Austin offers many distinct neighborhoods, as well as a variety of houses, condos and townhomes. Depending on where you settle, you could be right downtown, next to a popular community park or near top-rated schools.
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Allandale | Brentwood | Crestview
Allandale, Brentwood, & Crestview are three of Austin's most central neighborhoods. Located between Mopac and 35, residents of the areas can enjoy nearby dining, shopping, and parks while remaining a few miles from downtown and the University of Texas, Austin. Nearby favorites include creative dining along Burnet Road, major entertainment like the Alamo Drafthouse and Cover 3 along Anderson Rd, and access to Beverly S Sheffield Park, Brentwood Park, and Ramsey Park. The original homes of Allandale, Brentwood & Crestview were bungalows ranging from 700 to 1300 square feet that were first built in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, the area is speckled with personality stemming from the combination of original homes, remodels, and new construction.
Avery Ranch is located in Northwest Austin, just north of North FM 620 and North Highway 183. This family-oriented community is set in the hill country & offers many amenities including recreation centers, tennis courts, community pools, a golf course, & walking trails. Often considered a more affordable option to central Austin, Avery Ranch is located 20 miles from downtown. Most homes in the neighborhood are relatively new, starting in the early 2000s.
Cedar Park is an area that has been excitingly developed over the last few years and sits about 35 minutes north of downtown Austin on the new Metro Light rail line. A new Cedar Park shopping and entertainment area that includes a Hill Country Steam Train terminal (great for those holiday excursions) along with a new hospital, multiple shopping areas and restaurants, and the future home of a Schlitterbahn Water Park make Cedar Park a destination that many appreciate. One can find everything from affordable new and previously built single family homes to Country Club lifestyles, all which feed into the popular Leander ISD.
Circle C is a large master-planned community in southwest Austin that occupies the 78739 zip code. Large one and two story homes with brick or stone exteriors make up the iconic look of the neighborhood. Developed with a heavy emphasis on amenities and family-life, Circle C features over 4,800 homes, an 18-hole golf course & golf club, two swim centers (one Olympic sized & one family-specific), a tennis club, and over 500 acres of parkland. With highly-acclaimed schools and access to major shopping and retail, Circle C is a great place to live for families looking for urban living.
Downtown living puts you right in the middle of the diverse Austin action. The skyline of downtown has evolved tremendously over the last 5 years and will continue to evolve as Austin grows from its small town background to a metro area that the whole country is enviously talking about. Music, museums, concert venues, restaurants, the University of Texas, historic buildings, lakeside trails and parks all go to make this a very special place. A variety of condos, lofts and apartments from traditional to the ultra modern host a variety of residents who just love to be in the middle of the Austin action.
The convergence of deep culture and new-age creativity, has made the Eastside is one of Austin’s hottest neighborhoods. Located directly east of downtown, East Austin offers progressive professionals, creatives, and liberal families an alternative to cookie-cutter living. The neighborhood is an oasis of artistic character, exhibited through its abundance of eclectic shops, distinctive restaurants, and gritty dive-bars. With a residential blend of modern residences and timeworn bungalows, it’s no wonder Forbe’s ranked East Austin at number 7 on its list of Hippest Neighborhoods.
East Riverside is a place where vibrant culture collides with subdued commercial development. With past emphasis on functionality over personality, strip malls, kiosks, and chain stores have gradually integrated with cultural delicacies—food trucks, artistic restaurants, and iconic music venues to name a few. Bound by Town lake to the north, Grove Blvd to the east, Highway 71 to the south, and Highway 35 to the west, Riverside’s close proximity to Downtown justifies its recent appeal to many developers. Contemporary apartments and new construction developments sit among midcentury-style properties—many of which are still in original condition. Some consider the neighborhood to be shabby, others say “up-and-coming”, however most will agree that this once-neglected area is the most affordable neighborhood within biking distance to downtown.
Many Austinites head to Riverside to enjoy the Riverside Golf Course, where Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite earned their stripes before joining the PGA tour. Locals can enjoy the Mabel Davis District Park, which features picnic sites, trails, and a swimming pool after a $6 million renovation. Restaurants and coffee shops such as the Grismill, El Taquito, and 888 Fusion are some of the neighborhood favorites.
The Great Hills community is located in the 78759 zip code, just southwest of Highway 183 and Capital of Texas Highway. Brick and stone homes built from 1970 to 2010 comprise much of the neighborhood's character. While there are many reasons Great Hills residents happily call this community home, top-tier schools, natural tree-lined surroundings, and a local golf course & country club are a few of the most notable. Within miles of their front door, residents can also enjoy one of Austin's best parks at Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, as well as great shopping at the Domain or the Arboretum.
Lakeway, located 16 miles west of Austin, has vibrantly exploded over recent years with an amazing growth that can be seen by all. The natural beauty of hill country and lake views, golf courses to be proud of, excellent restaurants, music venues for top national performers, a tremendous new shopping mall, The Hill Country Galleria, a new medical center that is under construction, and the highly requested Lake Travis ISD all go to demonstrate why this area has become a highly requested area by folks moving to the Austin area.
Milwood is arguably one of Austin's hottest neighborhoods. Located in North Austin between Mopac and 183, Milwood offers convenient access to Downtown Austin, shopping centers, & major employers, including IDM, Google, and Apple. Residents can enjoy numerous local park, including Balcones Park, Walnut Park, and Yett Creek Park. Other nearby hotspots include the Domain, Gateway Plaza, the Arboretum, Milwood Library, and Adelphi Acre Community Garden.
Mueller is a mixed-use community that weds a fun and urban lifestyle with responsible, sustainable planning. A redevelopment of the old Austin Airport, the Mueller community lies to the northeast of Downtown. Boundaries include 51st street to the north, Manor road to the east, Airport to the south, and Interstate 35 to the west. Mueller includes a mix of homes, townhomes, condos, apartments, and live/work spaces. The community offers an all-inclusive lifestyle to residents, with parks, walking trails, shopping, services, community centers, and most recently sport-courts and a pool—all within walking distance.
Northwest Hills is one of those neighborhoods that is perfectly located for those who enjoy quiet family living but want to be close to everything. The community is centrally located to the West of Mopac and is bordered by 2222, Mesa Dr, and Spicewood Springs Road. Within minutes of the Domain, the Arboretum, University of Texas, and Downtown Austin, Northwest Hills is also a stone’s throw from major tech employers. Likely due to numerous nearby parks and top-notch schools, the demography of No
Located between Austin and Round Rock, Pflugerville offers easy access to many of Austin's most notable toll roads and highways. This suburb is known for offering residents large but affordable homes within a 17 mile drive to downtown Austin. Largely due to Austin's population surge, Pflugerville has grown tremendously over the last few years. With great schools, restaurants, and shopping, as well as a quaint downtown, Pflugerville is a great affordable option for buyers looking for a family-based atmosphere.
Round Rock is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Round Rock offers a blend of heritage, where you can enjoy a monthly evening art show along the historic Main Street, to the fast growing entertainment and new employment centers. Dell Diamond, home of the AAA Round Rock Express baseball team, is a tremendous facility that you have to experience; Old Settlers Park, an amazing and expansive park that hosts just about every sport you can imagine … and a water park, too. Affordable new housing is also plentiful and still only 18 miles to downtown Austin.
SoCo | Travis Heights | Bouldin | Zilker
Travis Heights, South Congress, Bouldin Creek, and Zilker lie south of Town Lake & share the 78704 zip code. These neighborhoods have the best of both worlds: a close proximity to downtown Austin and Ladybird Lake, access major Austin highways, diverse restaurants and bars, and a vibrant entertainment scene. A sign of its progressiveness, South Central Austin is constantly developing to keep up with its innovative population. Much of the area’s charm stems from its diverse real estate: numerous original Craftsman bungalows and Victorian homes built in the early 1900s sit alongside contemporary renovations and modern new construction. Townhomes and condo developments are also plentiful. While the population is predominantly young adults, excellent schools and an abundance of parks contribute to the increasing number of young families. The best way to define the chic and energetic population of South Austin would be through its own term: “the 78704”.
Steiner Ranch is a master-planned community located in Northwest Austin between Lake Austin and Lake Travis, just off FM 620. Known for having superb amenities, Steiner Ranch has a lake club with access to Lake Austin, 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, community splash-pad and pool, three community centers, as well as a 7,225 yard championship golf course. Steiner Ranch boasts immaculate landscaping throughout the 4,600 development, showcasing the community's commitment to maintaining the natural surroundings. Located in the Leander Independent School District, the community offers residents highly rated schools, and nearby shopping & dining.
Located between Mopac and North Lake Austin in the 78703 zip code, Tarrytown is one of Austin's most sought-after & exclusive neighborhoods. The area features a mix of high-end new construction, original bungalows, and large estates along quiet, tree-lined streets. Residents of Tarrytown can enjoy lake access, beautiful parks, quaint restaurants & shopping, and top-notch schools, all while residing within 3 miles of downtown. This lifestyle comes at a hefty price tag, however, as Tarrytown homes average just over $1.3 million.
University Hills | Delwood | Windsor Park
Once considered to be somewhat unsafe, the University Hills, Delwood, and Windsor Park neighborhoods are now two of East Austin’s hottest neighborhoods. Homes in these neighborhoods sit on large lots—many with tree coverage, and boast character from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s when they were originally built. After becoming the epicenter for renovation and revitalization, this section of Austin’s 78723 zip code displays a mix of modern and traditional design. A hub for cultural diversity and community, University Hills, Delwood and Windsor Park have become increasingly appealing to professionals, growing families, and those looking for a break from postage-stamp neighborhoods.
Both neighborhoods are located close to major thoroughfares, such as I-35 and highways 183 & 290, which makes commuting in any direction a cinch. These neighborhoods are bordered by 51st to the south, Manor Road to the east, 290/183 to the north, and I-35 to the west. While University Hills, Delwood and Windsor Park offer dining and nightlife at establishments like Tres Amigos Restaurant and Cantina or Midtown Live Sports Café, the entertainment center of Mueller sits a mere mile-or-two down the road. Here, residents of 78723 can enjoy well-known Austin chains such as Torchy’s Tacos, MOD Pizza, Verts Kebap, and numerous food trailers, as well as prime shopping and services. Outside lovers can enjoy the pool, playscape, tennis courts, picnic tables and trails at Dottie Jordan Neighborhood Park. Other nearby parks include the Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt, Bartholomew District Park, or the ponds and parks at Mueller.
Westgate | Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek is located in South Austin with quick access to freeways and downtown. Residents can enjoy nearby coffee shops and unique live music venues, as well as numerous parks and playgrounds. Cherry Creek Park and Longview Park sit within the Cherry Creek boundaries, offering volleyball courts, playgrounds, and barbeque pits to the neighborhood. For even more outdoor fun, visit Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park which boasts over six miles of hiking trails and a disc golf course.
Families will enjoy some of South Austin's top AISD schools in this neighborhood, including Cowan Elementary School, Covington Middle School, and Bowie High School.
Westlake Hills is a city located just west of Lake Austin. Known for rolling hills, luxurious homes, and a top-notch school district, Westlake Hills is some of Austin's most exclusive real estate, with a blend of pristine landscaping and natural terrain. Many properties showcase unobstructed views of the Texas Hill Country, natural reserves, and Lake Austin. Residents can enjoy many options for shopping & dining, while remaining close to downtown and major employers such as Facebook, Google, and Homeaway.