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Best Places to Rent a Home in Austin

Thinking of renting a home in Austin? Not only is it one of the best big cities to live in the U.S., but it’s also one of the best places to live in the South! ATX has a ton to offer—whether you’re a young professional looking for great job opportunities and fun nightlife or a family looking to settle down. Here are the top five neighborhoods in Austin for renting a home!

Downtown Austin

Exterior Photo of AMLI on 2nd in Downtown, Austin. Photo by Instagram user @neil_cristobal

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  • Home Price: $1,642 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 97% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

If you’re looking to live in the heart of ATX, Downtown Austin is the perfect neighborhood for you! It’s the most walkable neighborhood in Austin but also has access to bike lanes and the commuter rail train at Downtown Station! Major Austin employers like Cirrus Logic, Indeed, Resideo, and more are headquartered in Downtown Austin, making it one of the best cities for jobs and an attractive destination for young professionals. Being in the middle of a sprawling metro also gives residents the benefit of close proximity to music venues, bars, and restaurants, including the famous entertainment district—6th Street. If you’re looking for a rental property in Austin, the Seaholm District in particular, is ideal for renters thanks to the variety of apartment options. Of course, the rest of downtown is also home to affordable apartments and high-rise condos!

Things to Do in Downtown Austin

Take sunset strolls down Congress Avenue Bridge, and watch as millions of Mexican Free-Tailed Bats emerge from under the bridge and fly into the Austin sky! Head over to SFC Farmers Market Downtown for live music, community events, and fresh meat and produce. Learn the history of Austin while exploring three floors of artifacts and exhibits at Bob Bullock Museum. Laugh the night away at Esther’s Follies, which features comedy acts on current events and has been referred to as the “Texas answer to SNL.” See the quirkier side of Austin with interesting exhibits like shrunken heads or a mummified mermaid at The Museum of Weird. Order gourmet shared plates like Bacon Wrapped Apricots or Lamb Meatballs at Swift’s Attic. Get your fill of delicious Asian favorites like Shiitake Tofu, Teriyaki Chicken, or Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna at Koriente. Or savor delectable French dishes like Escargot or Skillet Roasted Half Chicken paired with a Tiki Soda at Peche.

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Hyde Park

  • Home Price: $1,033 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 87% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families

Not only is historic Hyde Park a great place to buy a house in Austin, but it’s also an ideal neighborhood for renters, too, with 77% of residents renting their homes! Here, Austin residents can settle down in a variety of rental options from apartments to bungalows and cozy cottages. This Austin neighborhood is ideal for anyone looking to live close to restaurants, bars, parks, and other fun things to do without sacrificing a quiet and slow-paced lifestyle. Plus, families will be close to the top-notch Austin ISD schools scattered across the neighborhood. And don’t worry about the commute! With easy access to I-35, Hyde Park is only a 15-minute drive to the city center.

Things to Do in Hyde Park

Sign up the kids for camp or soccer lessons, or play a game of basketball at Hancock Recreation Center. Work up a sweat on the spin bikes or ellipticals at friendly neighborhood gym, Hyde Park Gym. Play a game of golf at Hancock Golf Course, which is one of the oldest golf courses in Texas. See the latest work from local writers, directors, and actors, or attend the annual Frontera Fest at Hyde Park Theatre. Start your morning with different kinds of breakfast biscuit dishes like The Bee Gee or The Aretha at Biscuits & Groovy. Fill up on comfort food like Chicken Fried Steak, The HP Classic, or a Pastrami Reuben at Hyde Park Bar & Grill. Sit down for lunch at New World Deli, where you can order a Tuna Salad or Avocado Veggie Sandwich. Indulge in delicious seafood dishes like a Blue Crab Cake, Lobster Roll, or Ahi Poke at Mongers Market & Kitchen.

North University

Single-Family Craftsman-Style Home in North University, Austin. Photo by Instagram user @seedaustin

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  • Home Price: $980 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 89% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals

Looking to rent a home in Austin close to a major university? Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Texas at Austin can easily call this eclectic neighborhood home! The majority of the housing in North University consists of rental properties, so it won’t be hard to find a perfect rental home or apartment. The central part of North University offers a quiet, more suburban area for renters, whereas those in the southeast corner are in a more walkable, bustling area near the university with diverse restaurant options and late-night closing times. Need to commute to Downtown Austin? No problem! North University is a short ten-minute drive to the city center.

Things to Do in North University

Attend a Longhorn football game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Take a walk through Sparky Park and admire the Grotto Wall. Play a variety of PC games, partake in a gaming tournament, or experience virtual reality at Game Republik. Enjoy the Austin weather and go on a picnic or play a game of baseball at Adams Hemphill Park. Spend the day learning about President Lyndon B. Johnson and see exhibits centered on the Civil Rights Movement at the LBJ Library & Museum. Savor classic Jamaican entrees like Chicken & Curry Potatoes or Jerk Chicken at Bickle Jamaican Restaurant. Order Steak Frites or Ratatouille while sipping a 805 Blonde Ale at French gastropub Hopfields. Try a variety of tacos from Chorizo & Eggs to Beef Fajita at Taco Joint. Grab plant-based comfort food like a Bac’n Cheezeburger or Frito Pie at Arlo’s. Catch up with the friends while sharing some Queso & Chips at Posse East.

South Lamar

  • Home Price: $1,122 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 66% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families

South Lamar is the perfect Austin neighborhood for someone looking for a busy city life with nearby green space! This area is located just across from the Barton Creek Greenbelt, which provides almost 13 miles of trails, fantastic mountain bike terrain, and gorgeous swimming areas. Although Austin is home to several greenbelts, if you hear a local say “the Greenbelt,” they’re probably referring to this one, as Barton Creek Greenbelt is unofficially the best park in Austin. And since South Lamar is less than 20 minutes from the city center, it’s an ideal spot for those who want the convenience of city life but affordable living in Austin. Renters searching for a home in South Lamar will find a variety of ranches, bungalows, and cottages as well as apartments located throughout the neighborhood.

Things to Do in South Lamar

Grab your dance partner and learn how to two-step or tap your boots to live music at the Broken Spoke, Austin’s original Honky Tonk! Find a new statement piece of artwork and support local Austin artists at Austin Art Garage. Become a member at ROK Golf, where you can play games of virtual golf to practice your swing or compete with your buds. Refuel with a Greek Yogurt and coffee for breakfast at Opa! Get some fresh, healthy food like Moroccan Lentil Soup, a Kale, Caesar! salad to go, or a shot of organic Wheatgrass at one of Austin’s most popular local chains, The Soup Peddler. Dine with your furry friend while you Build Your Own Burger at Black Sheep Lodge. Or watch your favorite sports teams on the big screen while eating Hot Buffalo Wings at The Park.

Zilker

Exterior Photo of the Lamar Union in Zilker, Austin. Photo by Instagram user @lamarunion

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  • Home Price: $1,231 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 61% of Austin neighborhoods
  • Perfect for: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Love living in the city but don’t want to sacrifice your proximity to the outdoors? Rent a home in Zilker! This Austin neighborhood is located next to its namesake park, Zilker Park, which offers 350 acres of green space and access to a variety of trails, ideal for people with active lifestyles. Zilker is also an exciting place to live in Austin because it’s home to popular music festival Austin City Limits and other community events like the Austin Trail of Lights, Blues on The Green, and ABC Kite Festival. Renters will find housing options consisting of modern houses and condos as well as a great selection of apartments.

Things to Do in Zilker

Check out amazing performances like The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, and Annie Get Your Gun at Zilker Hillside Theater, an outdoor theater with lawn seating. Play the nine-hole course or set up a private game with your friends at Butler Pitch & Putt. Take in the stunning views of Downtown Austin while biking or hiking the trails at Butler Shores. Experience full-body relaxation with a Deep Tissue Massage or an Organic Fire & Ice Facial at Viva Day Spa. Satisfy your sushi craving by ordering the Crunchy Salmon Roll or Wagyu Surf & Turf roll at Soto. Chow down on Grilled Octopus or Pan Seared Halibut paired with Grilled Asparagus at Eberly. Fill up on hand-tossed pizzas and homemade pasta dishes like Cheese Ravioli at Juliet Italian Kitchen. Order farm-to-table favorites like Snapper Ceviche, Dry-Aged Wagyu Burger, or Aged Pork Chop at Odd Duck. Or grab a scoop of Lemonade Pound Cake or Strawberry Basil Ice Cream for dessert at Lick: Honest Ice Creams.

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