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Austin may have a long-established tradition of vibrant nightlife, a cutting edge music scene, and enough Longhorns to throw the biggest barbecue in Texas, but in its more residential areas, Austin offers new (and often luxurious) communities built with you and the family in mind.

Santa Rita Ranch

One of the Austin area's newest master-planned communities Santa Rita Ranch combines a neighborhood feel with Hill Country style. Kids walk to school (at either the Georgetown or Liberty Hills ISD) here, and skipping rocks in the San Gabriel River is actually a thing people do. Santa Rita offers a family sports complex and sports fields; pools and splash park; a vibrant town center; and a web of hiking, biking, and nature trails from your own backyard.

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Top 5 Austin Neighborhoods - Communities

Austin residents take great pride in the eccentricities of the city, and celebrate the variety of entertainment available to them. Austin is an ideal place for families, especially the ones who are just building their own. Whether you are looking to rent or buy a new home, the communities in south, north and central Austin are your best choices.

The following are the top 5 Austin neighborhoods/communities you may want to check out when looking to buy or rent a place to stay within the area:

Clarksville

The closest community to the central downtown, Clarksville is perfect for those people who wish to enjoy the convenience of being close to the business district yet similar to the feel of a conventional

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Buying the right home for you takes more than knowing your price range and what area you’d like to live in. It also takes the right agent to help you find a place to make you happy.

Your best bet is to work with a VIP Realty agent. VIP agents have vast expertise in markets, market conditions, trends, and more. Our agents know that more homes are available than are actively advertised. When you work with a VIP agent and tell us what you’re looking for, and where you want to call home, we can help you find homes that are available, but not listed on public sites. This gives you the advantage of access to a deeply knowledgeable resource and improves your odds of getting the home you want most, without worrying about too much competition.

Our agents are

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Sure, Austin may be “weird.” It may be the capital of cool for the college-aged. But don’t overlook the fact that Austin and its surroundings offer some of the finest master-planned communities for families and those looking to live a little better than the dorm life at UT.

Crystal Falls

In 2014, two Austin communities earned spots on the prestigious John Burns Real Estate Consulting list as the best-selling master-planned communities in America. One is Crystal Falls, a 5,000-acre slice of Hill Country bliss that touts itself as “the last untouched landscape of true Hill Country living in Austin's booming northwest corridor.”  Crystal falls also was named Austin’s top master-planned community of the year, and it’s easy to see why ‒‒ 2,000-pound,

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So you're ready to buy a house. How exciting! Naturally, the first thing you do is throw yourself into a full-scale house hunt. You spend hours browsing listing after listing on all the popular sites, falling in love with one house after another, and rejecting a few along the way. You may even stop by a few open-house events if they're close enough, just to see what a favorite of yours looks like in person.

When you finally find a house you think will work for you, you contact the real estate agent listed on the ad and set up a time to meet to view the house. When you fall in love with it - with pre-approved financing, of course - you decide you're ready to make an offer. But who is going to be your agent?

Contrary to the belief of some, the

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When it comes to financing your new home, one of the most important (and often sleep-ruining) decisions you will have to make is whether you should go with a 15-year or a 30-year mortgage. What makes the decision so agonizing is knowing that both forms of mortgage come with significant pros and significant cons. And while only you can make the ultimate decision that makes you comfortable, it pays to know these pros and cons well before you decide. And, hopefully, get some good sleep.

Advantages of a 15-year Mortgage

The most obvious advantage to a 15-year mortgage is that you will pay it off in half the time. And there’s nothing like outright owning the place you live. Another distinct advantage, if you qualify for a 15-year plan, is that interest

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Of all the landmarks in Georgetown, TX, the Creative Playscape tops the list for children and families. The original, built in 1993 by community volunteers, created 20 years of memories for Georgetown residents. In 2010 more stringent accessibility standards were put in place through an amendment of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that - along with new standards set forth by the Texas Health and Safety code - led the city to push for a redesign of the playscape.

The original playscape was torn down in the fall of 2013, and construction for the new design began in the spring of 2014. Now, the brand new Georgetown Creative Playscape is just days away from its Grand Opening. July 2nd, at 10am, Georgetown Parks and Recreation will

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Choosing the right school district is a big factor in your decision to move. But if private school is in the budget, Austin offers some of the finest private schools in the state. Before you move specifically for a school district, consider these elite private academies of learning.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal

Generally considered the best private school in the capital area, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, or SAS, serves grades 1-12 in its Lower (grades 1-6), Middle (grades 7-8), and Upper (grades 9-12) schools. Grades 1-8 share a campus in central Austin, while grades 9-12 attend school in the southwestern part of the city. SAS is known for its rigorous and broad academic program, which requires Upper School students to complete a "Junior Experience" ‒‒

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College Station, home of the Aggies, and part of the booming Houston region, is a quietly conservative college town that likes to be the opposite of Austin. But the two cities share a few things in common, and one of those things is some of the finest new residential communities in Texas. College Station’s newest communities offer the increasingly attractive mix of urban lifestyle and suburban quiet in neighborhoods such as:

Village at Creek Meadows

The Village is the newest part of the Creek Meadows planned community and some of the finest in family and student living in College Station. This is a one-of-a-kind duplex community that pairs the huge living spaces with apartment complex amenities in a rural setting close to town. The two- and

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Admit it, picking a real estate agent makes you nervous. Why wouldn't it? Your home is going to be one of your largest investments throughout your lifetime, and you want to find a quality Realtor who will make the most of your money for you. With all of the hype, marketing, friend referrals, client reviews, Internet searches, etc., it can be a daunting task to sift through the massive amounts of available information to find the agent that fits your needs. Where do you even begin? Here are 5 tips for picking the perfect Realtor:

1. Verify the license.

Each state licenses and disciplines real estate agents via a specific board. In Texas, that board is the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). You can easily determine if a prospective agent or

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