There are so many areas in Austin under $300k. Traffic is rough, so I always ask relocation clients if they know where they will be working. Not saying you should live next door, but finding a home within a 20 minute drive to work will make your life in Austin more enjoyable.
Second to that, I always ask about your lifestyle preferences. What type of house are you looking for? Is age or condition important? Do you like to walk or bike? When you're not home, where do you spend most of your time?
If you're coming to town for a weekend, I'd be happy to show you neighborhoods (view house too) that are in your price point.
I'm partial to South Austin because homes are still affordable. Many neighborhoods have available inventory in the $200-$300K range. Another plus to South Austin... you can get good prices but still be close to downtown, Town Lake, Restaurants and fun stuff. Central Austin, (other side of Downtown) has super cute historic bungalows, but range from $350-700K.
Give me a call and I'll set aside an afternoon to show you around.
There are lots of nice kid and dog friendly neighborhoods in your price range and I would be happy to show you around when you visit Austin. Contact me at
Sierra Homes Realty
There's no simple, straightforward answer to your question. I've helped many young couples looking for exactly what you are asking about. I'd love to help you too.
There are so many factors - where will you and your spouse be working? Do you want to be zoned for good schools now, or could you wait to "move-up" when they are 5 years old? Or would a charter school be an option. Will you be comfortable with an older house that you'd want to update over time? Or do you want move-in ready, new or new-ish? Social life? Biking and hiking?
Check my reviews here on Trulia - http://www.trulia.com/profile/charlesmclagan . I used to live in SF - Potrero Hill, we might get along great. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, lets see if I'm the right guy for you!