Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options-house styles, neighborhood safety, quality of schools, the convenience of location-it all can be quite overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to. You’ve no doubt seen our Austin City Guide, which includes a short section on a few of Austin’s most popular neighborhoods.
This list and our “Best Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Austin,” “Best Suburbs of Austin,” and our “Best Places to Live in Austin” lists are more in-depth neighborhood guides meant to examine what it’s like living in each of these highlighted areas, with links to popular destinations, as well as available houses for sale and apartments for rent (and by the way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—movers in Austin and beyond).
Tucked into the greater Texas Hill Country, Austin was first given the charming title ‘Waterloo.’ Soon after, this Texan capital was renamed to honor the ‘Father of Texas’ and first secretary of state, Stephen F. Austin.
But a lot has happened since 1839. At this point, if you don’t hop on Austin quick, it’ll ride away without you. Austin is now the fastest growing large city in the country. People are moving here to get a taste of the year-round warm weather, nature oases, incredible food, live music, and laid-back culture.
The city’s 100+ neighborhoods are divided up into general regions (ex: Southeast Austin, Central Austin, West Austin, etc.). And these regions are separated by boundaries like Hwy. 1, Interstate 35, and Lady Bird Lake. Surrounding Austin’s perimeters are neighborhoods and mini-cities like Kyle, Wimberley, and Round Rock. And many people living in the area lump these neighboring areas in with the city.
So now that you’ve got the lay of the land, look a little further for our list of 5 best family-friendly neighborhoods in the city.
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This family-friendly neighborhood is roughly 20 miles north of downtown Austin, giving it that peaceful neighborhood feels just outside of the city business. The area is part of a large master-planned community that holds over 4,000 homes and three public elementary schools.
Avery Ranch offers a beautiful portion of the hill country with tennis courts, pools, and hiking and bike trails. The 226-acre golf course sits directly against the neighborhood’s lake, and a large, nearby community parks, like the Brushy Creek Lake Park, Brushy Creek Sports Park, and Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex provides locals with recreational opportunities.
Avery Ranch holds beautiful single family homes and contemporary condos, amidst other housing options. Here are the current houses for sale and homes for rent in the area.
Located about 7 miles north of downtown, this neighborhood is known for its local businesses, long-term residents, and close-knit community. With a small-town feel in the midst of the big city, Brentwood is home to many families with children. Old trees line the streets, creeks wind between homes, and houses are still affordable for the area. Many locals also like the option of Brentwood’s close by quality private schools, like Paragon Prep School.
The Brentwood Park features a playground, pool, picnic areas, walking paths, and athletic fields. The neighborhood is bordered by a number of dining options, like Stiles Switch BBQ, Michi Ramen, and Torchy’s Tacos, to name a few. And cafe’s are easy to come by, with Monkey Nest Coffee and Epoch Coffee just a walk away.
Locals also love the excessive amount of nearby places to drink within walking distance. Check out the Christmas-themed Lala’s Little Nugget, Draught House Pub & Brewery, and (our favorite!!) Yard Bar, which sits right in a dog park.
This rapidly changing neighborhood, only 6 miles northeast of downtown, is home to a diverse blend of families, young professionals, and more established residents. While locals of Windsor Park have easy access to all the action of living so close to downtown, they also enjoy the quieter streets, large trees, wide streets, and homey feel of this neighborhood. The great community-feel, friendly neighbors, schools within walking distance, affordable housing, and open parks make Windsor Park a popular spot for families.
Perhaps the local’s favorite restaurant in Windsor Park is Paco’s Tacos. This laid back shop has an outdoor patio and delicious greasy grub. The bizarre Carousel Lounge offers drinks and a circus theme. Corona Coffee is always packed with neighborhood locals. And the Bartholomew District Park features a playground, picnic areas, and a pool.
This little area is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in recent years. Located about 18 miles northeast of downtown Austin, residents often travel to and from the city. But Pflugerville is home to its own charming attractions and has numerous parks, community events, restaurants, and shops.
Pflugerville has over 40 parks and recreation facilities, and 21 undeveloped parks and greenbelts. It’s a nature wonderland out here. One of our favorites of the list is Lake Pflugerville Park, which features a gorgeous 180-acre reservoir.
For local events, be sure to check out the Deutschen Pfest packed with vendors and entertainment. And for a taste of the area’s local grub, check out the Pflugerville Taco House and the Pecan Street Station.
This small, friendly residential area is just 3 miles from downtown, making it an awesome spot for families wanting access to an abundance of things to do – whether going out with the family or going out on a date. Cherrywood has all the perks of being downtown, but with quieter streets lined with cute little homes and parks dotting the neighborhood.
Besides the exceptional options for eating and drinking just a few miles away from Cherrywood, the neighborhood itself has a few local, yummy gems…
Check out the neighborhoods local gem, Cherrywood Coffeehouse. This charming hyper-local-feel coffee house hosts live music, yoga classes has an outdoor patio, makes yummy meat-forward and vegan-and-vegetarian-friendly food, and………serves over 17 drafts of beer.
There are over a dozen awesome restaurants and bars along Manor Street which borders the Cherrywood neighborhood. Locals can simply walk off their front porches, down a few blocks and have a pastrami sandwich in their hand in less than 10 minutes.
We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhops. As we said, we coordinate local and long distance moving services in Austin, and we would love to help.
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