Austin boasts some of the best neighborhoods in the U.S., and because of that it can be hard to decide in which area to settle. There are great schools, entertainment options, and work options in each area of Austin. To help home buyers narrow down the list of where to live, Austin CultureMap created a list of the 12 best neighborhoods to buy a home in Austin.
- South Austin – 78745
South Austin has long been a popular spot for homebuyers. More recently, investors are buying homes in the area and flipping them for a decent profit. There are an abundance of homes built in the 60’s and 70’s. Architecture from that era are an ideal for midcentury modern decorating, which has become very popular. Located in the 78745 zip code, the South Austin area encompasses the part of Austin just south of Highway 71.
- Circle C Ranch – 78739
Circle C Ranch is perhaps the most popular master-planned community in Austin. The community made the best neighborhoods list for many reasons. It’s conveniently located just 15 minutes away from downtown. Circle C also offers easy access to such great schools as Kiker Elementary, Gorzycki Middle School and Bowie High School. The community also offers a heated, olympic-sized swimming pool and two recreation centers for residents. Additionally, nearby by shopping centers offer entertainment, gourmet dining, shopping and more.
One of the great aspects of the Circle C Ranch Community is its price range. Homes in the neighborhood range in price from about $300,000 to $900,000. Because of its popularity, Circle C Ranch homes tend to sell quickly.
- Ridgeview – 78737
Neighboring Circle C Ranch and is a less well-known neighborhood called Ridgeview. It’s smaller than its more expansive neighbor, but not any less appealing. One thing that makes Ridgeview appealing is its lower tax rate. It’s one of the few neighborhoods in Austin with less than 2 percent property taxes. As far as the price range for a home in the community, expect to pay a starting price of about $430,000.
- Crestview – 78757
Located in North Central Austin, Crestview offers good schools and community amenities. Residents in Crestview enjoy a nice park and public pool. The community is said to offer a small-town or village-like experience. Plus, the neighborhood is close to enough to great bars and restaurants for a convenient night out.
- University Hills – 78723
Just north of the Mueller Development in Northeast Austin is University Hills. Featuring mature trees and rolling hills, homes in the neighborhood can still be purchased in the $300,000s. The price range of homes in the community make it one of the most affordable on the best neighborhoods list.
Square feet for the $300,000 price range is between about 1,600 and 1,800 sq. ft. University Hills began development in the ‘60s and ‘70s, so there are plenty of ranch-style homes that do well with a mid-century modern design.
- Highland – 78752
Right by the Highland Mall on Airport Boulevard, new development in the area is providing some of the most affordable housing Austin. Situated west of I-35 and North of Highway 290, Highland made the best neighborhoods list because it provides convenient access not only to the nearby highways, but also to two light rail stops nearby. There are also trendy restaurants for residents to grab a bite outside of home.
- East Riverside – 78741
Arguably the most up-and-coming area of Austin is East Riverside. There’s so much development happening that home prices have gone from an average in the $300,000s to an average starting in the $400,000s. With all the attention East riverside is getting, it’s become much more appealing and livable. The trend is expected to continue, with the nearby South Shore development and extension of the hike and bike trail. What’s expected to create the most positive change for the area is the new campus for software company Oracle Corp.
- Deep Austin – 78721
Deep Austin is the area between Highways 111 and 183, and from the North at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. down to the Colorado River. There’s still a lot of potential for growth in “Deep Austin,” as many homes are smaller, older structures that can be bought in the $200,000 price range. The newer, remodeled homes are going for around the $500,000s.
- Downtown – 78701
Downtown Austin has experienced a population boom that has boosted real estate values in the area and revealed just how appealing the neighborhood is. Developers have been scrambling to meet demand, but that hasn’t resulted in a halt in home sales. Demand is expected to remain pretty high. Home price growth will maintain a steady incline as well.
- Terra Colinas – 78738
Terra Colinas is a neighborhood in the Bee Caves area of West Austin. Homes start in the $300,000s here and can run a million and above. It’s filled with new construction homes at an affordable price point. One of Texas’ most-popular builders, David Weekley Homes, offers floorplans in the $300,000 range.
- Highland Park West – 78731
For neighborhoods that offer more luxurious homes, Highland Park West is starting to rival its more established competitor, Tarrytown, in the 78703. Due to increased renovation, remodeling and tear-down activity in the neighborhood, homes are being sold for seven figures and offer more modern finish-outs.
- Spanish Oaks – 78738
Located off Highway 71 and Southwest Parkway, Spanish Oaks covers 900 acres and offers homes on an acre or more per lot. Amenities include a man-made fish camp, golf course, swimming pool and club. Spanish Oaks also offers easy access to Highway 71 and Bee Cave Road, making it easy to access Central Austin from the community. For luxury communities, Spanish Oaks is among the best neighborhoods in Austin.
For more information about Austin communities, or to set up a complimentary, no-obligation consultation to help you discover your ideal Austin neighborhood, contact David Brodsky Properties today.