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Old 03-29-2011, 10:21 PM
 
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Hi,

My wife and 2 kids will move to Austin to join me in May, so I need to rent a house or apartment (2 or 3 bedrooms). My budget is about 1000~1300/month.

The first priority is safe and family friend neighborhood. My son is 3.5 year old and my daughter is 2. They both need to go to daycare, so a good daycare nearby is also very important.

My company is located in 183 & Loop 1. But I need lots of travel (>50%) and work time is flexible, so distance wouldn't be a problem.

We want to buy a house after 1 year, so it would be great to rent a house to get some feeling of that. But apartment is completely fine.

Is it possible to rent a furniture house/apartment? It is unconvinced to buy furniture now and move in the house 1 year later.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Eastside, WA
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lots of threads on the forum on this one, but try Far West and Spicewood Springs area. Marquis at Treetops and Marquis at Caprock Canyon are two places I know and have had good luck with. Spicewood Springs Preschool is a good one and there are tons and tons of good schools/preschools in the Far West [and nearby Allandale area]. Your budget might be a bit tight but an area definitely worth considering.

Sorry in a rush - I lived in these areas so PM me if you need more specifics
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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My company is located in 183 & Loop 1. But I need lots of travel (>50%) and work time is flexible, so distance wouldn't be a problem.

We want to buy a house after 1 year, so it would be great to rent a house to get some feeling of that. But apartment is completely fine.
You should be able to find a nice apartment in that price range in the Arboretum/Great Hills area (lots of nice apartment complexes). It will be close to work and is very safe. You shouldn't have a problem finding a good daycare around there as well, but be aware that you should visit the daycares soon and try to get on the wait lists now as they are generally very full.

If you want to be in a more affordable area where you will actually be able to buy a house and still get good schools on your budget, I'd look up North/West on Parmer towards the Avery Ranch/Brushy Creek area as well. There are multiple very good day care facilities on Parmer from Mopac all the way up Parmer to the Brushy Creek area. The commute isn't too bad as you can take Parmer down to Mopac and avoid major highways. (It's best to call "Loop 1" Mopac and not Loop 1 as you could confuse some people)
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Very nice apartments in that area, there was a somewhat similar thread a while back by someone who was going to work at National Instruments. You can find housing in that price range, too, but it will not likely be furnished (possible there are a few). Most apartments aren't furnished, but the upper end of your budget should allow a 2/2 or 3/2 with basic rental furniture included.

If your travel is via the airport, then staying close to MoPac/183 (not further NW or S) if probably a good idea - I assume you will end up taking 183 down to the airport. If you move a bit north of MoPac/183, you can use the toll roads (45 ->130) to get to the airport. The tolls are on your expense report, right ? You are talking about AISD or RRISD, both of which have generally good elementary schools in that area, and most areas you can trip over a daycare if you are not careful. Wait lists can be long-ish, but better than they were a couple of years ago.

You probably won't want to look east of MoPac/183, that starts to get into an industrial like area that is a bit dicey.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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Look for duplexes and rental homes in 78759 zipcode, I rented a 3 bedroom off Steck and Mesa for around $1100 that included lawn service. Renting furniture would probably get expensive, there is always craigslist. Also lots of furniture stores on Burnet or Lamar and there is always Ikea or Walmart for low cost kids beds and dressers and stuff.
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:03 PM
 
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Thank you so much guys.
It looks like the budget is not enough to rent a house/town house. I will spend some time to check the apartments in Spicewood Spring, Farwest and North/West Parmer area.
My friend told me that my son might qualify to enroll Pre-K program. But he is only 3.5 years old. Does the EL school accept child under 4 for the Pre-K program?
Thanks again.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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I lived in these apartments a few years ago off Duval and they are pretty nice gated close to the Arboretum and Domain.

San Marin Apartments For Rent in Austin, Texas - Apartment Rental and Community Details - ForRent.com

Here's a few other's i've looked at that are nice in the same general area

Mesa Verde Apartments For Rent in Austin, Texas - Apartment Rental and Community Details - ForRent.com

Canyon Springs Apartments Austin, TX - Apartments for Rent in Austin Texas
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