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What is the Best Part of Austin, TX to Live In?

Written by Austin Archuleta

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December 8, 2020

Whether you are new to Austin or are just looking for a change of scenery, there are plenty of areas to live in to fit your personality. You can indulge in the quirky side, the more subdued side, and a whole range of options in between.

Some areas have been popular for a while now, but others are growing and worth a revisit. Before you start your Austin home search, here is a list of some of the best neighborhoods to live in Austin today.


If you are looking for a blend of old and new, Cherrywood is here for the picking. You will find bungalows, Craftsman-style homes, and duplexes mixed in with 50s homes and new construction.

All around are massive, shady trees, curvy streets, and so many locations with French names that you’ll understand why it has gained the second name of French Place. 

It also sits close to the University of Texas but not too close, providing a quieter life for everyone from students and faculty to business professionals and hipsters. It also sits close to downtown without sacrificing a more relaxed feel.

The Domain

The Domain is a real estate development that began in 2007. It is ideal for metro professionals and everyone who enjoys a European feel. It sits close to large businesses like Facebook and has everything nearby that young, hardworking professionals need. Here you can shop designer stores and eat at delicious restaurants, all within easy walking distance.


This area gives you quiet, suburban living in close proximity to everything downtown Austin has to offer. This is a beloved area of Austin with a close-knit, neighborly feel and unique shops.

All around are ranch-style properties and large lawn areas under massive trees. This location puts you closer to nature, where you live alongside owls, cardinals, and foxes.

Allandale is popular with families from young to old. The area has grown more popular with younger families as they replace retirees, resulting in improved schools, shops, and restaurants while maintaining its spacious feel, all at modest pricing.

East Austin

East Austin has a reputation for being a more creative and colorful part of town. Time has gone by, but the area still evokes the bohemian feel as times passed. New developments have popped up, making the area more popular to a wider range of residents. Here you’ll find recent construction alongside renovated properties. It sits near Lady Bird Lake and East 6th street with all its iconic venues and is close to downtown. And if you love Mexican food, this is the home for you.

Hyde Park

Austin has its share of history, and this part of town shows it off. Here you will find tree-lined streets and beautifully-maintained Victorian, Craftsman, and Queen Anne homes. This is thanks to the area’s love of historical charm, and strict rules are in place to ensure its history remains. If you love renovating properties, celebrating the history, and maintaining a small-town feel in close proximity to downtown vibrancy, Hyde Park is the place for you.


If you are looking for modern digs in close proximity to East Austin and Cherrywood, Mueller is worth considering. It was once the location of the Robert Mueller Airport but has since been redeveloped into a pedestrian-friendly area with everything you need within walking distance. The area’s mixed-used spaces provide updated living and plenty of ways to enjoy it.

North Loop

North Loop maintains a classic 90s feel and is home to long-time residents and newbies to Austin. Here you’ll find plenty of unique bars, boutique shops, coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, and record shops to keep you and everyone else occupied.

This location used to be under the flight path of Robert Mueller Airport. As a result, it collected the working class and creative types who loved the low rent. With the airport gone, life is quieter now, but the creativity remains. The area is more relaxed and lower priced than neighboring Hyde Park.

This area is often seen as an alternative to downtown and yet is still close enough to it to give you the advantages of both. There are many small, traditional houses mixed in with new condos, and the recent influx of new restaurants and bars are making it even more appealing.

Old West Austin

As the name suggests, this is an alternate option for historical living. Here you get beautiful architecture surrounded by a wealth of green spaces. This location is in the National Register of Historic Places thanks to its gorgeous architecture ranging in styles from the 1800s to the 1950s and is one of the most desired areas of the city to live in. You can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and relaxing in parks, all while being close enough to downtown Austin and all its restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

South Austin / South Lamar

These areas connect you with the most famous aspects of Austin. Here is where Austinites have kept Austin weird since the 80s. You get the creative artwork and interesting people to boot, surrounded by bars and nightlife.

The properties here are a mix of ranch and modern, which draws in a wide range of residents, while still partly within the 78704 area code – the most coveted code in Austin.

West Lake Hills

Not everyone wants to live in a busy area of town – some are attracted to a quieter side of life with a suburban feel and quality education for the kids. West Lake Hills (also known as Westlake Hills) has one of the highest-rated school districts in the US. Not too shabby.

This affluent area of town is still only 15 minutes from downtown but still has a small feel. And the location is hard to beat. It sits close to the Colorado River, and you have the budget, you may even get a good view of it.

South Manchaca

This area south of downtown Austin provides the same benefits of the 78704 area code, but without the touristy feel and high home prices. You can enjoy the same food and entertainment but live in a quieter, slower pace of life with new shopping, restaurants, and breweries in a walkable atmosphere. Westgate shopping is just a short distance away.

Most real estate here are small homes built from the 1950s to today, and a few apartments mixed in, with continued growth expected.

Windsor Park

Windsor Park has a long history as a suburban area but has benefited recently from Mueller – it sits within biking distance – and has changed tremendously, becoming more gentrified. Here you are only a short drive from downtown, University of Texas, and Hyde Park, but in a quieter atmosphere. Here is where you’ll see people go for walks in the afternoons, enjoying outdoor areas like the Walnut Creek Greenbelt, and taking advantage of quality restaurants in the area. It sits only 7 minutes from downtown Austin and is close to the I-35.


We hope you enjoyed this quick tour of some of the best locations to live. When you are ready to make the move, we’re here to help. Our experienced agents know the ins and outs of Austin real estate and can select the part of town that fits your needs. We make it easy to do your Austin home search with home listings, aid with relocation to Austin, TX with our handy guide, and ensure you get the best price for your home with local real estate experts. Contact us to find out more.




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