I'm in Cedar Park and love it. Outside of Austin proper, parenting seems to trend more toward the mainstream, but if you look hard enough, you can find likeminded people. I agree with the PP--you can't get anywhere easily around rush hour (about 7-9am and about 4-7pm), but outside of that, it really doesn't take long to get anywhere. Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD are both districts with great reputations. Eanes ISD is the most well regarded, but it's also (unsurprisingly) the most expensive area to live in. To the south, Dripping Springs ISD and Hays CISD are good too. Austin ISD is mixed, with some fantastic schools and some not so great ones. I'm not aware of any schools here that don't have art and music programs. Leander ISD has art, music, and theater arts starting with kindergarten. Teaching jobs may be hard to come by due to recent statewide budget cuts, unless you speak Spanish, work with special ed, or are skilled in math and science. There are great parks and hiking/biking trails everywhere, but in the summers you'll have to stick to pools and splashpads, because it's unbearably hot here. Allergies are intense here too. And while most areas are bike friendly for recreational bike use, you'll be more limited if you'll be more limited as to where you can use bikes as transportation. It's a really spread out area. Also, there are just so many months that it's insanely hot here that biking during the day can be miserable. There are lots of farmers markets, a couple of local farm/natural food delivery services, and a few natural grocery stores (Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Sunflower) depending on your location. Also, the major grocery store chain here has a surprising amount of organic and natural products due to the demand here. There's a huge AP community in Austin, and nursing in public is pretty common (at least for the first couple of years). There are lots of great La Leche League groups too, including a couple of toddler meetings. Babywearing is very common. It's a beautiful area with a lot of great people, and most (although certainly not all) people who come here never want to leave. (Hence the horrible rush hour traffic.) Also--I'm not sure what kind of band your husband is in, but you may be surprised by the diversity of live music venues. There certainly are a lot downtown, but there are also a lot in the surrounding areas too. It seems like every other restaurant features live music playing on the weekends. Good luck in making your decision and in wherever you end up!