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
Thank you and Good luck, Dan
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
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,
the Samford Group
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.
Maker Capital Group, LLC, an Ameripro Funding Co.
2003 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
I live in this area as well and I must say it is very convenient location.
Call if you have questions
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.
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.
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.
Linda Holmbeck, ABR, CRS, GRI, REALTOR
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
Harlan Realty Group http://www.harlanrealtygroup.com
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.
Elite Realty Resource
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Look forward to hearing from you!
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.
REALTOR | Mortgage Broker | Consultant
Keller Williams Realty | 360 Lending Group
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 email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
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!
Keller Williams Realty
Austin 55 Team