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Old 12-27-2010, 02:00 AM
 
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My husband and I are thinking about moving south from Reno since we are ready for warmer weather! I hear Austin is simply the greatest city esp for two fun loving 30-year olds who want to start a family. However we hate living INSIDE big cities. We would like to live just outside the city where we can have a house with at least an acre and some horses. We love hiking, fishing, camping, hunting and just enjoying the great outdoors. It will be hard to say good bye to our big gorgeous mountains so the hillier the better!
Any advice from you texas natives would be greatly appreciated!
PS a 30 minute commute into the heart of austin is okay!
Thanks in advance can't wait to hear your input!
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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Budget? How much will you care about schools?
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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I think it may be more than a 30 min. commute to get what you're looking for, but I think you ought to check out Wimberly & Dripping Springs.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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I would look east towards Bastrop and Elgin if you are looking for horse property. The soil quality is superior, and the terrain is easier. Acreage would be less expensive, as well.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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You can definitely find that in some of the areas surrounding Austin, but it's going to take more than a 30 minute commute to get there, especially if you like hilly areas. Even the areas with a 45 minute commute are still in the suburbs--nice areas but not the sort of rural, horse property you are describing. As with any move, make sure you have employment lined up first and then figure out where to live from there... the traffic in Austin is notorious and you don't want to buy a house far to the southwest of the city and then find out you get hired in one of the northern suburbs.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Your best bets, if you want Hill Country, is to look for some of the rare pockets of soil that are horse-suitable in the Dripping Springs area and see if you can find one for sale. Or live closer to San Antonio (Blanco, Bandera, Boerne - Boerne's big horse country) - though those are nowhere near a 30 minute drive to Austin. You're not going to find mountains, per se, in this area (they're more down in the Big Bend area), but you will find hills.

The best soil for horses in general is, indeed, east of I35 - more sandy loam and blackland clay. But you won't have the hills, though the land can be rolling (not all flat as some seem to think). It has a different kind of beauty.

What's your budget? That will help determine where you should be directed.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My husband and I are thinking about moving south from Reno since we are ready for warmer weather! I hear Austin is simply the greatest city esp for two fun loving 30-year olds who want to start a family. However we hate living INSIDE big cities. We would like to live just outside the city where we can have a house with at least an acre and some horses. We love hiking, fishing, camping, hunting and just enjoying the great outdoors. It will be hard to say good bye to our big gorgeous mountains so the hillier the better!
Any advice from you texas natives would be greatly appreciated!
PS a 30 minute commute into the heart of austin is okay!
Thanks in advance can't wait to hear your input!
=)
Do you guys have jobs lined up in Austin? A lot of people from out of state are moving to Austin without jobs and assume that it'll be easy to find a job here.

Also, what's your housing budget?
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:55 PM
 
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He is applying to firefighter/paramedic jobs in austin and san antonio as well as san marco so it will obviously depend on where he gets hired and we will rent somewhere close to his work initially until we can find out what areas we like and how far the commute is. Even an hour would be okay since he only has to do it 2x/week. We would be willing to spend about 300k on a house but that could also increase depending on his bonus structure
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: 78747
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He is applying to firefighter/paramedic jobs in austin and san antonio as well as san marco so it will obviously depend on where he gets hired and we will rent somewhere close to his work initially until we can find out what areas we like and how far the commute is. Even an hour would be okay since he only has to do it 2x/week. We would be willing to spend about 300k on a house but that could also increase depending on his bonus structure

Not trying to poo-poo here, but property taxes here are relatively steep. The taxes on a $300K house can run anywhere from around $6,000 to over $9,000 per year depending on what city, ETJ, and ISD you are in, compared to about $3822 on a house in Reno. It's not about how much equity you bring, but whether you have the will/means to sustain the tax burden on the house as well.

Keep in mind we have no state income tax, so it's dance of sorts. Earn as much as you can, and pay as little for housing as you can, and you will keep the taxman away.

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Old 12-27-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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He is applying to firefighter/paramedic jobs in austin and san antonio as well as san marco so it will obviously depend on where he gets hired and we will rent somewhere close to his work initially until we can find out what areas we like and how far the commute is. Even an hour would be okay since he only has to do it 2x/week. We would be willing to spend about 300k on a house but that could also increase depending on his bonus structure
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