Seven Best Neighborhoods & Communities Around Austin

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Are you looking to move to Austin but are still deciding which neighborhood to choose? Well, you’re in luck. We put together a list of the best Austin neighborhoods so you can feel confident about moving to a community that suits your lifestyle. Whether you want to live in the hustle and bustle of the city or perhaps on a lake tucked into the Texas Hill Country, we have you covered either way. Let’s take a look at the best communities in Austin.

1. Lakeside

Distance From Downtown: 45 minutes

Size: 15.52 square miles

Population: 8,896

Median Home Price: $450,000

If you want to live and enjoy the lake lifestyle while having all of the convenient city amenities, then the Lakeside community might be the perfect fit. Tucked into the foothills of the Texas Hill Country and set along Lake Travis is the small neighborhood of Lakeside. While the community does require a slightly longer drive to downtown Austin, the Lakeside region provides residents with bountiful outdoor recreation opportunities, all from the convenience of their front door. There’s a reason this neighborhood is coined a ‘hidden gem.’

2. Hyde Park

Distance From Downtown: 16 minutes

Size: 0.763 square miles

Population: 7,253

Median Home Price: $775,000

Hyde Park is a quaint bungalow-style suburban neighborhood located just north of downtown Austin. The neighborhood features the historical Elisabet Ney Museum, numerous parks and golf courses, and local coffee shops and small businesses. The proximity to school districts, shopping amenities, and the downtown entertainment scene makes Hyde Park a desirable neighborhood for young couples or families looking to live in Austin.

3. Mueller

Distance From Downtown: 15 minutes

Size: 1.1 square miles

Population: 6,160

Median Home Price: $925,000

On Austin’s east side, the Mueller neighborhood was designed with a sustainable master-planned community in mind. The thoughtful neighborhood designs help foster and engage the community while providing day-to-day amenities for its residents. The neighborhood was once the location of the historic airport and now serves the community by providing ample outdoor parks and minimalistic lifestyles.

4. Tarrytown

Distance From Downtown: 13 minutes

Size: 1.67 square miles

Population: 20,297

Median Home Price: $1.38 million

Between the winding Colorado River and downtown Austin is the charming and tranquil neighborhood of Tarrytown. The oak tree-lined streets, stately Texas homes, and small restaurants and shops provide a family-friendly atmosphere for its residents. In addition, Tarrytown residents can access nearby Mayfield Park, Lions Municipal Golf Course, and downtown Austin.

5. East Austin

Distance From Downtown: 10 minutes

Size: 8.92 square miles

Population: 41,378

Median Home Price: $559,000

East Austin is the quintessential Austin neighborhood. With dynamic food and drink options, endless entertainment, and historic housing styles, the East Austin neighborhood has quickly become one of the top neighborhoods in the area. The youthful neighborhood has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, and for a good reason. The location is the main draw for individuals looking to live in East Austin. Residents can drive downtown or to the international airport within 10 minutes. In addition, the neighborhood has excellent walkability and access to the Boggy Creek Greenbelt Trail.

6. Barton Hills & Zilker

Distance From Downtown: 15 minutes

Size: 3.90 square miles

Population: 17,299

Median Home Price: $832,500 – $1.1 million

The beautiful Barton Hills & Zilker neighborhoods are in the southwest corner of Austin. The most recognizable feature of the two neighborhoods is Zilker Metropolitan Park, a 351-acre urban park that hosts the infamous Austin City Limits. In addition, the park has spring-fed pools and numerous trail systems for its residents to enjoy. The community has an excellent school district, and the cozy Austin streets create a family-friendly environment for young couples looking to settle down. However, the convenient access to iconic Austin features will come at a cost. With that being said, home prices are higher in these neighborhoods.

7. West Oak Hill

Distance From Downtown: 20 minutes

Size: 4.84 square miles

Population: 19,705

Median Home Price: $685,000

The suburban neighborhood of West Oak Hill offers quality schools, community centers, playgrounds, malls, and parks, all within 20 minutes of downtown. The neighborhood is located southeast of the immediate city area and has quickly become an attractive family neighborhood. The large Oak Hill area is separated into East and West Oak Hill. The larger West Oak Hill area provides residents with more space and access to the beautiful 4,084-acre Barton Creek Habitat Preserve.

Austin certainly has its share of charming and family-friendly neighborhoods to choose from. Lakeside at Tessera, in the Lago Vista neighborhood, offers outdoor recreation and convenient amenities, all within a short drive to the downtown Austin scene. If you are leaning towards living outside the city and want a lake lifestyle, schedule a tour of our Lake Travis homes today.

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