Austin is consistently mentioned as one of the top 10 best places to live in America, and for good reason: The city’s world-renowned live music scene, highly respected restaurant culture, gorgeous natural landscapes, diverse lifestyle activities, and funky vibe all draw a steady stream of new residents every year. If you’re considering relocating to this great city, these are just a few of the best neighborhoods in Austin and they all have something unique to offer.
Buyers considering a Downtown Austin home will find luxury condo towers as well as smaller garden-style or loft condominiums. With an average size of over 1,500 square feet, Downtown Austin condos offer an upscale, urban lifestyle with a sophisticated yet laid-back feel. Downtown Austin’s city life is rich with activities and events from dawn to late in the evening. During the day, Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park offer several options for exercise including paddle boarding or kayaking and walking or biking along the path that loops along the water. Zilker Metropolitan Park features sports fields, a dog park, Zilker Botanical Garden and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden provide buyers of Downtown Austin homes for sale multiple opportunities to enjoy Texas’ fabulous weather throughout the year. After sunset, Downtown Austin’s music venues come alive, restaurants fill, and the streets stay busy with visitors and residents into the early morning hours.
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!
Westlake is widely known for its stunning luxury homes among the rolling landscape of the Texas Hill Country in West Austin. The neighborhood grew up in the 1970s and 1980s on some of Austin’s most exclusive real estate. Despite its surrounding natural hills just south of Lake Austin, the community is centrally located just minutes from Downtown Austin and close to many highways that make traveling anywhere in the city a breeze. West Lake Hills is close to the Barton Creek Wilderness Park and many other outdoor amenities like Red Bud Isle, the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Pennybacker Bridge, Zilker Park, and the Lions Municipal Golf Course.
Located in Southwest Austin along Mopac and Escarpment Blvd, Circle C Ranch features over 4,000 homes and offers luxury living in several distinct, secluded developments. Residents have access to an abundance of community amenities, including hike and bike trails and the amazing Grey Rock Golf Club. This stunning community is surrounded by community pools, bike-friendly roads, local businesses, and giant, shady live oaks. Circle C Ranch is within the Austin Independent School District, branching out to 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 1 high school all within the community radius. Home styles range from gated mansions to modest single family homes making it perfect for a wide range of buyers.
Teravista, located between Round Rock and Georgetown, is a master-planned community with over 3,400 homes in Williamson County’s 78626 and 78665 zip codes. An award-winning development with the Teravista Golf Club as a centerpiece, Teravista neighborhoods include Arbor Lake, Blue Agave, Fairway Heights, Fairway Estates, Firewheel Teravista, Fountain Grass Teravista and Creekside. Teravista homes for sale range from 2,300 to over 4,000 square feet of living space. Local and national builders such as Taylor Morrison, Lennar, Buffington, DR Horton, Ryland, Meritage and Centerra Homes have built neighborhood subdivisions within Teravista that offer buyers a wide range of sizes, styles and price-points.
Just 20 miles north of Downtown Austin, this well managed and well maintained development lies within a calm and manicured setting. Avery Ranch offers the perfect combination of Hill Country scenery, award-winning schools in Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD, community atmosphere, and some of the most affordable homes in the Greater Austin area. Avery Ranch is a master-planned community featuring over 4,000 homes settled in the cozy confines of North Austin, west of Cedar Park proper. Avery Ranch is known as a family-friendly neighborhood that fosters a healthy community centered on the many nearby schools, numerous outdoor activities, the 18-hole Avery Ranch Golf Course, and a 60-acre lake.
Barton Hills is a well-established neighborhood close to beautiful Zilker Park and minutes from Downtown Austin. You’ll find new residents clamoring to get in and established residents happy to stay put, because this is such a great area to call home. You can’t beat the historic feel of homes, built as early as the 1930s combined with the modern twist of newer constructions that add to the contemporary sensibility of many Austin areas. The close proximity to Barton Creek Greenbelt, Downtown Austin, and nearby Lady Bird Lake, along with the close bonds that form among neighbors here, make people fall in love with this area. Seemingly untouched by the growing inner city of Austin, Barton Hills is a haven within a bustling city.
Now one of Austin’s largest master-planned communities at 4600 acres, Steiner Ranch was once a working cattle farm and part of Steiner Rodeo Company’s legacy in Austin, Texas. With over 35 neighborhoods, Steiner Ranch lies along the Colorado River in Travis County’s 78732 zip code. Developed in the mid-1990s, Steiner Ranch is considered to be one of the best master-planned communities in the Austin area. T.C. “Buck” Steiner probably never envisioned that his rolling hills and pastureland would one day be a home to upscale neighborhoods like The Bluffs, Caslano, Chaparral, or Cliffside. Or, that there would be a championship golf course, community centers, and waterfront club where cattle used to roam.