While Eanes schools are the best in the area, your dollar does not go very far. $800K will not buy what I think you are looking for. As an example, without any adjustment to your search requirements, in all of Eanes, for a 4 bed, 4 full bath, 3-car garage home, without regard to age, size, location, nor any other criteria, there's only 1 home available for sale that meets your needs, with a list price of $900K or less, and it doesn't even have a pool. Shopping for $800Kish, would start with homes priced up to $900Kish, since they often can be negotiated at the level, even in this market.
River Place is a nice community, but it has to deal with only 2 ways to get to 183, down Ranch Road 2222, or up Ranch Road 620. 2222 in the morning will backup at the 360 interchange, sometimes for a mile. 620 is only slightly better in the morning, and both are very challenging on the return trip. Terrific neighborhood, not so good commute.
Crystal Falls is nice, lots of choices, but you still have to come down 183, get through the 620 interchange, and then deal with stop and go traffic to your husband's work location on 183. People do it, but I don't know anyone that likes it.
Great Hills and Spicewood At Balcones offer a short commute, several ways to get to 183, arguably schools on par with Eanes and Lake Travis ISD, close in to town and day to day conveniences, and a broad range of homes in the price range you're considering. But not a lot of "new" homes.
Be careful of buying new versus nearly new. Facts show that your new home loses about 7 to 10% of it's value the moment you turn the key. It goes from being a new home to a used home, and is then priced with all the rest of the "used" homes. The same amount of money invested in an existing home, compared to a new home, all other things being equal, will always be a better investment by a long shot.
One of the biggest factors I need to know is the minimum square footage requirements you have, and if the 4 bathroom requirement is for 4 full baths, or would 3 full and 1 half bath suffice. Let's presume for the moment that you want at least 4 bedrooms or more, at least 3 full baths, and 1 half bath minimum, that you prefer a 3,500 SF or larger home, with a pool, and at least a 3 car garage.
Here's the breakdown of how many homes fit your criteria, in each area, with a list price below $900K:
In all of the Austin area, there are 44 homes that meet all of the above criteria. But locating them in the schools districts you requested, adding in the Westwood High School area of Round Rock ISD, reduces that number to just 21 homes in the MLS (there are a few more not in the MLS that might be worth discussing). The locations break down as follows:
Eanes = 0
Lake Travis ISD = 7 (includes only those not to far west of Lakeway)
Leander ISD = 13 (3 in River Place, 4 in Steiner Ranch, 1 in south Cedar Park, 3 in the northern section of Cedar Park, and Leander, 1 in the Avery Ranch/Brushy Creek area).
Round ISD served by Westwood High School = 2
Those areas with higher counts will provide you more choices. But arguably, the area served by Westwood High School, is the shortest time to work, by far. The numbers above may increase in the coming months, depending on the number of homes coming on the market, an whether or not our strong seller's market allows the count of inventory to increase or not.
Here's a link to those homes listed above. Let me know if your square footage requirements, or bath count are different than presumed above. I'd look at the one home in Avery Ranch, on Avery Club Drive. Nice family oriented community, lots of amenities, schools are good, not as consistent as Eanes, Lake Travis ISD, nor the Westwood High School area, but still a strong educational experience.
I added 2 homes in the Greenshores area of Lake Austin, and 1 from the Bell Mountain area, although these 3 homes are served by Austin ISD. Nice homes though, and reasonable commute.
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