What Does it Really Cost to Live in Austin?

Apartment Therapy's Cost of Living Report

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A number of my friends have recently moved to Austin from other major cities both on the East and West coasts. Known for its food scene and creative community, Austin is attracting more urbanites from all around. Here’s a look at what it costs to live there.  

Essentials and Entertainment

Milk:  $2.05
Monthly Metro Regional Pass:  $64
Gas:  
$3.14/gal
Movie ticket:  
$10.13
Restaurant Dinner:  $23
Beer (draft pint):  $3
Cocktail:  $10

Housing for Rent

Median Rents:

Downtown: $ 2,190
North Austin: $ 780
Hyde Park:  N/A

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One Bedroom Examples

Downtown:1 bed, 1 bath, 819 square feet, $1,484 

North Austin: 1 bed, 1 bath, 642 square feet, $800

Hyde Park:  1 bed, 1 bath, 510 square feet, $1,100

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Two Bedroom Examples

Downtown: 2 bed, 2 bath, 

1,170 square feet, $2,950

North Austin: 2 bed, 1.5 bath, 968 square feet, $1,395 

Hyde Park: 2 bed, 1 bath, 874 square feet, $1,406

Housing for Sale

Median Price:

Downtown: $ 275,500

North Austin: $ 142,900

Hyde Park: $ 270,600

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Two Bedroom Examples
Downtown: 2 bed, 2 bath, 2,117 square feet, $850,000


North Austin: 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,105 square feet, $92,500 
Hyde Park: 2 bed, 1 bath, 859 square feet, $169,900

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Three Bedroom Examples

Downtown: 3 bed, 2 bath, $2,697 square feet, $999,900

North Austin: 3 bed , 2 bath, 1,377 square feet, $139,900

Hyde Park: 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 3,730 square feet, $370,000

(Image via: Shutterstock, Listings via Zillow)