Hyde Park Historic District
If you’re into art and are seeking an active community, Hyde Park may be the best fit. Hyde Park has multiple neighborhood associations that play an active role in the community, maintaining Shipe Park and putting on holiday parades. This small community in northwest Austin is a quiet and safe area ideal for families who embrace the quirkiness of Austin but don’t want the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Just across the highway from downtown, near the Frank Erwin Center, lies a cosmic mix between old barrio neighborhood culture and the trendy, hipster scene of Austin. Due to its location, more high rise apartments and vegan vegetable gardens are showing up in East Austin. However, because a large portion of the minority population used to live there and still does, one can also find Mexican restaurants, community murals, and historic churches. If either of these parts of Austin sounds appealing to you, East Austin is great; it’s like the downtown scene, without the downtown price.
North Austin is divided into two different communities. There is northeast, which is an older part of town, with a diverse population. If you’re an Austinite on a budget, northeast might be the place for you. While it may not be as busy as downtown, there are plenty of small restaurants and bakeries with good food at a quality price. For those who don’t mind a commute, northwest Austin is near large shopping centers like the Domain and Arboretum, with many different businesses and stores. This neighborhood is also part of the hilly area of Austin, with beautiful, multiple-story homes surrounded by trees and rocks.
For those who love being in the city environment, South Austin is the best fit. All parts of South Austin from the food trucks on South 1st, Zilker Park, and downtown are a short 20-minute drive away. South Austin offers a balance of neighborly community with recreational parks and the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ ethos. If South Congress is a bit too close to city life for comfort, southwest Austin is about ten to 15 minutes away and is much more neighborhood orientated, with communities like Monterrey Oaks.
If you don’t mind a commute, but still want to work, attend school, and experience Austin from time to time, Austin has suburbs that are fairly close to the city with a lower cost of living. For those planning on commuting to South Austin, Kyle and Onion Creek are closest. For those traveling north, Round Rock is about 20 minutes away; Dripping Springs is 40 minutes west of southwest Austin. All these suburbs not only have neighborhoods, but also a few attractions here and there that are good for days when you may not be able to make the commute out to the city.