Austin Neighborhoods

Austin is a patchwork of unique communities that come together to form a cohesive and exceptional metropolis. Deciding which neighborhood is a good fit for you will help insure you get the most out of our great city! Scroll down to see brief overviews of some of Austin’s hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems.

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While it’s nearly impossible to cover each individual area, the Austin Newcomer’s Guide has done a great job introducing the highlights. If you have any questions or want to know more about any area, let us know and we’ll happily give you the benefit of our lifetimes in Austin.

Neighborhoods - Downtown Austin

Austin’s urban center rocks the heartbeat of the city. At the heart of the live music scene, the Capitol complex, and the central business district, it also holds the key to happiness for those who want to live, work, and play without hopping in the car. Multi-block and pedestrian-friendly, the downtown area offers the authentic, urban lifestyle. Walk to work, to Whole Foods, 6th Street, or maybe a movie at the Violet Crown or hop across Lady Bird Lake to the Long Center. Art shows, races, and festivals happen here, and so does a bunch of business. Read More… 

Neighborhoods - Central Austin

The neighborhoods that surround Austin’s core share this in common: location, location, location. With easy access to downtown, and just about anything else in Austin, it’s no wonder that demand for housing in these charming neighborhoods tends to remain high, regardless of the market. Read More… 

west austin

A West Austin address has cache, and usually a gorgeous older home sitting on a manicured lawn. The communities to the west skew toward the high end of the housing scale and, generally speaking, the climate leans toward conservative and traditional. Most of the schools are great, as is the shopping, dining, and scenery. Read More… 

south austin

Venture south across Lady Bird Lake, aka Town Lake, to find eclectic, unvarnished, and casual. Great neighborhoods with a real community feel are in South Austin. So is SoCo or South Congress, arguably one of the coolest locales in the city. The street scene serves up Home Slice pizza and Jo’s coffee as well as the Continental Club, Uncommon Objects, and the San Jose Hotel. Retail is not the big box kind here. Read More… 

 

east

In a word, East Austin is hip. Ranking number seven on Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods, East Austin fared well in walkability, coffee shops per capita, food trucks, number and frequency of farmers’ markets, and those working in artistic occupations. Read More…

 

north

The North part of the city consists of Austin neighborhoods with active neighborhood associations serving close-knit, multigenerational communities. People know their neighbors here and residents favor the central location and somewhat larger homes than can typically be found a little closer to downtown. You’ll encounter increasingly newer communities the further you head northwest along Highway 183. In the more industrial setting due north, you can find more affordable housing for purchase or rent. Read More…