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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-09-08 02:29 PM
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35. Just drive around and get a feel for the city.
Make a note of for sale signs and addresses and you can look them up later when you get home to get prices and amenities.

I think if you pay attention you'll be able to "read" neighborhoods pretty well. Since you won't be buying for two years there's no reason to get specific, but "exploring" is certainly a good way to go. Do you have a Sunday there? Most open houses are on the weekend. Those would be good to hit, but I wouldn't act like you're house hunting per se.... just sort of ramble around and let the neighborhoods speak to you. :D
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  -So we booked our trip to Austin and have to figure out everything we'll do and see ihavenobias  May-06-08 07:59 AM   #0 
  - Welcome!  ceile   May-06-08 04:15 PM   #1 
  - Thanks  ihavenobias   May-06-08 04:42 PM   #2 
     - That's what I meant-drinks...  ceile   May-07-08 01:56 PM   #6 
  - Area near the old airport not expensive?  GOPisEvil   May-06-08 07:27 PM   #3 
  - 65K in appreciation in 3 years? That'd be astounding as a percentage increase! Also...  ihavenobias   May-06-08 08:43 PM   #4 
     - Oh dear.  ceile   May-07-08 01:54 PM   #5 
     - Ah. Well that would explain the low price  ihavenobias   May-07-08 02:23 PM   #7 
        - Well, I live south (78704) and love it.  ceile   May-07-08 03:06 PM   #8 
        - Is that further away from Austin? Also, the top 10 cities for congestion  ihavenobias   May-07-08 10:08 PM   #12 
        - It's a little closer.  ceile   May-08-08 11:08 AM   #20 
        - Do you have suggestions on how we should look at houses while we're there?  ihavenobias   May-07-08 10:23 PM   #14 
           - Just drive around and get a feel for the city.  crispini   May-09-08 02:29 PM   #35 
        - Yeah, I'll second the Wickersham thing.  fudge stripe cookays   May-15-08 03:37 PM   #43 
     - I live in north Austin and it's still fairly affordable here.  GOPisEvil   May-07-08 05:19 PM   #9 
        - Is that actually *in* the city?  ihavenobias   May-07-08 10:09 PM   #13 
           - He is most definitely in the city  Lithos   May-07-08 11:41 PM   #18 
           - Single family homes.  GOPisEvil   May-08-08 04:31 PM   #22 
  - I Came Back To Austin Last Week---And Didn't Like It Much  Paladin   May-07-08 09:09 PM   #10 
  - Where do you live now?  ihavenobias   May-07-08 10:01 PM   #11 
  - A question for you  Lithos   May-07-08 10:46 PM   #15 
  - I work for a non-profit involved with higher education (I can PM you for more details)  ihavenobias   May-07-08 11:05 PM   #16 
     - I think you have a sensible plan  Lithos   May-07-08 11:23 PM   #17 
  - We're In Colorado Now....  Paladin   May-08-08 10:50 PM   #29 
  - I've heard lots of similar complaints from prev residents.  bonzotex   May-08-08 06:14 PM   #23 
  - Glad You're Happy (n/t)  Paladin   May-08-08 10:43 PM   #28 
  - I"m with you.  fudge stripe cookays   May-15-08 03:41 PM   #44 
  - I live in South Austin  BlueGirlRedState   May-08-08 10:55 AM   #19 
  - How common are in-ground pools out there?  ihavenobias   May-08-08 11:24 AM   #21 
     - not many...  bonzotex   May-08-08 07:19 PM   #25 
        - I'm really trying to talk her down from the pool  ihavenobias   May-08-08 08:35 PM   #26 
           - expense might talk her down.  bonzotex   May-09-08 09:01 AM   #31 
  - Sounds like you are doing your homework!  bonzotex   May-08-08 07:11 PM   #24 
  - Thanks for the tips  ihavenobias   May-08-08 08:44 PM   #27 
     - More stuff...  bonzotex   May-09-08 08:56 AM   #30 
     - So there's a *chance* that public transportation will be decent compared to how it is now  ihavenobias   May-09-08 01:06 PM   #34 
        - Yes...  bonzotex   May-09-08 10:20 PM   #36 
           - That's good (and a swimming question)  ihavenobias   May-10-08 10:05 AM   #37 
              - The downtown area is very walkable  bonzotex   May-10-08 11:12 AM   #38 
                 - I thought about the tourist thing  ihavenobias   May-10-08 11:43 AM   #39 
                    - The bats come out at about 8:30 at the Congress Avenue Bridge.  Longhorn   May-10-08 11:54 AM   #40 
                    - I'm sure it'll be beautiful, I can't wait  ihavenobias   May-10-08 11:59 AM   #41 
                       - Another cool thing....  fudge stripe cookays   May-15-08 05:45 PM   #46 
                          - That does sound nice...  ihavenobias   May-15-08 07:39 PM   #47 
                    - sandals not required...  bonzotex   May-10-08 04:44 PM   #42 
     - By All Means, Check Out The San Antonio Zoo  Paladin   May-09-08 09:31 AM   #32 
  - I don't think you can say that any part of town is "bad" or "good" in general.  Longhorn   May-09-08 09:50 AM   #33 
  - Wow....  fudge stripe cookays   May-15-08 05:30 PM   #45 
  - How was your visit? n/t  bonzotex   Jun-23-08 08:48 PM   #48 
  - Here's a great discussion board  bmbmd   Jun-24-08 12:41 PM   #49 

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