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Old 07-07-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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Spouse and I are considering a move from out of state. We are focused on the Lake Travis area but are struggling with the potential (not sure where one of us could be working) commute from either the north lake (Lago Vista) or southern side (Lakeway). Mapquest shows a 24 mile round-trip difference between the two.

Can anyone who is familiar with the drives weigh in? We already know the following:

Lakeway - more services, amenities, entertainment, etc. Less house on smaller lots for the $

Lago Vista - far fewer options, more house and larger lot for the $

Is it as obvious as it appears that there is much higher and consistent demand for Lakeway homes due to location vs. LV? Is this a location, location, location thing?
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I would say location and school district. In LG it is a bit of a drive just to get to the local HEB grocery store (there is a smaller grocery store there) and other things are a bit further away in LG than Lakeway.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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You didn't say where you need to commute TO.

But a drive from Lago Vista to Austin is much longer than a drive from Lakeway. The Lago Vista commute is via 1431 and either 183 or 71 (via Marble Falls).

1431 is a beautiful but winding road. And the time and distance difference vs. Lakeway is significant.

That, more than anything, explains the cost difference of north shore properties vs. south shore for Lake Travis. Lago Vista schools BTW are quite good.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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Default Schools not an issue and not sure of work location yet

No kids. Undetermined where I would work (spouse works from home). She is afraid of feeling isolated and without day-to-day options in LV (Starbucks, good grocery store, movie theatre). Even more worried when we learned the shopping plaza that was built a number of years ago still sits vacant and there is no apparent momentum to get it occupied.

I am attempting to play it safe and given my occupation, most likely would be working in or near Austin. Unlikely I would work outside that radius.
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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She is afraid of feeling isolated and without day-to-day options in LV (Starbucks, good grocery store, movie theatre). Even more worried when we learned the shopping plaza that was built a number of years ago still sits vacant and there is no apparent momentum to get it occupied.

I am attempting to play it safe and given my occupation, most likely would be working in or near Austin. Unlikely I would work outside that radius.
Based on the first sentence above, my humble suggestion is to stay on the south side of Lake Travis. LV is definitely more remote, more peaceful, and less expensive. But you will have to drive to get to some of the things you want.

There is a lot going on in the Lakeway and Bee Cave area. Restaurants are sprouting, there is good shopping, a nice movie theater, and relatively easy access to Austin itself.

I suspect LV will develop more as the supply of property on the south shore becomes more and more limited (and less affordable). People who want the lake lifestyle will be more willing to go farther - and that will drive development. But I don't think it will happen very soon with the economy as slow as it is.
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