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Old 03-23-2008, 09:04 PM
 
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We're in the market. We can afford a decent sized house in Western Oaks or Circle C for about 300K. Or we can afford a house that is about 500 square feet smaller in Travis Country. Which is a better investment?
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:56 PM
 
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I am a huge fan of Travis Country. I think it has a nice community feel, wonderful amenities and I really like the topography. WO is pretty, too...but I think TC is more modern and upscale. That's my .02
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:23 PM
 
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Do you think they will both appreciate about the same, or that one will fare better/ be more stable than the other. Travis Country is closer in, however I've heard people say it's over priced. If I want to exit Southwest Parkway, I can get 1500-2000 square feet, but if I am willing to exit William Cannon, Davis or Slaughter, I can get 2500-3000 square feet. Both would be nice lots with trees. It's difficult to decide, but I want something that would be easy to sell in about 5-7 more years and make a profit. Many have said to me that both are good investments, but I sometimes wonder if travis country is going to experience crazy appreciation like Tarrytown or Barton Hills did in the 1990s-early 2000s.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:51 AM
 
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I'm looking at both areas. I've heard that TC actually adds more time to your commute cause of back ups at red lights. Also something about the neighborhood may get remapped to different schools.

I think I'm more interested in VAWO for a bigger house and really good school. Course I haven't seen either place in person yet.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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I'm looking at both areas. I've heard that TC actually adds more time to your commute cause of back ups at red lights. Also something about the neighborhood may get remapped to different schools.

I think I'm more interested in VAWO for a bigger house and really good school. Course I haven't seen either place in person yet.

That info. about the schools is interesting. Does anyone know more about that? Right now I think the schools are Oak Hill Elementary, O Henry and Austin High.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Downtown Austin
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I want something that would be easy to sell in about 5-7 more years and make a profit.
There is no way that anyone can declare with any certainty that one neighborhood will appreciate more than the other in 5-7 years. I think the actual home you choose may be a bigger factor, assuming both areas will continue to be popular. If you pick the right home, you should be able to do well in either neighborhood.

Steve
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Both neighborhoods have good points, and although one may outpace the other over the next 5-7 years, that is really hard to predict with any certainty. Schools may change, but I don't expect the new ones to be significantly different than the current ones. I certainly would think more about the size of the house I needed first. 1000 sf is a pretty big difference when it comes to living in it (instead of just investing in it). On the other hand, I had one of the smaller (and cheaper) houses in my old neighborhood, and it sold quickly.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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The school factor is a big one. I know friends who live in Travis Country mostly because of being tracked to Austin High, which they consider to be better than Bowie. I know parts of Legend Oaks also go to Austin High.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I know friends who live in Travis Country mostly because of being tracked to Austin High, which they consider to be better than Bowie
But to most people buying a house, both are excellent high schools. The fraction of the buyers that will not consider a house due to Bowie instead of Austin is probably pretty small (although I could be wrong ). Anyway, there will be a new HS out the SW Austin direction before too long, and who knows, TC may end up there instead of Austin.
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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But to most people buying a house, both are excellent high schools. The fraction of the buyers that will not consider a house due to Bowie instead of Austin is probably pretty small (although I could be wrong ). Anyway, there will be a new HS out the SW Austin direction before too long, and who knows, TC may end up there instead of Austin.
True...the folks I know have a long history with Austin High (parents, grandparents all went there), so it was that important to them. Personally, I would pick AHS over Bowie.
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