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(Maps of Greater Austin Neighborhoods)
Barton Hills
Bryker Woods
Downtown Austin
French Place
Highland Hills
Hyde Park
Lake Austin
Lake Travis
Northwest Austin
Southwest Austin
Travis Heights
UT- West Campus
Urban East Austin
West Austin
WestLake Hills

For those who are looking for a well-established neighborhood with a true sense of community, Allandale in Austin may be the answer. Characterized by lovely homes, large lots and plenty of trees, the neighborhood is located between Mopac and Burnet Road to the south of Anderson Lane.

Most of the homes found in Allandale were built over a 20 year period spanning from the late 1940s to the late 1960s, with the greatest number of homes being built around the 1950s. While some of the homes have been remodeled, only a few have been replaced with newer construction. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that many of Allendale’s residents have lived in the community for many years.

Barton Hills
Offers all the character of Texas Hill Country in an urban setting, just outside Austin's city center. This quiet residential neighborhood is modeled along winding streets and tree-covered hills, in a scenically wooded area south of Austin's famous Restaurant Row on Barton Springs Road. Residents of Barton Hills can look across Town Lake into the heart of downtown Austin, and enjoy quick access throughout the city via South Lamar Boulevard, at the eastern edge of the neighborhood.

Established in the 1940s, Barton Hills real estate offers a wide selection of homes and carefully manicured properties, dating back to the mid-20th century. Barton Hills features some of the city's most creative architecture and landscaping, the hilly local topography allowing for a variety of rock garden styles and lush greenery. Home prices in Barton Hills range from the $200,000 bracket to well into the semi-luxury price range.

Built along the the southern shores of Town Lake, just across from Zilker MetroPark, "Austin's most loved park," is the South Austin neighborhood of Bouldin. Bordering the hip "SoCo" neighborhood, Bouldin is also known for its laid-back South Austin vibe, with its share of funky cafés, stores, and coffee shops.

Bouldin real estate includes a range of housing options, from townhomes and condos, to cozy bungalows and elegant custom homes. Bouldin's friendly atmosphere attracts a wide variety of people, from single professionals, to families and retired couples. Bouldin's tree-lined streets are home to a variety of parks, shops and services, while downtown Austin is just across the water — only minutes away.

Bouldin homes are priced just below the Austin average, though values have been steadily increasing over the last several months. Bouldin townhomes and condos are available starting in the low $200k's, and there are some beautiful bungalows beginning in the low $300k's — perfect for the young family or retired couple. Those looking for larger properties will find spectacular, custom-designed homes starting in the low $600k's and ranging up to $1 million

Brentwood is one of Austin's oldest residential and commercial neighborhoods, home to many of the city's finest character properties, and a diverse selection of commercial and entertainment spots.

With its uncrowded layout and carefully-modeled green space, Brentwood real estate affords a relaxed standard of living to complement its cultural and residential appeal. Residents here can enjoy a night on the town at a classic restaurant, live entertainment at the local Korean market, and a quiet walk home along tree-lined streets. Brentwood also home to a small shopping district near the intersection of Justin and Grover.

The Brentwood area is situated south of Justin Lane, and north of W 45th St, and includes more than 4,000 homes and condos in a variety of styles and vintages. Values for homes in Brentwood have risen steadily in recent years, following the relocation of the local airport from the nearby Robert Mueller site, to the Austin Bergstrom International site in the city's southeast corner. The airport transference took Brentwood out of the commercial flight path, and immediately boosted property values. Most Brentwood condos are located along the neighborhood's
primary and secondary thoroughfares. These units are commonly owned by young professionals and university students attending nearby UT Austin.

Bryker Woods
Old World Charm and More... Bordered by the Mo-Pac Freeway to the west and Shoal Creek to the east, real estate in Bryker Woods combines the secluded country feel of remote living, with "metropolitan" access to great retail along Jefferson and 35st. Heritage cottages along tree-lined streets are the cornerstone of appeal for this central Austin area. There are also many new developments underway.

From character cottages to modest family residences, homes for sale in Bryker Woods come in a range of styles. With lovely mature trees and unique homes, Bryker Woods truly boasts an old-
world charm. Some of the character homes for sale in Bryker Woods date back to 1930-1950, the beginnings of the Bryker neighborhood. This mix of character and newer homes gives the area an appealing, eclectic feel that is truly worth exploring.

Family is important to the Bryker Woods neighborhood. Bryker Woods Elementary has a well run neighborhood association and a very active PTA. Bryker Woods Elementary and Casis Elementary passed over 90% of the Texas Education Agency's Assessment of Academic Skills. The area is also home to Martin Junior High, O'Henry Middle and Austin High School.

Greenspace is abundant in Bryker Woods. Seiders Springs Park offers beautiful lush greenery complete with picnic tables and park benches. Shoal Creek Park is another city park that boasts free amenities, great for family gatherings. Here you'll find a large covered picnic pavilion, xeriscaped gardens and an "outdoor classroom" under a beautiful old oak tree. Another incredible family destination is Bailey Park, where you can enjoy the outdoor tennis courts, sand volleyball court, a children's wading pool and a baseball diamond. Bryker Woods is a delightful treasure of a community in Central Austin, and is definitely a recommended prospect for home buyers looking in the Central Austin area

One of Austin's oldest and most distictive neighborhoods, the quiet and slightly hilly streets of Clarksville are lined with shady trees, beautiful gardens and charming historic homes...

Right on the edge of downtown Austin and protected as an historic district, Clarksville real estate is almost exclusively residential. Well established and diverse, you'll find many small Clarksville homes on modest lots right next to 8 bedroom mansions and estates. Turn of the century Craftsman homes, bungalows and late Victorian architecture are common and though you won't see a lot of new development, you will find some modern condos, studios and small lofts here and there.

Clarksville is a smaller neighborhood within Old West Austin though some people consider the two place names to be synonymous. The nieghborhood boundaries are generally considered to be north of Lady Bird Lake, East of MoPac and west of Lamar.

Clarksville is currently an extremely trendy Austin neighborhood. Rich in history, within walking distance to downtown and infused with a strong community spirit, Clarksville real estate
appeals to young families, professionals and artists alike. This is a perfect neighborhood for anyone who loves Austin's eclectisism. Though it was founded as a freedman's community on the outskirts of town in 1871, Clarksville is no longer on the fringes.

This is a vibrant residential neighborhood with a robust mix of cute houses, greenspace and places to go. Clarksville residents enjoy old time soda fountains, locally owned corner stores, fine restaurants, boutiques, bakeries, lots of cafes and plenty of funky destinations right outside their doors. Other favorite attractions include West Austin Park, Clarksville Park, the Shoal Creek hike and bike trail, and nearby Pease Park. Zilker Park is also just a few minutes away. Clarksville is also home to one of Austin's 17 moonlight towers.

Crestview Is one of Austin's biggest transit-oriented neighborhoods, developed around a busy transit stop on the city's Capital Metro rail line. Residents of this new neighborhood will be able to live comfortably outside the city center without a vehicle, enjoying easy access to all of Austin's amenities and high-profile recreation

Crestview itself is also poised to become a popular shopping and entertainment destination, with more than 60,000 square feet of retail space scheduled for its first phase. Local commercial outlets will include a small grocery centre, restaurants, and a variety of specialty shops.
Crestview, also known as Crestview Station, is located on a former Huntsman Corp. research facility, and covers 73 acres. The plan for Crestview real estate includes 450 new single family homes in a wide variety of designs, as well as hundreds of stylish condos. Homes in Crestview will be situated on long, narrow lots, and priced very affordably to start.

Downtown Austin
Downtown Austin is the center of "The Live Music Capital of the World." To live in downtown Austin is to live at the heart of all that's happening in the coolest city in America.

Living in Downtown Austin means access to all the great culture and entertainment. Downtown Austin Condos and Downtown Lofts are just some of the reasons why Austin is such a booming town.
No area of Austin has blossomed over the past five years, quite like the downtown neighborhood. Construction cranes are everywhere, and high-rises are popping up left and right. Without question, downtown is the heart and soul of the city. The cost of real estate is the highest in the region, but residents can literally live within walking distance of everything they need. Most of downtown’s housing options are mid & high-rise condos, with a small sprinkling of single-family homes and townhomes.

The downtown community is bustling with activity and there is always plenty to do. The city is committed to urban growth, and there are vast plans to improve the infrastructure and retail components of the community. Residents tend to run the full gamut from young professionals to empty-nesters looking to enjoy the hassle-free (and commute free) lifestyle that downtown living offers.

Imagine stepping out of your front door and finding yourself in the midst of a vibrant and dynamic arts and cultural life. Life in the downtown core gives you instant access to all of Austin's charm without the commute or gas costs of living in the suburbs. Join the residents who call downtown Austin home: whether you are interested in a downtown loft, apartment, condo or high rise, the properties for sale in Austin cover every taste from modern to historic.

These days, condos are often seen as more than simply a comfortable way to live downtown; they can also be seen as another option for young families who are not ready to trudge out to the suburbs (and who, perhaps, never will be ready!). For those who are looking for the full downtown neo-bohemian life, Austin's downtown lofts may be what you're looking for. These exquisite homes, many in buildings dating back to the turn of the century, offer luxuries like original hardwood floors, heritage brickwork, high ceilings, and space, all hovering just above the buzz of Downtown Austin.

French Place
French Place is a vintage residential and commercial neighborhood within the Cherrywood area, in East-Central Austin.

French Place originally developed in the early 1940s, this area offers a wide variety of stylish homes dating back to the mid-20th century, as well as a broad base of amenities and infrastructure. Residents of French Place real estate enjoy quick access to dining and retail shopping at Hancock Center, a variety of local schools, and abundant parks and green space.

French Place area is between the University of Texas at Austin and Morris Williams Golf Course. Homes here typically feature large, treed front lawns bordering quiet streets. French Place is popular with new home buyers for its wide selection of smaller, more affordable homes dating back to the development's early days, with floor plans ranging from 900 to 1,200 square feet.

Highland Hills
Located only a 5 minute drive from downtown Austin. Highland Hills homes were mostly built in the 1950's and 60's, with a recent building surge in the 90's.

The lot sizes are quite generous, which not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides ample space and privacy for you and your family to enjoy.

Highland Hills is an area that poses almost no commute time to the heart of the city, but also offers a quiet, naturally appealing sanctuary to come home to. Lush trees, rolling hills, and well maintained homes await you in the Highland Hills real estate market. The neighborhood has hushed, arching streets and majestic views of Cat Mountain, and is only a quick drive from both Lake Austin and Lake Travis.
The Highland Hills area features large lots and spacious single-family homes. Due to the recent housing boom and the subsequent rise in property values, some Highland Hills homeowners began remodeling their homes. Many duplexes are being converted either into condominiums or single-family units, in order to meet the rising demand in the area.

Hyde Park
Just north of the University of Texas Campus, lays Hyde Park, one of Austin’s most historic neighborhoods. The area is home to beautiful homes and independent, friendly residents. Many of the houses in this area feature large front porches, and huge shade trees, that add a remarkable charm to the neighborhood.

Residents of the community are focused on preserving the look and feel of the neighborhood, and strict zoning and building requirements are enforced. Home owners tend to be very loyal, protective and proud of the area. Properties in the area vary in from starter homes to duplexes to grand Victorian mansions, but prices tend to be relatively high, because the neighborhood is so highly sought after. Because of the location and laid back feel, the community tends to appeal to professionals, young families, students, and artists, and as a whole, people are very friendly and welcoming.

Lake Austin
Just west of downtown Austin, Lake Austin winds through some of the city's finest residential areas. The lush, wooded shores are lined with beautiful waterfront homes, many featuring boat docks. Lake Austin is long and narrow, and it is a constant level lake. Residents of Lake Austin real estate enjoy swimming and boating in the lake's clean waters, as well as fishing. Lake Austin stretches 22 miles between the Mansfield Dam and the Tom Miller Dam.

Lake Travis
A large reservoir lake in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis is lined with beautiful resort communities and waterfront parks.Residents from nearby Austin seek out Lake Travis real estate for its uncrowded natural beauty, sweeping views, and recreational activities.

Lake Travis is also a prime golfing area, with dozens of country clubs and golf communities along its winding shores. About 12 miles northwest of Austin, Lake Travis real estate affords a peaceful lifestyle within easy reach of the Texas state capitol.

Lake Travis surrounding areas include: Lakeway, Costa Bella, Arbolago, Vineyard Bay, Lago Vista, Spicewood, Belvedere, Lake Pointe, Rough Hollow, Bella Strada, The Hills of Lakeway, Flintrock Falls, Ridge at Alta Vista and the Reserve at Hudson Bend.

Mueller is an exciting, ethnically and economically diverse redevelopment of the former Robert Mueller Airport in East Austin.

Designed by the San Francisco ROMA Design Group, this unique, mixed-use, urban redevelopment offers an innovative approach to community development. Well-planned, sustainable land use is
key to Mueller's 711 acre redevelopment. Located in the heart of Austin, at the intersection of Interstate 35 and 52st Street, Mueller boasts 4,600 housing units. These units will be of different sizes and product types to attract an ethnically and economically diverse community.

Green space is paramount to the Mueller master plan. Balls fields, running trails, bike trails and parks, including a 30-acre park called Lake Park, comprise the 140 acres of desginated green space. Mueller's great park and trail network connects to Austin's amazing park system.

Mueller offers superior homes and commercial opportunities in the heart of a great city. It also features fabulous amenities: The Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, the Austin Studios filmmaking complex, a 130,000 sq. ft. medical office building, and a 30,000 sq. ft. Ronald McDonald House.

With state of the art urban design and planning, ground breaking advances in sustainability and Green Building, alongside the most advanced and highest quality technology infrastructure and services, Mueller is an exciting investment, in a cutting edge community

Residential homes in Mueller are inspired by true Austin character. They are traditional, yet unique. Mueller offers a broad variety of home styles and sizes with design guidelines that ensure each home retains a distinctive character.

Northwest Austin
This is a great area, and it's close to downtown. The Northwest Austin area includes golf courses, parks, country clubs, and access to the area lakes.

Many of the homes in Northwest Austin back to greenbelts and parkland. This area of Austin features tree-lined lots, decks, hill country views and neighborhood parks. It's also home to some first-rate planned communities, including the family-oriented Canyon Creek, and the scenic golf course community Great Hills. Northwest Austin surrounding areas include: Canyon Creek, Great Hills, Jester Estates, Avery Ranch, Cat Mountain and Spicewood At Bull Creek.

Rollingwood is a thriving small lakeside city just west of downtown Austin. With its beautiful waterfront location, and convenience to the city center, and many attractive housing choices, Rollingwood real estate has become popular with the Austin area's high-end buyers. Homes here range from stylish, affordable homes in one and two story brick designs, to large estates at the edge of Lake Austin.

Founded in the mid-1950s, Rollingwood is rich in tradition, and loved by its citizens. A variety of local community groups work hard to protect city green spaces and develop infrastructure projects. Rollingwood's parks are among the finest in the Austin area, including softball fields, a children's play area, a gazebo, and a swimming facility. Rollingwood's highly-regarded school system lies within the Eanes Independent School District.

In the last five years, few areas have changed as much as SoCo (South Congress.) This ultra-hip area of town is a haven for an eclectic mix of young professionals and laid-back free-spirits. While the area is technically the dividing point between Travis Heights, a traditionally high-priced neighborhood, and Bouldin Creek, one of Central Austin’s most affordable areas, SoCo has developed into an area all its own.

All along S. Congress Ave., new high-end condominiums are popping up, but at the same time, existing properties are being rehabbed, which offers a more affordable option for living within this funky neighborhood. While it’s a small area of town, the plan is to make it densely populated and very urban in its feel.

Residents within SoCo tend to be very active and sociable. Community interaction is a big part of this thriving neighborhood, and the people are always looking for an excuse to enjoy themselves.

Many people refer to Austin's South Lamar Boulevard as SoLa, a riff on the name SoCo, for a popular neighborhood located a few blocks east. In the heart of South Lamar less than two miles from downtown.

Like its better-known neighbor SoCo, SoLa offers a rich downtown culture, replete with specialty shops, fine restaurants, and a wide variety of revitalized homes and condos.The area owes some of its identity to a destination clothing store, called SoLa, at the intersection of South Lamar Blvd and Oltorf St. West.

South Lamar is surrounded by residential streets that offer all types of homes and condos. Most neighborhoods in the SoLa real estate area date back several decades or more, and are modeled around historic city parks and landmarks, including Gus Fruth Park, Austin's largest inner-city green space.

Southwest Austin
Homes in Southwest Austin are set against a backdrop of trails and parks. Southwest Austin features a variety of architectural styles including French Classic and Tuscan. Whether you seek an acreage or a condo, you can enjoy features such as outdoor patios and vaulted ceilings. Real estate in Southwest Austin has homes in the high mid-price range, but also features a selection of more affordable housing and condos, making this a family friendly zone.

Wonderful communities in the Southwest Austin surrounding areas include: Circle C, Travis Country, Village at Western Oaks, Legend Oaks, Bee Cave and Covered Bridge.

Tarrytown is a beautiful and affluent neighborhood in West Austin. The neighborhood is known to be quiet, classy and clean. Tarrytown has few restaurants and shops within its borders, but it is conveniently located just minutes from campus and downtown Austin.

The Tarrytown Historic District has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The area is recognized both for its architectural and historical significance. Tarrytown has traditionally been the one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Austin, TX, and the homes reflect the architectural styles popular from mid-19ththrough mid-20th centuries.

Properties in Tarrytown are meticulously maintained, the streets and yards are lined with majestic oak trees, and homes in this area include period revival residences, bungalows, cottages, as well as architect designed, elegant mansions. The area tends to appeal to families, successful professionals, and retirees. Although the neighborhood attracts the affluent, the people are far from stuffy, and instead, quite friendly and welcoming.

Travis Heights
Nestled just south of Town Lake, lies Travis Heights, one of the crown jewels of South Austin. Homes in this area can range from vintage 1920 bungalows, to modern urban dwellings. The area is a haven for professionals who work downtown, but want to live in a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood, without having to commute.

Travis Heights is located in the very sought after 78704 zip code, and residents, in general, are very protective of the integrity of the neighborhood. The area features gently rolling hills, which adds to the character of the neighborhood. Its quite apparent by the lush, mature landscaping, that this is one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, and the charm and history of the area is highly regarded.

Because of its setting next to Town Lake, downtown and S. Congress, home prices are relatively high, but the location and amenities still make it a great value for many residents.

UT-West Campus
The West Campus area of Austin is the immediate area west of the University of Texas at Austin. It had traditionally been populated mostly by students, but as the urban core of Austin has grown, West Campus has transformed into a community mixed with students, professors, white-collar professionals and young families. Over the past few years, development in this area has been booming.

The area’s architecture is as diverse as the residents, and it’s not uncommon to see 40-80 year old buildings next to sparkling new mid-rises. The neighborhood provides a varied range of housing types, including: craftsman homes, small mansions, bungalows, duplexes and condominiums. West Campus is densely populated, and zoning restrictions literally vary from street to street. This vibrant community certainly feeds off the energy of UT, but many parts of this neighborhood are actually quiet and fairly subdued.

Urban East Austin
Over the past few years, Urban East Austin has blossomed into a thriving urban neighborhood. As the downtown area became land-locked, the progression of urban growth moved to the more affordable East side. The area is a haven for young professionals, students and creative types, looking to live in an urban locale, without the cost of downtown.

The East Austin community is filled with an assortment of architecture that truly shows the area as a place in transition. Mixed-use developments are popping up everywhere, but it’s also
very common to see older Victorian-style homes being restored back to their former glory. The City of Austin has committed itself to the revitalization of East Austin, and the area is becoming a place of growth and opportunity.

Urban East Austin is truly a melting pot of Austin, and it’s the perfect blend of being both upscale and affordable. For years, the area had been neglected and ignored, but now, it’s reaching its true potential.

West Austin
Lies just outside of the city center, surrounded by opulent hill country. This area includes some of the city's most exquisite homes. With lake and hill country views, West Austin homes are located near the best schools, shopping, and golf courses in Austin.
West Austin offers a wealth of desirable housing, much of it established luxury property. Homes in West Austin enjoy the privacy of larger lot sizes and often feature winding entrances.
Whether you're looking for a lakefront home or a hill top view, you'll find it in West Austin.

Surrounding areas include: Davenport Ranch, The Courtyard, Westminster Glen, Westlake Hills, Steiner Ranch, Spanish Oaks, Seven Oaks, Rollingwood, Rob Roy, River Place Long Canyon, Barton Creek, Greenshores, Senna Hills, Barton Creek West, Lost Creek, The Uplands, Rivercrest, Parkstone, Woods of Westlake, Glenlake, Westview on Lake Austin, Shepherd Mountain and Davenport West.

Westlake Hills
Westlake Hills is located on the western shore of Lake Austin, Westlake Hills is a charming small city offering a nice mix of Hill Country beauty and urban convenience. Westlake Hills is considered an upscale suburb of Austin, and is known for its wide variety of fine homes and waterfront properties. Most homes here were developed in the last few decades, and feature a wide range of classic southwest and Mediterranean designs.

With its own city government, West Lake Hills has ensured that the businesses which populate the area generally add to the community's aesthetic. West Lake Hills is in the notable Eanes Independent School District and enjoys easy access to two-and-a-half miles of trails through the 277-acre Wild Basin Wilderness area.

While Westlake is just west of downtown Austin, local residents and government officials have gone out of their way to preserve the community's rural appeal and natural beauty. The town
covers 2,560 acres, much of which is dedicated to parks and green space, most notably Wild Basin Wilderness Park, a stretch of rolling hills and forests in the city's northwest corner. Westlake Hills is also known simply as "Westlake".

Edging along Barton Creek in South Austin, Zilker is a funky, laid-back community, just a short bike ride from downtown's big lights.

Zilker neighborhood is one of most desirable areas in all of Austin. It is truly an area in transition, as many of the older homes are giving way to new luxury dwellings. The rolling hills and tree-lined streets offer an incredibly picturesque setting.

While the western part of the area consists of protected park land, the eastern edge (S. Lamar) is transforming into a booming area full of both new retail centers and high-end condominium complexes. Community groups are ensuring that the growth is controlled, which will both help protect the aesthetics of the area, as well as home prices, which are relatively high for Central Austin.

The attractions and amenities within the neighborhood are unparalleled, and the area’s proximity to both the MoPac corridor, as well as downtown, ensure that work commutes are brief. This area has blossomed into a literal oasis within Austin.

This dynamic neighborhood appeals to the creative crowd: musicians, authors, political activists and artists make their homes in Zilker, amongst the pecan trees, sycamores and oaks. It makes sense that the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum would rise out of this community. The garden is just one element of Austin's "most loved park", the 351 acre Zilker Metropolitan. The Metro Park includes a miniature train, Town Lake, the Botanical Gardens, sports fields and a frisbee golf course.

Zilker is also home to America's largest natural swimming pool in an urban area: Barton Springs Pool has been a popular spot for over a hundred years. It's spring-fed, with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees. It's beautiful! Your children will be thrilled. Homes in Zilker also provide residents with easy access to Austin's famed music scene; in fact, the Austin City Limits festival takes place in the park. Eating out? You can take a summer stroll to Sno Beach for one of their famous Sno-cones, or stop for Tex-Mex food at the infamous retro fabulous Chuy's.

Zilker still features a lot of small historic single-family houses, mixed in with a few larger estates and newer condo developments. Zilker homes often feature great views of the park, or cute garden spaces for enjoying a summer BBQ. Properties in Zilker are close to Austin's burgeoning high tech industry and all the services of downtown.

Although it's the fourth largest city in Texas, Austin earned the title "Best Little City in America" from National Geographic Traveler. There is something about Austin real estate that you just don't find in other cities: the warmth and energy of this city truly does give it a small-town feel. The eclectic mix of local characters is celebrated here; difference and independence are embraced.