Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in America and arguably the most popular city in Texas, but not just because it’s the state capital. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks it as the #13 best place to live in the United States. It is one of the best cities to start a business, invest in real estate, and find a job. Due to its rising investment in technological companies, it has been referred to as the “Silicon Valley of Texas.” In fact, in 2017, Austin was named the best tech city in the world.
However, many of the people moving to Austin are not just looking for a great new job — they are looking for a great place to raise a family. Incoming Austin residents are not just employees; they are also husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and family members. If you are looking for the perfect place to settle down, we have found the best neighborhoods to explore in Austin real estate.
Westlake and Westlake Hills
The gorgeous hillside community of Westlake and Westlake Hills is a highly sought-after locale in western Austin. Residents here enjoy beautiful homes with magnificent vistas out the window every morning. While the nightlife and entertainment of Austin are never far away, this community maintains an air of tranquility that makes it a perfect place to raise a family.
The upscale residences in this community feature spacious lots and plenty of natural green spaces for children to play in the yard. Locals enjoy spending time outside on the walking trails, in the community parks, or out in their gardens. The nearby West Lake Beach is a stunningly scenic marina where families can enjoy a picnic in the fantastic weather or a day of swimming and volleyball. Another wonderful spot for an outdoor adventure is the nearby Zilker Metropolitan Park, thanks to its various picnic sites, children’s playground, multiple volleyball courts, disc golf, botanical gardens, and the Austin Nature and Science Center, where children can learn about animal habitats.
The community hosts a variety of fun family events as well, such as the Westlake Wonderfest to ring in the holiday cheer. Plus, the Eanes Independent School District is one of the best around, with excellent schools like Forest Trail Elementary and Westlake High School at the top of the roster.
Adjacent to the Hills of Lakeway is a scenic city by the same name. Lakeway lies along the southwestern border of Lake Travis, making it a renowned spot for water-based, family-fun outings from fishing and swimming to boating excursions. This is a great community for the adventurous at heart, as there are numerous trails for families to explore in the area and enjoy the incredible scenery.
Lakeway City Park offers two miles of biking or hiking trails and excellent fishing spots. Locals enjoy kayaking out on the water or swimming in designated areas. There’s also a fun playground for the kids to run around in, a butterfly garden and meadow to explore, and courts for basketball and sand volleyball. Families also enjoy boating Lake Travis at Lakeway Marina.
Bee Cave is a charming community just south of Lakeway. With a small-town charisma and gorgeous surrounding landscape, Bee Cave offers a lifestyle of serenity and sophistication. The real estate scene here consists of modern, single-family hillside homes with all the amenities, including spacious yards.
Families searching for a fun outing can head to Bee Cave Central Park for 50 acres of green space, a playground, and picnic spaces. The Bee Cave Sculpture Park is another local favorite, where families can enjoy strolling through the oak trees and marveling at the sculptures and wildlife. And there’s always room for your four-legged pals at Bee Cave Dog Park!
Because of the proximity to Lake Travis, there is no shortage of adventure in these fun communities. Wake Wednesday through Lake Dreams ATX is the perfect opportunity to get out on a boat and take lessons with a professional wake surfer. Thrill-seekers of all ages will find their place at Lake Travis Zipline Adventures. And, for the ultimate fun out on the lake, head over to the east side of Lake Travis for Waterloo Adventures to find a floating obstacle course.
In addition, Lakeway and Bee Cave belong to the Lake Travis Independent School District, which is highly regarded for its exceptional schools.
Immediately west of downtown Austin is the quiet, oak tree oasis of Tarrytown. This charming neighborhood is located along scenic Lake Austin, with gorgeous upscale properties and a close-knit community vibe, perfect for raising a family.
Tarrytown residents live a nature-centered, active lifestyle. Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve features 21 beautiful acres of natural scenery to explore, with a plethora of shady oak trees. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this incredible park includes a water lily pond, a historic cottage, scenic gardens, and plenty of natural space for wildlife (namely, peacocks!) to roam. This is a great spot for a family outing and some beautiful photographs.
Reed Neighborhood Park is a classic park known for its baseball fields, playgrounds, nature paths, and swimming pool. Speaking of pools, Deep Eddy Pool is a great spot for swimming laps or playing in the water with your kids. The pool also hosts family movie nights during the summer.
If your family wants a bit more of a thrill, head down to Cypress Valley Canopy Tours for a ziplining excursion through the trees. Or, the scenic Pace Bend Park offers swimming, camping, hiking and biking trails, a boat ramp, and cliff jumping into Lake Travis!
Despite these adventurous parks, residents of Spicewood enjoy a tight-knit community and tranquility, with just a 35-mile drive into Austin. Plus, as it belongs partly to the Lake Travis Independent School District, families are proud to send their children to highly-rated schools.
Hyde Park is highly valued due to the incredible Austin real estate scene. Families here are out and about, riding their bikes, walking their dogs, playing in the parks, and enjoying the scenery of this historic neighborhood.
Ready to get started?
Austin real estate is some of the most desired in the nation, and it is easy to see why when exploring these popular neighborhoods in the capital of the great state of Texas. Ready to start looking for a new home? Reach out to one of the agents at the Dicker Morin Group for assistance. With their expert guidance, you will have your new home in no time.