Depending on your standards of living, it may be slightly difficult to get all that you've mentioned here.
The absolute quickest and best advice I can give is to consider the E. Riverside corridor.
Its fast upcoming with new restaurants and standards in living while still affordable and near downtown.
I would lock in a 2-3yr lease if you can.
Call Bryan Treat below. Looks like he's ready to help.
I work for JB Goodwin, and we do more leases than anyone else in Austin.
Give me a call, and I can send you a bunch of places in different parts of town. When you find one you like, I'll open the doors for you, and help you with the paperwork.
I do this all day, everyday.
I moved here myself from Chicago three years ago. Welcome back! I've enjoyed getting to know Austin like I did Chicago, and would love to help if you find yourself still in need.
DEN Property Group