Why I Love Living in Pflugerville, Texas Despite Its Silly Name

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

My wife and I purchased our first home in Pflugerville in March of 1995.  At the time, we had been married a little over two years, and I was 24 years old.  We had no children then.  One reason that we chose Pflugerville was its affordability.  I was working as a restaurant manager for Souper Salad, and frankly the income wasn't that great.  My wife's income was better than mine at the time - she worked for National Instruments as a technical writer.

 

Our Realtor showed us a few places that seemed okay, but not thrilling, then we rode to Pflugerville to see what she had for us.  We entered the model home and I remember thinking (and saying) how great it would be if we could afford that home.

"Well, you can!" was the response from the on-site sales agent. 

 

So, we built one of our own - it was about 1700 square feet, red brick, one-story, and we got it for $104,000 (yes, really).  Although I have been in real estate for over 11 years now, I can't stand moving, and I promised my wife that we would stay in that home for at least 5 years. 

Eight years later, we came across a great builder (Gehan Homes) building in the nearby Blackhawk community.  A friend of mine who worked for the builder called me since he knew I always had clients looking in this area.

"You have to come see this product.  The prices are incredible."

I showed my wife the stuff I had collected, and she swiftly stated, "We need to move."

You see, in the interim years, we had added two children to our household.  We were bursting at the seams. We were able to get a home with over 3500 square feet (DOUBLE our previous home), a three-car garage, a large cul-de-sac lot and lots of upgrades, in a golf course community in the low $200's.  I think we paid right at $220,000 back then. 

We have since added another kiddo to our house, and there have been some major changes in Pflugerville in the past five years since we bought our second home here.  The toll roads (45 and 130) are visible in the distance from our upstairs media room.  We can get just about anywhere in 15 minutes now - Cedar Park, Georgetown, central Austin, you name it.

We have loved living here for 13 years.  The crime is non-existent, it's quiet, and it remains affordable.  Our home has increased in value now - it's probably worth close to $300,000 in today's market, but it's still a bargain compared to Austin proper. 

We don't have any plans to move, and I have become a bit of an area expert, having sold many homes to many happy clients over the past decade in Pflugerville.  I sell everywhere in the general Austin area, but we will likely call Pflugerville home for a long time to come.

Incidentally, if you are wondering about how to pronounce it, it's "FLOO-ger-ville".  It was founded in 1860 when William Bohls established a general store and post office in his residence, and named the town in honor of Henry Pfluger.  Pfluger first arrived in the area in 1849, leaving his German homeland to escape the Prussian War. 

If you have any questions about Pflugerville, please give me a call anytime at 512-796-7653 or email jason@austintexashomes.com

If you are looking to relocate to the Austin area, you might be interested in checking out my online relocation package here:

Austin Texas Relocation Package

You can search for Austin homes at http://www.austintexashomes.com/.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!  

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Susan Walters
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I had to comment since my daughter just returned to her temporary homeland of Paris from a whirlwind tour or eastern Europe and among her picture travel documentary was a store called the Flugger Farby.  She simply captioned that one, " Hey I'm going down to Flugger Farby, do you need anything?"  Sounds like the place would do well in Pflugerville!  If you want to read her blog, and see this most recent of posts, go to www.saraanneinparis.blogspot.com.  Warning: not for all age groups or the politically correct crowd.... 

May 17, 2008 04:07 PM #1
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Jason Crouch
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Susan - I remember reading about your daughter's travels in your recent post.  I actually checked out her blog briefly back then, but I will return to see it again.  As for Flugger Farby, it would likely do better if if were called Pflugger Pfarby here.  :-)

May 17, 2008 04:09 PM #2
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Susan Davis
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Jason, I think it is great that you have grown your roots in the same place for so long. I wish I knew years back what I know now. I would have made so many different choices!

Susan

May 17, 2008 04:57 PM #3
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Jason Crouch
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SUSAN - I have been in the Austin area since 1988 (came here to go to college at Southwestern University).  I love this area, and I guess I wouldn't have started a real estate career if I had any plans of leaving.  I hope you're doing well - we should talk again sometime soon!

May 17, 2008 05:01 PM #4
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Looks like you've found a wonderful place to call home... there's something to be said for stability... and not moving. :) 

May 17, 2008 08:49 PM #5
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Missy Caulk
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I'm glad you pronounced it for us. When I first moved here there is a town near by, way more affordable called Ypsilaniti, I had know clue how to pronounce it and in our realtors car, said, Piss a lanti ? Why I assumed the y was silent. It is actually yip sa lanti. OH my was I embarressed, still am.

May 18, 2008 12:07 AM #6
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Susan Walters
Keller Williams Realty, Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor, MI

Sorry, Jason...Missy, that is hilarious - you would need to know the specific areas to know if you were right!

May 18, 2008 02:29 PM #7
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Liz Carter
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Jason my friend, I'm with Susan, those are both hysterical...I gotta go give Missy a hard time on that one :).  YOU are almost there...YEA...I'm so excited...I just can't help it...I'm about to loose my mind and I just can't help it,...I'm so excited.  Wait this is not the song contest! I'm thinking

I'm bursting at the seams to talk to you, and if you can guess why, you are one smart, intuitivity cookie!  It's right in front of your face and might be at your door stop...or somewhere close to where you live.  OK that's all the hints you get.  Let me know if you figure it out, I'm at the lake....:)  L

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