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Old 03-08-2009, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Southwest Austin
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You sound like you have a highly particular set of wants and needs (no wood fences, can't be within 3 miles of downtown, newer yuppie homes only, best schools, etc).

I agree with the recommendations that you stay in SW Austin. Brodie Springs, Shady Hollow, Granada Oaks, Circle C (gate golf course section), Meridian (greenbelt lot), Travis Country would all be good candidate areas if you can be less pick about things such as wood fences.

Otherwise, enjoy your long, depressing commutes on IH 35.

There are a lot of great master planned communities in Cedar Park and Round Rock that attend great schools. But driving to and from there every day to east Austin will grind you down. You'll be on IH35 every day, which anyone who has lived here for a while can attest would be something to really try to avoid.

Good luck.

Steve
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:09 AM
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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I say Bastrop!!! With the new 130 it may not be such a bad commute...and it is really outside of main clogged highways!
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Wood Glen in west RR also has nice homes as well as some empty lots still to be built on. Its off of Sam Bass on Plantation.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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For that price range, you won't get upscale, maybe a nice subdivision like Meridian or Circle C. Schools are some of the best in Austin in these areas by the way, you heard wrong. If you want "upscale", you'll have to shell out around 700-a cool million.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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I guess the question is what does the OP consider "upscale" because I've seen some homes in Circle C that I consider upscale... but then again I am pretty much riffraff so it doesn't take much to impress me
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Formerly TX, UT and CT - Currently NC
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I looked into Mueller, and that is too close to the down town for me. I would prefer to live much further away than 3 miles. As for Circle C, I had read the schools weren't very good. I rather not send my children to a private school, but I guess I could look into it. I am basically looking for the most expensive areas around either Austin or Round Rock. So far I have gathered that the West side of Austin is more what I am looking for and East of Round Rock. Am I correct in thinking that those are where the most upscale areas are?
You're correct that east of Round Rock is a lot more upscale. I grew up in Round Rock, and there really is no "non-upscale" side of the city, but some are definitely nicer than others. However, whoever told you that Circle-C schools aren't good was probably wrong. Circle-C has GREAT public schools. Eanes ISD also has great schools (in upscale areas) and Round Rock schools are great as well. Circle-C may be a little lower than your price range though (Circle C ranch homes are around $325,000 or so about typically around 2,000 square feet) and the homes may be smaller than what you're searching for. But, never the less, Circle-C is a great community. But, for what you're looking for, I'd recommend Round Rock instead.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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You're correct that east of Round Rock is a lot more upscale. I grew up in Round Rock, and there really is no "non-upscale" side of the city, but some are definitely nicer than others. However, whoever told you that Circle-C schools aren't good was probably wrong. Circle-C has GREAT public schools. Eanes ISD also has great schools (in upscale areas) and Round Rock schools are great as well. Circle-C may be a little lower than your price range though (Circle C ranch homes are around $325,000 or so about typically around 2,000 square feet) and the homes may be smaller than what you're searching for. But, never the less, Circle-C is a great community. But, for what you're looking for, I'd recommend Round Rock instead.
When was the last time you were in Circle C - they are still building down in Circle C west and most of the new stuff is above $325 - there is some new section with the word "estates" in it where homes are right in the 450 to 550 range.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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Me. too, Jennibc. I'm impressed with this house and its well under 400K:

http://austinhomesearch.com/Branding/localhost/AHS/WebPhotos%5C5366394_0.jpg (broken link)
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Formerly TX, UT and CT - Currently NC
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When was the last time you were in Circle C - they are still building down in Circle C west and most of the new stuff is above $325 - there is some new section with the word "estates" in it where homes are right in the 450 to 550 range.
Yeah, you're right Jennibc. Sorry. I haven't been to Circle-C in about a year or so, and I forgot about the west section. I'm sorry. I was just going off my overall impression of Circle-C based on the majority of it being around $325,000-$365,000 or so.

Are the new estates section nice? I haven't heard a lot about them.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Formerly TX, UT and CT - Currently NC
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Me. too, Jennibc. I'm impressed with this house and its well under 400K:

http://austinhomesearch.com/Branding/localhost/AHS/WebPhotos%5C5366394_0.jpg (broken link)
That's a beautiful house. I agree. Do you know the square footage of it?
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