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Old Yesterday, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by riaelise View Post
When people think of "closer in" they don't think of Pearson Place, which mind as well be in Cedar Park.
You can actually get to Domain in 15 mins from Pearson place if you take Tx 45 toll. It is mighty close to Apple (existing and proposed)/ Ebay/ Paypal/ Visa etc.. As you said not everyone wants to commute to Downtown. So if the job is in North Austin Pearson Place might actually be a good option. Esp the OP was talking about good schools as well a newer neighborhood. Pearson place definitely fits that criterion with the budget OP has.
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Old Today, 08:51 AM
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We have lived in this area for 15 yrs and were in your shoes last yr. We ended up buying a home off Park street. We looked at all the neighborhoods you mentioned and had a similar budget. Our kids range in age from 4-14. If we didn't have kids already MS and HS age we would have considered Travisso but honestly, school ratings were important to us. I have heard mixed reviews on those schools. I think they are going to keep getting better as the area grows but we needed them to be great now. Hubby really didn't want to be north of 1431 for lifestyle reasons (distance to airport etc..). I would have loved a lot with a view but I do find it more convenient to be in CP over Leander. We were zoned CPHS before we moved and are now zoned VRHS. We preferred VR but would have been fine with CP. In researching schools, I felt the LISD East Leander (schools off the Ronald Reagan corridor) were better than the schools in west Leander. However, I liked the Crystal Falls and Travisso better than the neighborhoods off Ronald Reagan. It was also important to us to be in a diverse neighborhood but not one that was 70% or more immigrants so that we can connect more with our neighbors.
I have friends with kids in Round Rock schools that are very happy. I have heard from multiple sources that Leander is better for kids with special needs and one of my children struggles with learning delays so we wanted to stay in LISD.

You mentioned Twin Creeks so I will say we had the same feelings, high prices with many being dated. Also, Travis county so taxes are higher and I think a mudd as well and of course higher HOA dues. Travisso fences (not private) drove me crazy. While we loved the views of Travisso and Crystal Falls we didn't care for how hilly they are for walking and riding bikes etc... While Leander is growing nicely we still must go into Austin regularly for specialist visits, car maintenance, shopping etc and it is nice being closer in. Sorry to ramble. These are just our thoughts having just been in your shoes.
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