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Old 05-17-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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We will be relocating to Austin in June.We are a family of three one being our 9 year son that we would like to enjoy a family friendly setting.My wife has toured several neighborhoods in those two areas.We really like the newer part of Pflugerville (falcon point and that area) just looking for feedback on the area.Seems you get more for you dollar in Pflugerville ? Thanks
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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We will be relocating to Austin in June.We are a family of three one being our 9 year son that we would like to enjoy a family friendly setting.My wife has toured several neighborhoods in those two areas.We really like the newer part of Pflugerville (falcon point and that area) just looking for feedback on the area.Seems you get more for you dollar in Pflugerville ? Thanks
Given that I lived in NE Pflugerville for ten years and moved eight minutes away to a neighborhood in Round Rock, I'll weigh in with my thoughts. Quite frankly, living in both cities, it's sort of a toss up. I will give the nod to Round Rock for lower utilities and a lower property tax rate (2.7-3.1 for Pville and 2.35% in my area of RR, but YMMV. There are many areas in RR that are as high as Pville's). Pflugerville's tax rate has gone down each year for a number of years since it is relying less and less on property taxes. That's a positive sign because it shows that the trajectory is going in the right direction.

Falcon Pointe zones to probably the "best of" Pflugerville ISD. Murchison and Kelly Lane have consistently been rated highly...at least ten years. They are also experiencing extreme growth, so don't be surprised if your kid may end up in another, newer school to accommodate the growth. It's not a bad thing per se, as Rowe Lane is a great school and the newer school they opened up (Dearing) has a top notch principal. Falcon Pointe is also very close to some nice retail and that corridor is becoming the "town center" of the city. So expect that much of any newer development will sprout along that corridor. I am happy that we had the foresight to buy a home in the area just before the toll road was built. We knew back then that the toll road would only bring about good things. Toll road spurred growth, growth spurred retail and amenities, retail and amenities spurred increased property values.

Round Rock does offer more trees, at least the older parts do. Personally if I was buying in Round Rock, I'd buy in the older neighborhoods (pre-2000s) since they are established, have more trees, and overall a true suburban nature that harkens back to an older time when there wasn't so many people. The newer developments, though, are as sparse foliage wise as NE Pflugerville. RR is larger (double the size), so it has a bit more amenities than Pflugerville. Cost of living is about equal, but Pflugerville does offer you great value for your housing dollar. Though the more I look at today's prices, the more I say that with hesitation. $250k not too many years ago bought you a larger house and a decent sized lot. That same $250k today gets you a much smaller house on a postage stamp sized lot - forget about new construction. Falcon Pointe does have neighborhood pools and a city run splash pad, which is a plus in the summer time. The City sponsors a number of activities for people of all ages. So does Round Rock.

RRISD is a good school district, but you have to give more weight to the individual schools themselves. The better RRISD schools are (surprise) clustered around areas where the household wealth is higher. PISD is a notch below, but again, weight needs to be given to individual schools since there are several high performing schools. The elementary and middle school where your son would attend are, like I said, very good. Hendrickson is ok. It may get better if a fourth high school is opened.

So, it all comes down to finding the house that's right for you. You really can't go wrong with either. I'll always have an affinity for Pflugerville, as that's the city I've resided in the longest, but I do like Round Rock's charm (at least my area) also. Good luck.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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We will be relocating to Austin in June.We are a family of three one being our 9 year son that we would like to enjoy a family friendly setting.My wife has toured several neighborhoods in those two areas.We really like the newer part of Pflugerville (falcon point and that area) just looking for feedback on the area.Seems you get more for you dollar in Pflugerville ? Thanks
Is there a daily commute involved? Just a couple of miles in any direction in either city could mean a much easier commute...or one that will take the shine off the new surroundings. The highways...IH35, 130, TX45 are great; but you still have to get out of the neighborhood to reach them.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:17 AM
 
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Having lived in both, my preference is for Pflugerville, but that is primarily because most any of my recreation/activities are going to be in Austin proper and I am now closer to that. Between the cities, particularly the areas you are talking, there really is little difference. As someone else said, if I were in your situation and looking for what you are, it would come down to me about where I found the best home at the best price, and how that specific home's drive time would be for my work.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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Unless you buy out in FalconPoint/Blackhawk, etc area, I would pick Round Rock.

Tax rate is likely going to be much lower, the schools are for the most part better, and if you move to the west side of RR you will avoid the expansive clay.

I would not pick RR if you are buy in NW RR where most of the area is zoned to Stoney Pointe.

I would try to buy in West or SouthEast RR. Very low tax rates in those areas. Homes are a little older, but they are in good condition in nice areas.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:16 AM
 
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Pflugerville vs Round Rock, I pick Round Rock - probably biased because I live in RR and work in the Pflugerville area.

Pros:

Round Rock is huge and encompasses the area just north of 45 all the way up through 1431, with Austin sort of peppered in (you can be driving down a street in round rock and then for 1/4 of a mile on that street, you'll be in Austin, then back out into Round Rock again).

Property values are going up up up - if you buy a house now you are making a good investment, but you need to get it done quickly. My home has gone up in value $50K+ in just 3 years. Property taxes and utilities are also cheaper.

School district is one of the best in centex. I've even seen Round Rock ISD rank highly in national ranking, so that's saying a lot.

Cons:

If you're looking at 79 or further north, be prepared for one of the most unforgiving, grueling commutes you can ever possibly imagine. The further south you work from Round Rock, the worse it gets. I'm 15 minutes without traffic from my job - 30 - 45 minutes in traffic.

Its also far from EVERYTHING. We live out on 1431, and it feels like a trek to get anywhere.


Pflugerville is nice too especially in the newer area, but from what I understand Round Rock has better property value and school district overall.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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North EAST and Central East (north of 79) Round Rock is zoned to Stoney Point.

There are also several non-new construction neighborhoods in Pflugerville that are great, but inventory is always low. Katymead, Saxony, Willow Creek and any downtown area home that becomes available are Pflugerville neighborhoods that I'd purchase in due to non-cookie cutter feel, mature trees, and small town environment.

Again, when it comes to schools, you have to examine each particular school's performance, not the district's. There are some average and below average schools in RRISD (on both sides). It's all about income. Places that have higher HH incomes tend to have better schools, at least to the middle school level. High schools are more iffy.

Home values are rising everywhere. Our Pflugerville home netted us a good profit when we sold it and 75% of all homes in our former neighborhood are under contract.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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. Our Pflugerville home netted us a good profit when we sold it and 75% of all homes in our former neighborhood are under contract.
All homes? I guess when you left, the others thought there was no reason to stay!
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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I'm going to piggyback on this post because we are considering Cedar Park and Round Rock right now. I left Pflugerville out because it seemed like more of a bedroom community - not as many restaurants, amenities, things to do, etc. I am going to be a stay at home mom and it seems like Round Rock & Cedar Park have more going on. Schools and taxes aren't an issue for us right now because we will be renting.

Was my assumption correct or should I give Pflugerville another look?
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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Okay, now I am looking, haha! What are Springbrook and Highland Park like? We have been looking at Cedar Park Town Center, Teravista and Forest Oaks.
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