Top 7 Neighborhoods Near Downtown Austin

Looking to be close to Downtown Austin without having to live the condo lifestyle? Check out Realty Austin’s list of Top 7 Neighborhoods just a pedicab (or scooter) ride away from vibrant Downtown Austin.


South Congress (SoCo)

South Congress Avenue

South Congress, also referred to as SoCo, is just 2.8 miles away from Downtown Austin’s booming urban center but miles away in attitude. Driving south from the Texas State Capitol over the Congress Street Bridge, the city gives way to a neighborhood grounded in culture and a hip, vintage aesthetic.

Known as the heart of South Austin, South Congress has retail shops, restaurants, antique stores, and an eclectic mix of local vintage shops and boutiques where locals and tourists find the latest in fashion and music. Small streets branching off of S Congress Ave include single-family homes and condominiums in a range of styles and sizes including mid-century bungalows and contemporary masterpieces.

Travis Heights

One of the hottest neighborhoods in South Austin, Travis Heights sits south of Lady Bird Lake between South Congress Avenue and Interstate 35 extending southward to East Oltorf Street in the 78704 zip code. Like Zilker and SoCo, Travis Heights enjoys a South Austin ambiance while being only 1.8 miles from the city.

Initially developed as a wealthy enclave across the river from Downtown Austin, Travis Heights has historic mansions set on hillsides shaded with century-old oaks. Smaller homes and apartments are now part of the mix. The variety of home styles and location give Travis Heights prominence on most home buyer lists. With Downtown Austin only a 35-minute walk, proximity to South Congress’ hip SoCo district, and an enviable mix of gorgeous homes, Travis Heights properties are in high demand.


Clarksville Austin

Clarksville is a community of rich history, full of distinctive homes, galleries, parks, and eateries, located 1.5 miles west of Downtown Austin in the 78703 zip code. Part of historic Old West Austin, and also referred to as Austin’s West End, Clarksville stretches north from West 5th Street to Enfield Road and west from N Lamar Boulevard to MoPac Expressway.

Clarksville includes a mix of home styles, including bungalows, urban-style condominiums, vintage ranchers, and 2-story brick traditional. Locals love Clarksville for its character, history, and a location within walking distance of the downtown area. Both charming and trendy, Clarksville holds its title as one of Austin’s top neighborhoods.

Barton Hills

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Barton Hills is a well-established neighborhood close to beautiful Zilker Park and 4 miles 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 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.


One of South Austin’s most beloved neighborhoods, Zilker lies south of Barton Springs Road stretching down South Lamar Boulevard all the way to Barton Skyway. On the west, the community borders Zilker Metropolitan Park and Barton Hills in the 78704 zip code.

Just 2.5 miles from Downtown Austin, Zilker has an eclectic feel with gorgeous condominiums, 2-story contemporaries, well-appointed bungalows, and large, historic estates lining heavily-shaded streets that branch off of South Lamar Boulevard.

Hyde Park

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Locals fall in love with the ambiance of this community. Here, you can find some of Austin’s more affordable storybook cottages and renovated condos. Just 4 miles North of Downtown Austin and The University of Texas at Austin campus, the area attracts faculty and staff as well as other professionals, giving it a sophisticated yet laid-back feel. Just east of the neighborhood, golfers can enjoy the casual Hancock Public Golf Course. For groceries, residents shop at the large H-E-B in Hancock Center, or Central Market, which carries everything from the freshest organic foods to exotic spices and ready-made preservative-free meals.

Easton Park

Easton Park is a beautiful, 1,500-acre master community 1 mile southeast of McKinney Falls State Park in Southeast Austin. This amenity-rich neighborhood, in Travis County’s 78744 zip code, is 10 miles from Downtown Austin. Brohn Homes, Highland Homes, and other builders began developing this community in 2016. Easton Park homes for sale are a mix of home designs that include contemporary, craftsman, and hill country styles with floor plans that average almost 2,000 square feet in size. Many houses include master suites with large walk-in closets, spacious kitchens with walk-in pantries, and covered patios. 

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