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North Austin Neighborhoods You Can’t Miss

The Austin housing hype is usually focused around South Austin and East Austin. Known best for their proximity to downtown and “Keep Austin Weird” vibe, both areas are highly desirable locations for renting, purchasing, and investing. While real estate in these areas certainly has its perks, prospective homebuyers should consider the benefits that North Austin offers before making a final decision. Here are four North Austin neighborhoods to keep an eye on as our city continues to top the charts on best places to move to.

1. Gracywoods/Walnut Creek

2017 Median Home Price: $235,000

What was once a quiet residential area is now one of the hottest areas to live in North Austin. The Domain put these neighborhoods on the map, and its office space brought hundreds of tech workers to the area. The Gracywoods and Walnut Creek neighborhoods also have unique access to green space in Austin. Residential streets weave in and out of the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and the Northstar Greenbelt. Both green spaces offer a plethora of hiking and walking trails, dog parks, and play areas.

2.  Milwood/Riata Crossing

2017 Median Home Price: $310,000

Employers like Apple and Oracle have situated themselves in northwest Austin. Consequently, the Milwood and Riata Crossing neighborhoods have become a great landing spot for corporate relocations. Much of the Milwood neighborhood is zoned for Round Rock ISD, giving access to highly rated schools while still having an Austin zip code. Several neighborhood parks are scattered throughout the area providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy Austin’s outdoor scene. The commute to downtown is 20-35 minutes depending on traffic; a modest drive compared to many other major cities.

3. Great Hills

2017 Median Home Price: $530,800

When it comes to home buying, there may be some sticker shock compared to other neighborhoods in North Austin. However, houses in the Great Hills neighborhood can be purchased for a fraction of what they cost in West Lake Hills, Great Hills southern sister. Hilly treetop views are not uncommon in the Great Hills area, a perk residents can enjoy while still being minutes away from grocery stores, shopping, and dining. Easy access to 183 and Mopac makes commuting anywhere in the city relatively convenient.

4. Avery Ranch

2017 Median Home Price: $345,000

The 78717 zip code stretches the length of Avery Ranch, which sits at Austin’s northernmost boundary point before Cedar Park. The Avery Ranch HOA has a multitude of parks, pools, workout facilities, clubhouses, and play areas. Lakeline Mall is just minutes to the west, while mixed-use retail and shopping areas are placed at each end of the neighborhood. Avery Ranch residents will be zoned for either Round Rock or Leander school districts, both of which are rated highly.

The Verdict

The North Austin vs South Austin debate will likely continue for many years to come, and there are definite advantages to both parts of the city. Before staking roots in one spot vs the other, send Homespace Realty an email for a personalized tour of both areas. Wherever you decide to live, it’s best to know all of your options. Sound off in the comments which part of Austin you’d love to live in and why!

March 19, 2018

Market Data

March 2018 Market Report

The March market report is here! In the Austin area, the median price of single-family homes was $305,233, a 3.2% increase from last February. There have been more homes sold this March than last March, and homes are sitting on the market an average of 61 days.

Inventory of total available homes is just over two months, similar to last year. This is under the ideal amount of homes for sale in a balanced market. Buyers can likely expect rising home prices and higher competition due to the inventory shortage, while sellers can expect to encounter a larger pool of buyers.

March 2017/2018 Market Report

March 15, 2018

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

In Austin, rain showers bring spring flowers much sooner than April and May, and Spring is almost upon us! Homeowners should ideally follow a quarterly house care checklist to keep your property in great condition year-round. If this slipped your mind, here’s a few spring home maintenance tips to take care of before the summer.

1. Replace Roof Shingles

Yes, you read that right. Grab a ladder, or have a handyman come out to check the roof shingles in case any were lost, cracked, loose or damaged during winter storms or snow. In hotter climates, the summer sun can also damage roof shingles. Depending on the age of your home, it may be smart to start a ‘new roof’ budget for when it needs replacing.

2. Drain the Gutters

Look for any loose or leaky gutters by running a hose on the roof to check for proper drainage. Pull out any leaves and debris resting in the gutters and use caulk or epoxy to seal any leaks. If gutters are pulling away from the house, reattach them.

3. Keep a Level Foundation

Inspect concrete, masonry, and foundation walls for cracking or deterioration. If you’re able to insert a nickel into any cracks, call a professional immediately. Consider power washing and sealing slabs as necessary.

4. Pressure Wash Siding

Clean the siding of your home with a pressure washer to prevent mold form growing. Sand and apply primer to any exposed wood before re-painting. For brick exteriors, keep an eye out for moss growth by using a scrub brush or pressure wash to clean. Stone siding should also be washed annually and sealed every 5 years.

5. Walk the Yard

Rain can cause flooding in yards, which can lead to insect infestation and foundation damage. Fill any low areas with compacted soil to keep things level. Additionally, trim any overgrowth away from the home’s foundation.

6. Test Faucets and Sprinklers

Test all outdoor faucets and sprinklers for leaks, low water flow (indicates freezing) and broken spouts.

7. Inspect Window and Door Sills

Keep your home energy efficient, and your electric bills low! Inspect all exterior doors and windows. Fill any cracks, caulk the edges, and if need be purchase replacements.

8. Service the AC and Heating Unit

The last thing anyone needs in a Texas summer is a broken A/C unit. Have a licensed contractor clean and service the outside of the unit as well as the coils and interior filters. Clean units operate more efficiently and this annual service will keep your home cool and in top shape for the summer heat.

March 5, 2018