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Consider Location When Austin House Hunting

Austin and the surrounding areas have some great neighborhoods. When you’re doing an Austin home search, finding the right location is more than just looking for popular school districts or being near a grocery store. Think about some of the other practical things that will influence where you live on a daily basis.

Commute
While more people find working in their Austin home is an option, the daily commute to the office has a major impact on your lifestyle and everyday routine. If you plan on staying at your place of employment for a while, try to limit the commute to 15 to 20 minutes for convenience. Many people find a 45-minute commute to be at the upper end of their threshold for daily travel.

Family
If you come from a close-knit family and your parents and siblings live in Austin, you might consider the amount of time you spend visiting with them. Whether it’s dinner every Sunday or just birthdays and holidays, look at the travel route and travel time. When narrowing down choices, try making the drive to Mom’s house at night or on Sunday afternoon to see what it will be like.

Transportation
Austin has a reliable public transportation system. If you plan on using it, check out the routes and aim for a convenient walk or ride to the nearest stop.

Travel
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located 5 mile southeast of downtown Austin. It is served by 11 major airlines. If you are a frequent flyer, tell your Austin real estate agent. It’s one more factor to keep in mind.

Health
If you have health concerns or frequent doctor’s appointments, keep things in mind like your doctor’s office location, plus proximity to the hospital.

Schools and Daycare
If you have lived in Austin for quite some time, you may have an established routine with schools and daycare. Decide how important it really is to stay in the same area, or if finding the right house size and style is more important.

Conveniences
Does it really matter how close you are to the grocery store, gas station, coffee shop and movie theatre? Take some time to think about it.

When you are looking for the right Austin home, decide what location factors are most important to you and talk it over with your York real estate agent. We can help you narrow the search and maybe point out some convenient travel routes.

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