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Best Places to Buy a Home in Austin

Buying a home in Austin? One of the best places to live in the South, Texas’ capital offers a variety of homes in highly desirable areas. If you’re searching for real estate in Austin, here are five top ATX neighborhoods to consider!

Allandale

Small, Yellow Bungalow Home in Austin, TX. Photo by Instagram user @kenzo_homes

Photo via @kenzo_homes

  • Home Price: $295,242 median purchase price
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 85% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Allandale is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Austin, making it an ideal place to buy real estate! This neighborhood offers Austin residents a suburban atmosphere, with tree-lined streets and a variety of housing options—ranging from traditional bungalows to Mid-Century Modern homes. Thanks to top-rated public schools in Austin like Gullett Elementary School, Lamar Middle School, and McCallum High School, this Texas neighborhood is a favorite among families. To top it off, Allandale is also within a 15-minute drive of Downtown Austin, making it perfect for commuters.

Things to Do in Allandale

Bring your ice skates for a night of fun for all ages at Chaparral Ice. Spend the day swimming, biking trails, or playing a game of basketball at Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park. Sign the kids up for swim lessons or join the Austin Aquanauts scuba diving club at Tom’s Dive & Swim. Join HIT Athletic and relax with a yoga class or get your heart pumping with kickboxing. Start your day with a Honey Luv Latte, Classic Monkey Acai Bowl, or Sweet Sunshine Smoothie from Monkey Nest Coffee. Grab a Bell’s Two-Hearted IPA and let your furry friend loose in the park at the Yard Bar. Try a BBQ Brisket Taco or a Lush Pork Belly Bowl at The Peached Tortilla. Enjoy a glass of wine or cocktails with hearty entrees like Roasted Prime Rib or the Cold Water Salmon at Bartlett’s. Or grab a Cheeseburger or Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich with a Chocolate Malt at Top Notch Hamburger.

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Mueller

red craftsman style home with white trim. Photo by Instagram photographer @annoyed_picard

Photo via @annoyed_picard

Once the site of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, Mueller is one of the largest master-planned communities in the Austin metro! This highly walkable, 700-acre Austin neighborhood offers housing options ranging from townhomes to single-family homes in Craftsman and Modern styles. Residents are able to connect year-round at the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller, though they can find easy access to restaurants, shops, green spaces, and entertainment options in the Mueller Districts, too.

Things to Do in Mueller

Swim laps in the pool, jog the trails, or tend fresh flowers in the community garden at John Gaines Park—or head up the block for a game of sand volleyball fun on the swings at Mary Elizabeth Branch Park. Watch the kids take selfies, attend storytime, or learn about motion at Austin’s children’s museum, Thinkery. Round up some friends to watch all kinds of films from classics to indies at Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In. Play 18 holes or practice your short game on the putting green at Morris Williams Golf Course. Order the Classic Diner Burger, Mama’s Meatloaf Bowl, and a Doggie Ice Cream for your pet from Blue Lacy. Try Thai favorites like Spring Rolls, Pad Thai w/ Curry Sauce, or Pad Kee Mao from Pad Thai Cuisine. Stop by Gino’s Vino Osteria for classic Italian dishes like Pollo Parmigiano, Bucatini alla Scampi, or Fettuccine Alfredo con Pollo. Or fill up on comfort food like Buttermilk Fried Chicken or Shrimp + Grits from Colleen’s Kitchen—and end your meal with a piece of Peanut Butter Pie!

Rosedale

pink bungalow with floral archway. Photo by Instagram photographer @raquelgorny

Photo via @raquelgorny

  • Home Price: $467,743 median purchase price
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 95% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Located 15 minutes northwest of Austin’s city center, the neighborhood of Rosedale offers Austin residents a suburban feel with deep community roots. Full of tree-lined streets and renovated Bungalows and Ranches dating back to the 1930s, this ATX neighborhood is a great place to call home! Those working in the medical field will appreciate being close to Ascension Seton Medical Center, and regular commuters have easy access to I-35 and TX-1, taking them to other areas of the Austin metro. Its close proximity to major roads in Austin make it easy for Rosedale residents to find more outdoor recreation, sports, bars, restaurants, and more nearby.

Things to Do in Rosedale

Check out a new book at the Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library. Become a member and register for a Barre Class at MOD Fitness. Buy or sell comic books at Austin Books & Comics. Play a game of basketball or have a picnic at Ramsey Neighborhood Park. Start your day with a Breakfast Taco or The Breakfast Sandwich and a Chai Latte from Stinson’s. Get your fill of Tex-Mex in Austin with entrees like the Beef Fajita Bowl, Chile Relleno Plate, or Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas followed by Sopaipillas for dessert at La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern. Pick up a Dutch Apple Pie, fresh loaf of bread, or Chocolate Italian Cream Cake from Upper Crust Bakery. Or devour a Fried Cheese Curd Basket, Mushroom Burger, or Billy’s Philly, and 36 beers on tap at Billy’s on Burnet.

Travis Heights

  • Home Price: $436,283 median purchase price
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 72% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

As a popular Austin neighborhood, Travis Heights is full of unique home styles ranging from Victorian, to Mid-Century Modern, to Contemporary. Bordering the Colorado River, this ATX area is full of hills, trees, and river walkways. Despite this close proximity to outdoor recreation, Travis Heights provides residents with quick, ten-minute commutes to downtown via S 1st St or I-35. And while downtown is only minutes away, you can find plenty of fun things to do in Travis Heights with music venues, shops, restaurants, and bars along South Congress Avenue (SoCo).

Things to Do in Travis Heights

Watch bats fly out from beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge at dusk during the summer months. Take a short walk along the Blunn Creek Greenbelt, which connects Little Stacy Neighborhood Park to the Big Stacy Neighborhood Park. Purchase artwork from local artists while strolling through the neighborhood during the Travis Heights Art Trail. Order the Three Grain Porridge, Avocado Toast, or Loaded BLT for brunch at Cafe No Se. Fill up on Indian dishes like Tandoori Shrimp, Tikka Masala, or Dal Tadka at Whip In. Grab an Eggplant Parmesan Sub, a slice of Pepperoni Pizza, or the Spinach Calzone from Home Slice Pizza. Feast on Beef Fajitas or a Tamale Plate paired with a Casa Margarita from Guero’s Taco Bar. Enjoy Crispy Pork Belly, Miso Salmon, or Spinach & Tofu Dumplings at Lucky Robot.

Zilker

stone bungalow with green door and mailbox. Photo by Instagram photographer @wadeatx

Photo via @wadeatx

  • Home Price: 482,871 median purchase price
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 61% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families

If you love living in the city but don’t want to sacrifice the outdoors, consider buying a home in the Zilker neighborhood! Part of the 78704 zip code, this Southwest Austin neighborhood has bungalows, Mid-Century Modern ranches, and new construction. Located next to Lady Bird Lake, residents have access to outdoor space full of trails, making this walkable ATX neighborhood perfect for active individuals. Families appreciate being close to Austin Independent School District education options like Zilker Elementary and Barton Hills Elementary School. And residents of all ages will enjoy attending big community events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival or Blues on the Green at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

Things to Do in Zilker

Explore Lady Bird Lake by renting a paddleboard or double kayak from Zilker Park Boat Rentals. Play a round of mini golf with the family at Peter Pan Mini Golf. See the latest plays and musicals or sign the kids up for improv camp at ZACH Theatre. See the work of sculptor Charles Umlauf and other artists by walking around the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Start your morning with The Gloria or The Bee Gee and a glass of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice from Biscuits + Groovy. Catch up with friends over a Roast Beef Sandwich or Double Cheeseburger and a pitcher of Electric Jellyfish IPA at Lou’s. Order a Gulf Seafood Ceviche, Aged Pork Loin, or Dry-Aged Wagyu Burger at Odd Duck. Or pick up a fresh loaf of Sourdough Bread or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Banana Nutella Cookie or Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie from ThoroughBread.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.