Schools are back in session and traffic is back to normal which can be helpful when trying to estimate how long it takes to get from point A to point B. If you are looking for a home in a new area, I always recommend using the navigation app on your smart phone.
Real Time Data
Type the proposed area of your new home to your work address, at the time you leave for work. Reverse the search again at the end of the day. Doing this a few times will help you start tracking drive times to and from the area you are considering moving to.
Search for local Austin coffee shops, grocery stores and your preferred gym too!
It’s all about work-life balance! Don’t forget the use the navigation app on your smart phone to look up the distance to places you love too! You may not always know where the closest bike shop is – but your smart phone typically will. When driving around a neighborhood you are considering moving to, take a tour of the area amenities – not just the homes. Foodie’s might consider the local restaurants or even the variety of produce in a grocery store. Chains like H-E-B are being remodeled all of the time. Check out the local one and see how it compares to what you want.
Learning about your commute and local amenities before you find your ideal home, will provide a good education upfront, save some unforeseen inconveniences later and hopefully give you even more to look forward to than just your new home.