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pk-horn
500+ posts
11/04/07 10:17 AM
Steiner Ranch

I was driving around in Steiner ranch yesterday and I must say the place is physically beautiful. It also seems ideal in some respects for a young family with kids if you are looking for a suburban type of neighborhood. Great schools, lots of kids, safe, lots of activity, several parks etc.
The big drawback to living in Steiner to me would be the commute downtown.

Does anyone on here make that commute? My map program says 17 miles. How long is the drive? Is there a way to get to downtown without taking 2222? Finally are there decent restaurants out that way or does eating out necessitate a trip in to Austin?

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iamtigerwoods
1000+ posts
11/04/07 12:22 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

The commute is AT LEAST 45 minutes, barring no accidents. Great place to live if you do not have to be downtown for work.




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NCAAFBALLROX
2500+ posts
11/04/07 09:43 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

You've got some good restaurants in Lakeway & Hudson's On The Bend is just up the road as well.

As for the commute, there are only two way to get East; you're locked in by Lake Austin on the East side of it. Your two ways are going all the way South to take 2244 or 71 East -or- the aforementioned 2222.






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tex-horn
100+ posts
11/04/07 10:39 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: NCAAFBALLROX]

In reply to:

You've got some good restaurants in Lakeway & Hudson's On The Bend is just up the road as well.




You obviously must not live in Lakeway.




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mishatx
2500+ posts
11/05/07 06:54 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

In reply to:

Is there a way to get to downtown without taking 2222?




71 and 183, but neither will be any faster.

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Basketball Jones
250+ posts
11/06/07 11:17 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

I live there, and work downtown. It is a commute, but at least it's a pretty drive. 45 minutes is about right when school is going, though when UT and schoolas are not in session (i.e. summer, holidays) the drive is shorter. I can make it in about 30 minutes on a day when the traffic is not heavy.

Lots of different price points for housing. Very active HOA that keeps people in line with their houses, etc.

It is a good place to live -- lots of kids, lots of activities and sports for kids, but lots of parents who like to "party", as much as 30+ somethings can still do. 2 elementary schools, another planned, plus a middle school. A new high school will be built by the 3M plant (land already purchased, bond election today for the funds to build it).

More restauants and shopping are on the way -- they are building a "town center" type development near 2222 and 620.

All in all, a good place if you don't mind the drive.

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tropheusSponsor
5000+ posts
11/06/07 11:53 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

We're moving to Lakeway this weekend. We've owned the place for a few months and have had some work done, so I've had the occassion to drive out there and back at all sorts of times other than driving in during morning rush hour. There are actually several ways to get to downtown from Lakeway, but from Steiner everything other than 2222 is a bit longer.

You can go 71, 71 to SW Parkway, Bee Cave Parkway to 2244, you can take 2244 to Mopac or cross the river at Redbud and take Lake Austin to downtown. All of these have advantages and disadvantages, but the drive will be no less than 30-45 minutes. It seems the secret going and coming is to minimize time on Mopac, so I think my preferred route will be 2244, but I will certainly try them all. The drive is calming for me even when I've had to go out there at 5-6pm.




Edited by tropheus (11/07/07 11:10 AM)

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NCAAFBALLROX
2500+ posts
11/07/07 12:21 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

Tropheus, that entire area was laid waste by a good hailstorm 2-1/2 years ago (Good Friday of '05); I hope your roof was properly inspected or the seller had a receipt showing a full replacement.

Not a single roof I inspected over there had been missed.






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tex-horn
100+ posts
11/07/07 12:51 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

I remember that hailstorm. We live in the front right section of Lakeway and got it pretty good, but no roof damage to our house or any others on the street. Then again, a good friend of mine about a few miles down the road had 12 windows broken out of their house. Definitely something to consider.

Also, a heads-up to any Steiners who read this board, since we're on the topic of commutes. Recently at 620/2222 I have heard that police are ticketing people who get over onto the shoulder too early to turn right onto 2222 from 620. Haven't seen it myself, but something to consider if you drive that way.




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Traffic
5000+ posts
11/07/07 08:39 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: tex-horn]

In reply to:

Recently at 620/2222 I have heard that police are ticketing people who get over onto the shoulder too early to turn right onto 2222 from 620.




I live in that general area myself (2222 & 620). While I didn't see the police at this particular intersection, I did see the exact same thing at 2222 & 360 (heading east on 2222 going south onto 360).

Lots of cops pulling over lots of folks. So heads up.




Texas Never Whispers

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NBMisha
2500+ posts
11/07/07 09:03 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

Tropheus has kids, abandons city life.




"Life's greatest pleasure is the sum of all the bad things that didn't happen to you."

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Basketball Jones
250+ posts
11/07/07 10:47 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

They have been over by the Walgreen's/Wells Fargo pulling people over. Haven't seen them in a few days, but they were there off and on for a couple of weeks. Watch out.
Saw them at 360/2222 yesterday -- added 15 minutes to my commute because of everyone slowing down

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tropheusSponsor
5000+ posts
11/07/07 11:08 AM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

ncaa, we got a clean bill of health on our cement tile roof (no cracked tiles) but it probably wasn't inspected as thoroughly as I would have wanted had I known about the hail storm. There was no evidence of water leakage on the ceilings or in the attic, and the seller's disclosure said no water or roof problems. In any event, we're likely to build up in 2-3 years (maximize lake view), so the roof needs to hold up for only that much more. thanks for the headsup though, I had no idea. Can't do much about it now, but I will certainly get up in the attic with the first major rain storm.

NBMisha -- it's even crazier than that. We moved from South 1st (78704) to Mopac and 35th for the schools just this past April. Built an expensive home, decided it was too expensive and the neighborhood wasn't really a neighborhood. We looked north near Westwood high school and decided on Lakeway which actually represents a significant step down in price for a significantly better home and neighborhood. I couldn't be more excited, but moving like a rock skipping on water does take its toll. Oh, and my wife is 7-8 months pregnant with our second boy.




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Used2btexaslover
1000+ posts
11/07/07 12:35 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

We were out driving and went into visit Steiner a few months ago and it creeped us out. Do you really want your kids growing up in la-la land? Where everything is pretty and fake and Wisteria Lane-ish? As someone who grew up pretty sheltered and privileged, I am trying to make a conscious decision not to do the same with our kids.

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jimmyjazzSponsor
5000+ posts
11/07/07 12:55 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

FYI, at some point soon the city will allegedly be turning 2222 into one lane each direction east of 360 while they improve the low-water crossing in front of the fire station west of County Line BBQ. What is now just a bad commute will become downright hellish.

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Longhorn_94
250+ posts
11/07/07 01:29 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

we recently moved from the Hills in Lakeway out to Spicewood. The commute from Lakeway into downtown can be made in approx 20 mins if there is no traffic. The best way to go is 620 to 71 to Southwest Pkwy. If Mopac is jammed up, head over to Lamar and into downtown.

When leaving downtown in the afternoons, do not go 6th street to mopac unless you are planning the redbud shortcut over to 2244. the better way to go is across Towne Lake and through Zilker, then you can jump right onto 2244 or if Mopac is flowing, head down to Sw pkwy.

the commute is not bad at all....at least not from this former Dallas resident's viewpoint.

jason




A.S.M.

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tropheusSponsor
5000+ posts
11/07/07 04:28 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

Used2btexaslover -- Steiner creeps me out too, but we found the schools, housing prices, community kid focus, and adult activities (golf and lake) in old Lakeway too much to walk away from.




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Basketball Jones
250+ posts
11/07/07 05:53 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

Used2btexaslover and Tropheus --

You're welcomt to your opinion, but I don't think "driving around Steiner" puts you in any position to intelligently opine about those of us who live there. It's a pretty friendly place, mostly normal people, with normal families and normal problems living their lives. It is not a Stepford Wives community, and there a re a lot of diverse opinions and people. You might want to actually meet someone form there before forming a broad-stroke judgment.

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tropheusSponsor
5000+ posts
11/07/07 06:50 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

sorry to offend, my statement was not about the people, I know enough people who live there (and enough people in general) to know they are like most everyone else -- normal, nice, not psycho, etc. My statement was more about all current day master planned communities -- they aren't for me, whether they are Steiner, Circle C, or my in-laws gated community in the freaking middle of nowhere between Dallas and Oklahoma. That's not a reflection on you or anyone else who lives there, that's a reflection on my personal tastes and wants in a neighborhood.




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Used2btexaslover
1000+ posts
11/07/07 10:21 PM
Re: Steiner Ranch [re: pk-horn]

In reply to:

My statement was more about all current day master planned communities -- they aren't for me, whether they are Steiner, Circle C, or my in-laws gated community in the freaking middle of nowhere between Dallas and Oklahoma. That's not a reflection on you or anyone else who lives there, that's a reflection on my personal tastes and wants in a neighborhood.


Exactly. We like more organic neighborhoods with soul (and crack houses. )

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