With an average of 150 people moving here every day, the word is out: Austin is a great place to be. Of course, with this city’s rising popularity comes increased rent costs and heavily concentrated traffic. Some neighborhoods, however, have found loopholes to these common problems. No matter what your price range is, you can find a home or apartment that suits your needs. With their artistic vibes and convenient locations, these ten areas are the best places to live in Austin.
Just east of I-35 and only miles away from The University of Texas, the Cherrywood neighborhood offers sweet, suburban living in a central location.
2. North Loop
If trendy vintage stores and hipster coffee shops make you squeal in delight, then the North Loop area will keep you smiling. Rent prices aren't as steep as they are in nearby neighborhoods, and you're still surrounded by the hip arts and culture scene.
3. West Lake
Though more expensive than most Austin neighborhoods, West Lake offers stunning views, top-notch school systems, and friendly environments. This neighborhood is ideal for families.
The prices are affordable and the location is stellar. The Enfield neighborhood hugs downtown Austin and sits just minutes away from the University of Texas.
5. Bouldin Creek
The acclaimed 78704 area code is celebrated for a reason. South First Street beams with quirky boutiques and delicious restaurants. Just a breezy bike ride away from Zilker Park and a short stroll to South Congress, the '04 has welcomed fun-loving Austinites for decades.
6. The Triangle
Convenience and luxury surround the homes and apartments near The Triangle. Perfect for singles and families alike, this part of town knows how to make its residents feel pampered.
7. Hyde Park
This quaint little neighborhood is speckled with white picket fences and welcoming front porches. Restaurants like Mother's Garden and Hyde Park Bar and Grill make this area scrumptiously delicious, too.
8. Central East Austin
This part of town has seen its fair share of changes. Once dangerous and full of crime, Central East Austin has blossomed into a safe neighborhood full of quirky bars and fabulous food trailers. Street arts splashes this area with color.
9. South Lamar
Sometimes referred to as "SoLa," South Lamar attracts people of all ages and occupations. Classic Austin establishments like Maria's Taco Express and the Broken Spoke bring Texas charm to the area while upscale restaurants like Uchi and Barlata keep it classy and formal.
Students will love the price and location of the Hancock neighborhood. Surrounded by the Hancock Golf Course and right on the UT Shuttle route, the Hancock area is a cozy alternative to the dorms and co-ops on campus.