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 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.
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?