5 Great Neighborhoods in Austin

Whether you're looking to buy or rent a home, these neighborhoods in central, north and south Austin are the cream of the crop.

CENTRAL

Clarksville

The closest neighborhood to the central business district, Clarksville is ideal for residents who want the convenience of being near downtown but like the feel of a traditional neighborhood. It truly embodies the quirky vibe of Austin with an eclectic mix of modest bungalows and historic homes, some of which have been renovated by new owners. Easy access to Loop 1 and the thriving Lamar Street area -- plus lovely city and hill-country views -- have made the area increasingly popular, while still affordable. Young couples and people with liberal leanings who love cultural diversity and comfortable older neighborhoods are attracted to Clarksville.

More central walkable neighborhoods: Bryker Woods, Deep Eddy, Pemberton Heights, Old Enfield

Tarrytown

With stunning views of Lake Austin, Tarrytown is Austin’s prestige address. Homes are ornate, well-maintained and expensive. Centrally located for easy access to nearby downtown, this is one of Austin’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Park your car in a Tarrytown garage, and you’ll rub shoulders with Hollywood celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, as well as CEOs and city movers and shakers who call this neighborhood home. Browse Tarrytown Real Estate

NORTH

Hyde Park

Just north of downtown and the University of Texas is historic Hyde Park. Strict building requirements are enforced as owners are very committed to preserving the look and feel of the neighborhood, which includes charming bungalows and attractive Victorian-style homes with large front porches and huge shade trees. Hyde Park attracts young professionals, university faculty and graduates, and creative/artistic types who appreciate the quiet neighborhood streets and like to hang out at quirky local coffee shops. Christmas on 37th Street is a glorious melange of eccentric lighting displays that attracts thousands of visitors. View Hyde Park Real Estate Listings

Great Hills

Head a little further northwest to Great Hills, a neighborhood of contemporary two-story homes for families who like panoramic views of creeks, trees and fairways; winding roads; and cul-de-sac living. Shop at the acclaimed Arboretum and enjoy an easy commute to high-tech employers such as Texas Instruments, Motorola and Motive.

Other Northwest family-centered neighborhoods: Canyon Creek, Jester Estates, Cat Mountain

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SOUTH

Circle C

A large, master-planned community in the hills of southwest Austin, Circle C offers a pleasant refuge from city bustle without depriving residents of urban conveniences. Scenic views and moderately priced homes appeal to families with children and to retirees who are drawn to the wealth of amenities, including tennis, golf, a world-class swim facility, the Veloway (Austin's bicycle track) and nature activities at adjacent Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Other similar neighborhoods: Heights at Loma Vista, Legend Oaks

Westlake Hills

Affluent parents seeking an excellent education for their children gravitate to Westlake Hills and the Eanes School District, ranked among the best in Texas. Only six miles from downtown Austin, this conservative neighborhood boasts many homes with spectacular views of hills and canyons, and clean, safe streets. The community is home to Barton Creek Greenbelt, which has hiking and biking trails from Town Lake and Shoal Creek. Homeowners range from science and technology professionals to upwardly mobile families. View West Lake Hills Real Estate

Other Southwest neighborhoods: For starters and mid-lifers, Travis Country, Lost Creek and Senna Hills. For those who have it made, Barton Creek, Rollingwood and Seven Oaks

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