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Old 12-27-2008, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Marin County, CA
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We are relocating our family to Austin from Northern CA and would love to get some info on the "personalities" of different neighborhoods. We have 2 kids in elementary school and would like to be as close to the water as our budget will allow. We love the vibe of Central Austin, but not the price tag. our budget is under $400K. Any suggestions????

We've checked out Lake Austin Hills a bit. What are the people like there? Eanes school district seems great, but I wonder if it's too academically focused. Is it a "teach to the standardized test" type environment or is it more balanced?

Thanks so much for the help! It's so hard to figure this out without local knowledge!
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: NW Austin
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We were in the same boat and landed in Granada Hills (SW Austin, 78737). We have a funky "keep Austin weird" kind of house that lets us feel comfortable with our decision to be in the burbs instead of intown. Also we escaped the high property taxes. I'd recommend that you live close to where you'd work -- the traffic is a pain here, although not as bad as what I experienced in Atlanta.

People will tell you EANES is the best school district and the scores support that. We didn't want our daughter to feel like she had to keep up with the other kids (she won't be sporting a BMW when she drives to school) -- and we didn't like the teaching to the test stuff either. I'm not sure if the schools our hood maps to avoid the teaching to the test, but I think there's less pressure. We have a 2 year old so we have a little time to figure out the school situation -- but the SW Austin schools in this area around Circle C are very good. Check out greatschools.net.

Otherwise, we love Austin and are happy to be here. It's a great place to raise a family.

Oh, also, you may want to check out the Mueller development. It's new housing built on the old airport intown. Lots of families and you can walk to shopping, the pool, park... schools aren't that good though. Dell Children's Hospital is right there so that's a perk.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Check out Lakeway, Apache Shores, in there. Lake Travis school district, close to the water. Or, if you want to be central, try south of the river - Barton Hills, Barton Heights, that area.

Where is work going to be? That would help us advise you better.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Hi, I'm new to this site and see that you're planning to relocated to Austin from Northern CA. I too live in Nothern CA and my family and I are thinking to move to Austin. We have dear friends that live there and after visiting the area a few times, we love it. Where in Northern CA do you live?
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