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Austin, Texas is scattered all across lists featuring the best places to live. Its music scene, fantastic restaurants, and overall unique atmosphere is extremely attractive to residents and visitors alike. If you’re planning to move there, though, it’s a good idea to learn about the neighborhoods before making that jump.

 

Every Austin neighborhood has its own personality and there’s a fit for households in every stage of life. Here are some of the most popular neighborhoods throughout the city and why:

 

Barton Hills

Historic and well-established, Barton Hills rests only minutes from Downtown Austin and Zilker Park, giving the best of both worlds whether you’re in the mood to commune with nature at LadyBird Lake or go on a city adventure on Dirty Sixth. The homes in Barton Hills an eclectic mix of historical and modern, with some having been around since the 1930s, and others a more recent addition to the neighborhood. Although Barton Hills is practically in the middle of Downtown Austin, it still feels like a welcome respite from everything else around you.

 

Allandale

Allandale is a favorite of new residents and old, and it’s no surprise, given its lively, involved community, big open spaces, and spacious homes. It’s especially attractive to families thanks to its traditional feel, as well as all of the things to do around the area. Of course, there’s the nightlife scene for anyone interested, but there are also stunning parks of Old Austin to explore, and plenty of nearby small businesses that give Austin’s its charmingly quirky character.

 

Old West Austin

This neighborhood is in high demand as one of the ten Great American Neighborhoods as decided by the American Planning Association. Old West Austin has also been on the National Historic Register of Historic Places as of 2003; the community was originally developed between 1886 and 1953. You can see the history in the houses, which are like a timeline in and of themselves. Old West Austin is also home to the Clarksville community, which was founded by freed slaves after the Civil War.

 

Lakeway

If you’re a golfer, Lakeway is a perfect option with great homes, quality schools, and nearby natural parks. Currently in the works is the Lakeway Resort and Spa, which promises a relaxing break from the bustle of everyday life. Although Lakeway doesn’t have much in terms of history, it’s a vibrant place to call home complete with stunning views of Lake Travis.