You have such a nice price range that you could get a lot of home almost anywhere in Austin.
Here is a link to relocating here. http://gracytitle.com/page/Relocation/home.html
If you havent picked an agent yet and would like some help.
Please email or call me.
The great thing about Austin is that there are many neighborhoods that fit your criteria, the bad news it that there are many neighborhoods that fit your criteria. But none have it all.
Staying close to downtown AND finding a neighborhood with playgrounds, pools and tennis courts will be the challenge. Many of the the newer neighborhoods have these amenities, but those close to downtown don't. While there are a few pools and parks in the older neighborhoods, the most popular place to visit is Zilker Park and Barton Springs or Deep Eddy pools (both natural springs).
The biggest variable will be the schools. Many nightborhoods have elementary's close by, but middle schools may not be as convenient, if that's important. Performance is also a wide gap. Traditionally, Eanes ISD is excellent, and there are home in Eanes within 10-20 minutes of downtown. Another cosistant district is Lake Travis, although you will lose the closeness to downtown. Both these areas are very nice, but just a few of the neighborhoods have the community amenities you are wanting (Senna Hills, Barton Creek West, Lake Point to name a few). If you go further south there are some neighborhoods with the amenities, but you are leaving downtown (30-40 minutes) Circle C, Baurele Ranch and many more. You can also go north to Steiner Ranch, RIver Place, Avery Ranch and a host of other fabulous planned communities, but the commute to downtown is much further. Check out this link for more school information http://www.alamotitle-austin.com/library/23/Public_and_Priva
I would be happy to help you with your move, if you would like to visit please either call or email and we can get started.
Congratulations on your move! Chris and I have been fortunate enough to have helped several families relocate to Austin and the surrounding areas and although I have my favorite areas of town, unless I have a better idea of your lifestyle there would be no way of narrowing down an area. I would love to chat with you via telephone or email to get an idea of your lifestyle and then can give you a better assessment. In the meantime,
check out the Austin Relocation Guide: http://www.austinrelocationguide.com/.
Good Luck and hope to hear from you soon!
Keller Williams Realty
Congratulations on the decision to purchase! Austin has a number of wonderful options to consder with your criteria. The areas that come to mind:
1. Steiner Ranch (2222 & 620)
2. Mueller - in town and CLOSE to downtown - schools are getting better
3. Avery Ranch - NW Austin
4. Canyon Creek - NW Austin
5. Jester - 2222 & 360
There are several more, but wanted to give you a start. I have worked with a number of families in your situation looking for the perfect place to live in Austin. I would be honored to help you do the same. Please let me know how I may be able to assist.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin) Here is some helpful information about Austin, that you will find helpful. There are several Subdivisions I would recommend. Southwest-Circle C, Shady Hollow. Northwest- Steiner Ranch, River Place. Eanes ISD would be one of the best to consider as well. You price range can put you in many parts of town, I would recommend spending some time on our website at http://www.BuyersHouseRealty.com and narrowing down the communities you would like to focus on. Good luck with your search, and you are going to love this town!
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Buyers House Realty
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