I just wanted to check back with you and see if your any closer to your relocation to Austin. It has been three months since your initial question. Have you gotten the answers you were looking for, or do you need more information? If I may be of help please let me know. Good luck!
Rent vs. Buy... One thing to consider as you make this move would be the current interest rates! Combined with the relatively flat prices in Austin at this time and the historically low interest rates it really is the perfect time to buy.
A good agent can plan a tour of Austin neighborhoods and can provide the background information about the schools, the community amenities, the personality of the area, etc. Recently I took a couple on a day long tour of the Austin area and we visited one or two homes in several neighborhoods. We went to the lake area, a new surburban neighborhood, a central neighborhood, etc. By the end of the day they were able to rule out several areas and were able to zero in on one or two areas that they'd like to know more about. If you have the chance to make a "fact finding" trip to Austin, I'd be happy to set up a tour like this for you that will focus on neighborhoods that are popular with young families.
Feel free to call or email!
Keller Williams Realty
I just wanted to drop you another quick note to see if you have any questions about your upcoming move to Austin. Take a look at my relocation website below for some great statistical data, demographics, and property listings. Please feel free to call, text, or email if you have any question or if you need anything at all. Take care.
Kevin P. Scanlan
Personally I think Steiner feels kind of remote and the traffic on RR620 to get out of the neighborhood can be challenging. If someone can get to ABIA in 20 minutes they must be in a helicopter, because you can't get to downtown in 20 minutes.
Any Realtor can help you with a lease as well as a purchase. I agree it is a very good idea to rent for a year first to be sure the neighborhood is really what you want. If you would like to see whats for lease in these areas just let me know and I can send you details for any area that appeals to you.
Betina Foreman- Realtor
Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC
Your referral of friends and family is the greatest complement I can receive. Please know they will be treated with the care and attention they deserve. Thank you!
I'd like to say I agree with most of the people answering this question. I have lived and currently live in Steiner Ranch. Some agents try to say or trick you into believing that they live in Steiner by what their ads or websites say, but don't be fooled. I have lived in Steiner for 10 years and still do...as a matter of fact, I am building my 3rd house here, so you can see I have no plans to leave the area.
All your requests are the same reason I moved out here. With the new Toll Road, it makes Steiner about 25 minutes from just about any place in town. I lived central, but with the congested traffic there, I found that Steiner offered just about the same drive times and if you will be traveling for work, the airport is only about 25-30 minutes.
The schools are awesome as well. They just added their 3rd elementary school, all of which are exemplary rated. Some agents will tell you the schools are good, but they won't let their kids go there for one reason or another. Imagine that, an agent that will tell you anything so they can get a sale. Not here, I will back up everything with my actions. I will tell you I moved to Steiner because the schools were so good, the area has grown and evolved into more than I could have asked for. They added a new highschool this year as well.
The addition of the University of Texas Golf Club, the miles of hike and bike trails, the 3 swimming pools, parks, tennis courts, community centers, lake access. What else could you ask for. If you need any help, I would love to help. Just contact me and I would be more than happy to assist you.
There are other great areas, but I just helped another couple that moved from San Francisco and they ended up renting as well so they could decide exactly where they want to make a permanent home.
Wishing you luck,
Clearly, you have a lot of choices in terms of agents!! I agree that Steiner Ranch and Avery Ranch would be good choices for you, because of the family factor and the schools, as well. Westlake Hills is a very popular choice, because of it's proximity to downtown and the Eanes school district, one of the highest rated and best regarded school system in Central Texas. Check out this site to compare schools:
If you have a chance to make a trip here before your move, it's a good idea to take a few days to come up with a finalist list for the neighborhoods that appeal to you. I typically take my out of town clients on at least a two day tour....the first day, we don't look at that many homes, but we DO concentrate on finding the neighborhoods that you like the most. Then on the second/third days, we look at homes in those areas that do make the cut, so that you can see what you get for the money (works the same for renting or buying). Feel free to call, text, or email if you have any questions or if you need anything at all. Take care.
Kevin P. Scanlan
Congratulations on your choice of moving to Austin. You won't regret it. If your wife went to UT then you must be familiar with the Hancock/Hyde Park neighborhoods just north of campus. I live in Hyde Park. I think it definitely has a great mix of suburban living with urban like qualities. It's a wonderful family environment and you can walk to everything.
We have the perfect mix of older homes, condos, town homes, apartments etc. Plenty of rentals. We have wonderful tree lined streets. Parks, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, schools, US Post Office, in fact just about everything is in walking distance. Several bus routes run right through the neighborhood. It is as good as it gets. I personally love it. I would love to help you find the perfect place. Welcome to Austin!
Austin Real Estate Shop
I was just in Avery Ranch a couple weeks ago (at a pool party for my friend's kiddos) and I was blown away at how many young couples with children were there.
You can get into Avery Ranch for about $175,000 up to about $650,000 and it's location also strikes me as "super convenient" for Medical field positions (unless you happen to capture a position at the Downtown Med facilities, then it will be about a 25 -35 min commute.
My recommendation is to team up with a Realtor that can show you around while you are in town and help you get a feel for the area and all your personal preferences including:
Lake/Watersport Activities (kayaking, wakeboarding, sailing, canoeing, paddleboarding, etc)
Jogging/Fitness Activity (trails, flats, all-terrain, mountain biking, climbing, gyms, hiking, etc)
Shopping Needs (frequent shoppers or is it more of a bi-monthly event?)
Dining Preferences (indulge much? what's your favorite?)
Scenery and Landscape preferences (any allergies to Cedar - for example?)
The Realtor you team up with that spends the time showing you around and helping you out should be whom you'll use to help you rent now and buy in the future (so long as you feel that person is doing a great job).
If you have any questions about the process of hiring a great Realtor to help you out, or any costs associated with the process, just shoot me an email or a call. You'll be happy to know that the seller and the landlord ultimately pays your Realtor, so shouldn't be a cost to you!
Keller Williams Realty
Feel free to search Homes for Lease here: http://shawnmon.actris.mlxchange.com/AWPCriteria.asp?SearchID=4513
and Homes for Sale here: http://shawnmon.actris.mlxchange.com/AWPCriteria.asp?SearchID=4515
Please give me a call if you need more information!
Barbara Brown, Realtor
There are a lot of areas that meet your criteria from Master planned communities to little pocket neighborhoods. My personal suggestion for you would be Allandale. There are wide streets with gorgeous trees, park and pool, and it is central with affordable rent. You can also bike to the downtown and zilker park area.(In fact, I once saw Lance Armstrong on this path)
You are smart to rent for a year to get a better lay of the land before purchasing. I think the best step for you now would be to get as much information on lease homes and neighborhoods from a REALTOR and start exploring(whether it is online or in town).
I would be happy to help you with your search. Please feel free to contact me anytime with your size preference, price range, and any special features you are looking for in a home.
Since your wife has lived here before you know that whle Austin is not SF it is a pretty good place to live. Welcome! I think it's a great idea to rent for a year so you can figure out what your needs are in a home's location. There are so many great areas of town that where ever you land a job you can be sure you
ll find a great neighborhood.
I'd be more than happy to help you find a home to lease. Contact me directly and we'll be off and running.
President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
Realtor (512) 297-9431
I would be happy to assist you finding the ideal home in the Austin area. There are many nice neighborhoods and I would be glad to take the time to show you these neighborhoods and let you choose the home that best fits your needs and desires. In addition, I would be happy to provide you with a relocation package so you can become more familar with the area. Feel free to contact me, my contact information is available on my web site.
I'm the broker in my company and have helped many young families with a rental transition into Austin before finding the right home to purchase. Have lived and been a part of Austin as it has grown and know it well. My other half is in the medical profession also and would probably have some good advice regarding that profession too. Would love to show you Austin and what it has to offer.
Joe Bryson, CRB, CRS, GMS, GRI, SRS
Real Estate Alliance, Inc.
(512)203-4100 personal cell
Texas Land & Homes
Michael Falato - REALTORÂ®
1812 Eagles Glen Cove
Skype ID: mfalato
Search for Homes at - http://www.michaelfalato.com