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View Poll Results: Which town do you prefer?
Cedar Park 7 38.89%
Round Rock 5 27.78%
Leander 2 11.11%
Pflugerville 4 22.22%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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My family will be moving to Austin in the early summer and are looking at the north Austin suburbs as possible house locations. We have 2 kids (7 & 2) so schools are important. Commute is not a big concern. Anyone have any recommendations or big differences between the towns? Proximity to grocery stores and others (Target & Walmart) would be a plus too. Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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What is your price range?

The area of Pflugerville that I live in has close proximity to both stores (Target is 5 minutes away and Walmart is 10. Target Pflugerville is the largest one in Central Texas, and it is located in a large 1MM sq ft shopping center). The surrounding neighborhoods tend to be of the master planned variety.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:27 PM
 
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Have you ever looked at Liberty Hill?? It's a little further out there but definitely small town country feel. 183 is never crowded. Liberty HIll schools are really great! We shop at the HEB (grocery store) in Leander which is about 10 mins away.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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We are looking to rent initially with max around $1500/month and look to buy maybe a yr or so down the road in the same area so we dont have to move the kids from school, again.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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The northwest Austin burbs like Cedar Park and Leander are going to be a bit more "high end" I guess you could say. But in my opinion they're a bit on the bland and boring side and lack the diversity of the northeast Austin burbs. Pflugerville and Round Rock are both respectable school districts. It's also quicker to get to downtown Austin from those burbs than the west ones.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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We are looking to rent initially with max around $1500/month and look to buy maybe a yr or so down the road in the same area so we dont have to move the kids from school, again.
Ok. I'd again recommend Pflugerville. The area where I live has consistently good schools and lots of shopping options. We are literally three minutes from a huge shopping mall that has movies, a mega-Target, your usual chains, dining, etc. The area is served by two toll roads but also has a "free option" that can get you into downtown within 45 minutes (rush hour) -- FM 685. The area is rapidly growing. Pflugerville used to be a small town up until about 15 years ago. Now it is over 50,000 people. What I like about the area is that it still offers low crime, tranquility, shopping, and affordability. We have more disposible income because we're not overpaying on a mortgage. Pf has a long standing German heritage (hence the name), and still has a big population of German descent, but you will also see many Asian, Hispanic, Black, and multi-racial faces as well. The second most used language after English in Pf is actually Vietnamese.

You can live nicely without breaking the bank. You don't have to live too far out. Some people like to put Pflugerville down for some reason, assuming that just because it is still affordable and more diverse that there's something wrong or lacking, but as a resident, I can tell you that I don't think my quality of life would be any better had I lived in any of the other suburban cities. In 2012, Money magazine agreed as well (it was #46 in the "Best Places to Live" [not like I go by that, but I'm showing my city some love here]. We have no intention of leaving.

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