Damn you Austin Monthly

I don’t take a magazine purchase lightly. Because I know most of the content is available for free online, I am keenly aware that buying the dead-tree version is an irrational luxury.

So after suppressing my temptation to splurge on a number of glossy magazines promising an inside look at a number of different Game of Thrones characters at the grocery store, I sprung $4.95 for the latest Austin Monthly. While the interviews with Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark and Jon Snow beckoned me to my favorite fantasy, Austin Monthly’s feature on the city’s 20 best neighborhoods spoke to my reality. My wife and I are thinking of buying a house one of these days, so what article could be more relevant to my future?

Of course, even before I opened the magazine I knew that many of the neighborhoods profiled would be off-limits to middle class mortals such as ourselves. That didn’t prevent me from being indignant when I glimpsed the top three spots: Windsor Road (median sales price: $875k), West Lake Hills ($2.25 mil) and Allandale ($550k).

How dare this “community” magazine claim to offer me advice on real estate and then rub my face in things I can’t afford? How elitist!

After thinking about it for a few minutes, however, I realized how lucky I was that even a few of the 20 neighborhoods actually were doable. For many Austinites, there’s no part of this city that’s affordable.