Looks like you have a ton of answers. Please check out the condo that I have listed at the Spicewood Point Condo's. My client was a doctorate candidate that just received his degree from UT. He bought it from a UT professor. Very nice, and great for your needs.
Enjoy your time at UT!
If you want to email me, I can send you some property listings so you can get a feel for what's available. Let me know what's important besides distance to U.T. Do you need outdoor deck or patio? Is fixer O.K? Do you have an architectural style preference?
Until we can set up your detailed searches based on your criteria, check out these houses on Austinhomesearch.com. MLS# 2220283 3 bed/2 bath 1/4 acre in up and coming area of redevelopment and MLS# 4296025 2 bed/2 bath w/ yard remodeled,really cute, by light rail.
I would be happy to help you with the whole process--from finding a home to financing options.
All the best!
As for your real estate needs, there are options available that fit your criteria, but it really will depend on how willing you are to settle in terms of condition and size. I'd be glad to discuss it with you further from both a livability perspective and an investment standpoint.
If you are still in market you might be interested in taking a look at my condo I have on the market. It's about 5.5 miles from UT, but only 1.5 to the new Crestview MetroRail Station. The condo is in a great up and coming location and only about 1/2 block off the main bus line. The complex is small, friendly, and has a good floor plan to support a possible roommate situation.
I would consider going a few blocks south of campus. In my opinion The Brown Building offers a great value for your dollar. The building has a few units for sale right now that could work for you. The 1-1's start under $200K. I showed one for $180K last month. The property used to be owned by LBJ and it has a historic designation, which saves you money on property taxes. Most of the units have been tastefully updated and have lovely tile and stained concrete floors, several units have nice views too. They even have a rooftop deck to enjoy the sunsets. If your interested in seeing any of them just let me know.
Betina Foreman, Realtor
Keller Williams Real Estate
1801 S. MOPAC, #100
Austin, TX 78746
I read through your responses so far and it looks like you have received some good feedback. Just a few things to note. I will not require that you be pre-qualified for your loan, however it is not a bad idea to have a pre-approval letter. A little about our lakes/river here is Austin. The Colorado River runs through Austin with 3 main dams (Mansfield, Tom Miller and Longhorn) creating Lake Travis, Lake Austin and Town Lake (also called Lady Bird Lake). Town Lake is nice with hike and bike trails around it, but no motorized boating is allowed only kayaks and canoes. If you want to ski, wakeboard, etc. you will need to be on Lake Austin or Lake Travis.
The UT campus is primarily situated between 19th street (Martin Luther King Blvd.) to the south, 26th street to the north, Guadalupe to the west and I35 on the east border. There at several condos located very near the campus that will meet your bed/bath and price range requirements. Most of the single family homes near campus area are going to be above the price range that you mentioned.
I hope some of this information helps. Like everyone else I would be willing to answer any other questions that you have. I was born and raised in Austin and know the UT area very well.
Capital City Sotheby's International Realty
You can visit my website and set up searches that will let you know via email of the properties availables based on your criteria.
Take care and Good Luck