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Asked by Mark, Austin, TX Tue Jun 7, 2011

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Like most the agents answered, there are lots of options in Austin. Also, depends on how handy you are-do you want a place you can fix up and call your own--if you paid the right amount of money or do you want something move in ready and already updated?
Since you sound active and claim you like to swim, but don't need a yard in particular, a condo (with low HOA) may be one of your better bets.
Now, the price will range based on area (naturally), but it sounds like maybe SouthWest Austin, near DT could be your best bet, but lifestyle is a big factor.
Do you want to be able to walk everywhere-or at least close to restaurants and coffee houses? Enjoy neighbors and seeing the same people in an elevator or do you want something with no shared walls or neighborhood setting? I could go on and on, but definitely need to know a little more. As I said before, plenty of options and I am sure you would have to see quite a few before figuring out what is right for you.
I would be happy to send you any properties if I know a little more about your current situation. Feel free to email or give me a call and good luck on your housing search! It is a great time to buy in Austin, Tx!
512.665.8787, Ashley Brinkman
Web Reference: http://AshleyBrinkman.com
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There a a few areas that may make sense for you, depending on your other preferences. If you are not working woth a Realtor, I would be willing to send you a link to searches of areas that might interest you. You certainly have options in your price range.


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This is a great little home under $170... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQxXfCUKTHQ
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You have a lot of choices my suggest for you would be to hook with a Realtor as we all have access to anything in MLS as well as New Homes. Once you make some reasonable commitment to one Realtor they will work much harder to find you that home that meets your wants and needs. My name is Dan Seeds with REMAX and been in the business for 30 years lived in Greater Austin since 1963. I can be reached at 512-656-8771 or email ddseed@aol.com

Thank you and Good luck, Dan
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Dear Marcus,
I would look in Maple Run, and Cherry Creek they are very close to the Bike Veloway next to the Wildflower Research Center. Oak Hill is another great option and many of the homes are one story, again its close to the bike veloway and about 15 minutes from all the nightlife downtown has to offer. Lakeway is another option for you there is a very active community and lots of outdoor activities for all ages.

The key is to select a Realtor to help youand let them create a Gateway to search for homes. Then you can home shop online to your hearts content and see virtually everything thats available. We can tell you where to look, but you are the one who has to live there so only you can decide whats more important in your choice of lifestyle. I wish you the best and feel free to let me know how I can help.

Betina Foreman- Realtor
Austin Home Girls Realty
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Hi Marcus--

You might like Edgewick. Beautiful pool.stand alone condos.close to South Congress & all it's coolness & quick bike ride or taxi to downtown.

If you don't mind being a bit further south (about 15 min from downtown) Gabardine is a really nice new village -like neighborhood. Private Greenbelt with trails. Community Pool. Eclectic Urban Cottage Designs.ALL garden & landscaping care is taken care of for you.

I specialize in Remarkable Homes under $250,000 in South & Central Austin & would be delighted to assist you in finding the right home. Check out my bio and testimonials if you like: Austin512Homes.gogopin.com

Also...if you are a first time buyer or haven't owned in 3+ years there are some special financing options available. I've got knowledgeable lenders to refer you too, if needed.

All the Best,
Torquil Creevy
the Samford Group
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There are a million places in Austin that meet your criteria: Gracywoods, Cedar Park, 78723 area, South of Ben White, but it's also important to know, where in Austin you plan to work, to avoid a long commute, plus a few other things. Not to mention, what do you consider close? People moving here from LA, think a 30 minute commute is nothing at all, where as most Austinites abhor that distance. It's ALL relative. Feel free to begin your search at http://www.PresidioGroup.com, or have a Realtor set you up on an email drip that meets the criteria for an area you want, after a solid discussion, so that you know when homes hit the market immediately. Good luck!
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Hello Marcus,

Wow, you've already recieved some great suggestions below from a myriad of quality Realtors in town. Personally, I know Joe Jarusinksy and he's definately one of the best Realtors that I know of if town. You can expect nothing but great service, extensive market knowledge, timely responses and a winning attitude from him.

Regarding your market timing, your hitting the market at the best possible time for a couple of reasons: most new listings are hitting the market now at the beginning of the summer selling season AND interest rates are now at the lowest point in the past 6 months.

I'd be a happy to get your financing "pre-approval" out today and make sure you get the right loan program for you.

Scott Butcher
Mortgage Banker
Maker Capital Group, LLC, an Ameripro Funding Co.
2003 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
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Marcus, I see you've gotten some good answers so far. I'm just getting back from showing a client like you some homes, so I apologize I'm a bit late. However, I do know Austin very well and have similar interests/needs and am of the same age group as well. To hone in on other specific neighborhoods, I would have more questions to ask to help you pinpoint certain subdivisions or areas. Feel free to click on my name to the right and review my Credentials, Testimonials, Accolades, etc. and see if we may be a good fit. I am a Residential Specialist with Keller Williams Realty, Austin's No.1 Real Estate Co. Ranked No. 1 by Buyers(like you) 3 Years in a Row!! (JD Power & Assoc.) I do NOT charge Buyers for my extensive services, and have a great team of inspectors, lenders, title people, etc., ready to assist you!! Please call on me if I may be of service. I work hard 7 days a week to help my clients find just the right home at the best price!! Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, (512) 261-4415
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DR Horton has some reasonable condos near Avery Ranch. There is an awesome bike trail in the area and a golf course nearby. The complex is on Parmer and Avery Ranch. Tell the sales staff I sent you - and we can work out the best price for you. There are also several homes in the area that are in your price range.

I live in this area as well and I must say it is very convenient location.

Call if you have questions


Nanci Zimmerman
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2930 Grand Oaks Lp #2102 - 3/2 condo in a great area for biking. Country club pool next door. Lake Travis just a few miles down the road. Hills and hiking trails and great places to bike.

That's my seller-client serving answer.

For you I suggest choosing a Realtor to represent you, letting them get to know you, and trusting their local knowledge.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 7, 2011

As you can see we Realtors in Austin would love to work with you. You're descibing a large chunk of the market here in the surrounding Austin area. the average home sells for 180k and is a 1900 square foot 3 bedroom 2bath home. Many communities have pools and the 2car garage is also a standard feature. I'd like to sit down with you and talk more about your needs. Give me a call or shoot me an email to set something up.

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Hi Marcus,

You have lots of choices depending on what part of the city you want to live in. In North Austin there are some nice options in Gracywoods, Avery Ranch (a bit farther out), Milwood, Wells Branch, Scofield Farms, Northwood, Preston Oaks and Anderson Mill. If you want to be near the Veloway for biking in South Austin, neighborhoods like Cherry Creek, Maple Run or Grand Oaks have options that would fit your desired criteria.

Happy hunting!

Linda Holmbeck, ABR, CRS, GRI, REALTOR
Horizon Realty
512-653-4644 Cell
512-275-0600 Fax
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There are several condos & townhomes by the Barton Creek Greenbelt that you may want to consider that are under 200K. Most have a carport & not a garage. I like this area because you have access to the greenbelt and it's only minutes away from downtown. If you like to mountain bike like I do, this is an awesome location because you can jump right on the greenbelt. I have a listing coming up next week with awesome views of downtown & the greenbelt. The drawback is that you don't have a garage. You only have one spot with covered parking.

Another option is to purchase something in South Austin. It's still very close to downtown & the greenbelt. If you are an active person who likes to get out, this is another great location where you can find a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom w/ a garage and yard. Because of the location, I think this is a great area to invest in right now. You can definitely find a home under 200K in this area.

Another area that you may want to consider is by the Arboretum. There are several condos in this area if you prefer North of town.

Please call me if you would like to discuss further - 512-585-1577

Andrea Harlan
Harlan Realty Group
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Hi Marcus,
If you're active, Austin is the town for you! Naturally price plays a role, but when selecting a neighborhood there a few hotspots to consider:
-Lady Bird Lake: This is the running spot to see and be seen. http://www.austinexplorer.com/Locations/ShowLocation.aspx?Lo… It's not too far from there you'll find Barton Springs, which is Austin's own spring fed pool. It can be chilly even in the summer, but is quiet and great for practicing in the mornings. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/bartonsprings.htm. Based on these two attractions, you'd be best to live in Central Austin neighborhoods.
-From there, if you head a bit down South and then into West Austin, there are great neighborhoods, which provide access to the Greenbelt, a beautiful hike and bike trail. http://www.texasoutside.com/bartongreenbelt.htm On the weekends, you'll see cars stacked up on the feeder roads where everyone is accessing the park. Like I mentioned, having private access from your own neighborhood cuts down on fighting the crowds and allows you to enjoy these trails daily.
-Even further South in Southwest Austin, you'll find the Veloway, where there is a great 'track' for biking and skating.

I love to be a resource to people, so please keep the questions coming.
Erica Dillard
Elite Realty Resource
(12) 573-6047
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Hi Marcus,
I see your getting plenty of answers I have lived in Austin for most of my life and in my mid 50's been in the Real Estate business 30 + years I am sure I could point you inthe right direction. You may contact me at 512-656-8771 or ddseeds@aol.com Look forward to hearing from you!

Regards, Dan
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Hello Marcus,

There are many different areas in Austin that will meet your criteria. It really depends on your preferences. Would you prefer something new or updated? Would you consider neighboring areas like Cedar Park or Round Rock? It's really had to narrow this down further without speaking with you. If I can help you in any way please give me a call or shoot me an email. I am also a licensed mortgage broker and can offer you wholesale financing rates much lower than what any bank can offer. This can save you a lot of money on your closing costs.

Great question and good luck with your home search.

Don Groff
REALTOR | Mortgage Broker | Consultant
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
o.512.669.5599 m.512.633.4157
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Hey Marcus!

First of all, that is great you are moving to Austin! Austin is such a great city to invest in!! There are plenty of bike trails in Austin! I personally love the Greenbelt and Town Lake area which is located in South Central Austin. There are a lot of great communities in that area that I think you would like! I am more than welcome to help you start looking for places or just answer any questions you might have about Austin. Feel free to contact me at 512-903-3297 or email g.bolanos@praustin.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Web Reference: http://www.gabbybolanos.com
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Hi Marco,

Quick, give me a call!! There are so many great neighborhoods that match the parameters you've mentioned and the search for a great place for you would be lots of fun. Some of the neighborhoods where you'll find great properties have properties going under contract very quickly, so you'll want to work with a pro-active agent who will be on top of the search from the get-go.

I know agents will go on and on about the neighborhoods, but it will be a lot more fun to get in the car to go check them out. Let's go!

Heather Kight
Keller Williams Realty
Austin 55 Team
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