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Old 11-17-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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Hello,

My child is currently in a gifted program in FL. We are moving to Austin and are looking to rent initially. Workplace will be in downtown. The home rental choices that I have been able to narrow down are :

1. House A , near to Laurel mountain - most expensive.
2. House B, needs bus, zoned to Laurel mountain - least expensive, immediate neighborhood is not as good
as House A
3. House C - near Clayton elementary - equivalent to House A but a single story house that i prefer with
young kids. Everything else is 2 storey.
4. House D - Kiker elementary- mid range

My highest priority would be an excellent school in safe neighborhood. What would you recommend ?

Thankyou!
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:51 AM
 
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#3 & #4 sounds like they might be Circle C.

Go with the 1 story selection "C".

Neighborhood is fine. You are relatively close to two H-E-B grocery stores (William Cannon/Brodie and Slaughter/Escarpment). There is plenty of "kid shopping" on Brodie.

Commuting downtown is a pain due to anti-car policies of city of Austin. However, you are relatively close to MoPac which is the highway you would likely be taking into downtown. In addition you can get to many of the "daily needs" places (grocery store, kid doctor appointments, kids clothing, auto services, etc.) in that area without having to get on any highways if you choose.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:00 PM
 
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Have you driven either of those during rush hour? Have you been here to see the traffic? What other things do yuh need to be by? That may be the ultimate choice.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:45 PM
 
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Circle C is pretty much the go-to place for "nice neighborhood, good schools" if you don't have the budget (or interest) in Westlake/Eanes. The commute to downtown is not pleasant, but it also depends which part of downtown.

If the commute is manageable, I agree with IC_deLight - #3. But do it at rush hour.

We lived in Circle C (even before we had kids) and it was a great neighborhood, but Mrs. A works at 32nd and I-35 and that went from bad to unmanageable between 2012 and 2015.
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:07 PM
 
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Thank you for the responses. I did not try the rush hour commute when I visited Austin and don't think I will be able to travel to try that now. Looks there are some alternative commuting options from great hills area like bus, train as well.
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Old 11-17-2019, 02:56 PM
 
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Another question regarding your Circle C houses...is it like across the street from Clayton/Kiker close or is it a bit further away? The boundaries will be changing this upcoming school year to a new "southwest" elementary school a bit closer to Baldwin. The change has ruffled the feathers of basically all the surrounding neighboring schools, Baranoff, Baldwin, Kiker, Clayton and even Koucerek (which doesn't even feed into Bowie, but Akins). I believe Clayton and Kiker go to Gorzycki, but if you are on that line of the southwest elementary you may end up heading to Bailey instead. Gorzycki, I would argue, is one, if not the best, middles in AISD whereas Bailey is fabulous, but has its own issues and has a more diverse student body/income difference. I know nothing about Laurel Mountain, so I don't have the same level of insight into that area.
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Old 11-17-2019, 03:52 PM
 
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Thank you, I am considering Park west subdivison for Kiker and Hielscher for Clayton. Would those have the chance to be impacted ?
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Old 11-17-2019, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Thank you, I am considering Park west subdivison for Kiker and Hielscher for Clayton. Would those have the chance to be impacted ?
This issue is wrapped up in the general mess that is school change in AISD. Boundaries have not been decided yet. Here is more info https://www.austinisd.org/advisory-b...relief-changes
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:23 PM
 
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Thankyou, am I understanding this right that Clayton's boundaries may stay the same and impact may be for Kiker mainly ?
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:02 PM
 
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Thank you, I am considering Park west subdivison for Kiker and Hielscher for Clayton. Would those have the chance to be impacted ?

If the one story is large enough square footage-wise, go for the one story.

It's a pain to be hauling things up and down stairs.


You are going to be figuring out lots of things the first year.
Circle C is a nice neighborhood and there are several good elementary schools in the area.
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