Looking for a Horse Property within commuting distance to Austin?

Asked by Kathy, Phoenix, AZ Sun Mar 16, 2008

Hi there, my husband and i are moving from Phoenix, AZ to the Austin area. We would like to find a horse property, around 5 acres, site built home, under 250K. Being from the Desert we really would like grass and trees, no "plains land", we also like the "hilly" areas...We have no idea what areas to look at, any help would be appreciated, Thanks! Please post here or email Katjianna@hotmail.com, Thank you!

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Kurt Duffeck, Agent, Austin, TX
Sat Jun 2, 2012
Kurt Duffeck, Broker, Austin, TX
Hi Kathy!

I am originally from Arizona as well! Tucson to be exact ...and I have sold many equestrian properties in both AZ and Texas and would love to help if you're still looking to buy, or have any specific questions?
There are currently some great deals on ranches in the Georgetown area that have both the mature shady landscaping, as well as the nice even terrain for riding. In fact, I know of two different horse properties coming on the market later this summer that should be priced near your basic price range.
One of the biggest concerns you'll want to be aware of, is the availability for water. Central Texas is currently in a sever drought and there are some areas of town that have had trouble with their wells.
Please don't hesitate to call or email if there's anything else I can do to help!
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Kathy, Home Buyer, Phoenix, AZ
Mon Feb 13, 2012
This is the original poster, Kathy. No, I still live in AZ, however I have tried out CA and its just not for me. Still looking at Austin TX, but concerned about the property taxes expense. I know there is no sales tax but that doesn't equal it all out compared to living in other states. Any advise or additional info about the property tax?
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Deb Dahlberg…, Agent, Bastrop, TX
Sat Jul 16, 2011
I am sure that Kathy has long since settled in the Austin area, but I know that there are others looking for a suitable horse property here, and in the surrounding areas of greater Austin! Many like Kathy are coming from desert areas such as Arizona and Nevada, others from the east coast, and others from coastal areas such as Florida and California. With my experience as a resident of Arizona and also a Horse Property Specialist there (specialized in horse properties relocations for the last sixteen years in AZ, CO, and Texas) I understand the many differences there are in horse ownership, care, and the many special and specific needs that horse owners may have for their horses. Would love to help others like Kathy who are looking to relocate to this area!
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Betina Forem…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Aug 11, 2010
Dear Kathy,
I would look south or east of Austin as much of the land to the west is too rocky and not good for horses. Otherwise you might consider buying a home close to a Boarding stable. For example for $250K you could get a nice home in Shady Hollow with about a half acre lot and board your horse just up the street at Woods Stables on Brodie Lane. If you want to see a list of homes for sale just let me know.
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Betty Saenz, Agent, Austin, TX
Fri Aug 6, 2010
My name is Betty Saenz. I am a REALTOR and Native Texan, my family has been in ranching and farming and I know horses. I would suggest Liberty Hill but there are other areas as well. There are many very reasonably priced homes and areas that allow horses in Liberty Hill. Commuter rail and shopping is available just down the road in Leander at the Leander Cap Metro rail station which runs into Austin; shopping, medical care etc. in Cedar Park as well as in Georgetown. Just 10 minutes further from Cedar Park or Leander and you are in Austin. Shop Lakeline Mall, go downtown, head to SoCo, etc. I work all over the Austin, Texas, Hill Country area with horse folks.

Your needs are best suited by a horse person REALTOR. There are different soil types here and areas not as suited for horses. East of IH 35, generally is blackland soil but you are on the plains where there aren't as many trees. West of IH 35 if the rockier Texas Hill Country. There are many good horse properties on both sides.

I understand, my sister lived in Phoenix and wanted grass and trees too.
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Mark Thompson, , Austin, TX
Mon Mar 24, 2008
I would suggest Bastrop. The commute is not bad, the area is full of huge pine trees and the horse community is thriving.
My niece is a budding equestrian and she lives in Bastrop with my Brother and his wife.
Bastrop is a very up upwardly town as of recent with massive appreciation.
Please check it out!
Web Reference:  http://marksellstx.com
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Paul B. Perez, , Austin, TX
Tue Mar 18, 2008
Sounds fun Kathy! You want to talk with Janae Oliver. She is a land and ranch specialist on our team. She can help you find a charming home for you and your studs! Also, you want to join some groups in yahoo or google. You will be able to find great info about the neighborhoods you are thinking about that wouldn't normally be talked about. Who better to talk to then the people living next door!

Happy Hunting!
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Lani Anglin-…, , Austin, TX
Tue Mar 18, 2008
There is a lot of great hill country land to be found around Austin and when buying for horses, there is great care and detail to know (soil conditions, slopes, weather patterns, flood plains, etc) that many Realtors simply don't, but the specialist here that I would recommend is Tricia Jumonville who is a horse rancher herself! http://www.texashorseandhome.com/

Although I think any of us in Austin would love to help you (especially the brokerage I work for), but please take care to use a specialist so your investment isn't poorly placed. Good luck and WELCOME to Texas!!! :)
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Doug Wiggin, Home Owner, Austin, TX
Mon Mar 17, 2008
You will find some properties fitting your description west of Austin in Hays, and Blanco county.
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