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Which Austin Neighborhood is Right for You?

Looking for a place in Austin? From Downtown to Tarrytown and everything in between, Austin has so many beautiful neighborhoods to discover. This guide will help you find the best fit!


If you love the city lifestyle, Downtown Austin is the place for you! There is plenty to do here in terms of education, entertainment, work opportunities, and living your everyday life. There is always something going on downtown, with both daylife and nightlife happening all the time. If you’re looking for entertainment, visit Sixth Street for some live music, or visit one of the excellent restaurants and bars. This area has lots of places to explore, meaning living here will always lend for an exciting experience. A convenient thing about the downtown area is that it’s extremely pedestrian-friendly, meaning you’ll be able to walk to and from everything you want to do in your neighborhood. This Austin area might be the right fit for you if you love being at the heart of the big city and want to be close to entertainment and opportunities at all times.

Highland Park West

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Highland Park West is well-loved by residents for many reasons. It is a beautiful place to live, with trees and nature surrounding its homes. Being located on top of a hill, you’ll be surrounded by scenic views if you decide to move here. This neighborhood is a wonderful place to be in, especially if you’re a nature lover. There are lots of parks to visit here, including Perry Park, Mayfield Park, and Bright Leaf Preserve. You can expect a strong sense of community in this neighborhood. Many events run by community members for the community happen here, including an Easter egg hunt, movies at the park events, a Fourth of July celebration, and so much more! If you love the sound of living in a scenic, community-oriented area, Highland Park West is a neighborhood that fits this description and has it all! 


Located close to downtown, you’ll find a neighborhood known for its luxury real estate. Westlake makes for an amazing place to live for families too. Its school district has won many awards both academically and athletically. Beyond its stunning real estate and award-winning schools, you’ll love the atmosphere you’ll be in living here too. You’ll have unbeatable views of downtown Austin’s skyline from Pennybacker Bridge and opportunities to enjoy nature by visiting the greenbelt. This area is perfect if you enjoy a game of golf, too, with the Barton Creek Golf Resort located here. If you’re looking for a tight-knit community away from the city with lots of amenities, Westlake may just be the perfect neighborhood for you.



This historic neighborhood located on Lake Austin has a charming feel and is extremely desirable for many reasons. Here you’ll find a unique variety of homes, including cottages from the 1920s to more modern homes. Tarrytown has that small-town charm, all while only being a few minutes away from downtown. Being a small town on the lake means that the people here are friendly and community-oriented. There are lots of fun and exciting events taking place by the lake at the public boat dock. There is plenty to do outdoors here, being located by the lake. One of the community's favorites is visiting Reed Park, where you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities, including swimming, hiking, and sports. If you’re looking for a quiet but lively and friendly small town with lots of beauty to take in, then Tarrytown may be the Austin community for you. 


Rollingwood is another neighborhood that is well-loved in Austin. Rollingwood is known for its convenient location, as it’s easy to get to Downtown Austin, South Austin, and West Austin. This area has a suburban feel, and there is always something exciting happening, especially outdoors. One amenity Rollingwood has is the Western Hills Athletic Club. Here, you can enjoy a swim in the pool, play a game of volleyball, play tennis, and much more. This neighborhood is one that is very family-friendly, with lots to do and academically excellent schools located within the area. If a suburban community with an ideal location and ample community activities sounds enticing to you, this is a neighborhood that could be the right fit for you!

Found the Neighborhood for You?

Now that you’ve explored what some of the neighborhoods in Austin are like, you may be looking to make your next move. If you’re looking for luxury homes in Austin, contact Roots Residential Group, they can help find the perfect place for you!

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