Best Neighborhoods in Austin for Families

From the slogan “Keep Austin Weird” to its continued status as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, Austin is undoubtedly on the mind of many people looking to take the next step forward in their careers or social lives.

However, the Texas capital isn’t just a great place for music lovers and young singles. It’s also a great place for families! The following are some of the best neighborhoods and suburbs in Austin for families that are well worth considering as you plan your move to this exciting metropolis.

Allandale

Home Price: $295,242 median purchase price; $695 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 45% lower than the national average

This neighborhood in north-central Austin is perhaps most notable for its high-quality schools. A.N. McCallum High School was named the 2015 National Signature School by the Grammy Foundation due to the quality of its fine arts programs. The school offers programs in a wide range of fine arts subjects, including theater, dance, visual arts, music, and cinema.

Quality schools aren’t the only thing Allandale has to offer…

Parents looking for a fun date can enjoy breakfast tacos or banh mi at Tacodeli, or get a taste of Austin’s famous honky-tonk country scene at The Little Longhorn Saloon. Allandale’s neighborhood association also ensures there are family-friendly activities throughout the year, such as the annual 4th of July parade.

Brentwood

Home Price: $285,488 median purchase price; $1,159 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 45% lower than the national average

Located in north-central Austin, Brentwood is a young, trendy area that’s home to a large number of single-family houses. Brentwood is close to an elementary school, middle school, and high school, ensuring that kids won’t need to travel far to get to class, while its central location within the city also keeps commuting times low.

Brentwood Park serves as the neighborhood’s main family-friendly attraction. This nine-acre park features a playground, as well as baseball fields and tennis courts. Local groups host events in the park throughout the year, the most notable being the annual placement of luminarias along the Arroyo Seco canal in December. Families also enjoy bowling and arcades at Dart Bowl.

If you’re in the mood for a hamburger, Brentwood has plenty of options to satisfy your cravings. Lamar Boulevard, which runs through the neighborhood, is home to popular burger restaurants like Threadgill’s Old #1P. Terry’s Burger Stand and the fast-food favorite Whataburger.

Brushy Creek

Home Price: $248,200 median purchase price; $1,205 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 52% lower than the national average

If you’re looking for a small-town feel without leaving the Austin metropolitan area, then Brushy Creek is the perfect fit. With a population just over 21,000, homes in Brushy Creek tend to have larger lots and tons of trees—great places for your kids to play. Brushy Creek is also located close to the city of Round Rock and I-35, making it easy to get to Austin when needed.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t find plenty of fun things to do in Brushy Creek itself!

The town is home to several parks, including Cat Hollow Park, which has its own disc golf courseOlson Meadows Park provides access to spring-fed streams and ponds, hiking trails, and open fields for family play. The nearby city of Round Rock is also home to its own Minor League Baseball team, the Round Rock Express.

Cherrywood

Home Price: $295,020 median purchase price; $1,147 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 34% lower than the national average

Another neighborhood that feeds into the acclaimed A.N. McCallum High School, Cherrywood is a popular choice thanks to its quiet shaded streets and nearby parks, such as Patterson Neighborhood Park, Mueller Lake Park, and the Southwest Greenway.

With Maplewood Elementary School located within neighborhood boundaries, it isn’t unusual for parents to walk their kids to school in the morning.

Parents of college-bound students will especially love the neighborhood’s proximity to the University of Texas at Austin. Even if the kids are too young to be worrying about college admissions quite yet, there are few experiences that match the thrill of watching a Texas Longhorns football game at Texas Memorial Stadium.

Crestview

Home Price: $331,075 median purchase price; $1,351 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 45% lower than the national average

Though housing costs in Crestview may be higher than those of other Austin neighborhoods, its cottage-stye homes, quiet streets, and large backyards make it one of the best neighborhoods in Austin for families.

One of the most distinguishing features of Crestview is the Wall of Welcome. This 120-foot mosaic was created in 2008 thanks to the efforts of local artist Jean Graham and other neighborhood residents. Crestview is also home to Top Notch Drive-In, where part of the movie Dazed and Confused was filmed.

Parents looking for fun activities will find things to do near the crossroads of Burnet Road and Anderson Lane. Northcross Mall has a wide variety of stores for shopping, while also serving as the home for Chaparral Ice—an indoor ice skating rink. One of Austin’s Jump! Gymnastics locations is also located nearby, providing a great way for young kids to work out their wiggles.

Leander

Home Price: $180,700 median purchase price; $1,461 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 57% lower than the national average

Another affordable suburb north of Austin, Leander is one of the state’s fastest-growing communities. Historically, the town is perhaps best known for the 1982 discovery of the “Leanderthal Lady,” a 10,000 year-old skeleton that remains one of the oldest known intact burials in the United States.

With beautiful views of the Texas hills, Leander is still reasonably close to the amenities and jobs in Austin. In fact, the town is served by the Capital MetroRail’s Red Line, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic during your morning commute.

Leander also has plenty of fun activities that don’t require a trip into Austin. Nearby Lake Travis offers boating and fishing, as well as thrilling outdoor adventures like ziplining and scuba diving. Such activities will offer more than enough excitement to motivate your teens to spend some time away from their smartphones.

Pflugerville

Home Price: $183,500 median purchase price; $1,221 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 35% lower than the national average

Located just north of Austin, this suburb derives its name from the German settlers who first farmed the area. This German influence continues today with the city’s annual “Deutschen Pfest” celebration, which features a parade, games for children, a carnival, and live musical performances.

Pflugerville offers lots of opportunities for outdoor family fun. At Lake Pflugerville Park, families can enjoy playgrounds and a small beach area, as well as water activities like fishing, kayaking, and even wind surfing.

With its waterslides and pools, Typhoon Texas is a great place to keep cool during the summer. With the pending completion of the city’s sports complex at 1849 Park, families will be able to stay active throughout the year.

Despite the rapid growth occurring in Pflugerville as a result of Austin’s expanding population, housing remains quite affordable—another great perk for families looking for a great place to live.

Rollingwood

Home Price: $839,200 median purchase price; $3,501 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 87% lower than the national average

For those who can afford it, Rollingwood easily stands out as one of the top neighborhoods in Austin for families. This small community’s population is estimated at about 1,500, resulting in a tight-knit community where everyone is invested in creating a family-friendly environment.

A family emphasis could be considered the central attribute of Rollingwood. In fact, the city is almost purely residential with most businesses located on Bee Caves Road. Rollingwood’s city park is the most noteworthy attraction in the community with baseball fields, a swimming pool, and playground.

Another attribute that makes Rollingwood highly desirable for families is that it is served by the Eanes Independent School District, one of the highest-rated districts in the state of Texas. In fact, each school within the district has been rated as “Exemplary,” and per-student spending averaged $18,000 in 2017.

South Lamar

Home Price: $282,267 median purchase price; $1,122 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: 39% lower than the national average

South Lamar features a great mix of apartment complexes, duplexes and single-family homes, making it a great place for families in all stages of life. The high number of duplexes in this neighborhood creates communities where neighbors can easily develop close relationships. South Lamar also has the distinction of being served by Stephen F. Austin High School, the oldest high school in the state of Texas.

South Lamar is also notable for its range of dining and entertainment options.

Perhaps the most well-known attraction in the neighborhood is the Broken Spoke. Having featured famous musicians such as Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, and The Dixie Chicks, this is one of the best places in Austin to catch great country music and a bite to eat.

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Best Neighborhoods for Austin Families