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.
The areas just north of the University of Texas campus have a wonderful neighborhood feel. Students, families, and retirees coexist in this tree-lined setting where you can find old Victorian homes mixed with 1950s cottages. The interesting juxtaposition of modern architecture and trendy design against historic buildings and long-established neighborhood businesses helps to create a rich, authentically Austin vibe.
Depending on where you work, these neighborhoods will likely offer shorter commutes, and that means more time to hang out at Hancock Golf Course, the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, or explore the cultural and athletic scenes on the UT campus.
Just north of the UT, historic Hyde Park is authentically Austin. Independent shops thrive here, including Quack’s, Dolce Vita, and Flightpath. Texas’ oldest golf course, the 9-hole Hancock Golf Course, is a focal point of this centrally located neighborhood. So is past resident and 19th-century sculptress, Elisabet Ney’s studio. Mother’s and Hyde Park Bar and Grill are among the local favorites for a good meal and are easy walks for residents. This neighborhood was built in the 1890s and some of the homes are designated historic landmarks. Many of the bungalows, popular with longtime residents and college students alike, were built in the 1920s and 1930s and radiate with a character that draws people into the calm and inspired place that is Hyde Park.
First settled in 1886, Brykerwoods is another established and sought-after neighborhood in Central Austin. Medical and University of Texas professionals are attracted to this area, as are families seeking exemplary schools. Kerbey Lane and Shoal Creek Park are among this neighborhood’s attractions. The vibe here is generated by neighbors who are engaged in politics and in their city, and an uptown blend of outdoor activities, restaurants, and local boutiques.
Nestled in the middle of what is known as Old West Austin, Clarksville, a National Register Historic District, dates back to the 1870s. This community is an eclectic mix of singles, young families and professionals, students, and much of the city’s creative crowd. Nau’s Enfield Drugs, Anthony’s Laundry & Cleaners, Sledd’s Nursery, and Jeffrey’s restaurant are among the longtime neighborhood staples. The scene at the newer establishment, Café Medici, buzzes with coffee-drinking laptop users. Clarksville is hip, fun, and definitely in the middle of it all.
The above neighborhood descriptions are from the Austin Newcomer’s Guide, Winter 2013.