Austin is getting crowded – there’s no doubt about it. With an estimated 150 people moving to Austin daily, there’s a lot of competition to find a home in many of the capital city’s most popular neighborhoods. However, the influx of new residents is also spurring development in some areas that were not as desired only a few years ago, meaning there are great options with a smaller price tag than you’ll find in the city’s most popular neighborhoods.
If you’re moving to Austin in 2017, check out potential homes in these hotspot neighborhoods.
Most everything in the Mueller neighborhood is shiny and new, including tidy rows of manicured townhouses for rent, a huge H-E-B with Cafe Mueller to-go options, and strips of restaurants. The East Austin neighborhood was created specifically to be a walkable and bikeable neighborhood, and along with trails it boasts a manicured park and Austin’s premiere children’s museum, The Thinkery, making this neighborhood the up-and-coming choice for young families.
Gym, Park, University
Hyde Park helps you remember how the motto “Keep Austin Weird” came about. The area is residential, the bungalows are historic and eclectic, and the neighborhood is filled with some of Austin’s most unique local establishments, such as Quack’s Bakery, Hyde Park Gym, and Shanghai Kate’s Tattoo Parlor, owned by one of the first female tattoo artists in the country. It’s a great spot to grab drinks with friends, or check out some of the many vintage shops in North Loop just a few streets away. Near the University of Texas without being too close to the busy campus, Hyde Park is the residential choice for many professors, grad students, and families.
North Burnet/The Domain
This way-north neighborhood may seem out of the way, but that’s because it contains everything you need and more, thanks to The Domain. The Domain is a massive shopping complex, nearly a neighborhood of its own, containing brand new luxury condos, a Whole Foods, restaurants, shops, and entertainment, such as Topgolf and a movie theater. A recent expansion brought even more of Austin’s favorites, such as barcade Kung Fu Saloon, and construction shows no sign of slowing down soon, making this the choice of affluent young couples and bachelors.
Just south of the highly-coveted Zilker neighborhood, South Lamar boasts a nearly endless amount of local shops and restaurants, access to the greenbelt, and has easy access to without the rent price of other prominent shopping and nature areas: downtown and the river, the greenbelt, South 1st Street, and South Congress Avenue.
It’s located in the south central part of Austin and is right next to two of Austin’s major highways, meaning you’re never really too far from anywhere else you want to go. Papalote Taco House, Kerbey Lane Cafe, and Matt’s Famous El Rancho are only the tip of the iceberg in great eateries in this area. You’ll also avoid having to navigate the packed traffic and street parkers during Austin City Limits Festival, Blues on the Green, and the Trail of Lights.
East Cesar Chavez
This eclectic East Austin neighborhood contains everything more popular neighborhoods have without the frill: a multitude of food trailers, local bars and restaurants, a community garden, Mexican piñata stores and markets, and a hiking and biking trail right next to the lake. The area has long been inhabited by Austin’s Latino population and longtime residents, though the new condos sprouting up and lack of downtown crowds at bars and venues have attracted many new-to-Austin transplants. If dive bars, hefty breakfast tacos, and great coffee shops without and ego are your thing, East Cesar Chavez is the neighborhood for you.
This South Austin neighborhood has everything you need to never leave the area if you didn’t want to. The Sunset Valley area contains nearly every major restaurant and shopping chain you could ask for, as well as a host of local restaurants, such as the best cajun food you’ll find in Austin at Evangeline’s and great pad see ew at Sap’s Fine Thai Cuisine. While it has more a suburban feel than other neighborhoods in the city, it’s out of the way enough that you never feel too much of Austin’s growing traffic problem and still less than a 15-minute drive from downtown for when you want to get that taste of “weird.”