Austin offers something for everyone, boasting a diverse range of neighborhoods within and around the city limits. Newcomers can locate housing options near every employment center in the Austin area.
Diversity among the neighborhoods east of I-35 includes groundbreaking master-planned communities, neighborhoods that sprang up in the first half of the century and homes that reflect Austin's Victorian roots.
Close-in North Austin neighborhoods offer optimal access to the city's north industrial market at an affordable price. Many of the city's new apartment complexes are located in the North Austin area.
West of downtown to Lake Travis, neighborhoods range from student rentals, and tastefully updated homes to some of the area's most exclusive environs.
Central Austin is seeing a revitalization in its housing market, with several loft renovations and the introduction of new housing to historical structures such as the Brown Building. You can find apartment and condominium developments near the Central Business District, the Capitol Complex and the entertainment district, or you can choose to live in the historic communities that surround the University of Texas, where Victorian and craftsman-style homes are available.
This area is one of Austin's fastest-growing sectors, drawing services like Seton Northwest Hospital, as well as considerable retail attention.
Far Northwest Austin
Newly developed master-planned communities combine elegant new homes with substantial acreage and terrific access to the lakes, the wealth of retailers at Lakeline Mall and new employment centers.
Quirky and a little eccentric, South Austin features the eclectic SOCO shopping district (check out First Thursdays), older close-in neighborhoods like Travis Heights and Zilker as well as the 4,000-acre master-planned community of Circle C Ranch.
Far South Austin
"Bedroom" communities like Manchaca, Buda and Kyle offer country living – from large "spreads" to cozy cottages – within easy reach of the city.
Southeast Austin is experiencing a transformation accompanying the airport and Advanced Micro Devices' chip plant.
Southwest Austin offers the extraordinary natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the challenges of strict environmental ordinances.
The city of San Marcos, south of Austin, is a charming community with a river winding its way through small streets and a historic university reigning on the hill. With shady streets and friendly neighbors, San Marcos attracts many who want to escape the everyday bustle of the big city. Affordable homes are available in master-planned communities.
Round Rock & Pflugerville
Two of the fastest growing cities in the area, Round Rock and Pflugerville offer close proximity to new employment centers as well as newly built homes.
Georgetown is being transformed from a quiet county seat to a bustling hot spot. With the creation of the Sun City Georgetown retirement community, steady growth has given way to an out-and-out boom.
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