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Old 04-26-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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I said that and I realize it sounds super snooty. I'm sorry. I'm not loaded.....well, I'm not loaded here, at least. In the Bay Area, 800k gets you a box, that you'd have to split rent with a homeless dude. Seriously, look it up, palo alto, los altos, san carlos, belmont - go to redfin, get a single family home and max 800k. If nothing comes up, it's not an error....it doesnt exist!
Hi Californian, we did move from the Bay Area (the peninsula) just about a year ago with 3 children 4 and under. We also highly considered Steiner Ranch because a few of our friends that were familiar with Austin told us, that was the place to live. We initially thought we would have to spend around the same range as you are doing and then we started researching and came for a trip and found that we didnt have to spend that much and we defintely didnt have to have to live in Steiner. Yes, the traffic while awful here is possibly not as bad as 101 but its bad. My husband and I also both work in Tech and figured that we would most likely work NW tech triangle or downtown and Steiner while great was by no means the best choice and defintely not the easiest choice. We ended up spending about half of your budget and living in Avery Ranch which while still further out, is pretty close to 183 and 45 and had a train station to downtown but most importantly, we also are not commuting to down, we both work NW. Steiner Ranch is really pretty but its really inside. Obviously your budget is your budget but its really easy to come from the bay area and think you always have to spend that much. Our ~1200 sqft home was about ~$1,5M a year ago. Despite how folks on this forum talk about how everything is so expensive, average home prices here is no where close to the bay area.. And if you are determined to pay $800K, there are really nicer and more convenient places than Steiner and I like Steiner

PM if you want any specific information on our transition from CA to Austin

 
Old 04-27-2015, 06:34 AM
 
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"I said that and I realize it sounds super snooty. I'm sorry. I'm not loaded.....well, I'm not loaded here, at least. In the Bay Area, 800k gets you a box, that you'd have to split rent with a homeless dude. Seriously, look it up, palo alto, los altos, san carlos, belmont - go to redfin, get a single family home and max 800k. If nothing comes up, it's not an error....it doesnt exist! "

Thanks, I don't need to look anything up. I moved here from Southern California where I had lived for almost 18 years prior to moving back to Texas. I sold an 1,100 square foot bungalow in Long Beach with just so so schools for over $500,000 (and that was 10 years ago) so trust me, I am very familiar with what you are dealing with. You can buy a house in Steiner and have a miserable commute and send your kids to decent schools or you could buy a beautiful house in Eanes with fantastic schools from elementary to high school for under $700,000, have a 25-30 minute commute into downtown and join probably whichever CC you want.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 06:53 AM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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... you could buy a beautiful house in Eanes with fantastic schools from elementary to high school for under $700,000, have a 25-30 minute commute into downtown and join probably whichever CC you want.
Like this one:

https://www.redfin.com/TX/Austin/200.../home/31210819

Walking distance to school until your kids are in HS (which is one of the best in Texas). Nordstrom's ten minutes in one direction - Starbucks ten minutes in the other.

I'm betting the commute is less than 25 minutes.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 07:22 AM
 
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The biggest con of Austin is the traffic. You will get nowhere fast, and forget it if there's an accident somewhere, which happen a lot. There are no plans to fix the traffic situation until year 2040. It's bad and only getting worse with all the sky rise condos being built downtown. The traffic is getting even worse in surrounding cities as well. We are leaving Austin for this reason.

Also, the water here is almost as expensive as your electric bill because we have been in a drought for nearly 6 years.

It's hot and overcrowded and everywhere you go is infested with people.
Literally none of your post is true.

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There are no plans to fix the traffic situation until year 2040.
There are billions of dollars of road and transit projects planned before 2040.

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It's bad and only getting worse with all the sky rise condos being built downtown.
Downtown condos aren't what makes traffic bad. Because either:

The residents work downtown, and probably don't even drive to work.

OR

They're driving to a job outside of downtown, and are contra-flow to the commuting traffic.

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Also, the water here is almost as expensive as your electric bill because we have been in a drought for nearly 6 years.
How many gallons are you pouring on your lawn? My electric bill is 10 times the water bill.

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It's hot and overcrowded and everywhere you go is infested with people.
Austin is incredibly sparsely populated and in fact has gotten less and less dense in the past decades.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 08:13 AM
 
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Not to get off topic, but yes. World famous destinations all around. Go north, you run in to San Francisco. I personally am not an SF person and I try to avoid it as much as possible. BUUUUUUT, it is beautiful and if you stick to the touristy stuff, it's fine.
San Francisco is a homeless camp dotted with pockets of 1 percenters. It's an expensive, socialist paradise where you can leave a $500/night hotel, make a left and walk by someone peeing on a doorstep. You cannot even walk out of a CVS/Walgreen's without being accosted for change. It sucks.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 11:34 AM
 
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San Francisco is a homeless camp dotted with pockets of 1 percenters. It's an expensive, socialist paradise where you can leave a $500/night hotel, make a left and walk by someone peeing on a doorstep. You cannot even walk out of a CVS/Walgreen's without being accosted for change. It sucks.
Didnt say I liked it. Actually, I really hate it, I'd never live/work there. I avoid it at all costs, unless it's a Giants game. But I never said I liked it, I said it's world famous
 
Old 04-27-2015, 03:09 PM
 
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San Francisco is a homeless camp dotted with pockets of 1 percenters. It's an expensive, socialist paradise where you can leave a $500/night hotel, make a left and walk by someone peeing on a doorstep. You cannot even walk out of a CVS/Walgreen's without being accosted for change. It sucks.
So true!!!
 
Old 04-27-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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If you have $800K, I would look at Westlake. You can get a damn nice house in Lost Creek that also has golf right there. And Westlake schools are arguably the best in the state. I love living in Steiner, but I wouldn't feel that way if I had to drive downtown every day.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 04:12 PM
 
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Default We worry about the Republican leadership in TX & NC

http://www.iamatexan.com/…/texas-bil...duce-all-tea…/

This is just one of many articles we have come across about the state of education in TX. We have researched many many schools and districts in Austin, TX, Charlotte & Raleigh, NC. There are areas with great schools anywhere you look. However,we have decided against all three towns for a variety of reasons, but thought we would share this one article on Texas. We appreciate having an affordable cost of living but not at the expense of education. These kinds of policy's do not help the middle or poor classes.
 
Old 04-27-2015, 04:29 PM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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