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I notice that answers to questions about Manor, TX. are pretty old. I would like more current information (2013). We are thinking of buying a house in the Hamilton Point subdivision area. Any replies from people living there would really be appreciated. I have read the answers from 2009 and a lot of them make Manor sound bad (but some good to). Has it improved since then? We have no children so the quality of the schools doesn't matter to us. The drive to the closest stores isn't that bad. We drove it to I 35 and it was either 12 minutes or 12 miles (I can't remember which). We are older & will probably live in the house for the rest of our lives, so ability to resell it isn't really important. What is the crime like now? I looked it up on line and it was terrible on paper. What is it like actually living there? Do people still get rattlesnakes on their porches (or anywhere in their houses)? Are there a lot of burglaries there (especially home burglaries?) We are also considering Elgin, TX. What is it like? Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
I don't like there personally, sorry. But from what I've gathered, the main knocks against Manor are: schools, distance from Austin, lack of shopping options. Downtown Manor still has the look of a small Texas downtown, which may or may not be appealing to you. However, there are many people that I know who have opted to live in Manor because they desired the remoteness and wanted big acreage. These are the people who had horses and other animals but worked downtown. Manor has some pretty nice acreage that is still affordable. Affordable acreage is disappearing fast these days -- Pflugerville acreage, for example, isn't particularly cheap now at all. You don't have kids, so schools aren't going to be an issue. Shopping might as you get older. Though by that time, hopefully, Austin's expansion will see a forced increase in the outer areas. Manor, like all of the other Texas towns that surrounded Austin, was up until the 2000s still a small, rural Texas town. People lived scattered about on land vs. crammed together in subdivisions. It is the country, so yeah you will see all sorts of critters, including rattlers I'm sure.
Here is an insight from someone who lives in Manor, I live in Shadowglen and I love it. We are 15-20 mins from downtown Austin at present and when the Manor expressway is complete (2014) even less. A Walmart is being built at 290 and 973, in an addition Manor is also getting a CVS, Walgreen and Medical Center all slated to break ground later this year. Long gone the days when Manor was a sleepy town on 290. In contrast to the above post Manor is mostly planned subdivisions (Wildhorse Creek, Stonewater, Carrraige Ridge, Bell Farms, Presidential Glen and Shadowglen are all active subdivision with builders). Completed subdivision includes Hamilton Point, Greenbury, Presidential Meadows. There have been an explosion of commercial activity in Manor since the start of the Manor Expressway in 2011. I use to live in Cedar Park before buying my house here 3 years ago and my comments about Manor would mirror the above post if I didn't live here and see it for myself.
The biggest misconception about Manor is the distance: Manor is 14 miles from downtown Austin, Pflugerville is 18 miles, Round Rock is 20 miles, Cedar Park is 21 miles. I work at Mopac and Parmer Ln and my daily commute is 20 minutes up and down Parmer Ln, the schools are not the greatest but we do have a nationally recognize high School “Manor New Tech High School”. It was the school President Obama gave his speech about exemplary project base learning schools last month on his trip to Austin.
I use to live in Cedar Park before buying my house here 3 years ago and my comments about Manor would mirror the above post if I didn't live here and see it for myself.
You hit the nail on the head trulo911. Manor has a stigma to it and people like to give opinions about things/places that they have absolutely no first hand experience with. Granted, Manor is not the classiest or most progressive area of Austin, but it certainly isn't as bad as its rep here on City-Forum.
Unless you have actually lived in or experienced Manor your opinion is just that...an opinion most likely based on an idea more than actual experience.
Just like with any other area of Austin, some people will love/like it and others will hate it.
Manor is primarily rural homes or farms on acreage, or subdivisions of starter homes. Though it's physically closer to downtown Austin than many of the other suburb towns, there aren't many conveniences (shopping, good restaurants, etc.) The schools generally aren't looked upon well, but there is the one tech high school that's supposed to be pretty good.
I know a few people in Manor, and why are they there? Because they wanted large acreage and/or a farm, didn't want to be an hour+ away from Austin, and aren't picky about schools.
To the two above posters, don't get your feathers ruffled. Did I ever state that my post was fact? It's kind of obvious that it's an opinion. And it wasn't a slam against Manor. It was based on what I knew from others' experiences, who obviously lived there and experienced things first hand. Manor as a whole is still primarily a rural town...that's what it is. As the years go on and as Austin expands, things start to transform. For a while the push was north, now it's east. until that road is built, distance is still an issue - 290 going in isn't pretty, and I know that because I've taken it from Decker Lane and it sucked.
btw, I live in Pflugerville. which also has its share of offbase "stigmas"...so of course I know what it's like. Instead of misinterpreting my post as a diss, just see it for what it was.
No need to get defensive riaelise. Nobody was offended..that I percieved anyway. We are just stating our "opinions" and first hand experiences about Manor just like you were. Like my daddy always said..."Opinions are like ***holes, everybody has one."
I don't live in Manor, but a good friend of mine does. On top of a 9-5 job in Austin, she is also a local artist and has 2 kids in Manor schools. She likes the Elementary they are in, and she says that the drive into Austin to do things isn't bad at all. The only thing I ever hear her complain about are the rattlesnakes that come into their yard from time to time.
I've been through Manor quite a lot and while it does seem like a nice enough place to pass through and possibly settle down in (interactions I'd had with folks out there are as pleasant as with anyone else around here really), it does have a bit of the "not Austin" stigma to it that a people have indicated previously...but really, what part of Austin or what Austin exurb does NOT have that working against it from people who live in 78704 or West Lake Hills or any other part of the area?
The only complaint I could possibly voice about the area (almost all of my time out there has been on a bicycle) is some of the roads are fairly lousy. FM 973 that skirts Decker Lake and connects FM 969 (MLK as it continues eastward to Bastrop) and US 290 is pretty crummy in places. I think there were some expectations that it would be spruced up about with the 130 toll road running parallel to it in places. I was out that way a year ago and the road seemed as bad as ever, but with a fancy exit to/from the toll road itself and then an immediate deterioration to its previous conditions past that stretch in either direction.
Also, Blake Manor Road before you approach downtown itself heading north on 973 came under a bit of fire a number of years ago as someone on a bicycle had some kind of issue with either the motorists or conditions of the road itself or both (someone can possibly verify this) and went after the city about the narrow, cracked up road...well the city of Manor decided it was better to just put up "no bikes" signs on the road, rather than do anything to try and fix the road itself. Regardless of how you feel about cyclists in general, I would think most would agree that this is pretty non-progressive to be negligent of the bigger issue of inadequate infrastructure as a lot of neighborhoods have been built off the road in recent years.
Another common misconception again about Manor, The City of Manor is actually very small compared to its ETJ. FM 973 and Blake Manor Rd south of downtown Manor is actually City of Austin ETJ not Manor and the roads in question are maintained by TX DOT and Travis County respectfully. I know it sounds and look weird, I felt the same way, most of Manor ETJ is North of 290.
Let not get carried away, Manor is a very small city, it operates on a Budget of less than 7 million a year, some of the bigger master plan subdivisions within Manor ETJ are not within city limits because they have their own MUDs (Shadowglen and Presidential Meadows). So when someone say the city is not progressive I find is comical. I am in commercial real estate and 5 years ago there was no activity in Manor, now all the National chains are enquiring about Manor. Commercial activity follows rooftops and the Manor area is getting plenty of rooftops.
Some persons on this site answer every and any questions whether they have a clue or not. They go to wikipedia and look up an City or town and give their pseudo factual opinion base on a visit 5/10 year ago.
Walmart would not build in Manor for the 5000 residence that Wikipedia show as the population of the city of Manor. Most of the population of Manor ETJ is not within the city limits, thus not reported in the city figures.
Back to the comment about distance, I looked at 5 master plan community when I was deciding to buy a house. Crystal Falls Leander, Black Hack Pflugerville, Terra Vista Round Rock, Avery Ranch Cedar Park and Shadowglen Manor. Shadowglen, Manor has the shortest commute of all the above subdivision to downtown Austin. If you are looking convenience to retail and eateries now, Manor is not for you but if you want value and watch as city explodes Manor it is.
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