Which Austin Community is Right for You?

12/1/21  |  Carla Umlauf

Do you plan to move to a new home in or around the city of Austin? Are you wondering which neighborhoods would best fit your needs?

Do you plan to move to a new home in or around the city of Austin? Are you wondering which neighborhoods would best fit your needs? Austin is a vibrant and diverse city with plenty of neighborhoods ranging from fun and funky to luxurious and family-oriented. Here are some of the top communities in the area for those looking to buy a new house.

West Lake Hills

Located less than five miles from downtown Austin, West Lake Hills is an exclusive area filled with luxury homes. The community has a superb school district and beautiful views of Lake Austin and the rolling landscape. Those who buy West Lake Hills real estate get the best of both worlds: the quiet atmosphere of small-town living with the proximity of exciting downtown Austin just minutes away. There are also more than 12 miles of biking and hiking trails at nearby Barton Creek Greenbelt, a plus for the outdoor enthusiast. However, if you hope to live in this amazing neighborhood, you’re going to pay for it, especially if you are looking at one of the area’s gated communities like Stratford Place. The median price of homes in Westlake Hills is $2.1 million, up a staggering 62% from one year ago.


Those who own Rollingwood homes also benefit from the proximity to downtown Austin as it’s a mere four miles from the city center. Along with West Lake Hills, Rollingwood is one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods given its close-knit community and abundant amenities. Ranked as one of the best places to raise a family in Texas, Rollingwood features a block packed with tennis courts, a swimming pool, a park, and an athletic club that acts as the neighborhood’s social center. Though the community is all residential, there are loads of nearby shopping and dining options, and outdoor recreation is also convenient.
The median price of Rollingwood homes is $2.2 million, a number that has trended downward in the past year. This means that buyers may be able to take advantage of a market that is leaning in their favor and secure one of the available houses in this popular neighborhood.


Those who are willing to travel a bit further from Austin to get to their neighborhood will likely be interested in Lakeway houses. Lakeway is located a little over 21 miles from downtown Austin and is close to a marina as well as several golf courses, including Yaupon and Flintrock Falls. Those with kids will love the Lake Travis Independent School District. Homebuyers who are focused on privacy will enjoy the seclusion of the gated The Hills of Lakeway community. For those who want to avoid the trek into Austin, there are fine dining and shopping options nearby and an on-site medical center.
As an up-and-coming community, Lakeway has lower housing prices than other exclusive neighborhoods, such as West Lake Hills and Rollingwood. The median price of Lakeway houses is $850,000, though prices are quickly rising, and interested buyers should make a point to start visiting homes soon before they are priced out of their budget.

Downtown Austin

For those who crave life in the heart of the city and don’t want to make the drive from Lakeway houses, downtown Austin is the place to be. With its laid-back yet sophisticated feel, downtown Austin is perfect for those who prefer having hundreds of close entertainment options and an urban atmosphere. The downtown area also boasts outdoor opportunities via Lady Bird Lake and Zilker Park, so that residents have access to hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
Housing in downtown Austin is largely made up of luxury condos and garden-style lofts. The median price of downtown Austin homes is $601,000, which is up more than 29% from 2020.


If you are seeking access to outdoor recreation and stellar parks, put Tarrytown on your list. A short three-mile drive from downtown Austin, Tarrytown features quiet neighborhoods with highly rated schools, perfect for growing families. Homes tend to be single-family and feature modern architecture, although there are numerous recently renovated historic homes available that were built in the ’30s and ’40s. Unique restaurants and coffee shops abound in Tarrytown, giving it a strong community vibe that residents love. The median price for Tarrytown homes is $1.8 million, though homes are available anywhere from $475,000 all the way up to $5.5 million.


Situated 17 miles from downtown Austin and just seven miles from Dripping Springs, Belterra is a family-friendly neighborhood that offers parks, creeks, biking trails, and the type of country landscape that outdoor enthusiasts dream about. This master-planned community has desirable amenities, such as on-site shopping and dining as well as a host of events, including live music, holiday celebrations, and poolside watch parties. The community benefits from being part of the Dripping Springs Independent School District, which has the highest ranking from the Texas Education Agency. If you’re interested in Belterra homes, you’ll pay a median price of $790,000, up more than 58% from a year ago.

Circle C Ranch

With its several secluded developments, Circle C Ranch is ideal for those who want to be within city limits while still enjoying amenities, like hiking and biking trails and huge oak trees. This neighborhood is part of the Austin Independent School District and is also home to the world-renowned Grey Rock Golf Club. The community appeals to a broad range of buyers as it has modest single-family homes for sale, as well as mansions in gated communities for those who seek luxury homes.
No matter which Austin community you choose to live in, you’ll benefit from a high standard of living paired with fantastic amenities and a variety of housing options. Ready to start looking at Rollingwood homes, Lakeway houses, or West Lake Hills real estate? Reach out to local real estate agent Carla Umlauf today for expert assistance.

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