I am moving to Austin and considering the Barton Creek area. Any thoughts on this neighborhood as I have?

Asked by Lexi, 78745 Sun Nov 16, 2008

heard very good things.

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leeann, , Austin, TX
Sun Nov 30, 2008
Hello, Lexi!

In reference to some of the answers/responses that you've received...(and then some...)

1. I echo the idea that a pool is considered "par" at this price-point, and would add that it is a very significant savings to you to purchase a home with a pool, as the owner who installed it originally bore most of the true "cost" (the part that you don't get back dollar-for-dollar at re-sale.)

2. A more in-depth discussion about the school district and your inclination to choose private over public school is the most important decision point for you in my opinion. Proximity and how that will affect your quality of life if you opt for this vs another area are big factors to consider.

3. If you are looking for newer, upscale finish-out, and would still like a pool and have specific room requirements, you may want to consider the cost of the "dirt" in the Eanes areas. I have sold many high-end homes in Eanes, and the needs and priorities really do dictate whether you want to be a fit for it or not.
I live in the Lake Travis ISD, which is a smaller district that runs a very close second to the performance ratings in Eanes. (see http://www.greatschools.com for more info...)

Best of luck to you in your search. Please review my Trulia profile for an explanation of my (different) approach to servicing home buyers and sellers to see if I may be of assistance to you on this purchase.

Lee Ann Linder
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I'm curious to know what your time frame is, as I have a couple of other thoughts about maximizing opportunities in the higher-than-usual inventory of high-end spec homes in Austin right now.
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Daniel J. Co…, , San Diego, CA
Sat Nov 29, 2008
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Betina Forem…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Nov 25, 2008
Dear Lexi,
As a native Texan and 20 year Austin resident I can tell you having a pool is a great thing in the summer. As a Realtor I can tell you I have had more clients that won't even look at a house without a pool. I must disagree with your friend having a pool is not detrimental to your future resale. Also many homes in Barton Creek do have pools, it is expected in homes at this price point. I wish you the best of luck with your home search and please call me if I can be of assistance.
Sincerely,
Betina
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Help, , Leander, TX
Thu Nov 20, 2008
Dear Lexi,
I can understand how you feel about moving to Austin with your family. I have been in the same boat before, when I moved here, just a few years ago with my wife and our kids. Schools, neighborhoods, available homes, access to family activities and work are just some of the factors that need to be considered.
As an exclusive buyer agent, I can help you determine your priorities, and match them with the wonderful home choices that we currently are experiencing here in Austin. In fact, I put information together for folks just like you and placed it on my website at http://noohome.com/austin-info/ so that you can learn more about our wonderful city, before you make Austin your home. And you can search by area, or even by map in our home search section http://noohome.com/mls-search/ .
Please take advantage of these tools and let me know, if there is anyway I can help you and your family find the home of your dreams here in Austin, Texas.
Sincerely,
Richard Olesch
NooHome Realty
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Diana Holbro…, Agent, Bountiful, UT
Wed Nov 19, 2008
Lexi,
While it's true that you will not recoup the cost of a pool in many areas and price ranges, it would certainly be an asset in the Barton Creek area. It's very common and almost expected to find a pool at that price point. I would recommend that if you and your family would enjoy a pool to go ahead and have one installed. Another more economical option would be to purchase an existing home with a pool. I'm sure you will enjoy the pool for much of the year in the wonderful Austin weather.
Diana
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Martha Hunke, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Nov 19, 2008
Hello Lexi,
Barton Creek is one our most desirable areas and the homes are wonderful..have one client who I helped purchase in Barton Creek and recently contacted me to help them downsize into one of the fabulous condos also located on the golf course in Barton Creek....they are absolutely sold on the convenience and amenities Barton Creek offers.
The area along with beautiful homes also offers larger lots, great views,private schools located within the area, private country club and golf course ( tops)and a recently completed Retirement Center that is also fantastic.
Hope you and your family choose to enjoy a part of the Austin lifestyle.
Best regards,
Martha Hunke
Amelia Bullock Rltr, Inc.
512-217-2891
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Eric, , Austin, TX
Tue Nov 18, 2008
Lexi,

First let me say I think you will love Austin and Barton Creek. I was born and raised in Austin and can't imagine living anywhere else.

I have a pool and love it. I agree that you will probably not get your money back when you go to sell the home. Helping or hurting resale? It may reduce your prospective buyers when it comes time to sell the house. On the flip side I have worked with clients that only want to buy a home with a pool.

Just doing a quick search there are around 50 homes in Barton Creek for sale. Of those 28 have pools.

Good luck,
Eric Hunke, Realtor
Capital City Sotheby's Int'l Realty
(512) 699-3742
erichunke@gmail.com
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Voices Member, , Austin, TX
Tue Nov 18, 2008
Lexi, these are all great answers. I've been lucky enough to know several of the Realtors that have answered your question. Anything else specifically that we/I can answer for you? What kind of home are you looking for? An specifics you could share would be great.

Also, please use our website as a resource. Let me what how we can help you further.

-Scott Wiley
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Kimberly Cam…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Nov 18, 2008
If you decide to put in a pool, just remember you are unlikely to reap in what you paid for it when you decide to sell. Having a pool can be ad deal breaker, but it can also be a deal maker. The upkeep is an additional costs buyers must account for, and should should account for the additional expense as well. Bottom line, will you enjoy it?
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Lexi, Home Buyer, 78745
Mon Nov 17, 2008
Thanks for all the input. Sounds like it is a great area like I have heard. Any thoughts
on a pool or no pool. I personally would like a pool since it's so hot in TX but have
heard friends say many buyers won't want a pool so will hurt in resale. I see many
of the homes in this area do have pools. Any opinions on them adding value or detracting?
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Julie Nelson, Agent, Austin, TX
Mon Nov 17, 2008
Lexi,
Now that you've had a flood of responses, 7 of the 10 from Austin Realtors, I'll try to add something of value to you not already presented. The Eanes school district is very much sought after in Austin but many cannot afford it. Your $700k-$800k range can certainly work in Eanes, but it can also work in Austin. School options (and your perception thereof) can vary significantly on the age of your children as there are some high ranked Austin schools and private options. The link Betina gave below is a good one as is this one: http://www.austinlinks.com/austin_education/. We currently have this house on the market in Westlake, walk to Barton Creek greenbelt, 10 minutes to downtown, Eanes schools: http://www.1617Cabinwood.com. We are accustomed to helping new families first understand the city and your options, then helping you make a solid real estate decision that meets your needs. We are a team of 5 professionals including 2 buyer specialists and would be happy to help.
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Diana Holbro…, Agent, Bountiful, UT
Mon Nov 17, 2008
Hi Lexi,
The Barton Creek area is very beautiful with lovely homes and many wooded lots. The area is relatively close to downtown with easy access to 2244 and Loop 360. The Barton Creek Country Club offers amenities such as golf, meeting rooms, hotel and restaurants.
The highly rated private school St. Michaels is located in the neighborhood. The public schools for that area are in the Austin Independent School District. There are many adjacent neighborhoods that attend the highly acclaimed Eanes Independent School District. Some to check out would be Lost Creek, Rob Roy on the Lake and Rob Roy on the Creek. The home prices will be very similar but resale may be improved due to the school district.
There are many very nice neighborhoods in Austin. The area you choose ultimately depends on your family's needs and lifestyle. You can check out the community profile page on my website.
Good luck with your home search and move to Austin!
Diana
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Betina Forem…, Agent, Austin, TX
Mon Nov 17, 2008
Dear Lexi,
You are looking in a wonderful neighborhood. Barton Creek has lovely homes in the price range you mentioned. The schools are very good and you may check out the specific schools on http://www.SchoolMatters.com. I would be happy to send you a list of the current homes for sale in the neighborhood if you can give me your email. I can also set up a search for you that will send you the latest listings as soon as they hit the MLS. I work exclusively in Southwest and West and Central Austin. I have lived here over 20 years and can help you find the perfect home. I also have a Relocation package for you if you give me an address to send the package. I want to welcome you to Austin. Please let me know how I can help you with your home search.
Sincerely,
Betina
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John Watts, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Lexi,

The Barton Creek area is a great area that is reasonability close in to the downtown area and lakes, has great views of the hill country and there is a great opportunity to choose between either private and public schools. I am not aware how familar you are with the Austin metro area, but other areas you might want to consider are: Lakeway and River Place. These areas are both great, but are a little further away from the downtown area. For additional information such as: schools, property taxes, availability of homes and my contact information, refer to my web site. If you would desire further assistance and a copy of my relocation package, please feel free to contact me.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Great location....easy access to lots of other places in Austin.

Lots of neat homes.

One of my favorite areas of Austin....
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Natasha Baker, , Austin, TX
Sun Nov 16, 2008
I would be happy to e-mail you 5 homes currently listed on the market in the Barton Creek area that were built after 2000, between 700-800K. There are also New Home Builders in this area, that do not list their homes on the MLS, but I would also be happy to talk with you about these also.
Thank you!
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Perry Hender…, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Mary beth Seldon knows that area better than I do but I know it has great views, schools and awesome golfing nearby. Mary Beth's email is mselden@austin.rr.com
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Lexi, Home Buyer, 78745
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Thanks for the info. We are looking to be centrally located but not right in the middle of things and wanted a newer home with higher end finish out. This area seemed to have the hill country and also the commute to downtown that wasn't too bad.
Price range we were looking for $700-$800k which there seems to be some very nice homes
for this figure. Schools I would prefer Eanes ISD but see this area has some private schools close
also.
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Danny Gallant, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Lexi,

Barton Creek is a sought-after Austin location. It is a very well regarded community that is accessible to downtown Austin and has seen healthy appreciation over the years.

Our team specializes in Barton Creek and the surrounding area. I would love the opportunity to discuss your plans to see if we could be of assistance in your move.

Danny Gallant
The Gallant Group @ Realty Austin
512-922-1273
danny@realtyaustin.com
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Natasha Baker, , Austin, TX
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Hi Lexi,

Barton Creek is a wonderful neighborhood, but of course, it all depends on what you are looking for and what your needs are. Please look at my website, specifically designated for Barton Creek, at http://www.bartoncreek-lostcreek-realestate.com Please feel free to e-mail me personally at natashaleahy@kw.com to inform me of what your are looking for in an area and neighborhood.
Thank you!
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Austin has many GREAT areas. Consult with media based publications over past 12 months read what is stated for Austin areas. If you are seeking a townhome $400K range I know of wonderful properties several units have downtown views, across from park approx. 2000 sq. ft +
http://www.lynn911.com http://www.homes-for-sale-dallas.com
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