in the heart of Austin. Located near south Lamar, this new community features one-of-a-kind homesites, a nearby park, and an incredibly convenient location near popular south Austin restaurants and entertainment.


Q: For those families who love to stay active, what are some great outdoor activities near the Austin area?

A: There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy while living in Austin. If you are a runner, then you’re in luck. Austin offers some of the broadest running terrains in Texas. One of the most popular trails is Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.

If water activities are more your style, then try paddle boats, rowing, or stand up paddleboarding on Town Lake. These options are a great way to get a workout in and enjoy the beauty Austin has to offer.


Q: Where’s the best local hot spot to grab a cup of joe?

A: Thunderbird Coffee is a local favorite. With two locations, this local shop specializes in high-quality, direct-trade coffee.


Q: Austin is known for its music scene. What’s your favorite music festival Austin hosts and why?

A: Austin City Limits Music Festival has a huge global draw. ACL offers an array of bands, tasty local grub, and an art scene that’s hard to beat. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely something to try.


Q: For those families who want to be near hiking trails, parks and baseball fields, which Meritage Home community is best for them?

A: The Trails of Shady Oak is a family-focused community that is close to Williamson County Regional Park, providing 800 acres of family fun, including miles of hiking trails. If your family is into sports, this community is near soccer facilities, baseball fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts.


Q: If homeowners haven’t been to Austin and are considering moving to the area, where should they tour to get a taste of the Austin lifestyle?

A: There are plenty of reasons why families call Austin home. Town Lake, SoCo (South Congress), and Zilker Park are great places to visit to get the vibe and culture of Austin.


Q: What’s the funkiest fact or reason you enjoy Austin?

A: Austin is so diverse. It’s a beautiful city, home to some of the best restaurants in Texas, and full of vibrant living with festivals and a thriving art scene.

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