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10 Best Austin Neighborhoods

By Meaghan Loraas Last Updated December 2, 2021 3 min read

Due to the continuously rising job markets, great weather, and excellent quality of life, Austin, Texas, has seen a rise in population growth over the past recent years. As a result, Austin is the top fastest-growing major city in the U.S. for nine years in a row. If you’re looking for a great sense of community in Austin, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular neighborhoods to purchase a home. 

Here is a list of the ten best neighborhoods in Austin, TX:

1. North Loop

The North Loop contains restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, vintage shops, and bars with working-class residents. Scattered along the streets and corridors is a mix of newer and older multifamily complexes. The neighborhood hosts a wide range of residents, including young professionals and students, due to its proximity to the university. The area is convenient for people who work downtown and is filled with beautiful homes, mostly bungalow style. Additionally, the median price for North Loop homes is $491,950.

2. Allandale

Centrally located, Allandale is a unique region of quiet suburban streets surrounded by city life, and it’s only minutes away from the downtown area. This central Austin neighborhood has eateries, local shops, several parks, and tree-lined streets, along with highly-rated public schools. Additionally, typical homes here are a mix of mid-century modern and ranch-style one or two-bedroom houses with a median price of $680,000. 

3. Cherrywood

Winding streets and gigantic shade trees give East Austin’s Cherrywood (French Place) a slight Southern vibe. Cherrywood is a great neighborhood located on the north side of town, just east of IH-35 and the University of Texas. This area has restaurants, bars, and several major grocery stores. Residents include a mix of artists, students, service workers, and other professionals. Also, here you will find charming bungalows, wood-framed houses, and two-story stucco homes large and small with a median price of around $452,500.

4. South Menchaca

South Menchaca is home to the south campus of Austin’s Community College, walkable parks, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, bars, and above-average schools. This neighborhood is away from the busy downtown scene, and among the Austinites are young professionals and families who tend to be liberal. A few apartment complexes are mixed with densely spaced, tiny single-family ranch-style homes in South Menchaca. The median home pricing is around $358,383.

5. Barton Hills

Barton Hills is located in the heart of Austin. It has a welcoming environment and quiet streets with highly-rated schools and friendly outdoor working-class enthusiasts. As a result, Barton Hills is a sought-after neighborhood, and its desirability can make the real estate market volatile. The median home pricing is about $775,000.

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If you’re looking for a house in Austin, check out these popular neighborhoods.

6. North University

North University home’s the campus for the University of Texas and has a countryside-type feel. Also, it is home to several restaurants, bars, and coffee shops with students residing in the vicinity and their families. For example, the houses range from small bungalows to mid-sized two-story wooden framed homes with a median price of around $409,000.

7. J.W. Smith’s Western Oaks

J.W. Smith’s Western Oaks is a good neighborhood for families since it is a modest suburban enclave with ranch-style homes. The master-planned community was first developed in 1974. Also, the area has lots of green space, bicycle-friendly streets, a Whole Foods store, and a community park. While property taxes aren’t too high in the Austin area, some neighborhoods (like Western Oaks) charge HOA fees. Just recently, a home was sold for $506,000.

8. Crestview

Crestview has a small-town vibe with big-city conveniences. While this great area is walkable and bikeable to businesses nearby, a bus line is also available for transportation. Residents include young professionals and families who value a quiet life with an urban feel, miles from downtown. Homes are typically small to mid-sized ranch-style houses with a median price of  $745,447.

9. Cedar Park

Cedar Park sits on the northwest side of Austin and is home to many industry professionals and executives. Many major employers are commutable from this neighborhood, and the area is sought-after in the local housing market. The North Austin neighborhood boasts a variety of dining options, local shopping, convenient access to Austin, and award-winning schools, making it a good area for raising a family. Home buying options available in this Classic suburban-style neighborhood range from small homes to spacious mansions, and the median home price is around $365,000.

10. Windsor Park

Windsor Park is a mixed-use community of professionals, families, and retirees, both English and Spanish-speaking. There are small mid-century-modern ranches, modest homes, and plenty of trees along the winding streets, as well as local bars, coffee houses, and lounges. The median home price here is $385,000. 

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