The Best Austin Neighborhoods for Schools

Every parent wants the best for their child. In today's highly competitive college environment, every schooling decision you make for your child along the way may be the difference between getting in to a top college and just missing the cut. Buying a home in a good public school district is one of the easiest and most financially responsible ways to get what's best for your child. When undertaking your Austin home search, keep in mind that by living in range of top public schools, you'll be saving money on costly private school tuition and your home will be more likely to increase in value over time.

Here are five of the best Austin neighborhoods for schools—for those families looking for the best possible education for their kids, all the way from the first day of elementary school, to the last day of high school.

5. Allandale

With affordable single-family homes on spacious lots ranging from $165,000 to $800,000, Allandale is a great investment opportunity for new families. Located in north central Austin, Allandale is a great choice for those looking for a suburban environment without the long commute. An ever-expanding infrastructure, lots of parks, and new restaurants make this a great neighborhood for families.

Allandale's top-ranked schools include:

  • Gullett Elementary: 6th-ranked elementary school
  • Casis Elementary: 11th-ranked elementary school
  • Anderson High School: 6th-ranked high school
  • McCallum High School: 10th-ranked high school

Interested in Allandale homes for sale? Visit our Allandale real estate listings.

4. Lake Travis

The natural beauty of Lake Travis is matched by its education system. This prestigious community has some of the most stunning properties in Austin, making it one of the most sought-after regions for families. While Lake Travis real estate does feature plenty of million dollar homes, it's still possible for more budget-conscious families to find one-story homes starting at $300,000.

Lake Travis High is famous for its football program, which is consistently one of the best teams in the state, but it is equally well-known for its academics. The high school offers more than 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 30 Pre-AP/Honors courses, making it one of the most comprehensive preparatory academic programs in the state.

Lake Travis's top-ranked schools include:

  • Lake Pointe Elementary: 5th-ranked elementary school
  • Lakeway Elementary: 9th-ranked elementary school
  • Serene Hills Elementary: 18th-ranked elementary school
  • Lake Travis Middle School: 6th-ranked middle school
  • Hudson Bend Middle School: 11th-ranked middle school
  • Lake Travis High School: 8th-ranked high school

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3. Circle C Ranch

This 4,000 home master-planned community is only 15 minutes from downtown Austin, and it is well within reach for first-time home buyers, with homes ranging from $300,000 to $800,000. Circle C's quiet streets, plenty of parks, and incredible recreational facilities—including an Olympic-sized swimming pool—make it a perfect place to raise a family.

Circle C's top-ranked schools include:

  • Clayton Elementary School: 4th-ranked elementary school
  • Kiker Elementary School: 12th-ranked elementary school
  • Gorzycki Middle School: 2nd-ranked middle school
  • Bowie High School: 9th-ranked high school

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2. Spicewood at Balcones Village

Spicewood at Balcones Village is an established community designed around the Balcones Country Club, which features tennis courts, swimming pools, and a golf course, which will help your kids stay active. This neighborhood provides wide, tree-lined streets with fantastic schools and a tight sense of community that will keep your family feeling safe. Spicewood at Balcones Village homes for sale range from $400,000 to $800,000.

The Round Rock ISD runs schools in Spicewood at Balcones, and provides possibly the best start-to-finish schooling experience in the city.

Spicewood at Balcones Village's schools include:

  • Spicewood Elementary School: 2nd-ranked elementary school
  • Canyon Vista Middle School: 3rd-ranked middle school
  • Westwood High School: 2nd-ranked high school

To browse Spicewood at Balcones homes for sale, visit our Spicewood at Balcones real estate listings.

1. Great Hills

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Austin, Great Hills provides the best possible education for your child in an affordable price range. Although the neighborhood is a prestigious golf course community with a few multi-million dollar homes, it's possible to find one-story homes with no updating required for only $300,000. Within five miles of Great Hills, you'll find three major shopping centers, dozens of first-rate restaurants, and top-rate amenities for your kids.

Great Hills is split between the Austin ISD on the south end, and Round Rock ISD on the north end, but first-rate schools can be found in both districts.

Great Hills' top-ranked schools include:

  • Laurel Mountain Elementary School: 1st-ranked elementary school
  • Hill Elementary School: 14th-ranked elementary school
  • Canyon Vista Middle School: 3rd-ranked middle school
  • Westwood High School: 2nd-ranked high school
  • Anderson High School: 6th-ranked high school

Interested in Great Hills homes for sale? Search our Great Hills real estate listings.

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