Largely considered by many to be the Silicon Valley of Texas, Austin is a vibrant, growing city with much to offer. Whether you’re considering moving to the Lone Star State for work, school, or just to enjoy a barbecue, there are a variety of neighborhoods perfect for any type of interest or lifestyle. Whether you’re a busy professional, young family, student, or musician, this guide will help you find the best neighborhood for you.
The city’s hub of activity and industry, downtown Austin is home to high-rise condominiums, headquarters of companies like Facebook and WholeFoods, a plethora of unique bars and restaurants, and of course, beautiful views of the Texas state capital. Living here means you can easily live without a car.
Imagine being able to wake up in your high-rise apartment, go for a run or bike ride on the 12+ mile Lady Bird Lake trail, walk to work, and then head into town for food and cocktails, all within a few blocks of your home.
The West and Southwest neighborhoods are generally understood to be the wealthiest part of the city, and it shows in the style and scale of some of the palatial homes. These neighborhoods are ideal for families with children. West Austin is home to some of the best schools in Austin, like West Lake HS and Lake Travis HS, as well as the City of Austin Greenbelt, which offers more than 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even swimming.
If “Keep Austin Weird” is your goal, then there’s no better place than South Austin. Anchored off the main road on South Congress Avenue, sometimes referred to as SoCo, this area is home to a typically younger, more liberal, artistically inclined (read: hippie) crowd. It is also the location of some of the best restaurants and fashion stores in Austin.
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If South Austin is a bit grungy for you, but you still want to keep your image modern, uber-hip East Austin may be the place. Historically, this was one of the poorest neighborhoods in Austin, but with the growth the city has seen, many long-time area locals are being pushed out due to high property taxes. There are a number of loft-style condominium properties in the area, as well as cozy historic single-family homes. East Austin is also the site of the Arts District, farmers’ markets, and a number of trendy bars and restaurants.
Another winner for families, and one of the biggest employment and industry hotspots, is the North Austin neighborhood. Many Austinites compare the North Austin neighborhood to “like Dallas,” in that it is more suburban and generally focused on families and working professionals. Home to numerous technology companies, North Austin is currently the place to find work in Austin. Homes in the Leander, Cedar Park, and Round Rock areas can also be much more affordable than other parts of Austin.