Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones once famously said, “I like it here in Austin. Anybody got a room?” We couldn’t agree more. With an average of 228 sunny days per year and endless options for outdoors and nightlife activities in every pocket of the city, it’s easy to fall in love with the friendly, laid-back capital of Texas. It’s also not hard to find a neighborhood that will win you over and make you want to call it home sweet home. Here are our favorites of the best places to live in Austin.
There’s no doubt that SoCo is one of Austin’s hippest areas. After all, it was the district that was cool enough to be fit for another legend of rock ’n’ roll — the one and only Robert Plant, singer for Led Zeppelin. There are countless reasons why the SoCo area is the ultimate slice of South Austin heaven. Nestled just below Lady Bird Lake, this vibrant district stretches from the South Congress Bridge all the way to Ben White Blvd. in the south and I-35 to the east.
The Travis Heights neighborhood is a standout spot for unique homes, where you’ll see Craftsman bungalows jutting up against new sleek, modern homes. Austin through-and-through, each street is lined with a canopy of live oak trees. With two neighborhood parks, a public pool, school, and a church, this area is perfect for families who want the charm of a quiet and friendly neighborhood and the proximity of night life.
The shopping mecca of South Congress Ave is just steps away from the homes in Travis Heights and offers nearly a mile of trendy boutiques, restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Plus, SoCo is home to an incredible view — the city skyline is visible, and so is the three-mile stretch of road all the way down to the Texas State Capitol building. In the SoCo district, you really do have it all.
The centrally located neighborhood of Zilker runs along the stretch of South Lamar Blvd. starting from Lady Bird Lake to Barton Skyway. It has experienced quite a boom in the past five years and has now become one of the hottest places in south central Austin. Situated just west of SoCo, it shares many of the same nightlife and dining options, including Uchi, one of Austin’s most famous restaurants, and Alamo Drafthouse, a favorite movie theater of locals.
In the Zilker neighborhood, you’re close to plenty of green, within walking distance of Auditorium Shores and Butler Shores. Next up, you can take a paddle boat across Lady Bird Lake and wind down for happy hour cocktails on countless outdoor patios, all while taking in a city skyline view.
If large crowds aren’t your thing, no worries. Dust off those cowboy boots and hit the dance floor at legendary honky-tonk Broken Spoke, where a young Willie Nelson got his start. No matter where you choose to have your fun in Zilker, you can be sure that when you’re living here, the living is easy.
East Austin is yet another neighborhood that’s every bit as quirky as it is laid-back and family friendly — noticing a trend yet? East Austin has undergone quite a facelift in the past few years. The area closest to I-35 has access to downtown within a few minutes’ walk, as well as to popular East Sixth and Seventh Streets, home to a slew of hip bars, trendy restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall music venues.
This area tends to attract a younger crowd — think beards, tattoos, and young professionals. Still, the neighborhoods stretching from Cesar Chavez to the south and Airport Blvd. to the north are chock full of quiet streets and older homes, especially the farther north or east you go. Add to that the highly rated public schools of Central East Austin, and you’ve got a perfect place for families with kids to settle down.
A newer addition to hit this list of trendy spots, Mueller is located near Airport Blvd. and 51st St., the site of Austin’s former airport. It’s got old neighborhood charm, with winding roads, a weekly farmers market, and a popular children’s museum.
Although many of the Austin homes on the outskirts of the Mueller neighborhood are pre-1970s, the central neighborhood was built only 10 years ago in an effort to revitalize the former airport location into a mixed-use urban area by local home builders. Austin, Texas, residents know that its proximity to the UT campus and downtown (just three miles away) makes it an ideal location for urban professionals, older students, and families who want to have a quiet home with the fun of the city closeby.
No matter which Austin neighborhood suits you best, you deserve to live in the home of your dreams. At Paradisa Homes, we’re builders of new homes in Austin who want to help bring your vision to life. Contact us to get started on your dream home today!