by Alex Lewis
on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 9:57am.
Raising a family in Austin can be a wonderful experience. The city offers great career opportunities, reputable schools and universities, exciting year-round events for all ages, and easy access to beautiful Texas nature.
Once you’ve decided Austin is where you want to live, how do you choose the right neighborhood for your family?
Fortunately, Austin is a very family-friendly place. It’s not hard to find safe, pleasant communities with access to fun experiences and daily amenities. So when it comes to choosing which part of town to settle down in, you can really just start with your preferences:
What part of town do you want to live in?
How close do you want to be to downtown Austin?
How close do you want to be to work?
What is my budget for a home?
As you think about your personal needs and preferences, here are some of the most popular communities for raising a family in Austin, away from the city center:
West of Zilker Park, Rollingwood is a riverside community with easy walking connection to nature and business. The community offers a selection of mid-range to luxury properties, ranging from around $600K to over a million.
Rollingwood is a good place to raise a family, with nearby schools like Austin High School, grocery stores like Trader Joe's, and popular swimming locations such as Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool in close proximity.
Not to mention, you’ll enjoy walking-access to all the year-round events happening in Zilker Park.
Some of the most beautiful real estate in Austin can be found directly west of Lady Bird Lake, in the community of West Lake. Complete with breathtaking scenery of both Austin’s city skyline and the rolling plains of the Texas Hill Country, families in this area have a lot to enjoy.
West Lake is outside the bustle of downtown Austin, yet it maintains plenty of stores and amenities nearby. Families in West Lake are part of the renowned Eanes Independent School District and have simple access to nature including luxury golf courses.
Residents also enjoy nearby malls, grocery stores, and delicious restaurants, with central Austin only a short drive away.
Brushy Creek is a more reasonable community for many first-time homebuyers. With median home prices below $300,000, Brushy Creek gives families a safe community within one of the most popular cities in the U.S.
Located north of Austin, beside Round Rock, Brushy Creek offers affordability with connection to great schools, restaurants, and stores. Brushy Creek is a half-hour commute from downtown, a reasonable commute for the right occasion.
Looking to the future: Apple recently announced the imminent construction of a new $1 billion Austin campus in North Austin, which could mean great job opportunities and a boost to local property values for families in this area.
Cedar park shares many benefits with Brushy Creek, including affordability for first-time homebuyers. For families desiring a big-city amenities, without the bustle and price, Cedar Park might be ideal.
Cedar Park -- located west of Brushy Creek in Northwest Austin -- is an ideal home destination for families looking for a quiet lifestyle. Residents enjoy easy access to the pleasures that make Austin so loved, while also providing a distance from its busyness and traffic.
South Austin has become very popular, with appreciating real estate values, new restaurants and coffee shops popping up, and diverse price offerings catching the attention of incoming prospective Austinites. Among these communities, Shady Hollow is one of the furthest south.
Shady Hollow splits I35 and Interstate 1, offering residents a simple 20-minute commute to central Austin when they’re ready for a night on the town. Shady Hollow is great for anyone who loves regular outdoor activities, with parks, golf courses, and hiking trails nearby.