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