We’re often asked “What’s the best Austin neighborhood for kids?” After giving it some thought, we decided to make a list of our Top 5. Check out which Austin neighborhoods made our list, then tell us in the comments if you agree or disagree.
Best Austin Neighborhoods for Kids Map
Use the interactive map below to get a idea where each of these neighborhoods are located in relation to Austin’s landmarks.
Best Austin Neighborhood for Kids Winner: Steiner Ranch
Steiner Ranch stood out as the best Austin neighborhood for kids for several reasons. Number one, they want you to live like you’re on vacation everyday. I don’t know about your kids, but kids seem to be pretty happy when they’re on vacation!
There are 3 community centers with everything a kid could ever want – swimming pools, basketball, multi-purpose ball fields, picnic areas, play areas and more. Plus, Steiner Ranch employs a full time activities planner whose job is to plan activities for the neighborhood. Then, throw in the play groups, martial arts studio, sports and lake access, your kid will never have to leave the “land between the lakes” as they call it.
Homes in Steiner Ranch cover every budget – priced from the $300k’s all the way to the millions for lakefront estates. Plus, the schools are some of the highest rated in Austin.
For more info about Steiner Ranch and what it’s like to live there, try our Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Guide.
Steiner Ranch Homes for Sale
Best Austin Neighborhood for Kids Runner Up #1: Circle C
Circle C, located in Southwest Austin off MoPac, is another great neighborhood for kids. They currently have a community pool, several parks and hiking trails. A new community center and pool is currently in the building stages at the corner of Spruce Canyon and Lacrosse and is scheduled to break ground in March 2011. Another popular local attraction is the 3.1 mile paved bike/rollerblade track, The Veloway. Parents can breathe a little easier because cars are prohibited.
Homes in Circle C start in the high $200k’s to the $700k’s and each neighborhood within Circle C is unique. For more about Circle C and to search homes for sale, visit our Circle C Neighborhood Guide.
Circle C Homes for Sale
Best Austin Neighborhood for Kids Runner Up #2: Shady Hollow
Also in Southwest Austin, Shady Hollow is another popular neighborhood amongst Austin’s kids. With a neighborhood park, community center, pool, play areas and hike and bike trails, Shady Hollow’s kids are never short of things to do. Residents are also very close-knit and you’ll often see kids playing around the neighborhood. The HOA also plans several activities throughout the year, including their popular holiday events, which promotes the sense of community you’ll feel when you’re there.
Homes range from the mid $200ks to the high $600ks and were built from the 1970s to the mid-2000’s. For more about Shady Hollow and to search homes for sale, visit our Shady Hollow Neighborhood Guide.
Shady Hollow Homes for Sale
Best Austin Neighborhood for Kids Runner Up #3: Falconhead
Falconhead is a popular Lake Travis choice. Falconhead kids enjoy all types of organized sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, cheer, and tennis. The HOA also plans several activities throughout the year including their Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade and holiday events. Plus the Lake Travis School District is one of the best school districts in Austin.
Homes range in price from the $300’s to the $1,000,000’s making Falconhead a popular choice among a wide variety of buyers. For more info and to search Falconhead homes for sale, visit our Falconhead Neighborhood Guide.
Falconhead Homes for Sale
Best Austin Neighborhood for Kids Runner Up #4: Tarrytown
Tarrytown is one of Central Austin’s most popular neighborhoods among kids and adults. Tarrytown has great schools, lake access, parks and hike and bike trails. Reed Park is a a popular hangout for Tarrytown kids with a multi-purpose ballfield, pool, BBQ pits and picnic tables. Mayfield Park is a great place to hike and the kids will especially enjoy the peacocks. Plus Downtown is just a few blocks away.
Homes are a bit larger than most Central Austin neighborhoods with around 2,800 sq ft of space. Prices range from the low $500,000’s to the multi-millions. For more info about Tarrytown and to search homes for sale, visit our Tarrytown Neighborhood Guide.
Tarrytown Homes for Sale
Criteria Behind Best Austin Neighborhoods for Kids
This wasn’t just a seat of our pants kind of list. And, actually, there was some thought but into it. In compiling this list, we looked at four things:
- Quality of Schools
- Neighborhood Amenities
- Neighborhood Activities
- Home and Lot Sizes
Kids may not care about the quality of their education, but we know parents do! Neighborhood amenities, like parks and community centers played a big role in kids having things to do nearby. Neighborhood activities – organized or not – were also something we considered. Finally, home and lot sizes were another metric we used. Homes with large enough lots to have a place for kids to play as well as home size we felt was important. Let’s face it…this isn’t Manhattan. We’ve all gotten used to our space and I know our house is happier when everyone has room to move.
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