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Guide to the Best Austin Neighborhoods: Part I

Over the last 20 years, Austin has become one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. People flock here for various reasons, but chief among them seems to be the capital city’s proven record as a hospitable place to do business. In particular, Austin has made a name for itself in the tech realm, earning it the moniker “the Silicon Hills”. Several tech companies have set up shop here in recent years, including names like Apple, Dell, PayPal, and Facebook, which has created a lot of new employment opportunities. In addition to plentiful jobs, Austin is also an attractive place to live because of its low cost of living, great live music scene, laid back ways, and fantastic food.

No matter what your reason, if you’re considering a move to Austin, Texas you should take some time to familiarize yourself with local real estate. Though home prices have been inching upwards, Austin is still more affordable than most large cities and offers residents a great variety of neighborhoods to choose from. Here’s your guide to some of the best Austin neighborhoods:

Tarrytown

Just west of Mopac, between Enfield and 35th Street, sits the West Austin neighborhood known as Tarrytown. This area of high-end homes is just a couple of miles from city center, making it one of the most convenient neighborhoods for those with downtown commutes. The almost 19,700 people who call Tarrytown home enjoy amenities like neighborhood parks, shopping at Casis Village and Tarrytown Center, and the Lions Municipal Golf Course in nearby Deep Eddy. This neighborhood is also home to Laguna Gloria, an historic home turned art museum overlooking Lake Austin, which hosts several family-friendly events throughout the year. Residents with children will also be delighted to know they can send their children to nearby Casis Elementary or O’Henry Middle School. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see parents walking their kids to school in the mornings instead of contending with traffic. If you can afford it, Tarrytown is an amazing place to call home.

Travis Heights borders the SoCo area, which is home to some of the best shops and restaurants in Austin. Photo credit Flickr user Justin Jensen.

Travis Heights borders the SoCo area, which is home to some of the best shops and restaurants in Austin. Photo credit Flickr user Justin Jensen.

Travis Heights

Travis Heights is a neighborhood located in South Austin, just south of the Colorado River and east of South Congress. This historic neighborhood was founded in 1913 by General Stacy and Charles Augustus Newning for Austin’s elite. Although no longer exclusively for Texan bigwigs, the average home price in this popular area is around $688,000. Homes here are an eclectic mix of bungalows and edgy rebuilds tucked along winding streets in the neighborhood’s green rolling hills. Residents of Travis Heights are walking distance to SoCo, which boasts some of the best food trucks, music clubs, restaurants, and shops in all of Austin. The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and its laid back, hipster vibe, makes it one of the most desirable neighborhoods in all of Austin.

The Mueller neighborhood on Austin's east side continues expanding. Photo credit Flickr user Garreth Wilcock.

The Mueller neighborhood on Austin’s east side continues expanding. Photo credit Flickr user Garreth Wilcock.

Mueller

The Mueller Community is a Planned Unit Development located in East Austin. Built around the site of the former Austin airport, this planned community currently has around 35,900 residents. When the airport was relocated to Bergstrom Airforce Base during the 1990s, developers began working on plans to transform the Mueller area into a model suburban area. Today, this neighborhood features a mix of apartments, condos, and single-family homes and even offers financial assistance programs to underprivileged families. Residents of this idyllic community have access to a variety local and chain restaurants and stores, and can walk to fun destinations like the Texas Farmers Market and the Thinkery.