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Mary, Other/Just Looking in 93245

Best areas around Austin other than Round rock with good schools and great for families

Asked by Mary, 93245 Fri Jul 9, 2010

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Hi Mary,
I agree about wanting to know where you want to live by looking at the schools, particularly if you have kids. Well, the best places to start are or for what the facts are.

Personally, I live in Steiner Ranch and have for 10 years. In fact, I am building my 3rd house here and moved here looking for great schools to raise kids in. My opinions haven't changed. They just opened their 3rd elementary school here and a middle school. All in the neighborhood and they are all exemplary rated. The new highschool that is only minutes away now is great as well. OK, so I am a little biased, but if you have any questions about it, please feel free to contact me.

Bryan Kelley
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 11, 2010
Dear Mary,
There are several great ISD's around Austin. Personally I like Lake Travis ISD and Dripping Springs ISD. Leander is also an up and coming area that is reported to have good schools. You should take a look at or and see for yourself. These websites may help you decide what is right for you and your family. They show the student to teacher ratio and TAKs score averages. Hopefully it will help you to decide where you want to be.

Betina Foreman, Realtor
Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
Hi Mary,
Check out this sight for school reports, It is very informative:
If I can be of any help in finding the perfect home, please contact me.
Cindy Crawford, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty-Lake Travis
(512)522-5002 phone
(512)410-3458 Fax
1921 Lohman's Crossing #100
Austin, TX 78734
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
Dear Trulia,
Why is a question from 2010 being pushed as a new question in 2013? It seems an agent with an incomplete Trulia profile answered it yesterday, three years after it was posted. This was the first Q/A to pop up as new question when I logged on today. This seems very odd to me. Surely you can close old questions to new answers? There has been no new or pertinant information posted in over the last two years. Can you fix this? Thanks!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 3, 2013
Lake Travis and West Lake also get high marks yet Cedar Park and Avery Ranch are great communities with great schools as well.

Joe Casey
Goldwasser Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
As was previously noted, provides a good review of schools in Texas and the Austin area.

In addition to Lake Travis ISD, Eanes, Leander (Cedar Park/Leander Area) and Circle C (in SW Austin) are also excellent choices.

Feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss your ideal area further.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
Eanes and Lake Travis are exemplary ISD's in the Austin area. There are also other school districts that are not exemplary overall but have schools that are exemplary within the district. For example, the 3 3 elementary schools and middle school in Steiner Ranch are exemplary. If you would like more information on areas and schools, please call me at 512-695-5144 or email me at Here is a link to the school ratings:


Kristee Leonard, REALTOR®
Broker, GRI, SFR
512-695-5144 Cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
Dear Mary,
Have you been able to narrow down which schools appeal to you? It has been over six months since I gave you the two best websites to research schools. So I just wanted to follow up and see if the information was helpful. If you need something else please let me know.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 6, 2011
Hello Mary,
I am not a realtor, but since you were asking I thought I would chime in and give you my two cents on this one. I moved here 2 years ago with my family and we settled in Lakeway to which we absolutely love! There are many other great suggestions here from others, but if you are considering moving I would definitely take a look at this area. Extremely family friendly, as to most restaurants have play areas, proximity to lake, and not much traffic.

Anyway that is my two cents for whatever it's worth.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 14, 2010
Mary, my husband has been with the Leander ISD for over 25 years and is the new principal for Four Points Middle School. The LISD school campuses to be a culture of diversity, respect for one another, and a nurturing learning environment. It seems in many areas gone are the days when kids will use common courtesies with one another and adults, but I see it all the time in many of the Leander ISD campuses where there is genuine respect for each other - a culture created from the top authority on down. This culture is much more conducive for life time learning! Cedar Park has been ranked #1 in the nation to raise a family, because of its quality of life, safety, schools, and affordability. Cedar Park's leadership has been fiscally prudent so our taxes remain stable to low, and have a vision of creating more venues for families - Schlitterbahn water park (soon to come!), Cedar Park Center that hosts events and ice hockey, the Railyard's historic train, miles and miles of hike and bike trails, small water play areas, recreation centers, kayaking and canoeing, skateboard parks, sporting events, libraries, etc. Because there are major transportation corridors that intersect in Cedar Park, you will discover easy commutes to Austin and Round Rock unlike other areas that experience congestion and longer drive times.

Lake Travis ISD and Dripping Springs ISD are two other great school districts, but sometimes the commutes to work and/or Austin can be challenging. The scenery and proximity to the lake along with access to golf helps offset the commute factor.

If you would like tours of school campuses, I'll be happy to arrange them so you may get a feel for the culture of each.

Wishing yout he best!

Goldwasser Real Estate

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 11, 2010
Hello Mary,

As has been said I would recommend Cedar Park. I have lived here for 6 years and there is so much to do in the area. Schools are great and you are not too far from the downtown or Lake Travis. I previously lived in Round Rock before moving here.

Good luck with your search and if you need any help or have questions please let me know.

You can read my blog on the market conditions in Cedar Park by looking at my profile.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
Hi Mary!
I taught school for 13 years before going into real estate and I make it a point to keep up with school ratings. My husband is a teacher also! I’ve found that most military families settling in Austin do focus in on two or three key areas and the key factor has been the schools. We are so fortunate in the Central Texas area to have good public schools and Joe’s answer right on target. I’ve provided the links here to the Leander ISD schools and the Austin area high schools. In addition to the website, you can get the state rankings on the school district sites.…

When are you planning your move and how old are your kids? I have a great relocation packet about the Austin area that I can mail to you and if you have any questions about the area I’d love to help you out. Feel free to email or call 512-789-1871. I’d be more than happy to share my knowledge about neighborhoods feeding into highly rated schools.
Heather Kight
Keller Williams Realty
Certified Relocation Specialist
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
Hi I'm William McCarthy my wife and three kids live in Long Island, retiring in two yrs and we are really interested in Texas.please send me that relocating packet .schools are our number priority,our kids will be 9 when I retire.thank you billy
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You said "around Austin", so are you not planning on living IN Austin? Austin is the cherry, though it can be an expensive one. There are plenty of suburban areas that aren't central city that have "good schools and great for families" and prices will definitely be less than something more central. If you leave Round Rock out of the equation, then you are looking at suburban communities in Austin ISD, Leander ISD, Eanes ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Hays Cosolidated ISD, Del Valle ISD, Manor ISD, Dripping Springs ISD. A little further and you get to Hutto ISD, Taylor ISD, & Georgetown ISD. All of these areas could be considered as areas to live in the "greater Austin area". Of these, I would look at the better schools in the school districts of Austin, Lake Travis, Eanes (expensive for the most part), Leander, & Pflugerville for high achieving schools. There will be nicer neighborhoods in all of these.

If you sent me a price range to work in, I would be glad to send you back some more detailed suggestions. I've lived in this area for 40+ years and worked as a Realtor for 25+ of them. My experience could be useful to you. Give me a call at (512)203-4100 or email to and we can get a finer tune on what you are wanting and what can work for you.

Thanks for posting the question. This is a wonderful area to live in.

Joe Bryson, ABRM, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRS
Real Estate Alliance, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
hi Joe, I am looking to buy a home at premium area in Austin, which is comparable to River Oak in Houston, and I may send my kid to private school. Do you have any suggestion?
Flag Tue Jul 8, 2014
I have to concur with Cindy Crawford, if school ratings and reviews are your focus, is the best place to start!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
Schools are very important for sure. As always there are likely other important issues to consider.
Having lived in and around Austin since the mid 80's I've witnessed a lot of change. In my opinion, for Austin proper, I'd look at the AISD schools that feed into Austin HIgh or Bowie High. Dripping Springs ISD, Lake Travis ISD & Eanes ISD are all top area choices..
There are more for sure. If I can be of nay service please feel free to contact me directly.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
Hello Mary,
My personal opinion on the best family oriented area in/around Austin would be Cedar Park. Great schools and lots of kid friendly activities. I was in Cedar Park for the 4th of July and my daughter had a blast, was much more fun for her than downtown Austin. If you need any help, then feel free to contact me.

Sean McNulty
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 10, 2010
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