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.
The Domain, Austin’s newest shopping mecca, is home to Neiman Marcus and other high-end stores, but it also encompasses a broad range of popular retailers and a vibrant, yet relaxed, outdoor setting that frequently features live music. Just around the corner, the Arboretum area and Arbor Market add to the abundant restaurants and storefronts in this part of town.
Northwest Austin is one of the city’s fastest growing areas, with new home neighborhoods and retail centers anchored primarily by big box brands. If you work along the Loop 360 corridor, this part of town can offer suburban living with a reasonable commute and housing that is generally more affordable than on the west side.
Homes tend to have more square footage, larger closets, and more spacious bathrooms than are typical in the older homes in established neighborhoods closer to downtown. Oftentimes they are more affordable and you can get more bang for your real estate buck.
People who move to Allandale tend to stay here. Spacious lots, good schools, kid-friendly park, pool, and tennis courts, as well as the tree-lined streets explains why many residents lived here as children and have returned to raise their families in the same ‘hood. Most homes were built in the late 1950s and a good many of them have been updated over the years. For decades, neighbors have known that the crack of the bat signals another season at the Little League baseball fields. Residents enjoy easy access to Burnet Road, one of Austin’s hottest scenes for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Offers in-town convenience without downtown prices. In 2010, about 55 percent of Crestview residents were between the ages of 25 and 54, reflecting the influx of new families. This neighborhood’s personality emanates from Crestview Center, the community hub, which started in 1948. The Minimax-IGA grocery store, drugstore, barber and beauty shops, and other essentials are still mostly intact. Among other celebrations, this community pulls together each year for the Violet Crown Festival.
Just across MoPac, or Loop 1, from Allandale and Crestview, the Northwest Hills neighborhood was built around the 1960s. In addition to the spacious lots, homes are known for the open floor plans, large kitchens and striking Hill Country views. Residents value the schools here, particularly Anderson High School. The Bull Creek greenbelt is a real gem in this neighborhood and graces the community with miles of trails, swimming holes, and waterfalls.
Situated in the hills of northwest Austin, Jester Estates offers upscale homes that date from the 1980s. Jester Estates offers membership in its clubhouse, with swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and playground to residents of the private community of about 900 homes. With quick access to Loop 360, Jester is ideal for commuting to employers along the loop or downtown.