I'll be working from home, so the commute won't matter for me. Not sure where my wife will be working though. At least it will only be one commute.
We have dogs, so a condo/townhome is not much of an option.
Thanks for the feedback on the soil stability. We did look at some homes in 78753 and found that some did show signs of shifting.
We saw a cute home in 78758 yesterday too.
I'll check out 78749!
You have some options. You can try a little further south. There are some newer homes in Austin & Manchacka that can be had for $130-160K. Have you thought about condos or garden homes? There are some very hip condos in 78745. Also you may be able to find something in Maple Run, its far west of I-35 and barely east of MOPAC and you see homes from $140-$190K. The Maple Run zip is 78749.
You did not mention if you would be driving to downtown for your job. If you can live anywhere I would say try a neighborhood just outside of Austin as your dollar may go further.
What wever you do , please buy smart, schools do make a difference . While you may not have children now, you may later. Even of you never have children, the person considering buying your home might. I have clients that will only accept specific school districts and sometimes specific schools. You may want to go to http://www.SchoolMatters.com to check out the schools in the area you decide to move into.
I wish you the best of luck in finding your next home. If I can be of assistance please give me a call. Have a great summer!
While you indicated you don't have any children, in fact, schools do matter. Schools are one of the primary determining factors to property appreciation, regardless of whether or not you have school age children. Most of the other statistics that you indicated you do care about, are inversely proportionate to the quality of the schools.
Before you jump at a particular location, there is some information about your commute that we are missing. With gas prices the way they are, commute time and distance is becoming an important overall factor in budget considerations for where you buy.
The data shows that home values appreciate strongest in the Southwest, and in general overall, West of IH35. This is driven by the quality of the schools, the desire for many people to live in or near the "hill country", and the stability of the neighborhoods.
I have 2 clients that recently purchased in the Quail Valley area and they like it a lot. There are some very good parts and some not so good parts, so tread carefully. That area can have some soil stability issues, so watch for foundation issues as well.
You can search MLS through my website. If I can be of assistance, please let me know.
Connie Herron, REALTOR, GRI, ABR
Keller Williams Realty