Tarrytown is located just west of Mopac and north of Lake Austin in the 78703 zip code. This highly sought-after neighborhood features quiet streets, great schools, beautiful homes, lake access, lovely parks, and mature trees, all within a 3 mile drive of Downtown. The charming neighborhood includes home styles ranging from unique late 1930s and early 1940s structures to luxury modern architecture. There are a few condominiums in the area in addition to the main body of homes with the majority of them being recently renovated. Tarrytown also houses popular, one of a kind, restaurants and coffee shops that add to the neighborhoods tremendous character.
Mueller is a modern development located in East Austin, just 4 miles from Downtown. The eco-conscious community features beautiful natural-growth lake parks, chain and local retailers, offices, and neighborhood centers. Mueller includes a mix of lofts, houses, townhouses, and apartments that make the area attractive to many different buyers and renters. All homes and condos for sale in Mueller are new, as this is a master-planned community built from the ground up, with the first homes being completed in 2007. In addition to the high quality of the homes themselves, this area features several options for restaurants and is home to the innovative children’s museum, Thinkery.
Belterra is a family-friendly community, located just 7 miles from the small town of Dripping Springs and 17 miles from Downtown Austin. This 1,600-acre master-planned community was strategically built around gorgeous hill country landscape, intertwined with biking trails, parks, and creeks. Belterra is brought to life with neighborhood events like live music concerts, food truck family gatherings, and poolside movie watch parties. Join in on community yoga classes to book clubs, and holiday events just steps from your front porch. Belterra is a suburban hill country escape just minutes away from Downtown Austin culture. It’s truly the best of both worlds!
It may seem a bit out of the way, but Allandale is one of the most established Austin neighborhoods, and has plenty to offer. Because it’s further from downtown, it’s populated with lots of starter homes, attracting a base of young professional families. And while it may not have the nightlife scene of its more central neighbors, Allandale is an easily walkable Austin neighborhood with all the necessities just a few blocks away.
Despite its proximity to Downtown and major highways on its borders, Barton Hills feels more like a suburb than a neighborhood that’s just a few miles from downtown. Barton Hills is flanked by larger neighborhoods on one side and Barton Creek on the other. The area around the creek is all a park, dotted with hiking trails and walking paths. While it may not be as hip as its neighbors, it’s a great option for anyone looking for downtown convenience with suburban feel.
Circle C Ranch
Located in southwest Austin, a bit of a drive from the rest of the city, Circle C Ranch feels distinctly different from most Austin neighborhoods. The “neighborhood” is actually a group of developments with community amenities, like pools, parks, and even a golf club. If you’re interested in a more luxurious lifestyle without going too far from downtown Austin, Circle C Ranch is perfect.
Average rent: $2,504
Sandwiched between Downtown, the UT Austin campus, and Old West Austin, Clarksville is where the sophisticated downtown dwellers reside. Here, you’ll find residents who are a bit older than their downtown neighbors, and much wealthier. It’s an expensive neighborhood–the second priciest on this list–but the walkable commute to Downtown and its position on Ladybird Lake leads many residents to believe it’s well worth the price.
Average rent: $2,729
Live in the center of it all in Downtown Austin…for a price. Like most city’s downtown areas, Downtown Austin is a truly convenient place to live, as it’s a quick walk or transit ride from all parts of Austin. There’s a bike share program, a scooter share, and good old buses to get you around the area. But you don’t need to leave the neighborhood to find things to do: restaurants, museums, bars, and parks are all within the Downtown core. Of course, all those convenient perks come with a literal price, so you may want to take a second look at your budget before committing to living in Downtown Austin.
“Keep Austin Weird” might just be the slogan–and battle–of the area of East Austin. While it’s long been home to Austin’s bohemian, artistic community, an influx of new developments is shaking up the traditional ways of the area. Nowadays, you’re likely to see a mix of old Austin and new, with hipsters walking by classic architecture and new condo complexes on the same block.
The historical neighborhood of Hyde Park will leave you feeling like you stepped back in time to a very different version of Austin. Due to strict planning rules, much of Hyde Park’s architecture looks the same way it did 100 years ago, with turn-of-the-century styles and tree-lined streets. Hyde Park offers a small town, Americana feel without being too far from Downtown Austin or UT Austin, making it ideal for those looking for small-town living without the commute.