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Old 08-14-2007, 04:48 PM
 
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After much thought I think I would be unhappy living in a flat area. I could do it if I lived in the city, but I don't know if I could handle the flatness of some of the suburbs. Seeing as we will likely be relocating to Austin and cannot afford much, where are the areas with interesting landscapes? Also, where is the "hill country"?
We are heading to check out Austin in a couple weeks so if you can name any affordable communities, with interesting landscapes, that would be greatly appreciated.
Hubby does not yet have a job so that may change were we end up, but I'd like know anyway.

cheers y'all!
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Austin isn't "flat" by any means (especially compared to cities like Houston). We don't have mountains as you do in California but you will see some areas like the Sierra Foothills. The Hill Country is pretty much all on the West side of the city and is unsurprisingly more expensive. Even the East side has some pretty hilly areas, though. It flattens out more toward the northern suburbs. Overall, the Austin metro area is quite hilly and there are affordable areas if you look hard enough.
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:17 PM
 
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After much thought I think I would be unhappy living in a flat area. I could do it if I lived in the city, but I don't know if I could handle the flatness of some of the suburbs. Seeing as we will likely be relocating to Austin and cannot afford much, where are the areas with interesting landscapes? Also, where is the "hill country"?
We are heading to check out Austin in a couple weeks so if you can name any affordable communities, with interesting landscapes, that would be greatly appreciated.
Hubby does not yet have a job so that may change were we end up, but I'd like know anyway.

cheers y'all!
The hill country essentially starts just east of 360 and goes out west as far as you want to go.
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:18 PM
 
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The hill country essentially starts just east of 360 and goes out west as far as you want to go.
Actually now that I think about it, it really starts just west of mopac.
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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jread pretty much got it. It's hilly west of 35, which makes it pricier. The east of 35 is flatter, and in several places just plain flat. Northeast in Georgetown towards salado gets pretty hilly, but then flattens out again towards Waco (but noones moving that far north, so irrelevant). Austin IS part of the hill country, but the "hill country" is a pretty large area and comprises LOTS of little towns and counties. Someone posted a map of the hill country on here, so you could do a search to see how spread out it is. The suburbs around Austin all have different topography, but you'll get pretty much all hills West. It's a mixed bag East. Maybe check out SW Austin, lots of people seem to be moving there. I live East (happily), so can't be too much help on Western neighborhoods, except for a few.
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Default affordable is relative...

if you can give us an idea of your housing budget we might be able to narrow Hill Country down for you a bit! What's affordable to one is not to another!
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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under $200k...and we will rent first, so under$1000/month. Hope that helps
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The most hilly terrain (aside from the deserts of far west Texas) is west of San Antonio. There are some seriously beautiful hills there that are kind of like a less-verdant version of Vermont.

The Hill Country in general is characterized more by erosion rather than building up, which means that the horizon is flat from most perspectives. In the West, the valleys are the base and the mountains jut upwards very dramatically, whereas we have more of a flat-top landscape characterized by lots of eroded places, creating the hilly effect. Basically, it's like someone flattened the Ojai area so that all the mountains are lower and wider. The vegetation is vaguely similar to the Ojai area (assuming you're familiar with it.)

One last thing, I had the same feeling about "flat" places before I moved here, but I began to change my frame of reference so that I see great drama in smaller things. Sure, I'd like to look out my window and see Mt. Rainier, who wouldn't? But it's nice just to see some gentle hills and beautiful trees. And the sky here is like moving mountains a lot of the time, rather than the flat formless skies that normally dominate the west coast. So, look up. The mountains are moving! But you can't go hiking in them.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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As someone who used to be able to walk out of her front door and see Mt Ranier, hundred+ feet tall Pines, and several other mountains ALL around, everywhere you look - yes, it's beautiful - but, I don't mind being without all the "hills and trees".

First, you will be shocked at the amount of trees in Austin, ALL over Austin, even in the suburbs and even east of 35. They are just different types of trees, but I hate pine and Oaks are gorgeous.

I like living around more "ranch like" land because I had mountain overload previously. I like driving out of my subdivision and seeing a ranch with cows and longhorns, or horses out... makes things feel simple, and that's an environment I want my kids to experience


I don't consider ANY part of the Austin metropolitan area flat, ugly, unattractive - and appreciate the "different from what I am used to" scenary.

Flat and treeless is Kansas. We drove through it moving down here.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:31 AM
 
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***Flat and treeless is Kansas. We drove through it moving down here.***

You can say that again..I lived in SW Kansas and we used trees as landmarks to give directions...go south out of town till you come to the tree and take a left.
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