About Austin Offices
Austin is weird. Full of bats. And they like it that way. Austin is a city of many talents, too. An eclectic mixture of music, art, pharmaceutical, biotech, defense and high tech companies, Austin is a great place to rent office space. The diversity of communities in Austin suits every kind of lifestyle and business you can imagine, from skyscrapers to sheds it’s here.
According to the FBI, the city has the distinction of being the second safest city in the U.S., and was ranked #1 in 2012 by Forbes for job growth. All this combined makes Austin a great place to live. Austin’s mild climate is amiable to all kinds of outdoor sports, with bike-friendly trails, three large lakes, over 50 swimming pools, including the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the country. Austin is a training paradise for many world-class athletes too.
The city’s reputation as a creative, arts and music hub has earned it the name, “Live Music Capital of the World.” But Austin is also known for having one of the largest bat colonies in the world, with over 1.5 million of the furry creatures flying out from under the Congress Street bridge on a warm evening.
Historically, the Austin area started as a mission settlement in 1730, and by the 1830s, outside settlers had arrived in the area. In 1839, Austin became the seventh location for capital of the Republic of Texas! At the time the area was called “Waterloo” so the city was renamed after Stephen F. Austin, the first President of the Republic of Texas. The city grew steadily over the intervening years, and by 1980 was solidly established as a high-tech and government center.
Most of Austin’s appeal as a livable city comes from its quirky and independent population. Austin has managed to maintain its small-town feel by supporting local and independent business owners while shunning big-box retailers and chain stores. Austin is known for being an eclectic city with a large base of artists, designers, musicians, authors, composers, actors and actresses. Many of Hollywood’s elite has second homes in the Austin area.
Weird things you shouldn’t miss include Hippie Hollow, Austin’s nude beach, the Cathedral of Junk, a cathedral made of junk, the annual Gorilla run, where runners race dressed as gorillas, and a stay at the haunted Driscoll Hotel, where you can also visit the bar to get a drink and some beef jerky after your ghost encounter.
Business Space in Austin
Austin’s primary business sectors include high-tech, energy, defense, communications, government, music and entertainment.
Employers with corporate headquarters in Austin include Dell Computer, Whole Foods Market, Gowalla, GSD&M Idea City, Schlotzsky's, Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Other major employers include Apple, eBay, Google, Advanced Micro Devices, IBM, Intel, BAE Systems, Texas Instruments and 3M.
The Downtown Central Business District is a high-rise wonderland where the buildings are purposefully spread out and height restricted to allow an unobstructed view of the magnificent State Capital Building from every direction. Austin is the capital of Texas so government is an important business sector here too.
The downtown area is throbbing with nightlife, music, restaurants, art galleries and museums, and has attracted condo development as more people have moved into the downtown area, where they can both work and play.
A decade ago, the historic area known as “Rainey Street” was added to the central business district in an effort to bring new life to the area around the Austin Convention Center. The area showcases historic homes that have been converted into quirky and unique restaurants and bars, with outside patio dining being a key feature here.
The Sixth Street area of Austin is where all the trendy nightlife happens, with restaurants, bars, clubs, and music venues and of course, shopping in abundance.
Everyone in the know goes to Second Street for wine, coffee, music and high-end shopping. Recently, the area has become a business destination too, with several new mix-use buildings entering the neighborhood.
The Red River Cultural District is a more traditional downtown district that includes restaurants, museums and theatre.
The West End (also known as Market District) is an industrial area that has been renovated into upscale dining, shopping and housing.
The South Congress Corridor (also known as SoCo) is the place to go for funky and quirky shopping, and unique restaurant experiences. It’s here where most of the street festivals and food trucks can be found.
Facts about Austin:
Austin is spread out over 271 square miles, covers three counties (Travis, Williamson and Hays) and rises from 425 feet to 1,000 feet above sea level in elevation.
The average low temperature is 41? F in January and the average high temperature is 97? F in July, and there is an average of 18 days a year where the temperature is over 100? F.
Thankfully, it rains about 35 inches a year in Austin, but it rarely snows with only 0.6 inches of snowfall a year.
As of 2013, Austin has an estimated population of 842,600 people, with a racial mix of 68% Caucasian, 8% African-American, 35% Hispanic, 6% Asian and 1% American Indian.
Austin’s population is young with a median age at 31, and the population tends to be well educated.