aggilliam, Home Buyer in Austin, TX

Is University Hills a good place to buy for a single female professional who works downtown?

Asked by aggilliam, Austin, TX Thu May 24, 2012

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tim sweeney’s answer
Joseph is right, check the foundation before you buy, Centex Foundation has lots of foundation reports already done in that neighborhood, and many others. As always, find a buyer agent who you enjoy being with they can and will help you immensley.

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Aggilliam, aside from foundation issues which are very common in that area, I have seen a higher incidence of crime and theft in University Hills than I see in most areas of Austin. If you would like to call me, I will be happy to speak with you personally about my experiences, but I have investors and homeowners who have had many difficulties in that area. Therefore my advice would be to look elsewhere as there're many other parts of Austin which I feel would be a safer bet for you. I will be in my office today after 3 PM if you'd like to call me personally. I will discuss the circumstances I have seen, as well as some other areas that might be more suitable for you. Joe Jarusinsky, Keller Williams Realty, 512-261-4415
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According to the Austin American-Statesman, University Hills is a "Hidden Neighborhood." http://www.statesman.com/business/real-estate/hidden-neighbo…

Many of the homes offered for sale on the MLS in University Hills have been significantly and professionally remodeled. Though foundation issues are common in the area, the homes that have been renovated often have had the foundation repaired. (Ask for invoices and warranties.) It is very possible to get a home that is absolutely turn-key, such as our listing at 6916 Vassar. Click http://goo.gl/FFhBO for the virtual tour. You may also click the link below to see what is currently for sale in University Hills.

I am very familiar with the area as well as several of the renovators that work there and am a valuable resource if you are looking for a move-in ready home. You may call me at 512-739-0457.

Peace in your home,

Doug Vogelsass
REALTOR :: Agents for Change Real Estate

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Dear Aggilliam,

There are so many great areas of town. I have both clients and friends that live and love University Hills. Windsor Park is another great area near there you may want to keep on your radar as well.
I always recommend people drive the nieghborhoods they are interested in between 5 and 7pm when people are home you get a real feel for the community in that time frame.
There are many other areas of town that may work for you given you work downtown. Area 10N (south of ben white north of William Cannon) could be a great fit too.

All the best in your search,
Cathy
http://www.douglasresidential.com
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I completely agree with Cathy, Aggilliam. Windsor Park and Western Trails/Westgate/Sunset Valley are great locations.
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University Hills is one of several up-and-coming areas of town. Some areas are quite nice.It is, of course, impossible to give you a perfect or guaranteed answer about where to live and be safe. Here are some great web sites for future reference:

http://spotcrime.com/tx/austin

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/tx/austin/crime/

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/police

http://www.austintexas.gov/GIS/crimeviewer/CrimeViewer_discl…

Feel free to contact me for more information. You may just want to drive around to see what your gut tells you about the area.

Chuck Farr
Prudential Texas Realty
512.415.6840
CFarrTeam@gmail.com
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I think that your questions is not about soft soil, but about safety. Every home buyer needs to check crime rates in the neighborhood they want to buy if they are concerned about that. If you work downtown, sure, it's a good location and you can find a nice home there. If you need help with finding a home, a web site where you can check crime statistics, I'd be happy to assist.

Vivianne Dordea
Sierra Homes Realty
512-970-8814
vdordea@austin.rr.com
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Solid houses, short commute, prices are good. And the dirt is soft, as noted in the comments below. Still, I'd say you could find a terrific home in the neighborhood.

Good luck!
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Yes, its ok but definitely check for foundation issues. Neighborhood will get better over time...
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