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The last decade has been an expensive one for Texans, with the median price of homes soaring 76% statewide. While every Texas metro area is going up in price, only one can be crowned most expensive: Austin.


A new report from the Texas Association of Realtors showed that houses in the Lone Star State have been increasing in demand from 2011-2020, especially in the capital city.

In the last decade, median home prices in the Austin-Round Rock metro shot up by 82%, starting at $189,000 in 2011 and closing out at $343,914 in 2020. Austin was the only metro area to break an average price of $300,000, though Midland came close at $299,000.

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Not only are you paying a premium for the luscious Hill Country location, but you're also paying more per square foot. Between 2011 and 2020, the price per square foot went up 78%, from $115 to $205.

And you'd better be quick to close—while you might have had time to mull it over in 2011, with an average of 84 days on the market, it was a different story in 2020, as homes only spent around 45 days on the market.

Although $109.1 billion worth of homes were sold in the Austin area in the last decade, the city actually didn't see the greatest price increase. The honor of biggest price jump goes to Dallas, where median prices rose by 94%, from $149,900 to $291,000.

Austin also didn't see as dramatic a jump as other areas of the state—Sherman residents, in North Texas, saw price increases across the board. Median home prices jumped 130%, from $87,000 to $200,000; price per square foot is up by 107%, from $58 to $121, and home sales are up by 123%.

Austin originalists rejoice—moving to Texas may have become trendy over the last ten years but in terms of the four largest metros in Texas, Austin fell second to last for the number of home sales. Dallas sold nearly a million homes over the last ten years, Houston sold 811,105, Austin sold only 315,946 and closing out the list, San Antonio sold 292,322.

If you're looking for a cheaper place to settle down, take a look at Wichita Falls. With a median home price of $145,000, the savings can't be beat.

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Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
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Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.