Austin-area Communities

With its high quality of life and low cost of living, Austin ranks among the top cities in the nation. People are drawn to Austin's lush landscapes, active lifestyle, cultural richness, and stable economy. Are you ready to make the move? With so many excellent neighborhoods close to quality schools and popular attractions, your hardest decision may be selecting a community to live in. Browse Austin-area communities below and check out neighborhood video guides to get a better feel for what each of these areas has to offer. Use the map below to view popular neighborhoods, available homes for sale and school information in each area. You can also reference our Zip Code map or School District map.

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Austin, TX is known for its progressive culture, strong economy, and relatively affordable cost-of-living. People from all over are moving to Austin because of its consistent record of positive job growth. Austin is an incredibly diverse city where all lifestyles are represented throughout its numerous neighborhoods and suburbs.

Avery Ranch

Located in the Northwest part of Austin, Avery Ranch is a family-friendly community that offers plenty of recreational space and Hill Country scenery. Young students living in Avery Ranch attend award-winning Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD schools. Some of the most affordable homes in the Austin area are in Avery Ranch.

Barton Creek

Barton Creek is one of Austin’s leading country club communities. Homeowners is this community have the opportunity to join the Barton Creek Country Club as social members. Families with young students in Barton Creek are served by Austin ISD schools. Residents of the Barton Creek area also enjoy being close to the Barton Creek Greenbelt.


Just 30 miles southeast of Austin is the small and charming town of Bastrop, TX. Known as the “Home of the Lost Pines”, residents enjoy Bastrop State Park and its 3,500 acres offer camping, hiking, biking, and fishing. Bastrop has many bed and breakfasts, as well as old-fashioned shops. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recently given Bastrop the title of “Most Historic Small Town in Texas.” 

Bee Cave

Bee Cave is a small city located at the western edge of Austin. Homes in Bee Cave are surrounded by scenic Texas Hill Country views and students attend Lake Travis ISD schools, one of the best school districts in Central Texas. Even though Bee Cave is considered a small town, it offers great shopping and entertainment at the Hill Country Galleria. Bee Caves Road is a major roadway in the Bee Cave area.


Buda, TX is a small town about 15 miles south of downtown Austin. Buda sits just off I-35 and is full of cozy neighborhoods that are near the scenic Hill Country. This town is also known as the Outdoor Capital of Texas, with plenty of camping and hunting nearby. Students who live in Buda attend Hays CISD schools.

Cedar Park

Just 20 miles north of Downtown Austin is the city of Cedar Park, one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Some of the most affordable real estate in the Austin area is in Cedar Park as well as award-winning Leander ISD schools. Residents of Cedar Park enjoy concerts, special events, and Texas Stars’ hockey games hosted at Cedar Park Center.

Central Austin

The Central Austin area is known for its eclectic and relaxed neighborhoods as well as its close proximity to Austin’s famous entertainment district. Homes in Central Austin range in style from historic bungalows to modern condos and lofts. Residents in Central Austin enjoy being close to local art galleries, music venues, and museums. Young students in this area attend Austin ISD schools. Major roads in Central Austin include Airport Blvd, Duval Street, Guadalupe Street, Rio Grande Street, and Shoal Creek Blvd.

Circle C Ranch

Located in Southwest Austin, Circle C Ranch is a luxury community surrounded by heavily wooded land and parks located throughout the area. Circle C is also home to the Grey Rock Golf Club, a professionally planned course that sits on 160 acres. The area’s students are served by Austin ISD schools.

Downtown Austin

Homes in Downtown Austin are mostly luxury, high-rise condos that are close to one of the most exciting entertainment districts in Texas. For outdoor activities, residents of Downtown Austin enjoy being close to Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail as well as Zilker Park. Young students in Downtown Austin attend Austin ISD schools. Red River is a major street that runs through downtown Austin.


Driftwood is a community that’s located southwest of Austin among Hill Country scenic views. The community has an easy commute to downtown and is close to natural swimming holes as well as hiking trails. Residents of Driftwood enjoy being close to Salt Lick BBQ, a Texas state icon.

Dripping Springs

Dripping Springs lies in the Texas Hill Country about 25 miles west of Austin. Residents of Dripping Springs enjoy a serene countryside while also enjoying a convenient commute to Downtown Austin. Young students are served by award-winning Dripping Springs ISD schools.

East Austin

Austin’s East side is a lively, unique, and eclectic area. East Austin is filled with local restaurants, trendy entertainment venues, and nearby parks. Real estate in East Austin is neighborhood-centric with close-knit communities. The East Austin area has been rapidly developing over the last decade. East Austin students are served by Austin ISD schools. Manor Road is a major road in East Austin.


Elgin is a small town about 20 miles east of Austin. Even though the town is small, Elgin has been recognized as food lovers’ destination. The National Register of Historic Place has recognized Elgin’s historic downtown and residents of Elgin frequently enjoy the town’s 19th century town square.


Georgetown, TX is a small and historic city that’s about 25 miles north of Austin. There are over 180 Georgetown homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Potential homebuyers will typically notice lower home prices in Georgetown than in Austin. Georgetown also has a well-preserved downtown square with many dining and shopping options.


Just 25 miles north of downtown Austin, Hutto is located just east of Round Rock. Hutto is currently one of the fastest growing small cities in America but has retained much of its historical charm. Young students attend Hutto ISD which has received a Recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency for 2009 TAKS testing.


Jonestown is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Hill Country” and is located about 20 miles northwest of Austin. Homes in Jonestown are a mix of gated estate-sized custom homes and Lake Travis waterfront homes. Residents enjoy quick access to Lake Travis and scenic Hill Country views.


Kyle is a small town about 22 miles south of Austin and 53 miles north of San Antonio. Kyle is one of the fastest growing small cities in Texas and is close to many natural attractions like tubing and fishing on the Blanco, Guadalupe, and San Marcos rivers. Young students who live in Kyle attend Hays CISD schools.

Lago Vista

Lago Vista is a small town located 20 miles northwest of Austin along the north shore of Lake Travis. There are 2 golf courses in Lago Vista and residents enjoy close proximity to Lake Travis. Students in Lago Vista attend Lago Vista ISD schools.


Lakeway is settled among tree-covered hills on Lake Travis shores. Lakeway is known for great golfing, shopping, and dining. Residents of Lakeway enjoy being close to Lake Travis and many parks. Lake Travis ISD schools serve students in Lakeway.

Lake Austin

Some of the most sought-after property in the Austin area is in Lake Austin which is just west of downtown. Homeowners in Lake Austin enjoy great entertainment options, and a variety of water activities like fishing, boating, and kayaking. Students in Lake Austin attend Eanes ISD, Leander ISD, and Lake Travis ISD schools.  Lake Austin Boulevard is a major roadway in the Lake Austin area.

Lake Travis

Lake Travis is home to some of the most sought-after real estate in Austin. Located slightly northwest of Austin’s downtown, Lake Travis offers residents a great mix of natural beauty and downtown conveniences. Homes in Lake Travis range from small single-bedroom homes to large cliffside estates.


The small town of Leander is on the edge of the Texas Hill Country and is located just northwest of Austin. There has been rapid growth in Leander over the last decade because of a healthy real estate market and an affordable cost of living. Students living in Leander attend award-winning Leander ISD schools.

Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill is a small rural town that’s located north of Austin around Cedar Park and Leander. Residents of Liberty Hill enjoy wooded landscapes and close proximity to state parks which offer camping, hiking, and swimming areas. Golfers will also appreciate 3 nearby golf courses. Liberty Hill students attend schools in Liberty Hill ISD.


Just northeast of Austin rests the town of Manor, which is a small town of about 5,000 residents. Much like other small towns in the region, Manor has seen considerable growth in recent years. Residents enjoy having open-spaces while also remaining close to the lively city of Austin.

North Austin

North Austin has seen increasing development in recent years. Residents in North Austin can enjoy many nearby attractions and amenities without needing to drive downtown; even though most homes are an easy 15 to 20 minute commute downtown. The Domain and The Arboretum offer North Austinites high-end shopping, entertainment, and dining options.

North Central Austin

North Central Austin is considered to be the area between I-35 and MoPac, bordered by Hwy 183 to the north and 2222 to the south. The neighborhoods in North Central Austin are laid back and feature a variety of home styles. Residents enjoy close proximity to downtown but also enjoy the nearby shops and eateries in their own backyard.

Northeast Austin

Northeast Austin is bordered by I-35 to the west, Parmer Rd to the north, Toll Road 130 to the east, and Hwy 183 to the south. Neighborhoods in Northeast Austin are close to major roadways and residents enjoy easy commutes to hotspots around the city. Walnut Creek Nature Preserve and Walter E. Long Lake are also nearby.

Northwest Austin

Northwest Austin is surrounded by Hill Country landscapes and is bordered by Hwy 183 and RM 2222. Residents who live in Northwest Austin enjoy luxury shopping at The Domain and the Arboretum as well as the nearby Hill Country views. Young students who live in Northwest Austin attend Austin ISD schools. Spicewood Springs is a major Northwest Austin roadway.


Pflugerville is currently home to about 40,000 residents and is located about 15 miles north of Downtown Austin. Like other suburbs in the area, Pflugerville has seen and continues to see rapid growth while also maintaining a small-town feel. Residents enjoy local shops and restaurants, as well as quick commutes into Austin.


Rollingwood is a small town to the southwest of Austin and is very close to attractions like Zilker Park, Lady Bird Lake, and Downtown Austin. Young students attend award-winning Eanes ISD schools which have earned strong reputations for their academic and athletic programs. Homes in Rollingwood come in a variety of styles from modern mansions to smaller 1970s and 1980s homes.

Round Rock

Considered one of the best-managed and fastest-growing cities in Texas, Round Rock has become more than just a suburb of Austin. The city has taken on a life of its own and has even been ranked the 13th safest city in America as well as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise, The Alliance for Youth. Residents of Round Rock enjoy top-ranked schools, easy access to downtown Austin, and outstanding park system.

South Austin

South Austin is the area directly south of Downtown and Lady Bird Lake. South Austin residents enjoy eclectic homes and being within biking distance of downtown Austin. The “Keep Austin Weird” motto was born in South Austin and is shown by the funky shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues that are scattered throughout this lively area of Austin. Major roadways in South Austin include Riverside Drive,  South First Street, and South Lamar Boulevard.

Southeast Austin

Southeast is located near I-35 and the Colorado River. The area is surrounded by many natural attractions like McKinney Falls State Park, the Colorado River, and the Blackland Prairie. Also nearby is Austin-Bergstrom Airport and downtown attractions. Student who live in Southeast Austin attend Austin ISD or Del Valle ISD schools.

Southwest Austin

Southwest Austin is considered the mid-point between lively Downtown happenings and the idyllic landscapes of the Texas Hill Country. Homeowners in Southwest Austin enjoy outdoor activities at the many nature preserves and trails, as well as short commutes into downtown Austin. Southwest Parkway is a major roadway in Southwest Austin.


Located west 35 miles west of Austin’s Downtown, Spicewood is a rural community that boasts some of the most picturesque real estate in the greater Austin area. Spicewood is right on the edge of where Lake Johnson and Lake Travis meet. Residents of this area enjoy peaceful scenes of nature while remaining close to Austin’s lively culture.

Sunset Valley

Sunset Valley is located in Central Southwest Austin but is actually its own separate city. Around 1,000 residents call Sunset Valley home and they enjoy close proximity to Downtown Austin to the north. Many Sunset Valley homes are among the hip South Lamar area which features many local eateries and entertainment.

Steiner Ranch

Located between Lake Austin and Lake Travis in the northwest part of Austin is the Steiner Ranch community. Inside this community is the John Simpson Community Center and the University of Texas Golf Club which is a 7,412-yard professional course. Families with young students also enjoy being served by award-winning Leander ISD schools.


Westlake is a community to the west of downtown Austin that is officially part of The City of West Lake Hills. Some of the most sought after real estate in the Austin area is located in Westlake. Residents of the community enjoy being on the rolling hills at the edge of the Texas Hill Country. Students in Westlake also have the opportunity to attend top-ranking schools in Eanes ISD. Major roadways near Westlake include Capital of Texas Highway and Westlake Drive.


Wimberley is a small town of about 4,000 that’s located near Southwest Austin. Wimberley’s residents enjoy a relaxing lifestyle, charming shops, and outdoor activities like the Blue Hole, a premier Texas swimming hole. Set among the Texas Hill Country, scenic views and landscapes are also abundant in Wimberley.

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