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 Places to Live in Austin,” and our “Best Neighborhoods for Families 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 will 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 with our list of the best suburbs in the city.
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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 gorgeous suburb-city is just 20 miles north of downtown. Round Rock is known for its incredible outdoor opportunities and 19th-century history. The area is gaining attention and growing rapidly, with affordable living, good schools, and a thriving downtown.
Join locals during Round Rock’s regular community events. Pop into Something Marvelous or The Dowdy House for some local shopping. Play and exercise in one of Round Rock’s 30+ parks. Or visit the Round Rock, where cattle drivers and wagons crossed the river in the 19th century.
What’s most notable about the housing in Round Rock is its beautiful historic architecture. But Round Rock also features contemporary homes with unique shapes and textures to mix up the feel. Here are the current houses for sale and homes for rent in the area.
Cedar Park is about 20 miles north of downtown and has grown rapidly over the past several years. The town offers so many fun community events, which has helped to make the community here close-knit. Locals gather together for markets, fireworks, Christmas tree-lightings, live music, art shows – the list goes on.
Cedar Park has plenty of options when it comes to eating, drinking, activities, events and great outdoor spots. Locals enjoy yoga days at Whitestone Brewery, the annual Heritage Festival, and the Arts & Crafts Festival at the rec center. And the popular spots, Local Slice Pizza, The Dig Pub, and Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill offer some tasty local dishes.
Located about 20 miles northwest of downtown Austin, The Hills is the largest village in Texas. With lush green fields, golf courses, and long lakes running throughout the residential area, The Hills is a peaceful and scenic place to live.
The most prominent feature to The Hills is its beautiful golf courses nestled against Lake Travis. The area’s recreational club also offers tennis, fitness centers, swimming, dining, and social events. But outside of the club, there are a number of natural attractions, including the amazing Hamilton Pool swimming hole.
Hutto, one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, is about 30 miles northeast of downtown. Its small-town charm peaks at Old Town with its unique shops and restaurants and many historic homes in the area have been restored. With affordable housing, friendly neighbors, and a quiet getaway just far enough from the hustle of Austin, Hutto has made a wonderful home for many Texans.
Many locals enjoy the quirky shopping opportunities in the area, as well as walking through historic downtown. Hutto is home to one of the state’s best public golf courses, The Golf Club at Star Ranch. The Cottonwood Trail wraps for 3-miles throughout the neighborhoods. And the Hutto Lake Park offers fishing, boating, kayaking and hiking opportunities.
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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