You really can’t go wrong with a move to Austin, Texas. The warm weather, youthful vibe, walking access to almost everything and growing career opportunities make it an easy choice, but if you’re a young professional looking to make the leap into homeownership, which part of the city should you call home?
Here’s the inside scoop on a few of the best neighborhoods in Austin.
Where to Search for a Home
When you’re a young professional, you’ll want nearby public transportation, unique stores to browse on the weekends, quaint cafes, access to recreational areas and a sprinkling of awesome nightlife. Thankfully, several Austin neighborhoods fit these needs and more.
Take a peek at our top choices to decide if moving to Austin is the right option for you.
If you want to live close to downtown Austin without the cost, East Side is the best area to explore. When you want to soak up the relaxing atmosphere of nature, this neighborhood is close to Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir off the Colorado River. The eclectic community is also home to a shopping district, diverse residential areas and fantastic restaurants.
As Brad Pauly, broker and owner of Pauly Presley Realty, explains, “Entry price for purchasing is approximately $250,000 and up to $800,000. The pricing obviously makes it appealing, but so does the surrounding landscape. The East Side offers multiple stops on the commuter rail, which allows for many one-car or no-car families and singles. The influx of young professionals is evident by the sprouting business industry in the last few years. It’s hard to travel a block or two without running into a coffee shop, pub or restaurant.”
Not far from East Side is University Hills, an older neighborhood featuring homes built in the 1950s to the 1970s on large tree-lined lots, with plenty of starter homes available. According to Austin Monthly, the median home price in 2015 was $250,000, and 110 homes were sold in University Hills, making this an affordable option for those looking to get into this popular neighborhood.
The community is close to the airport for easy access in and out of the city, which may be especially appealing to young professionals who travel on a regular basis.
This former airport area, just northeast of downtown Austin, is now a master-planned community with an urban, yet homey feel. You’ll discover ample food trucks over the lunching hours, a farmer’s market to explore on the weekends and Mueller Lake Park, where you can relax, hike a nature trail or go for a bike ride.
Young professionals have a pick of new home types in Mueller, from low-maintenance condos to single-family houses, all built since 2007. In 2015, the median home price in Mueller was $485,000.
Searching for a quirky place to plant your roots? It’s not uncommon to see backyard chickens while touring a vintage project home you can call your own in Southwood. This neighborhood is close to the South Austin Park and Recreation Center and the shopping district in nearby South Lamar. The area even offers a direct freeway to help you arrive downtown. Homes in Southwood currently sell for $370,000 to $535,000.
If you’re relocating with small children, Summit Elementary in Milwood is known for its top-notch education. As a bonus, a local branch of the Austin Public Library and Balcones District Park are in this neighborhood. If you’re working in the technology industry, you’ll find Milwood is close to many tech-centric businesses, and the median price of homes selling in Milwood hovers around $275,000.
Other Areas to Explore
These communities are just the beginning. Michael Lindeman, vice president of sales and marketing for home builder Taylor Morrison in Austin, advises young professionals to consider communities on the outskirts of Austin, such as Rocky Creek.
He explained that new homes in this neighborhood are priced around $430,000, with luxurious home features, including gourmet kitchens with breakfast nooks, private master suites, stately home offices for those working from home, game rooms, cozy outdoor fireplaces and more. Furthermore, he said, “The intimate neighborhood is just minutes from the heart of Bee Cave and close to Austin employment centers, excellent schools within the Lake Travis Independent School District and premier Hill Country Galleria shopping and dining destinations.”
Are you ready to take the leap and move to Austin? Owners.com can help you find the perfect home in the best neighborhoods in Austin. Start your online search today!
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