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Old 03-30-2009, 04:10 PM
 
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So it looks like I will be taking a job in Austin towards early August. I have two kids (one who will enter 1st grade and the other 4th grade next school year). We will need to rent for a year to two before we buy something.

I have been searching all over the real estate sites looking at the house rental options in S/SW Austin - want that area as it would be not too far from where I would work over in SE Austin.

The question is - what neighborhoods in S/SW Austin would be good consider for renting a house with a decent school attendance zone? Some folks on the boards mentioned Olympic Heights and there does seem to be some good rental options there. Others have mentioned Buda as another option. Any others? Thansk for any insight you can provide.
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:25 PM
 
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Parkside at Slaughter Creek is a good option, and is the closest nice neighborhood to SE Austin with direct highway access to avoid city-street commutes. The elementary school is brand new as well. Olympic heights is good as well. The commute is furthur, as you will be 3 miles from the closest highway. The housing stock is not as nice, but the schools are better.
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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What's your price range?
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: 78747
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just ran a check, and houses in Parkside range from 180K to 260K. Olympic heights range from 140K to 220K. The price for rent would be relative to the housing prices. The houses are bigger/nicer and commutes are easier in Parkside, and the schools are better in Olympic heights, but the houses can be relatively small.

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Old 03-30-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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With lots of people moving and not wanting to sell their homes at a loss, many homes in Circle C are now being leased out. Kiker elementary is rated exemplary. Additionally, Mills (Villages of Western Oaks) is rated exemplary.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses. This really helps.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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Anything in the 78749/78739 zip codes that ultimately feeds into Bowie High would be fine.

Olympic Heights has homes up to about 2,000 sqft, and the rents are typically in the $1200-$1400 range. It's the elementary school in OH that is exemplary rated. The middle and high schools are mediocre at best, if your only criteria is test scores.

If you are not moving until August, you really can't start shopping for a specific rental home until July, but you can use austinhomesearch.com to search and browse just so you get a sense of what you get for your money.

Welcome to Austin and good luck!

Steve
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