I want to buy a home zoned for residential / commercial use in North Austin area. I understand anything

Asked by Glenda, North Loop, Austin, TX Sat Nov 3, 2007

outside of Austin city limits, but not inside another city limitis is considered unrestricted. How do I find those properties?

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Karen Pagani, Agent, Austin, TX
Sun Apr 28, 2013
From your question, it looks like you already know that zoning is not the same thing as use (a lot of people don't). Depending on the business you plan on running, the "use" part may be trickier--or not. It all kind of depends on the property, what you plan on doing with it, and the zoning of what's around it. Just make sure you do your due diligence. I know from working withe some clients on the East side that Travis County hands out the mixed-use zoning like candy (okay, that part may be a slight exaggeration). The "use" part: the permits, the plumbing, the PARKING--that's an entirely different ballgame, and it varies from business type to business type. Make sure you have an experienced agent and a great architect who both know how the process works. The last thing you want are long delays and the obligation to re-do your plans after you've already started.

Best of luck with your search!

Karen Pagani, Ph.D., Realtor
The GIll Agency
Tel: 512 786 7224
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Jay Otto, , Austin, TX
Wed Jan 2, 2008
Go check out Dwellgo.com. You can enter your buyer criteria complete with geographic boundries and have immediate access to Owners in our system that own what you are looking for. You can then talk via
Dwellgo Message Center specifically with the owners without revealing your e-mail address, last name or contact information until you are ready. We have +/- 130 unlisted properties in the Austin area on the system as of today....Good Luck.....Jay P. Otto
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Glenda, Home Buyer, North Loop, Austin, TX
Wed Dec 26, 2007
Thank you for your answers. I am not sure how to respond to your questions as the original asker, so I will use this forum.
I currently operate a promotional products business out of my home. We have grown and need to get out of "my house". I want the same type of enviroment (homey and can bring my dog to work) but want to be sure that I have the option of making my new second home completely commercial. (rent the new home to my corporation). I am not interested in renting and I am not interested in a long commute. Currently, I am in old Milwood (Parmer/Mopac). With the new Tolls, maybe Pflugerville, Round Rock even Hutto may be within a 15 minute drive, so these are options. Hopefully, this will help further explain. Thank you for all your feedback and answers.
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Info, Home Buyer, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Dec 25, 2007
If the reason you are looking for it to be zoned commercial use is that you plan to run a business out of your home, you might check with the City to see if all home business activities are a problem that would require commercial usage. The Texas Board of Realtors rental forms have language in them prohibiting business activities in a residence, but most realtors, lots of investors, lots of writers, etc. do work from their homes and even have part time help working out of their homes. Most cities have 'caught up to the times' and realize people can work work from home via the Internet and are changing the old barriers about residential/commercial. It depends on the nature of the business and the potential for increase visitors, deliveries, etc. it might incur.
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Perry Hender…, Agent, Austin, TX
Tue Dec 18, 2007
You are looking for a mixed use property.These are very easy to find as you pick a neighborhood, go to the tax records and see the zoning for the property. The city has a pretty good record of this on the city website too.
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Roy DuBose, , Austin, TX
Sun Dec 16, 2007
you can go to the county offices and research the deeds on a particular lot you're interested in/can afford --- or --- commnicate with a trained professional and let them do the work quicker and more accurately.
Web Reference:  http://roydubose.com
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Lisa Hunt, G…, , Hutto, TX
Tue Nov 27, 2007
Be careful! This mistake cost could cost you in the long run. What are your plans for the home?
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Paul B. Perez, , Austin, TX
Sat Nov 3, 2007
That's a tough one. Are you considering building or opening a business?
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