Sunday, February 05, 2006

Key Learnings: Geography is Destiny

I've spent the past week heavily researching Austin properties, touring some that are on the market, and doing a whole lot of listening.

I've learned a few things.

This move to Austin is all about quality of life, so the location of our home should also be about quality of life.

With that in mind, we've decided that we should probably live south of the river or east of 35 for easy airport access. We both travel for work a great deal, and easy access to the airport has become more important to us as we've explored Austin's neighborhoods and learned how the city's streets work...and don't work.

As Rick Black, one of our potential architects, pointed out, Austin isn't really an east-west is a north-south city. Driving to the airport from Northwest Austin in rush hour traffic might not be the most pleasant experience on the planet. Especially when you do it once or twice per week.

For said quality of life, we'll focus our search South of the Colorado River.

So, that's a milestone, isn't it? At least we've learned where we want (or need) to live.

Now we can continue the odyssey.


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