Austin neighborhoods tend to reflect their inhabitants. Each one maintains it’s own subcultures and characteristics. This being said, choosing just one that best fits your personality can be pretty tough. To make this process a little easier, we’ve put together what we think are the some of the best places to live in Austin, Texas. There are others, sure. But this is a good start:

1. South Congress:

South Congress Austin: Best places to live in Austin tx
View towards downtown Austin from South Congress.

This long stretch of road is almost as historic as the city itself. With vibrant shops and plenty of places to grab amazing food, along South Congress (SOCO) is one of the best places to live in Austin. One desired area to live in SOCO is between the 290 Exit and Barton Creek Road. Here you will find numerous apartment complexes, duplexes, and small houses. The area has a big HEB for grocery shopping, and the ever-so-popular Hopdoddy Burger Bar is close by. During the summer you will also live close to millions of bats, so there’s that.

2. The Domain:

Domain Austin: Best places to live in Austin
View of the fountain in the Domain in Austin.

The Domain has been growing rapidly over the course of the last few years. North of Austin, this upscale eating and shopping district is perfect for young professionals looking for a higher quality of living. There is a Whole Foods close by, along with some of the best bars in Texas. Condominiums and apartment-style living options line the streets of this Austin neighborhood. It’s perfect the recent college graduate, and for the young professional just moving here it’s one of the best places to live in Austin. 

3. West Campus:

West Campus: Best places to live in Austin
View of West Campus near UT Austin.

In the heart of downtown, West Campus is where many students from the University of Texas call home. With plenty of apartment complexes and other housing options, this part of town has everything a millennial could need. If you walk down Guadalupe, you’ll find some of the best late night meals in Austin. Along with the great food, numerous shops line West Campus including REI, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and other trendy boutiques. 

4. Hyde Park:

Hyde Park: Best Places to live in Austin
Stone sign at the entrance of Hyde Park.

Hyde Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and holds the distinction as the oldest Austin suburb. This Austin neighborhood is perfect for young and growing families. It reflects Austin’s “weird” personality perfectly with houses full of unique character. Walk down the street and you’ll see stone houses and quaint little bungalows, many with their personally tended gardens, shaded by rows of Oak trees. When you’re hungry head over to the Hyde Park Bar and Grill and try what the Food Network has deemed some of the top ten french fries in America.


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