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Old 12-28-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Since we're talking Austin anyway, I figure I'll dive in.

Here's the scoop...

We're thinking of an exodus after almost 20 years here. We love, er, loved this city, but I think it has finally grown over what we hope to glean from it, and we're hoping to move along.

What we like that we want in our next city:

Live-and-let-live attitude. We hate to be preached to, whether it be about the end times, or why I shouldn't eat cows. I can share lunch with just about anyone that is a kind soul.

We lived in midtown Austin for a long time. We loved the access to everything in town, the 'charm' of the architecture, and the ability to avoid traffic on major thoroughfares.

Now we live outside the city a little bit (10-20 minutes depending on traffic). We love the serenity of the woods, the privacy of the lot, and the Hill Country surroundings.

Fresh produce, great restaurants of every stripe, and a food culture that is never dull, and always full of surprises.

We want some place that is safe (understanding that crime can happen anywhere), relatively close to the action of the city, with a decent-sized yard (preferably 1/3-acre+, but no less than 1/4), has some 'charm' and 'history', and comes in under $300K for a 3/2 SF home. Housing prices seem to be relatively similar in the two cities. We just don't know where 'home' will fit us and vice-versa.

We know the education situation is shaky and changing in NO, so we want to be able to have access to both public and private schools of at least 'good' caliber in any area we settle. We don't expect miracles, but some modicum of stability in the learning environment is sought. The rest, the kids will have to learn at some point anyway.

Can we find this?

Will we love NO, or should we stay put?

Talk to us about any transitions we should be aware of, for those of you that have lived in both places, or at least spent good amounts of time in both.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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You are not going to get that lot size anywhere near the real city. When I lived in Metairie, a good-sized lot was 60x100 as I remember. Lots in the older secitons are narrower b/c taxes used to be based on frontage feet (so long, narrow lots).
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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You are not going to get that lot size anywhere near the real city. When I lived in Metairie, a good-sized lot was 60x100 as I remember. Lots in the older secitons are narrower b/c taxes used to be based on frontage feet (so long, narrow lots).
And that's not atypical here in Austin proper, either. Although there are some 1/4-acre lots. There are rare exceptions, or double lots, but 6,000sf is pretty tiny for us. Our midtown lot was ~10,000sf. That would do it, for sure. We have three dogs, and I want them to have at least some place to romp.

And I need space for a garden. Although containers would certainly work for most of what I grow.

This begs the question...where, if anywhere, are there 1/4-acre lots close to the city?

It may/may not be worth it for us to try and find such a thing.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA & Auburn, AL
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The North shore (Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, etc) would be thebest bet to finding that amount of land and the woodsy feel.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The North shore (Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, etc) would be thebest bet to finding that amount of land and the woodsy feel.
Thanks, N.O.L.A.!
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:19 AM
 
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New Orleans has a good football team and great food. The downside is third world education, mass transit, infrastructure, crime, economy, government corruption. Go to google news and just google New Orleans. Spend some time reading what you find.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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It's always funny to see people request such large lot sizes inside city limits. To purchase a house with that much land you will have to goto the Northshore or Laplace. Both of these areas are 45 mins outside of the city limits with traffic.

After all the publicity you here on TV and in the media about how wonderful Austin is we are glad you decide to move your family to the Big Easy.

Welcome!

Last edited by Abraham Walker; 02-03-2011 at 11:36 PM.. Reason: forgot something
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