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Old 07-07-2008, 12:49 AM
 
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Regarding the Toll Brothers homes in Alta Vista. Take my word for it, the roofs have not been engineered to the proper specifications for the tile roofs. Its a huge on going problem in the neighborhood regardless of what the sales counselor tells you.
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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We too have young children and were debating between a home in Alta Vista and one in Falcon Head. LT Schools, kid friendly, nice current residents (we met a few of the current residents in both areas) seemed to be a wash. Alta Vista has the better hill country views, especially when you first drive in the main entrance. We ended up purchasing a home here because the materials and build quality seemed to be superior. The final decider was our Alta Vista home had a similar floorplan as our current home (which we love) and a full daylight basement which we currently have as well. Where hoping these two aspects will make our relocation from the east coast less stressful.

I dislike the term "McMansion" to describe the homes in these neighborhoods but after reading the Wikipedia definition and bullet points I see where the description may fit :-(. However I will say that the Alta Vista home's masonry construction is complete and not substituted anywhere with lesser materials on the sides, rear, or even the upper eave space! A couple of my more architectreal minded colleagues have been impressed with the structutral reinforcement used to build and support our 100% brick home.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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Default The Preserve at Lakeway

Finding the right home in Lakeway really depends on your family's needs. If you have kids, The Preserve at Lakeway probably isn't a good choice. The views are great, the neighborhood small and friendly and it is very convenient. However, even though Lakeway Elementary is actually closer, kids in kindergarten through 5th grade are pushed into Lake Travis Elementary. The school's rating speaks for itself and the demographic facts tend to hold true no matter where you may be in the Greater Austin area.
For instance. Lake Travis has 266 Hispanic kids and 266 economically disadvanted kids. While I'm certain that all 266 economically disadvantaged kids are not Hispanic, the vast majority are. Statistics and tons of research consistently indicate that kids from poorer households tend to perform worse academically. Do you really want your child stuck in a classroom with half of the kids underperforming and slowing down your child's progress?
The two schools rated the worst in the Lake Travis ISD are Lake Travis Elementary and Hudson Bend Middle School. If you have a child just about to start Kindergarten, are nice views and a quite neighborhood enough to offset 9 years of mediocre, at best, education?
Well, if you choose to buy in the Preserve at Lakeway, that's exactly what you're looking at. It's really sad, because we found a home we fell in love with at The Preserve, but just could not sacrifice our children's future. We ended up near Spicewood and our kids are currently attending Bee Caves Elementary and will go to Lake Travis Middle School. Both are significant upgrades.
You won't see many kids playing out in the streets or riding their bikes up and down the streets of The Preserve and I'm pretty sure I've laid out the reasons why.
No kids and no plans on having any kids? It's a beautiful place to live and you will definitely enjoy the serenity of the area and the conveniences of being in the Heart of Lakeway.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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Hey Lakeway LOCAL:

Thanks for this info. I just posted a new thread as this thread was quite old and I think that your insight is great.

Thanks.

Where exactly did you choose to buy your home ?
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, tx
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Senna Hills is very nice, and has the Eanes schools. Falconhead is also nice. Have you thought about Steiner Ranch? Taylor Morrison is an exceptional builder.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Looked at homes in Senna Hills and Steiner Ranch and are about the same price range when comparing apples to apples.

So if all else equal, I rather chose to be closer to work and be in Lakeway area.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

thanks !
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Originally Posted by LAKEWAYLOCAL View Post
Finding the right home in Lakeway really depends on your family's needs. If you have kids, The Preserve at Lakeway probably isn't a good choice. The views are great, the neighborhood small and friendly and it is very convenient. However, even though Lakeway Elementary is actually closer, kids in kindergarten through 5th grade are pushed into Lake Travis Elementary. The school's rating speaks for itself and the demographic facts tend to hold true no matter where you may be in the Greater Austin area.
For instance. Lake Travis has 266 Hispanic kids and 266 economically disadvanted kids. While I'm certain that all 266 economically disadvantaged kids are not Hispanic, the vast majority are. Statistics and tons of research consistently indicate that kids from poorer households tend to perform worse academically. Do you really want your child stuck in a classroom with half of the kids underperforming and slowing down your child's progress?
The two schools rated the worst in the Lake Travis ISD are Lake Travis Elementary and Hudson Bend Middle School. If you have a child just about to start Kindergarten, are nice views and a quite neighborhood enough to offset 9 years of mediocre, at best, education?
Well, if you choose to buy in the Preserve at Lakeway, that's exactly what you're looking at. It's really sad, because we found a home we fell in love with at The Preserve, but just could not sacrifice our children's future. We ended up near Spicewood and our kids are currently attending Bee Caves Elementary and will go to Lake Travis Middle School. Both are significant upgrades.
You won't see many kids playing out in the streets or riding their bikes up and down the streets of The Preserve and I'm pretty sure I've laid out the reasons why.
No kids and no plans on having any kids? It's a beautiful place to live and you will definitely enjoy the serenity of the area and the conveniences of being in the Heart of Lakeway.
I'm sorry but your post reflects a very shallow view of the education available in schools with more diversity.

Lake Travis Elementary is the designated elementary campus in LTISD for bilingual education. LTE's TEA ratings are lower because of worse overall performance. Some of economically disadvantaged students do not do nearly as well as others.

But if you look at the TEA data, 96% of white students at LTE meet or exceed math requirements. 99% of caucasian students met the Reading targets. 96% of the economically disadvantaged students met the Reading targets - an impressive achievement.

Look at the other LTISD campus data and form your own conclusions. I think the child of a family that values education will do very well at Lake Travis Elementary or Hudson Bend Middle School. It might prove to be an ultimately more rewarding education - not "mediocre, at best" as said above.

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