Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Where to Live? Which to Choose?

Where to Live? Which to Choose?

As many of you know, I'm having to think long and hard about a possible move to Austin. Mike's company officially asked him last week to move, so we made another trip down there this past weekend, and boy am I feeling exactly what my relocation buyers typically feel.

I have no idea what to do.  There are so many options.  One day, this option is better than the other, but then the next day, the other option is better than the one.  I still don't understand who people can get away with charging $100k for a view, especially if it's the HOT Western Sun they're getting in the evening even if they can see some hill tops during the cooler hours of the day.

We've been going back and forth on three main areas: Steiner Ranch, Falconhead West, and Round Rock.  Taxes are awesome in Falconhead at just 1.98%.  We would save about $3300 a year living there than the other two areas.  However, it doesn't have a community pool and amenities, though the city of Bee Caves will be putting in a 100 acre park not too far away.  Also, there is shopping readily available.

Steiner_ballWater_park_town_twoSteiner Ranch has everything within its Master Planned Community including multiple amenity centers, pools, and schools.  They even have restaurants, cleaners, daycares, doctors, etc... right there in the community.  No shopping near by and the tax rate is 2.64%.

Round Rock.  This area had been ruled out so we didn't even visit the area on this last trip, but as of last night, I think we need to reconsider it.  For real estate, it just seems so much more convenient to all main roads and areas.  Taxes are still high, around 2.6% and it's about 30 minutes from any family, but it's a closer commute back to Dallas for my mom.Round Rock, Texas - Purpose. Passion. Prosperity.

I'm so stressed over there, and we still haven't decided if we're going to make the move or not... I want to scream!  Any Austin people wanna put in their nickel for advice?

Comment balloon 5 commentsDonna Harris • June 09 2008 09:16AM


Donna, If you are still choosing between Austin and Dallas, you may want to also think of things like allergies.  I noticed you said your baby may have allergies.  There are a lot of cedar trees around Austin.  My husband used to suffer greatly from 'cedar fever' from Thankgiving until February until his doctor put him on a new medication that has helped a lot.  Just a thought.  I lived in Austin when my daughter was at UT and I liked it.  I have never lived in Dallas but it seems to be nice as well.  I love living in San Antonio.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) almost 11 years ago

Hi Donna...  I think all 3 are good options, it just really depends on what your priorities are.  I will say that the Round Rock area is very nice and depending on the time of day you go to or come from Dallas can shave 30 minutes off your trip.  My offer still stands if you want to talk or meet for coffee to chat about it all!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 11 years ago

Shirley, Yes, allergies are a concern, and humidity is an even bigger concern because I suffer from migraines.  I can live on Zyertec if I have to...

Steve, I'll probably give you a call sometime in the next day or two.  Yes, we definitely thought about that 30 minutes we would save going back and forth to Dallas, but if "views" are the big deal in Austin, my husband would really like a view and RR doesn't offer that.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

Donna, I just came across this (been running around like a chicken with my head cut off lately and only popping in every few days). 

If it's views your husband wants, you'll probably want to stick with Steiner or Falconhead.  My daughter lives in Apache Shores, which is about halfway between the two, so I'm pretty familiar with that area.  

I can't help you decide which of those two, but I can tell you that I know some back ways to get places from both that I'm more than happy to share with you when you get here!

Plus, of course, all the great restaurants. 

If you should make the move - welcome to Austin! 


Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 11 years ago

Tricia, I understand the running around, as I'm doing the same!  We didn't see Apache Shores, I don't think, unless I didn't know the community name.  We looked at Alta Vista and Lakeway and the Preserve, and so many in between on 620... I would love to know some back ways as I hate traffic!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago