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Old 05-02-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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I know there are some similar threads, but since I'm heading down to Austin next week to check it out, I thought I'd start my own thread.

I'm looking to potentially move to Austin and would love some advice on what neighborhoods would best meet my criteria.

My boyfriend and I live in NYC and are considering moving to Austin.

We'd be looking to rent a two bedroom apartment in the neighborhood of $1100 a month.

We'd like a safe area close to "downtown" Austin with potentially a nice sandwich shop within walking distance ha! We'd both have cars so that wouldn't be an issue, we're just used to walking everywhere. Also, we'd like the neighborhood to be dog friendly, maybe trails or good dog parks nearby.

I was told to look into West Lake and Tarrytown, any other suggestions?

Thank you all in advance!
-Leslie
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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I'd look at close in south Austin -- Travis Heights, Bouldin, Zilker, and Barton Hills. Also close-in north Austin, Hyde Park, Rosedale, as well.

Good luck!
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Exactly. I tried to post that last night and my ISP was being cranky.

Barton Hills, Travis Heights, Bouldin, Zilker areas are just north of Lady Bird Lake, thus close to downtown, there's a dog park in Travis Heights, I believe, and they're very close to Zilker Park, there's things you can walk to. Try SoCo, as well - actually, since my son lived in NYC for several years and then came home and lived here for a few years, based on his feedback (he LOVES NYC), I'd say SoCo or Barton Hills are your best bet if you can find something in your price range there.

West Lake and Tarrytown, while nice, likely aren't going to be what you're looking for and you may not be able to find something in your price range in those areas (though I could be wrong about the latter).
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Other walkable neighborhoods with coffee-shops, restaurants etc close to downtown would be Clarkesville around 12th and West Lynn, Hyde Park around 43rd and Duval, Central East Austin around 11th and Waller, the southern end of French Place off Manor Road, the stretch of Lake Austin boulevard near Deep Eddy, along with the neighborhoods just south of the river already mentioned. Rentals in these neighborhoods will mostly be older with some duplexes and small houses, though there are a few newer complexes, and a two bedroom for $1100 should be findable. Good luck in your search!
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: 78747
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Originally Posted by TexasHorseLady View Post

Barton Hills, Travis Heights, Bouldin, Zilker areas are just north of Lady Bird Lake, thus close to downtown,
Those neighborhoods are actually south of Lady Bird Lake/downtown. I'm sure it was a typo.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Those neighborhoods are actually south of Lady Bird Lake/downtown. I'm sure it was a typo.
Dang! That's what I get for posting pre-caffeine and breakfast on a Monday morning when I'm fielding all the real estate post-weekend stuff!

Yes, just south of Lady Bird Lake. My other north.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, Austin, Texas
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Try walkscore.com. Some of the hits will be outdated or miscategorized but it will still give you an idea how walkable different areas are.
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