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Old 08-19-2008, 10:56 PM
 
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Any thoughts on that drive? Time? Congestion?
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:35 PM
 
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Rollingwood is very close to Mopac and downtown, so it's essentially the same time as driving from downtown Austin to the Arboretum -- only 1 exit farther south, and across the river. Yes, the Mopac bridge gets pretty congested during rush hour -- but from Rollingwood you'd enter Mopac right on the bridge. Wouldn't add much time at all, if any. Possibly even quicker to the Arboretum than some parts of downtown east of Congress.

So, during non-rush hour (most of the time), probably about 12-15 minutes to the Arboretum. During rush hour peak (7:30-9am and 4-6:30pm weekdays), probably 20-30 or so minutes with stop-n-go traffic on Mopac.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:27 AM
 
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How is the drive using Bee Caves to 360?
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:54 AM
 
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Bee Caves to 360 to the Arboretum during morning rush would still be at least 20 minutes once you get onto 360. Can't say about what it is like to get on there. Sometimes the hardest and roughest part of the commute can be getting to the major roads. 360 has stoplights and traffic can be heavy (you can get lucky and sail through but you can't count on it) and if there is an accident, heaven help you!! Suddenly that 20 minute drive is 40 minutes or an hour, or worse. Shudder.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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If you're going to work in the Arboretum...why not live in Great Hills or off the 360 corridor? Those are really nice areas with great homes and great schools and then you won't have a monster commute.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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I live near 360 and Bee Caves, so 360 is the usual route I take to the Arboretum. It's more miles and stoplights than going to the Arboretum via Mopac, but it sure is a pretty drive. So yeah, it will take you at least 20 mins that route, but you'll get a nice view. Rush hour on 360 is very frustrating because of the lights, and having to sit through multiple cycles.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:46 PM
 
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I would work downtown. Family lives up by the Aboretum. Wondering how long it would take me to get to their place. It would be in non-rush hour situations.

Thanks all!
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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Rollingwood is very close to Mopac and downtown, so it's essentially the same time as driving from downtown Austin to the Arboretum -- only 1 exit farther south, and across the river. Yes, the Mopac bridge gets pretty congested during rush hour -- but from Rollingwood you'd enter Mopac right on the bridge. Wouldn't add much time at all, if any. Possibly even quicker to the Arboretum than some parts of downtown east of Congress.

So, during non-rush hour (most of the time), probably about 12-15 minutes to the Arboretum. During rush hour peak (7:30-9am and 4-6:30pm weekdays), probably 20-30 or so minutes with stop-n-go traffic on Mopac.
20 minutes from Rollingwood to the Arboretum in rush hour? Nope. I'd say in the evening, 45 min.
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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You should just look for a house in Rollingwood! I remember your price point. You'd find plenty of houses and there are some real bargins to be found for gut rehab in Eanes ISD -- lots of 70s era houses that need serious work.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:38 PM
 
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Centralaustinite- I actually found a complete gut job that has peaked my interest. The only real negative is being far away from family up north. Hence my question.

How much do you think a sizable lot (.3-.4 acre) is worth in Rollingwood? Nice block. The value is not in the house, though we'd keep the bones..
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