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Old 01-02-2011, 05:13 PM
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We are still trying to decide where to live. Working from home gives us almost too many options! We like the idea of having a social country club in the area with activities for families and that is why we like both of these areas. We also like the views that both neighborhoods have. I know River Place is a much newer community. Lost Creek seems to be in a better location. Any pros and cons of these area to help us decide would be appreciated! They bothe seem great.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:05 PM
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A big difference is the existence of a mandatory HOA. Lost Creek does not have one, just a voluntary neighborhood association. Riverplace has a pretty strict HOA. The pros and cons of having an HOA are largely dependent on the buyer preference.

Riverplace will be closer to shopping, the lake and more employers (more accessible to NW Austin and the northern burbs), and Lost Creek is closer to downtown and South Austin where more entertainment is.

I think both have a lot of kids and activities centered around families, but they are not 95% jammed with young families like Steiner or Circle C.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:42 PM
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Lost Creek. Much, much better location. We are near RP in Steiner Ranch and love it, but if we could have afforded the Westlake are, we would have moved there.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:47 PM
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Thanks! They both seem like great areas. Anyone live in Lst Creek? Is it a friendly neighborhood with lots of kids? Do most people join the country club?
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:57 PM
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I live there. It's a very family friendly neighborhood, many people move here for the Eanes ISD schools so there are a lot of kids. The neighborhood association is quite active and has many family events each year (BBQ, Fall Picnic, 4th of July parade, etc). There are a couple of parks for the kids, and a greenbelt trail within the community. There is also a greenbelt with access to Barton Creek, where people take their dogs and can also do some tubing when the water level is high enough. Cyclists also like to come to the neighborhood because of the hilly terrain and access to popular road biking routes which utilize 360, Bee Caves Road, and Lost Creek Blvd.

Lots of residents like to join the country club for the social/swimming membership, although we are not members. The tennis and golf memberships seem to be popular with people from other areas of Austin, since it's a convenient location. The country club also opens up to all residents sometimes, for things like the 4th of July celebration and charity days.

My favorite quality of LC is the non-cookie cutter feel; there are a variety of different styles of homes, and different shapes and orientation of lots. It's a pretty down to earth neighborhood for Westlake, people are friendly and interact and many do their own yardwork (which is kind of rare for Westlake). The lack of mandatory HOA means that all the beauty of the neighborhood comes from pride of ownership, not so much dictated by restrictive covenants or threat of fines. The MUD does an excellent job of maintaining the common areas like the parks and greenbelts. All the people I know here really love the neighborhood, and many folks have owned multiple homes here -- when they move, it's often just to another bigger/smaller home in Lost Creek.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:20 AM
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Thanks atxcio! I'm glad to hear it is laid back. I prefer to be closer to downtown as I'm not much of a shopper!
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