Living in Austin
One of the best things about living in Austin is that it has all the things you've come to excerpt from living in a big city, but it still has a bit of a small town vibe. The city is sprawled out across 326.51 square miles (the metropolitan area makes up about 4,285.70 square miles), the people are friendly, and you'll find just as many small businesses as you do big national names.
But what really makes Austin feel like a small town is its amazing neighborhoods. Many of them feel like a small city within a larger one. They offer charming shops, high walkability scores, and quiet tree-lined streets, yet they are just minutes from everything Austin has to offer.
So, what are the best neighborhoods in Austin, TX? Well, it all depends on what you're looking for.
For the best neighborhoods in Austin for families, we like West Lake Hills and Mueller.
West Lake Hills may seem like it's a world away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Austin, but it's actually just about six miles from the area. Most of the homes here were built during the late 20th century, but you'll also find some new construction mixed in too. Expect a sizable yard in West Lake Hills as every home has a one-acre minimum attached to it, which means plenty of space for your kids to grow and play. Best of all, West Lake Hills is located within Austin's top school district, Eanes Independent School District, which is known for having several award-winning schools.
Mueller is one of Austin's newer communities, and it's only 10 minutes away from Downtown, even though it feels like its own little city. Families are drawn to the sense of community, the over 140 acres of green space, and the abundance of things to do here. Mueller is part of the Austin Independent School District, which is home to four of the top 20 high schools in the city.
For the best neighborhoods in Austin for young adults and single professionals, we like Northwest Hills and Downtown Austin.
If you're a young professional who works in the city but wants to live somewhere a little quieter, Northwest Hills is a great option. Its access to both Mopac and 360 make it ideal for commuters. Homes range from ranches and villas to townhomes and condos, and many of them offer stunning views of the local scenery, including Lake Austin and the area's limestone cliffs? There is also plenty of great shopping and dining nearby.
If you prefer to live, work, and play in the city, we suggest Downtown Austin. It's somehow energetic and laid-back at the same time, and it has so much to offer young and single professionals. It's a hub for jobs, of course, but after hours, you'll flock to the food trucks, restaurants, live music venues, beer gardens, and watering holes.
For the best neighborhoods to live in Austin for retirees and older adults, we like Lake Austin and Barton Hills.
There are several Austin neighborhoods that are great spots for retirees, so we'll start with Barton Hills. Located in South Austin, Barton Hills is a bit on the eclectic side, but it's still quiet and laid-back. It's home to some great outdoor spaces, like 351-acre Zilker Park and the Barton Creek Greenbelt, as well as great restaurants and places to hear live music. Many of the mid-20th-century homes are modest in size, which is great for the retiree who is looking to downsize.
Life in Lake Austin is all about the water and the easygoing lake lifestyle, no matter how old you are. If you have the budget, you won't find a place more relaxing than a home that sits right on the shores of the lake. The area is also home to some great restaurants and cafes, as well as other outdoor activities like walking trails and parks. If you've ever dreamed of retiring to the lake, this is the spot for you.
No matter your stage of life, there's an Austin neighborhood suited just for you. Contact me, realtor Heather Burke, at (512) 434-9004 or [email protected] to learn more and start your Austin home search today.
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