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Old 05-29-2009, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Just a personal opinion, but I'd take location over newness of the apartment any day. Better Location = Better lifestyle, IMO. Sure, it would be nice to have a fancy new place, but sitting in it all day is no great lifestyle. An older place where I'm close to everything I want to do and see, that's gonna win out in the long run. If I lived on Barton Skyway, I'd probably be at the lake or Zilker or SoCo all the time, I wouldn't spend much time in the apartment. You could study on a kayak, or in a coffee shop in SoCo...
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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OK, so would Barton Creek make a pretty easy commute to downtown as well? or north of the city? Not sure where my husband will work just yet.
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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BTw, thanks for the input yall. The more the merrier!
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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So is barton skyway on the shuttle? or is it close to a place on the shuttle?

If you had to pick btwn far west or barton skyway, which would be better all things considered/?
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:44 AM
 
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I've been a UT grad student using a shuttle bus and a UT student being able to walk to campus--and I was significantly happier when I was closer. North of campus would be my suggestion. It is a mix of students and single family houses and is generally nice and quiet.

Also, do not be tempted by the Cameron Road area or (even worse) the Riverside area that are east of I-35. While those were once reasonable student communities (back in the mid 1990s) the large growth in housing in West Campus has sucked out a lot of demand in those areas and the apartments are now largely working class families. Nothing wrong with that, but not perhaps the most amenable area for study and reflection.

Also, I wouldn't worry about a workout room--Gregory Gym right across from the School of Education and is a very nice facility.
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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SO, like Hyde Park ? Any other names of neighborhoods up north?

Yall just might have convinced me to due without some space for convenience..........Coming in on Monday to check these places out again.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Well, I don't need BRAND new, I didn't like some of the 30 year old places... surely there is a happy medium! That is a great idea to go park in Far West where the shuttle picks up....

I am starting to reconsider though, and might look back on Barton Skyway just for location. Decisions decisions........
Barton Skyway is not on the UT shuttle, but there is regular cap metro service there. Might require a transfer or a walk. Up a little bit NW off Barton Springs Rd (right next to Zilker and the restaurant row) you have more bus options.

Hyde Park is on the UT Shuttle, IF (Intramural Fields) route. Far West is on the FW Route, but a little farther out from campus. If work is up north, FW or Hyde Park would be easier commute. If work is downtown, Barton Springs/Zilker area is better. Far West and Hyde Park have the better bus access to campus (because of the shuttle), while Barton Springs Rd. would have better bus access to diff parts of the city like SoCo and Downtown.

When you visit, I'd suggest you go ahead and ride the bus. Check out the ride to campus from wherever. It's only $1.50 for a whole day pass on the regular city buses... the UT shuttle routes are free to students and faculty, but they aren't gonna check your id or anything. Just hop on, you won't have to pay.
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