Austin, Texas is one big city with many unique neighborhoods and sections. Many people who are relocating to Austin, or even those who have lived here all their lives, have a hard time targeting a specific area to live. To try to help home buyers break down their search into more manageable areas, we’ve put together an Austin Neighborhood Guide.
Areas of Austin Map
Northwest Austin, South Austin, Downtown Austin, Central Austin and West Austin all mean different things depending on who you talk to. For the purposes of this guide, we’ve split the Austin area into sections: Central Austin, South Austin, Southwest Austin, West Austin, Northwest Austin, East Austin, Southeast Austin. You’ll also find our city guides for Lakeway, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander and Pflugerville.
Austin Texas Areas
Today, Central Austin is bounded by Lake Austin to the west, Lady Bird Lake to the south, IH-35 to the east and Highway 183 to the north. What was once a small “Downtown” area surrounded by the suburbs is now one large urban area. Not so much as you would find in a big city like New York or Chicago, Austin’s urban area is a several block radius of high rise condominiums, shopping and restaurants surrounded by neighborhoods with single family homes. A lot of Central Austin’s neighborhoods were built from the early 1900s to the mid 1900′s, giving them a unique charm unlike anything else around Austin. Residents are attracted to Central Austin because of its many amenities, proximity to Downtown and unique look.
Explore Central Austin’s neighborhoods on our Central Austin Neighborhood Guide.
South Austin is bounded by Lady Bird Lake to the north, IH-35 to the east, Zilker Park to the west and Highway 290 to the south. With the revitalization of South Congress, South Austin’s 78704 zip code has become one of the trendiest zip codes in Austin. Most of the homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s, though we are seeing some brand new construction built on a few lots around the area. South Austin is definitely a unique area and lives by the motto Keep Austin Weird more than any other area.
Explore South Austin Neighborhoods on our South Austin Neighborhood Guide.
West Austin is where you’ll find some of Austin’s most expensive real estate. Why is it so expensive? Award winning Eanes ISD schools, beautiful Texas Hill Country views and miles of Lake Austin waterfront. Homes were built in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s with most of the land has already been built out, though you will find a few developments here and there under construction. West Austin is a perfect choice for someone looking for a home in a beautiful setting with top rated schools.
Explore West Austin neighborhoods on our West Austin Neighborhood Guide.
Southwest Austin is probably the most expansive and largest section of Austin. With a combination of established neighborhoods, brand new homes and homes with 1 acre + lots, Southwest Austin has something for everyone. Southwest Austin is one of the most desirable areas of Austin because of its proximity to Downtown and top rated schools. Much of Southwest Austin is served by the highly acclaimed Lake Travis ISD, while the remaining section is served by some of the Austin ISD’s most highly rated schools.
Explore Southwest Austin neighborhoods on our Southwest Austin Neighborhood Guide.
Northwest Austin is one of the more established sections of Austin with homes built in the 1970s and 1980s. You’ll find rolling hills, tree-lined streets and even some Lake Austin waterfront property. As you move further from Downtown Austin, you’ll find newer construction and bigger homes. Residents are drawn to this area because of its proximity to Austin’s amenities and the lakes, quality schools in the Leander and Round Rock ISD and sense of community.
Explore Northwest Austin neighborhoods on our Northwest Austin Neighborhood Guide.
Southeast Austin is a great area of town if you are looking for the convenience of South Austin and Southpark Meadows, but don’t want to pay west of 35 prices. Southeast Austin homes are much more affordable, which means you can get much more house for your money. By staying south of Slaughter Lane, kids attend the same schools as kids who live east of Manchaca Road do, making this area an exceptionally good value.
Explore Southeast Austin neighborhoods on our Southeast Austin Neighborhood Guide.
Austin Area City Guides
Austin is a huge metropolitan area. Though a lot of the area is actually within the city limits of Austin, there are several surrounding cities (mostly to the west and north) that can provide a high quality of life for those not looking to be in the heart of an urban setting. Use our city guides below to explore the cities around Austin.
West Lake Hills is a small suburb of Austin located west of Downtown and sits at the foot of the Texas Hill Country. Because of its location, you get the views of the hill country in one direction and the gorgeous Austin skyline and/or Lake Austin in the other. What else makes the West Lake Hills area one of the most desirable around Austin is the school district. The Eanes School district is one of the best and helps make West Lake Hills one of the most prestigious areas around Austin.
To explore the neighborhoods in West Lake Hills, check out our West Lake Hills Neighborhood Guide.
Located just across Lake Austin, its hard to think of Rollingwood as its own city and not just another West Austin neighborhood. However, Rollingwood has been a city with its own fire, police, EMS and court system since 1955. In 2000, the city’s population was 1,403 and dropped in the 2005 estimate to 1,359 people. Because Rollingwood is only about 0.7 square miles, most residents identify with neighborhing West Lake Hills. Rollingwood is also located in the prestigious Eanes ISD, known for being one of the best school districts in the state.
To explore the neighborhoods in Rollingwood, check out our Rollingwood Neighborhood Guide.
Lakeway is a suburb of Austin situated along Lake Travis. With a public airport, numerous golf courses, Lake Travis access and highly rated Lake Travis ISD schools, its hard to think of a reason not to live in Lakeway. With several new and some established neighborhoods, you can find a home in all price ranges. Lakeway has its own Downtown, but if you prefer to visit Austin, Downtown Austin is about 40 minutes away. As more and more homes are built in the area, we can only expect more shops, restaurants and amenities to pop up around Lakeway.
Explore Lakeway and neighborhoods in Lakeway on our Lakeway Neighborhood Guide.
Bee Cave is a small suburb (only 2.6 square miles) of Austin in the Texas Hill Country. Located at the intersection of Highway 71 and RM 620, Bee Cave had a population of 656 at the time of the 2000 US Census. Since then, two new large neighborhoods have been built, Falconhead and Falconhead West which have dramatically increased the population. With a low tax rate of just about 2%, newer homes, Exemplary Lake Travis ISD Schools, Lake Travis 10 minutes away and Downtown Austin only 25 minutes away, Bee Cave is the perfect choice for someone looking for a suburban lifestyle.
To explore the neighborhoods in Bee Cave, check out our Bee Cave Neighborhood Guide.
Dripping Springs is a suburb of Austin located just 25 miles west of Downtown Austin. Its a small city, with a population of about 2,000 people in 2009. Recently, we’ve seen more and more new home communities and lots being sold in the area and a lot of new businesses. It is reminiscent of a small Texas town and is only 20 minutes from the city making it the perfect get a way. People choose Dripping Springs for the larger lots, excellent schools and country feel not too far away from urban amenities.
To explore the neighborhoods in Dripping Springs, check out our Dripping Springs Neighborhood Guide.
Driftwood is a quiet, unincorporated community in Hays County just 25 miles southwest of Downtown Austin and 7 miles south of Dripping Springs. First developed in the mid 1800s, Driftwood has never been a huge city, but does have its own post office and zip code. Over the years the area has grown and shrank in population and grew to 1,585 at the time of the 2000 census. However, in the last 8 years, the area has grown considerably with new neighborhoods and developments. Residents are attracted to Driftwood because of its small town feel and Exemplary Dripping Springs ISD schools.
Explore Driftwood and neighborhoods in Driftwood on our Driftwood Neighborhood Guide.
Round Rock is one of the most well known Austin suburbs and has won several awards throughout the years including 4th Safest City in the US. In a recent survey, 81% of Round Rock residents felt safe walking around their neighborhoods at night. With a population of just over 100,000 in 2009, Round Rock was also named America’s 8th Fastest Growing City and continues to grow today. Home to some large employers like Dell Computers, Dresser, Hospira, and TECO Westinghouse, Round Rock has grown from a sleepy bedroom community to a self-contained suburb. Combine the economic growth, new neighborhoods, strong Round Rock ISD schools and proximity to Austin and you have a very desirable city to live.
To explore the neighborhoods in Round Rock, check out our Round Rock Neighborhood Guide.
Cedar Park is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and continuously shows up in publications as one of the top places to raise a family. Cedar Park is located only 20 minutes north of Central Austin and in both Travis and Williamson Counties. The city offers it’s residents a little of everything as it’s the gateway to the Texas Hill Country, near Lake Travis and surrounded by large sprawling ranches. In reason years, Cedar Park has had an explosion of new homes, new shopping districts and even their own convention center. With highly regarded schools, top-notch parks and gorgeous golf courses, the city is becoming one of Austin’s most popular suburbs.
To explore the neighborhoods in Cedar Park, check out our Cedar Park Neighborhood Guide.
Pflugerville Texas is Northeast suburb of Austin, TX and is located about halfway between Austin and Round Rock. Pflugerville has a small town feel only minutes from Austin. Driving through the city, you would expect to find it somewhere in West Texas, which is probably why much of the city was used when filming the popular TV show, Friday Night Lights. Pflugerville is growing fast and when you visit, you’ll understand why. Its a comfortable, friendly city where you’ll instantly feel at home.
Explore Pflugerville and neighborhoods in Pflugerville on our Pflugerville Neighborhood Guide.
Rated the Best City in the US to retire, Georgetown has attracted many retirees looking to live in a generally warm climate close to both the Hill Country and an urban area. As Georgetown schools continue to improve, Georgetown is becoming a place not only for retirees, but for people of all ages. And, with Round Rock and Cedar Park amenities only about 15 minutes away, people of all ages will never be bored. Georgetown has a cute Downtown area and is close enough to the areas high tech jobs to make it a no brainer for someone looking for suburban living.
Explore Georgetown and neighborhoods in Georgetown on our Georgetown Neighborhood Guide.
Manchaca is a very small suburb of Austin located just south of 1626. What started as a railroad town in the 1800s, this South Austin suburb had a population explosion followed by a mass exodus when the railroad became less popular. As Austin continues to grow south, Manchaca’s population is slowly inching up again. With only a few neighborhoods, Manchaca residents enjoy a low tax rate, distinctive neighborhoods, larger lots and a country setting. With only a few businesses, Manchaca residents have to travel to Buda or Austin to get to shopping and amenities, but those who live there don’t mind the short drive.
To explore the neighborhoods in Manchaca, check out our Manchaca Neighborhood Guide.
Buda is a southern suburb of Austin located about 20 miles from Downtown Austin. The push for the development of the IH-35 corridor and the addition of Cabela’s and other big box retailers is one main contributors to Buda’s growth in population. Buda has a wide range of housing types priced from the $80,000s to the $500,000s. Whether you want to live in more of a country setting or a suburban setting, Buda might be the place for you.
Explore Buda and neighborhoods in Buda on our Buda Neighborhood Guide.
Growing over 600% between the 2000-2010 census, Kyle has earned the title of being one of Texas’ fastest growing cities. Only about 25 miles south of Austin, Kyle is far enough away to be its own city but close enough for its residents to be able to enjoy everything Autin has to offer without making it a day trip. Kyle is also known for being very affordable, with the average price of a home being $140,000. And, with quality schools, Kyle is the perfect place for someone looking for a well priced suburb.
To explore the neighborhoods in Kyle, check out our Kyle Neighborhood Guide.
What Can You Expect to Find in an Austin Neighborhood Guide?
Our Austin Neighborhood Guides are packed full of local information. We’ll give you a description of the neighborhood, an interactive map, a profile of the typical home, pictures of homes, the neighborhood’s zip code, school information, local real estate market data, things to do, places to eat, hidden gems only locals know about and a walkability score.
Search Austin Homes for Sale by Neighborhood
You’ll also be able to search homes for sale by neighborhood. We’ve tried to save you plotting each home on a map to see if its where you think it is by building specific home searches for each neighborhood. You’ll find these home search tools in each of our Austin Neighborhood Guides.
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