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Joe in TN:
Looks like my work will be moving me to Austin.  I have no idea where to even start looking for a house.  I am willing to drive 30-45 minutes into downtown if needed.  Can someone suggest some outlying areas/neighborhoods?

Joe

BiggBake:
Round Rock and Georgetown are the two cities just to the north of Austin.  Nice places to live in both.  Are you looking for suburbs or rual?

BiggBake:
Cedar Park is also nice.  A little Northwest of Austin. The west side of Austin is the higher income areas.  South Austin is decent along with a few areas of east Austin.  There is an area called Wells Branch in north Austin that is reallly nice.

Joe in TN:
The more rural the better, but I may be limited with what I am willing to spend.  I need a good elementary school and that is the main driver.  To be honest I would hope to be able to find a rental with 3 bedrooms in the $1,250/mo range.

Joe

keepitreal:
Joe- I have lived in the Austin area off and on for my entire life. I have 2 pieces of advice to offer:

#1) The absolute best advice that I can offer you is AVOID WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX like the plague.
Williamson County makes no bones about the fact that it is a Hyper-Police State. I have reached a point where I do not even like driving through it.
Here is a clip of Alex Jones speaking about Williamson County: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xedh_aLIg74
FURTHERMORE - the suburban ticky tacky landscape of Williamson County is SOUL CRUSHING. Any time I drive through the place I always have this song playing in my head:
Little Boxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONEYGU_7EqU


#2) I would recommend that you live EAST of Austin.
The Balcones fault runs down I-35. The towns and land West of I-35 are definitely beautiful, but the Soil and the Water is better east of I-35.

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