Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 4

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 4

Yes, we've got a slab, finally!  We've been under contract for over 3 months now, and we've finally received a slab.  Building in Austin, thus far, takes so much longer to get things rolling than anything I've seen in the Dallas area. Some builders can build a house start to finish in 90-120 days.  Granted, those are lower end homes, but the process of getting permits and clearing the land in order to put down the footprint is all the same process.  Why did it take more than 3 months?

People think Texas is all about "land".  As you can see, our neighbor's house is an arm's length away.  This is VERY typical in most any master planned community.  However, as you can see, we have tons of trees behind us so the backyard will be private.  Plus, I don't think there are any windows in the house that line up with windows of the neighbor's house, so it's still a very private setting.

If you look closely, you'll even see a tree they're trying to save on the left, inbetween the other new house being built.  That tree used to be pretty big with a few branches, but they've had to trim it down in order to not touch either house.  We'll see if it makes it through the entire process or if they end up removing it.

Anyway, I was very excited to see some concrete poured when we were in Austin this past week.  National news says new construction is down, however, this community, Falconhead and Falconhead West are still booming all over the place!

Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • November 10 2008 09:48AM

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Donna -  Building is so exciting - although it is hard to wait.  Congratulations on some progress being made!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Debi, THanks!  I never thought we would see a slab!  Another reason why I haven't gotten excited about the move yet.  Once I start seeing an actual "house", then I might get a little excited about this move.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

That's why I chose to live on a culdesac, at least you have some space in the backyard! Your slab looks really nice.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Greg, The only culdesac option was still backing to the main drag, but I wasn't going to sabotage my resale by doing that!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Looks good, I know you must be very excited to see some progress. I have never been to Texas....is most homes built on slabs? If so probably due to the dirt or do you have sand???  Can't wait to see more pictures! Take care!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Teresa, All parts of Texas are different.  North Texas is red clay soil.  Moves around a lot, very expansive.  Most of Austin is rock (limestone).  For the most part, yes, post-tension cable slabs are used.  Pier and beam can be found in older homes.  A small handful will be built with pier and slab.  Piers to reenforce the slab to help staballize future movement.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Interesting, then I guess basements are not normal?

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Teresa, No basements are not normal at all.  However, they're starting to build basements in Austin when the houses are on hills.  It's starting to cost as much as double pouring the concrete slab.  However, you're going to pay for that basement!  Each city has different rules, and one in the Austin area doesn't allow plumbing in the basement, so you can have tons of rooms and gamerooms and such, but have to go upstairs for the bathroom.  Very silly!!  We don't have the "freeze line" like northern areas, so basements are not needed.  We have what people call the "Texas Basement" which is a floored, walkin attic.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

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