Remember when I mentioned crazy Texas weather last week? Well, IN ONE WEEK it went from 78 degrees (Monday) to this on Friday:
Yes, my dogs wear boots and coats...
Yeah, that's crazy. Well, you might also remember me bringing up our yearly property taxes (2.3%) in that same post. A couple of people mentioned the lower housing prices as a nice trade off and it made me begin to wonder how different our housing prices are from those lower taxed areas. To compare, I've rounded up a few examples of homes in the Austin area. I
stole borrowed all of the images below from here and based my selections off of "pending" sales only (because there are quite a few dreamers out there overpricing their homes).
Here's a selection of what you can buy in Austin from most central (most desirable) to farthest away:
Affordable Central Austin House
Pending at $275,000
2/1.5 with 950 square feet
built in 1937
This home is was perfectly redone! Too bad it's so small!
Central Austin Family House
Pending at $529,000
4/2 with 2,322 square feet
built in 1960
If you want size in a nice central neighborhood, you're looking at $400,000+
Almost Central Austin House
Pending at $349,900
3/2 with 1,651 square feet
built in 1962
Bigger lots, great schools, and <15 minutes from downtown.
Far Southwest Austin House
Pending at $272,250
4/2.5 with 2,563 square feet
built in 2005
Same price as "Affordable Central Austin House" but twice the size... and five times the commute.
Round Rock House
Pending at $154,900
4/2.5 with 2,062 square feet
built in 2000
This house is in a suburb north of Austin called Round Rock. The prices up there are amazing (when compared to Austin), but, in my opinion, the proximity to the city isn't worth it.
How do the home prices match up in your area?