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Old 06-21-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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July 2013 issue:

Where to live if you have a family: Lakeway, Circle C
Where to live if you want a fixer-upper: East Austin
Where to live if you are an empty-nester: Downtown
Where to live if you are a young professional: Bouldin Creek
Where to live if you want a starter home: Crestview


Others listed in each category for a total of twenty four.

All complaints can be directed to editor@austinmonthly.com
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Lakeway makes the top of this list every year.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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Circle C shouldn't be in the same league as Lakeway.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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Starter home in Crestview? My definition of starter home must be very different from Austin Monthly's as 250k+ for a livable home is out of reach for a lot of Austinites.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Circle C shouldn't be in the same league as Lakeway.
I agree, but be careful... Last time I said that on here, I got my...chewed off by all of the Circle C residents.

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Old 06-21-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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I agree, but be careful... Last time I said that on here, I got my...chewed off by all of the Circle C residents.

LOL...Let em bring it. Even they know Lakeway is outta their league.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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I agree, but be careful... Last time I said that on here, I got my...chewed off by all of the Circle C residents.
Per the article - Lakeway median home sale price 2012 - $389K. Circle C median home sale price 2012 - $361K. What's the diff?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Per the article - Lakeway median home sale price 2012 - $389K. Circle C median home sale price 2012 - $361K. What's the diff?
The one, glaring difference is the natural beauty and quality of lifestyle that Lakeway offers. You will have a much better chance of having a greenbelt lot with an incredible view in Lakeway as opposed to backing up to another house as is most likely the case in Circle C. Circle C is mostly flat with almost no hills. OTOH, while driving down 620 through Lakeway, one will find panoramic views on either side of the road. Not to mention having both Lake Travis and Lake Austin at your fingertips. Quality of lifestyle.

Another thing is the schools. Lakeway is zoned to Lake Travis ISD, while Circle C is zoned to Austin ISD. Even though the quality of the schools is relatively similar (LT is still a few notches better), most people would rather opt out of the mess that is AISD.

Regarding the median home sale price of Lakeway...... Due to its retirement community roots, Lakeway has many condos and townhomes along with some smaller detached retirement homes. There are still many people that are looking to retire in Lakeway. That is what skews the median home price. However, the majority of the homes in Lakeway are much larger and more expensive as Lakeway has moved to suburb status. It's not just in the old part of Lakeway either. Check out Costa Bella, Bella Strada, Bella Montagna, Rough Hollow, Serene Hills, Vineyard Bay, etc. The list goes on and on. With all of that said, the median price is still higher than Circle C!!!!
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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Having lived in both Lakeway and Circle C, I can agree that the lots are bigger and potential for views is better in Lakeway. But we are much happier living in Circle C. We are "young" retirees, but for us, Circle C is friendlier, much less oppressive (rules and regulations), we don't have to drive on the dreaded 620 to go everywhere, Circle C has much easier access to places we want to go in Austin, and we have a greenbelt lot. I know a lot of people love Lakeway, and that is just fine. To each his own.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Having lived in both Lakeway and Circle C, I can agree that the lots are bigger and potential for views is better in Lakeway. But we are much happier living in Circle C. We are "young" retirees, but for us, Circle C is friendlier, much less oppressive (rules and regulations), we don't have to drive on the dreaded 620 to go everywhere, Circle C has much easier access to places we want to go in Austin, and we have a greenbelt lot. I know a lot of people love Lakeway, and that is just fine. To each his own.
I agree with you on this. I did neglect to mention that Circle C does have better access to things, and it's closer to downtown. That is definitely a positive.
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