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Agave Advice

by Hope Turner last modified Apr 17, 2007 09:06 PM
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Agave Advice

Posted by Hope Turner at April 26. 2006

Howdy Ya'll!

I've been watching the Agave development since last fall. My husband
and I are located in Atlanta and wanted to move to Austin this spring.
Unfortunately the first houses were on the small size and would not
accommodate our shameful collection of computers (I'm a web designer
and hubby is in I.T.).

We've finally been able to arrange to come down to Austin to check
out the development in person. We're working directly with the
Green Mango realtors and are arranging to see lots and plans next

Does anyone have any advice for us? Is there anything we should know
about in addition to the train, water treatment plant, jail and
gas line? ;)

What is crime like there? (We live in East Atlanta and have been robbed
a few times so we'd like to leave that behind!)

Do many folks have kids? (We're expecting our first in Sept. but we
have 2 of the four-legged variety. Did I see something about dog

From what I've read there isn't much retail around. Is it too far to
drive to Whole Foods and Central Market? Is there a lot of commercial
growth in East Austin?

What's the lake like near the development? I see there's a big park...
looks promising.

Is Agave in the city limits? city taxes?

Feel free to email direct if you like - hope.turner at

Thanks for your comments! It would be great to meet up with any of the
folks already living in Agave to get the inside scoop...

Re: Agave Advice

Posted by Jacqueline Gross at April 27. 2006

Hi Hope -

I've been looking at houses for a while trying to find something close to downtown. Most areas outside of East Austin are already established and for my price range, I'd be in a falling down two bedroom, one bathroom 900 sq. foot shack that would require some serious money in rennovations.

Agave is a little more East then what I'd consider the hot area today, but there are some serious things coming to that neck of the woods that should make it a great investment within a few years. Because the area is so new and not yet there, taxes are very low compared to the rest of Austin. You will not find another area near downtown within this price range. And I think what you get for your money here is a value that is hard to beat.

Austin is small enough that nothing is too far to drive. It's actually aboug 6.5 miles to downtown, adn there is the mega-Whole Foods there. Central Market is a bit farther, but I'd guess 15 or 20 minute drive, depending on traffic.

I have no idea about the crime stats, but each house comes wired for security, so you can easily put in an alarm system and have them turn your carport into a garage. However, driving through the development, I believe it feels safe and I cannot say the same for other areas in the hot part of East Austin.

There is no one living in Agave yet. The first house is only nearing completion.

I hope this helps some.


Re: Agave Advice

Posted by Hope Turner at April 27. 2006

Hi Jackie,

I think Agave will be our best bet. It's nice that we won't get sticker shock
from the property taxes since Austin is higher than what we're used to (but
we're looking forward to no state income taxes!)

I guess that there's not much else for us to do except visit in person. I'm
just hoping that we'll be able to find a house and a lot we like while we're
in town -- this has been hard to manage thru email and phone calls.

Carrie told me today that the build time is 6 months but I've heard other
stories that make me think it could be longer.


Re: Agave Advice

Posted by Hope Turner at May 11. 2006

Decided against Agave - see pros and cons post for details.

Re: Agave Advice

Posted by Chong Shin at April 17. 2007

My name is Chong Shin, I have a contract for a house at Agave.  I am working on a law suit against them and I am looking to see how many people are having problems with getting their house built on time, or built correctly, or them making changes to it without your approval.  If you are having any of these problems can you please contact me at

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