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C, Both Buyer and Seller in Oregon

Affordable close-in family friendly neighborhoods in Austin? Under 300k for 1200 sq ft 3/2.

Asked by C, Oregon Thu Apr 2, 2009

We like clean, quiet, and safe but we're not looking for cookie-cutter and prefer older homes, 50 years old or more. Is this possible in Austin for 300k or less?
Thanks much.

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Allendale, Brentwood and possibly Crestview
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 11, 2009
Dear C,
This is a possibility in Austin. Finding a home 50 years old means you need to stay pretty central and they will be smallish. It may be tight for a family of four kids. If you want to go a little further out you will get more space a good example would be Circle C or Shady Hollow, both are still 15-20 minutes to downtown. There are several older central neighborhoods that coud work for you. Here are a few: Barton Hills, Zilker, French Place, Hyde Park, Hancock. Feel free to search my website to find homes. You can search by specific neighborhood or zip code. http://www.ServingCentralAustin.com. Give me a call if I may be of assistance.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 7, 2009
Hi C,

2 things to keep in mind.

1.) There is a conflict with your criteria as the homes that are 50+ years old are closest to DT. With that said, most of them are near UT, but they are usually not under 300k.

2.) If you do decide to place your kids in AISD, then you will be happy to know that no matter where you live you can decide which school they attend as AISD has an open transfer policy.

You will find some homes that are beaters, but well under your 300k price point, which means you can put a bit of money back into it to spruce it up to your liking.

I think the Far West/Mesa Area would be your best bet!

With that said, my fiance and I just purchased a home in North Central Austin (near Far West & Mesa) and its about 1400 sq. ft. We are already running out of room... So Riddle me this:

How does your family of 4 fit into 1200 Sq. Ft.? That's got to be a record!

Happy Hunting!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 3, 2009
Hello again C,
I would be more than happy assist you ! I completely understand needing a Home where your family can live and live comfortably being a father myself. If you have choose another agent congrats! I am sure being a West Coast Native myself you will LOVE Austin and all it has to offer. If you would like information on Relocating and general information on Austin I would be more than happy to provide that to you. You can feel free to search without any hassles on my website below.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
I'm moving to Austin as well from the West coast. This is all very encouraging!!
Flag Tue Apr 30, 2013
Hi C.
There are a lot of different homes on the market so can be very specific then broaden out later.
There are a lot of great areas with old homes so you will have your pick.
Let me know if I can be of help.
Thank you,
Web Reference: http://www.RealtyATX.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
I'm sure it is difficult to evaluate a property or neighborhood on-line without being able to see the actual property. I'm glad to know that you are planning a trip here soon. There are many areas of Austin that may fit your needs. Here's a link to a few that might be of interest.

Some have been "upgraded, remodeled" or otherwise lack some of the original floorplan or fixtures. But once you are able to actually walk the space, you may find that you will be able to enjoy the house as your new home.

There are areas that I did not explore, but it would be my pleasure to help you find that little slice of Austin for you and your family to call home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
Thank you everyone. I do have a school-age child so schools are a factor even though we may homeschool, and when I say "family friendly" I don't necessarily need to have a neighborhood that's teeming with kids. Clean, quiet, safe, and probably not where lots of UT students live. Doesn't have to have much 'cool factor' but we would like to have easy access to 'cool stuff' if that makes sense. I work from home, and hubby will probably start his own business or work at home so there are no commuting concerns.
We are planning a trip in the next 1-2 months but I am a little concerned because some of the homes in my price range that I've looked at online, well they look a bit...run-down. Those were in some of the pricier name brand areas though (forgive me the names of places are written down, not with me right now) so I think I need to find areas that are more under the radar but still nice. I do not need an updated home with granite and the works; in fact I prefer an older home that still has it's original cabinetry etc. and dated charm :)
And yes we do need an agent. I'd love to start looking online if I can zero in on something that might work.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hello C,

Sure, there are a lot of great options that match what you're looking for here. I would assume that since you're looking for a family friendly neighborhood, you probably have school age children. If so, an important consideration for your close-in family friendly neighborhood should also be the quality of schools in the area. Unfortunately, there are a lot of poorly rated schools in Central Austin, but there are some good ones too. I am very familiar with schools in the Austin area and would be happy to cater your search around the best areas for schools. If you could just tell me a little more about your family and any additional needs and wants you may have, I would be happy to be of further assistance with your home search here. I have over 7 years of professional real estate experience, and I specialize in assisting out of state buyers relocating to the Austin area. I'm very confident I can help you and your family find a great home here that has everything you're looking for. Please just let me know how I can be of additional assistance!


Shay Wright
Park One Realty
1515 S IH 35 Austin
P: (512) 468-8261
F: (512) 532-0735
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
Yes it is! Have you seen/heard of Allandale? Also the Balcones Woods area would be good too.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
That are many homes that can meet your criteria. Please email me with more details.
I would like to help if you do not already have an agent.
Please use the link above to aid in your home search.
Have a good week.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hey there C,
Most of the homes built in the 50's or earlier will be located in a 2-4 mile radius of
the city center. There is plenty of availability. I pulled up about 60 or so homes that
matched your criteria.

You can also do an MLS search to find some homes you might like, or contact an
agent for a free consultation.

Good luck to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
C, In short yes it is possible . If you would like me to send you listings just respond back an d i will be more than happy to assist you with more in depth information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 2, 2009
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