Hold our craft beer, Austin. Funkytown's a vibe.
A list published August 15 by real estate website Mansion Global named Fort Worth among the five “vibing” towns in Texas that aren’t Austin.
The publication notes that while Austin may attract a lot of attention from non-Texans who adore the city’s “funky atmosphere, vibrant music scene, foodie credentials, and outdoorsy lifestyle,” it’s not the only place in Texas featuring those amenities.
Anyone looking for the Austin vibe without the Austin home prices would do well to look at the country's newly minted 12th largest city, Mansion Global says, citing Fort Worth's many cultural amenities and a lively music and nightlife scene, along with numerous small and large music venues such as Billy Bob’s and Cowtown Opry.
“Fort Worth is a culturally well-rounded place to live, with a vibrant food scene, world-class art museums, and performing arts centers,” John Zimmerman, a real estate agent with Compass in Fort Worth, tells Mansion Global. “Fort Worth has one of the most attractive business climates in Texas, so we’re seeing many business owners from California, Illinois, and the East Coast relocate here.”
He adds that many of Fort Worth entrepreneurs and their families were patrons of the arts, which has made the city a cultural center for Texas. For example, he says, Kay and Velma Kimbell, business owners, art collectors and philanthropists, established the Kimbell Art Museum with their collection.
And don't forget that "Cowtown" is the city of cowboys and culture.
“The Fort Worth Stockyards has multiple restaurants and music venues, and new ones are planned,” Zimmerman points out.
For homebuyers, Fort Worth offers vast ranches with wide-open spaces, master-planned communities with parks and trails, historic bungalows in older neighborhoods, and urban condos for those who want to live closer to downtown.
Notably, Dallas did not make the list.
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Another city Mansion Global suggests checking out San Marcos, 30 miles to the south of Austin. It is home of Texas State University and two outlet malls, among other attractions.
The website observes that cultural life in San Marcos includes outdoor concerts, monthly “Art Squared events” with local artists, artists’ booths at the farmers market, and art displays at local restaurants.
San Marcos, part of the Austin metro area, “used to be a sleepy place in the 1990s, then Texas State University started expanding,” Kimberly Adams, a real estate agent with McNabb & Co. in San Marcos, tells Mansion Global. “Now there are about 40,000 students and around 70,000 permanent residents here. So, we’re still small compared to Austin, but we have the Hill Country amenities and a great music scene here.”
About 50 miles south of San Marcos is another “vibing” place singled out by Mansion Global: San Antonio.
Mansion Global emphasizes that San Antonio boasts some of the same attributes as Austin: music venues, great restaurants, and Hill Country surroundings.
“San Antonio’s Hispanic-Tejano culture infuses the foodie culture and music scene, which covers the gamut from country to heavy metal to hip-hop to Latino styles,” Mansion Global points out.
Tamara Strait, a real estate agent with Phyllis Browning Co. in San Antonio and daughter-in-law of country music legend George Strait, tells Mansion Global that San Antonio draws people who covet privacy.
“People move here from other parts of Texas, from California, Seattle, and New York because they like living in the Hill Country that surrounds downtown and yet have the convenience of being close to the city,” she says. “There’s plenty of luxury shopping and great restaurants in town, and then people like to take day trips to the wineries and music venues nearby in places like Fredericksburg and Luckenbach.”
Rounding out the list of the five “vibing” locales in Texas are Corpus Christi, praised for its access to boating, fishing, and beaches; and Marfa, the arts and cultural mecca in West Texas.